Oh the Weather Outside Is Frightful: Top Tips to Enjoy the Winter Storm Indoors

he big winter storm due to hit the US east coast this weekend will bring freezing winds and several feet of snow – but it will also give you a chance to avoid the roads, snuggle up at home, and Netflix and chill, in the most literal sense.


Here’s our blizzard survival guide to get you through the weekend – the best and most ridiculous snow-themed (and occasionally tropical island-themed) entertainment available.

Music

What better way to embrace the cold than with a lounge room dance party or an emotional singalong that only the neighbors can hear? We’ve put together a winter storm playlist so you can warm up on theme.

Tomorrow night Bruce Springsteen performs at Madison Square Garden, so his Tenth Avenue Freeze Out made the list. As did, of course, a Jonas Brothers track, Burnin’ Up, a little prayer to the weather gods.

Movies

Why not chuck some butter on your popcorn and indulge shamelessly in a bunch of snow-themed winter films? Each film title is linked to a streaming service so you can just hit play straight away.

  • Snow Dogs (2002) – Cuba Gooding Jr and a pack of adorable huskies, what more could you want?
  • The Day after Tomorrow (2004) – a friendly reminder of the dangers of climate change.
  • The Thing (1982) – pray there’s no aliens buried in this snowstorm.
  • The Shining (1980) – scare yourself with Kubrick’s classic.
  • Snowpiercer (2013) – Tilda Swinton at her Ice Queen best.
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) – an east coast winter classic.
  • Two Night Stand (2014) – a New York blizzard arrives during a one night stand.
  • Fargo (1996) – ignore the new series and go back to the original movie? Yah, you betcha

TV

Alternatively, pretend you’re far, far away from the cold by watching TV shows set in hot locales. 

  • Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (2015) – a new show about a self-help guru divorcee in Los Angeles will have you craving green smoothies and sunshine.
  • Jane the Virgin (2014) – accidental teen pregnancy is genuinely hilarious in this Miami-based telenovela.
  • Lost (2010) – you won’t remember to be cold when you’re trying to figure out what-the-eff is happening on this island.
  • Survivor (2000-now) – Outwit, Outplay, Outlast this blizzard by watching a bunch of half-naked people playing mind games on tropical beaches.
  • Bloodline (2015) – a dark Netflix original about a family and its secrets in the Florida Keys.

Or, return to the 90s with Scully and Mulder in advance of the new season starting on Fox on Sunday by revisiting the series on Netflix – all 50 episodes in one sitting if you’re brave enough.

Eat

The supermarkets may well be sold out of milk, bread, pasta and chocolate by now. But don’t fret, because there’s one dish you can make that can last you through the entire winter.

Pemmican, a traditional dried meat dish from the Cree First Nation people who live mainly in the mountains of Canada, has only two ingredients: meat and meat fat. 

This dish fueled early explorers in Antarctica and is now popular with the paleo diet set. 

Plus, it takes ages to make, so it’s a great weekend activity.

Cool Antarctica has a great recipe, which includes photos of the cooking process. 

Best meats to use are reindeer, buffalo or deer.

Drink

Brooke Smith, a bartender from the much-awarded lower Manhattan bar the Dead Rabbit, says her signature drink, Nut Job, is the perfect spicy and nutty concoction to keep you toasty on a winter’s night. The original idea came from warming up with a big stack of pancakes covered in maple syrup. Plus, it’s super easy to make.

Nut Job

  • 2 ounces of Jameson Black Barrel
  • ¼ ounce of walnut liquor
  • 1 ounce maple simple syrup (mix 1:1 ratio of water and maple syrup to create a maple simple syrup) 
  • 3 splashes of Dead Rabbit bitters

Stir it all together in a mixing glass. Put over ice with a lemon twist.

“It’s nice and warm and boozy so it warms you up a lot,” said Smith. 

A minor warning from the surgeon general’s office: a coat, gloves and staying inside is probably a better way to warm up.

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