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May 27, 2011

Friday Recap: Food and Other Things Edition

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Since many of us are about to head into a magical place in time called three-day weekend, some of us are probably also going to be eating a lot of food and partaking in beverages of the tasty kind. So, I thought we’d take this Friday recap to talk food and some other things.

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the smell of BBQ in the summer that makes me happy. But what are vegetarians to do in the face of all this backyard fun and delicious BBQ sauce? MSNBC gives tips on how veggies can survive BBQ season. Tip No. 2 says don’t make wounded animal noises when your friends bite into their meat. Ha.

FOX in Philly gives ideas for Memorial Day grilling, including new and exciting ways to eat a dog (of the hot variety) and recipes for drinks, including “adult” lemonade — yes please!

But if you plan on grilling fish, beware: nonprofit group Oceana conducted a study and found that up to half of the seafood we eat is mislabeled as another type. This is probably the only type of meat you can get away with doing that, and it happens to be the only kind I eat, so I am slightly perturbed about this — especially since I take such great measures to eat sustainable fish.

However, I do remember a time when I did eat other kinds of meat. And when Susan sent me this link on maple bacon ice cream (yes, you heard right), I was whisked away down memory lane, when pancakes and bacon were a favorite combo of mine. [I want that ice cream. Portland, make it happen. –Susan]

Just ‘cause I don’t eat beef doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy my all-time favorite fast food: In-N-Out (go grilled cheese!), which BTW, did not win this burger taste test against competitors Five Guys and Shake Shack (the winner). That still didn’t curb my five-month craving for INO that I haven’t yet indulged in.

Mark Zuckerberg just rose 20 points on my respect meter for challenging himself to only eat meat from animals that he kills himself. In my opinion, people these days are too disconnected from their food source. There’s something to be said for someone who can face up to the reality of where his dinner comes from. Zuck, you’re A-OK in my book.

Speaking of death, NASA declared one of its Mars rovers, called Spirit, dead after more than a year of trying to re-establish communication. Is it weird that I find her cute? Susan was in mourning all week. [Godspeed, Spirit! You did good. –Susan]

Inspired by the random acts of kindness that Secret Agent L began in 2009, this teacher instilled the gift of giving into her class of 3-year-olds. Favorite part: a little girl cried after an act of kindness, saying, “My heart just feels so good right now.”

And while we’re on the topic of acts of kindness, John Quimby uses his plane to help rescue animals that have been removed from high-kill shelters, so they have a second chance at life. The program called Pilots N Paws allows shelter animals to find new and loving homes via the help of planes.

Raise your hand if you loved VH1’s Pop-Up Video. Now take that raised hand and high-five the person next to you because the show is making a comeback this fall! Oh man, so many weekends I’ve wasted on Pop-Up Video marathons.

Discovered this video via Jonathon Colman on Twitter, and it made me smile:

If you’re celebrating the long weekend — enjoy!

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2 responses to “Friday Recap: Food and Other Things Edition”

  1. Jonathon Colman writes:

    That otter is adorable and brilliant. The kid’s kinda goofy. :)

  2. Jessica Lee writes:

    Jonathon! Thanks for the great find. I love videos like this because it just further proves that animals are more like us than many people think.



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