March 15, 2006

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Potluck Readings Vikram's Big Fat Indian Wedding New York Magazine recounts the marriage of Indian playboy, hotelier (Dream and Time) and actor Vikram Chatwal to Priya Sachdev, a model and actor--a multimillion dollar, 10 days, 3 cities and 600 guests from 26 countries affair. Guests included Deepak Chopra, Bill Clinton and Read the NY Times announcement. I dream of attending a traditional Indian wedding. Absolution in a Cup The real meaning of fair trade coffee. "High-end specialty coffees are the fastest growing sector of the industry, and Fair Trade is the fastest growing specialty coffee; demand for it has ballooned by around 70 percent annually for the last five years." Has the fair trade movement lost its way? Project Runway is over. I know. You're surprised that I watch this show. The attraction comes from the marriage of creativity and drama. I'm also a huge Tim Gunn fan. I've listened to the finale recap podcast twice. It's delicious. (This podcast is available through Itunes--search using 'Project Runway'.) How Oxo tools became the gold standard a downtown NYC location allowing easy access to customers and feedback, volatile meetings where "criticism is not just encouraged but venerated," and a lot of listening and watching. Recently I feel in love with the mango splitter which was devised by a minister who travels to underdeveloped countries. Street Art The ongoing discussion around graffiti and when it crosses over into art continues. I don't know the answer but I've been a fan for years--mostly work that is...
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Erin Go Blah No More Originally posted a year ago it continues to be a popular post. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Irish 'modern' cuisine has come a long way from the long held stereotypes of heavy, bland and boiled dinners and other unsophisticated fare. Climate is partly to blame for Ireland's bad culinary rap. Aside from the pragmatic purposes that solid food offers in such a cold and damp place, the other culprit for Ireland's lack of culinary inspiration was simply economics. Couple this with a geographic location that isn't ideal for growing a variety of crops. It was ideal for potatoes, as we all know. History suggests that Sir Walter Raleigh, a native of Ireland, planted the first potato in his native land around 1580. Raleigh had carried the spud from his explorations to Peru. The conditions were perfect; the climate and soil ideal for its cultivation. During the the1980s and 90s Ireland transitioned from an agricultural economy to a high-tech economy—skipping the industrial revolution altogether. The country, with a now-earned nickname of the Celtic Tiger, has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. Due to this financial windfall, which has resulted in an increasingly sophisticated society the country, and in particular Dublin, has been transformed into an international city. An unknowing upside to skirting the industrial revolution was that it was necessary for everyone to rely on locally produced and home-grown foods from meat and seafood to dairy and vegetables, as there were few roads and factories to work in. Today Ireland’s...

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