I’ve been playing catch-up since I returned from NYC last week, but catching up is challenging when I overbooked myself. This past weekend I had dinner plans and birthday parties and outdoor adventures so the cleaning I wanted to do was put aside. Then this week I had a work training, the opening of Salt & Whiskey, and the summer STARS cocktail and summer auction hosted by the wonderful Jill of Layered Vintage. I met Jill through my good friend Arielle, who happened to be auctioning off one of her incredible photos.
Arielle is a stunning photographer and all around compassionate human who just launched her print shop. I’m 100% biased, but I want every single print and you should check it out here. She’s hosting a pop-up this weekend. Check out the bottom of this post for details.
In other news, this week marked my two year anniversary in San Diego, which you can read about here. Even though it is the absolute truth, I still don’t believe I’ve been here for two years. I also don’t believe that we only have four months left of 2017. What I’m saying is, time is a construct, nothing is real, nothing matters (except tacos).
Recipes I Tried
Surprise, surprise, my first full week back in San Diego and I made tacos. Pulled pork tacos with pickled onions, loosely based on this recipe except I opted for chipotle peppers instead of jalapenos.
For lunch, I made kale, beet, sweet potato bowls with tahini and hummus. How to do it: Chop up some kale and drizzle it with lemon juice. Roast diced sweet potato with sage and cumin. Roast beets (I used red and golden), let them cool, then julienne them. Add feta cheese or goat cheese…or no cheese, if you’re Satan (or lactose intolerant, I guess). Then top with tahini and hummus. I switched between caramelized onion hummus and roasted red pepper hummus and both were delicious. The tahini I used was roasted garlic and I added a bit more water to it to make it creamy.
It’s also peach season so I have, per usual, been eating my weight in peaches.
Articles I Wrote
10 places to step up your tequila game in San Diego, There San Diego
Articles I Read
John McCain makes his choice, The Atlantic
Angelina Jolie Solo, Vanity Fair
Things I didn’t know (a continuing series), Foreign Policy
Why judging the poor isn’t actually helping anybody, Refinery 29
If everyone ate beans instead of beef, The Atlantic
The politics of pockets, Racked (This is an old piece, but I reread it thanks to a Twitter thread on pockets this week.)
Gun violence in Chicago took my friend’s life, Teen Vogue
Dunkirk: The short review of this film is if you like WWII, Harry Styles, and crying in movies, this is the perfect movie for you. The long review is that this movie is stunning in every area. The dialogue is sparse but pointed, the sound editing easily makes the movie and I hope it wins the Oscar in that category, and aesthetically every shot is *kisses fingers* perfect. It is an overwhelmingly intense movie from start to finish, constantly teasing you with brief flashes of hope. Near the end, there is a shot of the white cliffs of Dorset (Dover is more known, but Dorset is equally beautiful) and while I was already crying, I really lost it at that moment. Mostly because it made me miss my papa and also because those cliffs were a symbol of safety in the war and I’m so happy with Nolan’s decision to add that to the film.
The only thing I hated about this movie was that a preview of IT played beforehand and I’m still in therapy for the time I saw the original as a child.
Solo movie dates: Until this week, I was blissfully unaware people did not take themselves on solo movie dates. I have been taking myself on solo movie dates minimum once a month since college — I usually prefer it. If you have never seen a movie alone, I urge you to do it. Do it this week and tell me how much you loved it because I promise you that you will. Really, I recommend you do a lot of activities alone because that’s how you get comfortable being alone. My philosophy has always been if someone can’t join that shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you want. Movies, eating, travel, anything.
Moviepass: Keeping with the theme, this game changing membership is the reason I take myself out on so many solo dates. Starting at $14.99 (depending on where you live), you can see two movies a month at any theater across the US. Okay, technically 3,700 theaters across the US but I have yet to find a theater I frequent that doesn’t participate. For $50 a month, you can see unlimited movies a month. Seeing a movie in the theater costs as much as college tuition these days, so even if you opt for the 2 movies a month, you still save $15+ on one movie. Tip: whenever there are a lot of movies I want to see, I up my membership for a few months then drop back down when the pickings are slim.
This weekend I’m thinking of taking a day trip out to Julian for some pie and hiking. Then on Sunday, the above mentioned Arielle is hosting a pop up at Urban Outfitters in Fashion Valley from 1-5.