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!

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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}

That’s a Wrap!

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The snow just keeps on falling, and nothing sounds better than curling up under a blanket with loads of snacks and watching movies all day long. Daylight savings is this weekend and I couldn’t be more ready for brighter evenings. Spring is near (even though it certainly doesn’t feel like it). As long as I have a matcha latte (a new discovery!) by my side, everything will be okay. And now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* When Harry Met Sally and glorious New York City.

* Rethinking season strategy when it comes to movie releases.

* If you’re stuck at the airport this snowy season, these are the best ones to be stuck at.

* This may be the most impressive apple pie I’ve ever seen.

* A great article for you Wes Anderson fans.

* Larry David’s humor is everything.

Have a warm weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Winter 2014 Must-See Movies

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We have reached the final week of fall (winter officially begins on Sunday, December 21). When the temperatures are below zero and the snow is falling, spending the day watching movies at your local cinema can’t be beat. There were some great movies this fall, and there are still many more to come. I fell in love with the book Unbrokenso I’m eager to see how the movie plays out. Louis Zamperini’s life story is nothing short of incredible, and if you haven’t read the book yet, I highly encourage you to do so. This American Sniper trailer really got me, and I will undoubtedly be seeing it as soon as it comes out. I love watching movies this time of year because we’re getting into Awards Season, and many of these movies will be in the running for top awards.

1. Unbroken – December 25, 2014

2. Into the Woods – December 25, 2014

3. A Most Violent Year – December 31, 2014

4. Selma – January 9, 2015

5. American Sniper – January 16, 2015

What movies are you looking forward to this winter?

{Image via Laura Ashley}

Film History: Movie Theater Etiquette

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These movie theater etiquette lantern slides from 1912 are fantastic. All the same rules apply today, with the addition of no talking or texting on cell phones. Also, you’re unlikely to see someone wearing a large hat at the movie theater, but doesn’t that make you just a bit sad that dressing up for a night on the town to see a ‘picture’ no longer exists?

These slides were shown during what are now previews, trailers for upcoming movies, and trivia quizzes. They were also sometimes used during intermission. Multiple films used to be shown at one time since they were much shorter than movies are now. To read more about these cool pieces of film history, here are two great articles: Etiquette Lessons for the Annoying Moviegoers of Early Cinema and Lantern Slides That Advertised Coming Attractions in the Silent Film Era.

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Images via SlateBack Story Radio

Paris, je t’aime

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Last September, I was walking down the streets of Paris and loving every minute of it. I’d wander down side streets in search of fresh baguettes, head out to the main road to get a good look at the Eiffel Tower, and just absorb Paris and the culture. It’s hard to believe that was one year ago this month as it feels like it was just yesterday when I was sipping on Moroccan mint tea and drinking thick hot chocolate.

When I start missing France and all of its charm, I simply turn to movies set in Paris. Movies capture some of the most beautiful parts of the city on-screen, can be both enjoyable and challenging in thought and topic, and movies are the easiest (and cheapest!) way to experience a couple of hours in the City of Light. These are 15 great options:

1. Gigi

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2. Sabrina

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3. An American in Paris

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4. Everyone Says I Love You

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5. Midnight in Paris

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6. Charade

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7. Funny Face

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8. Marie Antoinette

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9. Amélie

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10. Moulin Rouge!

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11. Something’s Gotta Give during this scene

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12. Hugo

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13. Caché

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14. Paris When It Sizzles

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15. Paris, je t’aime

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Which Paris-based movies are your favorite to watch?

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