The Egg & I + The Butler

 

 

This past Sunday (Funday) my Husband and I decided to try out a new spot! I heard several people talk about this place called The Egg & I, so before our movie we thought we’d check it out. It must’ve been the place to be, because everyone was there! You get an opportunity to load up on protein and carbs plus cheese eggs are the BEST! I had a hard time choosing what I wanted because EVERYTHING on the menu seemed great!

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I settled with the Wisconsin Scramble. It had 3 cheeses, topped with green onions and served with your choice of bacon or sausage, toast, and can’t forget those Ranch Potatoes–YUMMO! 

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I also wanted to try their pancakes. By my observance, they were a popular menu item. I asked my server for the smallest pancake they had which is the “baby cake” (pictured above) and it’s HUGE! I wish you could have seen my face. It’s on the thinner side, but it was totally more than what I was expecting.

If you have an Egg & I in your city, you should definitely check it out! Great food and family friendly atmosphere.  

 

Next Stop…the Movies!

 

 

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 I went to the movies to see Fruitvale Station  two weeks prior and I was so excited when I saw the previews for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, AND John Cusack?! I knew it was going to be a great film! I laughed and cried every single tear I had. The cast was STELLAR and I was riddled with emotion. I encourage EVERYONE to go see it–Powerful! A very heartfelt exhibition of the Civil Rights Era and our American history. 

 

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Cutie pie James Marsden as John F. Kennedy. You may remember him from X-Men, Enchanted, and 27 Dresses!

 

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Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines) was excellent alongside Forest Whitaker (Cecil Gaines-the Butler)

 

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I was excited to see Yaya Alafia (previously DaCosta) on the big screen! I’ve been following this beautiful, young lady since her America’s Next Top Model  (ANTM) days. Loved her in this role (activist). She’s expecting her first child with husband and filmmaker, Joshua Alafia.

 

Watch the Trailer here!

 

 

 I have quite a few movies on my list to see: Elysium, Jobs, and Mandela, just to name a few! Have you seen any good movies lately? If so, share them in the “Free Your Mind” section!

 

 

 

 

 
Movie Photo Credit: US Magazine, ijreview.com, tinseltime.com

 

 

 

 

My Secret Obsession | Downton Abbey

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I kept seeing tweets with the hashtag #DowntonAbbey go through my Twitter feed and I said I must be missing out and need to check this out. When it comes to shows and series’, I’ll admit, I’m somewhat of a Reality Junkie (Yes, even trashy) — but I do wrap my brain cells around different types of shows. I love variety. I decided to subscribe to Hulu Plus and Netflix (to see what both memberships were about) and this was the first series I decided to watch. Can you say…ADDICTED!? Yes, from the very first episode. No, I’m obsessed! I remember lying in my bed with my iPad and I don’t think I left the room, but for two reasons and one was for food. Downton had me hooked AND in tears the first episode and I kinda felt like a punk. I was like, “How is this show gonna do me like this…the FIRST episode? REALLY?” lol My love for Downton is so deep that I even have the theme/intro song as my ringtone. Don’t judge! Do people still do that though? You know what, I don’t even care, I love mine and I’m not changing it!

A little about Downton

Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.

The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; and the Interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series.

Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. You can read more about it here.

Storyline

Lord Crawley sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship’s domineering, conservative mother, the dowager. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwhile, the butler presides over a staff which serves the family, but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants’ quarters, intriguing amongst themselves. (via IMDB)

A Few of My Faves!

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It’s hard to choose a favorite, but Lady Sybil has to be one of them. She’s such a beautiful, charming, young woman who is way ahead of her time. She doesn’t care about rules and she can’t be put in a box, because she’s destined for purpose. She has such amazing style, personality, drive, and desire to provide greatness for the greater good of others (especially women). I adore this girl!

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The Crawley Sisters — (Lady Edith, Lady Mary, and Lady Sybil) what can I say. You can’t really talk about one without the other. They all play a pivotal role in each others lives and to the lives of those at Downton.

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John Bates. Such an admirable, courageous character who will capture your heart early on in Season 1.

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I had to save the best for last! You absolutely cannot have Downton Abbey without Maggie Smith playing the role of Dowager Countess of Grantham. I’ve always loved her, but in Downton she’s absolutely HILARIOUS and her facial expressions tell it all! She truly had to truly grow on me in this role. At first I thought she was a bit brash, but now I couldn’t have her any other way.

Here are The Top 10 Maggie Moments! And you will see why I LOVE her so much!

I absolutely do not want to give it all way so you’ll just have to watch it like me. It’s available on Netflix and Hulu for a limited time. It is my understanding Amazon now has exclusive rights to the series — unless of course you are an Amazon subscriber, you can catch up. I can’t wait to get started with Season 3 so I can be prepared for Season 4!

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead | Time to REBOOT!

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I just finished watching an AWESOME documentary called, Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. The documentary follows Joe Cross who is 100 lbs overweight, dealing with an autoimmune disease, taking various medications, and dealing with other issues/concerns.

Joe’s goal is to kick to the curb all the bad stuff (junk food, bad eating habits, etc) and vow to only juice fresh fruit and vegetables for 60 days. He was on several pills before starting his juice fast and to even consider coming off of them, he must make some serious changes.

Joe will travel from place to place talking to Americans about food, juicing, and living a healthier lifestyle. His journey is no accident. Joe will transform inspiring many to get on the road to living a healthier life!

This documentary is a MUST-SEE!!! It’s also available on Hulu and Netflix. To keep the inspiration going — my HB and I will be kicking off the weekend watching another documentary, Forks Over Knives. I’ll post about it soon!

REBOOT!

Watch the trailer here!

We Run The Night!

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OMG! I can’t believe tonight is opening night of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2!!!!!! If you could only see my face! STOKED!!! This will be my very first opening night for any Twilight movie. I feel like a teenager and truthfully, me along with some other fan friends, we may be the oldest ones up in that joint! I ain’t shame. lol It’s so funny because I never watched a Twilight movie until last year before the release of Breaking Dawn Part 1. I kept hearing EVERYONE talking about this Bella, Edward, and Jacob so I had to see what the hype was about. I lucked up and caught a marathon/series of all of the Saga. I literally watched them from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. (yes with work the next day). After that I was hooked! I even have the books on NOOK! I can’t wait to see how this last installment unfolds!  *sad face* Yeah and I’m kinda in denial about it being the last one. But either way…

TEAM EDWARD!