If you’re looking for an easy and delicious snack to enjoy while watching who will win the next Oscar, try these easy Dark Chocolate Chai Spiced S’mores.
I made them vegan using all-natural Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme (which I found at Whole Foods Market), 90% cocoa dark chocolate, a sprinkling of Arvinda’s Chai Masala and gluten-free graham crackers. Very little effort for a last minute sweet treat!
Arvinda’s Chai Masala offers a switch up to traditional s’mores adding cardamom, ginger and cinnamon to every bite! Try mixing it into the ricemellow creme or you can just sprinkle it on top.
I’m not a die-hard movie fan. I’ve mentioned before I would pick music over movies most of the time (see my top music moment from 2012 here), but I do love an interesting plot and any film that can play with my emotions.
Here are a couple of my pics that I recently viewed:
Something personal: STORIES WE TELL (2012)
Stories We Tell is a documentary about Toronto director Sarah Polley’s family memories, in search for the truth about their family secret. She takes viewers along with her in search of the answers to her questions and tells her story through very candid interviews with all her family members who reveal their character, opinions and outspoken thoughts on the subject matter. These interviews take each family member into the past, to recollect old memories that lie deep and strike emotional chords within them. Each and every family has their own story and this film allows viewers to reflect on their own family histories and realize how important and special family bonds and connections are.
Something emotional: VEER-ZAARA (2004)
Although not a Bollywood aficionado myself, if you choose to watch only one Bollywood film in your lifetime please choose this one! After hearing many people speak highly of this film, I gave it some attention. This film is about a girl Zaara (Preity Zinta) from Pakistan who travels to India out of her need to fulfill her dreams, do something spontaneous while paying homage to her deceased Sikh governess to scatter her ashes. The bus she travels on gets into an accident and she is rescued by Indian Air Force pilot, Veer Pratap Singh (played by Shahrukh Khan). He accompanies her to scatter the ashes but before departing, he asks her for one small favour–to spend an afternoon with him. Only strangers at this point, he says it’s only an afternoon and wanted to give her a proud tour of his native Punjab. The events that unfold thereafter is unfortunate leaving viewers in disbelief and with mixed emotions in the end. If you’re looking for a true film of romance and love, think about watching this one.
Something realistic: THE SWELL SEASON (2011)
This is a documentary film about talented musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova that make up The Swell Season following their rise to fame and popularity shortly after their Oscar win for the film Once (2006). This doc film shows you the life of a struggling artist and their quest to ‘make it’ but alongside the realism that comes with having a life in the spotlight. Although fame is what every artist strives for, this film reminds us of the saying, “be careful for what you wish for.” Extremely enjoyable for the music lover, this film is laced the brilliant music from the most talented The Swell Season - always a treat!
A teaspoon of: The Swell Season. Listening to: When Your Mind’s Made Up.