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For the most part, the temperature has significantly cooled. Last weekend, however, was so warm that it warranted indulging in a strawberry sorbet popsicle from Popbar. I am eager for the holidays, which in my mind officially begins on Halloween. From then on it’s a whirlwind of excitement, holiday lights, hot chocolate, and festive activities. Oh, and there’s also this. It’s not a truly fulfilled holiday season unless Bill Murray’s in it. Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

RUN THE SHOW: Hollywood’s top showrunners.

MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING: Is being turned into a TV comedy series.

CAT CORA: And how she overcame sexism in the kitchen.

LOBSTER LOVE: Behind Maine’s mysterious lobster bonanza.

MAKEOVER: Written recipes get a new look.

SELF-PUBLISHING: Why Hollywood keeps turning to it.

SMARTIES: The retro candy is thriving.

POTAYTO, POTAHTO: How to make potatoes.

SUCCESS: How to succeed in Shondaland.

Have an enjoyable weekend!

Image by Lauren Jessen

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Summer Movies 2015

Summer is officially here, and with it comes a multitude of cinematic features that offer a good excuse to escape the heat. A few of the blockbusters have already come out (Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron), and I’m looking forward to more low-key films. I can’t get enough of Amy Schumer, so Trainwreck will be a blast to watch. One I’m particularly looking forward to is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend.

summer 5Jimmy’s Hall – July 3, 2015 | This British-Irish drama tells the story of Jimmy Gralton who led the Revolutionary Workers’ Group. Gralton built a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland to encourage people to learn, dream, argue, and to have fun.

 

 

 

summer 1Trainwreck – July 17, 2015 | Amy Schumer not only wrote the screenplay, but she also stars in this movie. That’s all I need to know to go see it.

 

 

 

 

summer 4Mr. HolmesJuly 17, 2015 | Sherlock Holmes is retired, looks back on his life, and deals with an unsolved case. Hopefully this movie will hold me over until Sherlock Season 4 returns.

 

 

 

summer 2Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – July 31, 2015 | I thoroughly enjoyed the last Mission: Impossible, so I’m confident that this one will be just as thrilling.

 

 

 

 

summer 3Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend – August 28, 2015 | This is the sequel to the 2000 film, and it is the first feature film to premiere in theaters and on Netflix at the same time. So cool, though I’d want to see all the action on a big screen.

 

 

 

What movies are you excited to watch this summer?

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It was a shorter week, and yet so much still happened. Next week we’ll be in June! Summer is rapidly approaching. I don’t know how we zipped through spring, but I’m not ready for the heat (or humidity). I’m already dreaming of the recipes to make this summer, many of which involve pies and fruity frozen treats.

This weekend I’ll be surrounded by books and book lovers at BookCon – I can’t wait! Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

WILL TRAVEL FOR: Ice cream.

HEALTH MATTERS: Great health tips and a personal background from an Instagram food superstar.

FOOD TRUCKS: That are picture-perfect. Why are these food trucks not in my life?

CLASS ACT: All hail Audrey Hepburn.

NEW ON NETFLIX: All of the movies that you can look forward to in June.

SLEEP IN & EAT WELL: 35 make-ahead breakfasts – I can’t wait to try these.

FAMILY DINNERS: They are a treat – make time for them.

MORE IN ICE CREAM NEWS: The recent listeria outbreak has had a profound effect on Blue Bell ice cream and the Texas town of Brenham.

SUPERHEROES: The secret history of Ultimate Marvel.

DESSERT FOR THE WIN: A family of refugees turned a bakery into a major business.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Just call me Lorn!

This week was a busy one so I didn’t watch too many shows, but I carved out time for the second to last episode of Revenge, which was insane. The finale airs this Sunday and I can’t wait. If you watch Revenge, please tell me you’re also freaking out about what’s going to happen! I’ve been on a frozen yogurt kick lately and have to exercise some serious self-control from having it every day. But that’s just one of the perks of warmer weather, right? Now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

BIRTHDAYS: Audrey Hepburn’s birthday was this week. In honor of what would have been her 86th birthday, here are 10 things you may not have known about Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

GLUTEN-FREE: May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month and I had the chance to interview the founder of Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery for Carpe Juvenis. Check it out (especially if you want to have your own bakery one day)!

GO SOLO: Why you should go to the movies alone (it’s actually pretty nice).

QUIZ: How many of these teen bedrooms from film do you recognize? I got 93%.

SUMMER MOVIES: Looks like there will be a lot of great performances to look forward to this summer.

DR. SEUSS: Green Eggs and Ham is coming to Netflix, partly in thanks to Ellen Degeneres who is one of the show’s executive producers.

FRIENDSHIP: 25 famous women discuss the realities and complexities of female friendship.

TRAVEL: There is an apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower that you can now see.

MARVEL KNOWS WOMEN: Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow spoof on SNL is spot-on. So good.

HOT PURSUIT: Anne Fletcher, the director of Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara discusses her latest female-centric comedy.

Have a great weekend and a happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy May! I’m back from last week’s adventure where I experienced very warm and humid weather (photo above). However, I most definitely prefer rain to humidity and admittedly missed the April showers. I crossed a few movies off my list in April, and I’m excited to watch a few new ones this month. I will get myself to the theaters. It’s been way too long since I watched a movie in a big dark room with complete strangers. In disappointing T.V. news, Revenge has been canceled – if anything I feel old because I remember watching the show when it first started when I was in college. On a positive note, there are still a lot of great shows to watch. It’s all about turning lemons into lemonade. Now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

INTERVIEW: Cinematographer Alexander Chinnici discusses what it’s like being a Director of Photography and shares the films that shaped him.

HEAL YOURSELF: Bone broth is great for doing just that – it has nutrients that rebuild and rejuvenate your system. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

PUNNY FOOD: This father and son created an awesome way to teach geography with food. So clever!

WRITE: These sushi memo blocks are an adorable addition to any desk.

EAT: 10 famous foods from Seinfeld and where to eat them in New York City.

BAKE: Homemade pretzels aren’t the easiest to make, but I’m willing to try (again!).

KEEP STOCK: 20 foods you should always have in your kitchen.

ICE CREAM: Thanks to this guide, I’ll be eating ice cream sandwiches all season (okay, all year) long.

Enjoy your weekend!

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grahams

I usually have some sort of sweet every day, but my treat of the moment are these chocolate covered grahams from Russ & Daughters. The chocolate is decadent, the grahams are crunchy…it’s the perfect combination. Needless to say, I’ll be going back for a whole lot more than .27 lbs worth (about 4 grahams). This week involved a lot of catching up on work and sleep due to last week’s major deadlines, and this weekend I look forward to escaping NYC for a short while (follow me here for behind-the-scenes of all things food and film). Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* In honor of the Tribeca Film Festival kicking off on Wednesday (and film festival season starting!), here are 15 travel-worthy film festivals around the world.

Orange is the New Black has (already) been renewed for Season 4!

* Even astronauts need espresso.

* 10 wedding cake trends.

* The state of ramen.

* I love that there’s going to be a Wonder Woman movie. A new director was just announced for the film.

* Ice cream innovations for spring. Yum!

* HBO to Netflix: bring it on. Oh boy.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Photo by Lauren

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brownstones

The weather has officially turned and it’s so enjoyable walking around the city. There’s no better time to walk around New York City than when the skies are blue and the air is crisp. This weekend I’ll be heading to a friend’s house for Passover – I’m excited to learn about new cultures, eat new food, and make new friends. Whether you’re celebrating Passover or Easter or something completely unrelated, have a happy weekend. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* These crepe cakes are beautiful. I’m going to have to work on my crepe-making skills.

* An interesting read about Hollywood food stylists and their work. Movie magic at its finest.

* Why vending machines are so popular in Japan.

* 20 recipes to get you excited for spring.

* How adorable are these robin’s egg blue mini cakes?

* This food hall in Midtown is going to be fantastic. Open now, please.

Winnie the Pooh as a live-action movie? My inner child is jumping up and down with joy.

* Looking forward to watching this new Netflix series.

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