Captivations is a monthly feature with links, stories, and news that captivated me.
Only a few more hours until we say goodbye to this year and welcome a new one. Can you believe it? I look through my 2018 calendar and remember events as if they were yesterday. I have some feelings about this year and you’ll read all about them in my review post coming later this week. For now, I’ll say thank you, 2018, for all your lessons and let’s bring it, 2019!
Consistent Exercise Means a Healthier Heart
It’s proven! Tests have shown people in their 70s with bodies of 30-year-olds.
What is it about baking that makes it so calming? This article shares stories about how baking relieves stress, and I would agree from experience. My world might feel chaotic, but at least I can perfectly measure out these ingredients and control the end result of this. And you get a pretty and hopefully tasty dessert at the end.
And they still got it 25 years later! I got tickets to the Backstreet Boys for my birthday, and it was as amazing as I thought it would be. Since they were
Restaurants and Influence
Let me break it down for you. In 2016, a food critic deemed a restaurant’s burger the best. Two years later, he goes back to find out if him bestowing this honor, thus increasing business, caused them to shut down. This widely shared article shows the power of influence, arguing that the things we publicize hold weight. This was a good quote from the article:
If there was one main negative takeaway from the raging fires of food tourist culture and the lists fanning the flames, it was that the people crowding the restaurant were one time customers. They were there to check off a thing on a
But then another article came out sharing the restaurant owner’s legal and alcohol troubles before and after the honor was given. The closing seemed to not be caused by the crowds of people wanting to try the city’s best burger but poor management. As this article argues, in a society where we may flippantly post what’s popular, we have to remember it’s more than just pretty food.
55 Most Influential People in Food and Drink
Here’s the list. I will warn you that it’s an article where you have to click through every single person, and I loathe when lists are presented like this so much that I fully support you not clicking on it. Did you know Lebron James is an investor in a pizza chain?
Chef José Andrés Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Have you heard about the World Central Kitchen? The organization goes to locations of natural disasters to feed people in need. Where communities lack the resources, this organization meets their needs and I’m so grateful for it. So, it is fitting that the chef who created it was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!
Do you know Esther Perel? She’s a psychotherapist known for her work with couples and intimacy. I read her book Mating in Captivity this year and enjoy soaking up her knowledge of how to connect with your partner. This recent interview is a glimpse into what she does, her knowledge, and her expertise.
Green News – Save Our Earth!
- What’s better than plastic straws? Paper straws that don’t get soggy! This company produces them.
- Every three minutes. That’s how often this swimmer saw a piece of plastic in the Pacific Ocean. Benoît “Ben” Lecomte was attempting to swim from Japan to Hawaii and he’s now adamant about bringing awareness about the waste he saw.
- Empty the tanks? There is a strong dissent for aquariums to stop holding animals in captivity. But we may also not know that aquariums advocate for research and conservation to help animals in the wild. This article disputes this.
99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2018
We always need some good news, right? Well, this list of 99 good news stories from around the world will keep you busy for a while. There are stories of improving our environment and improving healthcare among many others.
First U.S. Woman to Win Three Michelin Stars
Congratulations to Chef Dominique Crenn! She’s the first woman in the U.S. to earn the highest Michelin honor.
From the Winter Olympics to Thai cave rescue, these photos from The Atlantic help us look back on 2018.
What’s got you captivated lately? Happy New Year’s Eve!