Today’s work lunch was at Craft Los Angeles, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant. I think I’ve shared a picture before from the restaurant’s site, but I just love the pretty space. So romantic, right? It’s funny because it’s filled with business people most of the day!

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My boss always orders “family style” from here and our group of six shared a bunch of plates including a tuna appetizer and braised beef short rib featured on the menu page.

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The best part was dessert.  My company never skimps on dessert! Six of us split beignets, caramelized bananas, rhubarb crisp, and the most amazing chocolate mousse sundae with coconut sorbet. For once I left with a satisfied belly! For some reason shared meals don’t always fill me up. I mean, yes, we ordered a decent amount but I only had one or two bites of each dish!

Best part of the meal?  Seeing Bobby Flay eating lunch too! It was a food star extravaganza.  We all agreed he was taller and thinner than we imagined…and cuter! He was with his wife, Stephanie March, who played Alex Cabot on Law & Order SVU. Quite possibly was more excited to see her 🙂

Speaking of TV food stars, how HOT is Curtis Stone? I am watching TBL right now and he is just so cute I could eat him up with a spoon.

I also grabbed some new books for the next two weeks. I love libraries (there is a gorgeous one at the end of my block!) and make a trip at least once every other week.  Here are the ones I read over the past two weeks:

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Michael Connelly is one of my favorites! His books are all cop/thriller types that take place in Los Angeles. I love books that keep me on edge. I don’t do scary movies but I definitely do scary books!

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From the author of P.S. I Love You…this book was cute and had a really touching ending/message.

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This book was my dose of intense emotional overload.  It told a complex story of a young girl who experiences abuse growing up and hasn’t spoken in three years. Her father drags her into the woods during a drinking stint at the same time her best friend goes missing.  A manhunt starts for both girls and the story is told from the point of view of many of the main characters.  It one of those wrenching-type tales that you just can’t not read, you know?

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I wanted to like this book more than I did.  In fact, it was the first one out of all four that I picked to read. It told the story of two best “friends” whose relationship falls apart when the needier of the two suddenly finds love, money, pregnancy, etc. There were some entertaining parts but at the same time, I didn’t actually like any of the characters, which always makes a book tough to truly enjoy.

Coming up for the next two weeks I have three more that I’ve been anxious to read!

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Plus, I just started The Help, so I might throw that one into the mix.

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So there you have it. In case you couldn’t tell, I am a big city, bar hopping, social butterfly, beach loving BOOKWORM!!! Okay, off to bed with some peppermint hot chocolate and another chapter 🙂

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