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Dec 10 2012

Stephen Colbert on Cynicism

“Cynicism is not wisdom. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but cynicism is a self-imposed blindness. You put the blinders on yourself to protect yourself from a world that you think might hurt you or disappoint you. Be a fool. Believe things will be good. Better to be hurt.”

I heard Stephen Colbert say this on Oprah’s Next Chapter, and found it striking. I agree, but “better to be hurt” is so rough to put into practice. Do you think cynicism can be a function of wisdom? Where do you find yourself on the jaded spectrum?

(Photo by Mark Seliger)

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Nov 1 2012

The Appreciation Engine

My friend Steph Dub is asking people to make audio gratitude journals by recording something they’re thankful for every day. I have that thing where I don’t like the sound of my own recorded voice, so I’m a little cringe-y posting this, but here’s my first one:

Cool idea, right? You can record yours right here at the Appreciation Engine, which is part of SoundCloud’s Community Fellowship Program.

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Oct 9 2012

11 a.m. Weak Whiskey Soda, 5 p.m. Nap


Ben Franklin’s Daily Routine

Lately I’ve tried, and failed, to impose a daily routine on myself. This morning, I’ve been pouring over Daily Routines and it’s making me feel a little better. My proposed daily schedule is militaristic compared to Winston Churchill’s:

Despite all this activity Churchill’s daily routine changed little during these years. He awoke about 7:30 a.m. and remained in bed for a substantial breakfast and reading of mail and all the national newspapers. For the next couple of hours, still in bed, he worked, dictating to his secretaries.

At 11:00 a.m., he arose, bathed, and perhaps took a walk around the garden, and took a weak whisky and soda to his study.

At 1:00 p.m. he joined guests and family for a three-course lunch. Clementine drank claret, Winston champagne, preferable Pol Roger served at a specific temperature, port brandy and cigars. When lunch ended, about 3:30 p.m. he returned to his study to work, or supervised work on his estate, or played cards or backgammon with Clementine.

At 5:00 p.m., after another weak whisky and soda, he went to bed for an hour and a half. He said this siesta, a habit gained in Cuba, allowed him to work 1 1/2 days in every 24 hours. At 6:30 p.m. he awoke, bathed again, and dressed for dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Dinner was the focal-point and highlight of Churchill’s day. Table talk, dominated by Churchill, was as important as the meal. Sometimes, depending on the company, drinks and cigars extended the event well past midnight. The guests retired, Churchill returned to his study for another hour or so of work.

In conclusion, I need more whiskey sodas in my day. I also need a social secretary, and a wife.

Are you good with routine? Will you marry me?

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Jul 26 2012

Mighty Thirst: Sassy Lassi

Sassy Lassi | Mighty Girl

Were you ever watching So You Think You Can Dance, when you thought to yourself, “I need a signature cocktail to get me through this Bollywood routine.” Friend, I’ve got your back.

Sassy Lassi serves 3
• 6 oz mangos
• ½ cup coconut water
• 4 ice cubes
• 6 oz plain yogurt
• 3 shots Kraken rum
• Pistachios to garnish (These are good and crunchy. Do not skip them.)

Put everything in a blender except the pistachios and mix it up. Garnish and enjoy.

AB Chao is still in town, so here’s to Louisiana Iced Coffee in the sun, dancing around in your swimsuit, and sneaking smokes. What are you toasting this week?

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Jul 19 2012

Mighty Thirst: The Vacation

The Vacation | Mighty Girl

This cocktail is so easy, but the type of rum matters. You want Kraken because it has a strong vanilla profile that softens the drink, and also because the cephalopod label makes your bar look so 2005-Brooklyn-Tattoo.

All you need is:

• A shot of Kraken Rum
• Coconut water to taste

Pour over ice, swizzle, and add an optional cherry garnish. Simple? Perfect. You’re on vacation, you shouldn’t have to work too hard for your drink.

Here’s to staying up all night talking on the porch, tubing on the river, sand in the car. What are you toasting this week?

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Jul 12 2012

Mighty Thirst: Avocado Bourbon Shake

Mighty Thirst, Avocado Bourbon Shake | Mighty Girl

I know. I know it sounds weird, maybe even terrible. It is not. It is the most delicious thing you have ever tasted, plus bourbon. Put this in your blender, and then put it in your mouth. Trust.

Avocado Bourbon Shake serves 4
• 2 small, ripe Haas avocado (½ cup or so)
• 3 cups vanilla ice cream
• 1 cup coconut water
• 4 shots Bulleit bourbon

Here’s to the wind off the lake that tangles your hair, warm deck planks and bare feet, one milkshake and two straws.

What are you toasting this week?

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Jun 28 2012

Now Read This! Amelia Morris’s Bon Appétempt

Bon Appetempt, Call Your Girlfriend

You know what you should read? Bon Appétempt.

Bon Appétempt is writer Amelia Morris’s hilarious online photo and video chronicle of her attempts to duplicate aspirational recipes, interspersed with gems like the video above — Amelia’s Bon Appétempt of Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend. That video makes me so 1997-excited-about-the-Internet, I feel like crushing something.

Other memorable bon appétempts include chocolate éclairs (with her mom), caramelized sea scallops (in Paris), and a Barefoot Contessa–worthy dinner party. Go read it. You will like it.

Images and video via Bon Appétempt.

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