The number of this edition makes me think of only one man.
June 16, 2018
Some Good Bits: With Father’s Day right around the corner (literally), we’re thinking a lot about the experience of family. On that note, our kids are never too young – or too old – to learn that food is familial. 100 Days of Real Food wants you to think about empowering your Middle School to start making meals for your fam this summer; Once Upon A Farm reminds you that the apple don’t fall far from the tree; Taza shares that we’re never too old to have our first ever chicken liver on toast with Dad.
Read: Father’s Day. Man stuff. Mountain biking. Power tools. Maybe a strong, delicious afternoon (or morning – not judging) beverage. Most importantly though – grilling. Whether you’re manning the coals (or gas – again – not judging), there are some do’s and don’ts to the art of grilling. Chef’s Table star Francis Mallmann knows a thing or two about that. From proper hosting etiquette and choosing your wood, to what to drink and what to do with leftovers, Mallmann has perfected the experience of cooking seasoned meats over open flame. This article is from GQ, but I remember reading an article in Esquire (ed. note: found it) about a group outing to his remote island of La Isla for a big ol’ fire-based meal and exhaustive sampling of his expansive wine collection. My invite must’ve gotten lost in the…
Read/Do: Don’t like exercising? You’re not alone. So, here’s a thought – what if you actually spent less time exercising. AND experienced as good, or even better, results. It’s call HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training. Just don’t drop a reference to any version of HIIT by a heavily-policed 8-letter-word descriptor. Alternatively, you could try plogging. Seems legit.
Read: With the emphasis on de-emphasizing carbs – especially those pesky starchy ones – vegetables are getting their time at the table. Paleo, gluten-free, low-carb… vegetables are popular these days in replacing flours, rices and other simple carbs. Cauli pizza crust!?! What!?! Yes, that’s correct. And who knew you could “noodle” so many vegetables (beets, zucchini, turnips…)? Companies are hopping on-board to bring this lifestyle to consumers. (In fact, I can think of one that does a twist on Shepherd’s Pie.) Vegetables are a lot more versatile than they’re given credit for. Mix it up, healthier-ly. #caulipower
Read: Last week, we shared our thoughts on Anthony Bourdain’s death. Our attention, once again, turns to the lingering issue of depression. It’s real, folks. It’s a real, actual issue. And it needs to be stared at, picked apart, and dealt with. It’s particularly alarming when anxiety and depression are listed as side effects by big pharma companies. Like, all of them. Medicines for heartburn, hormones, blood pressure, contraception… the list goes on. All with potential side effects of other issues, “…including anxiety, depression, and in some cases, even death.” Really? We take more and more drugs all the time… drugs to counteract other drugs. Polypharma kills. “We know polypharmacy is growing, we know it is not always promoting good health and longevity in patients, and we know a lot of drugs have certain adverse effects — and one of them is depression and suicidal symptoms,” Qato said. “As a pharmacist, when a patient comes in and reports depressive symptoms, I just think it’s really important to think about what other medications they are on.” Pills are not the answer. In most cases they are a shortcut. For instance.
To keep a more positive note after that story, here’s a sweet (autobiographical) Father’s Day piece I saw on How Bourdain came to be Bourdain. (Hint: his dad.)
AND… ONE LAST THING BEFORE WE GO…
> Ever wonder what it’s like to be a goat? Me either. We can rest easy knowing that someone has done the research for us.
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