Things I Ate In General

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This plate of goulash moved me almost to tears. That might have something to do with it being the first meal I ate in Budapest after flying for almost 15 hours straight, but I kind of don’t think so. It was that good.
Our hotel was across the street from Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere), which is not a super restaurant-centric part of town. With the help of the Lonely Planet website we found our way down Dózsa György út to Paprika. I’m not sure there is anything more fitting than eating your first meal in Hungary at a place called Paprika. View high resolution

This plate of goulash moved me almost to tears. That might have something to do with it being the first meal I ate in Budapest after flying for almost 15 hours straight, but I kind of don’t think so. It was that good.

Our hotel was across the street from Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere), which is not a super restaurant-centric part of town. With the help of the Lonely Planet website we found our way down Dózsa György út to Paprika. I’m not sure there is anything more fitting than eating your first meal in Hungary at a place called Paprika.

Remember this article, about how you can make a tortilla de patatas (aka tortilla Española/Spanish omelette/Spanish tortilla) using potato chips? Well, I tried it. The final product is, in my opinion, not quite the same thing as a real tortilla, but it tastes good and you can easily throw one together in 20 minutes. Yay chips!

No matter how early I get to set on our LA shoots, the Off the Shelf catering truck is already there, with hot coffee, ready to take breakfast orders from our entire crew. The Off the Shelf guys are some of the kindest, most pleasant people on the planet. Every interaction I have with them makes me feel like I’m going to be okay even though I haven’t been home or slept for more than 6 hours in weeks.
On the menu this dish is called Life Rice. It’s toasted brown rice with egg whites and spinach, topped with chili garlic sauce and sliced avocado. This is such a better breakfast than what exists on most sets. As our makeup artist said “It’s nice not to start the day with a gut bomb.” Yep. View high resolution

No matter how early I get to set on our LA shoots, the Off the Shelf catering truck is already there, with hot coffee, ready to take breakfast orders from our entire crew. The Off the Shelf guys are some of the kindest, most pleasant people on the planet. Every interaction I have with them makes me feel like I’m going to be okay even though I haven’t been home or slept for more than 6 hours in weeks.

On the menu this dish is called Life Rice. It’s toasted brown rice with egg whites and spinach, topped with chili garlic sauce and sliced avocado. This is such a better breakfast than what exists on most sets. As our makeup artist said “It’s nice not to start the day with a gut bomb.” Yep.

Another good thing about shooting in LA is that after you drop the pre-pro books off at the printer you can go eat at Umami Burger. I’m a big fan of the Truffle Burger, which features a house-made truffle cheese and a truffle glaze.

I spent a good chunk of late 2013 and early 2014 in LA coordinating some GEICO commercials. If you’ve been watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs you’ve probably seen some of them (this one seems to be getting the most play). There are a lot of good things about shooting in LA, but spending three straight weeks in a hotel gets lonely, no matter how good the room service is. 
During my most recent stretch of time there I stayed in Studio City, which, like most of LA, kind of feels like a no man’s land. On my first morning in town I ventured down Ventura Blvd and had a poki bowl (sushi rice with chunks of sashimi, seaweed, lettuce, and green onion) for lunch at Daichan. It was simple and comforting and gave me hope that I might survive the gauntlet I was about to face. And I did. View high resolution

I spent a good chunk of late 2013 and early 2014 in LA coordinating some GEICO commercials. If you’ve been watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs you’ve probably seen some of them (this one seems to be getting the most play). There are a lot of good things about shooting in LA, but spending three straight weeks in a hotel gets lonely, no matter how good the room service is. 

During my most recent stretch of time there I stayed in Studio City, which, like most of LA, kind of feels like a no man’s land. On my first morning in town I ventured down Ventura Blvd and had a poki bowl (sushi rice with chunks of sashimi, seaweed, lettuce, and green onion) for lunch at Daichan. It was simple and comforting and gave me hope that I might survive the gauntlet I was about to face. And I did.

This is kind of an awful picture, but I had to document my first experience with frog legs. I ate them at The Other Corner Charcuterie Bar in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood and they were fishy and chickeny and lemony and garlicky and very, very good. View high resolution

This is kind of an awful picture, but I had to document my first experience with frog legs. I ate them at The Other Corner Charcuterie Bar in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood and they were fishy and chickeny and lemony and garlicky and very, very good.

Even if you’re a Minneapolitan who grew up going to St. Paul frequently, Frogtown can feel really far away. Anything past the Snelling exit on 94W feels far to me. Ngon Bistro was getting such good reviews that I made the trek there in late December for lunch. I had the Fischer Farms pork loin bánh mì. It was quite tasty! But, honestly, there’s something special about cheapie $2 - $5 bánh mì that their fancier, pricier counterparts (this one was $9) lack. I am always more excited to discover a new dirt cheap bánh mì than a fancy gourmet one. But I’ll eat both, of course. View high resolution

Even if you’re a Minneapolitan who grew up going to St. Paul frequently, Frogtown can feel really far away. Anything past the Snelling exit on 94W feels far to me. Ngon Bistro was getting such good reviews that I made the trek there in late December for lunch. I had the Fischer Farms pork loin bánh mì. It was quite tasty! But, honestly, there’s something special about cheapie $2 - $5 bánh mì that their fancier, pricier counterparts (this one was $9) lack. I am always more excited to discover a new dirt cheap bánh mì than a fancy gourmet one. But I’ll eat both, of course.

Tortilleria Sinaloa on Eastern Avenue serves some of the best tacos in Baltimore. I’m not totally totally sure anymore, but I think that the ones in this picture are beef tongue, chorizo, and chicken. The chorizo is finger staining, as any good chorizo should be. View high resolution

Tortilleria Sinaloa on Eastern Avenue serves some of the best tacos in Baltimore. I’m not totally totally sure anymore, but I think that the ones in this picture are beef tongue, chorizo, and chicken. The chorizo is finger staining, as any good chorizo should be.