Challah French Toast

Baked Challah French Toast

This is my current basic challah French toast recipe. I hope you enjoy it. I don’t generally care for syrup on my French toast (or waffles or pancakes) but a bit of fruit, fruit syrup, and/or whipped cream are nice touches.


Bessie (2015)

Bessie Movie Poster

Bessie is a 2015 HBO film starring Queen Latifah in an excellent portrayal of 1920’s blues legend Bessie Smith. The film also features a solid star supporting cast masterfully portraying a collection of interesting characters. The movie primarily covers Bessie’s rise, fall, and comeback during the 20’s – 30’s with brief peeks back into her childhood. Bessie is quite good due to the great performances and cinematography but the story itself felt a bit lacking. I recommend checking out Bessie if you’re into music, a fan of any of the actors, or you’re just looking for a good movie to watch.


New York Auto Show 2014

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

I was going through a folder of photos I’d transferred from my camera and found some photos from 2014 that I never got around to posting. These photos are from my visit to the 2014 New York Auto Show which was held at the Jacob Javits Center. The 2015 car show starts next week but I don’t think I’ll be able to attend.


The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Jinx

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is a six-part HBO documentary about the life of Robert Durst, a member of a wealthy New York City real estate dynasty. Durst was suspected by many of being responsible for the 1982 disappearance of Kathleen Durst, his first wife. He was later suspected of murdering his close friend Susan Berman in 2000 and was tried and found not guilt in the 2001 murder of his neighbor Morris Black. The documentary revisits these three cases and includes commentary from Durst along with friends and family members of the victims, investigators, and lawyers.

The reenactments and a few other aspects of the documentary were a bit tacky but I thought it was very engrossing overall. I highly recommend The Jinx if you’re interested in true crime, the justice system, or psychology.


Whole Wheat Festival

Whole Wheat Festival

Festival is a Jamaican sweet fried dumpling that is usually served with fish or jerk chicken. It’s pretty similar to bake, another kind of West Indian fried dumpling but bake is savory and typically circular in shape. When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, escovitch fish with festival was one of my favorite afterschool snacks.

A few weeks ago I made escovitch fish for the first time and it came out really good. While I enjoyed having it for dinner, it gave me a strong craving for festival so I decided to make some.