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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!

{photo by lauren}

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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!

{Photo via}

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healthy bfast

I’ve slowly started to get back in the habit of blogging, and it is such a happy feeling. While I never stop thinking of ideas or brainstorming for posts, making the time to actually sit down and write them (let alone cook, bake, photograph, edit, etc.) has been a little harder to accomplish. I promise you I am working on this. I can’t believe that when I started this blog and was in college I published a post every single day. Whew!

This week I saw Captain America, and it was great. It was funny, action-packed, emotional, and it, as usual, left a great cliffhanger for the next movie. I randomly watched the first Captain America movie last fall and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Maybe that’s why I was so eager to see this one. I have caught up on all of my shows…just as the season finales are airing. I hate waiting for the next season to find out what happens.

I am on the hunt for healthier recipes, mainly to balance out all of the sugar-loaded desserts I bake. If you know of any good quinoa or chickpea recipes, please let me know! I’d love to hear your recommendations. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Attempted making a healthy breakfast (quinoa, coconut, cinnamon & honey), but I think I’m going to need more practice with quinoa.  [photo above]

* Excited for Ina Garten’s book to come out at the end of October!

* Meg Ryan‘s big comeback?

* The life of a sourdough apprentice.

* Girl Scout cookies & wine? Um, yes please.

* Can’t wait any longer for this movie to come out! It is currently set for a July 2014 release date.

* Key and Peele make me laugh hard, too.

* This cinnamon and vanilla cashew milk looks super refreshing.

* Now You’re Cooking. Simply stunning visuals.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

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I love Lucy

Being sick is no fun. It’s even less fun when you are too sick to watch movies. However, with some good luck, lots of fluids, and a ridiculous amount of sleep, I’m hoping to kick this flu to the curb by Sunday – I know, that’s very wishful thinking. At least I’ll try to have enough energy to get through a couple of movies. In the meantime, wrapping up the week with a re-cap…

* I love stumbling upon I Love Lucy posters [photo above].

* Such a beautiful and touching article.

* Totally forgot Smash was back on…I have a lot of catching up to do.

* Love this udon noodle bowl.

* Can’t believe I’ve still never seen this after all the time I’ve spent in New York.

* Oz the Great and Powerful comes out today…who is seeing it?

* If you haven’t already, follow me on Twitter for daily food and film inspiration!

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

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This week was a blur. Last weekend I traveled to the East Coast for a quick getaway, and as I expected, it was filled with incredible food and quality entertainment. This weekend will be filled with lots of work, but not without a little adventure and fun – trying out a new sushi place and spending time with friends. Until then, wrapping up the week with a recap…

* Saw Scarlett Johansson star in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in NYC.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

* Enjoyed delicious Bellinis at Sunday brunch.


* This sign on the way to Chinatown made me laugh out loud.

Funny sign

* A classic Valentine’s Day treat for a crafty and cute party.

Preparation for Vday Party

* This Sunday is the Academy Awards – finally! For a delicious treat, try making Golden Caramel Popcorn.

* These Eleni’s ‘Best Picture’ cookies are too perfect.

* Watched the Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream documentary that premiered on HBO last Saturday. Pretty good overall, there were definitely some inspiring moments.

* I saw Argo, but I haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty yet. For those who have, what are your thoughts on this article?

* Girl Scout Cookies, I’m coming for you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photos by Lauren}

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I am Grace Cafe Gratitude

Light lavender color

This was a pretty great week. After several meetings, getting ahead on school work, and taking a leisurely hike, I am off to the East Coast for a quick trip that will be filled with delicious food, fantastic entertainment, and loved ones. Thankfully, the East Coast storm has calmed down, and I am looking forward to the brief escape. Before then, though, it’s time to wrap up the week with recap…

* These Superhero window washers are unbelievably awesome.

* Enjoyed brunch at Cafe Gratitude - delicious vegan food with amazing smoothies (1st photo).

* One more weekend until the Oscars. I can’t wait.

* Love the color of these flowers – they make an early morning hike much prettier (2nd photo).

* I wouldn’t mind eating these doughnuts every morning.

* I’ve been downloading books like crazy. This week’s recommendations: Born Round by Frank Bruni and The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten.

* This article is from 2010, but we briefly discussed this topic in my media seminar and I found it fascinating even though Vampires have zero appeal to me.

* I <3 Kelly Clarkson. She killed it at the Grammy Awards last Sunday.

Have an amazing weekend!

{Photos by Lauren}