7 Must-See Exhibitions in New York City

There are always so many great things happening in New York City that it can be a challenge to filter through them all to find the gems. One thing I like to keep an eye out for are unique exhibitions happening around the city and surrounding areas. Here are the seven exhibitions I’m looking forward to – most of them end in the next couple of months, so be sure to check them out soon!

1. China: Through the Looking Glass

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This incredible exhibit is set to break the popular Alexander McQueen exhibit that took place at The Met in 2011. Because of its popularity, the exhibit has been extended through Labor Day weekend. This exhibition houses some of the most beautiful haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear pieces of clothing alongside Chinese art and screens featuring Chinese movies. I visited once, but I’m very tempted to go again. Until September 7, 2015.

2. Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the pop cultural phenomenon that transformed television. Check out and interact with props, costumes, and sets that you’ve seen on your T.V. every Saturday night for the past 40 years. Maybe you’ll see a prop from one of your favorite sketches!

3. Sinatra: An American Icon


This incredible exhibit gives you an up-close-and-personal look at Frank Sinatra’s life, from his time on the silver screen to when his voice captured the hearts of America. You can see his clothes, recording studio, Oscar trophy, and read all about his life and how he came to be an icon. Until September 4, 2015.

4. Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television

exhibit5This is the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Having majored in media studies, this exhibit looks intriguing. Until September 27, 2015.

5. Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men

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I saw this exhibit a couple of months ago, but since it’s still running for another two months, I’d recommend all Mad Men fans go see it. You get to see the costumes and scripts, but the coolest part of the exhibit for me was stepping into Betty and Don’s kitchen and looking around Don’s office. It all comes to life – a true step back into the 1960s. Until September 6, 2015.

6. Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life


I can’t wait to see this gorgeous looking exhibit of Frida Kahlo – it’s the first exhibition to examine the artist’s appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. Until November 1, 2015.

7. Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland


Love Lewis Carroll’s classic tale? For the first time in 30 years, the original manuscript of Alice in Wonderland will be on display along with original drawings and letters, photographs, and objects. Until October 11, 2015.

Which exhibits are you looking forward to seeing?

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That’s a Wrap!

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This weekend I’m hoping to catch up on a few movies that have just been released to rent – The Imitation Game, Big Eyes, and Wild. I didn’t have a chance to see them in theaters, but now I have the perfect excuse to load up on snacks and have a movie marathon. The photo above is from a couple of weeks ago when I went to see the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image – these are Matthew Weiner’s show notes. I was particularly fond of: “Thank you for letting us all see a smile usually reserved for clients.” And with that, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* This article is great. But…if I ever saw Louis C.K., I would really want to say hi.

* Love this advice about growing a business from the ground up from a chef, a baker, and a chocolate maker.

* Bring me to London now please.

* This tweet though

* These food cinemagraphs are captivating.

* ‘Lumiere! Inventing Cinema’ celebrates the birth of movies in Paris.

* Jeni Britton Bauer is awesome.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Life Lately

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I’ve recently become way more active on Instagram. It’s been fun sharing a behind-the-scenes look of this blog and sharing even more things food and film related. For those who don’t have Instagram, I thought I’d share what my life lately has looked like. For those of you who do have it, follow me here!

1. I tried my first black and white cookie, and it wasn’t at all what I thought it’d taste like. A lot puffier than I imagined.

2. Sushi dinners are a great way to end the week. I can’t get enough fatty tuna.

3. Sunday mornings at Morgenstern’s. No shame in eating ice cream for breakfast.

4. I visited the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image and stepped into the world of Mad Men. Recognize this kitchen? It was Betty and Don’s in the house they used to share.

5. Healthy lunches don’t have to be time-consuming. Pop raw fish and veggies into a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-12 minutes and voila! Lunch is ready.

6. Snowdays is such treat. When you feel like having shaved ice cream with toppings galore (Pocky, mochi, syrup, chocolate, granola, fruit, you name it), this is the place to go.

What has your film and food life looked like lately?

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That’s a Wrap!

Pac Man Cookies

This week I finished up the first half of Mad Men Season 7, and now I am even more excited for the second half of the season to air next week. I also went to visit an exhibit that had a couple of sets from the show, as well as many of the characters’ costumes, script notes, and props (more on this next week!). If you haven’t seen Mad Men yet, you’ve got a little over a week to watch all of the episodes on Netflix. Go ahead and binge watch, which would be made infinitely better with these Pac-Man cookies. Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Every Tom Hanks movie in seven minutes.

* Because even astronauts get cravings in space!

* Where are all of the good meet-cute places in NYC anymore?

* Things you never knew about Pretty Woman.

* Sushi lovers, this is your dream towel.

* This happens to me way too often.

* Amazing women in the director’s chair.

* All I’m craving now are these.

* Don’t forget to follow me for more behind-the-scenes!

Have a great weekend filled with food and film!

{Photo by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!


This week required a lot of coffee breaks. I know, I’m not much of a coffee person and I blogged about matcha on Monday – but…this week was tiring! I’m not alone here, right? This weekend will require catching up on sleep and watching a couple of movies, that’s for sure. Until there’s time to rest, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Follow me here for food, film, and behind-the-scenes!

Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner made his cast and crew watch these movies, so now I am adding them to my list.

* Netflix and spoiler alerts.

* One word, seven letters: waffles.

* 57 things you can do to be a better cook. So helpful!

* Diamonds (filled with cocktails!) are a girl’s best friend.

Seinfeld never stops winning.

* An interview with a food blogger and E! News Producer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

Lummi Island

When sorting through my photos, I came across this one (above) from my trip to Lummi Island almost a year ago. This shack covered with buoys looks so prominent next to Lummi Bay and the driftwood. I highly recommend Lummi Island for a relaxing weekend getaway – great food, great views, and enough silence to clear your head from a busy workweek.

There are some pretty good movies coming out in the next couple of weeks, including Godzilla, X-Men, and Maleficent. I’m soon going to have to start choosing which ones are theater-worthy. I finally watched The Mindy Project finale, and it was the best combination of all of my favorite romantic comedies. That show just keeps getting better and better. And now, without further ado, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Genius office food hacks.

* Knitted food. Yes, knitted.

* Social media plays a supporting role in the new movie, Chef.

* Restaurants in unexpected places. So cool!

* The top 10 restaurant kings.

* Elsa is coming to Once Upon a TimeReally excited for this.

* Tidbits from top writers, including Mindy Kaling.

* Love these adorable pineapple ice-cube trays.

Really great article in National Geographic about the steps needed to feed the future.

* What to eat when watching Mad Men.

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

It’s been 18 days since the New Year, and I’ve already watched Mad Men Season 5, Girls (half) Season One, and am currently making my way through Homeland. It’s better to get through all of these shows while still on holiday break, since I’ll soon be neck-deep in work, homework, and trying to maintain a social life of some sort. In the meantime, wrapping up the week with a recap…

* Not only is Jennifer Lawrence hosting SNL this weekend, but The Lumineers are the musical guest. Best combo ever.

* Halfway through Season One of Homeland. Claire Danes is slowly growing on me.

* Popcorn is always a great addition when watching intense shows (see above).


* Homemade jiaozi – didn’t take 3 hours this time!

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* Pasta taken to a whole new level with sliced black truffles.


* These candle matches are adorable.

Have a great weekend! Are you doing anything fun?

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That’s a Wrap!

Happy Friday! It’s been a relaxing, yet productive, week. Crossings things off my to-do list every day and it feels great. Oscar nominations came out, the People’s Choice Awards were on, and the Golden Globes are on this weekend. Until then, wrapping up the week with a recap…

* Love when there are colorful flowers outside my door.


* Oscar nominations are out! Can’t wait for the big night.

* The Golden Globes are on this weekend and I am most looking forward to watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

* Making friends with goats…post about this coming next week.


* Finally started watching Mad Men Season 5. Getting re-hooked.

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* Rainbow over a landfill. You don’t see this everyday.


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That’s a Wrap!

Happy Friday! Wrapping up the week with a recap…

· Nothing beats dinner and jazz on a Monday night [1st photo].

· Spotted: a beautiful butterfly on a dirty NYC sidewalk [2nd photo].

· I have finally started watching Breaking Bad. After hearing so many good things, I had to see for myself what it’s all about!

· More reasons to love Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, and Vincent Kartheiser.

· Still need to see Spiderman…and as of this weekend, The Dark Knight Rises.

· I could have really used this umbrella during the intense thunderstorm on Wednesday!

· Didn’t really take advantage of Restaurant Week. Instead I did a lot of cooking at home.

Did you try any new restaurants this week? Have you seen any good movies?

{photos by a dash of cinema}