Netflix can breed more anguish than entertainment. The drinks are poured, the popcorn is seasoned, but the queue has not yet situated itself. So, for the next 45 minutes, we're left to browse film titles, read descriptions, and identify noteworthy cast members before finally settling on some mediocre movie from 1998. For the past few weeks, I've been carefully selecting quality titles that will breed quality recommendations. It's been a long, hard battle, but I've lived to share the lessons of my venture. You're welcome. And now, without further adieu, my Netflix Lately Haul:
The greatest fashion documentary since The September Issue, this is a real Netflix treat. Diana Vreeland gives eccentric stories to every vision, every moment, and this film invites you into her world for a bit of time. She's the muse behind the fashion editor in Funny Face, the visionary behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, and Coco Chanel's best friend. There are notable appearances by all the industry movers and shakers to pay homage to the fashion icon. Even, Diane von Furstenberg respectfully recalls her office memos as the first insightful blog. With all of the vibrant magazine shoots, historical bits of pop culture, and Vreeland's own red living room, The Eye Has to Travel is a great movie for a dreary, winter snow day (or any day in Pennsylvania).
While, I've never jumped on the vampire/zombie bandwagon and fail to see what all the fuss is about, this movie makes me reconsider my aversions. I first saw this Swedish film in 2008 at Alamo Drafthouse, and it remains amazing. Let the Right One In is suspenseful, with a touch of horror. There's a last minute twist that infuses infinite layers into the story that will leave you contemplating what just happened. Maybe I should give Twilight a go.
If you have seriously contemplated just buying a ticket to Paris for no particular reason and with no particular plan, you will enjoy this adventure. It's for all the twenty-somethings trying to figure out their life. With little to no expectations upon pressing play, this awkwardly wonderful movie completely took me by surprise. An artistic dreamer (and dancer!) in New York City meets reality after college and struggles to adapt her expectations. There's a notable cast that includes Adam Driver (Girls) and Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep's daughter).
Monday, January 27, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The first week of vegan/gluten-freeism is a success! I also had pizza on Friday night, so let’s not get caught up in the details. A few recipes from last week are worth sharing, so scroll down for some scrumptious nutrition.
My mom makes the absolute best potato soup. She claims it’s all in the heavy whipping cream that is added at the very end – the secret ingredient for every creamy soup. Unfortunately, nothing about her comforting potato soup is nutritious. This cauliflower soup recipe is just about as creamy and, depending on the salt levels, really light and flavorful. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and would be great with a number of toppings (chives, sage, or red pepper flakes). The husband went back for seconds - win.
1 Head of cauliflower, broken into pieces
1 onion, yellow or white
2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or vegetable stock)
12 cups of water
1 can of preferred white beans (pinto, cannellini, navy)
salt and pepper to taste
Sauté onion in olive oil at the bottom of your soup pot with a bit of salt and pepper. When onion is translucent, add 12 cups of water with 2 vegetable bouillon cubes and bring to boil. Add cauliflower and simmer for 25 minutes. Then stir in beans.
Use a hand mixer to roughly puree soup. (It worked best for me to transfer the soup pot to the sink for blending to contain the splattering. ) Enjoy!