Sunday, February 26, 2012

fields of gold

With just a little over an hour until the Academy Awards (otherwise known as Oscar Sunday), I thought I'd do some investigative reporting. While the broadcast focuses on honoring outstanding filmmaking, gawking over fabulous dresses, and excellence in all things related to motion pictures, I am most interested in the traditions of this entertainment milestone. 

While cheesy trophies seem so 4th grade soccer team party at the pizza parlor, this one is a keeper. It's the most recognized trophy in the world and has been on display on bookshelves and mantles of the greatest filmmakers since 1929.

Here are some facts about the beloved, gold fella:

Official Name: Academy Award of Merit, but the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar.
Height: 13½ inches
Weight: 8½ pounds
Number of Awards Presented: 2,809
First Recipient: Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh” in 1929
Design: A knight holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a reel of film. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers).
Designer: Cedric Gibbons, chief art director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Sculptor: Los Angeles artist George Stanley
Manufacturer: R. S. Owens & Company in Chicago
Manufacturing Time: 3–4 weeks for 50 statuettes
(Audrey, a big ol' pile of nerves, via Pinterest)

I'd like to thank The Academy...
So how does this whole voting thing work? Each November a campaign begins to get an Oscar nomination. Publicists send out invites to screenings and DVDs to make sure that each (nearly 6,000) of the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sees their film. Nomination ballots are mailed to the Academy's active members in late December and are due back to PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international accounting firm, in January. Final ballots are mailed to voting members in late-January and are due back the Tuesday prior to Oscar Sunday for final tabulation.After the final ballots are counted, only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers knows the results until the envelops are read onstage during the award ceremony. 
(the morning after the Oscars via Pinterest)

Friday, February 24, 2012

breakfast at...

If you follow me on Twitter or my Instagram posts, you know that the BF and I love going out to breakfast. It's a serious love; and we do not mess around.

Thankfully, we're pretty early risers on the weekend so we don't usually run into very long waits at some of our fav Portland breakfast joints. But that world is real. If you don't plan to head out until after 10, consider it brunch or maybe even lunch by the time you snag a table. I invited my family to brunch at Screen Door on Father's Day last year, and my sister thought I was taking them to a soup kitchen based on the line wrapped around the block.

We have stopped discussing if we're going to breakfast each Saturday morning because we both know it's happening. I keep having these visions of whipping up a stack of pancakes or a delish looking frittata I saw a recipe for on Pinterest, but it never fails - we just want to wake up and go! Or as the BF says, "I just want to be waited on," (and we all know I ain't gonna do it! I kid, I kid).

And whattaya know...Portland Monthly just released their March 2012 issue titled, "Hot Breakfast Spots." While I checked out the list online, there's nothing super unique there. We have a few criteria for weekend breakfast adventures: decent ambiance, great food, not too long of a wait, and the whole bill is under (or close to) $30 bucks.

In no particular order, a list of the boyfriend and my favorite eats.

Byways Cafe Website

Pine State Biscuits Website

Genie's Website
Cadillac Cafe Website
Lucy's Original

Where are your must-visit breakfast joints? Let me know. We're always open to exploring new options!

Speaking of breakfast and Portland Monthly, the magazine is hostng a country-style breakfast and a Bloody Mary competition. Four hot local chefs will create their own signature country breakfasts, while five top local bartenders vie for the title of the Best Bloody Mary. Guests will also enjoy beer cocktails and kid-friendly beverages while the Jackalope Saints provide a rollicking soundtrack. This will be a hoedown like no other!
Country Breakfast Lineup
Chef Cathy Whims, Oven & Shaker
Chef Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant
Chef Chris Carriker, Gilt Club
Chef Gregory Gourdet, Departure
Blood Mary Showdown!
Tasty n' Sons * Podnah's Pit
Irving Street Kitchen * Ned Ludd * Screen Door

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I want candy

(Girl Scout Cookie flavored lip balms via Shine from Yahoo)
Since we're on a Girl Scout cookie high...

And I quote my co-worker Jennifer, "Sticks to your lips instead of your hips!"

“If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”

I don't know about you, but there's something alluring about the 1960s. The style, the decor, the drinking, the gender roles...if I could, I'd throw on a structured dress and go back in time to live in this era for a day. Hell, it can feel like a Mad Men episode (minus the drinking as of late) around the office some days.

AMC just released five new teaser trailers for Season 5 which premieres in just over a month on March 25. I'll drink to that.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

take me down like I'm a domino...

THIS! I am so excited for Domino Quick Fixes, a Domino special edition that will hit newsstands nationwide on April 17th. Ever since Domino stopped publishing, I've had a void that I have not been able to fill (sorry, Pinterest - I do love you though). I remember stopping into Borders (another RIP) and snagging the first issue of Domino back in 2005, and I was smitten ever since. I still have all of my copies in magazine files - untouched. No rips, no dogears...just perfect copies of pure genius. Domino's tagline was "the guide to living with style," and I've been trying to follow suit ever since!

Anyone have Deborah Needleman's book, Domino: The Book of Decorating? It's been on my Amazon Wishlist forever, but I haven't pulled the trigger. I think I just may have to push "order" very soon!

Monday, February 6, 2012

I like to move it, move it.

I came across a new favorte quote:

super bass

I love the Super Bowl...a mix of sports, media, and entertainment. Most of our day looked like this:

(Lucy being beyond lazy -- too much pizza. oh, that was me.)

While the Pats and the Giants are not one of my 'teams' (don't you like how it sounds like I actually have a team? ha!), the Super Bowl is all about the munchies, the commercials and the idea that everyone in the country is tuned into the same broadcast. Sports (and eating) bring people together in a way that is hard to top.

I came across these crazy stats from yesterday's Super Bowl on Ad Age.

1. Bluefin Labs has so far tracked more than 12.2 million social-media comments during and after Super Bowl XLVI, primarily on Twitter and Facebook. That's a 578% increase over the total Bluefin tracked last year (1.8 million).

2. Twitter, via its official @twitter account, said the final three minutes of the Super Bowl helped push total tweet volume up to an average of 10,000 tweets per second.

3. We have a new social-TV high-water mark. "Last night's Super Bowl is the biggest social-TV event we've ever recorded -- by a wide margin," Bluefin's Tom Thai tells me. "It surpassed the previous record of 3.1 million social-media comments, held by the MTV Video Music Awards last August."

4. Madonna's halftime show alone generated more than 862,000 social-media comments; by comparison, Bluefin recorded 966,000 social-media comments for the 2011 Academy Awards. "If the halftime show were its own standalone televised event," Thai said, "it would rank fourth in terms of all-time social-TV events for entertainment. It would trail only the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, the 2011 American Music Awards and the 2011 Academy Awards."

5. Bluefin Labs tracked more than 985,000 social-media comments specifically related to just Super Bowl commercials -- topping the total for the entire telecast of the 2011 Academy Awards.

Did you miss any of the commericals while you were grabbing another bag of tortilla chips? Mashable has posted all 54 commercials.  Oh yeah, and a 30-second spot sold for $3.5 million. Ca-ching.

Friday, February 3, 2012

walk on the wild side.

What a week! The boyfriend was in New York on business all week (so jealous). And I stayed home with the pups watching way too much Bravo for my own good.  All week I was imagining him wandering the city and checking out all of my favorite places. Even though it's been 5 (can you believe it?!) years since I've lived there, it still odd-ly feels a bit like home. I loved that he'd text me, "What Subway should I take to Greenwich Village?" I'm hoping that we can head to the Big Apple later this fall. There's something so exciting about feeling like a small part of such a large city.

Check out my New York board on Pinterest. Sigh, I miss that place! If only we could all live in adorable brownstones with high-paying jobs and had a dog walker...then we'd totally move.