Netflix & Binge…What I’m Watching Now

Over the summer I blogged about some Netflix shows (both in English & Spanish) that I watched during the quarantine. Since then I have watched many more, here are a few that I have seen recently and would love to share with you all.

Schitt’s Creek – Final Season 6

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This is the long awaited final season of this tremendously hilarious series!  I am actually so sad it’s over, not to be missed. I also love how they wrapped up all the loose ends, terrific writing on this show.  And as a bonus, if you just can’t get enough of the Rose family (like me), you can catch Inside Schitt’s Creek: Complete Webisodes Series on YouTube; 52 short videos which are just as funny as the series! 

The OA

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The series centers around Prairie Johnson, an adopted young woman who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. Upon her return, Prairie calls herself “The OA” (for “Original Angel”), exhibits scars on her back, and can see, despite having been blind when she disappeared. The OA refuses to tell the FBI and her adoptive parents where she has been and how her eyesight was restored, and instead quickly assembles a team of five locals (four high school students and a teacher) to whom she reveals that information, also explaining her life story. Finally, she asks for their help to save the other missing people whom she claims she can rescue by opening a portal to another dimension. The second season follows the OA as she traverses to another dimension and ends up in San Francisco to continue her search for her former captor Hap and her fellow captives. Prairie crosses paths with private eye Karim Washington and assists in his investigation of the surreal disappearance of a missing girl that involves an abandoned house with a supernatural history and an online puzzle game. Meanwhile, in the original dimension, a series of unfortunate events propels the OA’s five companions to embark on a road trip across America to assist the OA on her journey.

Ratched

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This show had some tough scenes to watch (grusome) but overall I liked the series. Ratched is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched. In 1947, Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but the wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born.

The Barrier (La Valla)

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I love all the movies and series from Spain, and this is a good one (although a bit scary and depressing).  With the events that take place in The Barrier, it seems almost impossible that this series was created in a pre-Pandemic world. There’s a virus that involves coughing and has virtually shut down everything. Then a World War 3 hits and governments take over in brutal ways followed quickly by a 25-year time-jump. In the year 2045, we see Madrid as a city that works but looks more like one big back alley. Also, there’s a big wall (the barrier) in the middle, and on the other side, life continues as usual. The virus still exists (probably mutations of the original one) and fear of getting sick is still prevalent as is the search for a vaccine. Unlike most other Netflix series, The Barrier will release one new episode each week, so you cannot binge watch. No worries though, you will be hooked.  

Travelers 

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Browsing for some new shows to watch, I came across Travelers, and the fact that Eric McCormack is the main character, was definitely a plus (I love Will!) In a post-apocalyptic future, thousands of special operatives are tasked with preventing the collapse of society. These operatives, known as “travelers”, have their consciousnesses sent back in time and transferred into the “host” body of present-day individuals who would otherwise be moments from death, to minimize unexpected impact on the time line. The transfer requires the exact location of the target, made possible by 21st century smartphones and GPS, providing time, elevation, latitude, and longitude (TELL) coordinates that are archived for use in the future.

Trained using social media and public records concerning their hosts, each traveler must maintain the host’s pre-existing life as cover for the rest of their lives, while carrying out missions in teams of five. These missions are dictated by the Director in the future who monitors the timeline. Travelers aim to save the world from a series of catastrophic events. One method by which the Director communicates with travelers is via prepubescent children used as messengers; unlike adults, any child can safely be animated for a few minutes by the Director and then released from control without risk of killing them.

Emily in Paris

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This series has been getting some criticism on social media, however, you have to take it for what it is, a fun comedy set in gorgeous Paris. From the creator of Sex & The City, Emily in Paris follows Emily, a driven twenty-something American woman from Chicago, who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity. She is tasked with bringing an American point of view to a venerable French marketing firm. Cultures clash as she adjusts to the challenges of life in a foreign city, while juggling her career, new friendships and love.

The Rain

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Another scary but very interesting Danish series (you will need subtitles).  The world as we know it has come to an end, due to a rain-carried virus that wiped out nearly everybody in Scandinavia. Six years after that event, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of the bunker where they have been staying. After discovering all remnants of civilization gone, they join a group of fellow young survivors, and together they head out on a danger-filled quest throughout the abandoned land in search of signs of life. The survivors think they have been set free from societal rules of the past, but they quickly find that even in a post-apocalyptic world there is love, jealousy and other coming-of-age dilemmas that young people have always faced.

I hope you enjoy all of these. What have you watched on Netflix recently?  Once again I am looking for recommendations.

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First Watch…The Daytime Cafe

It seems as if my family is always on the hunt for new breakfast/brunch places. We try our best to eat “somewhat healthy” during the week, so naturally, when we wake up on the weekends, the first words out of my husband’s mouth are “where are we going for breakfast?” Because of this I am always on the lookout for new restaurants (thanks Instagram). Last weekend, we woke up very late so that immediately limited many of our breakfast choices in town. I decided to search on Yelp and came across First Watch (a chain with 15 locations throughout South Florida and over 200 locations throughout 29 other states). The name is a nautical reference to the first work shift aboard a ship as First Watch restaurants are only open from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM. I had never heard of them and the one here in Miami is in the Blue Lagoon are, which we rarely frequent, so this was all new to us. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. First of all, the place is pretty large, so there was still ample seating even with the social distancing of tables. They seemed pretty busy, but since we got there around 1PM, we only waited 5 minutes for a table. All items are made to order. The restaurant does not use heat lamps or deep fryers, only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste around. Also make sure to try one of the yummy freshly squeezed juices.  A kids menu is also available.

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We started with the Holey Donuts, cinnamon sugar-dusted cake donut holes served with chocolate sauce and mixed berry compote for dipping.  I know that doesn’t sound too healthy but we just had to try these, and it was worth it! Then hubby ordered his usual waffle with eggs and decided to try the million dollar bacon (four slices of their signature hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle). I ordered the avocado toast, with 2 eggs, and a freshly squeezed orange juice.

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The restaurant also makes delicious fresh salads and sandwiches for lunch, take a look at all these goodies (all photos courtesy of First Watch):

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Cobb Salad

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Ham & Gruyere Melt

Market Veggie

Market Veggie Sandwich

And here are a few more delectable breakfast items:

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Floridian French Toast

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Farmhouse Hash

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Frittata Rustica

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

We will definitely be back!  Which dish appeals to you most?

First Watch Cafe
5799 NW 7th Street
Miami, FL 33125
Open Daily: 7am – 2:30pm
Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas
786-605-5050

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Shop Pink…

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since three very important ladies in my life are breast cancer survivors (my mom, my sister and my MIL), this is a cause very close to my heart.  As such, every year I like to do a roundup of items being offered by companies that support breast cancer awareness, and of course it doesn’t hurt that I love all things pink! Here are some of my favorite items for this year:

Vera Bradley Pleated Mask – 2 Pack – $25
For every purchase of a Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Cotton Face Mask through December 31, 2020, Vera Bradley will donate 100% of the purchase price (maximum donation $500,000) to The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.vera bradley

Jack Rogers Georgica Sandal – $60
A portion of the proceeds from this sandal will go to the Breast Cancer Association. Every year they offer a pink or blush sandal to support this cause.
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Tervis Simply Southern Breast Cancer Awareness Hope Anchor – $16.99
The initiative is part of the company’s longstanding commitment to the cause – in addition to donating 5% of sales of pink ribbon products year round, Tervis donates 10% of all pink ribbon sales in October to breast cancer research. Tervis has supported local and national breast cancer organizations through the sale of pink ribbon tumblers since 2010. Consumers can choose from many unique designs that proudly display their support for life-saving breast cancer research and inspire others to do the same. Tervis

Pura Vida Bracelets Breast Cancer Awareness Pack – $32
This pretty pink stack features a trio of bracelets with a breast cancer awareness ribbon charm and faceted silver beads. 5% of the purchase price will be donated to Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit that advocates for early detection and empowers young people to live a healthier lifestyle.

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Rothy’s The Handbag in Peach Madras – $350
This October, Rothy’s is donating $10,000 regardless of sales. A proud supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Rothy’s has donated more than $80,000 to BCRF over the past three years.Rothy's handbag

Lilly Pulitzer Paradise Fleece Blanket – $58
Lilly Pulitzer introduces the print “Paws for a Cause,” in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). As a direct contribution in support of this Print with Purpose collection, BCRF will receive a $30,000 donation from Lilly Pulitzer which will fund 600 hours of research by BCRF investigators.

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Bella Auset (pink) candles – $22
$2 from each Bella Auset (pink) candle purchase will support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Soy wax candles (10 oz.) infused with scented essential oils that fill a room & burns clean for over 60 hrs.  Lavender Vanilla – Eucalyptus & Spearmint – Hawaiian Tropics – Clean Cotton – Debonair
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Estee Lauder Pink Perfection Lip Kit Limited Edition Collection –  $35
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993 to fund the most promising breast cancer research worldwide. For each purchase of this product, Estée Lauder will make a 100% of the donation of the suggested retail price.
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Vineyard Vines Breast Cancer Awareness Whale Long-Sleeve Tee – $48
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 20% of all proceeds from the Limited-Edition vineyard vines x Bright Pink Collection will go to help the organization and their mission—empowering women and saving lives through early detection of breast and ovarian cancers.

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Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Love Mug – $30
Launched in 2000, the Pink Pony Campaign is Ralph Lauren Corporation’s global initiative in the fight against cancer. It supports programs that help to ensure quality treatment and reduce the disparities in cancer care. Twenty-five percent of the purchase price of this porcelain mug helps benefit programs for cancer screenings, early treatment, research, and patient navigation. It’s a stylish way to show your support for reducing disparities in cancer care and improving access to quality treatment for everyone at an earlier, more curable stage. mug
So this is my 2020 roundup for items that you can purchase and support breast cancer awareness.  Which item do you list best?

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