This & That: January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

Released this past Tuesday, Daniel H. Pink shares the science behind the best times of day to be your most successful at work, losing weight, making decisions, and many more daily tasks. Have a look at this article to discover more than a few specific examples.

Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food by Rachel Herz PhD

Released this past December, neuroscientist Rachel Herz shares the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence how we eat. With the new year offering an opportunity to reassess and let go of what is not working and embrace what will, knowing why we are drawn to certain foods may be very helpful on our road toward success.


Canal House Cooks Everyday by Christopher and Melissa Hirsheimer

Recently, a TSLL reader recommended Christopher and Melissa’s Canal House Cookbook, and upon further investigation, I discovered their videos and their website.With experience working for Martha Stewart, Saveur and Cook’s Illustrated magazine, the two women are talented, and their food is seasonal, practical, smart and looks quite delicious.

Francophile Find

Wines of France: A Guide to 500 Leading Vineyards (2015) by Benjamin Lewin MW

Upon rewatching Paris Can Wait over the holidays, I came across an article about Eleanor Coppola’s well-known husband who has his own wines in California. Francis Ford Coppola recommended this wine guide, and so I wanted to take a look. Full of illustrations as well as maps, discover where to find the “classics of Burgundy and Bordeaux, to the sparkling wines of Champagne, and the challenging climates of Alsace and the Loire, from the Rhône to the Languedoc and Provence”. As well, at the end of each chapter, details about the variety of vintages are shared.


Alice + Olivia Arie pussy-bow striped silk blouse

A modern touch to a classic style, the pussy bow. With bold stripes and statement cuffs, wear with denim or tuck into a lovely monochromatic pencil skirt and make an entrance without saying a word.


Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you travel often for work, or play, work in a noisy, open work environment or simply want a device to give you absolute silence dependably, look to Bose. The quality sound machine makers also know how to block out the sound when you want some peace and quiet. Made for both Apple and Android devices, their Noise Cancelling headphones were recently reviewed in the WSJ and came recommended highly. While there is a much more expensive option available, these headphones (shown above) run about $170 and are available in white or black. Learn about the science, read reviews and see the FAQ about the headphones here.


Victoria, season 2 premiere

Tune in Sunday to PBS’s Masterpiece series as Victoria returns for its second season. Set to begin six weeks after the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s first child, the first episode is a two-hour event, so settle in and enjoy. Have a look at the trailer for the new season below.

~recipe for Roasted Cherry Tomato Carbonara~

The first week back to the regular routine, but this time, the regular routine was going to be tweaked, for the better. I have a feeling I am not alone in having set this goal Sunday evening, and while, like any given week, there were unexpected bits of news and events, for the most part, with focus, the week went rather well, setting the right tone for a lovely new year.

Here in the states we have a three day weekend upon us, and I am looking forward to perhaps taking in a few ski rounds, going to the theater to view The Post, reading, relaxing and then just doing whatever tickles my curiosity. Hopefully, you as well can play, relax and enjoy yourself and time with those you love this weekend. Below are a few articles from around the web you may enjoy, as well as one video. Be sure to stay tuned for a new recipe to be shared this coming weekend, and until then, bonne journée!

~With Oprah on our minds this week . . . Oprah Winfrey’s 9 Best Pieces of Career Advice

~Knowledge is power . . . Sugar Highs (and lows): A History of the “White Gold”

~Beautiful words to remind us of what we can accomplish and the beautiful life we can live each day . . . 12 Daily Reminders We Need to Reach Every Morning for the Rest of the Year

~A worthwhile article to remind us all that we are worth the positive shift in society, not just for the generation that comes behind us . . .  Change the World for Your Own Sake, Not Just Your Daughter’s

~And about my thoughts on French actress’s Catherine Deneuve’s response this week to the #metoo movement, American author living in France, Lauren Collins response to Deneuve’s response said it best in my opinion.

~One of the few YouTube channels I subscribe to, and I am always inspired by her energy . . . Marie Forleo talks about How to Be Ambitious without Stressing Out All of the Time

~Barefoot Contessa shares a scrumptious winter soup you might want to try this weekend

4 thoughts on “This & That: January 12, 2018

  1. Daniel Pink’s books are always insightful. The excerpts I’ve read of the latest are relevatory–a new way to look at organizing one’s life.
    Glad to see Languedoc included in the wine guide. It’s often overlooked in favor of better-known regions, but has excellent wines. A little-known secret.

  2. I have been a Canal House Fan since the beginning. I highly recommend their M-F email of what they made for lunch. It only happens when they are at “home” in their studio, so it arrives a bit irregularly, but it is SO worth it. Fresh, seasonal, simple inspiring food. I love them.

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