Leslie's List: Zero-Waste Zucchini Bread, The Heart Podcast, and Voyeurs

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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Remember the oyster and rosé party my friend Alice Ann and I threw last year? We did it again this weekend, with Champagne and apps! When we threw our party last year, we'd only known each other for a few months (though it was love at first coffee), so it felt incredibly special to officially make our little party a tradition! The night before, our group of girlfriends came over to help decorate and put finishing touches on my apartment. Then, at 4 pm on Saturday, our friends started rolling in—and kept rolling in! Last year, thirty people came—this year, our tiny apartment was filled with almost fifty people! I can't articulate how happy it makes me that our circle of friends here has officially outgrown our apartment (whereas, when we moved here almost two years ago, our entire friend group could fit around our dinner table comfortably). Here's what else I'm up to this week:

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If you live in L.A., you've probably seen the billboards all over the city advertising the tattoo exhibit at the Natural History Museum. The exhibit explores the history and significance of tattoos over 5,000 years, and their involvement in sacred rituals and acts of rebellion, or, you know, matching permanent keepsakes with best friends from home ;) Looking forward to catching it next weekend! 

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At this point, I'm a pretty huge fan of zucchini noodles—I usually eat them raw over brown rice with salmon, or make this zucchini and garlicky Greek yogurt pasta I discovered in the back of a Cosmo (no, really!)—but my biggest issue is that I often end up wasting the center of the zucchini that gets cored-out! This week, I brought my zoodle food waste down to zero after discovering I could just use it in zucchini bread. Bonus: It's incredible for breakfast, toasted, then swiped with some butter and cream cheese, and eaten alongside a huge cup of coffee. 

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This is a little bit of two-in-one, but the release of Netflix's documentary, 'Voyeur' reminded me of the haunting, extensive New Yorker article it's based off of. In 1980, motel owner Gerald Foos contacted journalist Gay Talese to tell him he'd purchased a motel for the sole purpose of spying on his patrons. The article begins with one of the most memorable lines, "I know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur." I dare you to stop reading after a line like that. But the story didn't stop once the article was published. What's most interesting, the documentary argues, occurred in the aftermath.


Like Emily, I'm totally and completely obsessed with the Olympics, and the bizarre and intense world of competitive athletes, so I've been counting down the days to the release of I, Tonya. Margot Robbie is almost unrecognizable as Tonya Harding, the figure skater whose ex-husband notoriously hired an assailant to strike Nancy Kerrigan's knee with a baton before the 1994 Olympics. The movie humanizes Harding from a "white trash skater who has something to do with injuring Kerrigan" (as this review also noted) to a larger-than-life talented skater surrounded by a hilarious troupe of idiots. The movie's currently playing in Los Angeles and will be released nationally in early 2018!

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Earlier this week, I came across Vulture's list of the top ten podcasts and I agree with most of the shows on the list (I've heard your requests for a compiled list of my favorites, and promise to post one in the new year!). The only podcast on the list I hadn't listened to was The Heart Podcast, so I obviously binge-listened to about 20 episodes in the span of two days and, oh my goodness, how has it taken me so long to listen to this podcast?? It's so varied in its content that it's hard to describe exactly what it's about, except that it's filled with incredibly honest stories about love, sex, and intimacy. The first episode I listened to, selected at random was "Signature Research," which was unlike any radio episode I've ever listened to, and closer to spoken word art than radio—it's really beautiful. Next, I highly recommend their series on "No," which feels more relevant than ever with the growing #MeToo movement, and "Bodies." A lot of the content is triggering—especially if you've experienced assault—but it also opens the door to thoughtful conversations on what it means to be human. My timing is terrible though, since they announced yesterday morning that the podcast will be ending after their next episode. Maybe it's a good time to dive deep into the archives?

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Since my boyfriend and I aren't getting a tree this year (we'll be camping in Northern California, come the 25th!), I turned to the internet to find some easy and affordable DIYs to spruce up our apartment for this weekend's party. After recruiting some girlfriends to help me craft, we ended up hanging several of these cute mini-wreaths around, in our kitchen, bathroom, and living room for a festive touch!