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HAIR- A Peek Inside Opening Night!

2009 Broadway revival poster

Image via Wikipedia

As proof of my profound laziness and to introduce you to a good friend of mine, I’m linking to an awesome post about the recent Opening Night of HAIR on Broadway.  My good friend, Shaleah Adkisson, has been on tour with the production, which is making a pit-stop on Broadway for the summer.  Our good buddy, Alex, represented at Opening Night- and the fabulous party afterward. Ch-ch-check it out!

Musical Theatre Guy:

“Celebrating A Broadway Debut. . .”

Hope you’ve all had a great week! I’ll be back next week with fresh reviews, recommendations, and a new project! xx

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The HAIR, The HAIR, Is Everywhere

Photo Credit: The Rock River Times

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (which you probably haven’t) you know that I have a deep love for the musical HAIR.  I grew up listening to many of the songs with my mom, and I fell in love with the New Cast Recording from 2009’s Broadway revival.  You can imagine my joy, then, when one of my dearest friends, Shaleah Adkisson, joined the 1st National Tour.  She’s been traveling the country for the last 9 months, but HAIR finally came to Orlando and I got to see Shaleah do her thing as a member of the Tribe.

It was such a wonderful week!  The roomies and I saw the show twice, and both times it was so powerful and such fun.  If you haven’t seen HAIR on stage, please do!  Be warned: people get butt naked in it.  For some reason, several people in the audience seemed not to know that, and were freaked out.  I feel like that is common knowledge, but whatevs.  So now you know.

"Duh DUNK!" Giving "Law & Order" intensity.

The best part about Shaleah being back in town is getting to take her to all of her favorite haunts.  Namely, Seito Sushi in Celebration.  I think we’ve spent hours there just talking, drinking plum wine, and gorging on their delicious sushi.  We might have single-handedly kept them in the black in 2008.

I’m definitely sad to see her go (boo!) but totes excited to celebrate her Broadway debut when the tour cast of HAIR goes to the Great White Way for 10 weeks this summer!  SQUEE!

Have any of you seen HAIR?  What did you think? A big Congratulations to Shaleah!  Click here for tickets to see HAIR on Broadway this summer. Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day! xx


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Woo hoo!  It’s that time of year again- to celebrate something that happened in Mexico  ages ago, and use it as an excuse to pound margaritas!  This year I celebrated in style.  I made tacos (veggie for me, organic beef for the roomies) and dangerous margaritas.  In fact, I might be a little schnockered writing this right now.

Check out my Cinco snacks, and have a great night!

Felicidades!


Good Eats: Cream Pot Restaurant

I’m back in Hawaii!  Thank the Lord!  I really needed a break from the daily grind in Orlando, so I retreated home to see my family, friends, and The Boyfriend.  So far, it’s been awesome.  I’m eating at all my favorite spots, and discovering a few new places.  Yum!

The view from Niu St.

One of my favorite so far is The Cream Pot in Waikiki.  Located on the bottom floor of the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, this charming spot has a great view of Ala Wai canal.

The exterior would make Hansel and Gretel proud with its potted plants and cute archway entrance.  There are huge sliding glass doors that lead to the interior, but The Boyfriend and I sat outside, so I have no idea what goes on in there.

Honestly, reviews on this place said it was Hit or Miss, so we were prepared for slow service and over-salted food (or awesome service, and the best pancakes ever).

Cream Pot’s menu specializes in breakfast/brunch classics with island flair and local produce.  Their presentation isn’t bad either.  I got a cup of Kona coffee that came out with a little miniature shovel for my sugar and a tiny kettle for the cream. Cuteness!

We ordered the Salmon Eggs Benedict ($14.95, I think) and pancakes with strawberries ($9.25, I think).  Omigosh!  This was some of the best breakfast food I’ve had in years.  The Eggs Benedict were served on a crispy hash brown instead of an English muffin.  They were divine.

I stole this pic from Flickr: I was too hungry to take a picture!

The pancakes were a ricotta souffle  pancake with strawberry topping.  They had to be the fluffiest pancakes ever, and we had little chunks of ricotta that made my mouth water.

World's fluffiest pancake? I'm determined to find out!

I think the best strategy for the cream pot (and pretty much everywhere) is to share.  With portion sizes the way they are at most places (Cream Pot has pretty generous sizes), you can try different things.  Plus, if you’re like me, you can satisfy your need for salty and sweet with two different dishes- without having for scarf down two big ass entrees.

Cream Pot Waikiki

444 Niu St
Honolulu, HI 96815

Take someone (you like) to the Cream Pot next time you’re in Waikiki, and let me know what you think! xx


Happy Chinese New Year!

Photo credit: imdhuston.org

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Today is the first day of the new lunar year, according to the Chinese calendar.  I’m a big lover of astrology and the Chinese zodiac because they are really fun and interesting- regardless of how much stock you put in them!  According to a recent poll, though, about 30% of Americans believe in astrology, so I guess a lot of you do put some stock in the stars.

If you’re unaware, today marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, a peaceful year with a focus on family and home.  Diplomacy and security are the words to remember this year as you deal with others.  This is the year to pinch pennies and learn to live with less, because next year (The Year of the Dragon) should be somewhat chaotic.

For those born in the year of the rabbit, this should be an especially lucky year for you (Rabbit people are lucky anyway).  I know that both times it was my zodiac year, I had some of the best luck ever!

The rabbit statue is one of the 12 Chinese Zod...

A rabbit statue in Kowloon Walled City Park in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Image via Wikipedia

One of the best things about Chinese New Year is the massive celebrating that happens.  When I was a kid back home in Hawaii, this was one of my favorite times of year.  I would stuff my face with dumplings, light firecrackers until I couldn’t hear my own thoughts, and dance along while watching the Dragon Dances in the streets.  If it was a very lucky year for me, I would get a couple of red envelopes with money in them, which I would immediately spend on candy.

Jackpot! Photo credit: hellokittyjunkie.com

I could reminisce for hours, but I won’t.  I’m going to try and find a CNY party near me and hang out by the dumplings!  Have a great day everyone, and here’s to a new year!

Do you have a CNY story?  Share it in the comments!  What are you hoping for in the year of the rabbit?  Let me know- I love to hear from you guys!  xoxo


Loosen Up Your Belt Straps!

Mama Likes! (Screen cap from Food Network)

Last week my roomies and I were at the gym, working on our fitness at the ellipticals.  You know, the super-fancy-pants ones with the TVs and cable?  I decided to pop on the Food Network (why?  because I’m a masochist!  Yay!), and who was on but Butter Baby herself, Paula Deen.

Of course, as soon as he saw that I was watching Paula Deen’s Home Cooking, my roomie turned his screen to it, too.  It went something like this:

PD:  Welcome to the show, y’all!  Today I’m usin’ my favorite food- POTATOES!  And do y’all know what my two favorite things to slap up on potatoes are?

Roomie:  Mayonaise!

Me:  Butter!

PD:  Mayonaise and Butter!

And then we proceeded to sweat while watching her make the grossest, greasiest, yummiest potato dishes.  Ever.  For the love of God, why can’t I turn away?  I saw her put butter in a drink once- and I watched the whole episode.  Bleh!  Delicious!  I can’t decide how I feel about her.

Who am I kidding?  I love her, and I love all her crazy.  Here’s a tribute SNL did starring Kristen Wiig.  It has a couple of really funny moments- but mostly just captures some of Paula’s crazy:

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I need some of those bad boys!  ‘Till I get my hands on some, I’ll be daydreaming of butter baths during my workouts.  Thanks for reading, and please *LIKE* this post if you liked it! xoxo


I Don’t Cook All That Often.

But when I do, it’s pretty fun!  The boyfriend is a really good cook, so when we’re together I usually let him to that.  As I stare on in amazement.  While we’re separated, however, I have to fend for myself.  For a long time that meant eating out and lots and lots of sandwiches. (Hey, I had, like, six jobs for minute there.  What’s a girl to do?)

Boyfriend in the kitchen about to cook something amazing.

I found out that I have acid reflux a little while ago, which has really impacted my diet.  As of right now I can’t eat:

Dairy
Spicy Foods
Chocolate (yeah right.  I’m failing at this miserably)
Fried Foods
Alcohol

The dairy thing I’m used to- singers shouldn’t do too much dairy, and I’m lactose intolerant- but I’ve tried to totally cut it out.  No more lactose-free substitutes.  I’ve discovered a whole bunch of really yummy non-dairy ice creams.  My faves right now are Tofutti Vanilla Almond Bark and Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Cookie Dough.  They are like crack.  You’ve been warned.

Now that I’ve been able to slow it down a bit and say “No,” I’ve actually had time to cook.  The past couple of nights I’ve been having lots of fun in the kitchen.  Tuesday night I made this:

Lemon butter salmon with sauteed ‘shrooms over pesto linguine

with soy butter, which was amahzing.  And last night I had a bit of this bacon peppercorn chicken from my local Publix with a bucket salad and sweet corn on the cob.  The. Chicken. Was. So. Freaking. Good.  I bought a whole one, so I’ll be eating that for a while, and loving every second of it. 

Bucket salad:  whatever is in my fridge that day, including soy cheese!

I feel so great since making the changes to my diet.  Reflux is getting better slowly, but mostly I just have way more energy.  I’ve even lost a couple pounds (soy ice cream isn’t as fattening as regular- thank GOD.  I’m tearing that stuff up!).  I can’t to share what new recipes I come up with!

What are some of your favorite meals to cook?


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