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  1. I had never been to a Bruegger's Bagels before, and I tried the Ballston location about three weeks ago. It was terrible. Although it was several hours from closing time, they had a very limited selection of bagels. I asked for the freshest batch, and the ones I bought were small, hard and tasted like they had sat out for hours. I didn't complain, but the gentleman at the cash register didn't charge me for them. He asked that I fill out a customer satisfaction survey online, which I did. They were closing an hour early that day for a staff meeting.
  2. No, I looked it up. It was a character he did on a television variety show in 1955 with Dean Martin, in a skit called "Egg Roll is a Many Splendored Dish." I think Rooney's performance may have been influenced by this. Seems Lewis made the unfortunate decision to reprise this character 26 years later.
  3. I agree with you about the Mickey Rooney role. It was deplorable. His racist performance was cringe-inducing and added nothing to the film. I recall Jerry Lewis playing a similar role around this time that was also horrifying. I am not sure Marilyn Monroe would have been the perfect Holly Golightly, but she would have been more believable than Hepburn as Lulamae Barnes of Texas. Many people, when they think of Audrey Hepburn, envision Holly Golightly. I much preferred her in "Roman Holiday" (one of my favorite films), "Sabrina," and "Charade." George Peppard was the standout in this film for me. My heart was broken for him and his Cracker Jack ring in the back of that cab.
  4. I honestly can't answer this! I was too busy trying to pick the flavors for our carry-out scoops to notice the price for a pint. As for the flavors I chose, I knew immediately what I wanted--dark cherry with goat cheese. It was all I hoped for and more! For Don I picked the Matterhorn (honey ice cream with white chocolate and almonds) and Salty Caramel. The Matterhorn was understated and the caramel was robust, so they made a good combination. We also had waffle wedges with our scoops. Delicious!
  5. Just bought my first pint of brown butter almond brittle at Whole Foods. SO good! Not sure how this fits into my weight-loss plans, but I need to get my calcium somehow!
  6. Yes, I loved that scene as well. The looks Hepburn and Peck exchange across the room during her press conference near the end of the film are amazing as well. Both actors convey so much meaning with only their eyes.
  7. I didn't realize they just began serving breakfast at Tiffany's when I decided two days ago to watch this film for the first time. The timely, food-related connection eluded me. I watched the film because it was free with Amazon Prime AND as a self-professed Audrey Hepburn fanatic, I felt guilty that I hadn't seen it. As I began watching the film, parts seemed familiar (oddly enough, the scenes involving Holly Golightly's unnamed cat), so I think when I was younger it may have been shown on television and I half-watched some of it. This time, I gave "Breakfast at Tiffany's" my undivided attention, and I found it charming and fun. Hepburn is outstanding as party-girl Holly Golightly, and George Peppard is delightful as the struggling writer/gigolo. The movie is silly, stylish and sentimental. There is real chemistry between the stars, and a sweet love story unfolds amid the frenzy and fashion of life in the fast lane in the early '60s.
  8. Since I was a young girl, "Roman Holiday" has been one of my favorite films. It won three Academy Awards: best actress, costume design and screenwriting. I watched it again, and I still love it. It isn't the most complicated story. There aren't any special effects. But the chemistry between Peck and Hepburn is compelling, and the shots of Rome are delightful. The thing that makes this film a classic--the standard by which romantic comedies are judged, and often found lacking--is Audrey Hepburn.
  9. "Strangers on a Train," is regarded by many critics as one of the top five or six films by Alfred Hitchcock. Roger Ebert, in this review, says only three or four Hitchcock films are superior to it. Having seen most of the other films lauded as his "best," as well as some more obscure Hitchcock movies from his earlier days, I wanted to see for myself how this film stacked up against the others. The movie, based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, tells the story of two strangers who meet on a train and discuss "swapping" murders. While I found this film flawed, there were some things I really enjoyed about it. ***SPOILERS FOLLOW*** There is stunning camera work in this film. I love the shot of the shadows as Bruno follows Miriam and her beaus through the "Tunnel of Love." Miriam's scream, as they exit the tunnel, enhances the suspense even more. Miriam's demise, shown through the reflection of her discarded eyeglasses, is brilliantly done. This is Hitchcock at his finest. When Bruno arrives at Guy's gate with news of what he has done, we see his face obscured by the shadow of the gate, while Guy stands on the other side, fully lit by a street light. Once Guy hears the news, and begins to feel complicit in the crime, he joins Bruno on the other side of the gate, both of their faces masked by prison-like bars. Another wonderfully shot scene is when Guy spots Bruno in the crowd at this tennis match. All of the spectators' heads are moving in unison, watching the match, except one. The camera locks onto Bruno's face, staring creepily ahead--at Guy, and at us. Another fun thing about this film is that much of the story takes place in the D.C. area, with several beautiful shots of the city. The plot, however, is quite implausible, which made it hard for me to get emotionally involved in the story. Some of the acting is top-notch, including a fine performance by the director's daughter, Patricia Hitchcock. Laura Elliott (also known as Kasey Rogers) is great as the unlikeable Miriam, and Robert Walker does a fine job portraying the creepy Bruno. Ruth Roman, on the other hand, a gives a one-note performance as Guy's girlfriend, displaying her full range of emotions by wiggling her lower jaw and exposing her bottom teeth. The film is melodramatic and dated, but I think any fan of filmmaking and of Alfred Hitchcock will find some things to enjoy in "Strangers on a Train."
  10. An 1850 Madeira in the dessert room at Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa. A memorable wine and one of the most fun evenings of my life.
  11. I had a great, seasonal dish here--a pumpkin and chicken stew served in a roasted squash. Taking DonRocks advice, I asked our server if they had stuffed squash, which did not appear on our menu. The server disappeared for a few minutes, and then returned with a "fall favorites" menu. There were four or five items on this laminated sheet, all very tasty sounding, but there were no prices. She didn't tell us the prices, and I forgot to ask, but I went ahead and ordered a combination of two items from this special menu--the stuffed roasted squash (which could be stuffed with any of their stews) and the pumpkin stew to go in it.The dish was outstanding--the perfect combination of sweet and savory--and it was served with a generous side of buttery rice. My meal cost $22, but I do not know if that is the price of the stuffed squash, the stew, or some combination of the two. I am glad I asked about the squash. Otherwise we would not have seen this special, seasonal menu, which should not be missed.
  12. I took a friend who was visiting from Napa last week to lunch at Casa Luca. We had a lovely table, and our server was friendly and knowledgable. The food was very good (and a little pricey). She ordered "Lobster Gnocchi Fra Diavolo" for $32. This generous portion of lobster and gnocchi was richly decadent and delicious. My friend, who likes her food spicy and has cooked this dish at home, said she would have preferred a little more heat. I ordered "Insalata Di Aliche" for $28, a well-cooked piece of Arctic Char a bed of maple-roasted kabocha squash, farro and grapes. It didn't strike me as a salad, per se, as the fish was by far the main component of the dish, but it was satisfying, with the flavors of the char enhanced by the grains and fruit. We enjoyed fresh bread, great wine and a delightful amuse-bouche as well. I particularly enjoyed the pace of the meal. Our server was very attentive, but he also gave us plenty of time to sit and talk and enjoy each other's company without making us feel rushed in any way.
  13. I had a fantastic lunch here yesterday. I started with a "Hot Asian," a delicious, seasonal cocktail made with hot sake, cider and cinnamon sticks. I loved my "Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen." The pork bone broth was rich and flavorful, the noodles were excellent, the pork was tender and tasty, and the egg was rich and satisfying. These flavors were enhanced by the scallions and seaweed, and I enjoyed the texture and taste of the sesame seeds. I am happy to have found such a good ramen spot so close to my home. The service was excellent, and the music...interesting. I found myself drawn to the lounge-singer covers of pop hits, singing along in my mind to a slow, sleepy and oddly appealing rendition of Kesha's "Tick Tock."
  14. American Cheese

    I agree with you. When I make grilled cheese, I use very thin slices of extra sharp cheddar. It melts just fine--I turn the heat down to medium after the bread is browned nicely on both sides.
  15. "Wild Strawberries" is a simple story, beautifully told, about an old man, highly respected in his community but lacking in human warmth and affection, who finds a way to reestablish his connection with this family by revisiting his youth. It is a story of longing, missed opportunities, love lost and second chances. It is a lovely and quietly brilliant film that brought tears to my eyes. Victor Sjöström is outstanding in his final screen performance as Professor Isak Borg, the old man recalling his past, and Bibi Andersson is delightful in her dual roles as Sara. Beautiful Ingrid Thulin gives an outstanding performance as the old man's daughter-in-law, Marianne. I highly recommend this film.