November 21, 2014
by The OJBG Team

90s Candy Nostalgia

By Kathleen.

Rarely does The 90s Life tweet something I find unrelatable because, as we all know, the 90s is hands down the best decade. In fact, one of their recent posts sent me on another trip down memory lane with its mentioning of Gushers as something that ticked us off in the 90s. At first, I thought The 90s Life had gone delusional.

How could Gushers, with their delicious bursts of sweet gel, tick anyone off?!?

But then I read the fine print… we were ticked off when moms stopped giving them to us for lunch after reading up on their sugar content. Apparently, my mom was ahead of the gang in this department because Gushers were always classified as candy in my household. So seeing their image again naturally got me to thinking about all the other 90s candy I miss; some of which made cameos in “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden”: Pop Rocks, Dots, Pez… the list goes on.

What 90s candy do you miss the most?

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November 17, 2014
by The OJBG Team

YA Readers, today’s your lucky day!

By Kathleen.

Monday’s can be extra hard when it’s late fall/early winter, and the soggy fallen leaves stick to the bottom of your shoes as you trek through the dreary rainy day — but, fortunately, we have a gift to brighten your day! We’re currently hosting Kindle giveaways for the first two “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” books. For a FREE ebook of The Prequel, click here, and find your free Season 2 script book here.

And, don’t forget, we’re also running a giveaway on Goodreads for the fancy Director’s Notebook. For a chance at being one of three lucky winters, enter here.

Commence happy dance :)

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November 3, 2014
by The OJBG Team

~~ GiVeAwAy ~~ (Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden Director’s Notebook)

While you await to see how the Summer of ’97 pans out (aka THE FINAL CHAPTER of Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden — coming soon to Amazon), travel back in time to see how that summer all began. With season five’s Director’s Notebook, not only will you be able to read the scripts, but you’ll also have access to behind-the-scenes’ photos, anecdotes, and more! Things like this crazy cool collage below:

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Hurry up and enter the Goodreads’ giveaway before it’s too late — and, if you want to read the scripts of past seasons, make sure to contact us! :)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden - Director's Notebook, Season 5 by Otessa Marie Ghadar

Enter to win


October 29, 2014
by The OJBG Team

Halloween Costumes — OJBG Style!

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Here’s a crazy thought! Why not take a page from the stylebook of the wild 90s kids of “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” ??? Sure, we’re always down for dressing in 90′s grunge, but we can’t say the same for everyone else. Now’s your chance to don the choker necklaces, Doc Martens, rainbow hair + more of decades past without having to worry about looking business prof (snore – thank God I’m not corporate:).

Useful –>

October 27, 2014
by The OJBG Team

DC Web Fest Recap

By Kathleen.

Snapshot from the Opening Night Party, which was written up in the Post's Going Out Guide.

Snapshot from the Opening Night Party, which was written up in the Post’s Going Out Guide.

It’s been just over a month since 20/20 Productions held the 2nd Annual DC Web & Digital Media Festival, but that doesn’t mean we’ve put the event behind us. Quite the contrary, actually; we’ve been hard at work building an online portal for the festival. By creating space for it in the digital sphere, we hope to provide a way for people around the world to continually visit and revisit DC Web Fest. This way the festival doesn’t need to be simply an ephemeral moment.

Through this channel, we plan to showcase highlight reels from our panelists and key speakers, complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes’ interviews. Think of them as TED talks specifically focused on creating meaning digitally. But that’s not all. We’ll also feature all award-winning web series and games, providing you direct access to innovative entertainment. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait forever for access — though we’re building this portal piece by piece,  you can watch it grow and evolve right here.

October 15, 2014
by The OJBG Team

TVs=so passé

By Kathleen.

I don’t own a TV. While that may have come as a shocker a few years back, lately it seems like few millennials actually possess a tubular box. Part of me wishes this was because my generation refused to be entertained by voices emanating from a screen (re, Fahrenheit 451) , but let’s be honest, many of us are products of the digital age — and so most of us simply watch TV from a smaller screen: our laptops. Come 2015, HBO is making that process all the more easy for us with an exclusively video-streaming package. And with Netflix streaming Gilmore Girls and, in the very near future, Friends, what more could we want? (Also, going to put a plug in for all those cool web series, hint: OJBG.)

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But, really, it’s okay to stay in & watch GG. They can be our homies, right?

September 29, 2014
by The OJBG Team

School Girl Chic

By Kathleen.

With October upon us, it’s time to transition out of summer wardrobes and fall into cable knit sweaters, boots, and plaid. Truth be told, repping 90′s fall fashion is a great excuse to add a little school girl chic to your wardrobe. So, in that spirit, here are some items I’m currently lusting over:

1. Cooperative Polly Frock-et Dress, $69, UO.

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2. Dr. Martens’s We Had a Time Flat, $104.99, ModCloth.

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3. One & Only X Urban Renewal Peter Pan Collar Blouse, $49, UO.

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4. Park Movie Marathon Skirt in Blue Plaid, $39.99, ModCloth.

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Especially in love with these boots — just look at the laces!

6. Study in Sweetness Hair Tie Set, $9.99, ModCloth.

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August 18, 2014
by The OJBG Team

Tickets Available for DC Web Fest

By Kathleen.

Today, I tried on something new! I created my first event on Eventbrite, and while that was somewhat exciting for me, what is even more thrilling is the fact that, in doing so, the 2nd Annual DC Web & Digital Media Festival became even more real. Now, people can reserve FREE tickets to DC Web Fest’s summit and awarded screenings, both of which are scheduled for September 20, 2014.

Because tickets are limited, make sure to get yours soon! I wouldn’t want you to miss out on hearing our amazing lineup speak. From robotics, to gaming, to digital storytelling, industry heavy hitters have agreed to participate. For more information about our panelists and keynote speakers, please visit

August 13, 2014
by The OJBG Team

WAIT… Isn’t that fungi?!

By Kathleen.

I’ve never really been opposed to mushrooms. I was one of those few strange kids who enjoyed eating her veggies, but scoffed at hamburgers, chicken nuggets and PB&Js. Despite my affinity for the fungi, I tended to stay clear of the ones that actually looked like alien creatures. Cremini, white, portobella and the occasionally shiitaki were my go-to, but that changed this past weekend.

After a trip to the farmers market, I found myself walking home with a bag of yellow, earthy growth, otherwise known as oyster mushrooms (see below). While oyster mushrooms aren’t the strangest things alive, cooking them was foreign to me — but the proprietor told me they were buttery & nutty, so I was down for giving them a try. And, boy, am I glad I did.

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Using  heirloom cherry tomatoes + olive oil, salt & oregano as a base, I made a sauce filled with the delectable oyster mushrooms and scrumptious swiss chard. After these ingredients were sautéed together, I used the sauce to top a farro-stuffed red bell pepper, sprinkled with a smidgen more of sea salt and ground red chili pepper flakes. (Note: Any grain would probably do, but farro works particularly well because, as a nuttier grain, it plays off the flavor of the oyster mushrooms.) I then placed the concoction in the oven to roast for nearly an hour at 400 degrees F. Once removing the stuffed pepper from the oven and letting it stand for a few minutes, I added some burrata cheese.


W/o the cheese &  before the oven

W/o the cheese & before the oven



August 11, 2014
by The OJBG Team

Who here remembers Mr. Snicket?

By Kathleen.

It’s a world of “sorrowful stories,” three orphaned children, and an evil villain with crazy, inventive schemes to obtain their fortune. It’s not a world most would want to enter, but when I was growing up, I was engrossed by this world created by Lemony Snicket. (Does that name ring a bell for anyone?)

After finishing the 13 books in The Series of Unfortunate Events, reading Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, and watching the movie adaptation, I thought I had explored every avenue of this world. But I was wrong, so very wrong.

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No, Lemony Snicket nor Count Olaf did not pay me a visit (thank god), but I did have the chance to become Klaus when I played The Perilous Parlor board game. Though the game might be intriguing to classic board game lovers, fans of the series will particularly get a kick out of it. I played the game with two fellow fanatics, and the three of us thoroughly enjoyed reading all the deadly scenarios presented on the cards, which, by the way, are penned in a similar language as the books. Unfortunately, for us, the ending was quite unfortunate, as the Baudelaire children were unable to thwart the guardian from the evil clenches of Count Olaf. But perhaps they’ll have better luck next time…