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Actress Shailene Woodley tells F&W about foraging in L.A., what goes into her daily coffee and where to find the best food in Pittsburgh.
Foraging in Los Angeles
I used to live in Topanga Canyon, and you can forage for hours up there—you can find stinging nettle, mugwort and so many fun edible herbs and plants. I use them to make tinctures and teas.
I collect spring water; that's what I drink 24-7 and what I cook with. There's an incredible database called findaspring.com. It shows springs around the world, and people can input locations. If I know about a spring, I'll add it.
I grew up with parents who love wine, so while they did tastings, my brother and I would play hide-and-seek in the vineyards.
Favorite New Food City
I spent six weeks in Pittsburgh filming The Fault in Our Stars and I had some of the best food of my life there. My favorite was Legume—almost everything is local and they butcher whole animals.
I start almost every day with something called Bulletproof coffee. It sounds weird, but it's coffee blended with butter and oil—I use coconut oil. The idea is to get the fat you need in the morning, so during the day, your body's not trying to accumulate fat—it's already been satiated.
On Being a Restaurant Regular
I live at Café Gratitude in L.A. I know every waiter by name. The menu is 100 percent organic. I'm their biggest fan.
Calling All Chefs
It's a great time to be alive with all of these farm-to-table restaurants. Keep 'em coming! And if there are any young farm-to-table chefs out there who are single, I need someone who can cook.
I'm really into fermentation, and I'd love to learn how to make wine. Cabernet is my go-to.