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Favorite Movies I Miss and Must Re-Watch Soon

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2011 at 3:52 am

CAN’T HARDLY WAIT

I really don’t like Jennifer Love Hewitt. Come to think of it, I actually have grown more of a hatred for her after she enlisted in the new very lame show “Ghost Whisperer”. Like, realistically, in Hollywood how desperate does one have to be to sign up for a show called Ghost Whisperer? Anyway, Ethan Embry steals the show in this movie. I also love and hate Seth Green’s character — he was the biggest wigger portrayed in a movie during the 90’s. He was so confident in his head that he was in fact black? That no amount of laughter or back handed joking could convince him otherwise. Melissa Joan Hart, like Jennifer Love, should’ve been thrown into the big pools that were featured throughout the flick. Useless as a witch AND in movies. 

BREAKFAST CLUB

Come on, everyone loves this movie. I know it’s not “THE MOST INNOVATIVE” pick but who cares? I dig it. I think the least amusing character had to be the spoiled bitch, played by Molly Ringwald. Unfortunately she inherited nothing from the character she emulated — she is not well known nor is she emulated by anyone. Sad but that’s life right? I think the chick who mashed her food together into the most crazy sandwich and was a kleptomaniac hands down won the award for being the MOST badass. 

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

I can’t not include this movie into the mix – I just remember watching this movie so many goddamn times in a row that it almost burned and fizzled out on me – and remember folks, it was in VHS format. Yes, it can actually happen. I used to watch this movie with my old babysitter Sharon – ironically enough Sharon Stone starred in this movie – I think it was just one of those movies you think back on and wonder how you would’ve handled the adventures of being a babysitter any differently than Sharon Stone had… hmm, I’m still pondering.

PULP FICTION

From the moment I saw this movie in its entirety for the first time until now, I can whole heartedly say I am obsessed with Pulp Fiction. Do I think Travolta is a fox in this movie? Um, no very far from. Something, however, draws me to it — the dynamic between Travolta and Samuel Jackson just clicks and is realistic and raw. The scene in which Uma Therman foams from the mouth after accidentally polishing off a speedball is the most memorable part of the movie, hands down. The knife resurrection isn’t too bad of a scene either. 

FERRIS BUELLER

Matthew Broderick wasn’t just a celebrity in the 80’s early 90’s, he was ‘My Soulmate’. I’d spend hours just gazing at him in Ferris Bueller. Maybe it was the rebellious attitude? Maybe it was the unforgettable dance scene in the middle of a busy street? Who knows, all I know is that he has yet to unfortunately find a role as memorable as Ferris Bueller. He has, however, married Carrie from SATC – yes I know her name of course but it’s not as cool to say Sarah Jessica, it’s just not – face the facts. 

TITANIC 

While writing this post, my guy roommate confessed, like many others I know, to not having watched Titanic in its entirety — I can’t help but judge him a bit. This movie was THE essential go-to flick of the 90’s. It was traumatizing, endlessly and hopelessly romantic and most of all, based on a true story. I just love Leo, I do. I loved him way before this movie when he starred in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and I continued to adore him in this movie. The most memorable scene, OF COURSE, is the steamy and we mean steamy sex scene (has that ever been confirmed??!!) in the back of the idle car in the parking garage floor on the boat. UM, if I ended up clinging for my life with a steamy and sweaty hand in the back of an old non moving car with Leonardo DiCaprio? I personally wouldn’t give two shits if the boat did in fact end up drowning, I know you all agree with me. 

DIRTY DANCING

I’m sorry but no movie has come along since Dirty Dancing that’s swept me off my feet as much as this movie has. I will forever hold this movie near and dear to my heart — I danced, I felt the passion Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze had for one offer, in a nutshell? I simply adore this movie. I think one of the best parts of Dirty Dancing is the fact that years and years later you can re-watch and find hidden undertones and or lines you didn’t get when you were 10 let’s give a for instance. I will for sure be passing this movie… VHS… DVD… WHATEVER onto my children. It just can’t be replaced. 

EMPIRE RECORDS

Again, I say, this movie is a classic but not one that everyone would automatically assume which makes it special in my book. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Renee was actually normal and hot not a sucker punched dried up actress, Ethan Embry as per usual is adorable and happens to be a huge stoner in this movie. I also love Liv Tyler’s pill popping character — especially the break down scene similar to the one Jesse had on Saved By The Bell. I’d love for someone to open any one of my ten purses and pick out some bottle of prescription meds and shake me really hard. I’m more than happy to share with others — share the love, that’s what life is all about right?



The Best of NY — Personal Food Awards

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

PIZZA….  INNOVATIVE VARIATION OF AT LEAST

Balaboosta’s Grilled Pizza with Carrot Purée, Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese & Cilantro

Um…. I dream about this dish weekly. I’m not a huge regular pizza fan, whatsoever, if anything I’ll opt for the White Pizza with Broccoli. I’m veering off course, the point that I’m trying to make is that, Balaboosta’s Grilled Pizza is ANYTHING but ordinary. The variation of flavors and textures just makes this pizza literally unforgettable. To think that a pizza which incorporates no traditional fixings of a pizza can be SO ridiculously good is mind-boggling to some. The carrot purée as the base adds such texture in addition to a heartier alternative to marinara sauce. The goat cheese paired with the caramelized almost sweet onions is insane on the palate as well. As long as Balaboosta keeps offering this appetizer, the longer I will continue to salivate about it. Just sayin’.

 CORN

Cafe Habana’s Signature Corn

If someone were to have asked me, do you remember the best corn on the cob you’ve ever had? I’d probably have laughed in their face… that is until I stopped at Cafe Habana for brunch a couple of weeks back. I have since been researching this signature Cuban delicacy and came to find in a great cookbook I own, written by Miami’s top chef, Michelle Bernstein, that the dish is somewhat of a Cuban staple. With Ancho Chile Butter, Queso Fresco dousing the corn on the cob, I literally can’t stop thinking about this corn. I need to go back sooner than I should to order it again….


FRENCH ONION SOUP

Tie between Les Halles and Five Napkin Burger

There is nothing like French Onion soup. Nothing. I think no matter how warm or how cold it is outside, I am always in the mood for a bowl of French Onion. Maybe it’s the texture combination of the soaked bread with the harder cheese crisping on the rim of the bowl with the sautéed and softened onions. YUM. I love two restaurants in the city for their French Onion – one more traditional and one less so. Five Napkin, known for their burgers, beers and sushi rolls, offers an amazing soup — up to my liking. Les Halles, a Midtown East French hang out, is known for their dish which I can’t say fails to live up the hype whatsoever.  

 SWEET TREAT

Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Cream Pie

My boyfriend has a sweet tooth … or more like he likes to dabble in the “fat kid diet” every now and again. He forced me to wait with him in the never-ending line to get into Magnolia Bakery. While I’m not one to wait for ANYTHING, even a free bottle of great wine, I complied. I’m more than glad I did. The Banana Cream Pie was served in a cup with a spoon and to say it was the most enjoyable dessert I’ve had in years, is true. WOW. Go now even if you have to wait…  a while.  

GREEK DISH

Kefi’s Baked Shrimp and Orzo Dish

My mom and I love to eat shrimp… and we love feta…. and tomatoes…and orzo. Ok we love a lot of Greek inspired dishes. Point of the matter is that I have a favorite place at home called Athenian Garden, that makes this to-die-for Shrimp Orzo Bake. I didn’t think, however, that in my wildest dream I’d find a replica dish even better here in Manhattan. For a VERY REASONABLE cost, you can get such an amazing shrimp, feta, tomatoes, orzo bake at Kefi. Add a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot and you won’t regret the trip to the Upper West Side, I promise you this in advance. 

MARGARITAS 

Rosa Mexicano’s Famous Pomegranate Margarita

  I don’t know just how many times I’ve blogged about Rosa Mexicano since I began this blog in 2008. It has been an integral part of my dining life since I was a tot. No other margarita holds a candle to Rosa’s famous “Pomegranate Margarita”. Even I feel the immediate effects (and regrets) after ONE drink. Insane things begin to happen when you finish off more than two – take for instance, you becoming the restaurant’s coat checker for the half hour insisting that it’s your job position. Let me not elaborate any further on this anecdotal story.  

HANGOVER OMELET

Jane’s Shrimp Ranchero

I love innovative dishes, something as simplistic as a omelete that you can whip into an unforgettable breakfast is noteworthy in my book. I’ve had Jane’s Shrimp Ranchero breakfast dish countless times and yet? I still can’t get enough. It offers a heartier protein than just eggs, by incorporating shrimp and it also has amazing texture with great salsa and perfectly done avocado.  

 

Some Things Worth Looking Forward To…

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

 BERMUDA

While this rambling list falls in no specific order, I will say that I sure do love my trips to Bermuda. Bermuda is quiet, uninterrupted and to be quite honest, such a hidden gem. I’ve been going to Bermuda since I was little, staying at the Ariel Sans and never once had a unenjoyable trip… watch me jinx it but how could that really happen when you’re on a quiet & remote island with no cell phone reception? Let’s be serious here for a minute.

PASSOVER

Am I necessarily a fan of holidays that deprive you of meals? No, no I am not. I do, however, LOVE Passover…. and Purim…. and Hanukkah. Ok, maybe I like being Jewish more than I originally thought I had. There’s something very fun and traditional about Passover — very unlikely will you find a totally innovative out of the box Passover dinner — which is what makes it such a special holiday to me. People stick to the traditional inclusions on the plate, while having refined it to fit modern society’s standards, you will never see a Passover plate without some essentials such as Matzoh, Charoset, Bitter Herbs… the list goes on. My mother’s homemade Matzoh Brie may or may not be the reason I’m booking it back down to Jersey this weekend, just don’t tell my family that  — please and thank you. 

INCLUSION OF MINI DENIM CUTOFFS BACK INTO MY WARDROBE

While I have no booty and have come to terms with the fact, I do love my body shape for certain reasons, such as, my ability to rock cut off denim shorts. I saw some GREAT new styles of these shorts in both Madewell and Urban Outfitters. I’m thinking a black long sleeve tucked in, the denim minis and crazy colored/patterned flats… all I need now is some freakin’ warm enough weather!

                                                                                                                                                                                  STARBUCKS’ PASSION ICED TEA

I would rather lick gravel than buy a cup of Starbuck’s overpriced, horribly tasting coffee. Their signature iced teas, however, are such a different story. Even I, a die-hard sweetener fan, finds it rather unnecessary to include in these unsweetened iced teas.  A large, coming in at $3.00, is well worth it and very enjoyable in my opinion. The drink reminds me of summer and I can’t help but starting to buy them now, in hopes that spring comes quicker. Sorry I’m not sorry.

UPCOMING MOVIES

Although my last attempt at going to catch a flick in the theatres myself ended in a major failure (cough, 127 hours is much better to read to than visually see, cough), I am willing to attempt another movie date with myself OR with others, if they choose to join. I can’t wait, specifically, for Scream 4 to premiere. Do I think it will be wildly or even remotely different from the last three? No. If anything, I may need booze to ease my disappointment with just how similar the fourth installment is, but hey, at least I can say I’m a Scream fan through and through right?

SAN DIEGO

Big trip coming up next month — my first trip to meet Jon’s family in San Diego. For countless reasons, as one could imagine, I am looking forward to this trip more than a lot of others on this list. Serious Eats, my favorite food blog of all time (you all must know this at this point) always mentions “go to food stops” while visiting San Diego. You better believe I’m dragging my boyfriend to each and every one of these stops. Some of Serious Eats’ San Diego grub picks include: the Four Cheese Sandwich at Urban Solace, the Caprese Croissant from 30th Street Cafe and the Red Velvet Cake Frozen Yogurt from Rockie’s Frozen Yogurt — DONE AND DONE.

SANGRIA

One of my best friends, Jenina, is one of the biggest Sangria fans I’ve ever met. I can recall times where large… large… sizes of Carlo Rossi were passed around her apartment’s living room. While I’m not one for chugging econo-sized anything, I do love fresh Sangria while sitting outside at a restaurant. I think Sangria instantly puts you in the mood to do SOMETHING fun after you finish your drink — whether it be a bike ride or a big night out. I just know that if I sit and enjoy a glass of Sangria with friends, my happiness level boosts much higher than it would otherwise.

 

WHITE SKINNY JEANS

I know the faux pas behind wearing white pants in the colder seasons is long gone, but I personally, can’t get over the notion that it just doesn’t look right when you’re not tan and happily warm. I think I’ll start rocking the white skinny jeans I have with some black leather — nice mix up of the delicate and the harsh. I also can’t wait to wear white pants to my office — seeing as that denim is not allowed, white pants are JUST the right alternative come mid May-August.

SPRINGTIME IN NYC

I can’t reminisce on past springs spent in New York. I can say, however, that Boston was beautiful in the spring and I can’t imagine New York being any less gorgeous. I love the fresh feeling in the air, the flowers finally making their debut and the ability to start-up on my idea for some romantic picnics in the park on weekends. Damn, I need to stop day dreaming and start doing!