Weekend Recap

Weekend Recap 11-4-13To start off November and celebrate our extra Daylight Savings hour, we celebrated Dia de los Muertos, ate a LOT (seriously), and caught a couple great movies. Details after the jump!PhotoGrid_1383597106302Got to hang out with some old friends at Baile de los Muertos last Saturday night. –Kelly (Twitter|Instagram)Weekend Recap 11-04-13This weekend, my culinary indulgence in Asian cuisine took me all across LA and OC, starting with dim sum at Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park and ending at Nana San Sushi in Irvine. Is it the weekend, yet? Ready for Round 2. –Joey (Twitter|Instagram)12-years-a-slave-posterThis weekend, I watched 12 Years a Slave — an incredible movie that looks at the heartbreaking reality of slavery in the United States. This movie is a brilliant adaptation of the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who is kidnapped from his family and sold into slavery. This is a must-see movie based on the true story of one incredible man's fight for survival and freedom. –Brianne (Twitter|Instagram)[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwqfR8g-Qow&w=640&h=360]I spent most of the weekend enjoying quality time with friends/family and riding bikes on the Westside. But I think the highlight of my weekend was stumbling across this New Zealand indie film, BOY. It's written and directed by a very talented Maori, Taika Waititi, and is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.The movie reminds me of something that Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and Wes Anderson would do — only with a Maori/New Zealand twist. BOY is streaming on Netflix now! –Kristen (Twitter|Instagram)picstitch (1)I love board games, so spending my Friday night playing Clue was pretty awesome. Saturday, I made my monthly trip to Portugal Imports in Artesia to get my favorite Portuguese olive oil, some bacalhau (salt cod) and some plump, buttery, black olives. Also nommed on some curry udon at Oumi Sasaya, a gem of the South Bay. Further nomming was had on Sunday with Argentinian empanadas from a local market in Lomita.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z02Ie8wKKRg&w=640&h=360]Ended my weekend with a sobering trip to see 12 Years A Slave — the movie and cast were brilliant. I respect that there were so many different nuances in each character — various types of people and situations were depicted, from the main character, a free man kidnapped into slavery, to an ex-slave who became her master's wife, to an evil bigoted slaveowner to slaveowners who are more sympathetic, yet still buy into the horrible institution of slavery. The movie raises issues which have largely been swept under the rug in our day and age, and exposes people to actual situations that you may not have thought about since history class. Highly recommended for everyone, if you don't mind a very emotional journey and some graphic footage. —Diana —Diana (Twitter|Instagram)[wpvideo RpRGPv2N]Kristen and I perfected our jumping foot touch, but in slo-mo! –Kyle (Twitter|Instagram)