This just BLEW MY MIND! What an amazing way to communicate (hands free) and share your experiences with the ones you love. Google is amazing! YES! Check it out!!
Happy Friday I miss you!
I had the honor of going to Brooklyn this past weekend for a special family occasion. I had never been and I loved it, especially the food. The first night we dined at Al Di La:
We stopped in 2 noteworthy coffee shops. The first, an accident, Konditori. A Swedish coffee shop we happen to pass by. We indulged in a Homemade Swedish CoCo ball (mmm) and a hot cup of their finest Swedish brew:
The second coffee shop, we made sure not to miss, Blue Bottle Coffee. It was a drive, yes, but worth it! The shop alone was fascinating:
I saved the highlight of the trip for last. THE BEST PIZZA I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE (and all I do is seek out amazing food!!) Lucali’s pizza is a MUST STOP in Brooklyn! It was sooooooo good. I just kept saying “oh. my. god.” over and over and over, I couldn’t handle it. They only have 2 things on the menu: Pizza and Calzones. We naturally ordered both.
Then, just 2 blocks away was Mazzola Bakery - what a fantastic way to end the night. I recommend the Canoli, Cookies, Chocolate bread, really anything.
It was a true NY trip – pizza, canoli’s, calzone’s and…coffee??
Also, how cute is my mom? Dancing the night away in NY – she’s the best.
Confession: A guilty pleasure of mine is reality TV. I’m a huge fan of The Biggest Loser, The Voice, Sister Wives, The Bachlorette etc, etc, etc. I really haven’t been watching the X Factor this season, but each week I have been watching the YouTube videos of Carly Rose – SHE’S SO GOOD! Can you believe she’s only 13??? The below is her final audition video and then another song she sang about a week ago. Holy Shmoly! I love her sultry voice!
The below subject line made it’s way into my inbox a while ago. (Think back to the terrible Aurora Theater shooting. I’ve been holding my blogging tongue since July when the shootings happened, but for some reason, I’m posting it today):
“Colorado Shootings a Wake-Up Call for Theater Security”
What? That’s the wake up call here? We need metal detectors and bag searches at the movies???
The problem is that IS the main takeaway. The article didn’t mentioned that James Holmes, the alleged Aurora shooter, had numerous guns that held 100 bullets. He also had materials to build explosives that he legally purchased. Why is that not the subject line? We wouldn’t have to focus on metal detectors and bag searches if civilians wen’t able to buy assault weapons!
This is the part when the NRA reps would get all huffy and bring up the fact that it’s their ‘right’ to own them, blah, blah, blah. Have you ever actually read the second amendment? Here it is, in all it’s glory:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
There are three predominant interpretations of the Second Amendment:
The second amendment couldn’t of imagined a world with the technological capabilities of weaponry we’ve developed. It dealt with muskets, canons and foot soldiers. There weren’t even movie theaters to shoot up. A gun capable of catastrophic destruction has no place in the hands of civilians – legally or illegally. We know what happens when crazy people can buy guns or get their hands on them. We saw it in Columbine and we’re seeing it now. We need to ask ourselves, what will be done to stop another of these meaningless, life shattering tragedies?
I know, this isn’t a black or white issue. There are people in rural areas who use guns to hunt, I don’t agree with hunting for sport, but there are people who hunt for food (imagine that!). They ‘need’ their guns to survive. But I live in Los Angeles and the only people who have guns are criminals or people who are protecting themselves from the criminals. Either way you slice it, it sounds like the wild west.
But there are already guns on the streets, so what do we do? This is a polarizing issue, how do you feel?
It has been QUITE a year! Here’s a few powerful images from 2012:
Nik Wallenda tightroped over Niagara Falls on a 2-inch-wide wire. He’s the first person to ever cross directly over the falls from the U.S. into Canada.
Thanks to Curiosity, this is one of the clearest images of Mars ever taken.
Rosemary McDermott and her husband opened a safe containing their family genealogy in the Breezy Point section of Queens. They salvaged the safe from the basement of Rosemary’s mother’s home after Superstorm Sandy.
The space shuttle enterprise flying above NYC.
Ramoncito Campo kisses his wife Hernelie Ruazol Campo on a flooded street during a southwest monsoon that battered Manila, Philippines, in August. The newlywed couple pushed through with their scheduled wedding despite severe flooding that inundated wide areas of the capital and nine nearby provinces.
There are other powerful images, but I kept to showing the more cheery ones. You can see all of them here.
I’m looking forward to all of the awe 2013 has to offer…
I’m a HUGE fan of Dr. Champ, aka The Caveman Doctor. He’s leading the charge on healthy eating in an ironically new, yet prehistoric way. His primary goal is to provide simple methods for analyzing the available literature and following a healthy lifestyle. Through his research, he has concluded that mimicking many aspects of the caveman lifestyle and diet, one that the human body has adapted to over millions of years, may have the greatest potential to fight obesity and chronic disease. He is currently completing his specialty training in radiation oncology and has a keen interest in the dietary effects on the prevention and treatment of cancer. The Dr has prescribed…
The Do’s of The Caveman Diet:
For his full of interesting facts post click here.
And to top it off, Dr. Champ is Grey’s Anatomy’s dreamy, how could you not believe him???
OK, last year I asked if you made a Holiday Wish list. This year I’m sharing mine!! Keep in mind I have very expensive taste (sorry Gary)!
If you feel like getting me a gift, this is what I’m dreaming of…
Dolce and Gabbana Mary Jane Pumps - on SALE!
I know this is way too much money to spend, but I just love this ensemble: Dolce and Gabbana
A scent I love
A Video Camera, to capture all those special moments and then watch them immediately on the built in projector!
The entire James Perse Resort Collection
Now, all of this is AMAZING, but the truth is, if I didn’t get one present, I’ve had enough blessings this year to last a lifetime. Sooooo, in closing…
Aren’t you just soooooo excited for the Holidays?????? I AM!!!!!!!
Gary and I are back in Florida for Thanksgiving and it’s wonderful! We’ve been cooking all day and I can’t wait for our feast. This year I’m making my oh-so-famous signature Pumpkin Pasties as well as adding a new dessert to the roster – a Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Pecan Gingersnap Crust (thanks to Monique at Ambitious Kitchen)!! Gary’s reprising his Cheese and Onion casserole and of course my dad is making his 2 turkeys, 1 deep-fried and 1 roasted in his home-made brine. The usual cast of characters will also be making an appearance: Mashed potatoes, Creamed Peas, Green bean casserole, Stuffing, Candied Yams, Pecan Pie etc etc etc (you name it!)
I have so much to be thankful for and I’m grateful for everything. Especially you, and you know who you are. Xoxo.
PS: I’m going Black Friday shopping tonight and I’m going to buy something I don’t need or particularly want.
It’s that time of year when all the Oscar contenders are released and I find myself sobbing even at the trailers. Here are some of the movies I’m excited about:
The Sessions | October 26th
Wreck it Ralph | November 2nd
Lincoln | November 9th
Les Miserables | December 14th
Zero Dark Thirty | December 21st
The Impossible | December 21st
Django Unchained | December 25th
Honorable Mentions: Pitch Perfect (Oct 5), Life of Pi (Nov 20), Rise of the Guardian’s (Nov 21), This is 40 (Dec 21)
Which, if any, are you excited about?? Happy Friday!