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My Favorite Weekend: Constance Marie

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TWO series, two television roles divided into one actress equals: Constance Marie, who plays Nina in the PBS TV series “American Family” and Angie in the ABC comedy “George Lopez.”

Progressive morning reading

I start my day in bed with the newspaper, then I finish reading it at the Literati Cafe in Brentwood. Generally, I try to be very healthy and I love to drink organic coffee, so I have a half-decaf, half-soy latte. I’m in the zone all week, so on weekends I eat everything -- I have a waffle and eggs.

Veggie dog and roses

Later I might go to the Santa Monica Promenade and see a movie and do a little shopping. Then I go to the corn-dog place in the mall. I’m a vegetarian, so I have a veggie dog. I stopped eating meat about six years ago, when I was working on the movie “Selena.” During the shoot, I had to hold a chicken for five hours -- if you hold it and feel its little heart beating for hours, you just can’t think about eating it. I do eat fish and eggs to keep up my protein intake, because when you’re on location in Chicago or somewhere and you ask for soy, they think you’re insane.

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Then if this is my ideal weekend, I go to Pentola in Santa Monica and have a Cosmopolitan and calamari or I might go to El Dorado in Brentwood for the chips and guacamole; they are really good there. And if this is my fantasy weekend, I have a pint of Haagen Daz ice cream.

If it’s a Sunday, I go to Santa Monica Farmers Market -- you can buy 20 roses for $6 -- there are great prices. Sometimes I take my grand-goddaughter, Deja, to ride the ponies there.

After tea, some spinach dumplings

If I’m feeling sluggish, I go to ZenZoo Tea -- I’m addicted to yerba mate or “the rooster.” It’s tea from Paraguay; I get it with soy and honey with ice, to go. Sometimes I have spinach dumplings. Two orders of them and boom -- you’re ready to go.

Yoga: I like the teacher

If I’m feeling active, I may hike at Will Rogers (State Historic) Park or take a yoga class to focus on something other than the industry. My class? It’s in my home -- I’ve got a yoga room.

My teacher? He’s my boyfriend, who teaches ballplayers -- like members of the Phoenix Suns -- how to relax with yoga.

But I’m a homebody, so more than anything, I love to come back home and just lie in bed and relax.

-- Carolyn Patricia Scott


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