Prepping for Thanksgiving, the Holidays, and (oh yeah) My Movie

I cannot believe it's almost 2019. This year has flown by so quickly that I've barely registered it's almost my favorite time of year - Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hannukah and MY BIRTHDAY!!! The only thing reminding me that we have a seasonal change is the fact that all I want to wear are sweatshirts and drink soup.

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The above is by Rebecca Minkoff (I rented it via RTR) but I actually created my own design for my movie (which we start filming on Friday). I plan to give a lot of these as gifts this year.

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Speaking of holiday presents, I received this special delivery of gluten-free assorted treats from Popcornopoils. When I lived in NYC I used to inhale their bag of chocolate-covered popcorn on the subway ride home. Now they come in all sorts of flavors - from a classic Kettle Corn to Buffalo to  Unicorn!!!

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I plan on sharing my sweet holiday present with the cast/crew of my movie. In preparation to finish directing, I've been watching a lot of movies (I left Moviepass and have been loving the AMC A-list). "Burning" is an unfortunate title for what's going on in LA right now but it was one of my favorite films of the year, and had us seriously craving some Korean food afterwards. (This Seafood Pancake at Western Doma Noodles is NOT GLUTEN-FREE.)

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The day after I wrap, it's turkey-time! We plan to hole up for a few days by ourselves (no internet, no TV, no family, no friends) for Thanksgiving. Instead of bringing an entire pie which I can't eat anyways, we'll stock up on some mini pie holes and quiches from one of my favorite bakeries, The Pie Hole.

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Follow along @mslynnchen and/or the movie @IWMYMfilm on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter for all the behind-the-scenes!

Stuff'd Dumpling Shop

Being gluten-free and Chinese is difficult. All my comfort foods are now off-limits! It's been forever since I've had a dumpling, so when Stuff'd, an entirely celiac-friendly restaurant offered to treat us to a meal, I WAS SO EXCITED.

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The menu is made of - you guessed it - dumplings! All kinds of things that are stuffed. Their's are inspired by Eastern Europe, though I did see a couple on the menu with Asian influences.

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We got a whole bunch to sample, plus salads too. There are meat options, but our favorites were the vegetarian ones - particularly the Spicy Sweet Potato with spicy sage and garlic oil.

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Dessert comes in dumpling form too! Stuffed with fresh fruit and topped with ice cream and pecan crumbles.

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P.S. They have really cute shirts for sale.

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All Night Long

I'm pulling my first all-nighter in forever - we are currently in Middletown, CT where Abe and I just attended our college reunion. We have a flight we need to leave the hotel by 4:30am for, so I'm deciding not to sleep. It's been an amazing trip. We got in early 2 days ago before anything opened and hit O'Rourke's Diner for breakfast.

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You may have seen this place featured during the early years of Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives. It's still as wonderful and charming as it was long before it was famous, while we were undergrads at Wesleyan.

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Recreating our first kiss on Foss Hill AWWWWW

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There are actually a lot of gluten-free options at my alma mater but nothing incredibly exciting. To be honest, I'm really looking forward to eating the leftover Buffalo Quinoa Salad I made before we left - which is, essentially just sauce (from the Slow Cooker Buffalo Tofu) with quinoa and stir fried veggies.

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Also worth noting - I got a French Manicure Gel with black nail polish instead of white and am obsessed.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Filming in China

Hello from Shenzhen, China! I've never been to this city before (I actually haven't been back to China in over two decades) - unfortunately I haven't really had the time to explore because we've been working, but I've been having a ton o' fun.

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Filming food scenes is a lot more challenging now that I'm gluten-free, but I am loving this cast and crew...

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...also, the Go Back to China production team has been taking incredible care of my celiac needs with homemade meals and snacks. Anna Akana, the star of the movie, is vegan - so between the two of us these Chinese chefs are learning a lot about cooking for dietary restrictions.

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When I'm on my own, I've been making do with snacks that I packed (oatmeal, miso soup, energy bars/protein powder) plus REALLY plain stuff like steamed veggies/meat/rice and fresh fruit that have low risk of cross-contamination. As long as there isn't soy sauce in it, I've been pretty safe.

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Of course, I've been missing home like crazy!

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Here's a quick vlog I was able to put together while we were staying at The Mission Hills Resort. We're off to another city soon - follow along on my Instagram stories, where I have the entire trip saved in the highlights.