Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Friday night brought around a trip to the local theatre for my friend and I. Seeing as we are both avid fans of Jennifer Lawrence, we decided that Silver Linings Playbook was probably our best bet for a movie choice. The verdict? It was excellent! While a bit on the serious side, it also had many comedic twists that made it both entertaining and stimulating. We are all so used to Bradley Cooper playing the "pretty boy" role in movies, that for him to show a different side (or many sides, as his bipolar disorder will prove in the movie) was quite refreshing. Jennifer Lawrence gave an outstanding performance as a psychotic widow on the brink of destruction. Even with the film being 2 hours long, I still found myself wanting more. It gave more insight of what daily life is truly like.... messy, unpredictible, and hectic with thoughts and decisions pulling you in every direction. I would absolutely recommend this movie to any looking to see something other than what seems to be the average "Twilight" love story, and a little more on the realistic side of life.

Review: Banbu Sushi Bar and Grill

My husband and I recently got a chance to try out a sushi bar that we have driven past almost every day for the past few years. We have heard mixed reviews on Banbu Sushi (La Mesa, California), that we have been hesitant to stray away from our normal dinner date restaraunt.

One major negative comment that we have come across is the pricing of the sushi rolls. While the rolls average between $10-$12 per roll, after a little bit of research we were pleased to find out they offer a "Happy Hour" with select rolls being priced between $4-$8. Not only were the prices much less expensive, the quality of the fish was great for the price in my opinion. I will say however, if you are looking for non-Americanized, authentic sushi, you may want to go elsewhere. But in our neighborhood, this is definitely one of the best places that we have found so far.

Left to Right: Ahi Tempura roll, Banbu roll, Crunchy roll, and the Baja Norte roll

Ahi Tempura roll: A great choice if you want the sushi taste, but not have any raw fish on your roll. Perfect for those who cannot handle the texture of sushi.

Banbu roll: The perfect mix of spicy and tangy. The jalapeno gives it an extra kick while the spicy mayo tones it down just slightly, to make it not "TOO" hot 

Crunchy roll: Banbu has the best crunchy roll that I have yet to have. Hands down. Even those who do not care for sushi in the least will most likely enjoy this roll.

Baja Norte roll: Not for those who cannot handle spicy foods. With jalapeno being chopped and rolled right into the roll itself, the Baja Norte roll definitely has quite the kick!

Whats your favorite roll?

Healthier Pumpkin Muffins

Confession time... I have a somewhat obsessive addiction with anything pumpkin.... Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin drinks.... You name it. I recently found a recipe on Pinterest for low cal pumpkin muffins. Being the lazy sort that I am, I didn't feel like putting in too much work, so I was delighted to find that this recipe had only 2 ingredients! Yes, you read that right... I said 2!

What to do: Take a box of Spice Cake mix, and a can of Pumpkin Puree. Mix both ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth. Divide into muffin tins, and bake at 350 for about 12-15 minutes. Ta Da! Easiest breakfast ever! And so very tasty when I need to get my pumpkin fix! Sure, they may not look like much... but I dare you to give them a try. They are excellent :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Botanics Clay Mask Review

I have extremely sensitive skin.... and when I say extremely sensitive, I mean that if I even so much as look at my face in the mirror for too long it will probably turn Lobster red and break out into so much acne that I'll look like the moon. I have been on a search hunt to find a mask that would help my poor skin, or at the very least, not irritate it. I happened to be browsing in Target one day (if any of you other ladies have been "browsing" in Target, I am sure you will agree that it turns into a two hour mini shopping spree), and I came across this lovely little tube of a forest green goodness. Of course, as any young woman would do, I had to put it on as soon as I got home. Word to the wise, read instructions thoroughly. I assumed that like most facial masks, I needed to wet down my face first. Wrong! There is water added to the clay which keeps it moist while inside the tube. After adding it to my poor, broken out skin, it began to dry within minutes. After twenty minutes or so, I took some water and wiped off the now light green dried clay. My skin was so silky soft, I couln't believe it! It didn't dry it out at all, but seemed to rather smooth out the top layer. I've been using this mask now about once or twice a week for a few months now, and recommend it to EVERYONE. If it can help my super sensitive skin, I am most positive that it will work wonders for others as well. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

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Homemade Quinoa Sushi

I made my own healthy sushi!

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