The Friday Five, 4/29/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week has seemed really long, for some reason, so I'm glad it's Friday. I have a fun weekend planned, too.

Crumbl this week: Passionfruit, Brownie, Confetti Cake, Original ft. PB M&Ms
Crumbl this week: Passionfruit, Brownie, Confetti Cake, Original ft. PB M&Ms

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Dining out. Last Friday, my boyfriend and two friends and I were able to try hot pot in a restaurant, which I had been wanting to do for a while but hadn't yet done. Hot pot is basically The Melting Pot but with Asian food—usually with broths, and you cook and meat and veggies in them. I have had it only one time before, in college. We ended up trying Lao Pot, in Madison Heights, since it looked the most authentic; Troy has a new place called Hot Pot City, too, but apparently they bring you all the food already cooked, which isn't how hot pot usually goes. On Sunday, my boyfriend and I did First Watch in Troy for brunch, since I had a $20 gift card from the last time I was there (way back pre-COVID), and we did Union Assembly for dinner, in Detroit, before Blue Man Group at the Fox. On Monday, we stopped by Crumbl Cookies after a movie in Novi, and although we were originally only going to get two of this week's lineup, my boyfriend peer-pressured me into getting four (lol)—and I'm not mad about it, because all four were delicious. On Tuesday, we also got B-dubs takeout, because they were offering me a $10 off coupon, with minimum purchase of $25. 
  2. Blue Man Group at the Fox. I was pretty excited about this show because I had seen BMG in 2010 or 2011, I think, in NYC, as well as in 2015 at the Fisher. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite as good as I had remembered it to be, although it's always nice to attend shows at the beautiful Fox Theatre. 
  3. Cooking. My boyfriend ordered a Marley Spoon box this week, which is usually tasty, and I ordered a Home Chef one. Last night we cooked Pork Medallions with Miso-Cider Sauce, from Home Chef, and a Butter-Basted Steak meal for Marley Spoon for lunch, both of which were really good, but I think I enjoyed the steak one more. 
  4. Seeing movies in the theater. Last Friday I saw The Bad Guys in 3D, which was pretty cute, and on Monday we saw the new Nic Cage movie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. I would give The Bad Guys 3.5/5 stars, and Massive Talent 3/5, although my boyfriend really liked Massive Talent and said he'd give it 4/5. Nic Cage plays himself in the movie, so there were a lot of laughs, but I would have liked to have seen more. Tonight I'm going to go see Ambulance, with my AMC A-List membership, and tomorrow I'm seeing The Northman. We are also going to go see Spirited Away, Emagine Theatres are playing them on Sunday and mid-week next week. 
  5. Trying out new shows and getting back to old ones. I had been meaning to watch Yellowjackets on Showtime for a while—and in fact had watched the first two to three episodes—but then became consumed with other shows, and this week I picked Yellowjackets back up. I also started watching Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, the newest Joseph Gordon-Levitt show on Showtime, which I'm sure I'll like, since I also enjoyed WeCrashed (AppleTV+) and The Dropout (Hulu). In addition, I started and finished Selling Sunset's newest season, which is always a ridiculously entertaining show, and The Flight Attendant is back on HBO Max, as is Made for Love. I had binged Made for Love last year, and also read the book, and I had no idea they were making a second season until my cousin let me know. It looks like they'll be debuting two episodes per week in the new season, as episodes 1 and 2 are now out. 
First time trying hot pot at a restaurant, at Lao Pot in Madison Heights
First time trying hot pot at a restaurant, at Lao Pot in Madison Heights

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