Around Town: Tallulah’s – Seattle

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I found the world’s best pancake. I had it a couple of months ago, and then again last weekend at Tallulah’s in Seattle. I’m usually not one for pancakes, but their Organic Blueberry and Buttermilk Pancake (just one, big literal pancake, not stacked) will change any pancake-hater’s mind. As you can see, this pancake can feed a family of four, and when you pair it with fresh sides of Applewood Smoked Bacon, Breakfast Potatoes, and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, you have yourself one hard-to-beat brunch.

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{Photos by Lauren}

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Remembering Lauren Bacall

Hollywood lost one of the last great 20th-century movie stars this week: Lauren Bacall. The husky-voiced screen legend has a powerful presence on camera and was well-known for her romance with Humphrey Bogart. Bacall’s comedic timing, confidence, and grace are what make her a true icon. In honor of Lauren Bacall, watch To Have And Have Not, The Big Sleep, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, and read her autobiographyBy Myself.

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Remembering Robin Williams

On August 11, 2014, Oscar-winning comedian and actor Robin Williams died at age 63. The news was saddening and shocking. Love from all over the world has been expressed through social media and great articles about Williams have popped up, demonstrating how Williams will continue to live on through his humor, films, television series. It struck me when creating this post that Robin Williams’ movies have been a huge part of my childhood. Choosing my favorite top 10 made me realize that these movies not only provided lots of laughter in my younger years, but they continue to make me laugh harder than ever. Even when Williams takes on more serious roles, such as in Good Will Hunting, he never fails to make an impression. The  Birdcage will live on as one of my absolute favorites. Robin Williams was a true talent. Rest in peace.

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Good Will Hunting

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Jumanji

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Mrs. Doubtfire

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Dead Poets Society

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Aladdin

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Night at the Museum

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License to Wed

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Good Morning, Vietnam

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The 8 Best Movie Kitchens

Just as I am always noticing food in movies, I am also always aware of the setting in which the food is being prepared: the kitchen. Kitchens can provide great insight into the characters’ personalities, as well as provide fantastic ideas for your own kitchen. Even if you just pick and choose details from each kitchen, you can create a beautiful place to cook and bake that suits your own personality. These are my favorite kitchens from movies. Four of these kitchens are in Nancy Meyers movies – the woman can do no wrong! She hires the best production designers to create such beautiful spaces. Note: the fourth Meyers movie is Father of the Bride which Meyers didn’t direct, but she did co-write the screenplay and produce the movie. Which one of these kitchens is your favorite?

1. The Help – The blue and white tiled floor. The daylight streaming through the windows. Cake pans hanging on the walls. The pastel colors of this kitchen are subtle touches to making this kitchen quite lovely.

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2. Sex and the City 2 – This all-white kitchen really makes colorful kitchen accessories pop. The colorful curtain over the windows, the quality stove and oven, the gray and white checkerboard floor. This kitchen is clean, simple, and gorgeous.

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3. The Holiday – Set in an English countryside cottage, this kitchen is both cozy and charming. With dishes lining the walls and the baby blue cabinets, this kitchen is fantastic.

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4. Something’s Gotta Give – This is the perfect beach house kitchen. The art, the cobalt flowers, the classic cabinets, and the white ceramic tiled back splash. I could cook and bake all day long in this stunning setting.

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5. Julie and Julia – As you would expect, the kitchen in Julie and Julia is too good. The eclectic accessories, pots and pans hanging from walls, the sinks facing the windows, and the kitchen tools hanging as thought it were a workbench. Practical and pretty.

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6. Father of the Bride – The huge kitchen island is my favorite part about this kitchen. The hanging copper pots and pans are a close second.

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7. It’s Complicated – This ties with the beach house kitchen in Something’s Gotta Give as my absolute favorite kitchen. Flawless, from top to bottom. The black-rimmed windows, hanging pots and pans, the island with barstools, the clean and simple plates and cups. Everything is organized and fresh. I love it.

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8. The Parent Trap – With the kitchen leading to the backyard, this space is refreshing and elevated by the pops of color in the kitchen pots and pans, which look like Le Creuset. Amazing.

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P.S. More dream kitchens.

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That’s a Wrap!

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I’m back! That hiatus was a little longer than expected, but completely necessary. In that time, I’ve enjoyed a lot of good food and watched many movies, and I can’t wait to share! For example: how great is this plate of succulents, which are actually candies in disguise. They’re small, intricate, and really quite beautiful. I love discovering fun food creations; they are often found in random places and are great sources of inspiration. Now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Daily discussions of food from National Geographic.

* In-depth behind-the-scenes footage for the new movie Lucy.

* Juicy secrets from Mean Girls.

* How menus at restaurants trick you into spending more money.

* Celebrities and dinner parties. Take a listen.

* An amazing and seriously gorgeous magazine.

* This ombre donut layer cake is a cute idea.

* An ice cream that changes colors when you lick it? Cool!

* Rest in peace, Elaine Stritch. A true talent.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

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Just a heads up, I’ll be going on a brief hiatus for the next couple of weeks. During that time, watch these movies: The Constant Gardner, The English Patient, Thelma and Louise, Cold Mountain, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. I recently watched all of these movies, and I can’t get off this drama kick. I can’t say it enough – ever since I personalized my Netflix account, I have been getting such quality recommendations. Before I would open up Netflix and search forever for something that looked interesting. Now the second I open up the Netflix browser, there are at least three great movies right in front of me. So if there’s one thing you do this weekend, let it be personalizing your Netflix profile. It takes one minute and you won’t regret it. Enough about Netflix, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Can’t wait for this movie. I highly recommend the book ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand. You won’t be able to stop thinking or talking about this story. Truly unbelievable.

* Emmy nominations are out! Happy to see so many Orange is the New Black noms.

* Crumbs Bakeshop is closing down, though there have been talks of it being saved.

* Anthony Bourdain’s theory on the foodie revolution.

* What a cool movie. Not just a slice of life, but a whole pie.

* How good do waffles with vanilla yogurt sound?

* I watched Thelma and Louise last week (finally!) and this reunion is fantastic.

* Traveling this summer? Don’t check your bags without these sushi luggage covers.

* Photos from behind-the-scenes of old movies. Love all of them!

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Eat & Watch: Architect Birthday Cake & Three Men and a Baby

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Ever since I personalized my Netflix account, the movie suggestions have been on point. One of these suggestions was Three Men and a Baby, a classic and one of the movies I used to watch when I was younger (though at the time I definitely didn’t get the drug storyline). At Peter’s birthday party, he was presented with this amazing cake, which was appropriate for him since he is an architect. I thought this themed birthday cake was such a fun idea, and it would not only be a great cake for the architect in your life, but it would be the perfect thing to eat while watching this movie. Hang Batman from this crane, and then put them on top of this double layer chocolate cake. Don’t forget extra long candles to place near the base of the crane!

Image via Three Men and a Baby