1. Babe Walker Honors NYFW
Ah, fashion week. Back so soon? We’ve all noticed the media frenzy that’s been hustling about lately, and all the blog posts polling outfits for their writer’s attendance at this or that show. I, for one, will be watching the coverage from the comfort of my giant couch, yoga pants (and totally haute couture nails, bien sûr), and pint of Ben and Jerry’s Raspberry Fudge Chunk Greek Frozen Yogurt (v. healthy). O has already been warned that it is my goal to be traveling this time next year to NYFW “for work”. To lighten the heavy, heavy should-I-wear-floral-denim-or-a-cascade-peplum-blazer-or-both-OMG dialogue, amuse yourself with Babe Walker’s ode to NYFW. Poetry at its finest.
2. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Slaw and Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles
While this title clearly needs no explanation, I’ll still expound. Are you one of the tortured souls out there who’s never been fed the holy chicken and waffles? Thankfully for Roscoe’s out West, we in the South are no longer the only ones who get to bask in the glory of this pure, unadulterated gluttony. However, if you dress up the combination with more complex, unexpected flavors, like jalapeño-cheddar waffles, you become less of a glutton, and more of a gourmet. One of my favorite blogs, My Life as a Mrs., generously shares her recipe for buttermilk fried chicken tenders with cilantro slaw and jalapeño cheddar waffles. While I personally have never deep fried anything with my waffle iron on at the same time, I can guarantee you that this is a winner. One of our favorite places in town, Flight, serves a truffled-potato waffle with mushroom cream sauce, fried chicken, and maple bacon. Right? Right. Go grease your waffle iron and buy two gallons of peanut oil. This is brunch made kitschy, and thereby socially acceptable. Just kidding. It’s delicious!
3. Ted Talks: Stephen Wolfram and His Theory of Everything
Quite a bit more mathy and geeky, yet universally applicable, is not a read, but a watch. TED Talks presents Stephen Wolfram, who explains his theory of everything. He essentially created a computational program manifested as a search engine that can provide answers to mathematical questions, relational questions, and ultimately? To answers about.. anything. I, however, deeply resent the project. Where was this when I was in high school calculus? Academic laziness aside, the implications are massive for this theory. Spend some time on wolframalpha.com, and you’ll see what I mean.
4. Kitchen 101: Meat Cuts
While I might profess to possess “above average” skills in the kitchen, there are still certain things that elude me. Namely? What you call the front leg of a lamb (fore shank), cow (shank), or pig (picnic [obviously]). In their Kitchen 101 series, Chasing Delicious breaks down the elementary culinary processes and information to help us all improve–from total newbies to veterans. In this installment, they review everything you’ll need to know about the different cuts of meat. Totally valuable. Bookmark this page! It’s a fail-safe reference for tenderness vs. toughness, appropriate cooking methods, and a life free of general embarrassment in front of your butcher.
5. Power Lunch at Duke’s
I usually have no real interest in reading about your expensive meal that I cannot afford at a restaurant to which I will never go. At the very least, tell me how to make it. Otherwise, it’s about as fulfilling as Googling a bunch of hot guys [when you’re single (I no longer find other men attractive [Thanks for doing the dishes, honey])]. But there’s always exceptions. The Londoner discusses an interesting spa + restaurant + PA service all in one, which I find to be totally and completely fascinating. So fascinating, in fact, that if I didn’t live in Memphis, where people simply do not pay for people to go buy them a copy of Vogue, I would look into entrepreneuling* one myself. How remarkable to pop in, order three absolutely phe-nom-en-al looking courses, get a mini-massage, a bottle of Chanel Rouge Noir “nail varnish”, and skip out, in under 60 minutes?
*Note: Entrepreneuling is, in fact, a word, and means a combination of “wrestling” and “entrepreneurship”. Often used when one wishes to start a business in an industry in which they have no experience.2