Leslie's List: Nancy Meyers, Homemade Granola, and Fiction Podcasts

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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This to-do list is culled directly from my own calendar and interests. Most everything on the list can be done no matter where you live, but because I live in L.A., my "Do" each week will spotlight a unique L.A.-based event or activity. If you're inspired by any of these tips or have some of your own to add, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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I've always been an enormous fan of beer, from the casual happy hour IPA to brewing it myself at home, but I still feel like there's so much to learn about it. When I came across the LA Beer Hop, which runs guided brewery tours, I immediately booked a tour for Downtown to get to know the rapidly growing Los Angeles craft beer scene and their brews. I'm going on my tour this Saturday and will be Instagraming it on @ShopCupcakesandCashmere so you can follow along (which should get more interesting the more stops we make... just kidding. Sort of.)  

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There's a scene in the movie It's Complicated where Meryl Streep's ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin, comes into her (beautiful, dreamy) home and says that he misses her homemade granola. Maybe it's because I've always idealized the homes in Nancy Meyers films (the Cape Cod house in Something's Gotta Give, the Brooklyn townhouse in The Intern), but the moment I heard that line I thought, "I want to be the type of person who makes my own granola." (Just me?) It's been years since I made my first (burnt) batch, but I finally have it down with a recipe I love from Daniel Humm's New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park. I'm far from being one of the kick-ass, pulled-together female leads in a Nancy Meyers film, but making batches of it last Sunday, I felt just a little closer. And waking up to fresh granola each morning is a total gamechanger. 

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My favorite magazine of all-time is New York, mostly because I can't remember the last time I opened it without wanting to read every single article in it. It should come as no surprise that when they launched a sister website, The Strategist, which surfaces "the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape" I became an immediate fan of that as well. Every day, they publish recommendations on everything like the best all-natural deodorant, foods that will actually help you be healthier, and unique gift recommendations

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Is it just me, or does it feel like every recent huge book is being adapted into a show or movie? Not that I'm complaining! I've been so excited with the recent crop of trailers that I can barely wait for the 2017 movie and show lineup. Some standouts have included "Before I Fall," "Big Little Lies" for HBO, "Tulip Fever," "The Circle," and "The Zoopkeeper's Wife." 

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There's nothing like L.A. traffic to make you a "podcast person," but it's taken me a little longer to get into fiction podcasts. Recently, I've been listening to Gimlet Media's "Homecoming," which features stars like Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener, as a mystery unfolds around a military veteran and his government-assigned therapist. I've only listened to three episodes so far, but I've found myself actually wishing for traffic so I can listen to more.