This isn’t new, but I watched Your Sister’s Sister on a plane a couple weeks ago and highly recommend it. You can read a good review of it here, but basically all you need to know is that it’s a finely wrought, beautifully acted story about family and friends and all the ways in which we hurt each other and then, the ways we fix it. And that its setting — a gorgeous mountain cabin on an island outside Seattle — is one of the most gorgeous I’ve seen in the movies in awhile. And that Mark Duplass is the most charming person alive. Not on Netflix, but you can rent it from the Apple Store.— Ellen Cushing
It's good luck to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. I'm making mine into a dip, and the recipe sounds pretty simple: Place cooked peas, parsley, lemon juice, oil, garlic, tarragon, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. Pairing my puréed luck with pita chips.— Whitney Phaneuf
With BART service until 3 a.m., you can safely drink that extra glass of champagne and still be home at a (somewhat) reasonable hour.— W.P.
I gave my mom a copy of Heyday Press’ New California Writing 2012 — an anthology of poetry and prose about, you guessed it, California — for Christmas, and after reading the anthology’s first story — a gorgeous rumination on family and redemption and reinvention and the California Dream, whatever that is — whilst lounging next to the tree, to be honest I kiiiind of want to steal it back for myself. Find it at good local bookstores or online.— E.C.
I’ve waxed wide-eyed about the innumerable charms of Revival’s cocktail program before, but I recently got the chance to try the Evergreen Manhattan there and wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t tell everyone in the universe about it: Like any good Manhattan, it’s hefty and heady and highly alcoholic, but this one’s also imbued with some magic called Douglas Fir Liqueur, which gives the whole thing an ever-so-slightly mentholated kick and a specifically, excellently adult-feeling, non-gimmicky festiveness. It probably won’t be around for too much longer, so go quick.— E.C.