Why Think, When I Can Link?

I wonder if they do this in any Parisian cafes?

The Masters of Chocolate descend on my city…

…but I am telling you that I am not going.

What the heck is couverture?

Who said cake decorating is boring?

The 5 most expensive chocolates in the world.
(via WTTF)

Marsha, Marsha..ooh..Marshaaaaa…!!

Meet The Meat We Eat.

Holy bikeshorts, Laura!

Step-by-step guide to mastering gorgeous, buttery French tart dough.

My dinner with Heather.
(And what happens when you send food back around here…)

A new museum in Paris to add to my (huge) list.

Sounds like Café Attitude to me.
(Update: A nice apology!)

Good move, Darrell.

As if we need another reason to love Barry Manilow.

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Best bakeries in Paris?

Somehow I don’t think this is gonna catch on in France

Life in Iran, from an American woman’s perspective.

Lorenzo’s yet another reason to buy top-quality Umbrian olive oil.

Fine French butter, available stateside.

The unhappier you are…the more ice cream you get.
(Via AG)

Sounds good to me!

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8 comments

  • Ha! Love the title! Cool links, too…

  • While I run the risk of being kind of lewd, I think you might appreciate that it is somewhat Freudian that you linked the “meat we eat” right before the bike shorts link…

    Just me?

  • Aaron: I think it is just you. Did you notice Marcia Brady came before either of them?

    (Oops…I think I just did make a real Freudian slip…)

  • David: I purchased your book, have made your wonderful recipes (The Perfect Scoop).

    I really wish you would stick to food instead of political statements (i.e., “Barry Manilow” link). What, is Barry so afraid of little ‘ole Elizabeth? Not all of us are liberal advocates. However, it is your blog, and you can say what you wish.

    I just don’t have to read it, and now I won’t. If I wanted political commentary, I can read it on a hundred different blogs. I came here because I loved your gastronomic commentary and I gained so much information.

    Please, I know the refrain … “don’t let the door hit you on your way out…..”

    No problem.

  • Dear Nuclady: As an author and blogger, I’m happy when people enjoy my recipes in my books and the writing on the blog. And as much as I like to keep the blog neutral, once in a while in the spirit of fun, I do take a jab at something. Although I try to do it in a way that’s funny so readers will get a chuckle, and I hope that people accept divergent points of view.

    And although you’re right that this is a food blog, and I’m just a cookie-baker (or ice cream maker), I am a person and do have opinions. But I try to present them in a humorous way for the enjoyment of all my readers, no matter what their beliefs are. Vegans, chocolate-haters, NRA advocates, gluten-free folks and Libertarians are all welcome.

    But we’ve become afraid of discussion. Perhaps because television cable ‘news’ in America has become a shout-fest rather than a spirited discussion of opposing points of view.

    One of the saddest things I’ve heard was when America went into Iraq and Britney Spears said, “Well, he’s the President. And we should just support him.”

    I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you fall on, that’s a terrible message to send to young people—’Don’t have an opinion, just follow the leaders.’

    Frankly, I find that shallow, chilling and un-American. And it isn’t because I disagree with her. There are people I disagree with, such as Pat Buchanan and that woman who’s married to James Carville, but they form decisions based on intelligence and logic and I respect them for that.

    When I was younger, noteworthy people and celebrities would talk about current events—even protest! It’s easy to make fun of the French for going on strike. But I also see the flip side: Here people actually take to the streets to protest when their rights and benefits are taken away, which was actually how America was founded as well and is still one of our fundamental rights.

    But everyone is afraid today of giving their opinion (the Dixie Chicks and Tom Cruise are two recent examples.) While I don’t base my opinion on the political beliefs of celebrities and don’t expect everyone to agree with me that Elisabeth Hasselbeck should go back to being whatever she was before she was on The View (what was she?), I’m happy that our culture allows everyone to express their views.

    This isn’t a politics blog, as mentioned, but I think we can all agree that our world is in very serious trouble right now and somehow I hope people will start stepping forward and moving in the direction of trying to make things better rather than just yelling at each other or stomping off.

    But aside from Mel Gibson’s anti-semitic rants (and with all due respects to my Scientologist readers, I don’t think Tom Cruise is a good poster-boy for your beliefs), I’m happy to hear what others have to say—which people can certainly do in a civilized manner. There have been several heated debates here on the site where people have bantered about everything from convenience foods to the ethics of eating meat, and the conversation is always interesting and informative. And unlike other sites, people actually bring something to the discussion rather than pick on others.

    If we keep shouting at each other, or blocking out other points of view, no one can be heard.

    And just for the record, I’d be happy to take Barry’s spot on The View.

    Barbara…call me!

    : )

  • About those cakes: did you ever encounter the “adult” cake store in San Francisco’s SoMa? Doubtless the cakes could taste better, but they had an ingenious edible ink printer with which they could duplicate whatever photo or design you provided, on the top of a sheet cake. God Bless the innovative, rebellious spirit of the USA!

  • Hi Steve: As much as I support Freedom of Speech, I think I need to draw the line at X-rated cakes.

    I don’t know if I want to see, let alone eat, someone’s privates splayed out in buttercream.

    Those wacky Americans!
    ; )

  • Hallelujah to your reply to nuclady. Hello, it’s your personal blog.

    And, I linked to the bike shorts post on Cucina Testa Rossa in my Live Journal, giving you credit, of course. LJ wanted to correct the spelling of your name to Howitzers.