Every Spring I make a point to watch some of my favorite classics which revolve around Paris in the Springtime – especially on a rainy Saturday afternoon (Or some may refer to as Spring showers). I usually pair this event with a bottle of champagne, some fresh strawberries and hot fudge and don’t ask why, but a bouquet of colorful tulips to set the mood. I call this escape much needed mental therapy. Of course getting rid of the family for the afternoon also helps the situation.
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Just in case you have opted to stay home for New Years Eve this year and are tired of watching reruns or reality shows on television, then consider renting some of the films I have listed below to keep you entertained.
So, grab a bottle or two of champagne, pop some popcorn, turn up the fire, snuggle under a blanket with a loved one or not and enjoy a movie or two or three
1. The Apartment (1960)
2. Breakfast At Tiffany (1961)
3. La Dolche Vita (1960)
4. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
5. Holiday (1938)
6. High Society (1956)
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This past week I was in L.A. again and for the first time in a while I decided on venturing into one of those frozen yogurt shops popping up everywhere around the U.S. I fought the urge for the longest time because I had heard some interesting stories about the makeup of the yogurt ingredients in the past, but for some reason the one I visited in Calabasas and Beverly Hills was really good and I suppose worth my dime (yes I meant dime)
It is called Menchie’s Yogurt and the store is set up something like a Hello Kitty store with bright colors and characters. At first you think to yourself, is this place really for adults also? But when you actually go in and create your own yogurt cup, you start to feel like a kid again and it doesn’t matter much anymore after that. They have about 10 different flavored yogurts which is sold by weight (very smart business practice) and you can mix them in a one size for all cup, delightfully labeled with how much of an expert you are considered by the lines along the side of the cup. So the more you fill, the more of an expert you are and the more money they make (cute).
The toppings are either candy or fresh fruits and of course they have about 4 different flavored syrups or sauces you can pour over the yogurt for that final touch and the extra weight necessary to make it about 7.00 for a full cup. I think the best part of it was when I walked up to the cashier and had her weigh my cup, she instructed me to remove the plastic spoon just to save a few cents. I laughed and obliged and then with my sticky hands sat down at a colorful table and devoured my vanilla flavored yogurt, with fresh-cut fruits and hot fudge chocolate syrup with a drizzle of marshmallow syrup.
Although, these yogurt shops are probably a fad or a phase, like most other eateries in the U.S., it is one that stands out among the other frozen yogurt shops with fruit or color names (like Melon, Canteloupe, Orange, Pinkberry, etc) because of the uniformity of the brand name and the consistency of their yogurt, which taste the most natural (in my opinion) from the others. As a matter of fact, the live cultures had me going the three days I consumed the products.
I do highly recommend the yogurt, if there is a shop in your neck of the woods but be careful, the $$$ add up the more of an expert cup filler you are.
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Tagged chocolate, exercise, fitness, food, frozen yogurt, healthy eating
Marisa Tomei (45) is on the cover of Shape Magazine ( August 2010) and not sure if she is airbrushed (yes I am sure she is, just my inner voice wants to believe otherwise ), but she looks pretty good.
According to her, when asked how she stays fit, she starts off her day drinking a cup of hot water with lemon and a boiled egg drizzled with a little olive oil or some fresh berries and granola with whole-milk yogurt. And since she loves to eat, she keeps high protein snacks on hand in order to keep her feeling full until the next snack attack.
She also belly dances and this I can vouch for myself, it is a very good form of exercise. (Note: If you are a patient of Kaiser Permenante, they offer belly dancing classes now as a form of excercise). It is something to consider if salsa dancing isn’t available in your neck of the woods.
She is a girl after my own heart because she also believes in playing, I suppose my interpretation of it is doing youthful things or being an outdoorsy person, but in her case it is going out dancing, drinking and having alot of sex. I wonder if I have it right or she does?
Either way, pick up the magazine and read about Ms. Tomei’s advise and suggestions on being your best in your 40′s (she forgot to mention – not having kids also helps ).
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I watch movies like it’s going out of style. I enjoy watching and reviewing them and of course often offer my two cents worth on a good movie which in my opinion go unnoticed as a result of all the 3D craze. Here is one I highly recommend for the woman over 40 and even some under 40, which in my opinion, although pretty predictable, is an eye opener for all of us who go through the crisis in either denial or in silence.
The film is called The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which probably lasted in theatres about a week or so and since it was an independent film, it wasn’t marketed like Avatar and Alice In Wonderland and so not too many people have heard of it. The film stars the beautiful Robin Wright Penn, who at the time the film came out was going through her own personal struggles with Sean Penn. It is a simple film, very touching and one that alot of women can relate to one way or another. My recommendation for watching the film however, is to either do it by yourself or have a girls night out, just to not freak out your spouses with your choice of film for a couples night.
I loved the film and was actually hoping Robin Wright Penn would at least be nominated for her performance in the 2010 Oscars. Anyway, if you have seen the film, please let me know what you thought of it.
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Going to my favorite playground for a week to kick off the 4th of July celebration and of course play tourist and a celebrity all wrapped up in one. I do this once or twice or even three times a year, it’s a fun and quick escape from it all, especially if you are on a budget.
So, happy 4th Americans and for all the tourists visiting the U.S. this week, enjoy our version of Patriotism with bbq’s, fireworks and the old red, white and blue cupcakes and popsicles.
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