Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes

The chocolate centre flows like dark lava onto the whiteness of the plate. The last ounce of stress drains from my body…. I have discovered the French version of Death by Chocolate.’ Part love story, part wine-splattered cookbook, Lunch in Paris is a deliciously tart, forthright and funny story of falling in love with a Frenchman and moving to the world’s most romantic city – not the Hollywood version, but the real Paris, a heady mix of blood sausage and irregular verbs. From gutting her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen) and battling bad-tempered butchers to discovering heavenly chocolate shops, Elizabeth Bard finds that learning to cook and building a new life as a stranger in an even stranger land have a lot in common. Along the way she learns the true meaning of home – and the real reason French women don’t get fat … Peppered with recipes to die for, this mouth-watering love story is the perfect treat for any woman who has ever suspected that lunch in Paris could change her life.

– Back Cover

Now, if you have been reading at all lately, you will have noticed two important things.

  1. My posting speed is slowing to a trickle.  I suppose the reason for that is this pesky problem called “life.”  I have started taking night classes so I now officially work full time, take night classes, maintain my blog (meaning that I have to continue reading and cooking), and keep up some sort of social life so that I don’t go completely insane.  I decided I would rather have fewer posts of quality that I can be proud of, rather than many icky posts.
  2. I have already posted about my dining experiences in Paris.  What do I have to talk about now?

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The Social Network’s Guide to Life, Love, and Happiness

Rating: Plum

After viewing The Social Network this past weekend, I came up with a brief list of the major life lessons bestowed upon us by this film. 

Step 1- Be LoyalOnly to yourself. People may help you along the way, but that doesn’t mean that you owe them anything.  You should do what is best for you always, even if that means hurting other people.  

Step 2- Be Honest.  You should speak your mind at any time, even if that means neglecting to use a filter.  Tact means lying.  Therefore, do not use tact in your personal relationships.  That will endear people to you and make them actually want to talk to you.  Adding a touch of condescension and cynicism will surely inspire people to offer their services to you are all times. 

Step 3- Be Forward-Thinking.  In order to be the first one to do something, generally that means you have to beat out the rest of the competition.  If you know what you want to do/make/invent, find ways to stall your opponents.  Have your eye on the prize. 

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127 Hours (AKA Why You Should Always Hike with a Machete)

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Rating: Chocolate Cake

While most of the country was munching on nachos and cheering for their football team of choice, I sat in a movie theatre, ranging among gripping the armrest, covering my eyes, and bawling my eyes out.

127 Hours was way better than I expected it to be.

Now, I should be fair.  I honestly didn’t expect much.  All I knew about it was that it was about a hiker who had an accident and spent 127 hours reflecting on his life before he notably “frees” himself.

I’m all for reflection.  In teacher school, we did reflections all the time.  What I didn’t see was how this was going to create a movie that I would actually want to see.

Well, I was wrong.  There, I admit it.  It was awesome.  It’s not my favorite of the nominees I have seen so far, but it is definitely worth the price of admission at your local movie theatre.

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