Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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.
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?
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 :)