There’s A New App In Town and It’s Got FLAVOUR!

Flavour LogoRestaurant Discovery App Flavour elegantly and quickly helps diners discover the best cuisine in New York, San Francisco and Chicago

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Flavour, an elegant restaurant discovery app, which launched this week in the App Store, aggregates recommendations from trusted sources to help discerning diners discover and explore over 1,600 of the most notable restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine or notable feature in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, with more cities launching soon.

Flavour’s restaurant list is distilled from the finest ingredients – recognized food critics, local publications and industry experts – to provide the best of what you want to eat, when you want to eat, where you want to eat, most visited and most popular places to dine.

Unlike other platforms, Flavour’s restaurants are not ranked by unreviewed user check ins or opinions. Nor are restaurants promoted based on paid advertising. So it eliminates the need to research multiple sources to find the right place to eat.

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For each listing, Flavour includes a selection of highly recommended dishes, links to a full menu and the ability to share by text or email. Users can also place reservations through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly. Additional cities and features are coming soon.

What we like about this app at Gia On The Move: Flavour is free to download and to use.  Flavour also proudly supports the efforts of Food Bank For New York City.

Our only disappointment so far:  The Flavour app is available exclusively on the iPhone.  Android users will still be stuck fending for themselves unless Flavour decides to includes them.  Let’s hope.

Find Them on Twitter and Instagram, @GetFlavour.
Follow Your Cravings at www.getflavour.com.

About Flavour
Flavour is an elegant mobile application that instantly connects you to the right restaurants in New York,Chicago and San Francisco.  With just a few taps, you can search neighborhoods, browse menus, and book tables based on cuisine, location or occasion. From award-winning fare to hidden gems and local favorites, Flavour serves your city on a plate.  Flavour has been developed by veteran investor Emily Keeton and award-winning developers, Rohit Gupta and Khalid Meniri.

http://www.getflavour.com/

 

 

It’s a Sweet Ho-Ho-Holiday Season at IHOP

Get into the Holiday Spirit with New Caramel Bon Bon Pancakes, New Pumpkin Cheesecake Pancakes and the return of Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

IHOP’s NEW Caramel Bon Bon Pancakes

It’s not exactly the healthy menu we like to promote here at Gia On The Move. But holidays are for celebrating and just a little bit of indulging.  And…tis the season…so really…go out and treat yourself!

For IHOP lovers the holidays have begun.  They (and most likely you) can’t think of a better way to start it off than by enjoying a terrific meal.  So IHOP has once again introduced their special holiday signature pancakes along with a sweet new desert!

Ok, so they started serving them on November 3.  (We only just got the info!)  But you will be able to enjoy this tradition all the way through January 1, 2015!

To capture the magic of the season in a delicious way, IHOP restaurants will be offering guests their version of a season’s greeting with 3 delicious holiday hotcakes:

IHOP's New holiday hotcakes

  • New Caramel Bon Bon Pancakes: A sweet treat of buttermilk pancakes layered with dulce de leche cream then topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce and whipped topping.
  • New Pumpkin Cheesecake Pancakes: Our most popular seasonal pumpkin pancakes filled with luscious cheesecake bites and topped with creamy whipped topping.
  • Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes – The return of last year’s favorite holiday signature pancake: Buttermilk pancakes filled with sweet white chocolate chips then crowned with raspberry topping, cream cheese icing and whipped topping.

And once again, IHOP restaurants will feature Traditional and Craveable Holiday Dinners & Dessert:

  • Classic Ham Dinner: A seasonal favorite made with hickory smoked ham, glazed with sweet caramel sauce and topped with cinnamon apples. Served with sweet potato fries and broccoli.
  • Classic Roasted Turkey Dinner: Sliced roasted turkey breast, layered on a bed of stuffing and topped with warm turkey gravy. Served with mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and a side of lingonberry jam
  • Belgian Chocolate Mousse Crepe: Light and fluffy Belgian Chocolate mousse folded into a cool crepe and topped with raspberries, whipped topping and powdered sugar.

For more information about International House of Pancakes, LLC or to find an IHOP restaurant near you, please visit www.IHOP.com.  Follow IHOP on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

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IHOP’s NEW! Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Independent Shakespeare Presents Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus

 “Shakespeare isn’t the only great English author celebrating a 450th birthday this year!”

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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My first experience years ago with Christopher Marlowe was being cast in a minor role as an adapted version of the character Calyphas in Tamburlaine the Great (I played a lot of boys back then! lol)

It was during that time that I really became infatuated with the muscularity of words and the infinite, emotionally resonant power of sound. Since then, Marlowe has held a light fascination as predecessor, contemporary and great influencer of Will Shakespeare’s work which eventually, of course, departed from Marlowe’s even iambic pentameter and into an exciting broken poetic line.

Christopher Marlowe was a revolutionary author. He died under mysterious circumstances at just 29 years old but he left behind a handful of plays that changed the course of English Theater.

DOCTOR FAUSTUS is Christopher Marlowe’s tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil and spends the next 25 years getting everything his heart desires…only to find it wasn’t what he wanted after all. It’s a potently, ambitious, sexy play, whose cast of characters include angels, emperors, the Seven Deadly Sins, Helen of Troy, and the Pope.  Faustus himself is eloquent, arrogant, self-serving, occasionally obtuse and yet a very likeable, sympathetic (doomed) hero.

I don’t profess to be an expert on classical theatre by any means, but as an audience member, I do always expect to understand WHAT is going on during any production. And in a language play, I’m much more critical because it takes such effort for our modern ears and sensibilities to do so. #TalkThisWay

This Doctor Faustus is very good by all measure.  It didn’t come across as some weirdly half-baked high school production and I actually learned something about the human condition.

When DOCTOR FAUSTUS was produced in the Renaissance, used was the most advanced Elizabethan stagecraft. Independent Shakespeare was inspired to carry on that tradition with its own version of spectacle by employing projections, videotape and live music to amplify the shifts and turns of this play, which swings between the tragic, the fantastical and the wildly funny.  As it turns out, it worked much more than adequately.

The story, the language is delivered crystal clear which maybe we can blame on the text itself. But I would propose by the exceptional talents of the cast: Sam Breen, Matthew Callahan, Devereau Chumrau, Suzan Crowley, Lexie Helgerson, Ashley Nguyen, André Martin and Adam Mondschein and the unparalleled antics of Mephistopheles (masterfully underplayed by Suzan Crowley) and Faustus (played brilliantly by Adam Mondschein). The story is enhanced and prime delivered but for some technical difficulties and a bit of trivial direction.

Most worth a small commitment to this piece is in the end, the poetic line, thankfully, wonderfully accessible and absolutely impactful in every way.

INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO. presents

WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

DOCTOR FAUSTUS

Written by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Melissa Chalsma

Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex

The cast of DOCTOR FAUSTUS will feature: Sam Breen, Matthew Callahan, Devereau Chumrau, Suzan Crowley, Lexie Helgerson, Ashley Nguyen, André Martin and Adam Mondschein.

Now playing through Sunday, November 23

at Independent Studio, 3191 Casitas Ave., #168,
(between Fletcher Drive and Glendale Blvd.)
at the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex,
Los Angeles, CA 90039. 

Free, ample lot and street parking. 

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm. 

Tickets are $20, $15 for Students; (Thursdays and Fridays).
Tickets are $25, $20 for Students; (Saturdays and Sundays). 

This production may not be suitable for younger viewers.

For tickets, please call (818) 710-6306 or buy online at www.iscla.or

Photo Credit:   Mike Ditz

Tiffany Frames Beauty and Style on Rodeo Drive November 13

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Here’s a fun weekday extra, for everyone who loves beauty, creativity and most of all — LOVES TO SHOP!

On November 13th the eyes of the world will look to Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Tiffany’s flagship store whose windows will mark the unveiling of their holiday windows the start of the most festive time of the year in Los Angeles.  It is a celebration and annual tradition that signals the season of gift giving. Each window will frames a scene of beauty and style, reflecting the wonders that Tiffany has in store this holiday season.

Inspired by the exuberance and excitement of the holiday season during the 1950’s and 60s, as depicted in the whimsical illustrations here which will of course be three-dimensiona, each window tells a joyous holiday story through witty artwork created in a palette of vibrant blues, lavender and pops of color.  And of course the famed Tiffany box is included.

Best part:  Free to look anytime!!!!  Kind of reminds us of a less edgy version of the old Barney’s New York windows on 6th Avenue.  So we’re really looking forward to seeing what Tiffany’s has “in store.”  Join them for the unveiling.

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Busy Living “Let You Down”

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They’re already sold out for their LIVE performance on November 18th at the Troubadour, Los Angelesbut you can still get a taste of LA based band “Busy Living” right here at Gia On The Move.

Crafting artful, arena sized indie-pop, set against the beat of a post-punk backdrop, LA’s Busy Living are back with new singles produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno that take cues from the likes of Weezer and The Pixies, creating a seamless fusion of futuristic dance elements with pop-centric rock. Their songs are cinematic, landing them several syncs on popular television shows including NCIS, Hawaii 5-0, and Beauty and The Beast.

Comprised of Mike Moonves (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Hutton (bass, vocals), and Matt Leddy (keys, vocals), the Los Angeles based three-piece return with a staggering collection of indie-pop, set to be released later in 2014. Busy Living were recently hand picked to tour with Communion, a multi-city showcase founded by Mumford & Son’s Ben Lovett.

Morgan Riley’s Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys

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As the first country female dance rap song, Country singer Morgan Riley’s single, “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys” on her debut album “Collage” has already been a hit. Now that we finally have it in our collection, we’re spotlighting it as a Wednesday extra here.

LISTEN TO ROWDY SHOUTIN’ COWBOYS NOW:

She’s so adorable! And Riley and her team have decided to take a big step: submitting the “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys” single and video for a Grammy! With the tough competition it’s a huge statement.

Check out MorganRileyCountry.com for photos, videos and tour dates when they come up.

Why we’re really featuring her at Gia On The Move:

In addition to all the current buzz Riley has decided to utilize her star platform to raise awareness and provide support for a cause close to her heart: domestic violence.  So she’s teaming up with Bright Star International. As a start, she’ll be partnering with various domestic abuse charities to create real, positive change in the lives of domestic abuse victims.

To learn more visit her website and don’t forget to join her fan club at morganriley.fanbridge.com.

“College” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

“Cinema Paradiso” Is a Digital Triumph for Director Guiseppe Tornatore at AFI 2014

“Whatever you end up doing, love it.”

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 by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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To say that the newly restored version of the Oscar winning film Cinema Paradiso which played last night as part of the AFI Festival 2014 and showed at the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood, CA, was a tear-jerker, is the biggest understatement of all time.  My two-hour crying fit, runny nose, black mascara and blue eyeliner stained cheek is a testament to how much better this film is today than its first run and how much emotional impact it still carries.

Attended by a passionately enthusiastic crowd devoted to this presentation of cinematic wonderment in all of its glory, actor Danny DeVito opened the forum with a moving introduction to Italian cinema, life growing up as an Italian kid, what movies meant to him and then finally gave us a beloved by all in attendance director, Giuseppe Tornatore.  

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Actor Danny DeVito walks the Red Carpet at the Worldwide Preview of the digitally restored “Cinema Paradiso” at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, CA November 10, 2014

I’ll admit it’s been a long time since viewing this 26-year-old film.  As I sat in the theatre my eyes took it all in “for the first time”.  It occurred to me as I watched, just how much more beautiful, vibrant and most of all meaningful Paradiso truly is.  Perhaps with age comes appreciation or perspective or a desire to relive the past. Cinema Paradiso is absolutely life worth reliving and retelling over and again.  Witnessing it all, the comedy, the wisdom, the heroic acts, the loves, the losses and of course the wrenching scene of the actual cinema being dynamited…all of the elders standing around crying, is probably one of the most, amongst so many presented here, painfully, gorgeous, soul-ripping moments on-screen.

Tornatore wanted to tell a story and give to the world the heart and passion and love of Italian cinema. He did that and more.  He gave us the people.  Is it any surprise that filmgoers still flock to this movie?  I say no. What a triumph for Mr. Tornatore to create such a masterpiece and what a gift he has given us, as evocative and exquisite as Alfredo’s cuttings of passionate kisses pieced together in a single reel — his loving and final message to Salvatore. And for his own personal finale of the evening, the entire house in a massive standing ovation, turned inward to surround Tornatore with a resounding GRAZIE! BRAVO!

image001.png@01CFFA8DThe worldwide preview of the digitally restored version of Cinema Paradiso directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, produced by Franco Castaldi and supported by Dolce & Gabbana, in association with Luce Cinecittà and Cineteca di Bologna, took place last night, November 10th at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. This is the first tribute in 25 years to Cinema Paradiso, which won the Grand Jury Award at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, and the Best Foreign Film Oscar at the Academy Awards the following year.

The screening was part of the project “Cinema’s Legacy” by the AFI Film Festival 2014 presented by Audi. The restoration took six months and was executed by Immagine Ritrovata di Bologna, personally overseen by Giuseppe Tornatore and cinematographer Blasco Giurato.

Giuseppe Tornatore: “People most often stop me on the street to talk about Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. I receive letters, messages, articles, and invitations to attend screenings. Students focus on the film for their essays and dissertations. I constantly hear expressions of affection out of respect for this film, which was only released for an altogether brief period. That fever you experience when a film begins its life in theaters has not yet subsided.  The wonderful adventure to Hollywood to receive the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, all the other awards received and the international festivals at which the film was presented, are beautiful sensations I feel I have freshly experienced. The year-long promotion done around the world is a journey from which I have just returned, the suitcases yet to be unpacked. In short, they are all sensations of today that only the future will turn into memories. And yet I find myself called suddenly by my friends at Istituto Luce Cinecittà, L’Immagine Ritrovata, Cineteca di Bologna, and Dolce & Gabbana to tell me that they have decided to restore Cinema Paradiso. What is happening? The figures don’t add up. For goodness sake, thank you all for your attention, commitment, and wonderful initiative. But if the film has just been released, why restore it? I’m really surprised and bewildered, as if I’m in a dream or a special effect. Yet I must note that 25 years have passed … Twenty-five? What a joke. It is absolutely impossible. I suppose it is a miscalculation. It is a film present constantly in my daily life. Journalists never cease to question me about the reasons and the contours of this adventurous experience. In whatever country an audience attends, I always feel a throbbing emotion, so for me it is completely unnatural to believe that all those seasons have passed. It seems to me to be an arithmetic error, a passage of time poorly recorded, or at least hazardously so. Furthermore, the memory of working on the movie is fresh in my mind as if I had made ​​it only a few months ago. So many friends and collaborators shared this adventure with me, and we speak of it whenever we meet, although many have abandoned us in the meantime.  I also happen to return periodically to the places where I imagined and realized the film, because it is not uncommon that someone comes to shoot interviews or documentaries about Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, and they ask me for news, testimonials, and information.  I experience it, therefore, as a work that essentially has never ended.  So to find myself today sitting in a digital console in a room that is not entirely dark, reviewing the rolls of film and realizing from the wrinkles on the images and the wounds of the sound that so much time has actually passed, throws me into a dimension that is truly disconcerting. Yes, there is no other explanation, it must be just a special effect.”

Giuseppe Tornatore

Civita di Bagnoregio, October 23, 2014

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