June Favorites: Food, Italy, Inspiration and more

June 11th, 2012 · Tags: Favorites

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.

Favorite motivation: 

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.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/43580167 w=600]

The Manhattan Project HD1080P from Cameron Michael on Vimeo.
Favorite makes me work smarter: 

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.

Check out other Design Sponge Biz Ladies articles, one of my favorite series on the web (my article about Networking is for Everyone is part of it!)

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)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n-_9ZjwRC4]

Low: Karuan – Chocolate Distance (Hypnotized)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh8ryjEgkqU]

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.

It also reminds me of the primer I put together for my foreign friends, 101 American Foods to Try in the USA - it’s available here on this site, or you can download it from my Books page.

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.

[youtube http://youtu.be/OFzXaFbxDcM]

 

What kind of favorites are you interested in? 

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  • 1
    Nick Momrik // Jun 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Snickers cake? OMG! Snickers have always been my favorite candy bar, Almond Snickers are a great change of pace, and you can’t beat a Snickers Ice Cream bar. I can only imagine how awesome the cake is.

  • 2
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Jun 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    @Nick – Snickers is definitely still one of my favorite candy bars…sigh. Which is why I just want to make a single / monoportion of this cake to enjoy and then walk away…!

  • 3
    Nick Momrik // Jun 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Make it a double and send me a piece. :-)

  • 4
    Nuts about food // Jun 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Really enjoyed this post, from the beginning on (an American living in Milan). Especially caught up in What the World Eats

  • 5
    joe // Jun 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    That mango apple salad is something I would like to taste.

  • 6
    Samuel Lynn-Evans // Jun 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been in Milan a little while now too, and you’re right, everyone here does give it a hard time. I’d heard a lot of bad things before coming here, but I was actually surprised at how pretty the city is (or is at least in my opinion). I also like the way people don’t mind sitting on the floor here, and the streets are really alive in the evening, like by the colonne.

  • 7
    The Man In Milan // Aug 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    The first picture reminds me of how out of place I always think the Mcdonalds looks in the Galleria!

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