Daily Archives: January 22, 2011

Kind of Blue

breakfast - movies - snacks

Weekends were made for pancakes.


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!


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.


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


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


Hearty! Filling!


Plus vitamin C!



Weekends were also made for movies.


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.


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


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


So many choices!!!


Abe and I shared a small Diet Barq’s


We also split a Cliff Lemon Bar


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


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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


Everything is HUGE!


Reminded me of Grand Central Station


We watched Marwencol


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.


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


The screening was free, for Film Independent members


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.