One of my favorite things about living in the south is the way people here take porches (and sitting on them) REALLY seriously. I have become something of a porch sitting evangelist since moving here, spending every free minute in my wicker chair and telling anyone who is stressed out, “Sounds like you could use a few hours on the porch!” (And no, I’m really not sure how I have any friends left either.) My new place has a front porch, but it’s barely big enough for a plastic folding chair, which is making me lust after grander porch setups — not to mention porch SWINGS — like whoa. Care to join me in my lusting? Pour yourself a glass of iced tea and click through to enjoy some premium porch porn (AKA pictures of really pretty porches).
My boyfriend and I decided to give up eating meat about a year ago, shortly after we moved to Nashville. We’re pescetarians, so we’re not completely vegetarian, but I’d say we eat a completely meat-free diet about 90 percent of the time. From an outsider’s perspective, our choice makes very little sense. While we lived in Portland, which is a veritable wonderland for vegetarian and vegans (there were three vegan grocery stores, two raw vegan restaurants, and five vegetarian restaurants within walking distance of my house), we happily feasted on brisket, carne asada, pulled pork, chicken, and turkey fairly often. Then, upon moving to the southern U.S., a region known for its mastery of meats, we decided to give it up.
Even living in Tennessee, switching over to a vegetarian diet hasn’t been that difficult. It’s actually been really fun hunting down meatless options at country diners and trendy new restaurants. The hardest thing about this lifestyle change hasn’t been food-related at all, it’s been explaining it to people, and figuring out how to deal with their reactions. Keep reading »
At this time last year, I was making the longest move of my life so far: from Portland to Nashville. This afternoon, I’m making the shortest: our new place is about two miles from this one. After moving across the country, I assumed this move would be a breeze. I mean, a two-mile move is obviously going to be easier than a 2,400 mile move, right? Right?! Well, not necessarily. We were talking to a friend about it the other day and he summed it up perfectly: “The thing about close moves is that you think it’s no big deal, so you procrastinate, don’t really pack, and then the day of, you’re just cramming shit in garbage bags and throwing it all in the trunk of your car.” The garbage bags full of fragile items that are strewn all over my house right now are proof of this statement’s accuracy. Sigh. So how does a close-in move compare to a massive move? Let’s break down the pros and cons of each… Keep reading »
Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I were out with some friends when the topic of preferred pizza toppings came up (as it does in every great conversation). One of the guys at the table admitted he had a penchant for anchovy pizzas, but his motives were less than pure: “I order anchovies on my pizza so my wife won’t eat it and I can have it all to myself,” he said. “That’s exactly why I order IPAs!” said another guy, holding up his beer, “otherwise my girlfriend will drink it!” My initial reactions to these confessions was, basically, “Oh shit, they’re onto us!” You see, stealing food from my boyfriend is one of my favorite pastimes, especially in restaurants, where I turn into a toddler as soon as his order arrives and start whining, “I want thaaaat!” I view most of our meals together as a challenge to see how much of his food I can steal without him noticing, through sleight of hand and/or emotional manipulation. Most of my friends do this too. But alas, it seems you guys are finally developing some effective defenses. In the spirit of full disclosure, here are nine other covert tactics women have been using to steal your food: Keep reading »
I’m such a sucker for any article or video that’s called, “What (Fill In The Blank) Is Like Around The World!” You can fill in that blank with pretty much anything and I will click and read and enjoy and share that shit on Facebook. Case in point: this video tour of common breakfast foods around the world. To follow it up, those clever foodies have a new video out that showcases the preferred drunk foods from countries around the world. After watching it, I have a new life goal: get drunk in the Czech Republic, if only to enjoy a fried mozzarella sandwich afterwards. Sweet mother of god, that thing looks SO good. Which meals are making your beer-soaked tastebuds tingle? That was a gross sentence, sorry, but seriously, tell me which one looks best to you! [YouTube]
The internet is bursting with parodies of Dove’s Real Beauty ads, and if you ask me, there can never be too many. This one actually came out a year ago, but I just stumbled upon it, and it’s too good not to share. The idea behind it is simple: what if the forensic artist in Dove’s famous “Sketches” ad was enlisted to help men see the real beauty of … their ballsacks? Just watch. [YouTube]
As if a gorgeous boutique hotel tucked into the rainforest of a Caribbean island could get any more perfect, what if that hotel was chocolate themed? Such a wonderland exists, and it’s called Hotel Chocolat, a luxurious lodging option on the island of St. Lucia, operated by a gourmet chocolate company of the same name. In addition to an infinity pool and speedboat taxi to the beaches, Hotel Chocolat partners with St. Lucian farmers to harvest local cocoa, which is used liberally in the hotel’s spa treatments and restaurant menu. A cacoa oil massage followed by a fresh cacao bellini on the balcony? Yes, please! Guests can also tour the estate’s cocoa groves, pick ripe pods off the trees, and make their own chocolate bars. At $500 a night, Hotel Chocolat is a “maybe if I win the lottery” option for most of us, but definitely a fun destination to dream about on a rainy Monday, no?
When I think of my phone, I think of text messages I forgot to return, emails piling up, and this article I read a few months ago that said most people’s cellphones are so teeming with germs that they make porta potties seem like gleaming beacons of cleanliness and sanitation. One way to cut through all these stressful phone thoughts? Outfit your phone with the calmest of covers — like this one, featuring a blissful beach scene. It won’t fix your text message backlog, but it might help you remember to take a breath. Say it with me now: Aaaaahhh. And then go buy some phone cleansing wipes, just for good measure. [$35, Journey's Eye]
Contrary to popular belief, “vibrotactile ticklers” is not the latest trend in sex toys, it’s the name of the high-tech motors embedded in a crazy new navigation system called SuperShoes. SuperShoes are flexible insoles that you can add to a pair of normal shoes. You plug in your destination with your smartphone, and the shoes then direct you there using subtle vibrations on the right or left side of your feet. This lets you meander to wherever you’re going without having to keep your eyes glued to a cell phone screen. Effective navigation with minimal distraction. Pretty cool, huh? Keep reading »
I’ve decided that this year’s summer uniform will be stretchy pencil skirts, slouchy tank tops, and big-ass sunglasses. It’s a combination that’s comfy, stylish, sexy, and accommodating of butt and boob sweat. My style muse? Zoe Saldana. She looks so chic in this outfit, and I love how she added ankle boots and bright red nail polish to bring a little rock star vibe into the equation. Want to join me in stealing her look? Get all the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »