Sunday, November 30, 2008

Weddings and Family Fun in One Weekend.

My dear friend getting married in NY and spending Thanksgiving in the D.


Hood Restaurant News

- 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.


Another great movie to watch out for.

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

photo by Frank Lynch (via Brownstoner)


Paper Hearts <3

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

photograph by Holly Andres


Holiday Shopping fun

In my current hunt for holiday gifts, I came across these way cute cards at There is actually a ton of cute stuff on here. Kind of like a smaller Etsy with the same reasonable prices.


Weekend Report

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

Netflix- Watch Instantly

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

Guilty Pleasures of a Bygone Era: Teen Witch & Back to the Beach

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

"Life's Just Not Fair"

The new Kanye West album, 808's and Heartbreaks is fantastic. I have been listening to it a lot lately and I think Streetlights and Robocop are my favorites right now. Out 11/24.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Emmy the Great is well, GREAT!

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.


Restaurant- Braeburn

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.


Revolutionary Road

I pretty much cannot wait for this movie. Sam Mendes is amazing and the cinematographer, Roger Deakins is a genius. The trailer alone is visually stunning and it doesn't hurt that it has Catpower's Sea of Love in the background. Sigh.


I really wish this wasn't sold out

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."


Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach directed a short film on Saturday Night Live this weekend.


Where The Wild Whings Are? Yes, Where is that movie?

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.


Spam, it's all the rage

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.



I have no idea who this person is, I found it on a random blog and crossed out the eyes to protect the innocent but please don't let this ever be me on any bday of mine in my 30s. (just to clarify, she was celebrating HER bday).


Friday, November 14, 2008

David Chang is a Genius

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.


CC Sale!!!

Anyone who reads this blog knows I pretty much heart all things Criterion Collection so I thought I should pass on word that they are having a big sale on their entire inventory. 40% off everything thru Nov 24. Get it while its hot.


Chauncey for Iverson

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.