The Wednesday Web

It’s a foodie Wednesday, friends! I’ve been cooking up some good reads about good eats this week. Enjoy!

First, just thinking about this makes my mouth water: American barbecue styles explained. (And I’m totally craving this BBQ in particular.)

You should probably know about the companies that control the world’s food.

Also, food entrepreneurs discuss how the industry has changed.

Learning how to read the menu.

These cooks are brave: Dinner Lab.

The truth about MSG. Also, what’s the deal with nitrites?

What kids around the world eat for breakfast. (Chocolate and candy sprinkled toast!?)

Tips for making the perfect risotto.

The art of food styling. (Fascinating!)

Finally, this is generally how I feel about bananas:

Happy Wednesday, friends!

29. October 2014 by Ana
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Music on Monday

Someone recently tipped me off to Perfume Genius. I know, the name sounds like an app to discover a great new scent, doesn’t it? Turns out Perfume Genius is actually a solo artist from Seattle (they must have musical notes in the water up there). He’s got a new album out and is on tour promoting it, so now’s your chance to discover him on his way up.

Here’s his song “Queen”:

He’s got a little bit of a David Bowie thing going on, along with lilting melodies and interesting videos. Here’s another, “Dark Parts”:

What do you think of Perfume Genius? Are you a fan?

27. October 2014 by Ana
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The Wednesday Web

Hey Mike! Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, guess what day it is.

Hey Mike! Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, guess what day it is.

It’s Wednesday!! I am always a little discombobulated during weeks when I have a holiday. This week, Mr. Cook and I took Monday off to celebrate our anniversary together. Yay! So now, my Wednesday feels like a Tuesday and the weekend is surprisingly close again. Double yay!

In honor of the marriage-y-ness of this week for me, I thought I’d share a collection of articles and opinion pieces about relationships, marriage, family, the whole bit. For the sake of transparency, let me give the disclaimer that nothing below is meant to be reflective of my marriage or Mr. Cook’s and my situation, I just thought it was all interesting or thought-provoking.

Texting patterns of dating couples vs. married couples.

Five things people in healthy relationships do.

This heartbreaking read about miscarriages and math.

Marriage and children as abstract ideals of happiness.

Couples talk candidly about infidelity.

Interracial relationships that changed history.

How parenting is killing marriage.

What do we sacrifice by living curated lives?

And, okay, fine, here is one timely link that does pertain to Mr. Cook and me. :)

Happy (thoughtful) hump day, everyone!!

22. October 2014 by Ana
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Music on Monday: The Anniversary Edition

That Time We Got MarriedToday is our first wedding anniversary, so to celebrate, here is a little ditty that we played at our wedding (among the Cal marching band and the live band, we did have some recorded music…this one was a must).

Happy anniversary to my lobster!


20. October 2014 by Ana
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These Days – Vol. 6

I feel like I just survived a period of ridiculous busy-ness at work and made it through to the other side. What better time than now to do a little check in? These days, I am…

Exhausted after attending a big conference this week that was beyond ridiculousness in size and scope. Beyond.

Sporting a few new clothing items after doing some rare personal shopping. Yay, fall apparel!

Excited that the Walking Dead is back on the air. Just bought our season viewing pass online.

Watching a few movies lately – Boyhood (so good), The Boxtrolls (cute), and The Skeleton Twins (good acting, but otherwise just okay).

Planning our trip to South Africa. I can’t believe it’s really happening…and so soon!

Needing to do some serious house organizing. Maybe it’s the changing of the seasons, but I am ready for some purging and reorganizing.

Baking up some sweet treats to commemorate fall (pumpkin bread!) and Mr. Cook’s impending birthday (cookies!).

Celebrating Mr. Cook’s and my first anniversary of marriage! Can you believe it’s been a year already? Maybe I’ll finally post some wedding photos – ha!

What are you up to these days?

17. October 2014 by Ana
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Music on Monday

I had a serious Whitney binge the other night.

Mr. Cook and I stayed up late YouTube-ing various Whitney songs and singing along. It all started with one particular song popping into Mr. Cook’s head. He started singing it while getting ready for bed. At which point I got this stuck in my head, and had to look up the original to cleanse my brain.

Which, of course, led to having to listen to this, perhaps my all-time favorite Whitney song:

This song also took over my brain recently, humming along in the background during an entire grocery store trip. Love it.

What have you been singing along to recently?

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13. October 2014 by Ana
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