News From Around the Webs

I’ve been a reading machine lately. I’ve been devouring books (working on a post about some of them now) and reading news like crazy. Here are some of the good things I’ve read lately.

Good Blog Reads

How I Adjusted to a Stress Injury–Guest Post 

Finding Joy In The Journey

Runner’s Plate: engineered food vs. real food for training

When People Say Mean Things

Got Injury? Choices for Continuing Training

Top 5 tips for beginner cyclists

Link Love

10 Things Seafood Restaurants Won’t Tell You  – Disappointing news, but informative. Good advice too: don’t order fish on Mondays; it’s probably been sitting around since Thursday!

Salad Bar Coming to Local Elementary School     – Totally cool!

Starbucks Is Going to Stop Using Bug Food Dye, Okay? – So disgusting! “Starbucks is going to quit using cochineal extract AKA powdered beetles to color their food.”

10 Foods That Should Be Banned From Mall Food Courts – Gross. And mall sushi? Ick!

FDA Approves Food Additive Petition For Formaldehyde – So disheartening. Article from 1996, I’m wondering if it’s still accurate.

Discovery of Mad Cow in Calif. Was Stroke of Luck – Scary stuff! I remember when I was in my early teens I wasn’t allowed to donate blood because I had been to England within 5 years and Mad Cow Disease had been rampant there. Weird!

Julia Child, a legacy of teaching the joy of food

WA grocer turns food waste into liquid fertilizer   – So cool!

Group helps ducklings cross downtown Portland streets – This was too cute for words. I am not ashamed to admit that I watched the entire video!

And finally, this graphic is really cool and I just wanted to share:

Interesting stats, huh? I like the way it’s been broken down.

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Links of Love


What a great article! I’m such a huge Top Chef fan and I loved reading this great article about Richard Blais. The photo of him “before” was rather shocking. I know him as the skinny chef from Top Chef All Stars. What an inspiring read!

It seems that the new fad in Portland trendy restaurants is places that don’t take reservations and the lines are always long. The first place that comes to my mind is Pok Pok–a trendy, awesome restaurant that always has a long line. Even on a Tuesday night. Why is this the new trend? Why can’t people make dinner reservations anymore?

Some Link Love for Blogs

Advice From Your Aunt Michelle – The List

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say To People Who Are Losing Weight


Must. Try. This… Soupergirl’s Lentil Sweet Potato Apple Soup

Some Book Love

Recently I read a good book too: Cooking Dirty. It’s a memoir of a writer/chef detailing his life in the kitchen. It starts with his first job as a dishwasher at a pizzeria and goes from there. The book is gritty and raw. It’s kind of a cross between Jack Kerouac and Anthony Bourdain.

“I wrote an essay about what it was like during those cooking classes I gave to look up and see fifty stick-thin, health-conscious suburban housewives squirming uncomfortably in their chairs and watching the mounting horror as I added pound after pound of high-fat European butter to my sauce, about all of them staring at me with equal parts lust and revulsion–as though I were up at the front of the room chopping up kittens for stew, but then dipping the kittens in yummy, yummy chocolate.” 

The writing is crisp and concise with sarcastic stories, vulgar language and mysterious “kitchen” language thrown in. (I have no idea what their short-hand language means!) It’s a really good read and a way different view than reality TV shows of what cooking is really like! Read it!

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