That’s a Wrap!

succulent candies at harrods

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}

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That’s a Wrap!

pizza station

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}

Mad World

I have always been fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes of movies and T.V. shows, from the development process to the set creation. I love these off-screen photos of the cast of Mad Men. I just recently got into the show after initially finding it slow. There has been so much hype about the 5th season debut and the controversial ads plastered all over New York City, so naturally my interest was sparked and I gave the show another chance.  I am only on Season 2, so this summer I will be catching up with the rest of the seasons (thank you, Netflix). I also love how prevalent food is in each episode. Whether a family is eating dinner or hosting a party, food (and drinks) are common to see.

It’s so funny seeing the actors with their Macbooks…

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Universal Studios

Last weekend, a couple of friends and I went to Universal Studios for an exciting getaway from all the studying and work that is quickly filling our calendars. We knew the weather would be nice (80+ degrees!) so we made sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and to keep hydrated. Universal Studios is so much fun for so many different reasons. First of all, the rides are based on movies, which are a great combination. My favorite rides were The Mummy rollercoaster and Jurassic Park. I also loved the Studio Tour, where we rode around on a tram to see the different movie and television sets that were located at Universal Studios. We saw the set from War of the Worlds, drove through Wisteria Lane (!!), and saw the street that was used in an exterior shot from Bruce Almighty. I am a sucker for movies, and I love seeing what movie and TV sets/behind the scenes really looks like, so I felt like a kid in a candy shop.

Secondly, there are a lot of restaurants to choose from. Whether you wanted American food, Chinese food, or Mexican food, Universal had it all. Around midday I opted for a warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven Cinnabon with milk. Next to Cinnabon was a restaurant known for their fried chicken, which was seriously tempting, but the sugar from the cinnamon roll already had my name written all over it. Next time. We didn’t wait in lines for more than 15-20 minutes, which was great because we were able to ride almost everything at the park. Universal Studios feels like a grown-up Disneyland, and the focus of the park is on movies, so basically I had an incredible day absorbing the sights, eating the delicious food, and laughing with friends. After the Park, we hit up Urth Caffe, as I mentioned last Monday. Overall, a great day, and though I probably won’t have time to go back any time soon, I have a lot of pictures to bring me back to that amazing day.

Wisteria Lane! Gabriel Solice's house.