8 Books for Spring 2015

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My reading list for spring has grown significantly in the past couple of weeks. I thought I was set, but then a few more stood out to me when browsing the bookstore. These are the food and film books I can’t wait to read this season.

1. Lesser Beasts by Mark Essig – As valuable as they may be for food, pigs are also intelligent and self-sufficient. Essig’s book explores the history of a creature we typically think of as dirty and lazy. A fascinating read!

2. Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme – Young love and old movies? Sold! A young woman moves to NYC and discovers that her neighbor may have starred in a forgotten silent film. As she tracks down the film, her life changes. I’m looking forward to being charmed with this read.

3. How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by Eugenia Cheng – If you’re not a math person, maybe this book will change your mind. There’s food involved, after all. Cheng offers a new way of looking at math – I’m very interested to know why “making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard.”

4. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman – Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and business journalist Charles Fishman wrote this book about “curiosity conversations” that have inspired Grazer to create some of the beloved television shows and movies in history (24! Apollo 13! Arrested Development!). Grazer has had weekly “curiosity conversations” with accomplished strangers for decades, and in this book the power of inquisitiveness is explored. As a curious being, this sounds right up my alley.

5. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with Recipes by Jenny Colgan – A sweet novel about a woman who opens her own cafe when she’s laid off from her desk job. Challenges and adventures await, but when there are cupcakes involved, it might not be so bad after all. Colgan has several books like this, including The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, The Little Beach Street Bakery, and Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe.

6. Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage by Molly Wizenberg – When Molly Wizenberg’s husband Brandon decides to open a pizza restaurant, their young marriage changed. This book recounts their adventures.

7. Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl – A young woman takes a job at an iconic food magazine in New York. When the magazine is shut down, she discovers letters written to the legendary chef James Beard. I’ve heard great things about this book.

8. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann – A true Hollywood tale of ambition, scandal, and murder. Recreated with the suspense of a novel, this story sounds like a thrilling bedtime read.

What books are you reading this spring?

That’s a Wrap!

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This weekend I’m hoping to catch up on a few movies that have just been released to rent – The Imitation Game, Big Eyes, and Wild. I didn’t have a chance to see them in theaters, but now I have the perfect excuse to load up on snacks and have a movie marathon. The photo above is from a couple of weeks ago when I went to see the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image – these are Matthew Weiner’s show notes. I was particularly fond of: “Thank you for letting us all see a smile usually reserved for clients.” And with that, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* This article is great. But…if I ever saw Louis C.K., I would really want to say hi.

* Love this advice about growing a business from the ground up from a chef, a baker, and a chocolate maker.

* Bring me to London now please.

* This tweet though

* These food cinemagraphs are captivating.

* ‘Lumiere! Inventing Cinema’ celebrates the birth of movies in Paris.

* Jeni Britton Bauer is awesome.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

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The weather has officially turned and it’s so enjoyable walking around the city. There’s no better time to walk around New York City than when the skies are blue and the air is crisp. This weekend I’ll be heading to a friend’s house for Passover – I’m excited to learn about new cultures, eat new food, and make new friends. Whether you’re celebrating Passover or Easter or something completely unrelated, have a happy weekend. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* These crepe cakes are beautiful. I’m going to have to work on my crepe-making skills.

* An interesting read about Hollywood food stylists and their work. Movie magic at its finest.

* Why vending machines are so popular in Japan.

* 20 recipes to get you excited for spring.

* How adorable are these robin’s egg blue mini cakes?

* This food hall in Midtown is going to be fantastic. Open now, please.

Winnie the Pooh as a live-action movie? My inner child is jumping up and down with joy.

* Looking forward to watching this new Netflix series.

{Photos by Lauren}

Life Lately

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I’ve recently become way more active on Instagram. It’s been fun sharing a behind-the-scenes look of this blog and sharing even more things food and film related. For those who don’t have Instagram, I thought I’d share what my life lately has looked like. For those of you who do have it, follow me here!

1. I tried my first black and white cookie, and it wasn’t at all what I thought it’d taste like. A lot puffier than I imagined.

2. Sushi dinners are a great way to end the week. I can’t get enough fatty tuna.

3. Sunday mornings at Morgenstern’s. No shame in eating ice cream for breakfast.

4. I visited the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image and stepped into the world of Mad Men. Recognize this kitchen? It was Betty and Don’s in the house they used to share.

5. Healthy lunches don’t have to be time-consuming. Pop raw fish and veggies into a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-12 minutes and voila! Lunch is ready.

6. Snowdays is such treat. When you feel like having shaved ice cream with toppings galore (Pocky, mochi, syrup, chocolate, granola, fruit, you name it), this is the place to go.

What has your film and food life looked like lately?

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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}