Spring has Sprung! Let’s Drink

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We are topping out in the high 70s today, the sun is shining, the trees are starting to bloom and the birds are chirping. After what felt like the longest winter in the history of since I’ve been alive, spring finally decided to get out of a bed and come to the party.

Now that its here, all I can think about are bike rides in the park, drinks on the patio, and the sun still being out when I leave work at night.

Despite living in the middle of no-where Brooklyn (which is just between recently “hipsterfied” Brooklyn, and “there-is-no-way-in-hell-I’m-going-there” Brooklyn) I’ve got a pretty great view of the Manhattan skyline from my roof. I can not wait to hang out up there with some summer drinks in hand, and with my sister coming to town this weekend there is no time like the present.

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I came across this delicious looking lemonade while looking around on Elisa and Emma’s fantastic blog. I think it sounds perfect for a Saturday afternoon and I can’t wait to try it out! Emma’s suggests adding a splash of bourbon to it, which I think sounds great.

Do you guys have any recommendations on spring drinks and cocktails? I’d love to get some ideas.

The Balcony Is Closed

Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel

(photo via Boston Herald)

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”

I was really saddened to hear about the death of Roger Ebert yesterday. Not only was he a brilliant writer, but he was a fantastic person. He wrote and spoke about film in a way that made it accessible for everyone, and helped me foster a deep love for film. Whether he was reviewing an arthouse film, a blockbuster or a b horror movie he wrote honestly and  humorously. He never held back on what he thought, be it a movie review, a political cause, or just responding to someone’s comments on Twitter, he always spoke his mind and did so in a fashion that was a joy to read. My favorite reviews were often of movies he hated, these are a few of my favorites:

Valentines Day: “Valentine’s Day is being marketed as a Date Movie. I think it’s more of a First-Date Movie. If your date likes it, do not date that person again. And if you like it, there may not be a second date.” [February 2010]

Pirates of the Caribbean 4:”At least no movie has yet been inspired by ‘It’s a Small World.'” [May 2011]

Human Centipede: “I am required to award stars to movies I review. This time, I refuse to do it. The star rating system is unsuited to this film. Is the movie good? Is it bad? Does it matter? It is what it is and occupies a world where the stars don’t shine.” [May 2010]

Although when he loved a film, that was pretty great too:

Almost Famous: “Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.” [September 2000]

You can read some of his best quotes here.

It is also worth taking the time to peruse his twitter account. The 140 character medium really suited him.