Sunday, November 30, 2008
- Looks like Cobble Hill's outpost of the restaurant, Miriam is now closed. The service was always bad at that location but sad to see it go as it was a good brunch go-to spot.
- The new restaurant, Buttermilk Channel is now open (and I might go check it out tonight!). So far, reviews have been quite good.
- Playa in Park Slope is now open, from the same owners as Barrio.
- Jim Mammary's controversy proposal to build an Oyster Bar behind Black Mountain Wine Bar is not happening. And his outpost, Trout now sits empty but Pacifico will remain open.
- The owners of our favorite Ted & Honey's is profiled in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Trailer of Mammoth from Swedish filmmaker, Lukas Moodysson and starring two of my favorite actors, Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Benal. First Showing describes it as "Similar to Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel, Mammoth explores the connection between three people in three different places. Tom (Bernal) heads on a business trip to Thailand where he tries to radically change his life; Allison (Williams), his wife, lives in New York and struggles to spend time with their daughter and deal with their live-in Filipino maid; and lastly, their maid's family and her two kids struggle with her absence in the Philippines." Apparently it doesn't have a distributor yet but there is talk it will premiere at Sundance.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Oh how I heart Michael Cera. I even tolerated (read: enjoyed) his precious tweeness in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Now comes word that him and his real life girlfriend, Charlene Yi will star in a movie together to be shown at Sundance called Paper Hearts. Reuters described it as "part documentary, part scripted comedy, centering on the real-life relationship between Cera and his girlfriend, Charlyne Yi, another member of the Apatow acting crew (she played the pigtailed stoner in Knocked Up. As in Cera's recent Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, music is a key element." Looking forward to this one.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I finally saw Synecdoche this weekend- I was really happy to see it having read the script some months back and while I did enjoy it, I think this is a case where the parts are better than the whole. There are some really poignant moments throughout the film and the cast is fantastic but by the end, it just doesn't feel like the emotional weight adds up. On the same night, we hit The Smoke Joint in Fort Greene but we sat in a new section of the restaurant since apparently they closed down Little Piggy Market (news to me) that use to be one of their off shoots. It was good BBQ but obviously way filling. Almost too much so. On Saturday, I saw the warm up at Union Hall to the Stella comedy troupe's upcoming tour. David Wain, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black have a such a great ease with each other - some of my favorites parts were them just riffing off each other or on people from the audience. They were still VERY much in warm up mode, still working out technical kinks, music cues and they were reading off script the whole time but overall, it was pretty funny. It was cool to see what worked and what didn't as they tried to refine the act. (On a David Wain tangent, I also saw Role Models that same week and I have to say, I surprised how much I enjoyed it. I mean its basically an Apatow-bromance ripoff but charming nonetheless.) Anyways, I leave you with this clip from Paul Rudd on Conan promoting Role Models with his ode to Mac and Me.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Not that I need anymore reason to stay in and watch movies but netflix- watch instantly for macs just added another one to the list. Here is a link to opt into the beta version. Not all movies are available to watch instantly but there are plenty to choose from and its free. Have at it.
Friday, November 21, 2008
A friend just reminded me of the movie Teen Witch. I think I watched that movie about 50xs. I use to love this movie totally unabashedly. This was a great scene, actually it IS a great scene. "Take That"
I also really liked Back to the Beach, I think I knew every word. Now I watch it and it is beyond ridiculous. Although the Pee Wee scene is still awesome. "Bird is the word"
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Emma Lee Moss aka Emmy the Great is a London based singer/songwriter who writes for any girl who ever has been in love and/or fallen out of love. Her truthful lyrics are heartbreaking but beautiful. It will probably be a bit twee for some but just right for others, like, me.
You can check her music out here or the new album is out in early 09.
I had the pleasure of visiting the new restaurant, Braeburn in the West Village this past weekend and can't say enough "delightful" things about the experience. We were seated promptly, the staff was attentive and the well, the food was delicious. They start with miniature biscuits that you definitely shouldn't pass up. We also got the Fall bibb salad and one friend, got the a fantastic crab salad that hints of passion fruit. For entrees, we got the trout, the skate and the scallops with walnut puree and a side of brussel sprouts. Everything was well plated, tasted great and was a decent size. Finally for dessert, we indulged in the banana cream pie and the apple cider donut holes. All three of us, left very happy. Definitely worth repeat visits. Menu here.
Zach Galifianakis is hilarious and well, who doesn't love to laugh so it saddens me to see the 15th night of the 18 Nights Of Inspiration at the 92nd Y is sold out. In the meantime, here is his bio for the event which makes me smile.
"My name is Zach (ZAK) Galifianakis (GAL IF a nakis).I am from the foothills of North Carolina. I like teeth. I like croissants. I like when old men at picnics say "pull my finger." I like when ivy overtakes trees. I like watching people miscommunicate. I like how America used to be, before it got crazy with false pride.I dislike guys who wear two cell phones. I dislike fake Christmas trees. I don't understand those who read People magazine. Nor do I understand 0% financing.I do understand the attraction to corn-dogs."
Spike Jonze granted Ain't It Cool News the most recent interview and update on his long delayed pet project, Where The Wild Things Are? Having read one version of the script by Dave Eggers and having seen stills, I think we will all be in for a treat, albeit a dark one, when the film is finally released. I mean, who didn't love this book as a kid.
So with the economical downturn apparently comes an increased intake in Spam or so says, the NY Times. Or something like that. Anyways, completely unrelated to the economy, my friend and I made Spam sushi, musubi to be exact. It was actually pretty good, nothing I think I will be making on a regular basis but it fit the theme of the dinner party we brought it to. If you dare try it yourself, here is the recipe.
Friday, November 14, 2008
There is no other way to say it, David Chang is flat out, Willy Wonka. I have no idea how he comes up with the amazingly delicious concoctions he does. He is at it again with the opening of Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar. Blue cheese polenta bread, coca cola cherries, salty pistachio caramel soft serve, brown butter solids... Check this menu. Seriously mind boggling and going to be worth repeats visits just so I can try everything. Serious Eats got a sneak preview and has a rundown with images of what you are in store for.
I'm not really a sports girl but I have deep childhood love for the Detroit Pistons. Things just haven't been the same since the era of Wallace (Ben) on Wallace (Rashad) ended but so it goes. Recently, the team traded Chauncey for Iverson and a new era began (Iverson even got his number). Here is a great article from the Detroit News with Chauncey's reaction.
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- Weddings and Family Fun in One Weekend.
- Hood Restaurant News
- Another great movie to watch out for.
- photo by Frank Lynch (via Brownstoner)
- Paper Hearts <3
- photograph by Holly Andres
- Holiday Shopping fun
- Weekend Report
- Netflix- Watch Instantly
- Guilty Pleasures of a Bygone Era: Teen Witch & Bac...
- "Life's Just Not Fair"
- Emmy the Great is well, GREAT!
- Restaurant- Braeburn
- Revolutionary Road
- I really wish this wasn't sold out
- Noah Baumbach
- Where The Wild Whings Are? Yes, Where is that movi...
- Spam, it's all the rage
- David Chang is a Genius
- CC Sale!!!
- Chauncey for Iverson
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