Food Trends for 2014

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skinny girls & mayonnaise

Looking back on the fickle food winds of the past year, while such red hot trends from years past as organ meats, food trucks, bacon confections, pop-up restaurants, red velvet cake/cupcake/ice cream, gold leaf on food, foam and so forth begin their long and inevitable slide into cliché, I wonder what will become trendy in the coming year.

Here are some of my predictions:

• 70s/80s Food
The music is back, so why not the food? We’ve seen the comfort foods of the 50s and 60s — fried chicken, mac and cheese, meatloaf — get their glowing due in the contemporary foodie renaissance. So isn’t it time for the return of the sun-dried tomato and the re-introduction of radicchio? Quiche and blackened catfish, anyone?

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Justine Sacco, Michelle Goldberg and the Racial Status Quo

If you aren’t following this on Twitter- what ARE you doing then?


When I first saw Michelle Goldberg’s piece “Sympathy for Justine Sacco,” over at The Nation I was not surprised as much as I was disgusted. Cultural critic Mikki Kendall, the creator of one of the year’s most popular hashtags #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, tweeted it to her followers. The piece disturbingly exhibits exactly what feminist women of color, anti-racists, and social commentators lamented for so much of 2013.  Yet again, a moment to display good allyship with people of color turned into lackluster defense of whiteness.

Justine Sacco made an apparent joke about what is arguably the most devastating pandemic in the history of the world: AIDS. A disease that has no known cure disproportionately affecting Black people not only in Africa, but in the United States as well. Her tweet left her employer, IAC, embarrassingly scrambling to respond and at the end of it all she was terminated…

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#NotYourAsianSidekick Is Great. Now Can We Get Some Real Social Change?

Yeah this was cool to see as a #TT


It began with a single tweet, posted by 23-year-old freelance writer and organizer Suey Park, that said: “Be warned. Tomorrow morning we will be have a convo about Asian American Feminism with hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick. Spread the word!!!!!!!” Within hours, #NotYourAsianSidekick had grown into a torrent of Twitter posts by Asian-American women sharing their frustrations and even rage over a society that patronizes them and a feminist movement that renders them invisible. For days, Asian-American feminists, myself included, felt like we were witnessing something extraordinary unfold. It all seemed like the birth of a crusade — stickers now included.

(MORE: Kids Say the Most Divisive Things: Asian Americans Protest Jimmy Kimmel)

Led by Park, who tweeted, “#NotYourAsianSidekick because I’d rather base build with fellow Asian Americans than rely on allies, who have a history of being absent,” thousands of feminists similarly gave an online middle finger to those that…

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On Being A Frugal Geek

Laura Grace Weldon

cheap geek, materialism, frugal living, cheap interests, cheap homeschooling, There are plenty of assumptions about what geeks do. We own the most advanced technology. We see the latest movies, watch the newest series on subscription channels, play the most recently released video games. wouldn’t miss Maker Faire. If we collect anything, it’s probably awesomely obscure and sure to gain in value. All these things cost money.

I tend to geek out over less expensive interests. Outsider art, foreign films, poetry, recent neuroscience findings, nonviolence, mindfulness practices, the new acquisition section of the library—that sort of thing.

Still, stark economic realities have made penny pinching essential. Long ago I assumed I could afford more geeky indulgences once I got past pricey milestones like college, marriage, and new babies. Didn’t happen. Turns out sick kids, unemployment, and falling down houses are also expensive.

Instead, I’ve geeked out on frugality itself. I garden, preserve food, make homemade cheese, sew, repurpose, and…

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Your Junk is Another’s Treasure

Inspiring blog! I do the same 🙂

My Light Bag

“Santa Polina”. That’s what my friends called me after I shared with them my unneeded clothes and jewellery. They came for dinner with wine and they left with new outfits.

I had sorted out my clothes and told my friends to take whatever they wanted. Result? “It’s like Christmas come early!”, they said with laughter, excitement and gratitude.

Things I no longer needed or used, things that were taking up space, energy and thoughts in my life, brought immeasurable joy to my friends.

The things we no longer use, the ones we consider as junk, are treasures to someone else.

Be generous, give what you don’t need. You will not only lighten your life, but brighten up someone else’s in ways you would never have expected.


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Homeless for the Holidays: A Thanksgiving Story


Gary Goldhammer - Below the Fold

(The following post originally ran Nov. 21, 2007, and has become a Below the Fold holiday tradition of sorts. For those who have read it before, please pardon the repetition — and for those who are reading it for the first time, I hope it serves as a reminder of what this holiday, and being human, is all about.)

LOS ANGELES IS A CITY of fragments, its people fragmented. It’s a place apart and in parts, a labyrinthine expanse so loosely bound as if against nature. LA is a place to live, not to be from.

Most people only see L.A. through a windshield – the observer protected behind glass, the observed seen in glimpses if at all. It is into this concrete dichotomy I drive several days a week. I’ve done this for nearly a year with no regret, save for the occasional Sigalert that slows traffic…

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