Things I Read This Week: March 24, 2017

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How was your week? Listen, I know what you’re thinking: “Sarah, you just posted about carrot cake a couple of weeks ago.” And you’re not wrong. But hear me out! First of all, this is carrot bread. And second of all … okay, fine. You’re right. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Smitten Kitchen – Carrot Cake with Cider and Olive Oil
Look, if you love carrot bread, you love it, and if you hate it, you should move on to one of the other links in this post. I promise* to lay off the carrot-based baked goods in the future.

Vulture – The Year of Living Publicly
You’ve probably seen this profile of Jenny Slate posted all over the Internet — I guess the Chris Evans connection makes this story pretty juicy — but you should read it because Jenny Slate seems like a hilarious, genuinely nice person. Another good read: Chris Evans Fights Back (the title makes it sound like he and Jenny are fighting, but really it’s just about being a superhero).

Food & Wine – How Your Instagram Posts Created a New Starbucks Drink
It’s satisfying to see a brand listen to customers and move so quickly to put a popular “secret” item on the menu to offer a consistent experience, like Starbucks did with the Cold Buster, though I’m still on the fence about steamed lemonade. Has anyone tried this drink yet? Did you like it?

Washington Post – SNL to Finish a Record-Shattering Season by Doing Something It’s Never Done Before
Beginning on April 15th, SNL will go live coast-to-coast for its final 4 episodes of the season, airing live at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT. As someone who watched SNL religiously during the Will Ferrell years before completely abandoning it for over a decade, I think that the show’s sudden resurgence in popularity is fascinating. Will you be watching these episodes live in your time zone?

Science of Us – There’s a Psychological Explanation for Why Tetris Is So Addicting
Did you know individual Tetris pieces are called Tetrominoes? Isn’t that just the best?

*note: promise not binding.

Things I Read This Week: March 10, 2017

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How was your week? I’m visiting my parents for the weekend, which means lots of good meals and a visit to my favourite flea market with my dad on Sunday morning. Can’t complain! Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Food & Wine – Classic Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting
I see this cake in my immediate future. Mainly because I need this cake in my immediate future.

Bustle – Here’s How The Women’s Strike Affected The Workday
Some stats on how the Day Without a Woman affected Wednesday’s workday across various industries. Also: How Men Failed the Women’s Strike Before it Even Started.

Glamour – Chrissy Teigen Opens Up for the First Time About Her Postpartum Depression
A million emoji praise hands for Chrissy Teigen’s essay about dealing with anxiety and depression after the birth of her first child. This is an important discussion and I’m glad Queen Chrissy is joining the conversation!

The New York Times – Opinion: White Resentment on the Night Shift at Walmart
Tracie McMillan is a food writer who went undercover at Walmart and Applebee’s to study the American food supply chain for her book, The American Way of Eating. Like J.D. Vance’s excellent Hillbilly Elegy, which the NYT selected as one of their 6 books to help understand the current political climate in America, McMillan’s opinion piece gives us a glimpse of why things went the way they did in November. I don’t think we’ll ever stop looking for answers, but this is a start.

Vulture – The One Scene That Got William Daniels to Play Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World
Raise your hand if you grew up in ABC TGIF’s Boy Meets World era and wished Mr. Feeny was the principal at your school. (Also, raise your hand if you’re now getting ready to re-watch all 7 seasons of this show as soon as you’re done catching up on Riverdale …)