Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Distractions -- Random Links & Recipes Bookmarked

Ready for the weekend? I always am... To help you pass your Friday here are the highlights of what distracted me this week online, what I bookmarked that I hope to one day eat and a picture.  

Vaccines Save Lives at the Cost of Everyday Splurges, an infographic with a good point. (via Jay Parkinson + MD + MPH )

While a Semolina-Crusted Soft-Shell Crab BKT Sandwich isn't me, I love Alejandra at Always Order Desserts posts' description of the joy of eating locally and seasonally. I miss doing this. One of the hardest aspects of moving home has been eating differently as I am no longer cooking for one. Then again, I also have more freedom to test ideas as I no longer am the only one eating the leftovers if I fail.

Gorgeous Spring photos that make me miss NYC! I can't wait to be there next weekend.

Vika and Damaris, are launching an online fashion business: Pattern Rebellion. Check out their blog for the fashion news and tips!

Melanie letterpresses lovely things. I especially enjoy her modern etiquette series - check out these coasters.

This quote sums up my feelings about Osama Bin Laden's death: "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --Martin Luther King, Jr. It isn't entirely accurate (more on that here too) but what can you do? (via Joe De La Cruz, Rebecca Buck, etc.)

Lunch was served on the L-train in Brooklyn, of course. My favorite line from the article is "Other riders gawked or — this is New York, after all — continued staring ahead and listening to their iPods." So true.

Recipes Bookmarked
Coconut Margarita with Toasted and Salted Coconut Flakes at Eat Make Read
Plantain Fudge at Zesty South Indian Kitchen
White House "Purely Chocolate" Chocolate Mousse (via Svelte Gourmand)

Belle Isle in Richmond, VA May 2011

The Improvised Life put this out as a Monday jump-start but I'm reposing it as a weekend kick-off. I challenge you to watch the energy and athleticism of the dancers and to listen to the music and not tap your toes.

Should you ever be in New York City and like this type of music, seek out Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Their Governor's Island Jazz Age Festival will be June 18 and 19 and August 20 and 21st. I will be making at least one day of the four happen as it is a great excuse to visit the city (or escape from it if you live there).


  1. I thought you were leaving NYC. Where are you now? Love your Friday musings.

  2. I did leave NYC but I go back to visit sometimes. I'm right outside Richmond, Virginia in Mechanicsville. This is where I grew up.

    Thank you!