Daily Archives: January 22, 2011

Kind of Blue

breakfast - movies - snacks

Weekends were made for pancakes.

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Although I did survive on flavored instant oatmeal packets in college (especially the fruit n creme variety ) I now prefer plain, old fashioned rolled oats – they fluff up nicer, and I can jazz them up however I want.

But there are still a few samples from Better Oats in the pantry, and this is my favorite thing to do with them!

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Instant Oatmeal Pancakes (serves 2)

  • 2 packets of flavored Instant Oatmeal (I used Maple and Brown Sugar)
  • 2 TB ground flax + 6 TB water
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg

Could this be easier? Combine everything in a bowl. I will admit – I tried using a flax egg which didn’t look like it was working, so I added the real egg.  (Sorry, vegans.)  You probably don’t need the extra water, but the flax is nice for omega power.

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Grill in a nonstick skillet for a few minutes on each side, til brown.

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Top it however you want (they’re already sweetened, so they don’t need much)

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Hearty! Filling!

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Plus vitamin C!

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Weekends were also made for movies.

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Lately I’ve been going to the theater almost every day! I told you – we see a ridiculous amount during awards season!

I always pack my own apple.

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Today, I wanted an overpriced soda too. Check out the shiny new dispensers!

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Don’t you feel bad for the old ones?!?

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So many choices!!!

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Abe and I shared a small Diet Barq’s

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We also split a Cliff Lemon Bar

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Couple handfuls of Abe’s popcorn too (we’ve been craving it since last night’s documentary!)

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I feel weird saying this (because it was a very depressing film), but we both REALLY enjoyed Blue Valentine. Great performances, with a compelling yet simple story. I also loved the parts filmed in Astoria. And, as a happily married couple that’s been together for almost 14 years, it made me appreciate our relationship even more – dare I say it got me feeling kind of romantic?!?

Dashboard Delights

movies - salads

After my meat n potatoes brunch at Umami, the rest of Friday’s eats were pretty boring. But the day wasn’t ordinary!

My car started making weird noises. Our cousin Amy highly recommended a place called LA Radiator in Hollywood – the very friendly Julio helped me right away. Me and my car have a date on Monday for some new brake pads!

On the squeaky drive back I spotted something you don’t see everyday:

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Hours passed. Dinnertime came and all I wanted were strawberries.

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I added them to a salad for a more substantial meal.

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Romaine lettuce tossed with Balsamic Honey Vinegar, Frozen Artichoke Hearts, TJ’s Light Feta

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Dried fruit for dessert, just because my mouth wanted to keep on chewing

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More craziness witnessed on the road- the moon was incredible! I tried snapping photos of it but had no luck capturing its beauty.

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9pm movie downtown – our first time at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live

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Everything is HUGE!

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Reminded me of Grand Central Station

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We watched Marwencol

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It was one of the most touching and interesting documentaries I’ve seen all year – complex, layered, gripping.  Probably not something I would choose to see from the description or trailer, but I’m so glad I did.

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The coolest part was the Q&A with the director/producer afterwards, when they called the star/subject of the film on speakerphone!

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The screening was free, for Film Independent members

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I’m not a member, Abe is. Actually, that is one thing he’s working on right now – as a consultant there – and the other job I can FINALLY share with you as well. Remember when he bought me my new camera to celebrate “something” back in October?!? Well, it’s all official months later – the site he’s been working on, “The Man’s Guide to Love” (which I first blogged about last March) is being made into a book and major motion picture!!! The announcements were just made on Deadline Hollywood, The Spiel, and Entertainment Weekly.