Pass The Purple Potatoes, Please

Get ready to rumble, açai, watermelon, and whatever other edibles have been touted as “superfoods,” because there’s a new contender entering the ring. A researcher at Kansas State University has developed a variety of sweet potato that has thick purple skin and flesh that increases its cancer-fighting properties. “The color is the important part because the purple color is responsible for the amount of anthocyanin in the potato,” Soyoung Lim said. Reportedly, the purple sweet potato not only possesses high quantities of this cancer-fighting element, but it’s also packed with antioxidants. The taters should be available for clinical trials next year. I can’t wait to start having violet-colored sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving. [Marie Claire U.K.] Keep reading »

What Is The Most Romantic Way To Win A Lover Back?

In his August “Jake (A Man’s Opinion)” column in Glamour, single guy Jake discusses “7 ‘Sexy’ Things That Aren’t” (which reminds us of our Sweet Overload: 15 Ways A Guy Can Overdo It). In the last paragraph he writes:

I was at dinner with my last girlfriend, Claudia, admiring the candlelight reflecting off her olive skin, the warmth of her smile and…hold on, was that glitter on her eyes? In glitter’s defense, it’s not not sexy; maybe it’s even in style right now. But it marks the point where makeup veers into arts ‘n’ crafts. No man dates a woman because she’s an expert with cosmetics. He dates you for what’s underneath all that. P.S. Claudia, I miss you, spangles and all.

Even though Jake kind of dissed Claudia’s glitter eyeshadow, he still was man enough to admit he missed her — and he put his feelings in print for millions of people to read. How romantic! So we’d like to know what’s the most romantic thing a former lover has done to win you back or what have you done to get a lover back? Tell us in the comments. Keep reading »

Bravo TV Looking For America’s Next Best … Artist?

In the past few years, Bravo has produced a mixed bag of reality content, gaining credibility with shows like “Project Runway” and “Top Chef” that actually succeeded in mass marketing two cultural categories. But then came the wave of housewives, Kathy Griffins, and NYC prep school kids, that took the channel to a lowbrow level — albeit it, one that we love. Bravo may now be looking to class things up again, by working with the ultimate in highbrow—the art world. The network is casting for a reality game show for artists, and is tapping major sources like the Art Institute of Chicago and reputable Manhattan galleries for promising students. Keep reading »

Gallery: The Best American Fashion Designers

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Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” Video Directed By Kanye Features Bra-less Boobies

Our new obsession, Drake just dropped his new music video for “Best I Ever Had,” directed by Kanye West. After the initial “Degrassi” disabled basketball star flashbacks, I have to admit I just a bit peeved at the bra-less basketball team’s gratuitous bouncing…don’t they know that working out sans sports bra hurts the little sisters? Drake made up for it when he said, “Sweat pants, hair tied, chilling with no makeup on, that’s when you’re the prettiest, I hope that you don take it wrong” and then again (kinda) when you find out his coaching skills were limited to teaching the beauties how to stretch and he essentially admits to being a total perve who just wants to love. What do you guys think, adorable or abominable? Keep reading »

Quick Pic: A Slippery Kiss

A mother and its one-month-old Californian sea lion nuzzle noses in a Munich, Germany, zoo. [7/3/09] Keep reading »

How To Wear A Tutu Without Looking Silly

Are Facebook And Hookups The New Frontier Of International Relations?

Cultural conservatives and grannies alike are bemoaning the end of an era. They wax on about a time when people wrote letters on parchment with fountain pens instead of posting OMG’s and WTF’s on Facebook walls. They reminisce over the days of proper courtship, when holding hands was considered forward. Many adults these days see the rise of internet communication and “hookup culture” as the undoings of society as we know it. While I love a good old fashioned postcard and swoon when I get taken out on a real date, I don’t think Facebook and hookups are going to lead civilization astray. In fact, I boldly assert that modern technology and modern “relationships” are the new frontiers of international diplomacy. Keep reading »

Summer Drinks To Sip By The Pool

After spending about six months in London one thing was clear, the go to summer drink was Pimm’s and Lemonade whether you were at the boat races or the beach. Here are just a few of my favorite summer cocktail concoctions for the perfect lazy summer afternoon.

Pimm’s & Lemonade

Best for: Watching the Oxford-Cambridge boat race or sailing in the hamptons
How to make it: 1/4 Pimm’s No. 1
3/4 Lemonade
Some mint leaves, lots of ice and some fruit for fun

Sangria

Best for: late night christmas light laden backyard bbqs (we’re giving you a fun white wine alternative)
How to make it: 1 bottle of white wine (riesling, or some equally delicious sweet white wine)
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1/2 cup soda (anything citrus based like sprite)
fruit (mangoes, peaches, pineapple)

Planter’s Punch

Best for: kicking back in a rocking chair or swaying in a hammock
How to make it: 1/3 Dark Rum
1/3 Orange Juice
1/3 Pineapple Juice
some Lime Juice and Grenadine

Mojito

Best for: anywhere and everywhere
How to make it: 1/2 cup rum
two tbsp. sugar
three tbsp. limejuice
club soda
crushed ice and mint leaves

We left out some classic favorites like Margaritas, Pina Coladas and Long Island Iced Teas but we’re hoping these for will help kick you off. Keep reading »

The Dos & Don’ts Of An Office Romance

I’m not going to lie and say I have never hooked up with a coworker. I have. That said, I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea. Ladies, we need people to take us seriously at work, glass ceiling be damned. If you are dating the dude who sits at the other end of the office, chances are, he’s admiring your legs rather than the speed at which you typed up that report. But while I don’t think one-night stands or friends with benefits are good for the office, romance happens. So, what if you develop real feelings for one of your coworkers? The dos and don’ts of office dating, after the jump. Keep reading »

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