Girls’ Night Done Right (Yes, There’s Netflix Involved)

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If you’re secretly nostalgic for the sticky, scorching hot days of summer, chances are it’s because you’re ready for a night in with Netflix – and away from the relentless demands of that “real world” people keep harping on about. The next time a mood of that sort strikes, embrace it with your closest girlfriends in tow by hosting a girls’ night in. Savoir Flair helps you get started with our top five picks for what to watch in the months ahead and what to eat while you’re at it.

1

Santa Clarita Diet

Release: February 3rd, 2017

Netflix originals have become the holy grail of must-see TV, and Santa Clarita Diet is along for the ride. This new dark-comedy series stars Drew Barrymore as a realtor who is “dead, and also undead”, consuming human flesh to survive against the backdrop of her seemingly perfect suburban life. As her husband, played by Timothy Olyphant, vows to accommodate her new needs, destruction and drastic measures ensue – but the good kind.

Watch the official trailer here.

Bites to Bring

Death by Chocolate anything – do you even have to ask? We vote for this decadent Death By Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe by Host the Toast. A cross between chocolate chip cookies and one-bowl brownies, these sinfully delicious treats will be to your fitness goals what death was to Barrymore’s character – a dark turn, but a rather welcome one.

Death By Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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2

Girlfriend’s Day

Release: February 14, 2017

Another Netflix original, this time a movie, to look forward to next month is Girlfriend’s Day. Aptly described as a “clever and quirky story about love, loss, and the worst place to get a paper cut”, it’s reminiscent of (500) Days of Summer, albeit with a darker twist. The film depicts a down-on-his-luck romance-card writer vying to create the perfect card for a newly established holiday, Girlfriend’s Day, who gets entangled in a web of deceit along the way. If the plot line is not enough to entice you, Bob Odenkirk of Breaking Bad fame playing said writer will.

Watch the official trailer here.

Bites to Bring

It’s no coincidence that Girlfriend’s Day is set for release on Valentine’s Day, so sympathize with Odenkirk’s character and the mess he’s in by serving the messiest, most unromantic food you can think of. This take on everyone’s favorite potato form is oven-baked, not fried, and a breeze to whip up. If ketchup feels too basic, serve the fries with dips like guacamole, barbecue sauce, spicy ranch, or even-more-garlic aioli – because garlicky fries before guys, right?

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3

Girlboss

Release: April 2017

Think of this new series as the TV equivalent of everything you’ve ever purchased on Nasty Gal – bold, edgy, and unapologetic. Based on her best-selling autobiography #GirlBoss, the new comedy series tells the story of how Sophia Amoruso turned her eBay store into the multi-million-dollar fashion empire that Nasty Gal is today. The lead role will be played by Tomorrowland star Britt Robertson, while Charlize Theron will serve as one of the executive producers alongside Amoruso herself.

Bites to Bring

Meat has been scientifically linked to manliness – at least according to a 2012 report in the Journal of Consumer Research. But men can have it, as far as we’re concerned, particularly because so much of Amoruso’s book is about defying the odds and succeeding in the highly male-dominated corporate world. Enter: Vegan Sloppy Joes, which we’d like to think of as Sloppy Josephines. Sweet, smoky, and ever-so-slightly spicy in taste, they are rich in protein and fiber thanks to the lentil filling and take only 30 minutes to prepare.

Vegan Sloppy Joe Sandwich
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4

Casting JonBenét

Release: April 2017

Who killed JonBenét Ramsey? That was the question on everyone’s mind back in 1996, and it is what drives this chilling new production that has been described as a “documentary-narrative-feature hybrid”. It explores the tragic death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey, which rapidly turned into the world’s most sensational child-murder case and remains unsolved to this day. The documentary examines how the crime has impacted Ramsey’s hometown of Boulder, Colorado for generations on end and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week.

Watch the official trailer here.

Bites to Bring

“Pineapple,” reply the forensic experts when explaining why they think older brother Burke Ramsey was responsible for the death of the tiny starlet. It has been speculated that Burke, who was nine at the time, was angered when JonBenét snatched a piece of the pineapple he was eating and broke his sister’s skull with a flashlight. Interestingly, undigested remnants of pineapple were discovered in JonBenét’s stomach during the autopsy, while Burke’s fingerprints were found on a bowl of pineapple shortly after the murder. The young boy, however, was never considered a suspect. Debate this (incriminating?) piece of evidence with friends over – what else – some Grilled Pineapple Salsa and chips.

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5

Orange Is the New Black

Release: June 2017

If you’re not all caught up on the first four seasons, drop whatever it is that you’re doing and get on it immediately. The audacious and alarmingly addictive series about the inner goings-on of a women’s prison returns this summer, just in time for binge-watch season in Dubai. We’re most antsy to see how the award-winning show will address that nail-biter of a cliffhanger that saw Daya pointing Corrections Officer Thomas Humphrey’s own gun back at him. And whether or not Poussey will be given a dignified memorial. And a Yoga Jones flashback after four years of waiting for one – it’s time!

Bites to Bring

“It tastes like Play-Doh. It is not velvety. And the only thing that’s good about it is the cream-cheese frosting, which is meant to live on top of carrot cake, like God intended. Red velvet isn’t a thing.” Sound familiar? If you’re not interested in joining Corrections Officer Scott O’Neill in the backlash against all things red velvet, show your solidarity by baking a batch of Red Velvet Donuts – just resist the urge to lick the bowl of frosting clean before your friends have arrived.

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Photo: Courtesy of Baker by Nature
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