Friday’s Favorite Things - 1.25.13

It’s been a bitterly cold week here in the Tri-State.  O.M.G!  Temperatures hit as low as 11 degrees Fahrenheit which sounds bad, but not in comparison to –15 degrees Fahrenheit in Minneapolis.  That whole Midwest region weather thing is just something else.  Anyway, enough of me whining, here are this week’s Friday’s Faves!  Enjoy!


1. Pure 70% Dark Chocolate with Kickin’ Coconut by Sweetriot
Sweetriot, a globally responsible chocolate company, uses high quality, premium, and all-natural ingredients.  Recently they sent me some samples to try out, and my favorite was the 70% Dark Chocolate with Coconut.  Now here is the best part - all their chocolate bars are antioxidant packed, vegan, USDA organic, and only 21 calories per square.  
If you really love dark chocolate, you’ll love the Pure 85% Dark Chocolate which was too bitter for me.  
As much as I enjoy flaxseeds, I didn't enjoy the bold flavor of flaxseeds in the Pure 70% Dark Chocolate w/Flax.  
Additionally, in the little tins each “peace” of chocolate is only 1 – 2 calories, but I assure you that you’ll need quite a few to taste the flavor.  I loved the chocolate pieces with espresso.  So good!
For now, I will most definitely be purchasing the Dark Chocolate with Coconut since it curbs my sweet tooth and is antioxidant packed.  ~ $5 a bar @ Whole Foods, Duane Reade, Wegmans, and moresalsa mexican mac and cheese 081salsa mexican mac and cheese 090salsa mexican mac and cheese 104


2. Carrot & Banana Cupcakes @ Billy’s Bakery
After a wonderful brunch in Chelsea this past weekend, my husband and I headed to Billy’s Bakery for a couple cupcakes to go.  I realize I said once the holidays are over I won’t be baking anything unhealthy, so instead I decided to buy something unhealthy.  That’s allowed, and balance is key!  Both cupcakes were so moist and delicious, not to mention topped off with a pile of cream cheese frosting.  I wouldn’t expect anything less of Billy’s Bakery, but perfection.  ~ $3 each @ Billy’s Bakery, New York City (Chelsea)

3. Silver Linings Playbook
A romantic-comedy starring hottie Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro.  This movie focuses around two individuals (Bradley and Jennifer) facing challenging circumstances, separately.  They lean on one another and ultimately develop a connection, hence the silver linings appear.  The surprise in this movie for me was Anupum Kher, a legendary Indian actor, who plays Bradley Cooper’s therapist in the film.  Overall, I enjoyed this movie, it was pretty funny at times, and quite heavy at other times, but I’m not quite sure the “romantic” label is right for this film.  Additionally, I am not sure what the Oscar buzz is about, it was good, but not amazing for me.  Lastly, Jennifer Lawrence was brilliant in this movie, just 22 years old and her acting skills are impressive.  It is no wonder she took home a Golden Globe for Silver Linings. 


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16 comments:

  1. Ohh I've been meaning to watch Silver Linings Playbook - I missed it on screen but I will definitely catch it when it's out on DVD! Those cupcakes look delicious- banana & carrot cake are 2 of my favourites so they just look like the best of both worlds :)! This week I am loving pancakes...more specifically flourless banana pancakes! Considering I was super skeptical when I first read about them, they might even be one of my favorite pancake recipes to date!

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  2. Oooh that movie looks so brilliant, I have been waiting for so long!
    Maybe with a cupcake to accompany? :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. I love everything about this post - the chocolate, the cupcakes, and the movie! Have a great Friday, N!

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  4. That chocolate looks so GOOD! I saw it one day in Target when I was shopping in the states and I was about to buy it but then realized it was almost $4 for a bar. I do wanna try it still :)

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  5. So I received a screener of Silverlinings and Ali and I tried to watch it the other night. I couldn't get into it! But if you like it maybe we should give it another chance?

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  6. I still have to see Silver Linings Playbook! And now I want a carrot cupcake :) Happy Friday!

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  7. @Khushboo - The movie was pretty good, but I wouldn't say it is my favorite. The flourless banana pancakes sound awesome, can't wait to see the recipe. :)

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  8. @Guru - yup, movie and a cupcake sounds about right! :)

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  9. @Natalie - where do you live? Didn't realize you live abroad. Yeah, the chocolate bar is a bit high in cost, but quality always weighs out quantity. Right? :)

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  10. @Ameena - I have to admit the movie is a bit slow, my husband dragged me for this movie, it's a bit deep for me, there is a little humor. For me, the movie became interesting when Jennifer Lawrence showed up. Give it another chance since there is Oscar buzz for this movie. :)

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  11. @Bianca - thanks.. the Carrot Cupcake at Billy's is soooooo good! When you visit NYC from Boston, give it a try.

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  12. My husband jokingly says if the entire US is a refrigerator, then MN is like a freezer. Huh... how much i hate winters. I want to move to Texas or Florida so bad-)
    I have heard so much about the movie, am yet to watch. I think the movie is nominated to the Oscars right? Cupcake, chocolates and movie.....cant get better than this:-)

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  13. I watched the movie yesterday and had different expectations I guess- I could not get into it too much although Jennifer did a fantastic job :) I will be looking out for those chocolate bars. weekend has been little busy with work :(

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  14. @Nina - LOL! That is too funny. OMG, MN, and Chitown are both freezers! Crazy! I love movies and desserts.. it's the best way to spend cold weekends.

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  15. @Dixya - You know, I thought the movie was good, but it wasn't amazing. I'm not sure what the Oscar buzz is about. Jennifer did too a fantastic job, I agree. You can get those chocolate bars at Target, I think.

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