Welcome to another installment of Friday at Five. The goal, as always: to kick start your weekend. Here goes.
What to Watch
If you haven’t already, go check out The Avengers. Definitely worth a trip to the theater, especially if you’re any kind of a comic book nerd. I read yesterday that the damage caused to New York in the film (spoiler alert: stuff gets blown up; it’s a superhero movie) would total 160 Billion dollars. That number also represents the film’s predicted earnings.
The NBA Playoffs are still going on (and will be for the next thirteen installments of “Friday at Five”). The first round will be over by Monday, so you’ve got a chance to see some good finishes to some series, starting tonight with Clippers-Grizzlies (Game 6 in LA) and continuing tomorrow with Lakers-Nuggets (Game 7 in LA). The latter is at least worth checking out in hopes of seeing Kobe Bryant’s ridiculously contrived stick-out-my-lower-jaw-to-express-my-intensity look.
After you’ve successfully showered your mom with praise, affection, and a funny-slash-sentimental card, do yourself a favor and watch PBS’s Sherlock on Sunday night. First, you might want to stream the first series (three episodes) through Netflix. Sherlock is like watching the best possible version of Law & Order and the best possible version of House at the same time. Series two started last Sunday and continues for the next two weeks on PBS. This week’s episode is a take on the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, Hound of the Baskervilles.
What to Do
Summer hastens to meet us, and the time to take advantage has arrived. Once television, computer, phone, and movie screens have loosened their grip on you (or well before then, if you can manage it), make sure to get outside and enjoy all those things Curtis claims are so wonderful about the outdoors.
How about starting the weekend off at a farmer’s market? Get there early (the farmers certainly do), and find some fresh flowers to plant, country ham to fry (for a late breakfast, of course), or some locally grown produce to add to Mother’s Day dinner.
Sometimes, over the long winter, I forget how much I enjoy grilling out. May is here, and your grill is calling. I’ll make no proclamations as to the superiority of charcoal or propane (feel free to tell me what’s what in the comments), but whichever your preferred heat source, throw on some ribeyes, burgers, or pork chops (on which a little Lawry’s Seasoned Salt goes a long way) and enjoy cooking and eating with the sun on your shoulders.
Obviously, this particular weekend will – and should – revolve around Mom. Buy those flowers at the farmer’s market for her, offer to grill dinner so she doesn’t have to cook, and offer to clean the whole thing up while she sips a sweet tea. It’s almost literally the least you can do.
The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has seen a broad comeback, due in large part to its prevalence on AMC’s Mad Men. The irony of people wanting to be like the miserable, depressed, lost souls of Mad Men isn’t lost on me (It’s a great show, but the cultish obsession many have developed with its ethos is more than a little backward.), but the fact remains that the Old Fashioned has stayed in style for a reason.
1. In a short tumbler, muddle (with a muddler or the underside of a spoon) a teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of orange bitters.
2. Pour 2 or 3 oz. of bourbon into the muddled mixture. Stir it up.
3. Add club soda to taste, and garnish with an orange slice and cherry (avoid the maraschino; too saccharine).
4. Sip slowly.
Do Good. Enjoy Your Weekend. Slainte Mhath.