February 2015 archive

Bates Motel – TV Series


I’ve been hooked on this since the first season. Supposedly a “contemporary prequel” to Pyscho by Alfred Hitchcock, Freddie Highmore has never seemed as creepy. Loving it! Also, Vera Farmiga is an amazing actress. (If you’re a fan and have not already, please check out Quid Pro Quo the movie.)

Basically overall excitement about the third season starting March 9th on A&E.



Does not Max Thieriot remind you of a young Nick Stahl (also in Quid Pro Quo)?

Consider me hooked…


Taste and See – Four Course Valentine’s Event


The surprise four course Valentine’s dinner unveiled to us by Chef Jason Febres. Prepare for pictures and just be jealous if you missed it.






All posted in the order they were served and also as listed on the menu. If I had to choose a favorite – the Pop Corn Duck, but then I’d need more Everything Sushi to really be unbiased, and probably Passion dessert again just because.

Chef never disappoints. Except, sir, that bottle does not glow in the dark as it claimed to when I read the back. I know, I tried it. Otherwise, lovely dinner, as always.


John Wick – Movie


Been waiting to watch this movie forever now. Best Keanu is Keanu in a dark suit, in a dark mood and not talking. (Personal preference, of course.) Per usual, this gets all the high raves from me because of the fight scenes. The fact that everyone is scared of John Wick, scared of the mention of his name…I want to be John Wick! “He was the one you sent to kill the boogeyman.”

And the “dinner reservations” euphemism. I want dinner reservations like that. I mean imagine what they could do with my tiny one bedroom apartment, right?

I was insulted by the price they put on his head though. 2 million? For Keanu? For Neo? for 47 Ronin? He is the one!

Also, loved the soundtrack. Marilyn Manson “We Kill Strangers” have been on my favorite repeat list ever since.

There are a lot to rave about. Favorite line: “They’ll know you’re coming.” “Of course, but it won’t matter.”

Now, as much as I do rant and rave about this movie, and how many people have mentioned this might be the best Keanu movie yet, I would like to turn you attention to Man of Tai Chi.

Man of Tai Chi, was not highly marketed in the US, but it is, as of currently, still on Netflix. Keanu is not the main character, in fact he is the bad guy, but I challenge you to watch it, and then make your comparison.

Fifty Shades of Grey – Movie


Sadly, sadder (not in the literal sense) than the book. Though highly entertaining only because of the crowd reaction as the movie played.

Yes, they cut much out to fit one book into 2 hours, but I’m not sure the women in the theaters with us read the book. There was a lot of hollering of “Go girl!” “What?!” and when the movie ended, as it did in the book “That’s it?” If I had to choose, definitely the book is better than the film. Anyone know if they’ve started filming the second one?

By the way, Dakota naked by herself is ok, but not “hot”. Dornan naked by himself also ok, but not “hot”. The two together naked is opposite of hot and borderlined awkward. Just my opinion.

Fifty Shades of Grey


*special shout out to the woman who made me promise to read it, and I promise to read the rest of the books. The deal was to read the first book before the movie so, Maria, here’s the review and my proof.

First, I never had any interest in reading this because to be frank I have different taste in literature. I’m not saying this is risqué, I’m just saying, please keep Twilight-ish story lines from my erotica. How did I gauge this series without reading it first? “Someone”, I know, who supposedly is an open-minded adult, recommended it to me when it first came out. I was thrilled to find that she enjoyed a good “read” so I lent her my series The Sleeping Beauty Series. She returned it, without finishing the first book. It was too much. So I stared at her books thinking, so what is this?

Well, peer pressure has won. And as the movie draws closer, I have a deadline to finish reading the first book of the series.

I was right and I was wrong. This is Twilight. It’s very watered down. It is a good read though. I find the characters hilarious in an empathetic sort of way. I keep finding myself reminiscing of days when I questioned the simplest gesture of pulling someone’s hair. I’m glad that the younger women are reading it though. Some may disagree, but it teaches about the sense of self-worth, contraception, STDs, and keeping an open mind. Although, I should also point out that this book gives the impression that you can fix people. Seriously, it’s one thing to have a fetish, but completely another to have these fetishes because of some “baggage” you cannot disclose. If someone tells you they have “issues” and cannot discuss those issues with you, don’t ask to sign a contract, tell them to call you when they can either discuss said issue, or have moved on from said issue. People are not projects.

Anyway, still a very great amusing read. And I was asked if I liked the ending, and yes, I did. It ended as most dysfunctional relationships would, but knowing that there are two more books, I’m sure it starts all over again, as most dysfunctional relationships do. How exciting!

By the way, I do plan on watching the movie. That is part of my Valentine’s Day plans. I am very excited to dress up for it, and to see how awkward dinner might be. Wish me luck.

Cocoa Dolce – Artisan Chocolates


Mmmm… Best place to sit and have coffee for sure. Also, best chocolate and chocolate selections. Best treats all around. My fave are the Macarons.





I wish I could share this place with all of my friends, but so far there are only two locations, and both are in Kansas. I am shipping some treats to my friend in Texas. They had heart shaped Double Dipped Tahitian Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, and she is so lucky I haven’t licked them yet.


P.S. The fact that it’s a walk away from Sephora does not hurt at all either.

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