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24 Aug 18:45

4 Ways to Take Advantage of the Back-to-School Momentum — Apartment Therapy

by The Kitchn
Kristen

lol the dog!

16 Aug 22:38

Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles Drops Pico Location for New Building on La Brea

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

Roscoe's News

The longtime location will shift to a new building

Just when you counted them out, here comes Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles with a brand new build-out in the heart of the city. Located at the intersection of La Brea and Washington, the upcoming spot will serve as a focal point for the brand moving forward.

Curbed laid out development plans for the new address after sneaking a peek at some city paperwork that had Roscoe’s written all over it. But it does bring up one particular question: What’s to come of the chain’s existing Mid-City location on Pico Boulevard, less than a mile away? It’s going to close, says a Roscoe’s rep, with all that business moving into the new location once it’s ready to fire.

The ground-up build means patrons will have more room to sit, staff will have more room to cook, and Roscoe’s the brand will have yet another feather in their still-expanding cap, despite the recent legal trouble they’ve found themselves in. Expect build-out to take the better part of nine months or so, which pegs an opening to sometime in early 2017. Looks like they won't need to rely on Snoop Dogg to save them after all.

12 Aug 19:42

Bus tours are lying to gullible tourists about where the celebrities live

by Jeff Wattenhofer
Kristen

this is amazing

Of course they are

Despite its sleazy reputation with the locals, Hollywood Boulevard remains catnip for tourists in search of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. It's here among the head shops, bucket drummers, and the seemingly countless supply of Johnny Depp impersonators, that a mix of dazed out-of-towners are struck by an epidemic of bootleg celebrity bus tours.

According to NBC4, some of these enterprising tour bus operators posses a profound lack of accurate information about where celebrities actually live. Its reporters did some investigative legwork, taking 20 different bus tours, some at prices up to $50 a pop, and they found a wealth of misinformation from tour bus drivers.

Dozens of houses were misidentified as celebrity homes, facts and locations were regularly smudged for the sake of story, and one bus driver even falsely claimed that Justin Bieber had burned down a home at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent.

In the end, does it matter if tourists are misinformed for the sake of little phony celebrity lore? If that celebrity has a dedicated, but not particularly Google-savvy stalker, then it actually matters quite a bit. Because apparently some crazies are using the tours for research.

Michael Edson’s Hollywood Hills property falls on the route of LA City Tours, and he tells NBC4 he's dealing with regular visits from a Julia Roberts stalker who was misinformed via the tour bus that the Pretty Woman star resides at his home. According to Edson, "Julia Roberts has never lived in this house and has never been to this house." Edson says he has received "letters full of death threats," messages for Roberts painted on his walls, and even awoke one night to find his house had been broken into, a single rose left behind. Aww.

Edson says he has complained to the tour company, asking it to remove this fib from the tour script, but he has overheard tour guides still misinforming tourists on the whereabouts of Roberts. He is now suing the tour bus company.

Edson’s story is not unique. NBC4 staked out one house that has been incorrectly identified by tour buses as the home of Quentin Tarantino. Over the course of one Saturday, nearly 25 buses stopped out front of the house every hour. The homeowners say they’ve been victims of vandalism, and, they say, they even found a script addressed to Tarantino in their mailbox from one aspiring screenwriter.

Tourists and obsessive fans alike that are looking to get the most accurate scoop on where the stars live should stick to the big guns. NBC4 vouches for the home tours given by the biggest player in the game, Starline. A few incorrect facts were peppered throughout its tour, but Starline's fibs were far less egregious than the bootleg tours, NBC4 reports. No word on whether the Julia Roberts estate is included in that tour.

19 Aug 13:14

Say ‘Freeze!’ Disney PhotoPass Captures Your Adventure on Frozen Ever After

by Lindsey Swift
Kristen

lol these people look to be only mildly amused

Frozen Ever After has set sail into the wintery world of “Frozen“!

You can relive the magic of your adventure long after you’ve journeyed through Arendelle, as Disney PhotoPass Service offers an on-ride photo capture opportunity!

While you’re enjoying a boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle during a special “Summer Snow Day” with Queen Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and friends, our camera will capture a photo of you during an exciting moment of your journey.

Say “Freeze!” Disney PhotoPass Captures Your Adventure on Frozen Ever After

To preview, purchase and download this attraction photo, you must be wearing a MagicBand during your adventure. Your photo will be automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account, where it can be viewed at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com or in the My Disney Experience mobile app alongside all of your vacation memories from Disney PhotoPass Service.

You can receive all of your Disney PhotoPass Walt Disney World vacation photos, including select attraction photos, with Memory Maker. Your Disney PhotoPass photos can also be purchased individually online or at any Disney PhotoPass Sales Center.

So step aboard a Norwegian vessel and chill out while Disney PhotoPass Service captures your fantastically “Frozen” adventure!

Memory Maker is subject to the Memory Maker Terms and Conditions. Memory Maker includes photos taken during the applicable Memory Maker window. A MagicBand is required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content. If Memory Maker purchased at the advance purchase price, any photos taken within 3 days from the date Memory Maker is purchased will not be included and must be purchased separately. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy at Walt Disney World. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Valid theme park admission required for certain photo locations.

02 Aug 09:51

An Update on my Precious Cats

by Martha Stewart
Kristen

Cat share. martha's cat likes to sleep in bowls.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my animals. My dogs, cats, birds, and horses - they are all very special to me and are such [&hellip...
11 Aug 01:05

Main Street Electrical Parade Coming to Disneyland Park for a Limited Time; Last Chance to ‘Paint the Night’

by Erin Glover
Kristen

!!!!!!!!!

As we just announced, night time at Disneyland park will get even brighter with the return of Main Street Electrical Parade early next year! Twenty years since it last glowed down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, this “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination” will return for a limited-time encore engagement.

Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland Park

The quintessential Disney Parks nighttime parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade began at Disneyland park in 1972, shining brightly in the memories of thousands of Disneyland park guests until the end of its initial run in 1996. It returned to the Disneyland Resort as Disney’s Electrical Parade, bringing magical Disney stories to Disney California Adventure park from 2001 until 2010, when it crossed the country to begin its most recent run at Walt Disney World Resort.

Before its half-million tiny lights return to illuminate the imaginations of a whole new generation of Disneyland park guests, there is still time enjoy the experience this beloved favorite inspired – “Paint the Night” parade.

‘Paint the Night’  Parade at Disneyland Park

“Paint the Night” parade will continue nightly performances, just before “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, through September 5 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. And I’m excited to share today that this popular parade will return on select nights during the holiday season later this year. Be sure to keep an eye on the entertainment calendar at Disneyland.com for performance dates and times.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details — including dates — for this special engagement of Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland park next year!

12 Aug 18:15

Taylor Swift Throws A Garden Party With Her Parents & Kale

by Shannon Carlin
Kristen

I find this interesting because her parents allegedly hate each other and can barely stand to be in the same room.

There ain't no party like a Taylor Swift garden party — as she showed fans in this wholesome post, one of the singer's first since her public fallout with Kimye.

Swift gave the world a tour of her garden on Instagram yesterday, perhaps as a way of showing a return to her wholesome roots. She did grow up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, after all.

For her latest Instagram Story — the first to not include her cats — Swift gave fans a peek at her green thumb, explaining she was "doing some major gardening today."

As Entertainment Tonight points out, Swift's parents, Andrea and Scott, were even on hand to help. Her mom pulled weeds from the vegetables, while her dad took a break to give a sweet wave to the camera.

But the real special guest at this party was a certain hipster-favorite veggie: kale. Swift joked, "This is what we used to do back on the farm, except not with kale."

So, while Swift reportedly won't be releasing a new album this October, she may be releasing a bountiful kale crop. Expect it to drop this fall.

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09 Aug 14:45

Everything That Happens In ‘Nine Lives,’ As Described By The Critics Who Sat Through It

by Vince Mancini

EuropaCorp

A few years back, I noticed that the more ridiculous a movie is, the more critics have a tendency to just describe the plot exactly as it happened, as if the ridiculousness of a bad movie is so self-evident that it requires no analysis, only presentation. Based on that observation, I gave myself a challenge: try to recreate the plot of a film I haven’t seen beat for beat, using nothing but summary from reviews (no analysis!).

So it was, Plot Recreated with Reviews was born. Thing is, it’s only really entertaining if the movie itself is truly ridiculous (more than just dull or hackneyed or silly: weirder). A movie like that only comes along every so often. Nine Lives fits the bill.

A concept that began as a French EuropaCorp exec’s idea for a quirky, “Woody Allen-esque” film aimed at adults (and written that way by its first two hired gun screenwriters), about a businessman who gets turned into a cat, was eventually inherited by a different Europa exec who thought it should be exactly what the guy who came up with the original premise swore it wasn’t: a family comedy. The first exec died in May, but the cinematic Edsel he set in motion hit theaters this past weekend, boasting the unlikely pedigree of Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld and Kevin Spacey, and no less than five credited screenwriters (it’s not their fault… it’s not their fault…). It clocked in at less than 90 minutes and didn’t screen for critics (the poor souls below had to either finagle their way into the premiere or see it on their own dime), sure signs of a studio trying to cut their losses and move on.

In any case, without further ado, here it is, the plot of Nine Lives, as written by the critics who sat through it (chapter headings my own).

THE SETUP

“Kevin Spacey plays Tom Brand, a Donald Trump-like New York real estate titan so obsessed with building the tallest, longest skyscraper in America…” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety)

“…that he throws a snit fit when it appears that an edifice located in Chicago might prevent him from having the tallest phallic symbol in the Northern Hemisphere.” (Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com)

“A flashy business magnate who is cut from the same cloth as Richard Branson, (NYTimes) Tom is introduced as he skydives to work one morning.” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)

“He neglects his second wife (Jennifer Garner), whose calls he refuses to answer during work hours, and his young daughter (Melina Weissman), who pines for a pet cat.” (Nigel M. Smith, The Guardian)

“His daughter and wife are reduced to spending time with him through watching his press conferences.” (Matthew Goudreau, The Young Folks)

“’I hate cats,’ Brand scoffs at the suggestion. ‘I don’t need another thing to feed.’” (The Guardian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpxJFPMlFXY

THE HIGH CONCEPT

“Fortunately for the little girl, the one thing her dad hates more than cats is wasting time thinking of creative ways to make his daughter happy, so…” (Indiewire)

“…on the night of his daughter’s birthday, Tom visits a shady cat shop owned by Christopher Walken.” (The Young Folks)

“He finally gets her the cat she’s always wanted for her birthday, from the mysterious Purrkins Pet Shop.” (Katie Walsh, The Los Angeles Times)

“As the proprietor of Purrkins cat store (no other pets, just pussies), his character – Felix Perkins – is the only human who can interact with Brand’s feline form.” (Matt Donato, We Got This Covered)

“After the scene between the two Oscar-winning actors is finished and Tom has departed, before the sadness of knowing these two might never be in a real movie together hits you, Perkins says to the pets in his shop, ‘OK, cats. Let’s do this!’ ‘This,’ as it turns out, is a curse or something.” (Eric D Snider)

“In order for the transmutation to occur, Tom has to stand on the roof of the new tower he’s constructing (oh, there’s an incredibly asinine plot thread about a power struggle at his company), be hit by a bolt of lightning, plummet off the side of the skyscraper, snag his leg on some stray equipment, get flung back inside, and then spirited away from his comatose body.” (Indiewire)

“Tom ends up in a coma and his consciousness ends up in the cat.” (The Los Angeles Times)

THE SECOND ACT

“Alarmingly, no one in Brand’s life, including his co-workers and family, seems to care that he’s laid up on life support. The son from his first marriage (Robbie Amell), who works for him, appears more intent on managing the business than monitoring his father’s health. While his wife and daughter barely shed a tear before shifting all of their focus over to the trouble-making addition.” (The Guardian)

“Lara and Rebecca take Mr. Fuzzypants home, and it only takes them a day to remember that cats need food, water, and a litter box.” (Eric D. Snider)

“His adult son, David (Robbie Amell), works for the company but doesn’t have Dad’s respect because he’s afraid to go skydiving with him.” (Eric D Snider)

While Tom’s human body lies in a coma, the boardroom of his company attempts to scheme power away from Tom and his son. (The Young Folks)

HIJINKS

“Feline hijinks ensue as Mr. Fuzzypants attempts to convince his wife and daughter that he’s actually Tom and tries to stop Ian from selling his company (even though it clearly makes more financial sense to go public and stop the skyscraper nonsense).” (The Los Angeles Times)

“It’s not fun at all to watch a poorly animated cat try to open a whiskey bottle or struggle to hold a pen, all while Spacey lobs insults at his ex-wife and says things like, ‘No thanks, I have the rug,’ when Garner ushers him toward the litter box.” (Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly)

“‘Seriously?’ Spacey groans, contemplating his paws.” (Amy Nicholson, MTV News)

“…plenty of out-of-place ex-wife-hating barbs; groan-worthy feline puns…” (John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter)

“…Kevin-Spacey-cat pees in handbags.” (Matt Donato, We Got This Covered)

When Garner’s character sees Mr. Fuzzypants run amok, she asks her cookie-cutter stepson if they make MRIs for cats. His response? ‘You mean CAT scans?’” (Indiewire)

“Within the span of five minutes, Brand goes from attempting to write a note to downing a fifth of scotch…. as a cat. We also get no fewer than four scenes of a cat urinating somewhere outside of a litter box.” (The Young Folks)

“One security guard moronically tasers another security guard in the leg, while attempting to snipe Mr. Fuzzypants in mid-air.” (We Got This Covered)

“…two cat-piss jokes, two slow-motion sequences of people tumbling over while trying to catch Tom in Mister Fuzzypants form…” (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The A.V. Club)

“Five writers to have Mr. Fuzzypants bounce off an apartment entrance awning like a trampoline. FIVE WRITERS TO WRITE DIALOGUE FOR SPACEY NO DEEPER THAN, ‘HEY, HELP ME! I’M A CAT!’” (We Got This Covered)

“Famous Internet cats like Lil Bub, Waffles, and Hamilton actually make cameos.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“See him leap onto counters and up walls, inch along the ledges of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, and fall flat on his feline back!” (Variety)

EuropaCorp

MESSAGE

“Stuck at home, Tom learns the value of family and the struggles they’ve gone through once he’s finally around.” (The Los Angeles Times)

“Tom has to reevaluate his priorities, connect with his wife and daughter, let David know he’s proud of him, AND save his company from an unscrupulous board member (Mark Consuelos), all while being a cat. And he must do this before his comatose body dies, or he’ll be feline forever.” (Eric D Snider)

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN

“We hear Kevin Spacey’s voice, but the other characters just hear meowing. Except for Perkins, the cat whisperer. He hears Mr. Fuzzypants in plain English.” (Eric D Snider)

“Because his character is a ‘cat whisperer,’ he spends the majority of his appearances speaking directly to the cat.” (TheYoungFolks)

“This means you get to watch The Walken carry out civil conversations with a hissing animal, as paws swipe and Spacey frustratingly grumbles.” (We Got This Covered)

“I would not be surprised if this is an actual skill possessed by Christopher Walken.” (Eric D Snider)

“Oh, and he indeed gets a short dance number.” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes)

CHINTZY CONSTRUCTION

“The cinematography is a green screen nightmare.” (The Los Angeles Times)

“[Mr. Fuzzypants’] little cat mouth never opens, even when meowing.” (The A.V. Club)

“..small, cramped sets and shortage of background extras.” (The A.V. Club)

“…the entire Manhattan skyline seems to have been created on an iPad (but not, like, one of those fancy iPad Pros, or anything).” (Indiewire)

“Spacey’s glued-on hairpiece, given prominent placement by Sonnenfeld’s tendency to frame the actor front and center early on, isn’t much more convincing.” (The A.V. Club)

“In an attempt to create the image of multiple cats in one room, the special effects department just copied-and-pasted footage of the same cat.” (Entertainment Weekly)

TONE PROBLEMS

“Brightly colored production design is spiked with jokes about castration and alcoholism, marital infidelity and child labor.” (Dave White, The Wrap)

“We are told that, ‘Cats don’t care if you live or die.’” (RogerEbert.com)

“It’s a comedy pitched at families that climaxes with a supposed suicide attempt.” (The Guardian)

“And, oh, how the kindergarten crowd will chortle at the lame sight gag involving a ‘Hang in There, Baby’ poster that hails from the early ‘70s.” (RogerEbert.com)

CONCLUSION

“The Nine Lives title doesn’t even come into play during Mr. Fuzzypants’s predicament, as only one life is ever needed.” (We Got This Covered)

“It’s also best that you not contemplate the reality the film establishes: Perkins is an omnipotent wizard who can magic you into a cat’s body to teach you a lesson, and keep you there forever if you fail to learn it. He alone decides. The cats in his shop are the damned souls of the people he’s done this to before – making him exactly like Ursula the sea witch, except that Ursula’s victims willingly made bargains with her. Perkins just sucker-punches you.” (Eric D Snider)

“The first name typically listed in a film’s closing credits is that of the director. Nine Lives breaks that custom. Instead, that honor goes to the film’s two cat trainers.” (The Guardian)

01 Aug 18:00

Our 10 Favorites Memes About Caesar Salad — Augustus Caesar

by Kelli Foster
Kristen

too soon

(Image credit: Meme Generator)

Even if crispy romaine and croutons aren't your thing, it's hard not to enjoy the sharp jokes and stabby puns that go along with the classic Caesar salad. Inspired in part by Caesar salad, and in part by the other Caesars (both Augustus and Julius — who, for the record, did not invent the salad), these memes just never get old.

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01 Aug 07:13

fireandshellamari: alliearts: mynameisdevon: submariet: lntru...

Kristen

these cats!



fireandshellamari:

alliearts:

mynameisdevon:

submariet:

lntruding:

 soviet russian grandma cats complaining about their grandchildren and swapping recipes

THEY HAVE EAR HOLES let me die

BABUSHKATS

babushkats.

Gosh that illustration’s lovely. It’s like something from Beatrix Potter

31 Jul 23:27

Drag queen Jackie Beat asking $850K for flamboyant Highland Park home

by Pauline O'Connor
Kristen

jackie beat!

As one might expect, the colorful three-bedroom ranch has flair to spare

Move over, freewheelin' mini-compound, here comes another listing to keep people's eyeballs working overtime. According to Blockshopper, this Highland Park property belongs to Kent Fuher, who is otherwise known as the beloved drag queen Jackie Beat. So it comes as little surprise that the two-story home—which has been published in the LA Times and other places—is as vibrant and exuberant as its owner.

Per the listing, the 1940s ranch-style residence contains two bedrooms and one bath on its top level and a one-bedroom, one-bath guest unit on its lower level. Features include hardwood floors, built-ins, vintage tile and cabinetry, a deck with spa, and a two-car garage. Sited on a 7,505-square-foot lot in the Mt. Angeles neighborhood, it's asking $849,900.

6133 Outlook Ave [Estately]

For Sale in Los Angeles Archives [Curbed LA]

28 Jul 19:00

I Went Indoor Cycling With Kylie Jenner’s BFF

by Jennifer Astin
Kristen

talk about f-list

If you think you’re in shape because you can blast through an hour of hot yoga, try 30 minutes of indoor cycling at Cycle House and you’ll snap back to reality double quick. At least, I did. When the storied workout spot sent me an invite to come and burn calories alongside Kylie Jenner’s BFF Jordyn Woods, I felt energized and psyched up. Cut to 15 minutes into the ride, and I turned into a puddle of tears and sweat; it was all worth it though, because I got a chance to chat with Jordyn and my thighs are definitely tighter.

Jordyn (and her statuesque friend Justine Skye) slayed in super cute athletic wear, thanks in part to her participation in the new campaign from NOLA by Addition Elle. She and Ashley Graham are the faces of their latest collection of plus size activewear, which includes the rad black mesh structured sports bra Jordyn wore during the cycle sesh (it comes out in August, but you can shop similar ones here). “I love the line. This bra is so supportive and so comfy and it makes me feel cute, which motivates me to go out and do something,” Jordyn told me, adding, “I think it’s really important for people of all sizes to find something they feel cute in and that motivates them to be active.”

Fun fact: Jordyn has an amazing way of talking to you like she’s your best friend. She’s incredibly soft-spoken, friendly, and savvy, possessing a keen understanding of her place in the current social media landscape. When I asked her about her enormous Instagram presence, due in part to her friendship with Kylie, Jordyn revealed, “Social media is probably one of the greatest tools of this generation. We all have a voice and a platform now to post either what we’re doing or something amazing that we want to share with the world. I want to show what’s real as opposed to trying to post a lifestyle, or any kind of false advertising.”

Five minutes later, she was locking in to the bike in front of me and when her personally curated playlist started blaring, she attacked the class with the same kind of genuine enthusiasm and real hard work. Behind her, I was literally dying. Cycle House was kind enough to provide me with my own water bottle, and I sucked that thing down like I was crawling toward a mirage. Given that I’m cardio-phobic, I’d forgotten that incredibly off-putting lung burn that accompanies biking uphill. Was it my attitude? I’ll admit that when someone with a microphone yells at me to “Go Harder!” and “Stop bullshitting!” I tend to shut down and do the opposite.

After 30 (actually not that long) minutes, I was a pale, sweaty mess and Jordyn looked as lovely as ever. My takeaway is definitely to be more like Jordyn — a positive attitude goes an incredibly long way toward reshaping your worldview and enriching your experiences. And that black mesh sports bra definitely helped; I want that.

Lil mama holds me down.

A photo posted by Heir Jordyn (@jordynwoods) on

27 Jul 20:00

The Ice Cream Sandwich With A Cult Following—& How to Make it Yourself

by Sarah Jampel
Kristen

bill?

The idea of an ice cream sandwich is preposterous.

Not only cookies, not only ice cream, and not only ice cream accompanied by cookies, but a fused ice cream-and-cookie mass that you can eat three times as fast as if you were to tackle the components on their own.

And when you coat the whole thing in melted chocolate, then refreeze it to create a hard shell... well, it becomes a dessert so unbelievable that it could only come out of California.

It becomes an It's-It.

That's it: That's an It's-It!
That's it: That's an It's-It! Photo by Bobbi Lin

I spent most of my life thinking of It's-Its as the unicorn of the frozen dessert world.

They belonged to that far-off land where the type of produce that we on the East Coast think of as summer-exclusive is available year-round (tomatoes in December, you hear that!?) and eaten on porches and patios. Where people go surfing after work. Where celebrities walk the streets like you and me! Not real life. A year-round summer camp.

According to the official record, It's-Its were conceived in San Francisco in 1928, when George Whitney pressed vanilla ice cream between two freshly-baked oatmeal cookies, dipped the fat saucer in dark chocolate, and pronounced "It's it!" And so was born an iconic Bay Area dessert, served exclusively at the Playland-by-the-Sea amusement park for four decades.

OK. NOW we're ready to get married.

A photo posted by Kristen Miglore (@miglorious) on

I was lucky enough to catch my first It's-It at Creative Director Kristen Miglore's wedding, where she served them alongside cobbler. (And in case you don't click through the Instagram comments to read guests' enthusiasm, know that someone wrote, "This is gonna be the best wedding ever. That's real strong dessert game right there. ITS IT!!" And they were right.)

Keeping in mind that it might be a long time—years, even—before I was back on the West Coast with an It's-It in hand, I forced myself to choose my flavor carefully, to eat it slowly. (Also motivated by preserving my fancy attire.)

just kidding, chocolate isn't going anywhere...for now 😜 #ITSIT

A video posted by IT'S-IT Ice Cream (@itsiticecream) on

But it turns out that It's-Its have now stretched far beyond the Bay Area. I could have them shipped from the website, but they're also available at multiple grocery stores between the Food52 offices and my apartment, and on FreshDirect, too. I could have one—heck, I could have two!—tonight.

The unicorns roam close to home. (And in Maine, too, where the Harbor Bar—in which chocolate chip cookies flank by ice cream and are coated in chocolate—is a close cousin.)

Our It's-Its have an uncanny resemblance to the originals (pictured below).
Our It's-Its have an uncanny resemblance to the originals (pictured below). Photo by Bobbi Lin

Simply Vanilla #ITSIT

A photo posted by IT'S-IT Ice Cream (@itsiticecream) on

But, for the sake of my wallet and my belief in unicorns awe-inspiring desserts, I have taken a vow to do some work for my It's-Its, be it buying a cross-country plane ticket or making them myself.

Because the biggest shame would be for a frozen dessert so spectacular to become mundane. It's-Its just taste better when they're coated in mysticism (chocolate, too).

I just heard your stomach grumble.
I just heard your stomach grumble. Photo by Bobbi Lin

Here's what you'll need:

  • A batch of Merrill's Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies: If you want full-sized (that is, gargantuan) It's-Its, make big cookies—I made about 18 cookies, each with about 2 tablespoons of dough; stick the baked cookies in the freezer until they're super-cold before proceeding.
  • Great-quality vanilla ice cream, be it homemade or store-bought (I'd recommend store-bought: It's more likely to be a nice texture right off the bat and it will keep for longer in the freezer); you'll also have an easier time smooshing together the cookies if you let it soften a little at room temperature.
  • 24 ounces of dark chocolate + 3 tablespoons of canola oil (or, make magic shell using coconut oil)
Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies
Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies by Merrill Stubbs
Magic Shell
Magic Shell by Marian Bull

Once all components are ready—and at the right temperature—assembly is easy:

  1. Ready parchment-lined baking sheets.
  2. Flip half your cookies over and plop on a generous amount of slightly-softened vanilla ice cream. (My eyeballed amount was 3 parts ice cream to 1 part cookie, per Cristina Sciarra's suggestion).
  3. Smush the bare cookies on top. Use your hands and/or a spoon to smooth the sides. As I said before, easier with slightly soft ice cream.
  4. Rush the cookie sandwiches to the freezer and leave them be until thoroughly chilled, with re-hardened ice cream—at least 3 or 4 hours, to be safe!
  5. When the cookies are ice-cold, melt the chocolate and canola oil (or coconut oil) in a saucepan over the lowest heat, stirring constantly. Transfer the mixture to a bowl deep enough to swallow most of a sandwich and allow it to reach room temperature. (You can also let it cool off in the pan, but it will lose heat faster in a non-heated vessel.)
  6. Working with one sandwich at a time, dunk the entire thing in the melted chocolate, using a slotted spoon to flip it over so that all sides are coated. Pick the sandwich up with the spoon, allow some excess chocolate to drip off, and then return to the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Place the chocolate-coated sandwiches back into the freezer and let the chocolate harden. (I'd say, an hour; some would say as little as 15 minutes—the risk is yours.)
There's an It's-It waiting in the wings.
There's an It's-It waiting in the wings. Photo by Bobbi Lin

Do you have a dessert you know you could have anytime you want but that you save for special occasions? Name your "It's-It" in the comments below.

26 Jul 22:30

おもちゃを咥えるとふみふみが止まらないねこ2。(動画)

by mugumogu
Kristen

this is a good video

 

本日の獲物(おもちゃ)は、しっぽの取れた大きなねずみ。
(チビの頃から愛用)
Maru caught the toy of the big mouse.

まる:「でっかい獲物げっとー。」
Maru:[Yes, I caught this!]


まる:「あああ、ふみふみが止まらない。」
Maru:[Wow, I cannot help kneading.]

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まる:「ふぅ、ちょっと休憩。」
Maru:[I take a break…]

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19 Jul 12:00

Serious DIYs for People Who Really Really Love Their Cats

by Nancy Mitchell
Kristen

oh wow. i mean vivien is way to old and fat to climb a tree these days but I still like it.

(Image credit: Meilla Kotona)

There are a few different kinds of cat owners. There are the people who love their cats, the people who really love their cats, and the people who really really love their cats. If you have bought your cat one of those cat drinking fountains, you fall into the second group. If you have ever made one of these DIYs, you fall into the third.

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19 Jul 16:00

Blind Items Revealed #2

by Enty
Kristen

well well well

bh

June 10, 2016

Wanting to keep her secrets intact, this A+ list singer is trying to make a deal with people suing her foreign born main ghostwriter who does a bit of A- list singing himself. She doesn’t want him to have to talk about his work under oath. No one knows she uses ghostwriters.

Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran

13 Jul 22:56

The Best Vegan And Dairy-Free Frozen Treats In Los Angeles

by Guest Writer
Kristen

just going to save this one for later

The Best Vegan And Dairy-Free Frozen Treats In Los Angeles The vegan and dairy-free crowd shouldn't be left out when it comes to sweet refreshment. We ALL scream for ice cream, after all. [ more › ]
14 Jul 15:00

Help! There's No Corkscrew at My Vacation Rental — Vacation Rental Kitchen Dilemmas

by Geraldine Campbell
Kristen

Help! I'm a helpless human being!

(Image credit: Shutter stock)

One of the joys of vacation, for me anyway, is that the rules of normal drinking don't apply. Lunch tastes better with a glass of wine, maybe two — why not? There's nothing on the afternoon agenda except napping by the pool or reading in the hammock. But what do you do when your vacation cabin is missing the (wine) key to day-drinking success?

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09 Jul 17:45

Blind Items Revealed #8

by Enty
Kristen

The most timely of gossip

bh

June 12, 2016

Even though this A list director is listed in the credits of this Christmas classic, he was fired by the lead actor not long into filming.

Chris Columbus/Christmas Vacation/Chevy Chase

11 Jul 18:55

LA’s First Big Roundabout Coming This Year

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

so many people are going to jump the curb when this opens. it takes me forever to get used to roundabouts.

Roundabouts are not really an LA thing, but they are safer

The area where the Riverside Bridge, Figueroa, and San Fernando meet will soon have a unique feature that sets it apart from the rest of the city: a traffic roundabout. Scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, it's set to be the city’s first, says Eastsider LA.

The roundabout will measure 100 feet wide and will direct traffic in four directions without using traditional traffic signals. (There will be "flashing lights" at four designated pedestrian crossings around the circle.) The center will be landscaped and feature a granite statue. Medians will line the streets that intersect at the traffic circle.

It will link to the under-construction Riverside Bridge (expected to be completed in late 2017) and eventually share the intersection with park space marking the approximate confluence of the Arroyo Seco and the LA River.

Roundabouts are not really an LA thing—there was a short-lived one at Wilshire and Western in the 1920s—but they are established fixtures on European roads and are gaining in popularity the U.S. An intersections program manager for the Federal Highway Administration told the New York Times in 2015 that roundabouts reduce crashes that result in serious injuries or death by 82 percent when compared to a two-way stop. When compared to an intersection with traffic signals, the reduction was 78 percent.

 Department of Public Works
05 Jul 03:28

A few words from Angus.............

by noreply@blogger.com (Merlesworld)
Kristen

I like this blog entry from Angus's POV,

Hi I'm Angus as you most likely know,  I'm visiting with Merle and the Beer Fairy for a few days, I will show you around, this morning it rained so I had fun in the garden, I found some chips minus the garlic sauce Drummy ate that fancy only eating the sauce and leaving the chips also got some bacon rind from Merles breakfast usually Drummys but I'm cuter so I got it this morning.
 She has done some work since I was here last, more paths not so boggy when it rains, I liked boggy.
 Lovely sun now, will stand here and catch a few rays.
 So so warm.

 But I miss the mud always good to dig in.

 A bit here wonder what's in here maybe something to eat.

 Sleepy Boo Peep
 Augus bed is occupied
 A dapper young man about town .
 His mum.
 My daughter
grumpy beer fairy

his father
Well that's all from us this week, it's lunchtime and I'm going to see if Merle wants any help with dinner.
01 Jul 22:56

さるとねこ。(動画)

by mugumogu
Kristen

tried to steal a shoe

 

庭に珍しいお客様。
Rare visitors came over to the garden.

BGM:フリー音楽素材 H/MIX GALLERY様よりお借りしました。
いつもありがとうございます!

08 Jul 05:08

Charming Little Cottage in the 90210 Asks $825K

by Elijah Chiland

Nice and cozy

This two-bedroom cottage in Beverly Hills Post Office was constructed in 1923 and packs plenty of homey charm into its 1,000 square feet. The home is tucked behind a gravel driveway and small garage, along with a white picket fence (naturally) and a red brick pathway leading to the front door. Features of the airy interior include hardwood floors, a wide panel of windows, and a living room fireplace. Per the listing, the home was recently remodeled, and the tile flooring in the kitchen and bathroom looks to be freshly added. A pleasant brickwork patio is nestled into the terraced slope behind the house. Asking price is $825,000.


07 Jul 02:00

See Mountain Lion Kittens Just Discovered in the Santa Susana Mountains

by Elijah Chiland
Kristen

v. cute

Meet P-48-through-52

It’s a tough life for the mountain lions of Southern California—filled with murder, inbreeding, and perilous freeway crossings. But try not to think about that as you enjoy this video of kittens recently discovered by National Park Service researchers in the Santa Susana Mountains

The first litter of kittens are the offspring of P-35, recently seen chowing down on some deer meat and leaving her leftovers behind for a pair of bears. Park Service biologists have named her two female kittens P-48 and P-49 (the "P" stands for Puma). The second litter was born to P-39 and consists of two males (P-50 and P-52) and one female (P-51). Researchers believe the father of all five kittens is the territorial P-38, who chased another lion (P-32) across Highway 126 last summer. P-32 was later struck by a vehicle and killed while attempting to cross I-5.

Researchers expect that before long, these adorable kittens will have to face similar struggles. "The real challenge comes as these kittens grow older and disperse, especially the males," says Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area biologist Jeff Sikich in a press release. The male mountain lions will have to contend with a number of potential rivals, including their own father. Sikich says that "road mortality and the possibility of poisoning from anticoagulant rodenticide" are other dangers the kittens will run into as they grow older. For now, though, they seem quite content hissing at cameras and snoozing in their den.

Five Kittens Born in Santa Susana Mountains

07 Jul 18:15

McDonald’s Worker Gets Revenge On Prankster

by Enty
Kristen

I would have the same reaction as this poor girl and then probably would have went straight to my manager to confess and see what they chose to do.

05 Jul 18:34

Fireworks Briefly Set the LA River on Fire Last Night

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

it was a little crazy last night, even for me.

The scene in Frogtown was pretty apocalyptic

 Franklin Hardy

Around this time of year, palm trees catching fire thanks to errant fireworks are a sad but regular occurrence. Last night, though, that unfortunate tradition took it one step further. A segment of LA River foliage in Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) apparently exploded into flames around 11 p.m. last night, Eastsider LA reports. The flames erupted near the intersection of Meadowvale Avenue and the LA River bike path.

The vegetation was "ignited by skyrockets," one witness told ELA, though a Los Angeles Fire Department representative did not have official information about the cause of the fire. The good news is, no one was injured by the fire, which took about a half hour to extinguish. Before it did, a few onlookers snapped some scary shots of the inferno up close.

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03 Jul 23:00

サルです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

holy shit

 

庭に珍しいお客さま。

サル:「どうも、サルです。」
Hello, I am japanese macaque!


ガラス越しに挑発されると、はなはビビってシャー!
Hana was afraid a little and threatened it.


ガラスの隔たりがあるからか、挑発されてもまるは動じず。
Maru kept calm.


サル:「これ気に入っちゃった♪」
Japanese macaque:[I love this♪]

庭にサルが来るのは初めてではありませんが、
まるはそれほどサルに興味はないらしい。
特に怖がりも、興奮もしません。
はなはやや警戒気味に、物陰に隠れて監視。
そしてあまり近くまでくると怖いのか、逃げ腰に。
窓辺までやってきたのは2匹ですが、サルは群れでやってくるので、
周囲にはもっとたくさんのサルがいます。

04 Jul 18:00

Blind Items Revealed #9

by Enty
Kristen

jesus christ

fi

February 29, 2016

Academy Awards

It all started last month. A kind of war brewing during the Golden Globes. Oh, there have been a few potshots at other awards throughout the season, but last month it really picked up steam. This foreign born A list director who is a multiple Academy Award winner/nominee started trash talking this former A list mostly movie actor. The actor starred in one of the director’s recent movies but starred in a competitor this award season. Apparently the director started trash talking the actor and the rest of the cast and called the director of the current movie a hack or something to that effect. The director went on to trash this foreign born A-/B+ list mostly movie actress who is an Academy Award winner/nominee and starred in a movie for the director. Her significant other was a part of the competition too and our director said he would never hire the significant other. This just went on and on. Our a-hole of a director did not limit himself to just trashing his biggest competition, he took shots at every crew member or actor who was competing against his film for awards.
Things got so bad that our a-hole director almost came to blows during the Academy Awards with a nominated crew member at the Golden Globes. At an event earlier this month, the pair had to be separated again. Last night, the tensions were super high. Some idiot sat the cast and crew of the three movies close to each other and during every commercial break they would start in on each other. If there had been more booze last night, there would have been fights. Our a-hole director was throwing the bird and shade at everyone who won not involved in his project. Backstage, the director got shoved by a crew member from the biggest winner of the night.

A list director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
A list movie actor: Michael Keaton
Recent movie: “The Revenant”
Competitor movie: “Spotlight”
Director: Tom McCarthy
A-/B+ list movie actress: Naomi Watts
Movie made with director: “Birdman”
Significant other: Liev Schreiber

05 Jul 01:15

Blind Items Revealed #38 – Kindness

by Enty
Kristen

Bill - This is the guy who played Cutter Wentworth, your favorite name of all time.

fi

April 27, 2016

American, but not born in America. If you are a fan of daytime, you are probably a fan of him. B- list actor. He really only gets that high because of the hit cable show he is on. Supporting on it for sure, but it is a hit on a channel mostly known for bad movies rather than shows. Anyway, besides giving 1,000 hours a year of his time to this wounded veterans charity, he also gives half his paycheck. This is not a guy who makes a ton, so this is a big deal.

Josh Kelly/One Life To Live/UnREAL

04 Jul 12:40

From Every Mountainside, Let Freedom Ring

by Paul Lukas
Kristen

Holy jesus. Sometimes I think my dinner ideas are lackluster but they are better than Sack O'Sauce.

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Each year on this date I try to find and present a photo or illustration that captures America in a nutshell (here are the ones from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008). This year’s entry — part of a series of vintage hot dog ads recently sent my way by our Collector’s Corner columnist, Brinke Guthrie — is an instant classic. How did this product fail to catch on?

Anyway: Everyone have a great holiday. The Tugboat Captain and I will be fishing on a party boat (we’ll do our best to catch a red snapper, a whitefish, and a bluegill, or instead maybe a starfish and a striped bass), but the comments are open, so feel free to chat amongst yourselves.

Three quick if/then thoughts:

• If you have a few minutes, I heartily recommend that you read the Declaration of Independence (here’s typeset version, in case you can’t decipher Jefferson’s handwriting), whose ratification is what we’re celebrating today.

• If you happen to see Jason Pierre-Paul, please keep him away from the matches.

• And if you’re spending the day in the company of a Britisher, kindly pass along my annual Independence Day rallying cry: In your face, Redcoats!