Pizzana

It’s becoming more and more difficult for me to attend media lunches with my food allergies. Usually I can only go to restaurants that specialize in dietary restrictions – but luckily for me the staff at Pizzana is super knowledgable and understanding.

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New York Minute

Hello from New York City! Here I am with the film family for "Mike, Mike Tan" - Kenny Leu, Fiona Fu, and Tzi Ma <---- this is the second time I'm playing his daughter.

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Dinner at Milk and Roses in Brooklyn (above), midday snack at Big Gay Ice Cream...

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...where they have gluten-free cones!

I've had a couple days off and explored my old neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. I stopped by the old apartment building to say hi to the super - he introduced me to a woman who was entering, and when I told her I had lived there a dozen years ago, we discovered she lived in the same exact apartment. What are the chances?!?

Stopped by my old pizza joint, Sac's. I can't eat their marinara pie anymore but they said to come back for gluten-free pasta!

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More Memory Lane - I caught a matinee of Miss Saigon (rush tickets are $50). I was obsessed with this musical as a teenager; I sat in a row by myself during the second act, sang along quietly, and sobbed my eyes out.

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Follow along on my Instagram Stories for behind-the-scenes and day-to-day stuff!

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Weekend Trip to Solvang

I first heard about Solvang, CA from the movie "Sideways."  It's a village built by Danish-Americans in the early 1900's, plopped in the middle of Santa Barbara County with a lot of wine tasting.  Abe and I visited years ago, with Julius, on a hot summer day and didn't really do much other than stare at windmills.

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This time we left the dog at home and stayed overnight (at the charming Landsby).  My favorite part was actually venturing outside the town to Buellton, for dinner at Industrial Eats.

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This restaurant/butcher shop is full of action.  The menu is pretty limited to pizza, sandwiches, and some sides/salads.  A lot of the items were sold out when we arrived.  Abe raved about this pizza with tomato, mozzarella, and basil.  You can add an egg to any of them for $2.

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Even though Industrial Eats offers a gluten-free crust, I went with a salad of Beets, Hummus, Citrus, and Lavash - plus some turkey on the side for extra protein.  It was an extraordinary dish - the only thing I was missing was a handful of arugula.

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Afterwards we took a little impromptu drive to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.  The only thing you can see is the gate, but driving out there (in the middle of nowhere) while listening to "Man in the Mirror" was a kinda spiritual experience.

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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?