Oh, Good Friday: Here Are the Ten Hottest Jesuses

If I’ve learned anything from Hollywood, it’s this: Jesus was a hottie. There’ve been hundreds of actors throughout the years who have donned the robes and the wigs and the fake beards to play our Lord and Savior, but only a select few could be singled out as being the hottest Jesuses in cinematic history. So on this Good Friday, sit back and click through this slideshow of heavenly eye-candy. There are a lot of thin white dudes with light-colored eyes to feast upon here, just as God would have wanted. Hosanna, y’all! 

Jeffrey Hunter, King of Kings (1961)

Max von Sydow, The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

Ted Neeley, Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Robert Powell, Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Brian Deacon, Jesus (1979)

Chris Sarandon, The Day Christ Died (1980)

Willem Dafoe, The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Christian Bale, Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)

Jeremy Sisto, Jesus (1999)

Jim Caviezel, The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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New York’s Top Easter Brunches

Congratulations. You’ve made it through the 40-day period of Lent and are now entering an entire day of divine gluttony known as Easter. Just like Jesus, you too are resurrected, as your worst vices –  ice cream sundaes before bed, chocolate after lunch, and mustard & salami sandwiches – are raised from the dead newly available during a meal known as “the moveable feast.” But since we all know the most moving we’ll be doing is from the table to the couch/reaching for the Italian bread, let’s get started on where to eat. Here are the restaurants serving New York’s Top Easter Brunches

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This Week’s Miami Happenings: Easter Brunch At The Ritz, BrazilFoundation, Greek Opens In Midtown

SUNDAY: Easter Brunch Gets A Makeover At The Ritz
Easter celebration gets a posh upgrade thanks to the holiday shenanigans The Ritz-Carlton South Beach has in store for this Sunday. The Bistro One LR serves brunch, which will include a holiday-inspired buffet complete with a raw bar, meat carving stations, champagne cocktails, and chocolate homage to the Easter bunny. Still have room for more? The celebration continues at DiLido Beach Club, where the purchase of a bottle of Moet Ice champagne or two bottles of rosé will get you a pound of free stone crabs.

Easter brunch is happening at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach (1 Lincoln Rd, South Beach) on Sunday the 31st. For details, check out the listing in BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: BrazilFoundation Gets Sexy At Vizcaya
Wanna hit on the future Victoria Secret angels in training or scrutinize the legit bombshells who already earned their wings? Arguably the sexiest altruistic undertaking this side of the equator, the BrazilFoundation is holding its second annual gala at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to generate resources for the community-led initiatives, while showing off some of its homeland’s best-looking assets.

BrazilFoundation Miami’s second-annual gala is happening this Tuesday at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (3251 S. Miami Ave., Coral Gables.) For tickets, visit the official website.

NOW: Greek Bites Debut In Midtown
Midtown’s international culinary line-up in is adding a Hellenic joint to its eclectic mix: Kouzina Greek Bistro. The Bistro promises to serve an authentic fare, thanks to a mash-up of herbs, extra-rich olive oils, honey, and pungent kalamata olives executed by the chef Alexia Apostolidi, who arrived from Greece literally last week.

Kouzina Greek Bistro (3535 NE 2nd Ave., Midtown)is open now. For details, check out the listing in BlackBook Guides. 

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This Week’s NY Happenings: Easter Dinners, Passover Seder, Jarro Opens

TONIGHT: Cool Katz’s
Why should gentiles have all the fun? Tonight, Temple Emanu-El is throwing a Passover Seder at legendary pastrami-slinger Katz’s Delicatessen. The crowd will all be 20- and 30-somethings, enjoying the unleavened experience of a lifetime.

Passover at Katz’s Delicatessen (205 E. Houston St., Lower East Side) starts at 7pm tonight, Monday the 25th. Tickets are $60, reservations required. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SUNDAY: Easter Feasts
Man cannot live on Easter candy alone. Fortunately, the city’s brightest spots are rolling out resurrection specials. Aquavit has a full-on smorgasbord, with classic Swedish sweets for dessert. Rabbit makes the Ligurian Easter feast at Lincoln Ristorante, while lobster and lamb highlight The Sea Fire Grill’s array. You can also check out the latest from Georges Forgeois (Bar Tabac, Café Noir, et al.), as his glam newbie Clarkson puts on an Easter prix fixe. Roasted frog legs and lamb are among the springtime specials, with buttermilk cake to finish.

Easter dinner at the new Clarkson (225 Varick St., West Village) starts at 4pm on Sunday, March 31st. Prix-fixe dinners are $45. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

NOW: Maison Jarro
Get a first look at Cobble Hill newcomer Jarro while sipping on six Pinot Noirs from around the globe. Chef Rodrigo Nogueira will accompany the tasting with “Brooklyn Pintxos,” a mash-up of Basque snacks and local ingredients.

Pinots and Pintxos is tonight at 8pm at Jarro (68 Bergen St., Cobble Hill). Tickets are $35, reservations required. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Happy Ash Wednesday, People With Dirty Foreheads!

Yesterday was Mardi Gras, and you know what that means: today is the first day of the Lenten season according to the Western Christian calendar! I hope you all thought of something good to give up for the next five-plus weeks, and by ‘you all’ I mean everyone walking around with some schmutz on their foreheads.

Yes, it’s an odd coincidence, but every year I’m amazed to find that the only folks who really celebrate Ash Wednesday do not have a morning face-washing routine, or don’t look at their own reflection in mirrors and windows very often. What’s more, they seem to be the type of people with friends who don’t tell them they’ve “got a little something right there.”

But the fact of the matter is the head-stained among us believe in the love of Jesus Christ; they believe in his forty days of wandering the desert; they believe he doesn’t even want them to wear a sweatband or hat to maybe cover that stuff up because man, it looks like you fell face-first into a fireplace. If we could just stop stereotyping them for two seconds, we might find some wisdom in their smudgy faith.

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Courtney Stodden Poses as Sexy Bunny for Easter Photo Shoot

Titillating teen temptress Courtney Stodden spent Sunday sensually sauntering into some sexy woods for a scintillating Easter photo shoot. She boldly bared it all in a busty bunny bikini costume, cautiously bending over in search of some nasty, naughty neon eggs she could stridently shove into her bold, beautiful basket of lascivious love and fabulously forever-lasting famewhoring. Mmm, publicity! XOs 😉

Can’t get enough of Stodden’s sexy Easter Bunny suit? Check out this Daily Mail story for many more photos.

Celebrate Easter by Making Your Own Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

One of the best things about Easter is, in my opinion, the fact that Reese’s comes out with egg-shaped versions of their Peanut Butter Cups. The Eggs are better, of course, because they contain more peanut butter filling–not to mention less of that pesky chocolate keeping you from said filling–than the Cups. But just like Jesus’ body, the Eggs disappear soon after the holiday, only to return several months later. If only there were a way to enjoy these nuggets of joy year-round…

Oh, wait–there is!

In the best thing I’ve seen all day, Chicagoist has provided a recipe for homemade Peanut Butter Eggs that I will be using the sh*t out of this weekend. Here it is, for those interested in becoming fatter with me:

4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter (we prefer Jif)
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 Tbs 2% milk
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbs butter

Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer until combined. Add the milk, starting with 2 tablespoons, until it becomes a soft dough you can form into balls. Form the dough into egg shapes about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch high (or into whatever shapes you’d like yours to be).
Place on wax-paper lined baking sheet and place in freezer for half an hour to harden.
Melt chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter in a glass bowl or measuring cup, microwaving for 30 seconds at a time and stirring throughout, until completely melted.
Dip eggs into chocolate mixture with fork, turning over to coat. When taking out, tap fork against the edge of the container to get excess chocolate off, and scrape off any under bottom of fork.
Place eggs back on wax paper baking sheet and let set in freezer or fridge. Keep stored in fridge, and enjoy!

How bad can that be?

From Coast-to-Coast: The Best Easter Sweets

On a holiday known as the “moveable feast,” perhaps one of the greatest movements being made is the one from your couch to the Easter basket on your kitchen counter. Because, with the celebration of the end of Lent, it’s only fitting that our focus turns to how many of the little morsels in our wicker baskets we can devour before our little cousin gets his grubby, marker-stained hands on them. Here, we’ve compiled the best Easter specials and treats from the top shops, coast-to-coast. Whether you’re in the Midwest, South, West, or East region of this fine nation, we’ve got you covered.

The Midwest: Katherine Anne Confections

Carrot Cake truffles in 3-7-20 piece boxes, as well as Lemon Ginger caramels in 4-7-14 ounce boxes. The treats are available until April 30th for online and phone orders, and can be shipped right to your door. But why stay seasonal? Be sure to pick up one (or five) of Katherine Anne’s signature Rosemary Sea Salt caramels and Toasted Coconut Rum truffles.

The East: The Chocolate Nation

Known for their squares of Truffle Fudge with French Sea Salt, this online company based in New York has mastered the art of mixing sweet with savory, selling chocolates made by 22 carefully-curated nationwide chocolatiers. But this Easter season, The Chocolate Nation branches out, offering a ¾-lb Rocky Road Easter egg that combines Vanilla and Lemon-flavored marshmallows with dark chocolate and toasted almonds, and also a package of chocolate-dipped fruits, such as organic dried oranges, figs, and pears.

The South: Romanicos Chocolate

Featured on the Food Network and PBS, Romanicos sells 38-calorie Venezuelan truffles in wild flavors (Floridian Orange, Mango and Peppers) that Miami beach-goers can’t resist. This Easter, the shop is offering Key Lime Ganache Easter eggs and 12-piece assorted boxes of their signature Truffle Bites, featuring such favorites as Coconut Whimsy and Almond Cheer.

The West: Valerie Confections

Coined “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network show, LA-based Valerie Confection’s Rose Petal Petits Fours just might be exactly that. A refreshing departure from the aisle-crowding chocolate eggs and bunnies, these four-tiered vanilla bean cakes are layered with rose petal ganache and covered in white chocolate. Atop each petit four is a single candied rose petal, ushering in a flavor that’s both decadent and delicate. We don’t know how they do it. And if you’re searching for a chocolate bar that literally has it all (pears, apricots, raisins, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, and sunflower seeds), then the Super Choc-O-Food bar is your consummate basket-stuffer.

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