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Friday, July 25, 2014

Actor's Theatre: The Book Club Play

Date Info: 
Actor's Theatre of Phoenix 
Price: $18-$41 per ticket- Two General Admission run $72
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ

Every now and then we get extra lucky and find a place that blows our expectations out of the water for an unusual and fun date night. Last Friday we visited a new place, Actor's Theatre of Phoenix for the first time. We got our fancy on.
Create Date in Downtown Phoenix

We really like dressing up and shaking things up for date night. We also really like doubling and tripling with cool friends. And we pull faces, but if you've been a reader for a while, you know that. 

Plus- Prom!
The lovely Lydia of Photography Hill provided the two pics above and the one below. We felt so natural with her when Prom joke came up she was like, yep, let's do this!

But can we talk about the play? It's a theater company with all things independent- local actors, producers, independent screenplay, etc. That always sends a small shiver of fear and excitement down my spine since you never know what you're going to get. Plus "The Book Club" sounded like there was much potential, but also something we worried could get a little dry or over the head of someone less literary, like oh, a certain rocket scientist I hang out with every Friday. 

But you guys, I can't tell you enough how much we laughed! This was probably the funniest play we've ever seen. The story follows a book club that has been cast in some kind of documentary/reality TV series about the longest standing social group in the U.S.- the book clubs. Although each person wants to put their best foot forward while trying to ignore a hidden camera, certain books just bring out inner conflict or passions that create for a very funny plot line. And when they realize secrets are caught on camera, and they try to cover those up, it's just down right hysterical. 

Not to mention most walks of life and interest levels in books are represented. There's at least one character you can relate to, and that always makes for a more interesting and entertaining play.

Jacob told me after this was the best play we've attended in his opinion. He couldn't get over how much he laughed, even with some literary humor only book nerds and English majors may get.

Both our favorite parts were the asides actors had in between scenes. One person would change into a  new character and give a monologue about the importance of books from a different perspective. One was a retired librarian, one a publicist, etc. Our favorite was Sam, the Walmart Stock Manager who cracked us up with the references to Chicken Soup for the Soul and its importance at Walmart. So clever, so true!
*All production images provided by John Groseclose for Actor's Theatre. 

There was one part where Twilight was both mocked and praised that had Kayla and I both laughing out loud and wiping tears. It has touched many a heart and relationship, and also deserves a lot of its critique. We both felt that, and laughed hysterically at the jokes that poked fun of the book and its "Twi-hards" as the play put them. 

We felt lucky to get to attend this event with friends- Jesse and Brittany, and Kayla and her husband Aaron are all amazing people and super fun to hang out with. Not to mention they style blog, so yeah, had a little pressure to up my game with an Audrey Hepburn look.

I think my favorite thing is I felt like I'd read a book, and left ready to share thoughts on the play. I caught this sign- "Talk-Provoking Theater" on the way in and out, and I couldn't agree more. Actor's Theatre plays are the kind of plays you want to go grab dinner or drinks with friends after and discuss.

Which is what we did! Cibo treated us right with some of the best pizza in Phoenix.

Cibo Pizza

And of course some of the best Nutella banana crepes too!
Banana Nutella Crepe Cibo

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to Actor's Theatre, but the opinions and amazing experience conveyed are 100% mine! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Little Bit of Utah History

Date Info: 
This is the Place Monument
Price: Free
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Our weekend in Salt Lake City included some historical sites. With today being the Utah holiday Pioneer Day, it seems extra fitting to post the historic places we visited while in Utah. 

1st up- a historic Mormon church. Think pioneers building their own house of worship out of nothing in the desert. I can only imagine the time and careful craftsmen/women it took to make the unique carvings, stained-glass windows, and brick cutouts. 

After this stop we headed to the This Is the Place state park. A place with monuments marking pioneer heritage including loss and sacrifice to pioneer the West.

The top of the park includes a monument to Brigham Young, who saw the valley in a vision and when he looked at it from this point, remarked "This is the right place."
Salt Lake City History

It was a cool, free pitstop to experience and read about a little piece of history. And you can buy Utah honey here in all flavors. Seriously, The Beehive State knows how to do honey!

24th of July Giveaway!

Happy 24th of July- need a Thursday pick-me-up? I thought you may! 

I am so excited to be teaming up with these lovely bloggers to bring you a $250 giveaway to ASOS!One lucky winner will receive a $250 gift card to ASOS. The giveaway starts at midnight on the 24th of July and ends at midnight on the 31st of July! It is simple to enter, just complete the Rafflecopter below. The more items you complete, the higher your chances are of winning! :) Good luck!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

La Bonnevie- A Little Bit of France in Salt Lake City

Date Info: 
La Bonnevie Parisian Bakery
Price: $10 will get you plenty of treats 
Location: The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City 
Website: La Bonnevie

Ever since we visited Paris I've been on the hunt for a macaroon that holds a candle to those I had at Laduree. A surprise gem came to me when I was at Alt Summit in January and swung by a little French bakery in The Grand America Hotel. I knew the moment Jacob and I were in Salt Lake together we would be experiencing a little bit of France in Salt Lake City. 
Parisian Date in SLC

We started by exploring The Grand America- the 5 star hotel in downtown Salt Lake. It is a fun date in itself, such a gorgeous place!

We were excited to find the most hipster toy store known to man. Complete with contraptions engineers would want to play with.

And discovering a piano that lights up and plays different music brought out the kid in Jacob.

Plus candy! I magically want sugar and feel like I'm 5 in stores like this.

Don't worry, I saved myself for the macaroons, and we headed over to La Bonnevie

He was instantly excited, definitely a lot of options, and if you aren't from Salt Lake you have to stop to appreciate how cheap everything is in this city! We were excited to know good things were coming for only a couple dollars. 

Jacob really wanted one of these- and it was one excellent choice.

All our choices came in this darling package tied up in string.

And really, it was quite the feast with the salted caramel chocolate mousse eclair, a pistachio macaroon, a peach macaroon, and a salted caramel macaroon.

Seriously, the closest thing you can get to Parisian that I've found so far- so good!

Plus there's a perfect little nook off to the left of the bakery to enjoy a romantic date with your Parisian goodies. 


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