That’s a Wrap!

Pac Man Cookies

This week I finished up the first half of Mad Men Season 7, and now I am even more excited for the second half of the season to air next week. I also went to visit an exhibit that had a couple of sets from the show, as well as many of the characters’ costumes, script notes, and props (more on this next week!). If you haven’t seen Mad Men yet, you’ve got a little over a week to watch all of the episodes on Netflix. Go ahead and binge watch, which would be made infinitely better with these Pac-Man cookies. Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Every Tom Hanks movie in seven minutes.

* Because even astronauts get cravings in space!

* Where are all of the good meet-cute places in NYC anymore?

* Things you never knew about Pretty Woman.

* Sushi lovers, this is your dream towel.

* This happens to me way too often.

* Amazing women in the director’s chair.

* All I’m craving now are these.

* Don’t forget to follow me for more behind-the-scenes!

Have a great weekend filled with food and film!

{Photo by Lauren}

Spring 2015 Movies

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When you find yourself having a bad day, remember that it’s spring and you’ll feel better. It’s nice to cook while the sun is still out, and then settle in for the evening with a movie on. When the weather gets warmer, the walk to the theater will be much more enjoyable. Good thing, too, because there are some movies coming out this spring that I am excited about. These are the ones I’m willing to leave the house for:

1. The Age of Adaline – April 24, 2015

After an accident, a young woman stays 29-years-old for almost eight decades. Adaline Bowman stays the same while the world changes and those around her grow old. Loaded with drama and romance, I’m curious to see how they’ll portray the passing of time and how that affects her relationships.

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015

Truthfully, I really enjoyed the last Avengers movie. It’s fun to see superhero movies in theaters, especially when they all come together in one.

3. Pitch Perfect 2 – May 15, 2015

Another honest moment: I liked Pitch Perfect. I thought the songs were catchy and it was a light-hearted movie to watch after a long day.

4. Aloha – May 29, 2015

A killer cast (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams) in an amazing location (Hawaii). When revisiting the site of his greatest career triumph, a military contractor falls for the Air Force watchdog assigned to him while also reconnecting with his ex. The movie was written and directed by Cameron Crowe, so I’m expecting great things.

5. Jurassic World – June 12, 2015

One word: dinosaurs.

What movies are you looking forward to watching this spring?

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Around Town: Cafe Luxembourg in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ – New York City

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When Harry Met Sally (1989) is one of the greatest romantic comedies ever made. It’s effortless, hilarious, and filled with lots of restaurant scenes. Nora Ephron is a romantic comedy wizard and I can’t get enough of her work. During the film, Harry, Sally, and their two best friends go out to dinner at Cafe Luxembourg on the Upper West Side. In this scene, emotions are realized and relationships have changed. A very funny interaction between all of the characters takes place before they have even ordered their food.

Cafe Luxembourg, which opened in 1983, has a low-key vibe that made for an enjoyable breakfast. I ordered fresh squeezed orange juice, hot chocolate, and the Classic French Toast with fresh berries,‏ honey butter, and Vermont maple syrup. The French Toast was incredibly soft, and you just can’t go wrong with real syrup. This charming restaurant was a perfect backdrop for this double date, and it’s a must-visit for all you Nora Ephron/When Harry met Sally fans!

Cafe Luxembourg
200 West 70th Street, NYC
(between Amsterdam Ave. & West End Ave.)

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{Photos by Lauren & When Harry Met Sally}

That’s a Wrap!

Coffee

This week required a lot of coffee breaks. I know, I’m not much of a coffee person and I blogged about matcha on Monday – but…this week was tiring! I’m not alone here, right? This weekend will require catching up on sleep and watching a couple of movies, that’s for sure. Until there’s time to rest, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Follow me here for food, film, and behind-the-scenes!

Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner made his cast and crew watch these movies, so now I am adding them to my list.

* Netflix and spoiler alerts.

* One word, seven letters: waffles.

* 57 things you can do to be a better cook. So helpful!

* Diamonds (filled with cocktails!) are a girl’s best friend.

Seinfeld never stops winning.

* An interview with a food blogger and E! News Producer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Breakfast Frittata

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When it comes to eggs, I don’t usually think to bake them. Boil or scramble them, sure. But bake? This was new to me. I attempted my first Breakfast Frittata out of desperation for a cheesy egg combination (while also getting in my greens). Luckily this frittata doesn’t take too long to whip up, so have this recipe on hand when for those mornings when you wake up hungry. I baked my frittata in the pan, but you can also bake the mixture in a pie crust (which would make it a quiche). If you like meat as part of your breakfast, bacon or ham would be great additions.

You’ll Need

2 tablespoons of butter
1 sweet onion, minced
2 cups of chopped broccoli
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 cup of chopped green pepper
2 cups of spinach
1/2 cup of parsley
1 cup of grated mozzarella
1 cup of grated Parmesan
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a medium non-stick, oven-safe pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add onion, broccoli, garlic, green pepper, and spinach. Cook until vegetables are soft.

3. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper.

4. Add egg mixture over vegetables. Sprinkle cheese on top.

5. Let the mixture cook in the pan for 5-7 minutes until the bottom and top have begun to set, then place the pan directly into the oven for 20-30 minutes (until the center has set). When completely cooked, flip or slide the frittata onto a large plate. Let cool or enjoy hot.

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{Photos by Lauren}

Homemade Matcha Latte

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I have only recently gotten into matcha. Matcha is made from whole green tea leaves, which is finely ground into a smooth powder. Matcha is a traditional part of Japanese culture, and it has been used tea ceremonies since the 12th century.

After experiencing just one cup in the form of a matcha latte, I was hooked and got my very own whisk and canister of matcha powder. The process of making a cup of matcha is not only soothing, but the health benefits are also incredible: in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content, one glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea. Matcha boosts your metabolism and gives you energy while also calming your mood. Pretty great, right? In my book, matcha > coffee.

There are many ways to enjoy matcha – you can blend it with sparkling water, add it to lemonade, sprinkle it over pancakes, or mix it into batter (hello, matcha chocolate cake!). The possibilities are endless, and I’m excited to try out more recipes.

Here’s how I make my daily matcha latte:

You’ll need

1 bowl
A bamboo whisk
1 teaspoon matcha powder
3/4 cup milk of choice (cow’s milk, unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, rice milk)
1/4 cup boiling water

Preparation

1. Bring 3/4 cup of milk to a simmer in a small pot over medium-high heat. Keep an eye on this so the milk doesn’t burn or form a skin.

2. Place 1 teaspoon of matcha powder in a bowl, and slowly whisk together with 1/4 cup boiling water. Whisk the matcha briskly in a “W” motion until frothy.

3. Add in warmed milk of your choice, tipping cup slightly to create more foam.

4. When finished, rinse your whisk thoroughly and let dry.

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{Photos by Lauren}