I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, POPS Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year! And this year was maybe my favorite year of all the years I have gone. On POPS Saturday, everyone seems to be in a better mood from the second they wake up in the morning because they are so excited for the evening’s festivities. On POPS Saturday, 7,000 people gather on Jetties beach with their picnics, beach chairs, family, and friends to enjoy a night spent together eating yummy food, singing, dancing and most importantly giving back to their community, specifically the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. As always, the Boston POPS orchestra comes over to the island to play a fantastic benefit concert for us. Along with the orchestra comes a guest performer and this year Nantucket welcomed an ABBA cover band called Arrival from Sweden! They were outstanding. If you closed your eyes, you would have thought it really was ABBA up on that stage. We just had the best time and I already can’t wait for next year. I wonder who the guest performer will be!

pops2^^We spotted Tim in a crowd of thousands! How could you miss him?



^^Holly Finnegan of The Nantucket BlACKbook hosted the preshow and was kind enough to ask us to be her interviewees! She asked us what POPS means to us and Emily gave a beautiful response. She said that the Nantucket Cottage Hospital is everyone’s hospital. Whether you live on the island year round like she does, or you live on Nantucket in the summertime like me, or you are just vacationing on the island for a few days…the Nantucket Cottage Hospital is our one and only safety net. Everyone’s safety net. Without them, we would have to somehow get off island to the nearest hospital in the case of an emergency. We are so happy that we are lucky enough to have such a wonderful facility so close by. That’s why this event that supports the hospital is so important to us.

pops5^^There we are on the big screen! Ah! Thanks for the pictures, Steve!


^^We had a cheese plate, some veggies and hummus, and my mom’s famous corn bean salsa dip to start.

pops7^^Then, we had some fried chicken, orzo salad, and kale salad.




pops11^^There was some flying fried chicken involved too!


pops13^^And for dessert we had a variety of cookies and cheesecake in little mason jars! (Be sure to check out the recipe that will be posted next week!)


pops15 ^^ To end the night, we watch fireworks light up the sky right above our heads. It’s pretty magical.

In last years post, I warned everybody that this event was not for the faint of heart with a disclaimer saying this:

**Warning: This event is not for the faint of heart. Preparation begins in the morning with cooking food. Then, around 3 o’clock you need to head down to the beach (and park about a mile away because streets around the concert are blocked off) to score a spot for a concert that starts 4 hours later. And then after the concert, you have to lug all of your belongings back to your car parked a mile away. But, it’s totally worth it!

Well, I thought I should let you all know that the boys take their jobs of staking out our spot very seriously. There is a written plan of attack and everything. They also spent all year looking for the perfect wagon to help them maneuver through the crowd and the sand. And they have found it! Here it is in all it’s glory.

pops16^^Photo Credit: Tom Olcott

Thank goodness for those boys. What would we do without them?!

Movie Monday*: The Hundred Foot Journey

I am back in LA and this LA girl is here to bring you a movie review!  So LA… I know.  I love going to the movies, catching all the trailers, eating a big thing of popcorn and watching a movie on the big screen!  Except I can’t eat popcorn anymore because I am not allowed to have corn (according to this blood type diet that I am kinda on)… So LA… I know.

Anyways, I have been looking forward to seeing The Hundred Foot Journey ever since I saw the trailer for it last month.  I am a sucker for gorgeous films about culture and food… The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Julie & Julia, Eat, Pray, Love and of course, Chocolat (I watch it every year around Easter).  And the director who brought you Chocolat is now bringing you… The Hundred Foot Journey.  And he did not disappoint!


The Hundred Foot Journey is about family, bravery, love, passion, acceptance, understanding, taking a risk, overcoming obstacles, following your bliss, thinking outside of the box and opening your heart and mind to things that are different and when things don’t turn out how you planned them to go.

I loved this movie.  I laughed.  I cried.  It made me think about life.  It made me feel hopeful.  And it made me hungry.


Here’s the trailer…









This movie made me think about the story of the Fisherman and the Businessman.  The first time I heard this story was in Tom Shadyac’s class at Pepperdine and then I heard again last week from my Uber driver.  (His was a little bit different… I got the Russian version from him. Something about a guy sitting under a tree smoking and drinking vodka.)  Anyways, go see the movie and then watch this. Or watch this and then go see the movie.  (Click here to watch!)  And I am sharing this story as a reminder to stay mindful of your life and to make sure you check in with yourself to make sure that you are happy!  If I took this quite literally, I would be moving to Nantucket right now… but I have some dreams I have to chase first.

There are soooooo many good movies coming out in the next few months and towards the end of the year!  Expect a lot more of these Movie Mondays!


* Sometimes I don’t have that much to bring you up to date on, so instead of sharing a lame Same Page Monday, I have decided to come up with all these different Monday things.  Movie Mondays, Memory Mondays (like Throwback Thursday but on Monday) and well those are the only two I have come up with… Get excited.

Photo Credit: IMDB – Photo by Francois Duhamel – © DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC.

The Stever Cocktail

TheStever4Created by my one and only… Steve Hollister. It’s refreshing with a little kick and it was the perfect drink to compliment our Hunter Gatherer Dinner! (Steve I hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing your recipe!)TheSteverThe ingredients:
3 oz. of tequila
The juice of half of a lime
1.5 oz. of freshly squeezed orange juice*
.5 oz. of agave nectar
2 jalapeño slices
Club soda to top off
*Now you can’t go using tropicana.  You have to either squeeze it yourself or buy the good stuff –  Natalie’s is my favorite brand.
TheStever2(Ivy, stop being so nosy!!)
Add all of the ingredients except for the club soda to a cocktail shaker and shake it up!
TheStever3Pour over ice and top it off with some club soda.
TheStever5 Cheers!