Category Archives: Elizabeth Banks

Guest posts about pop culture, lifestyle, and entertaining that have appeared on actress Elizabeth Banks’ website.

A Passport to Adventure: For Your Summer To-Do List

Elizabeth Banks May 28, 2013

Looking for fun summer plans? Katie has some great ideas for you… Xx EB

A Passport to Adventure: For Your Summer To-Do List

My spring/summertime essentials include a pair of fresh Keds, a kick ass strawberry shortcake recipe, and my National Parks Passport. The Passport is a little blue book—half guidebook, half wishlist—outlining all the historic sites, parks, and memorials that the National Park Service cares for. At each site, there is a unique stamp that you can use to make a cancellation in your passport while you, as the NPS motto states, “Experience your America.”

To say I’m obsessed with my National Park Passport is putting it lightly. Last year, in a frenzy, I visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Clinton Castle, Federal Hall, and the birthplace of Teddy Roosevelt in three days! I felt like Nicholas Cage in National Treasure (only with much more believable dialogue).

I’ve become captivated with collecting the stamps at parks and memorials that dot the country, marking America’s treasures. I’ve found myself going out of my way to finagle routes that include of the spots listed in my passport. The best part is: every place I’ve visited has surprised me, taught me something about our past, and touched me.

Here are just a few of my favorite places so far on my quest to fill my National Parks Passport: Continue reading A Passport to Adventure: For Your Summer To-Do List

Make it a Netflix Party

Elizabeth Banks January 14, 2013 

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The weather outside is frightful so why not cozy up on the couch with a great movie? Not so fast! Step away from the Snuggie. Instead of hibernating all winter long, why not invite some friends over and make a night of it? Here are some great movies, all found on Netflix’s Instant Watch, and party ideas to keep your social life hot in spite of the wool-socks weather.

The Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

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This movie isn’t just for foodies. Jiro Dreams of Sushi chronicles a lifetime of passion and one man’s pursuit of perfection. 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono is considered a national treasure in Japan where his tiny sushi shop serves up bite-sized bits of heaven.|

The Party: Sushi Shindig

It’s safe to say that Jiro probably won’t approve of your creations (his apprentices must spend ten years mastering rice before they move on to fish cuts!), but that doesn’t make them any less fun to make! Gather up some friends, some seaweed, and pile into the kitchen to try your hand at taming sticky rice. Try some of these beginner-friendly recipes: