Discovery of the Week: Elementary

Hey again!

I’m back after another short absence (sorry about that). I’d like to share with you today a television show I actually “discovered” last year, Elementary.

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It premiered last fall and I started recording it immediately. Now, anyone who knows me can tell you that I’m kind of obsessed with TV. Every new season I scope out the new pilots and record what I think I might be interested in. I may not immediately get to viewing these shows so I usually set my DVR to record the series each week. With Elementary, I basically didn’t get to it until the second season was starting. I had watched a few episodes (maybe 3) before it started again this season and then a couple weekends ago I binge-watched the rest of the first season. Let’s just say, it had a lasting effect on me.

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There are plenty adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes out there for fans to choose from, most of which I have not seen. I’m not sure why this one stuck out to me. Maybe it was such an interesting concept: what would Holmes be like in modern day New York? Add in a gender switch for Watson and you have enough to interest me. And, those are the things that I ended up liking the most about the show. I love Lucy Liu as Joan Watson. She has an interesting back story and is often the main focus of an episode which is nice. Holmes can be an overwhelming character and having a different, and fairly normal, character to focus on from time to time is good. I like too that Holmes comes into contact with her as a result of his rehabilitation after his substance abuse. I think it adds an intriguing dimension to their relationship. I also love Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes. He’s just enough of an asshole to make you want to hate him right before he shows you his vulnerable side and forces you to sympathize and root for him.

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There are a few other twists and turns made to the story that I won’t spoil for you but simply let you know that they add so much to the success of this adaptation. Taking risks and trying something different can be scary and there will always be those who criticize any attempt to take on a classic but I’m loving the Sherlock Holmes C.S.I. adventure that is Elementary.

Elementary airs Thursdays on CBS at 10/9c.

Discovery of the Week: Crö-Dough/Cronut

This week’s Discovery is food related!

For those of you not in the know, there is a recent food creation called a “Cronut,” which is a hybrid croissant-doughnut. It is as amazing as it sounds.

Glorious, isn't it?

Glorious, isn’t it?

There’s a bakery near where I work that sells “Crö-Doughs.” There are some copyright issues with the name (the original baker, Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City trademarked the name) so all the imitations have had to be very creative with their names but it’s the same basic idea: doughnut shape with croissant inside. 3 Square Bakery on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA has named theirs Crö-Doughs. And it is amazing! I have tried all three flavors (vanilla, nutella, and raspberry), and it looks like I am officially addicted (by the way, the nutella one is the best, though the others are excellent as well).

First bite. Mmmm

First bite. Mmmm

I’m not a big foodie but sweets are kind of my weakness. I had to try macaroons when I found out there was a place that sold them nearby, and any new cupcake place needs to be explored. So, when I heard that these Crö-Doughs were close, I immediately set out to try one. I’m not going to say they are a must for everyone but if you’re dying to try them, and can make it out to Venice one weekend, they are worth it. Then again I drive over 30 miles to work everyday so my perception of time and distance may be different than other people’s.

Thanks again for visiting and I’ll see you around!