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Color: Crates of Citrus

orangesCrates of Citrus – Montevideo

Caffeinated Links: Travoltify Your Name, Debunking Juice Cleanses, Lent

Sam Tsui and Sariah have this bubbly, playful, gorgeously shot-in-a-colorful-arcade cover of Pharell’s “Happy.”

You probably heard how John Travolta called Idina Menzel “Adeel Dezeem” at the Oscars. Now, courtesy of Slate, you can Travoltify your name! RT

The Wall Street Journal debunks the juice cleanse craze – “Consuming more vegetables is great, mainstream doctors and nutritionists agree. But they dismiss the detox claims as a confusing jumble of science, pseudoscience and hype. They argue that humans already have a highly efficient system for filtering out most harmful substances—the liver, kidneys and colon.

“If you’re confused, you understand the issue perfectly,” says Edward Saltzman, an associate professor at Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University.” RT

Ann Voskamp in a beautiful post on Lent, which starts tomorrow- “He will have to accomplish it all. I am ashes and I am dust and there is no good in me and I am in dire need and lent has given me clear eyes to see my sin and I am the one broken under all this skin.” RT

Caffeinated Links: Grand Central Station House Installation, Whole Foods’ Mock “Healthy” Food, Emma Approved

target installation

This is amazing. Target builds life-size house installation in Grand Central Station to promote its Threshold home decor. RT

The Onion delivers as always. “Noting with evident resentment how he just breezes through life, local sources told reporters Monday that Howard Preston, 33, seemingly coasts by solely on his good looks, tireless work ethic, and extensive real estate law expertise.” RT

The Daily Beast on the minor difference between pseudo science and pseudo religion, and Whole Foods’ lack of verified food science. “Well, no—there isn’t really much difference, if the promulgation of pseudoscience in the public sphere is, strictly speaking, the only issue at play. By the total lack of outrage over Whole Foods’ existence, and by the total saturation of outrage over the Creation Museum, it’s clear that strict scientific accuracy in the public sphere isn’t quite as important to many of us as we might believe. Just ask all those scientists in the aisles of my local Whole Foods.” RT

The latest episode of Emma Approved, the webseries loosely based on Austen’s Emma, is unusually adorable. RT

A recurring character arc has been announced for Doctor Who, with Samuel Anderson playing a teacher at Clara’s school who gets sucked up in TARDIS business. RT

Creative Jobs: Head of Publicity and Events, Editorial Intern at Food52


Food52, my favorite food website, is hiring! Of their open positions, these two stick out (both in New York City):

Head of Publicity and Events

In this role, you will help our company grow by expanding our media coverage and helping people learn about Food52 and Provisions. You’ll create a strategy for telling our story across tech, advertising, food and lifestyle media, and you’ll work directly with co-founder Amanda Hesser to execute this plan. You’ll also come up with a slate of events that will engage our community and draw in new followers. This role requires an uncommon blend of creativity, exceptional communication skills, networking savvy, and a passion for details. We see it as vital to the future of our brand.

Read more and apply 

Editorial Intern

Food52, a fast-growing, James Beard Award-winning online food community and crowd-sourced and curated recipe hub, is currently interviewing full- and part-time unpaid interns to work in a small team of editors, executives, and developers in its New York City headquarters. This will involve plenty of writing and editing, good but not necessarily healthy food, unruly behind-the-scenes website functions, a deepening relationship with your laptop, and coffee. We’re currently accepting applications for fall interns.

Read more and apply 

Caffeinated Links: Superfood Culture, Olympic Sports per Country, Noah’s Biblical Inspiration


Northwestern has a highly-regarded class on marriage teaching people “how to love well”. I think we desperately need more of these.  “At first glance this class may seem a tad too frivolous for a major research university. But the instructors say it’s not an easy A and its reputation as a meaningful, relevant, and enlightening course has grown steadily over the 14 years it’s been offered. In fact, teachers are forced to turn away eager prospective students every year. This spring, the enrollment will be capped at 100. The class is kept to a manageable size so that students can grapple at a deeply personal level with the material during their discussion sessions.” RT

The Guardian’s Jay Rayner has a hilarious and apropos takedown of the superfood culture: “The ludicrous thing is that the very people who blitz up kale and acai berry smoothies to cure themselves of all known diseases are the ones already eating a healthy diet. It’s not like they go from KFC three times a day to diving head first into the seaweed salads.” RT

And on that note, loved this line from a Fast article on food reformation in the Bay Area. “If only the food world were simpler, then perhaps we could end Americans’ addiction to cheap food laden with salt, sugar, and fat.RT

Fascinating article from The Atlantic on how Facebook has become our news feed and how it reflects majority tastes – and guess what? They aren’t for world news. “But the vast majority of these stories aren’t really news, at all. They’re quizzes about your accent, lists of foods and photographs, funny reminders of what life feels like as you age. For lack of a better term: They’re entertainment.

If this feels like the wind-up before the Facebook-Has-Destroyed-the-News finale, you can relax. Entertainment was beating up on news long before Zuckerberg was born. People always outsold Time. Broadcast sitcom ratings always made mincemeat of PBS. The back sections of the newspaper have long cross-subsidized the foreign coverage of the A-section.” RT

The countries that excel at one sport – “If the Netherlands is set up for sprint skating, Jamaica is the place to be born if you want to become a sprinter. All but one of their 68 Olympic medals – David Weller’s bronze for cycling in 1980 – has been awarded in athletics. Weller cycled the 1km time trial, so managed to cover more ground than any other Jamaican medallist: two ran the 800m; one competed in the long jump and the other 65 have won in the sprints. When it comes to sport, Jamaicans stick to the track – and they only run around it once.” RT

Darren Aronnofsky had a battle with Paramount over which version of Noah to create. “[I wanted to create] this fantastical world a la Middle-earth that they wouldn’t expect from their grandmother’s Bible school. [But it would also work for audiences] who take this very, very seriously as gospel… I had no problem completely honoring and respecting everything in the Bible and accepting it as truth.Of course, my production designer [Mark Friedberg] had a million ideas of what it could look like, but I said, ‘No, the measurements are right there.’ [Re: Genesis describing the Ark as a giant box].” RT

How sugar affects the brain – TED-Ed

Short quirky video about how sugar affects the brain. My takeaway? Sugar is a low-level drug.

Caffeinated Links: Best Books of 2013, Marriage Secrets, The Civil Wars’ New EP


Goodreads Best Books of 2013 are out! RT

10 Secrets You Should Know about Marriage – “Communication is the lifeline between two people. There’s no way around it. It will cause you to take responsibility for not just what you say, but how you say it—tone, body language, sarcasm and all.” RT

Amazon is already my favorite place to shop for very nearly everything, and this handy guide from Lifehacker on how to save even more money shopping on Amazon is fantastic. RT

The Civil Wars released their Bare Bones EP today on iTunes, featuring alternate & acoustic versions of songs from ‘The Civil Wars’ RT 

Check out the December Seasonal Shopping List from the Free People blog RT

Caffeinated Links: Fruit and Hemp, Middle Earth, the Perfect Nap-Time


These morning winter fruit bowls with hemp seeds and cacao nibs look so good.

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) and Tatiana Maslany(Orphan Black) all have tested for the coveted role of Sarah Connor in Terminator 5. I am so fine with any of these women in the role. HT

The Wall Street Journal tells us the perfect amount of time to nap based on your goal RT

On the Daniel fast – Feola told me that self-denial “makes us more aware of our dependency on the Lord, and it brings us to a place of surrender and weakness.” RT

You can now visit Middle Earth on Google Maps, a sentence that J.R.R. Tolkien quite certainly never imagined being uttered in 1937. RT

Opera Buffa

At La Dolce Vita, in the village,
the gnocchi lifts itself off the fork,
floats like a cloud in your mouth,
the marinara so fresh,
it ripens the tomatoes, garlic
and basil right on your tongue.

Clemenza’s in the kitchen
stirring the sauce,
telling everyone he really doesn’t eat
that much, it’s the fumes
that have permeated his body,
gotten under his skin
and made him fat.

My date Antonio closes his eyes
after each bite, groans,
Marona, this is as good
as my mother’s.

Satisfied, he lays his folded napkin
on the empty plate and slumps
in the chair while I,
having saved room,
crane my neck looking for the waiter.
What, you want dessert too?
He seems surprised.

I’d like to see what they have,
though I’ve committed it
to memory.
Aren’t you full? he asks.
Am I full? I think to myself.
It’s bad enough that we have to die,
that I’m not taller, that my metabolism
is molto lento, but to dine with someone
who is indifferent

to a chilled plate
of Panna Cotta,
silky, quivering cream
adorned with fresh berries,
or Torta Strega, cake
perfumed with liqueur,
filled with pastry cream
and finished
with hazelnut meringue.

I cannot live on lasagna alone
and the fact that Antonio
doesn’t sense this threatens
our chance for a future.

The waiter smiles as he unravels
the dessert menu, handwritten
on rough brown craft paper.
Umbrian Apple Tart
Selville Orange Sorbetto …
This is so beautiful
, I say,
ordering the Panna Cotta.
May I keep the menu?
Of course Signora
, he says.
And you sir?

No. Nothing for me,
just a cup of espresso

Oh Antonio, Antonio what
are you thinking?
How can I trust a man
who doesn’t like sweets?
At La Dolce Vita
what could have been the start
of a beautiful romance—
snapped like a broken string
on a Stradivarius!

-Diane Shipley DeCillis, Rattle

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