Category: romantic comedies


A Soul Soothing Girls Night In

April 13th, 2014 — 8:15pm

The best Rx when you’re feeling under the weather is a girls night in. That’s exactly what I enjoyed last night with my good friend Crystal.

Crystal greeted me with a beautiful flower arrangement that, along with her effervescent smile, immediately cheered me up.

This beautiful bouquet feels like a touch of spring

This beautiful bouquet feels like a touch of spring

We snacked on prosciutto and melon as Crystal whipped up a delicious meal – poached salmon in butter and her yummy answer to potato pancakes: grated butternut squash with Italian cheese. Heavenly. A refreshing spinach salad with toasted squash seeds and grated cheese rounded out the perfect dinner.

Dinner a la Crystal: delish!

Dinner a la Crystal: delish!

As we enjoyed the meal, Crystal and I talked about getting older, learning from past mistakes and the miscommunication that happens all too often in texting conversations more appropriate for talking. How I miss the days of hashing out differences using your voice instead of your smartphone keypad…

After dinner, we settled in for a movie, About Time. The recent rom com had all the wit and poignant charm you’d expect from writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, etc). And it was a powerful reminder that every day is a gift. Especially when you’re sharing it with a dear friend.

| girls night in, home cooking, romantic comedies

A Movie And Meal To Remember

March 17th, 2013 — 5:25pm

As I continue to navigate the roller coaster that is dating in New York, I find myself more thankful than ever for the constant of wonderful friends. This week, I enjoyed some quality catch up time with two of my greatest galpals.

Monday, I headed down to the East Village to meet up with my friend Lisa for a screening of , a romantic comedy starring and produced by Robinne Lee, a former colleague of hers. The charming, independent movie boasts a fantastic cast with Sara Rue, Dule Hill, Gabrielle Union and Jon Huertas of my favorite TV show, ABC’s Castle all making appearances.

Miss Dial: a romantic comedy worth watching

Miss Dial takes you through a day in the life of Erica, a consumer affairs rep who works from home and fields random questions about everything from microwave popcorn to dog food. Frustrated by her scripted conversations and seeking some real connecting, Erica starts randomly calling strangers – one of whom ends up being a hunky EMT she immediately clicks with. You can guess the ending, of course, but Miss Dialed’s charm lies in how the movie gets there and its believable, funny characters. Definitely worth seeing and available now on video.

Friday, BrainyPintsizer and I experienced our latest five-star foodie adventure – after a slight change of plans. I had bought us a Groupon for what I thought was iconic bistro Chez Josephine in Midtown. Just before we met up, I realized it was actually, ahem, Chez Jacqueline all the way downtown and there weren’t taking reservations before 9pm.

So, with French food on our mind, we opted for Plan B, Saju in Times Square. This charming bistro offers Parisian charm and solicitous service with a smooth soundtrack in the background (Barry White, The Temptations, etc).

Escargot at Saju: Magnifique!

Both of us oohed and ahhed while enjoying the escargot, cooked to perfection in garlic, butter and olive oil. After our entrees (French onion soup for BP, chicken paillard salad for moi), we shared a sublime crème brulee. Along the way, we shared some laughs about travel misadventures, inappropriate confessions on disastrous dates and upcoming vacation plans.

The perfect end to our already delightful evening? Drinks next door at The Lambs Club, which blends modern touches (like Empire State Building light fixtures) with old school ambiance.

Lambs Club Bartender Jacques took good care of us

Handsome bartender Jacques of Cameroon whipped up a pair of heavenly cocktails as BP and I began contemplating our next night on the town. I can’t wait.

| Castle, French hospitality, Girls Night Out, romantic comedies, Times Square

Meeting The Romantic Comedy King

December 17th, 2009 — 1:34am

Readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of celebrity encounters. I’m also a big fan of actor Hugh Grant — especially after having the pleasure of meeting him last night.

What A Charmer: Hugh Grant and me at Soho’s Apple Store

My photo opp with Hugh happened after a Q&A with him and co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, about their new romantic comedy, “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”

I’m happy to report that the British actor is just as charming and witty (and yes, adorable) in person as he is on screen.

Coming up…a full recap of the lively Q&A, including what made Hugh compare SJP to a locust and the dish about who was the movie’s biggest on-set diva.

I think my favorite Hugh Grant rom coms are “Love Actually” and “About A Boy.” What’s yours?

| About A Boy, Apple Store, celeb sightings, Did You Hear About The Morgans, Hugh Grant, Love Actually, romantic comedies, Sarah Jessica Parker, SoHo

Meeting The Romantic Comedy King

December 16th, 2009 — 8:34pm

Readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of celebrity encounters. I’m also a big fan of actor Hugh Grant — especially after having the pleasure of meeting him last night.

What A Charmer: Hugh Grant and me at Soho’s Apple Store

My photo opp with Hugh happened after a Q&A with him and co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, about their new romantic comedy, “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”

I’m happy to report that the British actor is just as charming and witty (and yes, adorable) in person as he is on screen.

Coming up…a full recap of the lively Q&A, including what made Hugh compare SJP to a locust and the dish about who was the movie’s biggest on-set diva.

I think my favorite Hugh Grant rom coms are “Love Actually” and “About A Boy.” What’s yours?

| About A Boy, Apple Store, celeb sightings, Did You Hear About The Morgans, Hugh Grant, Love Actually, romantic comedies, Sarah Jessica Parker, SoHo

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