Would you stop thinking about your stomach at a time like this?

25 Jul

Because there is nothing we wouldn’t do for food, we toured the tri-state area in search of the perfect pizza. After doing lots of research and taste testing, we narrowed the final two contenders down to Star Tavern in Orange, New Jersey and Naples Pizza in Farmington, Connecticut.

As we sat down to eat in the Sopranos-esque setting at Star, former hostess Ellen Doernberg informed us that it was perfectly acceptable to eat at least 3 pieces of pie. As if we needed permission—social norms rarely define the quantity of our food consumption. After careful consideration, we decided to order two pies, one with olives and one with mushrooms.

What a pie!!

*Note on vocab: Star Tavern, being the authentic second-generation Italian eatery that it is, strictly refers to its pizzas as pies. Pls abide by these rules when ordering.

True to Ellen’s word, the pizza was ah-mahzing. The waistlines of our jorts prevented us from finishing the pies during lunch, so we got the leftovers to go. Rumor has it that Alyssa finished the pizza in the backseat of the car on our way to fro yo. This has been confirmed.

Naples had more of a Gilmore Girls/Dawson’s Creek vibe than Star. In order to make an accurate epicurean comparison, Elaheh ordered a slice of pizza with olives. Not bad, but Naples simply sprinkled the olives on top of the cooked pizza, rather than cooking them into the cheese, as made at Star.

Luckily, there were plenty of house salads, eggplant fries, and kids’ portions of chicken parm to go around. The proximity of Naples to Alyssa’s alma mater, Miss Porter’s School, prohibits us from saying any negative things about the eatery. It had great food and an excellent ambience. Bias.

Since Larry Crowne failed to satiate our need for a good summer romcom, we decided to see Friends with Benefits. Friends with Benefits was eerily similar to No Strings Attached (saw this one in theaters too—brb, going to reevaluate how we live our lives), but here’s a quick comparison of the minute differences.

Male lead: Justin Timberlake is dreamy, Ashton Kutcher is dreamier. (FWB 0, NSA 1)

Female lead: Natalie Portman is the ultimate girl crush so not much of a contest here. Mila Kunis is a babe but as Andy Samberg’s character says in the first scene, her eyes are kind of “buggy.” (FWB 0, NSA 2)

Characters’ professions: JT played the Art Director of GQ while Ashton Kutcher was an aspiring director for a Glee-like show. Mila Kunis played a slick headhunter, but Natalie Portman made the audience believe that the life of a medical student in her first year of residency was glamorous. As we like to say, either you’re a doctor or you’re not. (FWB 0, NSA 3)

Soundtrack: Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” had recurring clips in FWB, but a notable scene in NSA has Natalie Portman singing along to Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.” Only way to decide the winner of this one is to refer to our iTunes playcount. Elaheh: Bleeding Love-78, DCFC-8. Alyssa: Bleeding Love-1, DCFC-54. This is awkward. Pity point for FWB. (FWB 1, NSA 3)

Daily Picks, woof.

  • Movie: In honor of the recurring dreams Elaheh has been having of Freddie Prinze Jr, we elect Summer Catch.
  • Book: Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie. Thomas-Builds-the Fire: saaach a deep character analysis. Did you know that Native Americans invented fried dough?
  • Song: Any melancholy ballads by Coldplay, namely Fix You and the Scientist.
  • TV Show: Look for reruns of Sunday’s episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians to see Kim confront Kris about genetically passing down psoriasis. Could’ve been worse though…when Kris had her first episode of psoriasis in the 70s, she thought it was leprosy.
  • Sale of the week: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! We stopped by the Westfarm’s mall this week to check out the awesome deals, notably a dress marked down from $287 to $285. Shoutout to Nordstrom’s salespeople who rely solely on commission, especially this salesperson in the accessories department sporting fall’s trendiest headwear:

I am a material girl!


12 Responses to “Would you stop thinking about your stomach at a time like this?”

  1. mallory July 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    WOWOWOWOW didnt even read the blog just jumped down to the nordies section!!! wooo! slash could you have picked a worse pic??? where are the action shots!!?? slash didnt mention the farmington mini golf ice cream escapade nor the drive thru of pf while listening to plettes (prob shouldnt have mentioned that) nor the singalong to beyonces latest jamz ? maybe you did i’ll have to reread. but if not..tsktsk soec team.

  2. Roshan July 26, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    best daily picks ever. keeping up with the ks and a children’s book call out. gr8 job. i would like to say that i’m a bit disappointed that jtimb did not get enough points. had i known that you wouldn’t support throughout the entirety of his career… i would not have invited you to the pop odyssey tour back in 2003.
    also, respond to your comments!!

    ps. this is not spam.

    • SOEC July 26, 2011 at 8:44 am #

      plz roshan, reservation blues is not a children’s book

  3. Lauren July 26, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    STANDOUT entry.

    – great parent trap title reference
    – i plan to start resolving any problem that arises in my life with, “look, either you’re a doctor or you’re not.”
    – hysterical disparity in playcounts begs to be formalized with points and consequences. patent that shiz before someone makes millions off a drinking game version.
    – rumor has it this nordstrom sale has invaded every single lunch conversation for four days at a certain publishing house. say what you will about nordstrom, they get great word of mouth. (“YEAH YOU KNOW WORD ‘O MOUTH!”) (-Drake)

    • SOEC July 26, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      wow, we knew RHCB/99.5% of our fans would pick up on the parent trap reference

  4. EP July 26, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    1.) LD- clearly four days is an exag. i’ve only been out for two and have not heard a peep about the greatest sale of our timez. you know having rosh help you move furniture doesn’t count as RHCB overtime, right?

    2.) if i ever decided to swing both ways, it would be for one reason and one reason only. natalie f-ing portman.

    3.) pizza.

    4.) $$ on LD as champ of donut contest 2011.

    • Lauren July 26, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      1) i’m going to start sending a certain app producer over to your cube because i’ve heard the same nordstrom story in varying degrees of detail 84 times, no exag.

      4) imma kill it

  5. mallory July 26, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    finally read the rest of the post. okok.
    -“It had great food and an excellent ambience. Bias.” potench could be a bias but. we saw michael bergin local celeb and cfo of pf in naples. and in the parking lot. elaheh you should be more appreciative of this experience.
    -my blog would say “JT is annoying, AK is annoyinger”. maybe i need a blog, or i could just direct ppl to my comments on soec.
    -how many times can “i will follow you into the dark” play in a rom com before it turns into a dramedy or even just a drama? (ps alyssa..54..ehehhhh reserve that song for the drive home from new beddy)
    -i LUF summer catch. nice pick ladiez..
    -ResBLues. ew.
    -thx for the great commentary on nordies! i will direct ron to the site. ron…hay.

  6. Christine W. July 26, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Thank you ladies for validating me in thinking that Friends with Benefits was made a couple months ago in the form of No Strings Attached. No one has seemed to acknowledge that for me until now! Nice work.

  7. Annie Fruchtman July 27, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    wow luvin this blog post. nothing warms my heart like a shoutout to big mom and rez bluez. they should really look into making that into a movie.

  8. Annie Fruchtman July 27, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    ps is the title of this blog post referring to the parent trap starring lilo (x2) right after the british one realizes that they’re sisters (because they both eat their oreos with peanut butter which obviously means they’re twinz..) oh and they have the same bdaii

  9. Dfay July 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    going to have to disagree with the comparison between NSA and FWB. although the cast members in NSA were much more attractive, the plot in FWB was much more intricate and interesting. the side story of JTs family was cute, funny, and sad.. yes, for me it was indeed emotional. both movies were great but FWB definitely takes the win!

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