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Busy Philipps woke up Down Under on her perfect meal day.
“Once, 16 years ago, in Sydney, Australia, I had the most amazing breakfast quinoa porridge and I’ve never been able to repeat it,” she says. “I tried. We would track it down and see if it still exists because I don’t know.”
Next up would be the 42-year-old actress in Los Angeles.
“We’re going to LA because I to need celery juice,” she says. “Fresh celery juice from Kreation for my mid-morning snack, and then I want a turkey sandwich for lunch: It’s my favorite food of all time, but I don’t know where I would go – There were a couple of turkey sandwiches that impressed me.”
The final decision: A coast-to-coast turkey trot.
“The Larchmont Bungalow Café in Los Angeles has a great turkey sandwich that I keep coming back to – the line is long but it’s worth the wait,” says Philipps. “Maybe then we’d go to New York for ABC Kitchen’s turkey sandwich — they don’t always have it, but it’s the real chef’s kiss.”
Philipps, who spoke to Yahoo Life as part of her work for Rao’s Homemade’s first-ever pop-up food and shopping experience in New York City, says wherever she traveled for dinner, it would have pizza or pasta.
“Maybe we’d stay in NYC for Rubirosa’s vodka sauce pizza or go to Italy and eat pasta,” she says, “but I’d take my Rao’s Homemade with me in my purse.”
Philipps jokes that while she’s getting paid to promote Rao’s Homemade, she’s probably broke with the brand. “We probably even are because I bought so much of this sauce,” she says. your favorite variety? Spicy arrabbiata while your kids prefer marinara.
“My kids aren’t about this arrabbiata life,” she says.
Another reason Philipps decided to join Rao’s Homemade’s The saucer Pop up is that the event was for charity: All proceeds went to Jersey Cares, a non-profit organization that recruits volunteers and organizes projects within the community. “I’ve always felt that at this point in our lives, if we’re not giving back to the communities that surround us, what exactly are we doing with our lives?” says Philipps.
Philipps, known for her roles in freaks and geeks, Dawson’s Creek and Cougar Town, says one of her favorite places to eat is at home. She enjoys exploring the kitchen with her children Birdie, 13, and Cricket, 8, encouraging them to be adventurous when it comes to food.
“One thing that’s a staple at my house is Hawaiian rolls and Nutella for dessert,” she says. “It’s my children’s invention. You can slice strawberries [to put] in the middle. I can’t tell you how many of these things are eaten in my household.”
Philipps, the host of the The busy Philipps is doing her best Podcast, also misses hosting pre-pandemic dinner parties. But she has some rules she wants to follow when they come back.
“One of the keys is making sure your guests have what they love to drink — kind of knowing what your friends are drinking because there’s nothing worse than walking into someone’s house and saying to you, ‘We only have Diet coke or whatever and you think, ‘I don’t want to drink that,'” says Philipps. “I think drinks are key.”
Another pro hostess tip? Relieve your guests when choosing a seat at the dining table.
“People are really panicking about where to sit so it’s better [when you tell them]”, she says. “Don’t do that where you separate couples — let people sit near their spouses or dates or significant others — I always find that weird. Don’t go crazy with the seating. You don’t need to create name cards. Just lay out the plan in your head and direct people where to go.
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