Let us begin....
(1) JOHN DENVER – LEAVING ON A JET PLANE
(2) GREG LASWELL – THE ONE I LOVE
KUMA’S CORNER – CHICAGO
"Starbucks is giving its siren a facelift. The world's largest coffee company is unveiling a new logo Wednesday that drops the words encircling the sea nymph and gives her a few subtle updates. Starbucks says the changes are more than cosmetic. It's a fresh look for the company as it makes its way back from its toughest times in its 40-year history.
The company says its brand has become so widely recognized that it no longer needed to reinforce its name at every turn. And the wordless logo is also better suited to the company's expansion beyond coffee into a wider range of business lines and into international markets. Starbucks is showing employees the logo Wednesday and plans to bring it to stores in March."
"For those who still have an appetite left after weeks of holiday feasting, it's not too late to defy the fates and eat your way to a happy and lucky new year. As Tanya Steel, editor in chief of food website Epicurious.com, tells NPR's Jacki Lyden, cultures around the world welcome the new year with different feasting traditions.
Lucky Pigs In Germany
In Germany, eating pork is considered lucky for the new year. In fact, the German phrase for "I've been lucky" — Ich habe Schwein gehabt — is the same as "I have had pig." "Pigs are kind of rooted in the ground, and they're always moving forward," Steel says. "So they symbolize progress, and they have rich fat content, which really signifies ... prosperity."
Avoiding Feathers and Claws
On the other side of the barnyard, Hungarians avoid eating chicken, or other fowl that scratch the ground for food, for fear they would also scratch away good luck. Anything winged might be a bad New Year's choice because "good luck could fly away from your house," Steel adds. Steel says her family also has a personal dining aversion to lobsters at the beginning of the year. "They move backwards and can apparently lead to setbacks in the new year," Steel says.
Black-Eyed Peas In The South
In the American South, starting off the year with a dish of black-eyed peas is a good-luck tradition. How this custom began is a subject of debate, but Steel's favorite story dates back to the Civil War era in Vicksburg, Miss. "The townspeople thought they'd run out of every possible morsel of food," Steel says. "So they were searching and searching, and they found some dried black-eyed peas. And that kind of saved the town."
For those looking for luck and something sweeter, there's a tradition that dates back to 1909, when farmers in the Spanish city of Alicante were faced with a surplus of grapes. With each of the 12 strokes of midnight on New Year's Day, revelers eat a grape — one for each month of the new year. "The theory is that, say one goes down badly, or the fifth one is sour, or the sixth one is kind of going rotten ... then that particular month is not going to be good," Steel says.
Ever the nutritional optimist, Steel says even nonbelievers have a reason to gobble down some lucky grapes. "Even if it's just a tradition, you are actually eating something that is so healthy and so filled with polyphenols that you are actually ensuring some good luck because you're helping your health," Steel says. "So as long as you don't choke on them, I think you're fine."
Round or ring-shaped cakes and other baked goods may not lead to good health. But in Mexico or Greece, their coin-like shapes are thought to ensure a prosperous year. The cakes are baked with coins and other surprises hidden inside, and the lucky finders get a year of good fortune — as long as their dental work holds up. Pecan shortbread cookies are a New Year favorite in Steel's household.
"They bring good luck because we love to eat them," Steel say. "So the only thing that we have to worry about post-New Year's is all of the food that we've eaten to bring us good luck, in fact, brought us extra pounds." The consequences of overeating is a perennial challenge after the holidays, but perhaps this year, luck will be on the side of the lucky food eater."http://www.npr.org/2011/01/02/132562452/how-to-eat-for-a-lucky-new-year
If you know me then you know I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS WOMAN. She is my all time favorite curly head, and one of my favorite musicians of all time. Plus she is absolutely gorgeous. I can't get enough of St. Vincent.
"After years touring in epicly-sized folk collectives (Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens), Annie Clark aka St. Vincent has made a splash of her own. In 2007, her debut album "Marry Me" was universally praised by everyone from indie snobs to the New York Times. Her blend of hushed storytelling and powerful arrangements captivated critics, but it is her sharp wit and magnetic stage presence that have solidified her indie dream girl status. Annie chatted with me while on holiday in Texas to discuss champagne cocktails and food that hurts so good."
On "Abuse Your Body Day" you can stop at as many fast food places as you want. When you stop at the gas station you can get down with as much Laffy Taffy as you damn well please. And you can drink that night. So "Abuse Your Body Day" is really the only day that is allocated for fast food eating because I you get really bored with the things that are on your rider like hummus or Pace Picante Sauce. So it's usually the focus of one day where we'll be like, "Okay, what city are we going to and where's the best place by the venue where we can go." Basically a satisfying meal takes on so much importance."
Best burger: Brownie's in Tulsa, OK
Best pizza: Artichoke in New York, NY
Best taco: The Taco Truck on Hyperion in Los Angeles, CA
Best barbecue Daisy May's in New York, NY
Best fine dining: Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar in New York, NY
Best bakery or sweets shop: Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, NY
Best cocktail: Best vodka martini is at Raoul's (but you have to talk about your stock portfolio - pre-requisite!) or Elsa in New York, NY
Best coffee/tea shop: In New York I'm going to say Abraço between 1st and 2nd, I mean you'll be flying with that stuff. And as for tea, well, tea is for pussies so I don't drink tea! And Stumptown in the Pacific Northwest is great and Intelligentsia in the Midwest.
This is just a small section of the interview:
(1) HOMELESS MAN WITH GOLDEN VOICE ‘THANKFUL TO BE HERE’
Ted’s story is BEYOND amazing….
(2) HOME – EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ACOUSTIC COVER (JORGE & ALEXA NARAVEZ)
First for the real song....
First for the real song....
Now it's time for the cutest cover you ever did hear - this is waaaay TOO cute!!!!!
(3) TOM FRUIN’S OUTDOOR SCULPTURE – KOLONIHAVEHUS
“New York artist Tom Fruin’s outdoor sculpture Kolonihavehus in the plaza of the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen has the appearance of a friendly and colorful stained-glass house, yet it also evokes thoughts of churches and Charles Rennie Macintosh.
Fruin’s sculpture is constructed of a thousand reclaimed pieces of plexiglass ranging in size from 2x2 to 24x36 inches. They originate from many sources, including a closed- down plexi distributorship near Copenhagen, a framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops, and the dumpsters outside the Danish Architecture Center.
The sculpture was brought to life by daily performances by Copenhagen-based CoreAct headed by Anika Barkan and Helene Kvint. The performances included poetry of the Danish Vagn Steen, Computer-controlled light sequences by Nuno Neto and a sound installation by Astrid Lomholt.
(4) LADY GAGA LAUNCHES POLAROID SUNGLASSES CAMERA, PRINTER
"Poloroid and Lady Gaga have joined hands to become a team. The result is "Grey Label by Haus of Gaga." This features a pair of sunglasses with embedded camera and display, a mobile photo printer and a Polaroid camera. That's all pretty good, but do you want something that is branded with the Lady Gaga mark? The glasses are capable of shooting t both photos and video, which is stored in memory embedded in one of the earpieces. You can then remove the ear piece and connect it to via USB to a printer and the images can be transferred through Bluetooth. A nice touch is that the glasses also feature a screen in front of each eye that can play back recorded images. Lady Gaga is super excited about this package. The printer is set to release in March for US$150. It is designed to pair via Bluetooth with cell phones. However, this doesn't include the iPhone. The Poloroid camera will only hit the stores by the end of 2011. Lady Gaga fans are sure to be excited.
[[Today’s food clip(s)]]
(1) HOLIDAY COOKING WITH CLARA – HOLIDAY BISCOTTI 2010
Clara will always hold a special place in my culinary heart….
(2) HOW TO MAKE A HEALTHY PIZZA
(3) DEVILED SHRIMP BITES
(4) HILAH COOKING – HOT BUTTERED RUM