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German Bratwurst nyc street fair

This was a great food week, to say the least. From apple picking in the Hudson Valley to German Bratwursts at a street fair to a late night Italian street festival, there certainly hasn’t been a shortage of delicious food in the past seven days. The Emmy Awards are this weekend, so that’ll be the major event for Sunday (and of course, the Seahawks game!). We’re slowly making our way toward Awards Season.  Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

MOVIE THEATER PRETZELS: These beloved theater snacks might become a thing of the past.

WHAT DO YOU HEAR?: The art of sound in movies. The sound of rain is actually bacon frying.

BIO-PICS: The difficulty of making movies about geniuses.

READ OR WATCH: 10 books that are nothing like their film adaptations.

OH! THE HORROR: Horror films are the best deal in Hollywood.

FALL BUCKET LIST: Recipes to make this season.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Jamaica Jerk Chicken.

Have a lovely weekend!

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yhh and bon appetit

Happy September! The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. On a totally unrelated food and film note, my sister and I released our first book, Youth’s Highest Honor. Getting it out into the world and promoting it has taken up a lot of time and energy, but it’s all worth it and I’m excited to finally share it with you. I’ll be taking the weekend to rest and catch up on movies. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

FOOD STYLING: An interview with a seriously talented food stylist and photographer.

HISTORY LESSON: The secret history of women in television.

SOCIALLY GOOD: How the social mission of Ben & Jerry’s survived being gobbled up.

BREAKING OLD-SCHOOL RULES: These female showrunners are changing the game.

COMING THIS FALL: Mindy Kaling shares what’s headed to the small screen this season.

STUNNING: 129 of the most beautiful movie shots in history.

TO BINGE OR NOT TO BINGE?: How do you consume television shows these days?

COOK SHORTAGE: Good cooks are getting harder to come by.

YIKES: What happens in your body one hour after drinking Coke.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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heart pizza

This week was all about homemade meals. From clam linguine to an improvised Farmers Market meal to a heart pizza, there was no shortage of trying new recipes and experimenting with fresh ingredients. On my radar movie theater-wise: Trainwreck and Irrational Man. After being on the verge of a cold for more than half the week, I’m looking forward to getting some extra sleep this weekend. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

GET INVITED BACK: A variety of gifts to bring every type of host/hostess.

CROSSING AMERICA: Routes from some of the greatest literary road trips.

PART II: Oh, the good ol’ Hollywood sequel.

DON’T WASTE: Use this handy chart to avoid food waste.

PARTY TIME: Throw an oyster bash.

THIRD PLACE: Jurassic World is now the third highest-grossing film in history, behind Titanic and Avatar. 

TERMS TO KNOW: A useful glossary of wine-tasting terms.

PRO TIPS: Baking tips from pastry chefs around the country.

Have a great weekend!

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china through the looking glass

This past weekend and week flew by! Graduation festivities will do that to you. To unwind a bit after the back-to-back events, I went to see The Met’s China: Through the Looking Glass, and it was a stunning exhibition (photo above). If you’re in NYC this summer it’s worth visiting. Monday is Memorial Day – remember to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. And now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

SAYING GOODBYE: To David Letterman. Letterman’s final Late Show aired on Wednesday, and it was celeb-filled.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Nora Ephron. The beloved writer and director would have been 74 on May 19th. To remember her, 12 ways she taught us to be better women.

READ: I finished Luckiest Girl Alivlate last week (it took me two days – I couldn’t put it down). Reese Witherspoon will be turning it into a movie.

WATCH: This movie looks so good.

WES ANDERSON: How well do you know his style? I got 65% – I clearly have some more Wes Anderson movies to watch.

HELPFUL: How to read a recipe.

Have a nice weekend!

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I can hardly believe my absence here, but I am making more of an effort to get more posts up! Though I haven’t been blogging (I’ve been focusing more on my other website), I have been watching a lot of movies and eating a lot of food, as per usual. I recently watched Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Terms of Endearment, and re-watched Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (which I swear gets funnier each time I watch it).

I also recently saw the play Constellations (photo above) with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. It was one of the greatest love stories I’ve seen. It showed the story of these two characters in a variety of ways, demonstrating how in different ‘universes’ we could have several encounters with one another. Our moods, circumstances, timing, location, etc. all play a role in our interactions with one another. The play explored how time is an illusion. It was thought-provoking, heartbreaking, and powerful. Also, very well acted. I was completely absorbed. And now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

*  Larry David is coming to Broadway.

* How movie posters survived the digital age.

* This graphic designer who made all the props for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel did an amazing job.

* The charm of Eataly.

* What does your favorite New York City restaurant say about you?

* In NYC and want to learn how to make macarons?

What are you up to this weekend? Have a lovely one!

{Photo by Lauren}

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lafayette fall

Last week my sister and I had breakfast at Lafayette, and it was the best way to start the day. So many great flavors in our dishes, and the restaurant is charming. This was the bakery’s autumn set-up (above) – could it look any more autumn? Insert hearty-eyed emoji. I still need to see Birdman, and haven’t really been catching up on all of my favorite shows. Once Upon a Time and Revenge are becoming priorities since the storylines have gotten very tangled and unpredictable. I can’t believe Halloween is in a week. While I love the holidays and autumn, I weirdly don’t actually do much to celebrate Halloween. This might have to change next year. Now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Excited to read this book. Also, what an amazing cover.

* The temperature dropped suddenly, so this recipe has my name all over it.

* These salty oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies look like perfection. Ina Garten can do no wrong.

* Maybe this is why I developed a serious love for food at such an early age.

* Tom Hanks wrote a story for The New Yorker.

* Behind-the-scenes of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

* The glamorous gowns and women of Oscar de la Renta.

* Dexter becomes Hedwig. Amazing.

* I can’t get over how delicious these look.

Have a fun weekend!

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It’s May! This weekend is going to be filled with food and movies, and I can’t wait. One of my best friends from college is visiting me, and we plan on eating and watching our hearts out. A couple of movies on our radar: The Other Woman and Spiderman 2. The Kentucky Derby starts today, so in honor of it I will enjoy a mint julep (most likely with this recipe). Not like mint juleps require any justification. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Such a fan of David Lebovitz. Can’t wait to try new recipes from his new cookbook, My Paris Kitchen.

* Wish I could have been in NYC for this pop-up cat cafe.

* Learn how to make chocolate ganache.

* Tony Award nominations were announced this week. I’m most looking forward to Hugh Jackman hosting!

* Daytime Emmy Awards nominations are also out! I’m all for the Culinary and Talk Show programs.

* A cool VW toaster.

* Obviously looking forward to seeing Chef.

* Leftover wine corks? Make use of them!

* Wednesday was the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls. Officially feeling old.

* A mobile food rodeo? I’m in.

* Love this place setting decor. The green, gold, and dark gray contrasts are perfect.

Have an amazing weekend!

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