by CHLOE. (Silver Lake)

by CHLOE. opened a while ago in Silver Lake - I've actually been a whole bunch of times but this is my first time blogging about it. The food is fast, 100% vegan, certified kosher, and committed to organic ingredients.

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Mom Eats Fried Hot Dogs for the 1st Time

I'd say the highlight of the weekend in Bergen County, New Jersey is our last dinner, at Hiram's (as seen on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations).  We try Fried Hot Dogs for the very first time!

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This place is no fuss...

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...just yummy, fried food...

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...including hot dogs.  It gives the meat that extra snap.

This whole post sounds like a BuzzFeed title doesn't it?  In honor of all the peeps who recognize me while I was in NJ from my BuzzFeed Food Videos - exciting/fun but a little weird!

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I am Snapchatting (@mslynnchen) most of my trip home to NJ.  But most of that is gone now.

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My Mom lives in a different area of NJ than I grew up in, so we're still learning about good places to eat.  I am digging the pizza we order from Fort Lee Pizzeria and this dinner from It's Greek to Me...

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...where my Mom ate her first Pita Sandwich.  She doesn't like feta, so she's not the biggest fan of Greek Food.

Any other Fort Lee Foods I should try next time I'm in town?

Pizzeria Bianco

Goodbye Santa Fe!

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We stopped by El Parasol first thing Saturday morning...

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…and Dunkin Donuts (<---which don't exist in Los Angeles - yet)...

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...a bite of Abe's Breakfast Burrito - egg, potato, and green chiles...

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…and the Breakfast Taco Special for myself - a soft corn tortilla with egg, red salsa, and chorizo. Very, very good.

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8 breathtaking hours later...

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…with a tiny snack along the way...

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…we finally made it to Phoenix...

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…ready to chow!

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Arrived at Pizzeria Bianco 4pm - didn't even check into our hotel...

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…the wait for this place can be crazy - we lucked out and snagged the last spot at the bar.

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Reader Tracey suggested the Margherita and Rosa, and that's exactly what we ordered!

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There are no words, so I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.

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Would I wait four hours for this? I probably would. I mean, we drove all day for it - definitely lives up to the accolades.

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Afterwards, we needed to digest those two pies. Walked around the adorable area...

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…and saw three weddings!

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April 6th is a GREAT day to get married and eat chile + pizza.

Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings

There are no words.

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When we walked into the room, I was floored - while planning the flowers a few days ago, we thought, "Maybe a couple dozen in some vases we bring?" The directors at Pizzi Funeral Home (<---who were amazing) said people don't do stuff like this anymore.

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The outpouring was completely unexpected, even from my Los Angeles friends Melanie and Jenny.

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My father believed people didn't care about him. How wrong he was.

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It was standing-room only, plus visitors pouring out into the hallway.

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My brother Morgan kicked things off with a song...

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…once I shared my speech, the stories about my beloved father continued...

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…and so did the music...

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…ending with a performance of one of Daddy's favorites, Verdi's "Va, Pensiero" by The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (where my mother sang for over 30 years) that was so powerful I can't even describe it...

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…as we walked through and hugged each singer, hearing their beautiful voices and seeing faces I remembered from as long as I can remember remembering, an overwhelming rainbow of emotions swept over me - peace, love, joy, grief, happiness, forgiveness, strength, weakness, mourning, gratitude, loss...

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…once the service was over, and I was done feeling everything - I felt HUNGRY. And so did everyone else at our house!

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Couldn't eat this giant melon my Uncle Tiger brought...

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…but we did snack on my favorite - Dunkin Donuts’ Chocolate Chunk cookies from Uncle Joe!

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Everyone agreed DD should start a cookie chain after trying them.

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I only had half...

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…just like at weddings, the hosts make sure everyone else is taken care of first!

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Noshed on banana and lemon bread pieces between catching up...

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…then Abe and I drove to Presto's for some Chicken Parm Subs. We saw my daddy's animal spirit on the way!

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After everyone left...

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…I finally dug into some pizza, courtesy of my cousin Jeffrey.

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Along with my cheesy slice I ate the chicken n cheese outa my sandwich...

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…then used the fig jam my cousin Grace made...

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…for a fresh fig sandwich as dessert!

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My father's Sunday Service was one of the most profound, incredible experiences of my life. We have one more Memorial Mass today; not sure what other feelings will arise, but the mystery of life's questions are finally being answered for me, sadly and beautifully, little by little.

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Thank you everyone, for showing my father and my family just how special and loved we really are.