The next chapter in the saga of John Wick is compelling, smart and a surprisingly good follow up to the first film. Everyone knew that after the success of the sleeper hit found in the original John Wick that its sequel would be bigger but how could it be better. I am not in the camp that this film is better or worse. It is strikingly good for different reasons than the first.
The only thing that didn’t work for me was the horrendously high body count for a guy who wants to walk away from the assassin’s life. However, he is pulled right back in. No spoiler alert need, who doesn’t know that?
This film is equally as stylish as the first film and it gives us more to the legend of The Continental. John Wick fans will not be disappointed. He even has a formidable opponent.
The food: Duck is eaten by one of the central characters. So if this is an night out order Duck Confit, duck sliders or at home try your hand at making duck fat fries. Click to See the recipe or duck confit sliders. (click to see recipe)
We also find out that when John Wick wants a stiff drink, Blanton’s bourbon whiskey is his thing.
Rum balls are a truffle-like confection of sweet, dense cake or biscuit material flavoured with chocolate and rum. They are roughly the size of a golf ball and often coated in chocolate sprinkles, desiccated coconut, or cocoa. As their name implies, these cookies contain rum. Because they are not baked, the alcohol flavour and kick are not lost during preparation. This cookie is especially popular during the holiday season.
Typical Danish rum balls with different kinds of sprinkles
Rum balls are a popular Christmas treat in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Denmark (where they are called romkugler and enjoyed all the year round).
There are many different ways to make rum balls, as recipes vary from region to region and family to family. All rum balls must include chocolate and rum, but the rest of the ingredients vary in kind, form, and amount.
To make rum balls, the cake (or biscuit) material is crushed and mixed with cocoa and a moist binding ingredient, such as jam or condensed milk. Other optional ingredients can also be added, such as nuts. When the mixture holds together firmly, it is rolled into balls and then coated.
Click to See Rum Ball Recipe
If any thing truly positive has happened culinary-wise in the last decade, it is the advent of gourmet ice cream. No more of the boring few flavors of my childhood which made always rather blah about ice cream Now, thanks to companies like Van Leewen we have flavors like Earl Grey Tea, Ginger Small Kettle Candied Ginger, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and more.
Enjoy Ginger Ice Cream with chunks of Ginger
Van Leewen has more locations in New York than Los Angeles. However, both cities offer Food Trucks.
Visit the website for locations: http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/wbtyqmpq1t3s02f84b97vtf8wb2s7s
Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Honey Lavendar, Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese, and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate are just of the gourmet flavors you can experience at Salt & Straw Ice Cream shops.
To the Left (MCCN Editor having Honey lavender)
My friend who lived in the Portland Area recently moved to LA and asked I wanted to get ice cream. Now, I don’t love ice cream. I like it. I crave it more when it is hot but gourmet ice can change your mind about what you know to be ice cream. Nothing boring on the menu like plain old chocolate, ice cream or strawberry. And the title of each flavor at this shop is likely to be more than one word. Like popular yogurt shops they let you endlessly sample flavors. Considering that the flavors are so different, it is best than you can before walking on the wild side.
The proof is in the putting when you can bring friends back to enjoy the experience with you. We’re not selfish like Eddie Murphy’s famous comedy skit, ” I got some ice cream and you ain’t gone none. ” No, the more the merrier when it comes to sharing in masterful taste experience.
Visit the website for locations: http://saltandstraw.com/
Theme parties just take parties to another level whether it is choosing a color, a decade, pirates, sports, culture, holiday, red carpet or whatever floats your boat. And believe or not Dollar and 99 Cent store are making it very affordable to do themes. If you are crafty then visit craft and fabric stores.
So Madonna, expose shoulder with strap> Now as for the Cake isn’t it awesome, seems doable.
Some hay and a wagon wheel can go a long way:
Pink and Gold
New Year’s Eve
Photo By Crystal Johnson
Interview from 3rd Annual Taste of Mexico:
Dave Miller: How did you get into doing Mezcal?
Cecilia: Well um, kind of a long story but just to put it short… It was a trip that I took to Oaxaca about four or five years ago and the it was the first time I was there taking in the culture, taking in the people and the taste of Mezcal. It occurred to me that people in Mexico were not appreciating it as they should so I started going back to Oaxaca and learning about Mezcal. It is very extensive. And then I started writing about it. And that’s how the blog started and people started calling me la nina del Mezcal. (Watch Interview for more)
George W. Bush Administration
I have been wanting to do an article on White House China for years. I got a chance to visit the Ronald Reagan Library and they had an exhibit on White House China. I hope you enjoy exploring this unique history of the United State demonstrated through China.
Article from Whitehousemuseum.org– The ground floor China Room is where the White House collection of china is kept. Even the earliest presidents received government funds to purchase state china. However, by a special clause in the appropriation bills, “decayed furnishings” could be sold and the proceeds used to buy replacements. Such “furnishings” included state china, and during the 19th century the cupboards were frequently swept clean and the contents carted off to auction. The money could then be used to order a new china service that better suited the president and his family.
China of Clinton Administration
Even into the 20th century, White House china was often given away if it was chipped or broken. Later, Congress passed a law that required that all presidential china be kept or destroyed. READ MORE and see More.
The China of the Reagan Administration just screams of the style, class and the red of Nancy Reagan. It also reintroduce a trend of the prominent gold band by the Woodrow Wilson and Truman Administrations. – Crystal A. Johnson
Three men from different backgrounds and strongly differing beliefs met totally by chance on a rainy evening in Atlanta. While sipping fine wine the wide divide in their beliefs did not disappear, but for a time, Jim Sander’s hospitality and a mutual enjoyment of the wine bound them together in pleasant conversation, and a little known but historic meeting passed into history.
Back Bay Bistro is pleased to once again team up with Vince Ferragamo, former Rams Quarterback turned Vintner for Tenuta di Ferragamo, for a special evening of dinner, wine, education and entertainment. Vince will be joined by special guest Jim Collins, former Rams’ Linebacker. The evening’s festivities will feature a five-course menu courtesy of the bistro’s Executive Chef Bruno Massager, paired with Vince’s favorite Caressa J inspired and Italian wines.
Aperitivo Sul Plaza
Assorted cheese, charcuterie, grilled fruit, vegetables
Grouper with shrimp almond on a bed of Truffle risotto
Polenta cake with smoked salmon and sturgeon caviar
“Caressa J” Ferragamo Super Tuscan 2013
Osso buco ala Milanese
2008 Bruno Rocca Coparossa, Barbaresco
Pare tore bread pudding garnished with pizelle
Tenimenti Moscato D’ Asti
Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m.
Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Hidden Figures is the most pleasant surprise in film and that may be for me because I am a history buff. Moreover, Hollywood shedding light on how African American women were instrumental in a history not commonly known attached to one of America’s biggest feats is what makes this movie worth seeing. Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, confidently I will say the history will knock your socks off more than the actual movie. Being privy to this knowledge elevates gratitude for the film being made. These top notch actresses give enhance the film with layered performances. As for the movie, it is entertaining but the story is so remarkable or unique that one might question the validity. Then when you find out it is true then you become disturbed because facts like this truly feel like they are hidden whether they were meant to be or not. After the film, I just had to verify the facts. I found a great article on NPR. Click Here and Popular Mechanics has a great and telling behind the scenes truth telling of this story. Click Here.
In Black and White are the Real Groundbreaking Genius Women of NASA.
Taraji P Henson tones it down in her performance which is actually quite refreshing to see her take on a more understated role. Janelle Monae, is probably one to look out for as musician turned actress with some actual acting chops and stunning beauty to match. Octavia Spencer just knows how to quietly bring it with power and emotion. Other recognizable cast include Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. And the guy who portrays John Glenn is Glenn Powell, gees he is good looking. But more than a pretty face, despite much of the film there was a gimicky line coming from his lips. However, near the end of the film he exemplifies some depth at the right moment. The kind of acting with subtle looks that say it all. Powell is 7 years younger then Chris Evans, think replacement Captain America when Chris Evans wants to retire. Powell and Costner are the two standout male performers. Yet. they never steal the film from the leading ladies. Hear a little bit More of my thoughts at the film and foodie review below.