Lunch at Thai Angel
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Vegetable Pad Thai
"One of my teachers told me that I was lazy," Cody explained. "He said, 'I think you're the best writer I've ever taught. But I'll never hear from you again because you have no ambition.' I never intended to get my writing out there. I always thought of published writers as honor roll students -- the real overachiever types. I never intended my work as a springboard to anything else. I write because I'm addicted to it. It's my confessional."
The witty dialogue in Juno was written by first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody. Just six months before this talented writer sat down to write the film, Diablo says she was working as a stripper in Minnesota. "It's a bad idea because it's very cold there. You have to wear a lot of layers," Diablo jokes. "I don't recommend it. Writing movies is way better."
Although she says it wasn't her intention, stripping inspired Diablo to write a memoir about her experience. Soon enough, she was contacted by a producer. "He had read some of my writing on the Internet, and he said, 'I think you're funny, you're kind of cool, you should try writing a screenplay,'" she says. Without formal training, Diablo wrote Juno in just a couple months. "I felt like I had the skeleton of something that could be special," she says. "But then it takes amazing actors like these [Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner] to come in."
Back in skinny jeans: Quote on action
You might have joined a gym like so many other Americans do in January in hopes of realizing their weight loss goals. Fitness facilities usually enjoy an increase in membership following the New Year. It’s a great time to join a gym. Consumers are highly motivated to fulfill their New Year’s resolution for weight loss, and the winter weather usually makes outdoor exercise difficult. If your one of the countless Americans who joined a gym to achieve weight loss, you will find the following tips helpful in enabling you to meet those goals.
Your gym membership is pointless if you never go to the gym. Unfortunately, that is what happens to so many Americans who started out the year with high hopes. They go almost religiously in January and part of February. Then their gym attendance drops off. They continue to pay their monthly gym membership to avoid the cancellation fee or because they sincerely hope doing so will get them motivated to go back to the gym. A gym membership only helps you achieve weight loss if you actually go to the gym.
Determine how often you want to go to the gym. If you want to go four days at minimum, then look at your schedule to see where it would be convenient. Do you usually take a long lunch on Thursday to run errands? Perhaps, you can do some of your shopping online and go to the gym instead. Many gyms have long hours to accommodate busy lifestyles. If you planned to go to the gym on Monday but were too busy all day, then go at 9 o’clock at night. It’s usually not a good idea to exercise to close to bedtime, but if that is the only time you can squeeze in then go for it. If you get to the gym as often as you promised yourself you would, weight loss should soon follow.
We're at the NY Theatre Workshop to see Beckett Shorts with Mikhail Baryshinikov and Bill Camp (from the Misanthrope).
We had 4 tickets (10th row) - two canceled, so we sold the extra tix to people waiting outside...we made their night!
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Got the recipe for this immune-boosting soup from Whole Foods!
The recipe below is of this soup which promises to be as immune boosting as it is delicious. The other featured recipes also include healthful traditional Japanese ingredients like miso, ginger and garlic. The soups are very different than a bowl of steaming Jewish penicillin but likewise boast of contributing to centuries of good health.
Better Than Chicken Soup
Every ingredient here is included for its nutritional benefit. Serves 4 to 6.
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. ground turmeric
4-8 fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced
4 cups mushroom, vegetable or chicken broth
1-1/2 cups julienned fresh kale (cut as thin as possible)
1 cup butternut squash, cut into cubes
2 Tbsps. grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
5-6 thin slices astragalus root (optional)
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
1 tsp. miso paste
In a saucepot over medium high heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil for three minutes. Add turmeric and mushrooms. Sauté 2 minutes. Add broth, kale, squash, ginger, cayenne and astralagus. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, add lemon juice and miso (adding miso when still very hot will diminish its probiotic benefits). Cover and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Substitute Agave nectar for sugar or artificial sweeteners like splenda, saccharin or nutrasweet. You satisfy the need for sweet in your tea or coffee - a little goes a long way - it dissolves quickly (even in cold drinks) and importantly, Agave Nectar has a low glycemic index!
Did 35-minute session of cardio...haven't (trifecta of stairs, elliptical and this really neat computer simulated bike called the espresso bike, where you get to pick from over 20 different scenic routes).
Anyway, blogging my lunch: Mr. Green veggie juice, vegetarian chili and an italian tuna on multi-grain bread.
Also reading the Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo...a delightful, spiritually enchanting tale of adventure, living your dreams and learning to see "the language of enthusiasm".
Thanks to our friend MR for mentioning and sharing this wonderful work!
During the holidays, I spotted the billboard for the new Chivas 25 Year Old Scotch Whisky.
While browsing the aisles at Astor Wines and Spirits, I decided to check out the scotch section and came upon this holy grail of blended scotch whiskys.
I must admit, this baby is exquisite!
At $329 a bottle, this exclusive blend of the rarest, finest, scotch whiskys can be yours too! I wonder much mark up restaurants, bars and lounges will charge for the Chivas 25!
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