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May 13, 2021


Amongst the array of movies shown at the Regal Theatres at Glendale’s The Shops At Atlas Park is The Devil Wears Prada, starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. If you’ve seen either of the Princess Diaries movies, you’ll certainly remember Hathaway’s princessly performance. It’s the same in this movie and done ala Lisa Doolittle.

Meryl Streep portrays the ultimate boss from hell in this comedy based on the bestseller by a former assistant to Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Anne Hathaway plays Streep's much abused junior assistant fighting between pleasing "fashion's dragon lady," and saving her soul.

Hathaway is a journalism graduate, Andy Sachs, who, for the sake of needing a first job, is hired as the junior assistant to the fashion world's most powerful magazine editor Miranda Priestly. Andy has no sense of style and becomes a target for Priestly’s vicious forktongue.

To describe Streep’s character even further, cross Simon Cowell with Cruella De Vil and add some incredible accessories. Each day, she will hurl her animal-skin bag and fur coat on Andy’s desk while demanding that her morning Starbucks be brought and at a certain temperature. Then there’s her requiring an airplane out of Miami during a hurricane and seeking an unpublished Harry Potter manuscript for her twin daughters. Well, you get the picture.

Out of total frustration and wanting to please her boss, Andy seeks assistance in style and lo and behold the commoner looks like a princess. There is also the subplot of Andy and her boyfriend who isn’t comfortable having a girlfriend that thinks that work may be more important. If fact her small group of close friends feel that she’s taking work too seriously. I mean, why support a friend who’s trying to attain a goal?

When it all comes down to it, the movie is very funny, but only due to Meryl Streep’s performance. It’s a no brainer and fun. This may even earn Streep another nomination.

In the meantime I nominate California Pizza Kitchen in the category of a menu that offers the perfect pizza to a food writer who otherwise doesn’t eat pizza. Not only did I have a choice of a thin or regular crust, but I was able to opt for a honey-wheat dough.

The restaurant, also located at The Shops…, has some very creative pizzas designed for one extremely hungry person. I suggest sharing it so that you can enjoy one of their appetizers, like Singapore Shrimp Rolls: sautéed shrimp, baby broccoli, soy-glazed shitake mushrooms, Romaine, carrots, noodles, bean sprouts, green onion and cilantro wrapped in rice paper and then served chilled with a sesame ginger dipping sauce along with Szechuan slaw.

Back to the pizza. I ordered the Wild Mushroom. Cremini, Shitake, Portobello and white mushrooms, Fontina and mozzarella cheese with a wild mushroom walnut pesto sauce and added grilled chicken. No tomato sauce to bother my tummy or oil dripping down my white shirt. Next time I’m going for “The Greek”

For a treat, you can sit at the bar and look directly into the kitchen, an excellent idea for after a late movie.

Does California Pizza Kitchen know how to pack a salad to go? I ordered the Thai Crunch Salad to see how crunchy it would actually be when I got it home. The salad consisted of shredded napa cabbage, chilled grilled chicken breast, julienne cucumbers, edamame, crispy wontons, peanuts, cilantro, julienne carrots, red cabbage and scallions tossed with a lime-cilantro dressing and added avocado. Then topped with crispy rice sticks and Thai peanut dressing. So, was it soggy?

The wontons, lime-cilantro dressing, avocado, rice sticks and peanut dressing were each in its own tiny container. How’s that for creating freshness from a take-out. Oh yeah. Dessert. Chocolate Souffle Cake served warm with a triple-thick hot fudge on vanilla bean sauce. Got to have my chocolate.

NY SHARKS UPDATE! The New York Sharks women’s pro football team took the first game of the playoffs against the Miami Fury this past Saturday and will vie for the Eastern Division Championship this coming Saturday against the Atlanta X-plosion. The score was 14-8 and a close ending that could have put a Miami touchdown a point ahead and a win. Thank goodness for Cha Chi Leone’s tackle!

Last year the Sharks played Atlanta for the same title and it’s going to be some great game. For ticket information log on to www.nysharksfootball.com. Oh, did I mention that I sang the National Anthem last Saturday?

LASTLY! Tune in to Real Talk With Jim Lisa this Thursday at 5 p.m. on WRTN, 93.5 FM, when my guest is Carl Palmer, owner of Seychelle water systems. We are going to talk about how to get pure water. What happens when there is a hurricane? When they tell you to boil water is that still okay? What about traveling and why you may to use their filters with bottled water.

July 13, 2006 - Queens Times


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