That’s a Wrap!

It’s a short week for many, and it’s likely that your holiday weekend is packed with BBQs, sunshine, and time spent with family and friends. June was a good month – new movies, new adventures, new experiences (including seeing Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett live at Radio City Hall – pictured above).

July holds even more great adventures and experiences, and I’m making it a point to attempt more challenging recipes and see movies I might not normally watch on a Friday night. It’s always fun that July starts off with a (firework) bang – it really sets the tempo for the rest of the month. For now, though, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

40TH ANNIVERSARY: Last week marked the 40th anniversary for the summer classic, Jaws.

SEINFELD: You can now watch all 180 episodes of Seinfeld on Hulu. If you don’t want to start watching from the beginning, watch in this ranked order.

MAKE: Fresh pasta. This recipe looks like a winner.

TO READ: Judd Apatow’s new book.

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN: Though this food is way too much.

ICE CREAM: 15 great ice cream-making tips from cookbooks.

MILKSHAKES: Roasted fruit in a milkshake? Yes, please.

THINK BIG: The secret to Walt Disney’s corporate strategy.

ASTROWIVES: I loved reading The Astronaut Wives Club, and I can’t wait to watch the series on ABC.

Have a wonderful July 4th!

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What I Watched: June 2015

What I Watched June

I successfully made it to the theaters a couple of times this month, as well as watched some classics at home. Looking back, I’m happy to have stepped outside of my movie comfort zone. These films consist of an Italian romantic dramedy, an old sci-fi movie, and a continuation of successful dinosaur blockbusters. Overall, a great movie month.

What movies did you watch in June?

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Summer Movies 2015

Summer is officially here, and with it comes a multitude of cinematic features that offer a good excuse to escape the heat. A few of the blockbusters have already come out (Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron), and I’m looking forward to more low-key films. I can’t get enough of Amy Schumer, so Trainwreck will be a blast to watch. One I’m particularly looking forward to is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend.

summer 5Jimmy’s Hall – July 3, 2015 | This British-Irish drama tells the story of Jimmy Gralton who led the Revolutionary Workers’ Group. Gralton built a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland to encourage people to learn, dream, argue, and to have fun.




summer 1Trainwreck – July 17, 2015 | Amy Schumer not only wrote the screenplay, but she also stars in this movie. That’s all I need to know to go see it.





summer 4Mr. HolmesJuly 17, 2015 | Sherlock Holmes is retired, looks back on his life, and deals with an unsolved case. Hopefully this movie will hold me over until Sherlock Season 4 returns.




summer 2Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – July 31, 2015 | I thoroughly enjoyed the last Mission: Impossible, so I’m confident that this one will be just as thrilling.





summer 3Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend – August 28, 2015 | This is the sequel to the 2000 film, and it is the first feature film to premiere in theaters and on Netflix at the same time. So cool, though I’d want to see all the action on a big screen.




What movies are you excited to watch this summer?

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Around Town: Levain Bakery, New York City

levain bakery

Whenever I’m on the Upper West Side, I always make a stop at Levain Bakery. Though it’s very popular, I’ve only had to stand in a long line once. I go just for the cookies, but their bread, pastries, and coffee are frequently ordered items. I find myself dreaming about the Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies, and if I’m really in the mood for chocolate, the Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip (pictured above) hits the spot. The latter is a mix between a fudge brownie and cookie.

The cookies are heavy and dense, but incredible. They are crispy on the outside, but soft and doughy on the inside. Though the cookies certainly aren’t inexpensive ($4 each!), they’re huge and are worth every bite. Visit Levain with a sweet tooth and an empty stomach – you won’t regret it.

Levain Bakery
167 West 74th St
New York, NY, 10023








Images by Lauren

The Movie Collection: China – Through the Looking Glass

China Looking Glass Movies

Last month I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit. It was stunning, to say the least. This exhibition houses some of the most beautiful haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear pieces of clothing alongside Chinese art and screens featuring Chinese movies.

The entire exhibit tells a story, and the art, music, film screenings, and fashion draws you in completely. Not only was I completely absorbed with the fashion designs, but I was also captivated by the movies that were chosen to be screened alongside the clothing. These are the movies I took note of while walking through the exhibit, and I plan on watching every single one.

1. Chungking Express

2In the Mood for Love

3. The Last Emperor

4The Shanghai Gesture

5House of Flying Daggers

6Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

7Raise the Red Lantern

8Lady from Chungking

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That’s a Wrap!


The temperature has started getting into the 90s, and I’m more inclined to hide away in a dark cool theater. Jurassic World is finally out – can’t wait to see that one. In exciting television news, Netflix released Orange is the New Black early, so there’s an early summer present for you. Since that’s what everyone will be doing for the next 14 hours, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

KING OF COMEDY: Louis C.K., obviously.

RIDICULOUS CASTING: Emma Stone as an Asian.

CHIMPS: While chimps can’t make meals, they can understand the basics of heating food and appreciating it.

CANNES: 15 winners and losers from the glam film festival.

COOKBOOK: This old-school Jewish vegetarian cookbook looks so good.

BAR LUCE: Wes Anderson designed a cafe in Milan, and it looks like it could be straight out of a movie.

BOOK TO TV: On location in Scotland where Outlander is filmed.

SEX AN THE CITY: Knows best. Summer in New York is this.

FOOD TRUCK: The legal side of owning a food truck.

SHOW DEBUT: Julie Rottenberg has worked in TV a long time, and now she’s finally a Show Runner.

Have a great weekend!

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Around Town: RedFarm – New York City

A friend recommended RedFarm to me years ago, but it wasn’t until recently that I made my way there. RedFarm has a variety of delicious plates that are perfect for sharing with a friend or large group. While I prefer shrimp dumplings, pork buns, and hot and sour soup from places known for their dim sum, RedFarm offers a creative and modern take on Chinese food.

drink combo

It’s fun to sample a bunch of different items and take what you don’t eat to-go. The dishes I tried included the ‘Pac Man’ Shrimp Dumplings, Wild Rice Noodle with Shredded Duck, Pan-Fried Pork Buns, Soft and Crunchy Vegetable Fried Rice, Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp, and Thai Basil Lemonade. Cue salivation.

bun combo

Images by Lauren