Friday Link Lovin’

snow blog

We had another snow day here in NYC, but luckily nothing too crazy. Just enough to brighten the streets and make everything just a bit quieter and lovely. I spent this snowy afternoon with my bf having the most delicious brunch in BK at The Farm (read: mimosas, bacon and french fries). How are you spending your Friday?

-Next week is Valentines Day! For those staying in, check out Gina’s dinner plan for inspiration.

-I’m watching the Super Bowl for the first time this Sunday. I’m very excited to finally join the club and also have an excuse to make these dates (but with cheese. duh.) and this squash.

-On February 15th, Grammy viewers will get a taste of being in the Room Where it Happens.

-Sarah Koenig is revisiting Serial Season 1 this week. She’s watching Adnan Syed’s hearing in Baltimore and doing daily recaps here.

-Speaking of podcasts, Linda Holmes and crew discuss musicals on t.v. this week. I somehow missed Grease Live. Shameful, I know.

-If the new doc series from Netflix and Michael Pollan is anything like A Chef’s Table, I am alllllllll in.

-I, too, have a love affair with crispy chicken skin.

-In this week’s NYMag, Lisa Miller makes a compassionate case for people with disabilities and their right to have children. Really eye opening stuff.

-My very witty friend Shannon is documenting her Experiments in Happiness on the Huff Post this year and January was her “no alcohol” month. She killed it, even though the universe conspired against her.

Enjoy the weekend, my friends!

xo

xtina

 

Current LOVE LIST

I always like it when bloggers do a “What I’m Lovin'” post… Thus…..

What I’m Lovin’ this week! Check it!

THE MAGICIAN’S LAND– a book!

So, this is the third book in Lev Grossman’s Magician Trilogy. I hate when people summarize plots, so I’m not gonna. Just know, its a fantasy novel that is hilarious and quite thrilling. The first book is called The Magicians: Warning: in book one the ennui overfloweth. Proceed if you can handle mega doses of teenage angst.

The Mystery Show

Podcasts! I love my podcasts! At Trader JOES, walking aROUND, cooking, cleaning, folding, yoga, foam rolling, exercise,  its always on PODCASTS. This one is the latest in my line up. Hosted by This American Life broadcaster, Starlee Kine, each episode takes a case which can’t be solved by a simple Google search, and, basically, attempts to solve it. Straight forward premise, but Starlee is so hilarious and personable and she’s uniquely adept at unveiling these truly beautiful moments of connection with all the strangers she encounters while cracking each case.

I recommend starting with Case #2: Britney.

SCOBY

scoby

Say whaaaa? That’s right. I can’t get enough of SCOBY, aka Kombucha. So much so, that I bought my own. An alien to call my own!! I’m gonna ferment that sucker in some PG Tips for a couple weeks and reap the nectar. In case none of that made any sense, I’ll break it down: I decided to home brew my own Kombucha because it’s dang expensive to buy in the deli and apparently its easier than you think, and like, I won first place at the County Science fair in middle school so I can do this, right!?

Get your own SCOBY HERE. Learn more about ‘booch HERE.

and finally…

NYPL

I mean, free books! And actual books you can cart around and cuddle and show off to your cell phone-laden train brethren! Now that I’ve relinquished Magician Land to the stacks, I’m currently borrowing Girl on the Train and I’m gonna abuse that renew button like a boss. (side note, the NYPL podcast is awesome).

 What are you Lovin’ this week?