3.26.2014

TEN DATES // 06 HITCHCOCK + PANCAKES


it's so nice to be home and to get back to our regular date nights! i've missed this! so last week while browsing through the curated dates at HowAboutWe, i saw there was a hitchcock film festival going on downtown at the film forum. i booked the showing for birds straight away. and then, as an afterthought, i booked us a pancake dinner date at the clinton st baking company, just because. because nobody really needs a reason for pancakes. and those pancakes! so we arranged a play date* for huck and snuck off over the weekend for a little classic horror + some pancakes. 

HowAboutWe has been sending us out on ten dates to celebrate our tenth year of marriage. this was date number six and i tell you i never want it to end. these dates have been such a treat for us. i can't say it enough, this service is worth its weight in gold. we're definitely staying on as members once our ten dates are over. (p.s., click HERE get $50 off your first date!)

neither of us had seen birds before, and now i have a million questions. was there supposed to be any significance to... any of it? or was it all just a vehicle for birds attacking junk? i kept trying to find significance + metaphors in the silliest things, it seemed like they were everywhere! but then they all went mostly nowhere. i think, when all was said and done, it was really just a film  about... birds. attacking junk. i loved every second of it. the film forum is a neat place to see a movie, very intimate, the audience actually feels like one united body experiencing something together. also with a law + order actor. according to brandon. (you can't throw a stick out here without hitting a law + order actor. ;)


you know what i've been enjoying most about this project with HowAboutWe, is there are all these fun things are going on out here all the time, and there's just no possible way to know about them all. how do people find out about these things? you either need to live right in the thick of it + see things as you walk past, or else you need to have massive quantities of information at your fingertips + all the time in the world to wade through it all. it's honestly such a cool thing to have all these curated events laid out for you by HowAboutWe for Couples, all different kinds of experiences, that get you into different neighborhoods and let you see new things + add new things to your repertoire. now i know to keep my eye on what's showing down at the film forum. and now i know that the edges of a clinton st baking company pancake are so severely divine that it's worth the trek down there always. it turns out our friends got engaged there! just the right crispy softness in those pancake edges, i'm telling you. it's just romantic all around.

HowAboutWe has recently launched in los angeles! that's five cities total. if yours is one of them, click HERE to get that $50 off something fun like this pizza making class, or this scavenger hunt at economy candy, or the these tickets to the nets/knicks game (daaang!). if HowAboutWe hasn't made it to your city yet, there's a wait list going on where you'll get a heads up when they do make plans to come to your area. 


we took a long walk around the east village after dinner. we spend, like, zero time down there, it was like discovering a new continent. oh! tompkins square park! that's where that is! that sort of thing. and then we went home + watched the new thor on amazon prime. talk about classic cinema.


i risked all sorts of ear disease to find out if this pay phone still worked and guess what! we had a dial tone! it now costs fifty cents to call someone who cares, whaaaaat.

*here's the asterisk part: the holbrook word for "baby sitter" these days is "friend." i'm not sure how it happened, but whenever we get a sitter we say, "guess who's coming over to play with you, huck!" and he says "my fwend!" and about dies of happiness. if i ever say that and then an actual friend shows up, and not a sitter, he gets really confused. we hired a new girl this time and huck ran up and hugged her before he'd even learned her name. the boy loves his "friends." the minute they arrive he's all "see ya, guys." 

pretty shot of my favorite park to take us out...


this post was sponsored by HowAboutWe, a company that helps people fall in love and stay in love. couples can sign up HERE and get $50 off their first date. and singles can sign up HERE to get 25% off any membership!

p.s. i am wearing / tee: rag & bone via need supply co, pants: c/o need supply co, oxfords: madewell (old), bag: c/o accompany, coat: h&m (old). brandon is wearing / boots: caterpillar, jeans: j. crew, sweater: urban outfitters (old), jacket: coach (it's either this one or this one. i'm not sure, i got his at the factory outlet in troutdale!)

20 comments :

  1. this is so awesome. i wish they had this in my city! i love that photo of you putting lipstick on. so beautiful!

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  2. Crispy softness? Oh, I am ALL about the crispy softness, lemme tell you. Just...yummo. Crispy edges on a pancake (but, like, NICELY crispy as you describe) are too damn good.

    ::drools::

    Hahah. Suffice to say, I am now totally craving a good batch of pancakes.

    Oh, and you look lovely in the picture with the dark reddish-pink lippie!

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  3. Hey Natalie Jean, Dearest, I have followed your lovely blog for years and this is my inaugural comment! These pictures are perfect...thanks for giving me a little taste of home from 500 miles away. xo

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  4. I was just down in Tomokins Square Park with Belle and had never been down there much before. I loved it!

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  5. Seriously those pancakes. I made Mark wait in line for 2 whole hours for those pancakes and also the bacon! I think I need to go whip up a batch right now...

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  6. How About We is very misleading with their locations - you have to sign up with your email address and zip code, only to be presented with dates in NYC? I think they (and you) should be more up front about where they operate.

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  7. You know somebody's going to ask you what lipstick that is. (that person is me) (hello) (holy smokes that is the berry color of my dreams)

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  8. So fun!! I can't believe you've never seen The Birds before-- please tell me you have checked out Rear Window!

    As far as the why-- in the original story, it is hinted that the "east wind" (metaphor for Cold War/Communism) is to blame, but the birds also attack when the tide comes in so... a rising Commie tide...? It is kind of vague.
    Obviously this lack of explanation does nothing to detract from Tippi Hedren's fabulous outfits.

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  9. My first comment on your blog! The movie is based on a English short story (my son had to read it in high school so I read it as well). I forget the name of it--it was written in the post ww2 era and was a commentary on war. If you are interested I am sure you can find the story on line with some google search terms.

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  10. I love the Troutdale shoutout in the outfit deets (hooray for Oregon). I didn't know they had a Coach outlet, whenever I think of Troutdale outlets I think of Big Dog, clearly they're much classier than I remember ;)

    Also, those pancakes look really, really amazing. I need some pancakes, like now.

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  11. Those pancakes look absolutely delicious! Also, as soon as I saw that picture of you with the payphone I thought, "Oh man, how dirty is that phone," haha - once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker, I guess - but glad you risked it :)

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  12. I wish they had this near me! -Hanna Lei

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  13. Aw, that's such a cute idea for the date nights. It make me want to move to NYC just so I can experience said cuteness. Ok, well almost :)

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  14. Love the "lincoln co" "pancakes", and "lipstick" pictures the best. So pretty.
    Also, I had a dream last night that you could play the accordion perfectly. LOL (I'm usually just a reader/no comments, but had to share that). You were really good! You'll have to give it a try.

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  15. Crispy edges of pancakes is where it is at...that is the seperation between an OK pancake and a holy moly out of this world good pancake. The cripsy edge. Love the idea of those date nights...the best part is experiencing something new together. Love it.

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  16. ha ha love your husband! i married a redhead and they are just so much fun. oh and hell yes to pancakes. all day any day.

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  17. I haven't read your blog in a while, but all of the sudden there are a lot of plus signs? It is very distracting. Does it mean plus or and?

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  18. i've been meaning to try out howaboutwe for ages now and just never get around to it. new spring goal!

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  19. ohh those look so good! i'm gonna make a pancake dinner this week, yum.
    xo, cheyenne

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  20. Could you please let me know what brand and colour lipstick you are wearing, it's divine! Many thanks!

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