I love lists and favorites, so I’m going to share a few which have caught my eye now in June. Are you a subscriber to my newsletter? There will be a few favorites in there which aren’t in this post, so sign up now! I’m also on Twitter @rosso.
Favorite Milan moment:
I give my current city, Milan, a hard time, so I appreciate it when people (who usually don’t live here) share what they find beautiful and unique about it. It reminds me I’m wrong sometimes. The photography from Park & Cube is especially beautiful and so is this post.
The 99% knocks almost everything out of the park, and their 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer is no exception. They compile 25 snippets of advice from exceptional writers and it’s sure to motivate you.
Favorite want to put in my mouth right now:
Lemon cake. I love lemons – the smell and taste (my aunt actually eats them peel and all, I haven’t gotten there yet), and lemon cakes, which is strange since I rarely make lemon cakes at home (note to self: individual lemon cake experiments needed). I am constantly disappointed by the versions I find out and about (especially most lemon curd is not very lemony), so this lemon cake from Italian Dish looks worth trying.
Favorite wish I was there:
I had to wait until my second decade to visit NYC for the first (and only) time that decade. In my third decade, I’ve already been there four times, and can’t wait to go back. This video is a 1080p (read: large) look at one of my favorite cities in less than 5 minutes.
This post on How to Say No is full of great advice on having priorities and protecting your time. These tidbits are the the best bites, but read the whole article:
1. ONLY EMBARK ON SITUATIONS THAT ARE RESPECTFUL OF YOUR TIME, YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND YOUR HEALTH
2. OPPORTUNITIES ARE RARELY LUCK- THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE- TRUST THAT YOU CAN CREATE THEM AGAIN.
3. YOU CAN’T CONTINUE TO INNOVATE IF YOU’RE TOO TIRED TO DO YOUR BEST WORK. LEAVE TIME TO REST, RESTORE AND BECOME INSPIRED.
Favorite food sparking travel memories:
Mango is a fruit I’ll continue to associate with my time in Thailand, but I love it so much it’s starting to show up in my memories everywhere (giant mangoes in Milan, buying mangoes in the rain on the street in NYC). This salad mixes three things I love – mangoes, apples, and tops it with a sugared lime zest…yes!
Favorite world food focus:
It’s no secret I love exploring the world through food. When I first saw Time’s photo representation of What the World Eats, I was fascinated and paged through endlessly looking at what people eat and how much they spend weekly. It’s worth a look again – What the World Eats Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Have you thought about what your weekly food table would look like?
Favorite reminder about eating, health, and enjoying life:
The intersection of health, food, and enjoying oneself is something I think about every day, and through my writing at Food Blogger on a Diet, I share some of my thoughts with you. The post How I Eat by David Lebovitz is spot on on how to enjoy and indulge but to moderate.
Favorite jam of the moment (the audio kind):
I like my music high (energy) and low (lounge), so I’ll share both with you.
High: Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Remix)
Low: Karuan – Chocolate Distance (Hypnotized)
Favorite how foreigners see USA read:
I love that guide books have given such a focus on being on time for foreign visitors because…it’s true. I hate it when someone is late! Welcome to America, Please Be On Time: What Guide Books Tell Foreign Visitors to the U.S.
Favorite thing I want just one piece to exist and not worry about leftovers being in my vicinity:
Snickers cake from Bakers Royale.
Favorite nostalgia moment:
We always knew PBS was cool – but now we know it’s modern and trendy, too. The PBS Digital Studios just released a great mashup / remix of Mr. Rogers called “Garden of Your Mind” – it’s hypnotic and the message isn’t bad either. You can also follow them on Twitter at: @pbsds – I expect great things.
What kind of favorites are you interested in?