Friday, February 10, 2012

Best of the Week #47

My office is having a chili cook-off today and guess who’s a judge? THIS GIRL! How did I score such a sweet gig, you may wonder? Me in email: I have impeccable taste, eat everything, and am not making chili (I'm doing cornbread). Therefore, I should be a judge.

Done. In about 3 hours the executive director and I will be tasting chili in three categories: vegetarian, two-legged, and four-legged categories. Needless to say, I am excited.

Oh, and I couldn’t bring myself to metro all the way to Ballston for track practice this morning, so I did a treadmill tempo on my own.

Therefore, the verdict as of 9:50 am on Friday: Mollie = winning at life!

Also, you may have noticed a couple new features on my blog. I now have recipe index and reading list pages (top left) for your browsing convenience.

My most popular post this week was my S’Mores Layer Cake.

You all know I love The Hunger Games. This is a great article comparing Katniss to Meg from A Wrinkle in Time.
  • Both combine elements of the ordinary and extraordinary, making them aspirational yet accessible to young girls and, frankly, full-grown adult women. And...not least, we want to be them. 

Jess gets to go to the most awesome food events ever to write for this blog. Check out her Chinese New Year article and be just as jealous as I am.

This NYT article about living alone:
  • More people live alone now than at any other time in history…It is less feared, too, for the crucial reason that living alone no longer suggests an isolated or less-social life. After interviewing more than 300 singletons (my term for people who live alone) during nearly a decade of research, I’ve concluded that living alone seems to encourage more, not less, social interaction. 

I love me some spice – this is a slideshow of 25 ways to use sriracha. Sriracha Deviled Eggs? YES PLEASE!

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. Now I need to go to Mexico City to buy a book here:

While watching the Super Bowl last weekend my friends commented on the sexism in the adds, especially considering that a lot of football fans are women. "Twitter Talks Back to Sexist Super Bowl Ads."

Gabon: Surfing hippos, lacking tourists
"They're body-surfing in the waves, it's quite amazing." I know hippos are more deadly, but I'd rather see one of these guys than a shark.

I’ve spent my week with Somalia, and now I want to go to this Somali restaurant in Virginia. Oh, and Pinterest Somalia? YES. 

I grew up with sheep (warning: they’re not really as great in person). But I’d love some adorable sheep cupcakes.

And as a follow-up to my time lapse video of Yosemite last week, here’s one of Lake Tahoe, aka one of my FAVORITE places in the world.

T A H O E from Shortt and Epic Productions on Vimeo.