Foy, Soy And A Veggie Po’ Boy.

We are so excited for our latest alliteration. The musicality is so bouncy. These titles come in dreams and then we cast accordingly. Imagine the dream that brought us Colleen Foy?  We are even more excited for Episode 7. There were so many elements and schedules to be engaged. A working Hollywood Actress is not an easy mark.

Colleen rules! Colleen eats!

They are often found running between yoga, agent’s offices, auditions, shamans and vegan lunch spots. As this town makes Lunch a full-contact sport we wanted Colleen on our team.

Colleen Foy just makes it look easy. She’s an actor’s actor that hits all the marks. She arrives prepared, on time, brilliant and beautiful. Colleen teaches starting actors Scene Study. She has such a wonderful array of work for viewing. She’s got PSA’s to educate, she’s got drama’s to awe. She’s been a darling of the internet, she’s got comedic chops.  Even greater than her stage credits or the fact that her first major movie was with Daniel Day Lewis is….. she’s been on Sesame Street!!!!!! Muppet Power!!! Colleen couldn’t have been any cooler for this shoot.

It’s funny when you have to feed an actress, they usually don’t eat. Our craft services in the past have been mineral water and sugar free Altoids. Colleen Foy wasn’t that girl. She CAME HUNGRY!!!! We love this. Her talent and appetite for good things is stunning to watch, you’ll agree. Feeding her vegetarian diet was our number one priority. And anyone that comes to our table does not leave on an empty stomach.Many ideas were tossed about, and then it came in a vision!  There Will Be Food. For Foy. Soy? Aaaaah, a Veggie Po’ Boy…….that Banh Mi that we’d been obsessing over lately. Happy Dance ensued for the rest of the production meeting. Oh, this is one for our Client List. A Veggie Po’ Boy that would pack in the flavor and be W.EZ (wicked easy) for the home cook to make. And tofu? Soy bean curd? How can we make that appealing for America Adjacent ie, anywhere between LA and NYC? How are we to show them how best to work their soon to be new best friend? We researched many a marinade, found that pressing issue (literally press the water out of that bad boy). For a while in the R & D wing of the DIO Network it was a full on Tofu-palooza. Hoo Doo That Tofu That You Do So Well. Here’s the winner recipe for your soy.

Top Tofu Marinade

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Chili Oil

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

Lots of chopped fresh garlic

Lots of chopped fresh ginger

Use this as a base, and then get creative. Citrus is nice in this. As is lemongrass, agave, chilis and star anise. Tofu needs to be pressed between paper towels for 30-45 minutes to get in a good shape for it’s Top Marinade Treatment

Also in Episode 7 we made some Kale Chips that were delicious.

Kale Chips

One head Kale rinsed and DRIED.

Seperate into bite sized leaves (use own mouth as guide)

Toss with one Tablespoon Olive Oil and season with flavor du jour; Old Bay, House Seasoning, Lawry’s, Sunil’s,

Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, turning leaves over half way during cooking time.

Episode 7 goes live tonight and we’re very proud of it. Hope it inspires you to take in a vegetarian and feed them rockstar quality lunches. Or at least do something different for noontime that’s good for you. And one day, when you do try one of these recipes, and you know you will when you speak of them, be kind. Name that play……….Colleen, don’t help them.

We’re Out!

Colleen Foy

Bar Melody, Westchester

DIO fan Matteo has long boasted of the burger at Bar Melody out by LAX. It’s his go to spot pre travel. We make no pains about research for our show. Burgers and dogs could be our thesis. Today we had to make an airport run & have found our way here. Burger ordered, stay tuned…….

Please know that Westchester CA is not the most scenic area of Los Angeles. It’s kinda, urban.  Let’s say it’s Up And Coming. Amidst metro squalor is a hole in the wall. Bar Melody has red velour wall paper, tin roof and dimpled upholstery on the bar facade. It has a lobster claw tank that you would find in a carnival. Only this has real lobsters. I was sure some one had stolen the sawdust from the floor. And yet there was more beneath the surface. On one corner of the bar top two soccer moms discuss the price of avocados over a reasonable priced Sauvignon Blanc.  Opposite them car salesmen claim that ciabatta makes a better sandwich bread. Over their heads is putty filling in bullet holes. A cross section all walks of life. Los Angeles.

The planes going in and out of LAX rattle the roof like a train would a roadhouse saloon. I was certain that I heard landing gear graze the roof. That loud. Loud. All part of the charm.

Hood winked


The bartender is extremely amiable, and pours a great PBR. Discussing the menu and the recent turnabout of the dive to dine attitude of Melody, he had me at “farm to table”. The menu had rice bowls, bacon wrapped dates, pot stickers, salmon tempura and ingredients making a Foodie google. It offers entrees, sides, starters and smart salads. We were focused on the sandwiches. Mmmmmm. Salmon Club Sandwich with pesto mayo. The Melody Burger! Carmelized onions await, on a pretzel bun to boot. We mowed down a plate of steak fries with bacon, gorgonzola and truffle oil. Sriracha on hand to assist. We hit the lobster mac and cheese hard. Wait a minute, isn’t there a tank by the pool tables that……forget about that. The burger was all I was promised. Sweet potato fries and house special aioli on the side, ooooh, Mercy. Bar Melody has all the comforts of a dark east coast bar with the food sensibility that Angelenos regularly photograph.

Matteo was right. This place is fantastic. Like much of the City of Angeles, what’s revealed beneath belies the exterior. You’d drive right by Bar Melody on the way to the airport  but you’d really be missing out. Great burger, great bar. Happy Lunching.

9132 South Sepulveda BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90045(310) 670-1994