Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Michael Pollan's Food Rules

While wandering through a great little independent book store in San Francisco last month, P. and I spotted a great little health-food pamphlet by food writer/journalist Michael Pollan.

Pollan's book "Food Rules", features a myriad of tips about how to eat healthily. A lot of them I already knew/practised - but it was an interesting and affirming read.

Image of author Michael Pollan from New York Magazine.

Here's a list of my 5 favourite food rules:

#21 It's not food if it's called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles.)

#36 Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.

#39 Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself.

#51 Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.

#57 Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.

Read more here...

Do you have any food rules to share?

I have one; when you're going to eat something "naughty" cut it in half, put it on a plate and eat it with a cup of tea. Slow down and enjoy it. If you want the rest, that's fine but the main thing is to be conscious/enjoy when you're eating it.

P.S. Has anyone seen "Food Inc."? It is certainly an eye-opening documentary - worth the time.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dimanche Dreams

Is it a waste of my Sunday (dimanche) to reminisce about my life in France?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

E-Type is My Type

I'm not a car gal, but I've now found two cars that make me weak at the knees. The first was the beautiful Citroen DS and now it's the Jaguar E-Type.

My three loves in two photos; P., Jaguar E-Type and Paris!

I first laid eyes on this beauty whilst wandering the streets close-by the Eiffel Tower in Paris with P.

He immediately knew what type it was and all the specs, I immediately knew I needed a new car!

When I head back to Paris (with more permanent living plans), this car will certainly be on my list of things to buy.

It's a strange love - not like any other materialistic one. Are you gaga for any type of automobile? Or perhaps a motorcycle?

She & Him Second that Emotion

Wonderful pop/folk/old-time-country/awesome-in-their-own-genre singing duo She & Him have released a second album, a Volume Two following on from 2008's Volume One... I'm absolutely overjoyed!

She and Him: Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward - Image frome here.

I must mention that the "She" part of the band is the awesomely quirky Zooey Deschanel. And the "He"? M. Ward; a talented singer/songwriter. The two make the perfect music pair. Deschanel's old-world voice matches Ward's original and whimsical tunes.

Instead of defining their genre more, I'll tell you want their music makes me want to do;
  • Swing dance.
  • Rock on a hammock amongst lush green countryside reading a book with P.
  • Bake a wholesome carrot cake and leave it to cool on the windowsill.
  • Play my life in slow motion.
  • Dress up in a 1950's bikini and go surfing with the Beach Boys.
  • Kiss.
Listen to their song "In the Sun", think of Summer and your life in slow motion. Are you a She & Him fan? Or just Zooey?

P.S. Did you know that Zooey is married to Deathcab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard? They are going to have some musically talented children!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Travel Tip # 5

Take lots and lots of photos.

A collage of the many-a-bizarre photo taken by us.

Take photos of your meals - it's a great way to remember them.

Take photos of small things; wildlife/strange billboards/interesting people/anything that's different - not just the national monuments are worth photographing.

If you photograph anything that grabs your attention, you'll have a bunch of free/individual/memorable souvenirs when you arrive home.

Make sure there's always a person in your photo - it's more interesting.

This travel tip goes out to my blogging friend Char - a fabulous photographer.

What do you love to take photos of whilst travelling?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

20 Years and a List of Lifes Lessons

So my 20th birthday is approaching (in March). It's a frightening time as I move from having the excuse of "being a teenager", to merging into adulthood.

My younger self and older self transforming into one. Image from chicks57.

Although I don't know everything there is to know in the world just yet, I thought I'd make an update of the list of 20 things I do know... at my ripe old age.
  1. Always brush your teeth before you go to bed - your breath will be extra smelly in the morning if you don't.
  2. When you get home in the wee hours of the morning after a big night on the town drink at least one litre of water, take an asprin and have something to eat - this will alleviate the worst pains of a morning hangover.
  3. It doesn't matter about the number of friends you have - it's best to have one fabulously loyal friend than 5 or 6 that will bitch about you behind your back.
  4. Never let peer pressure get the better of you; a girls confidence will jump leaps and bounds after high school if she stands strong and doesn't let anyone tell her how she should be acting.
  5. Wait for the right boy.
  6. The easiest way to maintain your figure without strenuous exercise? Eat three main meals a day - try not to snack.
  7. Dump Facebook and jump on Twitter - it's for the socially aware. Facebook's for stalkers.
  8. Never underestimate the power of a compliment; give them to everyone you love and be sincere.
  9. Bake cakes from scratch - they are miles better than bought ones or packet mixes, you'll feel very accomplished pulling it from the oven.
  10. Try to exercise in your everyday clothes. Park further away from the shopping centre entry. Walk to your closest shop for the milk. Walk, walk, walk.
  11. Every girl should own a vintage bicycle.
  12. Find your signature drink; Pinot Noir? Champagne? Vodka and Red Bull? Anything - but make it yours.
  13. Stand up for what's right. Don't let bullying happen. Don't let poverty happen. Don't let climate change happen. Don't let facist governments happen. Don't let the free press disappear.
  14. Don't be a snob but never be ashamed of your past.
  15. Laugh at yourself; seriousness has a place and a purpose but not in day-to-day living.
  16. Instead of saying rich, say wealthy. The words we choose have an affect on our attitude towards people/lifestyles/cultures etc.
  17. Spend time with the people you love; we all have embarrassing families and some of you may even have daggy friends, but if you love them like I do mine - you wouldn't want it any other way. Always tell them that you love them.
  18. Reward yourself in any way you enjoy; you're a pretty cool person for being here.
  19. Give your memory a break, leave a notepad and pen beside your bed at night it helps if you want to clear your mind of all things you must do the following day... I write a "To Do List" almost every day during the university semester.
  20. Travel. Live overseas or away from your hometown for some portion of your life. Nothing will give you as much perspective on life as seeing how other cultures live.
Add to the list; what are some key life lessons you've learned?

Travel Tip # 4


E.T. and Steven Spielberg, photo from Case X.

Okay this is more a tip for long holidays, but we realised how cheap postage was both in France and the U.S. and decided to send home gifts or bits and bobs we'd accumulated.

Yes it may've cost around $50 each time but if you realise how much you must pay for overweight baggage on international flights - this is small change (on Lufthansa each kilo over will cost you 40 euro - that's around $70!)

Sending things home also lessens the fear of losing things along the way, if you have lots of hotel stops.

Have you done this before? What's the cheapest country regarding postage?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Travel Tip # 3

Don't ask, don't get.

Vintage sheet music cover from autumnsensation.

This little piece of advice not only adheres to while you're up in the air, but when you arrive at your destination too... just ask. What's the use in wondering?

Anecdote # 1: P. and I were staying at a hotel in New York City where we found our room to be too street noisy and a little shabby. We asked reception the next morning if we could get a quieter room and they upgraded us to a much larger suite. Just like that.

Anecdote # 2: Also while on the flight from Honolulu to Auckland, I asked the airhostess whether they had any vegetarian meals, "No," she said with care, "there are none left in economy but when first class is finished I'll go and check up there."

Ask questions. Don't be afraid. The worst they can say is no.

.,.However I'm still waiting on that day when I ask to be upgraded to first class and it works! Has it ever worked for you?

Friday, February 05, 2010

Travel Tip # 2

Pack your own lunch.

Wonderful image of women workers having lunch in their rest room, C&NW Railroad, Clinton, Iowa, 1942 from bayswater97.

Generally nothing you eat on an economy class flight is going to blow your mind culinarily speaking, so pack some small nutritious snacks from home & eat your main meal in your stopover airport or at your final destination. You won't regret it.

As a sidenote to this tip; I found that by not eating the questionable plane dishes & saving my appetite for a main meal in my destination helped lessen jetlag. Mealtime is the best way to get your body into the new timezone.

In my lunchbox, small containers of;
  • almonds
  • dried apricots
  • dried pears
  • crystallised ginger
  • a banana
What's your take on plane food? More to the point, have you ever had a nice plane meal in economy?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Travel Tip # 1

When getting on an aeroplane, always place your carry-on luggage in an overhead compartment closest to the entry/exit.

Travel as confidently as these ladies by following my Travel Tips. Fabulous image found here.

Because when there's a mad rush to get off the flight once it lands, you get to go forward in the jammed up queue of people not behind even further.

....time is of the essence after being cooped up for a few hours on an aeroplane.

Some Tips for Your Time

For being a slack blogger while travelling, I'm going to make up for it now... with my Top 5 Travel Tips.

Lost image source, found on Flickr. Let me know if it's yours.

I'll be posting over the next few days just a few things I refined after jumping onto plane after plane with P.

And please share with me any great travel tips you have. Anyone know the secret to getting upgraded on a flight? Let me know, I'd love to know that answer!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Reverse Culture Shock

So P. and I arrived home yesterday to the most wonderful reception. Our families were waiting for us as we walked into the airport, there were some tears and lots of laughs.

A beautiful image from Brown Button.

It's a strange feeling being back in my own bed, home and town. Using Australian money. Hearing Aussie accents...

I'm hesitant in driving my car - it's been 6 months since I've been behind the wheel, preferring cycling while I was living in France.

But anyway I'm back, so expect some travel tips and some great places to eat my food blog.

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