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An ode to my Dolce Gusto machine (Spoiler: It’s true love.)

An ode to my Dolce Gusto machine (Spoiler: It’s true love.)

I’ve had my Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine for a few months now — and we’re pretty much BFF. It was a hard start to our relationship — an instant attraction, of course (look how handsome he is!) — but I had other loves. In fact, I was still living with my Keurig and Verismo. Those prior embodiments in my life — I still look back upon them quite fondly. We had some really good times. But I’ve heard…when you meet “the one” — you just sort of know. My Keurig and I had built a relationship on the variety it afforded in my life — we could be Starbucks Pike Roasting one day, Caribou-ing another. I’m all for variety — it’s the spice of life and keeps things interesting in a long-term...

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Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

While generally I’m all about any avenue existing that allows me to appreciate the mighty carb WITHOUT gaining weight, sometimes people are just a bit ridiculous. For example, I have discovered Japanese online store named Felissimo is selling beds that resemble different breads. (My desire? The sunflower seed baguette. They, however, did not consult me.) There are tons of beds shaped like everything from toast and rolls to pastries. And, yes, no worries — you can TOTALLY get a red blanket inspired by your favorite type of berry jelly. The pastry-shaped cushions can be found here. The bed breads cost 16,800 yen each, which is about $171 U.S. — quite a value, I suppose, though I’m not exactly sure how long you can cuddle with this before you...

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What’s in your pups’ bowl?

What’s in your pups’ bowl?

When I received an invite to a breakfast hosted by Oprah’s former personal chef, Art Smith — not to mention his dog!! — I was all over it. When I found it was for IAMS So Good!, I was even more into it. If you haven’t noticed before, let me illustrate JUST how much I love my fur babies via Frankie’s birthday video, taken earlier tonight: My babies are my everything, and knowing what is in their bowl is paramount to me. The IAMS event invited pet owners to learn exactly what it is their dogs are eating, and discover the wholesome ingredients in “So Good!” — this was must-have knowledge. What I did learn was: 1 – I should have brought the babies. But…they are a little afraid of other dogs. And traveling. And...

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Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card

Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card

As a girl who lives alone in a tiny studio apartment, I don’t get to entertain nearly as much as I’d like. Last night, though — as it was a balmy 98 degrees outside my window and I was hanging with my family, there was no way I was going to turn on the oven, no matter how much I enjoy cooking. As I’ve mentioned in early posts this week, my air-conditioner fried in the middle of this intense heat wave and I JUST (as in yesterday!) got a new one. It’s been intense, I’m a bit shell-shocked. In an effort to keep my apartment cool, I avoid turning on my oven unless it’s really necessary. That means I grill a lot, and find ways to make creative snacks that involve no heat at all. Frito-Lay had recently shared some recipes and...

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A month after Israel, I’m still having falafel fantasies

A month after Israel, I’m still having falafel fantasies

And it’s gotten no easier this week, as I was working on my article for Collective310 on (what else?!) the eating I did while in Israel. True story, there were some serious down sides of the Israel food scene – if I never see sweetbreads or bone marrow again, it’ll still be too soon – but the hummus and falafel and salads of Israel are (for lack of a less punny word) simply biblical. Check out my post on some of my favorite food finds here at Collective310. And if you find yourself in that region and make some finds of your own, please...

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My theory: Delivery is cheaper than groceries. Do you agree?

My theory: Delivery is cheaper than groceries. Do you agree?

The one way I’ve never felt a “grown up” (actually, to be truthful, there’s more than one) is the lack of food in my fridge. I know how to cook — I’m actually rather good at it — but unless I’m having company, it’s never felt NECESSARY to cook for myself. Economy of time, people. But then I realize, it’s not just time economics at hand but MONEY economics. If you live alone it’s legit cheaper to eat takeout than buy groceries and cook for yourself. And, done well, can be just as healthy. Today I wrote a post for the Seamless blog, The Delivery Bag, on just this topic. More economical to order in? If you live alone, then obviously!  — would love your thoughts on this very crucial life issue!...

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Giveaway: PX Me. (How I Became a Published Author, Got Micro-Famous, and Married a Millionaire)

Giveaway: PX Me. (How I Became a Published Author, Got Micro-Famous, and Married a Millionaire)

Abbe Diaz was once maitre d’ at some of Manhattan’s poshest restaurants, and that led her to having the dish on the bad (and good) behavior of the hottest stars of the era — who she went on to roast on her PXThis blog and the books it has spawned. She was an internet sensation before internet sensations were a thing. When Abbe published her journal, PX This – Diary of the “Maître d’ to the Stars” [née  Diary of the Potted Plant] in 2004, she’d had no idea what she was in for. Sure, she expected the  process would be difficult and she might never work in the fine dining restaurant industry ever  again, but she never imagined the truth could be so controversial— in a book that’s essentially  about HAVING DINNER. In...

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What do Easter and Passover have in common? Lots of eggs, obviously.

What do Easter and Passover have in common? Lots of eggs, obviously.

Well, a lot (if we go by history) – but one thing is for certain, if we go by modern reality — lots of eggs. As I’m busily helping to prepare tonight’s Passover seder, I’m cognizant there’s approximately 30 dozen eggs in my parents’ fridge. They don’t mess around. And we all know that eggs are a big part of Easter as well. My people don’t do a whole lot of egg-decorating — something I take a bit of exception to -but when I was a kid, I was all about hoarding my non-Jewish friends’ post-holiday supply of pink eggs and pastel-colored candy. My Bat Mitzvah was many (many, many, many) years ago and I don’t know a ton about various religious histories but I do know that Passover and Easter...

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Reading right now: Blood Sugar: The Family

Reading right now: Blood Sugar: The Family

It may seem a bit weird to some of you that I’m reading a recipe book to unwind post red-eye flight from a food frenzy in Texas. It’s sort of related to that, though. Sometimes you are sitting around an airport, seeing how people eat — what they are putting into their bodies — and it makes you really reflect on your own guilty vices. The fact is, none of us are kids anymore and what we once got away with we really shouldn’t mess with anymore. So interesting that I came home to a review copy of Australian Chef Michael Moore’s book — the chef was diagnosed with diabetes at age 35 and had a stroke. Read that again. 35. That’s just a few years older than I am now, and the age many of the people in my life have already...

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Help me win a trip to Tuscany (please)!

Help me win a trip to Tuscany (please)!

In an attempt to widen my horizons (and prove to the universe I have an inner domestic diva after all), I entered a Contadina Facebook contest where the winning recipe gets a trip for two to Tuscany. TUSCANY. There’s nowhere in the universe I’d rather visit! But I’m losing miserably and can really use your help! My recipe is for a spicy grilled chicken parm — delicious and way healthier than the traditional variety. If you really love me (or like me just a little!) and can go visit my entry and like/comment/share it, I may have a fighting chance of winning! And if I do you may be the person I take! This is all very self-serving (but this IS my blog, after all) – but you may just love the recipe anyway!...

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