Friday, August 26, 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.   

Amelia Earhart was much more than an aviator. She designed a fashion line and had other careers. 

John Tierney's Do You Suffer from Decision Fatigue (NY Times) reviews some fascinating social and neuroscience research about willpower. Here's an excerpt... "The discoveries about glucose help explain why dieting is a uniquely difficult test of self-control — and why even people with phenomenally strong willpower in the rest of their lives can have such a hard time losing weight. They start out the day with virtuous intentions, resisting croissants at breakfast and dessert at lunch, but each act of resistance further lowers their willpower. As their willpower weakens late in the day, they need to replenish it. But to resupply that energy, they need to give the body glucose."

Lucite for handbags was sourced from damaged nose cones of airplanes scrapped after World War II. For an article about them and great pictures, go here. Deco Jewels, the store they reference in New York, is fabulous. It also was out of my price range. (via Zuburbia)

Initially I skipped the Frank Bruni's Unsavory Culinary Elitism (NY Times) because I don't keep up with Anthony Bourdain or Paula Deen. Then Lizzie mentioned it. It is definitely worth a read and Jane Black has an equally well-written and thoughtful response: Can Food Network Chefs Help Solve the Obesity Crisis? (The Atlantic).

Recipes Bookmarked
Borani Esfanaaj-Yoghurt and Spinach Dip in the Persian Manner at The Spice Spoon: cooking without borders
Breakfast Power Truffles at Always Order Dessert
Chewy Granola Bars with Hazelnut and Chocolate at Always Order Dessert
Vegan Fig Bars at Choosing Raw
Ginger Lime Edamame Sweet Potato Burgers at Choosing Raw
Kale Mallung at Fat Free Vegan
The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1933 at How To Be A Retronaut (via Courtney)

 The Sky Even Makes the Statue of Liberty Small, Brooklyn, NY August 2011

Find more A B & The Sea songs at Myspace Music

Leslie recommends this band! From a first listen through their songs on myspace their sound made me think of the Beach Boys, the Beatles and The Wonders (Yes as in That Thing You Do!). Promising.

Also! I'm so afraid of natural disasters that I would rather not think about them. While the earthquake was fairly close, I was somehow was earthquake proof except for the 1 a.m. aftershock when it woke me up Thursday. Fortunately everyone I know who was closer is safe and their damage is superficial only. Next up Hurricane Irene... Keep safe (and dry) this weekend!

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