1. Pitch Perfect 2: I finally got around to watching the sequel to the breakout hit about college acapella groups, and I LOVED IT. There’s something about voices singing in harmony that just sucks me in. I’ve listened to the soundtrack to the original movie a million times, and as soon as I finished watching the sequel I bought the soundtrack on iTunes. The regular, non-Blu-ray DVD is only $9.99 on Amazon so I’ll be ordering myself a copy as soon as I finish this blog post.


2. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club: this popular bar and shuffleboard spot opened up in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn about a couple years ago, and I’ve been there a few times. It’s a great place to meet up with a group of friends because the space is so huge (though if you’re going to throw a birthday party or something it’s better to get an actual party package, which includes reserved space). They have a rotating calendar of food trucks, fun cocktails, and, of course, shuffleboard. Good times.


3. Postcards from the northern edge of the U.S.: a friend recently moved to Maine and decided to collect her friends’ mailing addresses so we could do the pen pal thing. So this week I received a cute Maine lobster postcard in the mail from her! I absolutely loved having pen pals as a kid and I’m a big fan of the idea of embracing the analog method of communication back for nostalgia’s sake. Time to shop for some cute stationary.  😛


4. Hale & Hearty Soups’ Kale Caesar Wrap: each Wednesday morning I have a volunteer shift in Manhattan, and most weeks I get lunch at a nearby Hale & Hearty afterward. They’ve recently come out with a limited edition meat-free kale caesar wrap, so I had to try it. And it’s so yummy! In addition to the kale it has croutons, parmesan, hard-boiled egg slices (which I usually don’t like but barely even noticed here), and avocado, all tossed in their garlic caesar dressing.


5. Café du Monde Coffee and Chicory: even if you’ve never visited the world-famous Café du Monde flagship location in New Orleans (which is a MUST if you’re ever in that city), you may still recognize the iconic coffee can that’s sold in stores. I recently spotted this coffee in the World Market grocery section of a Bed Bath & Beyond, of all places. So I bought a can. I’m no coffee conoisseur, but what I’ll say is: man, this shit is good. And it makes me want to take a trip down to N’awlins for some café au lait and beignets.