When you eat lunch at director Molly Schiot and actor/comedian Cass Bugge’s cottage-like oasis of a house, you have no sense that you are across the street from Paramount Pictures in the heart of Hollywood. Well, maybe if you happened upon their landlady/neighbor, Kitten, a former Russ Meyer girl whose leopard-print laden apartment is adorned in posters of her former (butt naked) 36-24-36 self, Hollywood might come to mind.
You might recognize Molly and her dog/muse Maddy from the first episode of The Dog Whisperer where (In Caesar Milan’s words), “Molly learns to adjust her energy to help Maddy relax and feel more confident about men.” Well, hopefully, you are more likely to know Molly’s directorial work on videos for The Raveonettes, Bleached, Mark Ronson and for brands like Miu Miu andLevi’s. You might know Cass from her collaborative character comedy show held at Bar Lubitsch, “American Town Hall,” where she,Matt Hobby and Mary Grill, pretend to be the President, Secretary and Treasurer in a different town every month. If you don’t know about this, you have already missed too many opportunities to experience genuine laughter, so go check it out. Ok, enough gushing.
The three of us flew by the seat of our pants and made an improvisational salad at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on a Sunday morning. We were inspired first by a big mesh bag of Pacific oysters, and then by a farm stand with an incredible array of herbs and greens (we couldn’t even identify half of them). The woman behind the register described her chervil as “the love child of tarragon and parsley.” Sold. The “Bacon Avocado” was all my idea. I just couldn’t go back to New York without eating one.