Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It has become a sort of tradition for us to go out for breakfast on Sunday mornings. It's a great way to kick off the last day of and to bid farewell to the weekend. Plus, it ensures we are up and out the door on a day when we normally might be lazy and linger around the house until 2 PM. On Sunday, we tried Kitchen 35 in Manasquan. It was formerly the Atlantis Diner, which had closed its doors a while ago. I was pleasantly surprised. Inside, it looks like your typical diner, but the food is anything but. I had the goat toast (shown above), and it was delicious. It's a tasty combination of hummus, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese on perfect toasted Italian bread. I'll definitely be returning soon!

Here's what else I am up to this week:

I was a little late to start watching Parenthood, but once I did, I loved the show. One of the things I loved about it was the music that was featured in the show. One of the bands I was introduced to via the show is Bootstraps, a band that originated in Portland, Oregon but calls LA home now. After hearing the song "Forty-Five" on a Parenthood episode, I was hooked. I had the debut album Bootstraps on repeat for at least a year. On Friday, Bootstraps released its latest collection of songs, Demo Love, and once again, I can't stop listening. Jordan Beckett's soulful voice is pure heaven in your ears. A few of my favorite songs include "Day In Day Out", "Falling", "Evergreen" and "One Day". Listen here.

If you are remotely familiar with the music industry, you know the name Mark Ronson. Ronson is a British–American musician, DJ, songwriter, record producer, and seven-time Grammy winner who has worked with such big names as Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, and Miley Cyrus. He has a natural talent for writing music, producing music, and scouting out talented musicians (see above). Anyone with any kind of musical talent fascinates me. The ability to write, play or sing music is amazing. So when I discovered that there is a documentary about Mark Ronson's life and career, I knew I had to watch it. The documentary delves into Ronson's natural musical talents and includes interviews with celebrities he has worked with (including Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper). If you are a music buff, watch it!

It's been over three years since Brock Turner was found guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow Stanford University student on the university campus. At the time, we knew little about Turner's victim even her name. She was referred to as "Emily Doe". I remember reading her powerful statement which she read aloud at Turner's sentencing (which was a 6-month county jail sentence). Turner's victim is back (with a vengeance), and she has written a moving memoir detailing the events of her sexual assault, the aftermath, and what it means to be a survivor. Chanel Miller's Know My Name, is both a gut punch as well as a hopeful story for anyone, whether you are a victim of sexual assault or not. As difficult as parts of the book are to read, it's a story worth reading, and as women, we should be grateful that Miller has the courage to tell it (Turner still proclaims his innocence to this day).

When everyone else is making pies this fall, I am over here making this awesomely delicious pumpkin crème brûlée. Crème brûlée is my all-time favorite desserts, and it just got a fall makeover with the addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. I love that there's no rolling out dough for pie crust and there aren't a million different ingredients, which is usually what you get with pies. And everyone gets their own individual ramekin for dessert. This is sure to impress your guests

So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?

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