After a completely nuts and a fuller-than-expected weekend, I took full advantage of the day off yesterday and vegged to the fullest extent of the word—it was glorious! On Friday, Jonah and I had a celebratory dinner at Majordomo, David Chang's first L.A. restaurant, which completely lived up to its hype (and month-in-advance reservations). About halfway through the meal he said, "Is it too early to call this our favorite restaurant of all time?" I'm not kidding when I say I dreamt about the scallops in dashi—it's definitely a splurge for special occasions, but I highly recommend it if you live in the area! Here's what I'm up to this week:
There were so many beautiful/ amazing / mesmerizing moments in P.T. Anderson's film Phantom Thread (which, by the way, I just learned was partially inspired by his marriage to Maya Rudolph! What?). It's a movie I loved as soon as I saw it, but only continued to appreciate the further away I got from it. Next Friday, they're playing it at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles with a live orchestra performing the score, which sounds like a magical way to see it! You can purchase tickets here.
On Wednesday night, I'm heading downtown to see Carla Bruni (pretty much a bucket list item for me). There are still tickets available here! Tune-Yards is also playing with Sudan Archives, who I recommended in last week's list, at the El Ray Wednesday! Tickets available here.
P.S., Thank you to those of you who joined for Galentine's Day! It was so much fun reading your emails, and there will definitely be more casual events in the future!
If you read our newsletter, you already know that I got hit by a $1,000 car repair bill two weeks ago. Do I know what a "snapped car belt" means? Not the foggiest. Do I know how much it costs to repair one? Unfortunately. All that is to say: I've been eating on the cheap at home lately and getting creative doing it! These chickpea sweet potatoes (which I made without the chicken) became my saviors last week. They're easy, inexpensive, and easy to update so that I was able eat them days in a row without getting tired of them (there are even several different versions on the same blog here, here, and here!).
Guess whose book finally came out?? Our very own nutrition contributor, all-around food guru, Shira (see her past posts for us here)! The Food Therapist: Break Bad Habits, Eat with Intention, and Indulge Without Worry reads like a page-turner, but functions as a one-on-one food therapy session breaking down our unhealthy relationship with food, beyond the nourishing, delicious fuel that it is. It's full of great takeaways ("Gauge your hunger with crudités," an update on Michael Pollan's "If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you're not hungry.") as well as relatable and hilarious insights.
P.S., The co-host of one of my favorite podcasts, Still Processing, wrote an incredibly interesting article in last week's NYT Magazine on a loaded word I'd never given much thought to: savage.
The other morning I woke up to the following text from my mom, "GO SEE THE OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS," quickly followed by a call telling me she'd already looked up a time they're playing near my apartment. 👋 Mom, if you're reading this, thanks for the hot tip! The five featured films are heart-wrenching and beautiful, covering everything from the "oldest interracial newlyweds" to a fine-dining restaurant in Cleveland that trains ex-convicts. Find more information on the movies here (we saw it at the Laemmle in Pasadena, but you may be able to find it in your city with a quick Google!). You can also watch Heronin(e) on Netflix and Traffic Stop on HBO Go!
I can't think of a podcast episode I've enjoyed so much as the most recent episode of This American Life, "Rom-Com," and not only because it confirmed my long-seated belief that Two Weeks' Notice is one of the most under-rated movies of all time. The episode follows the themes of a rom-com, from the "Meet Cute" all the way through to "You Had Me at Hello." I found myself pausing it just so that I didn't finish it all in one go—it's just thoroughly charming, engaging, not-at-all-serious, and entertaining (like a rom-com!). Plus, the final segment had me struggling to catch my breath I was laughing so hard!