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Leslie's List: All-Lady Clubs, Cocktail Cookies, and Outdoor Movies

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! Enjoy!

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Los Angeles does outdoor movies like nowhere else I've ever seen (two of my favorites being Rooftop Cinema Club and Street Food Cinema, in addition to the hugely popular Cinespia) and while most are shuttered for the winter, there's a bar in Hollywood screening movies through the end of November. Every Monday, Pearl's Roof Top hosts a free movie night with unlimited popcorn (though there is a $25 minimum per person on food and drinks). I'm planning on catching "Home for the Holidays" next week.

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This weekend, I went camping in Joshua Tree and to say I was unprepared is putting things mildly—on my way out the door, I grabbed a loaf of sliced bread, peanut butter, and jelly and hoped that would feed me for the weekend. Luckily, the friends I camped with were way more prepared and shared their amazing meal with me on Saturday night: chicken and vegetable kebabs with a cilantro-parsley sauce. The sauce alone is so good—I made a batch of it as soon as we got back home on Sunday night and have been pouring it over vegetables and rice bowls all week. I love that it's such a great all-around condiment that can work as marinade, dressing, or a last-minute sauce on leftovers.

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If I still lived in New York, I would definitely be considering applying to the all-women's co-working space and social club, The Wing. Since coming across a great piece in last month's New York magazine, I've been reading up on the club, which sounds like an amazing and supportive place for women, and such a cool idea. Raise your hand if you're looking for something similar, especially after yesterday. (🙋)


I have a soft spot for basically any movie that has laurels on its poster. I recently learned that Amazon has a subscription option for Sundance films that allows you to watch all the tiny-but-acclaimed movies you want at a flat fee ($6.99 per month). There's also a seven-day free trial if you feel confident you can get through it all in one blissful, indie film-filled week. Happy watching! 


Last month, I saw a band at So Far Sounds (which is probably in your city—you should check it out!) that I loved so much, I bought tickets to their next show for two nights later. The duo, Jim and Sam, are folky with beautiful harmonies and have the best on-stage banter. Last week, they set out on a tour where they're performing a show every night for a year. See if they're playing in your city here, and in the meantime listen to them on Spotify here. I'd recommend a song but I literally love all of them (though I dare you not to get "My Body My Bones" stuck in your head).


On a recent episode of Cherry Bombe magazine's podcast, the adorable food guru Dorie Greenspan, discussed recipes from her latest book, Dorie's Cookies. As a huge fan of her baked goods—her "World Peace" cookies are truly life-changing—it caught my attention when she started to discuss savory cookies that pair well with cocktails. You betcha I'll be making these Rosemary, Almond, and Parmesan cookies, come five o'clock.

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