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New York is for dreams. LA is for fantasies.

My 2.5 days in Los Angeles for the Tasty Awards were so much fun. You know LA gets a bad wrap and I was staying in the middle of it – Beverly Hills – 2 blocks from Rodeo Drive and 1/2 a block from paparazzi stalkers. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I haven’t spent much time in LA, but I was fully ready to confirm all the negativity. BIG SURPRISE! I had a great time and came to one conclusion:

New York is for dreams and LA is for fantasies.

New York teaches you to dream big. You learn how to go for it and along the way gain great work ethic, drive, and a coffee addiction.

Los Angeles is for fantasies – and I don’t mean that in a negative way. In Beverly Hills, everything was beautiful in a fantastical way…hair, make-up and oh the clothes – all exaggerated and alluring, like a forbidden elixir. I may have had a little sip since I had such a good time :0).

Here are some photos from the 2011 Tasty Awards Red Carpet – where I actually had great conversations with all these “fantastic” foodie celebs: Chefs Fabio Viviani (Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars), Tanya Holland (Food Network/Brown Sugar Kitchen), Nathan Lyon (Food Network) and also Olympic Medalist, Brian Boitano (What Would Brian Boitano Make?), Bobby Bognar (Food Tech), Leslie Sbrocco (Check Please! Bay Area) and Actress Nickie Jurado.

Fabio Viviani (Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars), Zuzy Martin Lynch (moi)

Chef Tanya Holland (Food Network & Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland)

Bobby Bognar of Food Tech (middle), his dad (left)

Brian Boitano (Gold Medalist Ice Skater/Cook: What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Chef Nathan Lyon (A Lyon in the Kitchen)

Nickie Jurado, Actress

Leslie Sbrocco, Check Please! Bay Area

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