Hello, first Links to Reads of the year. Here’s what I read this past month and I bookmarked to share with you. Enjoy!
* We all know China is a tea-rich country. But did you also know that the world’s oldest tea (plus the finest tea!) was discovered in an ancient Chinese Emperor’s Tomb?
* Pampered vegetables? Yes, such exist in America. They are suited for fine dining. Chefs around the country seek them eagerly because to them, the presentation of their food is as important as their taste.
* Are you hard on yourself? An Important Meditation For Anyone Who’s Too Hard On Themselves. An important meditation of self-compassion comes to the rescue! A good read on what to do to be nicer to yourself. I personally need this sometimes myself. Click on the video that comes with the article. It’s quite entertaining.
* Melissa Clark’s interview with Kat Kinsman on trust and ethics in food blogging. Also on people’s craze about Pinterest, on favorite food bloggers, and more.
* Turtle soup, anyone? You may wince at the mere thought of it, but guess what our prehistoric humans had an appetite for!
* Oh how much I would love to go to these 12 travel destinations to sample their food! For I think, food is absolutely the biggest aspect of any culture and it is through food that you learn a lot about a country. Countries added to my bucket list.
* People trying to embark on a healthy lifestyle are often advised by experts to reduce or eliminate sugar from their diet. A daunting task, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Ellie Krieger explains why it is so hard to cut back on sugar and what to do about it.
* Getting really cold where you are? Try these comfort foods—rich and satisfying soups to keep you warm and happy.
* I’ve added this Mississippi Roast to my “to make list.” It looks absolutely delicious!