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Film, Winter

Greenspun Blues

I’m not going to bury the lede here. This film was disappointing. If the image above looks like a bit of an unfocused mess, that’s intentional. Bud Greenspan Presents Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory 2010116 MINUTESBud Greenspan, Nancy Beffa Vancouver marked the eleventh and final outing for the late Bud Greenspan, cementing what is […]

Food, Winter

Grunt if You Love Canada

I’ve been excited to return to Canada, because I’ve loved looking for local recipes to try. It was an easy decision on what to try, once I found the blueberry-filled recipe below. Of course, I had to go back to the drawing board on the chocolate chip cookies. Did I strike out again or hit […]

Film, Summer

First in a Class

First is the story of the Games of London 2012; or rather, the story of a selected group of first-time Olympians. Director Caroline Rowland—who won the job after creating the London bid film—has developed a new approach to Olympic documentaries. Though at first blush it seems to have a common thread with Bud Greenspan’s films, […]

Food, Summer

London Bake is Falling Down

Well, it’s been quite a while since we’ve posted. I’d like to say there was a good reason, but really … we were just tired. There was also a period of time when I couldn’t find what I needed to bake. One of the recipes here failed because of that, which was disheartening. But we’re […]

Film, Winter

Grit and Guts on Ice

In our ongoing review of Olympic films, we’ve begun to see some patterns emerge. We have the silent era films, which are mostly a string of newsreel-style segments. There is the mid-century meet-a-city tourism genre. There is a select group of films with artistic viewpoints. There is the enormous Greenspan body of work. White Rock […]

Food, Winter

An Austrian Delight

This week’s blog has been my favorite to date—on the film and baking side. It was 100% what I needed in this crazy time. If you have some flour and eggs lying around, you MUST try the local fare recipe below. It took a bit of time to make, but it’s not like there’s much […]

Film, Summer

Long Did They Wait

The Games of the XV Olympiad were held in Helsinki, Finland in the summer of 1952. It was a long-awaited festival: Helsinki had originally been selected to host the 1940 Games after the original host, Tokyo, withdrew due to Japan’s invasion of China. But the city never got to welcome the world in 1940, because, […]

Food, Summer

A Finnish Lesson

Today we’re traveling to Helsinki and I get to share the super fun lesson I learned about how not to make a cookie. Luckily the gluten free muffins I made worked out without a problem! Now let’s get to the good stuff. Local Fare There were no questions about what I was going to bake […]

Film, Winter

Greenspan in Italy

Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory 200788 MINUTESBud Greenspan Torino 2006 marks the fourth Greenspan film we’ve watched, the first from the new century, and the penultimate outing in his collection of 10 films. His signature formula is familiar by now. This particular film has a somewhat peculiar provenance, however: it’s one of […]

Food, Winter

Welcome Back to Italy!

We’ve returned to Italy and this time I’m making a sweet treat, because honestly who doesn’t need more yummy sweet treats right now? (Admittedly I did make risotto earlier this week, and actually had to look up the recipe on the blog. 🤦‍♀️) It also seemed like a great time to finish off some slightly […]