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NYC (AND BEYOND): THE BEST “SKINNY” ON GOURMET FOOD

By Nora Zelevansky / October 22nd, 2009

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So, I was planning on giving you the down low (or was it the low down?) on Tahiti today, since my last post flew us on over.

Wait: the "down low" in Tahiti sounds like I'm going to tell you where to score transgendered prostitutes.

That's not the case.

Either way, first I need to tell you about my trip mates, right?  Well, actually, though I could happily sing the praises of this fabulous batch of ladies for days, I specifically wanted to point you in the direction of writer Sara Reistad-Long's fab food blog with pal Camille Noe Pagán, Svelte Gourmand, all about gourmet food (love) that's healthy (love) and will make us all skinny like French women in Bora Bora (love most).  See how I brought that back around??

Not just a hat rack, ladies and gentleman.

Seriously, I need to start reading this sitch.  And not just because the creators both have cool names with hyphens and accents and stuff.  But because, now that I've returned to my inviting LA couch, I seem to want to eat everything in sight.  So it might as well be healthy.

Meanwhile, can someone PLEASE explain to me why, now that I've stopped swimming around Bora Bora and running around NYC, NOW I'm hungriest?  I thought exercise was supposed to make you want to eat?  I'm sedantary.  Shouldn't I be full?

Whatever.  I'm just going to have to become a svelte gourmand.  Just as soon as they deem fried Pepper Salt tofu from my neighborhood Chinese spot healthy.  It is, right?  Right, Sara?  Don't answer that.

xo – N.

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  1. I was extremely shcoked and surprised by the movie. I did not expecting something so good to be produced by a Kuwaiti film-team. Everyone I attended the movie with was really impressed as well.The acting was SUPERB. It was really believable, and even if I might be a little biased because I really like Saad Al Faraj and Khaled Ameen, I thought they delivered their roles flawlessly. Asmahan Tawfeeq was also perfect in her part.It had a variety of flavors. There were the necessary moments of true joy, sorrow, laughter, depression, etc. and it could easily move you. I personally was quickly clung onto the events of the movie and was really moved throughout. Some scenes were just heartbreaking like the one when Tareq thought his parents were the ones tied and gunned down and he had ran out hysterically. Also, the death of Um Tareq was pretty shocking and how they had to just bury her behind. Of course the very end was really emotional as well.When the movie ended, I expected people to give it a round of applause, it didn’t, but it surely deserved to.I’m not going to get into technical stuff because I’m not a tough critic on that. The visuals, audio, scenery, and dialogue were all great. I wasn’t really happy with the lack of subtitles for foreign languages, but it was ok. Everything was still understandable.I’m hoping for more productions of this sort to come out from Kuwait and get that appreciation it deserves. There are so many people here that possess the potential to do amazing. Keep it up and good luck to Kuwaiti cinema =)

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