I love lists and favorites, so I’m going to share a few which have caught my eye now in January. Are you a subscriber to my newsletter? There will be a few favorites in there which aren’t in this post, along with other content (and giveaways!), so sign up now! I’m also on Twitter @rosso.
Favorite on-the-go snack: Endurance crackers. I’ve made these a few times – all seeds. Really. No extra binding needed other than water, and spreading them very, very thin gives you a great cracker. via Oh She Glows.
Favorite me time: Painting nails. Grey nail polish from O.P.I. at Sephora. I’m discovering the pleasure of doing my own fingernails after years of going without. Reds and grays.
Favorite dance break: Dance like Nobody’s Watching. It’s no secret that I love to dance (at least, I haven’t been keeping it purposefully from you). When I come back from the gym, I’m still blasting my workout music, and rather than being tired, I usually have a burst of energy that I let out in an impromptu dance party in the elevator. Though I live on the 7th floor, it’s never long enough. I like this series, Dance like Nobody’s Watching. I may put my own contribution together.
Starting a group "Quelli che ballano in ascensore" (People who dance in elevators) – I'm glad mine doesn't have a camera :)
— Sara Rosso (@rosso) January 24, 2012
Dance like nobody’s watching – love this dance, love this song. And I love the smiling – people should be having fun while they dance! And now I have a girl crush on her, too. Via Carrie Loves.
Favorite Comfort Food Resource: Soup Chick. I love, love, love soups, and since I’ve gotten comfortable whipping up homemade stock (see my recent mixed legumes soup and chicken stock recipes), I love making soup at least once a week. I usually make it last for 2 or more meals and each meal I add a new ingredient so it’s a slightly different soup.
Lydia has been blogging for a long time…and I couldn’t but help love a blog dedicated to just soups. Pictured: Corn chowder with chipotle cream. Check out the long list (and growing) of Soups by Name.
Favorite indulgent snack: Venchi caffe snack. Coffee + chocolate? Yes! Honestly, I think chocolate-covered coffee beans are too much. That’s why I was pleased to find Venchi’s new snack – super dark chocolate (I think 75% but of course now I’ve thrown the package away), roasted cacao nibs, and tiny pieces of coffee beans, too. Indulgent and just the right balance of coffee + chocolate. So far they aren’t sold online, so you’ll have to find a Venchi store to get some. My favorite is at departures at Malpensa airport – I always pick up a little something there. My backup choice is the Chocaviar (available online).
Favorite Project: Apartment Therapy’s January Cure – Get organized and get motivated – a new task and focus every day. Could be started on any month!
Dim Sum. There are few places to get dim sum here in Milan, but I think it will continue to grow. In the meantime, I’ll relish the lessons I got in dim sum from my colleagues at HP. The Essential Guide to Dim Sum is a great introduction. And did you know McSweeney’s does a food journal called Lucky Peach? The writer of the guide contributes there, too.
Favorite healthy trend (for now): Juicing. Everyone’s discovered it – the interblogs are literally exploding with juicing posts. I won’t be doing one here (I think juicing is a tool, but it’s not a cure), but I couldn’t resist Heidi’s post about a lesson in juicing. Her juices are beautiful.
Favorite How-To: How to Make Chocolate Bars. David takes you through how to make custom chocolate bars to wow your friends, and shares a secret about avoiding the dreaded tempering!
Favorite grinder: Garlic and salt. This isn’t your powdered garlic salt from the 1980s. This is raw and real dehydrated California garlic and rock salt. I might actually be addicted to this – I’m finishing my second grinder with a third on the way. And the garlic is from California, so I’m a bit partial. Grind your own!
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