Today I feel like extolling a few of my favorite (food) things. Get in on what’s good in my world:
100 Days of Real Food. I read countless food blogs every day. I was a pretty avid reader before I started my internship, but I generally stuck to my few favorites. But now I’m a food blog pro. I’ve scoured the depths of these digital journals, following aspiring chefs through the intimate details of their day and familiarizing myself with the lastest trends and news. (Did you know the most buzzed about restaurant in NYC at the moment is Mission Chinese? Or that Gordon Ramsay is the highest-earning celebrity chef at over $30 million a year?) It’s usually fun getting lost the tasty details of the web–especially when it’s your job–but the best part is occasionally stumbling on a blog that instantly becomes a new favorite. That’s what happened with 100 Days of Real Food, a blog about a family that wanted to change their eating habits and challenged themselves to eat only “real” food for 100 days (read more about “real” here). I love this blog because 1.) It turns the often complicated goal of “eating healthy” into a very straight-forward, easy-to-follow feat. Seriously, I hope this woman writes a book some day. 2.) This is a no frills blog–who needs professionally shot photos and an intricate layout when your content is engaging, real, and most importantly–relatable. There’s a lot of takeaway here. 3.) I borrowed her granola recipe for my blog and am quite sure I’m now addicted. This blog is a valuable resource for anyone interested in eating better (and who isn’t) or getting a sneak peek into the culinary lives of a family of four. Check it out.
Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good. Loving this book might bump me a few notches closer to being a total nerd, but I’m okay with that. A couple days after I started my 52 Weeks of Cheese series on this blog, a reader sent me an email saying she thought it was so interesting that I chose cheese to focus on. Not a cheese-eater herself, she began to observe the curiosity of why some people fall in love with a particular food or flavor, and others don’t. The email came at a perfect time, because I’d just finished reading the aforementioned book, which sets out to answer her exact questions. This book totally changed my perspective on the experience of eating–a feat I didn’t think possible. I learned how intricately intertwined each of our senses are to the simple act of tasting food, and why you and I might have very different reactions to a pungent slice of cheese or a fresh-picked tomato. Author Barb Stuckey lays the details out with funny personal anecdotes and simple experiments to try at home to better understand the points she makes. (Anyone want to join me in taking five minutes to eat a raisin? Sounds fun.) If you read this book, let me know. I always appreciate another member of food nerd-dom.
Frozen Kefir. I was just getting more comfortable with my relationship with frozen yogurt–a food you’re basically required to like if you live in this city–but I think I’ll have to put that relationship on hold. Yesterday, Treat Petite in NYC’s West Village was nice enough to host a small gathering of food bloggers to try their goods–i.e. frozen kefir. Kefir is a lot like yogurt, but it’s higher in probiotics–you know, the stuff that keeps your digestive system in tip-top shape. I found it much creamier and more intensely flavored than froyo (and not so overwhelmingly sweet) and will definitely be back for me the next time I’m in that neck of the woods.
What are a few of your favorite (food) things lately?