The List: The Only Latke Recipe You'll Ever Need

Plus: a blast from our music past and the show I can't stop watching.
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This weekend was a bit more hectic than I anticipated, so on Sunday afternoon I took advantage of a three-hour gap between plans and did one of my favorite things: I took myself out to a movie. Going to the movies alone is one of my favorite things, ever, because it feels so indulgent. I splurged on a theater with fancy recliner seats, ordered myself a beer and popcorn (extra fake butter, please), and could have been watching anything I was so happy—but luckily, it was a movie I was actually really looking forward to. I know there's nothing like the benefits of actual therapy, but this felt pretty darn close to it. If you have a free night this week, go crazy: Treat yourself to a movie (and don't even invite any friends). Here's what else I'm loving this week:

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The premise of this podcast is simple, yet brilliant: The host, Allie Ward, interviews experts in often very specific fields. Each episode focuses on a different ology, so you might learn about myremcology (ants), corvid thanatology (crow funerals...), or somnology (sleep). At the recommendation of a friend, I started with the episode on oceanology which was fascinating. Oceanologist, Ayana Johnson, dove into why single-use plastic is so terrible, why we should really avoid eating shrimp, and all "wonders and the bummers" of the ocean. And that's just scraping the surface—listen to Ologies here!

I also recommend Dax Shepard's interview last week with Conan O'Brien on Armchair Expert (even if you know nothing about Conan going into it, which I definitely didn't)!

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I'm not sure how latkes could get better than Jenn Louis'. Her recipe achieves what she calls the "winning combination" of a dense potato interior and perfectly crispy exterior. Jonah and I made a batch last night in celebration of the first night of Hanukkah and served them with a simple butter lettuce salad, sour cream, and lox. Bonus points: They're delicious with eggs for breakfast!

A note on the recipe: I highly recommend using a Cuisinart with the shredder attachment to grate the potatoes and onions, which takes away the labor-intensive aspect of latkes. I also swap out matzo meal for extra flour so I don't need to buy another ingredient (I've made them both ways, and can't tell the difference). 

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This weekend, I watched the new ABC show A Million Little Things at the suggestion of pretty much our entire office. The show is about a group of three friends reconciling the suicide of a fourth friend. As a result, it's interspersed with thoughtful contemplations on mental health, as well as some extremely cheesy moments. (When one friend challenges another to answer what his eye color is, as a way to prove that their friendship barely scrapes surface-level, the others let several scenes pass before one friend angrily shouts, "For the record, Harry, your eyes are hazel. And they are magnificent." I immediately grabbed a pen to jot down the line and am still waiting for the opportune moment to repeat it to my hazel-eyed boyfriend and see if he notices.) Despite the spoon-fed life lessons and enormous plot holes that come mostly from the disproportionate number of secrets each character has, the show is extremely watchable. I barely hesitated to click "Next Episode" not one, but three times in a row. Curious to hear what you think! You can watch it on Hulu here

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Remember Dido? She's back with a new single, Hurricanes and it's not so bad, not so baaaad. It's her first release in five years, and the beautiful lyrics that build throughout the folky, synth-y song are worth the wait. I'm looking forward to the full album, out March of next year. As an aside, am I the only one who thinks Pixar may have used the house from her Thank You video as inspiration for the house in Up

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If you've seen The Lobster or The Killing of a Sacred Deer, you know that Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' movie are, well, really weird but also kind of amazing. His latest film, The Favourite, is equally strange but compelling, about a servant (Emma Stone) and a lady's (Rachel Weisz) twisted competition to be the favorite of Queen Anne of England (Olivia Colman), based on a true story. It's extremely dark yet funny, as it ruminates on mental health, sexuality, and privilege in a time period when all those things were very out of balance.

P.S., If you live in L.A... we're excited to see you at our event with The Little Market (password: cupcakes)! And an artist I've written about countless times here, Lauren Ruth Ward, is performing at her largest show yet this Thursday night. See you there!