Friday, October 23, 2009

Top Ten Links of the Week: 10/16 – 10/22

Today launches the Megalinks in brand new Friday top ten form. While you're scrolling, don't forget to check out the honorable mentions section, a short list of other noteworthy stories and posts. It's a linkapalooza, minus the obligatory Jane's Addiction reunion.

1) Improv Everywhere: Grocery Store Musical
Years ago, I took improv comedy classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. In addition to it being the most fun thing ever, it’s where I met the Husband-Elect. (Amy Poehler will kind of be responsible for the birth of our kids, in the most roundabout way ever.) Improv Everywhere was created by UCB veteran Charlie Todd, and what they do is just wonderful. Grocery Store Musical is just their latest stroke of genius. If you have time, browse the site (especially the U2 stunt), and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

2) The Atlantic: Preparing for Gastric Bypass
If you know someone going in for bariatric surgery, forward him/her this excellent piece about communicating with medical teams. The first part (regarding complications of a particular case) is a little scary, but the rest really emphasizes the support systems needed to make the procedure a successful one. It’s as much mental as physical.

3) Culinate: How to Buy – and Share – Your Groceries in Bulk
Nice first-person account of families pooling their cash to buy organic food in bulk. Kathleen’s saving mad cash, reducing her garbage, and feeding her kids better all in one fell swoop. Nice work!

4) Huffington Post: Anthony Bourdain – Coolness Factor Wearing Thin
It’s a long, detailed, occasionally condescending argument for eating less meat disguised as an anti-Bourdain missive. And while I essentially agree with Kozloff, it seems like he might want to advocate moderation rather than rail against carnivores. P.S. If I was Bourdain reading this, I’d be most offended at the very first word: “celebrity.”

5) New York Times: A Few Cookies a Day to Keep the Pounds Away?
What John Nemet’s Cookie Diet says: Eat cookies! Get thin!
What John Nemet’s Cookie Diet forgets to say: Pay $56 a week to eat cookies! Get thin temporarily! Become viciously unhealthy! Gain every pound back the second you quit eating the cookies!

6) The Simple Dollar: Ethical Frugality Week - Free Samples
Are you obligated to buy something if you scarf a few free samples at CostCo? I say no, but that’s only because I’m usually in there to buy something anyway. The food is kind of a nice perk. If you’re doing it constantly, it’s another story. Readers?

7) Lifehacker: 10 Simple Freezer Tricks to Save You Time and Money
Want to tame freezer burn? Optimize your cooling coils? Save the information on a fakakta hard drive? Lifehacker tells all!

8) Food Politics: FDA to Clean Up Front-of-Package Mess
Oh, thank goodness. Froot Loops should not now or ever be considered a health food.

9) The Kitchn: What Foods Are Always in Your Fridge?
At Casa el CHG: milk, eggs, cheese, jam, capers, hummus, various condiments. What about you guys?

10) The Simple Dollar: Monday Mailbag
A reader wrote in to Trent regarding a Crate and Barrel advertisement, claiming the store was too expensive to be displayed on a personal finance blog. Rather than get into the ethics of blogs advertising (which I’m kind of new at), I’m gonna defend C&B for a minute. Because seriously, they have some great deals if you know where to look. A lot of their everyday glassware and smaller utensils are under $2 each, and the sales tend to be really solid. Plus, it’s always nice to give somebody a set of glasses in a C&B box, while secretly knowing you only paid $12.


Casual Kitchen: The Priming Reflex - How to Control Your Appetite (And Turn Your Back on a Million Years of Evolution)

Eat Me Daily: Food Art – ‘Eat the Art’ Group Exhibit at BHCC in Boston

Eat Me Daily: The Future of Print - The Rival Predictions of Ruth Reichl and Regina Schrambling

Epic Self: How to Master Portion Control for Life

The Kitchn: Best Quiet Snacks for Eating in Class

Money Saving Mom: Stretching Your Dollars Online With Coupons and Cashback

New York Times: Show Off Your Vegetables With Pasta

Seattle Times: Guide to the rice selection at your local market

Serious Eats: All About Curry

SFGate: Pumpkins – Going Beyond Pie

Readers, any other sweet links I missed? Feel free to add them in the comments section, and have a great weekend!

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Kristine said...

I hope the FDA does make some progress on those "healthy choices" and other misleading advertising.

As for the sampling, I rarely grab more than 1 - per person, and I am always there to shop. I may not buy that item. THIS time, that is. I may buy it in the future. When we had a Costco nearby, I would only sample from the traveling shows if I was interested. I felt that was more respectful than trying to get a "free lunch."

Alexis said...

Thanks for the links! I just found out I have to have my gallbladder out in three weeks and my surgeon said I cannot eat any fat until then... I usually cook low-fat, but no-fat is a little daunting. Do you have a list of recipes with no fat at all in them? I plain to look through all of your recipes, but if you have a list, it would sure be easier!

I really love your blog--great recipes and you have a great sense of humor, too!

Kris said...

Kristine, that's pretty much how I see it, too. Free samples are nice when you're there, and they put something in your head for future purchases.

Alexis, we don't have many totally fat-free recipes here, but you should definitely try Fatfree Vegan Kitchen. ( Susan has a ton of stuff that could really help you out.

Jeff S. said...

I think it's ferkakdeh.

WASP whose family can't stay away from the Jews

AJP said...

Kris--technical question--is there anyway you can insert the links so a separate page pops up? I click on a link and away goes CHG. Then I'm lost in the blogosphere and forget about that other megalink I wanted to click on. Not a big deal, just thought I'd ask. Thanks!

Kris said...

AJP! Done and done! I've always wanted to do that. Thanks for the reminder!

Anna said...

I clicked through from the feed reader- great links today, thanks. :)

Daniel said...

Yeah, when Fruit Loops got a "Smart Choice" label, I think it was clear that that industry-sponsored food labeling campaign became an instant joke. Congrats to Marion Nestle at Food Politics for being early on that story, by the way.

Also re: The Simple Dollar and the reader who complained. It sure seems like Trent has to deal with a LOT of complainers. The whole point of advertising is the it enables the readers to read free content. What is there to whine about?

And Kris, really liking the new format for your links roundup. Keep it going!

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