Birthday Week!

October 15, 2012 § 3 Comments

As some of you already know, Nick and I have birthdays two days apart. When we were dating long distance, Toronto to New York, this usually meant just one of us would actually get the other one on their actual birthday – whichever date was closest to a weekend. Even though we’ve been married for over two years now, this year was the first year we decided to celebrate our birthdays completely together and make it into a fun “birthday week”.


You already saw what I did on Tuesday, but the celebrations didn’t end there. On Wednesday night, as a lead in to Nick’s big day, we went to see the Yankees play the Orioles. It was great to drink a beer, eat some greasy food, and cheer on NYC with their biggest fan. We ended up leaving after the 7th inning because it looked like they were going to lose, but by the time we got home, they won!


On Thursday, Nick’s birthday was quiet by request, but we did get to eat burritos and watch Prometheus.


I also got to shower him with presents, including an adopted lion named Garth and this photo book I had so much fun making from Pinhole Press.


On Friday night, we headed into the city to finally watch our good friend Ben’s documentary Unfinished Spaces play at the Cooper Union. It was so interesting and really cool to watch him participate in a filmmaker’s panel after the movie. One snooty architecture professor in attendance even told the entire theatre that Ben reminded him of Wes Anderson. I can kind of see it now!


Saturday night, was our big celebration. We invited 10 of our favourite New Yorkers out to dinner at Supper Restaurant. A lot of these people hadn’t met each other before; they were from totally different social groups. It was so much fun to see them meet. As Nick called it, “a social experiment”. The food was delicious and the company was so great. We love you guys!


We got a few drinks at three different bars afterwards, before we headed home to get our beauty rest because on Sunday morning I got up early to get breakfast with…


Rob and Tami! They were in town visiting from Toronto. It was great to have them in my neighbourhood and introduce them to Brooklyn Label.


Running purely on fumes by Sunday afternoon, Nick and I brought the chocolate dot cookies I made over to Annie’s “pumpkin party”. We ate so many delicious things made by everyone in attendance and Nick got to play with the cat and dog of the apartment.

We finished up our weekend by eating a healthy dinner (after pasta, wine, cupcakes, and bacon-wrapped figs) and watching the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

What a great week! Thanks to everyone who made it so special for us <3


June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am on a bit of a Wes Anderson kick (when am I not?) and finally gave The Darjeeling Limited a second chance this weekend. Of course, I loved the movie and especially its soundtrack. This Kinks song stood out to me in particular. A perfect tune to accompany Anderson’s directing opinion that everything is better in slow motion.

Wes Anderson from above

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

I thoroughly enjoyed this mash up of Wes Anderson scenes, all shot from above in the characters’ first person views. Do you recognize them all?

Also: Did you know there’s a new Wes Anderson movie coming?


February 24, 2012 § 5 Comments

Last night, Nick got us in to the New York Goon movie premiere at the last minute. Starring Seann William Scott (most famous for playing “Stifler”) and Jay Baruchel (I like to think he’s most famous for playing “Steven Karp“), I had seen the movie being promoted at the Toronto International Film Festival and we had been looking forward to its release for a while. Sure, it’s a comedy about hockey, but sometimes you need a good no-frills movie that makes you laugh, you know? It also wins the title of Most Violent Non-Horror Movie I’ve Ever Seen.

It’s funny how past and present comes together in life. While sitting in a theatre for an exclusive premiere alongside the actors and producers from the movie and their friends and family, I’m watching a movie shot in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. I lived in Winnipeg for 10+ years and spent my formative years there. It was great to see the hockey games in the movie shot at the MTS Centre and see the characters walk around what I believe was the Exchange District. Manhattan and Manitoba seem worlds apart, but last night they were one!

Oh, and the Hanson Brothers were also there. Canada!!!!

Chloe in Toronto

January 22, 2012 § 3 Comments

Nick and I spent yesterday afternoon hiding from the snow and finally watched the film Chloe.

The things that set it apart from other thrillers – besides its much talked-about intimate scene between Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried – would be its gorgeous cinematography and the fact that it’s not only shot in Toronto, but the film uses the city almost as a character. Many texts are sent in the vain of “Meet me at the Rivoli“, mentions of “he eats lunch at Cafe Diplomatico everyday”, or Chloe herself saying she loves Allan Gardens.

The house that Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson live in in the movie is a expansive modern ravine home featuring a whole lot of windows by Toronto architect Drew Mandel. (Architecture nerds can see more here.)

So many movies have been made about New York, Paris, London, we need more purposely set in Toronto! The only other movie I can think that’s taken the city for what it is and shown off some of its best destinations would be Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Have they made a movie about your favourite city or the city you live in?

Moonrise Kingdom

January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

Exciting news alert: there’s a new Wes Anderson movie waiting in the wings!

“Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.”

Another reason you may or may not appreciate Moonrise Kingdom even more is that the titles were designed by one of my favourite artists, font creators, and fellow former co-inhabitor of the Pencil Factory in Greenpoint, Jessica Hische.

The math is easy:

Wes Anderson+ Bill Murray + Bruce Willis + Jessica Hische = what’s sure to be one of my favourite movies of 2012.

Watch the trailer.

Like Crazy

November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Have you seen the trailer for “Like Crazy” yet?

I know the long-distance and American visa premise all too well. The movie looks so romantic and sad – I almost want to watch it, but I’ll have to wait for a day when I feel like crying!

Will you see it? Did you see it? If so, did it make you cry?

Do you ever go to concerts, movies, or events alone?

September 29, 2011 § 7 Comments


It’s the social norm to go to these events with at least one other person, whether it be a date or a friend. If, god forbid, you’re meeting your +1 there and they’re late, these days we all bury our noses in the comfort of our smartphones to make us look busy and important until they arrive.

I found it easier to go to events on my own when I lived in Toronto because the city is smaller and I knew a lot more people, and had greater chances of running into a friend. Now that I’m in enormous New York, things are very different!

Since I’ve moved here, I find myself going to movies alone in the daytime a few times a year. I love attending Creative Mornings alone because you listen to the entire lecture carefully and talk to those around you. I got a job from exchanging small talk with another attendee at one of these events! I still prefer to go to concerts with at least one other person, but last night worked out well that I was at a show alone.

I managed to procure a single ticket to the very sold out Radiohead show at Roseland Ballroom. I went alone, knowing there would be two people I knew there among the hundreds of others attending. I could bump into them. It would be okay…

I never did find them, but I did end up standing beside David Fricke, senior editor of Rolling Stone. Of course, I had to take the opportunity to say hi! He was also there alone and we both found a really good spot with a great view of the stage. We stood there all night and engaged in a nice amount of conversation. When the band was done, we shook hands and said it was nice to meet each other. Would this have happened if I was there with friends? Probably not.

So do you ever go to these things alone? If so, do you have any positive stories to tell? I’d love to hear them!

P.S. Radiohead was incredible.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

September 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

Have you read any of what I like to call “The Girl with the stuff” books? I was hesitant to read them at first – the way you sometimes avoid books you only see for sale at magazine stands in airports – but I started borrowing them from my Mom and am now reading the third and final novel. They’re actually very well-told, incredibly-detailed stories with a great foreign twist. The second book, The Girl who Played with Fire, was my favourite. I read all 700+ pages over the course of our European vacation.

Now, there’s an American version of the first book directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. (Rooney played Mark Zuckerberg‘s girlfriend in the beginning of The Social Network – I barely recognized her!) Another tie to Fincher’s last film is that the soundtrack is once again composed by Trent Reznor.

The trailer looks great to me! Will you see it? Will you read the book first?

[via Metal Sucks]

Just Kids

August 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

Patti Smith’s memoir “Just Kids” has been my favorite Summer read. I’ve been taking my time with it, reading it on nights that I have nothing planned or Nick isn’t home. I sit on my balcony with a beer or glass of wine, and imagine what it would be like to come to New York with nothing in the ’60s then end up meeting and befriending some of the most influential musicians, artists, and poets in America at the time, possibly of all time.

Although I must admit I’m not a big Patti Smith fan musically, she seems like such a wonderful, adventurous, and genuine person through her book. A true bohemian. That’s why I was intrigued to hear this morning that she has begun to work with Tony award winning playwright John Logan on a film adaptation of “Just Kids”. If the casting is done well, I think it could be a great film. Just please don’t let them cast Kristen Stewart as Patti!

What’s your favorite read this Summer?

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