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Spy Review

SPY box art from Fox Home Entertainment.Melissa McCarthy stars in this hilarious, twisty, fresh take on the Super Spy genre. Somewhere between James Bond, Inspector Clouseau, and Austin Powers, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) enters the field in this R rated comedy. Full of unexpected laughs and complete with custom spy gadgets, Agent Susan Cooper leaves the safety of her spy support tech desk to go under cover in Europe.

More capable than Clouseau, less suave than Bond and less preposterous than Powers, Cooper lets her heart and Spidey sense guide her. Sidekick Nancy (Miranda Hart), Bondesque Super Spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law), his CIA frenemy Rick Ford (Jason Statham), cold blooded bombshell Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) and handsy Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz) round out the cast, each contributing mightily to the heart and hilarity of Writer/Director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids, The Heat) film.

We viewed the Unrated Version. The DVD also contains a copy of the Theatrical release and tons of bonus features, including redacted scenes, alternate scenes, gag reels, outtakes, commentary and How SPY Was Made. We predict a sequel!

Want to see the trailer?

Just for fun, I’ve linked to Amazon’s pages for some of the spy films and collections of films mentioned above. You may be able to figure out my favorites if you click through. Clouseau, famously played by Peter Sellers and reprised by Steve Martin is the bumbling French detective in The Pink Panther films. I wonder which you prefer? As far as Bond goes, there are 50 years of films to choose from beginning with the original Casino Royal starring David Niven (a complete snore in my book) through Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and most recently Daniel Craig (swoon). So far the only incarnations of British International Man Of Mystery, Austin Powers have all been played by Mike Meyers who also plays his own nemesis in the trio of comedies.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed SPY (Unrated). It made us laugh, gasp, chuckle, giggle and snort. Want to see it, too? It’s out on Blu-ray and DVD and available for view on demand. Plus we’ve got ONE copy to giveaway. Click here to enter for your chance to win SPY. Giveaway ends: October 7, 2015.

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Natalee Thai 

My mom and I had the chance to visit a wonderful Thai restaurant in Culver City named Natalee Thai. This restaurant is casual but visually beautiful and modern. The food is affordable but the price doesn’t compare to the quality and love presented. I felt totally comfortable in leggings and flip flops while being served incredible food. I ordered the Won Ton Soup and the mussels appetizer and was full in the best way possible. Although, I ALWAYS have room for dessert. The soup is delicious and was probably the best Won Ton soup I have EVER had. Before I start talking about the mussels, I would like to say that I have never had mussels before. After trying these, mussels are my favorite food! And, yes, I ate every single mussel in that dish. To top of one of the most flavorful meals of my life, I ordered Espresso ice cream and yes it is as good as it sounds.

If you ever want to have an amazing meal, stop by Natalee Thai. 🙂



Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

EncinoMom Unboxes Del Real Foods for Cinco de Mayo.

Del Real Foods Unboxed on EncinoMom.

We’ve got an awesome prize package to offer you from Del Real Foods! It’s a Party In A Box! We received one of these at EncinoMom headquarters and immediately ordered up an impromptu fiesta for a few friends. The Tacos Al Pastor kit contains seasoned meat, tortillas and enough salsa for 20 street tacos. Sold in the refrigerator section, these dishes are easy to heat and eat. You can sample some of these tasty offerings yourself as Del Real Foods gives tastings this month, making the rounds of Costco stores in the West (including California, Oregon and Utah). Check their website for dates and details. The cheese Pupusas and Tamales were also a hit with our Vegetarian guests.

Del Real Foods have been serving up fresh, flavorful and authentic Mexican meals since 2003. Their gluten, trans fat and MSG free, products are fully cooked and ready to heat and serve. We heated tortillas in the oven (in a clay tortilla warmer), pupusas on the stove top, tamales steamed in the top of the rice cooker and we used a cast iron skillet for the seasoned taco meat. Everything was ready to go in a matter of minutes.

We mixed up a batch of Margaritas for our adult guests and served limeade and horchata to the kids. I tossed some greens with Persian cucumbers, scallions, tomatoes, a sprinkling of Taco Seasoning from Ground 2 Table and a light citrus dressing (homemade) for a refreshing side salad. Friends brought tortilla chips and a ripe avocado and we had more food than we could eat!

Giveaway from Del Real Foods on EncinoMom.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Giveaway from Del Real Foods on EncinoMom.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tell us which differences you found in our Feliz Cinco de Mayo pics! This prize box comes with a colorful blanket with moisture resistant backing to spread out on the grass, sand or picnic table. When you’re finished, it folds back up into a neat bundle with a carrying handle and zippered pouch. The pouch is large enough to hold your phone, keys and sunglasses, or maybe some napkins and utensils.

There is also a folding fabric cooler to carry your food and beverages. For this giveaway we’ve created the two pictures above for you to compare. Can you spot the differences? Here’s a hint: No tequila is included in the giveaway!

Speaking of tequila, you might like to know that the Angels pictured below are searching Los Angeles’ neighborhoods for Latino Angels in Training who are contributing to their communities with selflessness and virtuous service. Gran Centanario Tequila will be honoring these Angels In Training at a special VIP event on May 19th. That’s also the day that we will announce the winner of this Party In A Box!

Angels land at Blue Plate Taco to fuel up before their search for Angels in Training in LA neighborhoods.

At Blue Plate Taco in Santa Monica for the launch of Angels in search of LA’s Angels In Training!

Raquel Total Fitness & Beauty

In the mid eighties, when renting tapes from video stores was the way to watch what you wanted on TV, I developed a penchant for exercise videos. I rented this video so many times, that when my room mate went to the video store to pick up a movie, they said, “why don’t you buy this video for Lisa? She rents it every week. You can have it for $1”

It’s basically the Bikram Yoga workout without the mention of heat, although it looks pretty warm wherever they filmed this. I heard a rumor that there was litigation around whether or not Raquel had the right to make this video using the routine taught to her by her Yogi. I don’t know the veracity or outcome of the rumor or ruling. I do know, I am eternally grateful for this tape, even though I no longer have a VCR!

Thanks to YouTube, I can still get my Yoga on after all these years. Don’t be fooled by the title, there aren’t any beauty tips in here. It is pure inner beauty building with butt kicking yoga that will serve your body well. Enjoy!

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