Monthly Archives: March 2010

Foodie Fun in Sea Ranch, CA!

My family and I are rarely all together in one place. My sister lives in Paris, France, my parents live in San Francisco, and I’m in Los Angeles. Our last family trip was to Thailand for my Dad’s 60th birthday in January, 2007. This weekend, we all took a trip up to Sea Ranch, a three hour drive north of San Francisco, off of winding coastal Highway 1. We’ve been going there for many years, and I have never failed to avoid car sickness. But the nausea is totally worth the crisp sea air, ocean views, and being surrounded by nature and adorable deer, jack rabbits, wild turkeys and horses every which way.

Two Fish Baking Company, Sea Ranch CA

Two Fish Baking Company Sea Ranch, CA

It rained all of yesterday, and we were stuck indoors for most of the day. But this morning, the sky was a gorgeous blue, and the sun was out, so the four Kagans took a morning hike up to The Two Fish Baking Company, a popular little spot among the locals, that is off the beaten path for your run of the mill tourist traffic. The artisan bakers and owners are two awesome ladies, Margaret and Hilla, who opened up shop in 2003. They bake starting at 2:30am, and offer different fresh breads and pastries, and delicious coffee from Equator, a small roaster in San Rafael. (Anyone who knows me, knows how seriously I take my coffee, and theirs was GOOD! :))

Our morning pastries were yummolicious! My Dad got a delectable Bear Claw, Mom got a perfectly zesty Orange Currant Scone, my sister got a slice of Coffee Cake that was a delicious balance of crumbles, while not being too sweet, and I got a Morning Bun, that was like the pastry child of a croissant and a cinnamon donut, only better. Then just when things couldn’t be better, Margaret, who at first gave me a hard time for taking photos in her shop, brought out a slice of Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake I was eyeing. It was AMAZING!! The Olive Oil, while not overpowering, melted in my mouth, and the Rosemary and Lemon combination…well, you just have to try it, and that’s that.

So, next time you’re in the mood for a trip up north, make sure to check out
Two Fish Baking Company, and say hello to Margaret and Hilla for me.

What To Do With A Ripe Banana!

I love to have bananas around. They’re a great snack to substitute sugar cravings, and are packed with Vitamin B6, which stabilizes your mood and gives you energy, Potassium, which regulates your blood pressure, and helps your muscles from cramping when you work out, and Vitamin C, which keeps your immune system strong.

Since my freezer is already filled with overripe bananas, that I will later use for baking, I decided to mash up my brown banana and sprinkle some cinnamon on it, and ribbon it through some plain yogurt, that I topped with muesli and a little bit of honey. I often have yogurt with fruit and muesli for breakfast; but changing it up a little with the mashed banana and cinnamon, was a great way to trick me out of being tired of the same old thing to eat. If you’re a fan of all of these ingredients, you will really start off a great day with this super nutritious and yummy dish!

Ripe banana that I mashed and sprinkled with cinnamon

Ripe Banana, mashed and sprinkled with Cinnamon

Ribbon the Banana through the yogurt, top with Muesli and a little Honey

Ribbon the Banana through the yogurt, top with Muesli and a little Honey!

How To Eat On Set

While acting on a film or tv set feels as though my dreams are unfolding into a beautiful reality; another reality on set is the dangerous culture of craft services. Usually, there is a lot of down time between takes, as the set gets redressed, the lights and camera are positioned, and the talent, and crew members sit off in the side lines, much too close to that craft services table, that is often covered with mini candy bars, twizzlers, pretzels, chex mix, to name a few token items. Somehow, the tangerine cuties, carrot sticks and broccoli spears aren’t as appealing. But then, after we stop shooting for the day, I feel the effects of too much sugar and salt, and the bloat sinking in.

But I found a solution! At breakfast, I made sure to eat some protein and fruit for energy; and at lunch, I filled up on fiber-rich food, like salad and other veggies. So, I didn’t end up stuffing myself during that mid-afternoon lull, the time when my energy sinks, and I crave coffee and sweets to stay awake and alert. Don’t get me wrong, I had my share of goodies – but I ate far fewer than I would have, had I not packed in the greens during lunch. Additionally, I emailed the Producer before the shoot, to let him know I’m a vegetarian, and the craft services lady, Diane, was a Goddess with the veggie fixins she added to the catering. So, without being high maintenance, feel free to request your healthy needs. I think at the end of the day, everyone will be grateful.


A common selection on a craft services table

On the set of Bloomkampf

A production still of my most recent "on set" experience - Bloomkampf, directed by Ben Arfmann

My “Grill It With Bobby Flay” Audition!

Although I’m not a huge twitterer, I’ve mostly used my Healthy Delectable Twitter profile to ‘keep up with the Jones’, if you will. I follow a few of my favorite culinary stars, including Bobby Flay. When I saw his tweet that they’re looking for people for their “Grill It! With Bobby Flay” show, I decided to apply. Meanwhile, I’ve never been a huge fan of grilled food! But because I like a good challenge and a chance to meet and play in the kitchen with Bobby Flay, I decided to figure out what kind of grilled vegetarian food I would make. I went with a Mediterranean Vegetarian Feast.

Click here to see the result of my grilling adventure. I have to say, the meal came out crazy delicious!” And please feel free to rate and leave a comment.

And here’s a pic of the final product. :)
"Grill It with Bobby Flay" Mediterranean Vegetarian Feast