a simple lifestyle blog
As it is Friday, the most glorious day of the week and the end to the work week, I would like to celebrate with all of you by sharing some of my FAVORITE things.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man / Couples Retreat / I Love You, Man) has written, directed and starred in a real winner here.
He plays Carl Casper, the head chef at a swanky LA restaurant, battling against the shrewd, play-it-safe supervision of the restaurant’s owner played by Dustin Hoffman (Meet the Fockers / Rain Man / The Graduate). His ex wife, Inez (Sofia Vergara, Modern Family), encourages him to pursue the food he loves so that he can really pursue his passions and stop letting down their son Percy, Emjay Anthony (Insurgent / It’s Complicated). Along with his best friend Martin, John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge / Romeo + Juliet / The Lincoln Lawyer), Casper goes back to his beginnings in the cutthroat world of food in order to rediscover what brought him there in the first place.
You really have no excuse not to watch this movie because it is currently on Netflix.
After watching the film, I was totally inspired to become a gourmet chef and say words like amuse bouche and beignet.
Of course then I remembered my propensity for accidents, so I decided to stick with simple, basic recipes.
Bottom line: GO WATCH THIS MOVIE.
EATS: Avocado Egg Salad
This week, I had the pleasure of having some much needed quality time with a friend of mine who is far and away a much healthier eater than me.
This little peach (my friend, that is) introduced me to the delights of avocado egg salad.
Have you seen this before?
Some genius put avocados and hard boiled eggs together and now we get to enjoy it!
Life is so beautiful.
Relishing It has a simple and quick recipe that you can whip up and enjoy in minutes.
I’m not going to say that I actually picked up my plate and licked it clean with my actual tongue, but there were definitely no crumbs leftover after the feasting.
TUNES: Lord of the Rings Medley by Lindsey Stirling
I have a few reasons for choosing this particular song this week:
1. Lord of the Rings is a totally 100% amazing fantasy film series and anyone who says otherwise is LYING.
2. The locations in the music video. OH, THE LOCATIONS. Words fail.
3. It has been just over six months since a friend, who was deeply inspired by the story J.R.R. Tolkien shared in the LOTR series, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Griffin was a brilliant and creative individual. He showed me unending kindness without needing any reason or incentive at all. Not just to me, but to everyone he encountered.
It breaks my heart to say goodbye to someone who had so much ahead of him in life, but even more so when I think about his family that had such a special and integral part of their life torn away from them far, far too soon.
So this week, my song is for Griffin and his family.
I want you all to know that as the world goes right on spinning, I hold you all so close to my heart and I think about your struggle and loss every single day.
Until next week, cheers!