Things I Read This Week: April 28, 2017

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How was your week? Buds appeared on all the trees seemingly overnight and May is just around the corner, so I think it’s finally safe to say this: it’s springtime. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Bon Appetit – Grilled Steak Salad with Beets and Scallions
I’ve made variations of this salad before, and it’s always delicious. Use a mixture of greens you like, and go for skirt steak if you can find it — despite its reputation as a tough cut, skirt steak is really tender when cooked to medium-rare and cut against the grain, plus it’s usually less expensive per pound than strip steak.

Saveur – The Real Reason Chinatown Produce is Crazy Cheap
Hint: it has nothing to do with subpar produce. Thanks to low overhead and their proximity to distribution warehouses, Chinatown produce vendors are able to pass on savings to their customers, as well as offer a wider selection of fruits and vegetables that are difficult to find elsewhere. Bring a reusable bag and experiment with produce you’ve never tried before!

The Guardian – The Ungrateful Refugee: ‘We Have No Debt to Repay’
A great read for anyone looking to get a more nuanced understanding of the challenges refugees face when arriving in a new country.

Racked – Princess for a Day, Disney Bride for Life
“The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, because Disney weddings happen ’round-the-clock … Brides and brave-faced loved ones arise as early as 3 a.m. to begin hair and makeup prep, employing glam squads whose typical call-times occur in the middle of the night. The guests, too, rise promptly — weddings that take place inside Disney’s Florida theme parks begin two hours before regular parkgoers enter, which means they can start as early as 7:30 a.m., or two hours after parks close.” This is next-level commitment.

Extra Crispy – Why Baking Is Good for Your Mental Health
File under “articles to refer to next time someone asks me why I’m baking yet another loaf of bread.”

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Things I Read This Week: April 21, 2017

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How was your week? Toronto’s a good place to be this weekend — the Maple Leafs and the Raptors are still fighting through the first round of their respective playoff matchups, the High Park cherry blossoms are predicted to bloom any minute now, and tomorrow is Record Store Day! Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Bon Appetit – Braised Chicken Thighs with Squash and Mustard Greens
This is more of a cold-weather dish, but this spring has been all over the place and I think I have at least one more weekend of slow braising ahead of me before we (finally!) set up the barbecue for the season.

The New York Times – The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking
Have you ever noticed that it’s much easier to help a friend see their strengths and talents than it is to recognize our own? Why is that? We may never be able to completely escape our negative or anxious thoughts, but we can certainly learn to control them. One strategy: consider what advice you would give to a friend in a similar situation, then apply it to yourself. Deep breaths! We can do this.

Chatelaine – We Packed up the Kids and Moved to Tanzania. Then Things Fell Apart
This author’s account of moving her family from Ontario to Tanzania is far from the Eat, Pray, Love-esque travelogues we’ve become accustomed to seeing in the past few years, which is refreshing (not to mention incredibly anxiety-inducing!). Would you ever make such a huge, life-altering decision without a back-up plan?

The Stranger – The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black
Wooow. Ijeoma Oluo’s patience is unparalleled. This whole conversation seems like it required nerves of steel.

High Park Zoo – Help Name the Baby Capybaras!
The High Park Zoo’s three new #capybabies need names! You can submit your suggestions on the Zoo website until May 3rd; voting begins May 8th.