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Ok, so this show aired on Disney Channel, not ABC’s TGIF block like I normally post about.

BUT. I read this article on Jezebel that featured a 4-minute nostalgia-fest video of many many great TV shows and movies of the 90s (though Heavyweights is missing! Sad.) And I suddenly wondered if there would be anything on the internets about one of the lesser-remembered but super awesome show that was Brotherly Love, starring not 1, not 2, but ALL 3 Lawrence brothers.

Luckily youtube did not disappoint:

Andy was so little and cute! And strangely after not seeing this intro for literally 10+ years, I still started singing along. I have a problem.

Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend! I’ll be seeing Bridesmaids this weekend (Kristen Wiig! And the fabulous Paul Feig directs — he who created Freaks & Geeks, and starred as the skinny fat-camp counselor in Heavyweights!)

TGIF everyone!

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On one of the recent sunny warm LA spring days, I decided to head over to Universal Studios to take their studio tour — I’d heard that they had recently completed all the construction on their backlot (they were still rebuilding from the 2008 fire when I went with Arden) and I hadn’t been on it since they added the King Kong 3D experience.

Here are some highlights of the tour — just think of me as your own personal tour guide!

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Arriving at Universal Studios Hollywood

The view on the way to the studio tour — backlot sets below, with Warner Brothers Studios in the distance.

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PULL CORD IN EMERGENCY!

Part of the newest areas on the backlot — the rebuilt city streets. We were told that the new Spiderman movie would be using some of this area for filming!

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The new courthouse, where the courthouse from Back to the Future once stood:

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I was surprised they didn’t rebuild the courthouse in the same look as before, since they continue to make such a big deal out of the fact that Back to the Future shot there, but it doesn’t look like itself anymore. I feel like the original courthouse (below) was just as multipurpose as the new one!

I have never heard Peter Jackson name dropped more than I did on this tour. He probably tied with Spielberg (which is slightly more expected, but still). Way to not be subtle, Universal!

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Seems like something BIG got here before us...

Just another pleasant day in Amityville:

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I’m incredibly proud of this next shot, because I just about jumped out of my skin in the middle of pushing the button.

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JAWS!

Meanwhile, it’s been snowing on the northern parts of the lot in Whoville:

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Some of these tour stops really prove that Universal used to be the King of Horror. Case in point:

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Anyone wanna check in? Seems Norman is helping the last guest out...

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So. Much. Debris.

And just because I like that they added it to their Universal Experience display (not on the tour, but in the Lower Lot area of the theme park):

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I just finished Bossypants and LOVED. IT.

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My parents are in Paris right now, eating french macaroons in actual french bakeries (they told me so today).

I’m incredibly jealous because they are one of my new favorite desserts! I was really excited last year when it was rumored they may become “the next cupcake” (which are SUCH a big deal in places like here, and New York and DC among a billion others) because it meant they would be everywhere, but that day has yet to come.

And so, in a fit of baking madness last week, I attempted to make some for myself.

These are definitely not for the baking-faint-of-heart, and were much more difficult than I thought they would be (and I went into this knowing they weren’t exactly easy).

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Making a mess...

The recipe I used (the trusty Martha Stuart website one) said to make them 3/4 inches around, but I tried to just guesstimate that, since I didn’t feel like measuring, and mine came out a little too small (at least for my preference, as I’ve seen them sold tiny before). I have also never had to whip eggs into any kind of meringue like thing, and I THOUGHT I whipped the eggs until they formed “stiff peaks”…but I’m not entirely sure how that’s supposed to look and so I may not have really done that right (my batter was a little too thin, I believe).

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Everything looked all right in this step!

I also left them in the oven like 20 seconds too long…so while they they tasted great, they definitely weren’t supposed to be this brown:

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Cooling...

The chocolate ganache for the middle though? Came out SPLENDIDLY. Yum.

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And then I forgot to take a picture of the final result (again!) because I am a dodo.

I think it may be a while before I attempt to bake these again — I don’t think I’m quite at a culinary level to tackle these little suckers. In the meantime, I will have to keep hunting for them at The Grove farmer’s market, or ordering them from my friend Nina, who makes AMAZING ones. Those also in the LA area should totally check her out at The Bento Bakery

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