Apparently, there are a few indicators an average person can spot that signal a cougar in one’s midst – one being an over abundance of wine (something we learned from the show Cougar Town). If this is true, then we here at TNP definitely have some cougar in us (go ahead, judge). One of the show’s stars, Busy Philipps, may play a cougar on television, but in real life is an uber chic, glowing Mom whose family is as adorable as they come. We hung out with Philipps at one of her favorite spots – LA’s Petty Cash Taqueria – for some shuffleboard and guacamole, and even had a chance to meet her beautiful daughter (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Oh God! I guess I would start the day at Sqirl with a sweet latte and soft scrambled eggs with arugula, turkey sausage and a cheddar biscuit. Lunch would be from Mauro’s Cafe at Fred Segal – broccoli, mushroom and peas with chicken in tomato sauce (it might sound weird, but it’s the best). And for dinner I would probably want Mexican – either Bar Amá, Petty Cash Taqueria or Esquela Taqueria. Or I would want a cheeseburger and fries at the Chateau Marmont outside on the patio. Either way, tequila and soda with lime to drink. Then I would go to Little Dom’s for their hot fudge sundae and mint tea. Then I would pass the “f” out.
What’s your drink?
Tequila and soda with a lime on the side. My favorite tequila is Casa Dragones, but it’s pretty expensive, so I may start with that on the rocks and then move to 7 Leguas Silver or Don Julio Silver with soda and lime…
What do you think is the quintessential ‘cougar’ drink?
I don’t know. Probably a cosmo? On our show we all drink wine, though.
How do you start your day? What’s a typical morning like?
When I’m not shooting, I’m up at 7am with the kids; there’s always general mayhem getting Birdie fed, dressed and lunch packed and breast feeding the baby and getting dressed myself. But after I drop Birdie off at school at 8:15, and Cricket goes down for her nap at 8:30, then I can make a latte, and check email and all of the internet sale websites. The important stuff, obviously.
Your advice for new Moms…
Don’t panic. And don’t take too much advice from people.
Your go-to recipe for the family when eating in…
I make Birdie dinner almost every night, even if Marc and I are going out to dinner or eating something else, since she is still at an age where she eats fairly early. I make things like salmon with brown rice and black beans, or pasta with turkey marinara. She likes her veggies really simple, so it’s mostly steamed artichokes, broccoli or cauliflower. We try to mix it up and I do like her to be involved in deciding what’s for dinner. I know she eats more when it’s something she really wants.
You probably get asked this a lot, but where did the name Cricket come from?
Well, it’s a name that my husband and Birdie really liked. But you know, they didn’t make it up. There were people named Cricket in the world well before our baby.
Your go-to red carpet designers…
I feel like I wear everything! I love Antonio Berardi, Carven, JC Obando, and Opening Ceremony…I feel like I wear Brian Atwood shoes a lot. They’re a little tough for everyday, but really amazing for special occasions. And I almost always wear Irene Neuwirth jewels.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
Oh God, I don’t know. I mean, obviously if I were about to die I would want to be with my kids and husband, but that’s really dark. Maybe spaghetti bolognese?
Best food item ever sent to the Cougar Town set…
The Banh Mi truck or the Kogi BBQ truck; those are always my favorite. Oh! One time we had a Hawaiian shaved ice truck, which is something I love. Why is condensed milk on ice so delicious?
Your go-to on set snack…
Turkey roll-ups. Lettuce rolled around turkey, rolled around a slice of cucumber and avocado with mustard to dip. We all eat those.
What’s always in your trailer fridge?
La Croix sparkling water, lemon flavored.