>West Side Story at The Pantages and Peppermint Brownies
December 17, 2010 § 17 Comments
With ever increasing responsibilities and complexities of life, it has become more and more difficult for me and my friends to schedule the simplest events – even a small dinner for three people. Emails are exchanged, calendars are shared, and dates get bounced around… and still, sometimes it gets postponed at the last minute. Sometimes, though, all the stars align and the pieces magically fall into place. Last night was one of those times and we were able to seamlessly get together a group of fourteen friends to watch West Side Story play at the Pantages. *snap*snap*snap* This has never happened before so I brought my camera along to document the night.
Since everyone was coming from work and different corners of LA, we knew we would have to eat somewhere fast. We decided on the reliable Pa Ord Noodles, which is right around the corner from the venue. We knew that it would tasty, filling, hearty, and out in a snap – fried rice, noodles, Thai iced coffee and twenty minutes later, we were good to go and arrived at the theater just as the lights were flashing to let us know the show was about to begin.
Great friends, great show, great seats… If you live in the area I definitely recommend that you go see this show. Plays and musicals aren’t really my thing – when I told my friend I was interested in seeing it, her response was “Shut up, stop bull-sh***ing me!!” – but I was really looking forward to this one. There’s snapping involved, how could I not be? It was a fantastic show and I really enjoyed the dancing – it makes me want to start dancing again… When the show got out we headed over to Blue Palms Brewhouse just down the street. Can you tell from the photo how cold we were?
It’s a brewhouse but per usual, I ordered wine anyways. They had a delicious Cab from Justin Winery, which is an excellent winery up in Paso Robles. If you’re ever up there try stopping by their tasting room – it’s a little out there but worth the drive. Naturally we also ordered some post-show snacks including some sweet potato fries and barbecue chicken nachos. After those were finished I secretly wanted to order some spinach artichoke dip, but held back knowing that we had some delicious treats waiting for us at home (including an amazing Harry and David basket that one of Eric’s friends had sent to us!)
Harry & David, homemade fudge, almond toffee, and peppermint brownies. Late night heaven! Brownies, the often understated and under-appreciated bar cookie. These brownies are dense and fudgey, just the way I like them, and with a whole tablespoon of peppermint extract to them to make them as Christmas-y as possible. I brought half of them to work and they were gone in a jiffy.
Followed recipe exactly, but substituted peppermint extract for the vanilla. I also topped them with additional chocolate chips and mint M&Ms after taking them out of the oven.