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Link Love + One Year of Togetherness

This weekend C and I celebrated one year of dating.  Hooray! It may not sound like much, but for two strong minded adults who have never been married, compromise and putting the relationship first is a real accomplishment.  This year of dating him has been so much fun and inspiring and challenging in ways that are so, SO worth it.

We celebrated with a romantic dinner in the city at Lydia Bastianich’s Becco–even though the food wasn’t quite as great as we expected, the time together was perfect.  Here’s to another year of togetherness!

Becco

Here are some sites I saw along the way….

NYC to AP

 

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Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

This movie, OMG GMO was so beautifully shot and touching to watch.  If you’re curious about your food and how GMOs are a part of it, this is a must see.

I just LOVE the idea of Monk Mode!!

 An interesting take on choices and pursuing achievement. (It includes pole dancing.)

Referring to a premier chess player as an athlete (mathlete?) was fascinating to me.  Here’s the guy who could be the next Bobby Fisher.

Dreams do come true!  The touching story of Batkid and how he became a super hero for a day.

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Link Love + One Year of Togetherness2018-03-29T20:23:21-04:00

Link Love + A Feast

I am constantly baffled by the colors that nature creates!  I think I captured some of the last vibrant, fall hues; when I was driving this morning, I was sad to see the leaves are turning brown and dropping from the trees.  If I painted a picture like the one below, the colors would look fake, and yet here they are…

Fall

This weekend I had dinner with C and friends at Porta.  We went to a feast called, “Hail to the Truffle” and it was delicious bites of food garnished in one way or another with….you guessed it–the truffle.  It was a relaxed vibe with fun people.

Porta feast

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

Art or Not?  Either way, I’m a huge fan of Shepard Fairey.

First world problems: Life in the Digital Now.

Is organic food too expensive for your budget?  Here are some tips to make the change.

I’m really pumped to see this movie.  Do you have an opinion on GMOs?

Unknown art works by masters have been discovered.  They were stolen by the Nazis and recovered in fairly good shape.  The question is: who owns them now?

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Link Love + A Feast2018-03-29T20:23:21-04:00

Fun in the summertime

Started off the weekend with this nice souvenir.

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Having fun at the Watermark with C.

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Heard some jazz that had nice mood lighting at Moonstruck.

moonstruck

With all of the rain, the flowers are just amazing!

lily 2  flowers

With all of the GMO news happening, I was so so psyched to find these organic eggs that use non-gmo feed too. Have you ever seen that?  Me either. And I bought these at A&P–times are a changin’.  Hooray!

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Happy almost Independence Day!  Do you have any exciting plans?

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How was your weekend?

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Fun in the summertime2018-03-29T20:23:26-04:00

What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)? The beginner’s guide

I was browsing the aisles in my favorite local natural foods market recently and saw this:

Non GMO-Shelf-Display

I am somewhat familar with what GMOs are, but this display set off a little alarm in my head.  Why is there such a push to advertise the non-gmo foods?  As a major foodie I wanted to dig in and do some research.

What are GMOs? According to the Non-GMO project:

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

What does that mean?  Basically they’re creating seeds for plants that don’t naturally occur.  In other words, they’re creating an unnatural franken-food.

Why would they do that?

  • They can be produced in mass quantities
  • They can be modified to have better taste
  • They can have extra nutrients added
  • They don’t need pesticides because the seed is resistant to everything

That last one made the hair on my neck stand up.  Biotechnology companies are basically engineering GMO crops to resist direct application of herbicide.   This allows the crop plants to live while surrounding weeds die.  Wow.  That doesn’t sound like something we should be eating, does it?

Last year there was a vote on Proposition 37  which demanded food labeling in California and although it wasn’t passed, it brought nationwide media attention on the issue.  But still, most Americans aren’t aware of the extent that GMOs are infiltrating their food sources.  Look how other countries feel about GMOs.

Michael Pollen summarized it best:

What is at stake this time around is not just the fate of genetically modified crops but the public’s confidence in the industrial food chain.

Scary fact: GMOs were just introduced into our food supply in the late 1990′s and no long term human or animal testing was conducted before the FDA approved them.

If they are using GMOs in everyday food without telling us, what else are they doing to our food that we don’t know about?

Image: Nature's Path Organic Foods

Image: Nature’s Path Organic Foods

 Top 10 genetically modified foods

Monsanto has been charged as leading the genetic engineering movement these days because they essentially have a monopoly on the market.  They manufacture both the seed AND the pesticide that kills the other plants that are not the seeds.

The Roundup Ready seeds (which is their line of designer genetically-modified seeds) automatically immunize plants against Roundup, which is a powerful herbicide also made by Monsanto. Farmers can then readily apply Roundup to kill everything but the immunized seeds.  But even the weeds are revolting against this practice.

As I did the research, the amount of information on this topic became overwhelming.  Here are some things you can do to become part of the solution:

  1. Take action–let congress and the FDA know that you want labeling for GMO products.
  2. Be informed–here’s a detailed report on GMO Myths and Truths.
  3. Support manufacturers that provide non-gmo products.  Every dollar you spend on non-gmo products is a vote!  There’s even an App for it!
  4. Buy and plant heirloom seeds.
  5. Tell friends and family about this issue so everyone can make informed decisions.

When did we become so apathetic about our food supply?  Holy moly–we’re so disconnected that they’re totally distorting the seeds we grow everything from!  Tell me your opinions about this topic in the comments below.

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