A Dash of March

ice cream disco

In lieu of the typical Friday That’s a Wrap! post, I thought it would be the perfect time to launch my A Dash of March Food and Film Campaign given that it is the 1st day of March! Every morning I will tweet a plan of action to help get us through the last leg of winter and into spring. I’ll be using the hashtag #ADashofMarch, so follow me on Twitter for your daily dose of all things food and film. Along the way I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Of course, I’ll still be blogging three days a week – this is just a fun way to engage and bring delicious food and entertaining films back into our lives. Check my Twitter later today to find out the first daily dose of inspiration!

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In the Spotlight: Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

When I think of romantic comedies, I think of Drew Barrymore. She is the Queen of RomComs! Therefore, she is perfect to spotlight in February, where every night is romcom night. Or maybe that’s just me. Also, her birthday is this Friday (February 22). The February spotlight suits her.

I’ve always been a Drew Barrymore fan because she is not afraid to be herself and she is hilarious. She can really deliver the emotion in each and every film she stars in. My absolute favorites include Never Been Kissed (1999), Charlie’s Angels (2003), Fever Pitch (2005), and Going the Distance (2010). If Drew is in a film, you can bet I’ll see it with enthusiasm.

Recently, she came out with her own affordable makeup line at Walmart called Flower. An inspiring entrepreneur, actress, and woman, Drew Barrymore will always be a favorite. What are your favorite Drew Barrymore films?

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Holiday Film & Food Gift Guide

Happy December! Depending on whether you’re an early gifter, the shopping season might have already arrived. If you are already thinking about what to get loved ones, here are the top 9 film and food gifts I am loving. Nothing beats an experience gift - treat your best friend or sister to a late night flick! Or encourage your cousin to document his or her favorite films in this handy Moleskine journal.  All of these items make cute little gifts for friends and family without seriously breaking the bank.

1. AMC Theater Gift Card/Experience Gift - {$Prices may vary}
2. Apilco Cow Creamer - {$29.00}
3.
Breaking Bad: The Complete First Season – {$12.49}
4. Chinese Takeout Box Frosted Glass Candle Holder - {$7.80}
5. Clear Coca-Cola Can Glass - {$4.49}
6. Moleskine Passions Film Journal - {$13.57}
7. Pitch Black Dot for iPhone 5 – {$49.00}

8. Star Wars Cookbook with Cookie Cutters - {$23.95}
9. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - {$19.75}

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Eat & Watch: Banana Cake and King Kong (1933)

Once again, I found myself with some extra ripe bananas that I didn’t want to go to waste. Banana cake has been on my list of recipes to make for a while, so I was glad I could put the ripe bananas to good use. I followed Ina Garten’s recipe (without the walnuts, orange zest, and cream cheese frosting) to bake this delicious banana cake. This cake is not only tasty as a dessert, but it really hits the spot with a big cup of morning coffee. I thought it would be fitting to use a monkey mold for the banana cake, and it also goes well with the theme of King Kong. While there have been a couple of remakes of the 1933 film, I prefer the original. When it comes time to movie night, this banana cake and King Kong are a winning combination.

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Friday Features

{Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier}

I can’t express enough how odd it feels for the weeks to be going by so quickly. It feels just like yesterday I was at the Santa Monica Pier looking out into the horizon at the sunset and crashing waves. I love piers/beaches because not only are they relaxing, but everyone around you seems to fade away. All the kids splash around in the ocean acting like there’s no tomorrow. That kind of innocence and genuine “I don’t care who’s looking” is refreshing and inspiring. Here’s to a spontaneous and carefree weekend!

{Avocado Pesto Pasta…this is going on my to-make list!}
{A great poster that I would like to hang next to my desk}

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 {I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes – I couldn’t resist sharing this one!}

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Much Love for the Crazy and Stupid

This weekend I went to see Crazy, Stupid, Love. I had anxiously awaited for this movie to come out, so naturally I went the Friday it opened. This movie captivates you from the second it starts, and I found myself so engaged with the story that I forgot I was in the theater. I brought these along to munch on, as well as some Red Licorice from the concessions stand.

Just to quickly catch you up, Crazy, Stupid, Love, is about a 40-something-year old man, Cal, who learns that his wife, Emily, wants a divorce. Having been with Emily since high school, Cal is heartbroken and is left to fend for himself. That is, until he meets Jacob, an effortlessly smooth player. Jacob teaches Cal all that there is to picking up women and having style. Cal’s son, Robbie, has a crush on his older teenage babysitter, Jessica, and is determined to win her over. Jacob meets a girl named Hannah who captivates him. Each couple, in their own way, deals with love and what it means to not give up on someone.

First things first, this was an unbelievable cast. With Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love reaches out to a wide-ranged audience. To my right was an older couple while in front of me was what looked like a group of 15-year-olds. The cast has an appeal for people of all ages, yet no matter what age you are, you adore every single cast member. Steve Carell was hilarious as always, but we see a more sensitive and serious side to him as well. Emma Stone is a strong and mature female in this movie, and almost steals the entire show. But then there’s Ryan Gosling, who flaunts his humor, abs, and sensitive side when the time is right.

The stories in this film are well-developed. The idea of having a soul mate and fighting for the one you love resonated with many people in the audience. When I go to the movies, I want a great love story. Better yet, a realistic yet still great happy love story. While many movies portray unattainable love stories, Crazy, Stupid, Love feels honest and raw. There were many scenes in the movie that were so unbelievably real, clever, and sweet that I never wanted it to end.

I can’t say enough good things about this movie, and I’ll probably spend the $20 when it comes out on DVD. This will definitely become a modern classic love film like The Notebook (Ryan Gosling must have that effect on people). You go in thinking it’s going to be a good movie, and you leave knowing it’s a fantastic movie.

Watch This + Eat This

Watch This: In 1970, the documentary, Woodstock, was released about the Woodstock Festival that took place at Bethel in New York in 1969. Legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Richie Havens played at this festival for over 500,000 people. This festival means something because it is thought to have changed the history of rock and roll. Directed by Michael Wadleigh, this film earned the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Woodstock is just over 3 hours long, but if you enjoy concerts and the late 60’s/early 70’s, this could be the best pick for a fun, light-hearted evening.

Eat This: Sticking with the 60’s/70’s theme, these tie-dye cupcakes are the perfect companion to this film. Following this recipe for original yellow cupcakes, I improvised and apportioned the batter into different bowls and mixed in food dye. To give it the tie-dye swirl look, I dropped 2-3 different colored batters into the cupcake cups and baked for 25 minutes.

Enjoy!

Fall in Love with Love and Other Drugs

Last year, I had the privilege of writing web stories for TheCelebrityCafe.com. One of the stories I submitted was a review of the movie, Love and Other Drugs, starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it in theaters, but I am holding off on buying the DVD for now. This is not because I didn’t like the movie enough, but because it is one of those movies that stays with you a while after you first see it.

The story of Hathaway’s character, Maggie, dealing with an early onset of Parkinson’s is an important message to send to crowds around the world. It is sometimes harder to watch movies with meaningful messages that have such a profound and lasting effect for the second time. At least within the same year.

You can read my full review here.