And the Bacon Goes…Jiguel?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my travels around the world, it’s that food is the international language. We all need it and – whether we like to admit it or not – we all love it. A lot. It brings people together and, if we’re being honest, when someone offers you food you immediately like them a little bit better.

Cooking with another person is akin to learning everything there is to know about them (ladies, I’m serious. Pay close attention to your man next time he’s cooking…it’s telling) and – if you’ve done it right – you immediately become best friends. You don’t even have to speak the same language as someone to cook with them. Believe me, I’ve done it. Pointing and gesturing often does the trick and then, VOILA, you’ve created a scrumptious meal that’s cooked to perfection. A lot of smiling and “thumbs-upping” ensues while you enjoy the delicious meal together. You raise a glass to toast your success and you take a swig. That sound you’re making while you drink? You think “gulp” and they think “glyok glyok” – if they’re Bulgarian that is.

Turns out, while food may translate across all borders, the sounds we associate with it do not. That beautiful noise bacon makes while it’s frying fragrantly in the pan? In America it’s “sizzle,” in China it’s “zizi” and (my personal favorite) “jiguel” in Korean. That just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

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New scenario. You’re at the movies with your German friend, Leisl. While you’re happily “chomping” away on your popcorn, she’s over there “mampf”ing”. Come on – I can’t be the only one that finds that to be funny.

For some reason, after stumbling on these translations, I find them to be fascinating. I can’t get enough! “Nam?” “Paku Paku?” You can’t make this stuff up!

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All I can say is, next time you take a big “ggul gguk” of coffee, make sure it doesn’t burn your tongue.

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Next experiment? Using them on friends and family: “How many times have I told you not to goku goku your tea?!” (After saying it, nod triumphantly. Congratulations – you just spoke another language. You’re worldly). Respond to their blank stare with the words, “I’m sorry, do you not speak Japanese? My mistake.” (Smile again).

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If possible, food just became a whole lot more fun.

Images source First We Feast

Posted by Amy

Souping Is The New Black

It seems like nowadays everyone and their mother is doing a juice cleanse. You know, that torturous thing people do to themselves in which they forego food for juice for a few days in the name of “cleansing” and “detoxing.” Not exactly sure how this phenomenon happened. One day a juice cleanse meant attempting to choke down the lemon water, honey and cayenne pepper concoction that Beyoncé was rumored to drink before award shows. Now, it’s the norm to shell out at least $200 for a three day supply of juice.

I’ve been waiting for the juice cleanse craze to die down since I am essentially a zoo animal (shout out to the Franklin Park Zoo!) that requires hourly feedings of solid food and I could never get on board with “The Cleanse.” So you can only imagine my delight when I read about the next big thing in hipster body rejuvenation: Souping.

Yes, soup. An LA-based company called Soupure has debuted a new cleanse that still deprives you of solid food for days on end, but lets you drink soup! Claiming that juicing is not an acceptable meal replacement, Soupure offers a variety of soups, broths and water as a “more satisfying way to cleanse.”

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As First We Feast points out, “souping” is essentially just savory juicing, “a.k.a gazpachoing.” Sound appetizing? Sure, I love me some gazpacho, but I think I’ll continue with the whole solid foods thing as a “more satisfying way to live.”

Posted by Tracy

Pork Bun On My Head But Don’t Call Me A Bun Head

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A while back, I became completely obsessed with Food On My Dog, the Tumblr account that started the whole dogs-with-food-on-their-faces trend that’s currently taking over the Internet. Of course, I can’t get enough.

Now, with all the pups following Tiger’s lead (disclaimer: this will never get old), one NYC family has broken the mold with the next iteration of food/noggin sensations: food on a baby.

@Foodbabyny, the incredibly cute offspring of Instagram user, @mikejchau, rocks everything from chocolate chip cookies to State Bird Provisions’ Cheddar Pancake and Heirloom Tomatoes (this little guy has excellent taste in grub) on his adorable little baby head. Ok, so the food is not actually on his head but dang is it cute to see the little guy rocking a make believe croissant turban.

The takeaway? I sure wish that my childhood photos looked like this.

Posted by Mary

Put a Ring On It (But Be Careful How Big it Is)

Many of us have been dreaming of our perfect man, engagement ring and wedding for years now (and if your parents are as crazy prepared as mine, they’ve been setting aside money for years to compensate for the rising costs of nuptial celebrations). Personally, I’m more of a small wedding/vintage engagement ring kinda gal but, for many of my friends, I know the BIG ring and even BIGGER wedding is top of mind. To each their own, right? Well not according to a new study from Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon – these two have marriage down to a science and apparently the more you spend on your impending nuptials the more likely it is that divorce is in your future. Here’s the breakdown…

Men who shell out $2000-$4000 on an engagement ring are 1.3 times more likely to get divorced than their counterparts who only spent $500-2000 (this doesn’t mean a ring pop is your best option guys; spending under $500 also increases your chances of getting dumped)

Couples who spend more than $20,000 on their wedding are 3.5 times more likely to get divorced than those who spend $5,000-10,000 (the major catch here is that the average American wedding costs $30,000…not good odds)

Couples who spend less than $1,000 on their wedding have a decreased chance of divorce

High wedding attendance (aka big guest list) and a  honeymoon (regardless of cost) are positively associated with marriage duration

So whether you’re already prepping for the big day or are happily single you may want to scale down your dreams from

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Posted by Gillian

Blanket Coats….formally known as the Snuggie

I’m pretty much a sucker for fashion trends. While I try to keep the essential classic items in my wardrobe, you’ll also find the sneaker wedge, a lot of faux fur, double-fingered rings and an assortment of other fleeting “must-haves” from the past few years. However, there are times when I simply have to put my foot down.

A recent example I’ve been seeing this fall is the Blanket Coat….seen here on SJP in a monogrammed Burberry rendition.

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Now I know ponchos have been on the map for ages (and they’re great), but these daper duvets are too much. I just can’t get into the idea of draping a blanket across my shoulders and calling it couture! Mostly I’m drawing a (slightly unreasonable) parallel to a ridiculous trend from about six years ago. Do we all remember that infomercial sensation that had people in stitches? That’s right, I’m talking about the infamously celebrated Snuggie.

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Oh yes, the Snuggie. The wearable blanket. Looks like it’s back and, this time, it’s got some A-list endorsers.

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The Ultimate Halloween Showdown

It’s that time of the year, folks — time to head to the nearest iParty in search of the perfect Halloween ensemble. Or if you’re like me, scrounge for something around your house 10 minutes before you walk out the door (did you know a sheet with two holes cut out makes a great ghost?!).

Over recent years, costume companies have gotten creative with their “sexy” female getups, trying to capitalize on the fact that young women like to dress like sluts on Halloween (even if that means being a Sesame Street character?). And some retailers took it WAY too far (remember the Anna Rexia controversy of 2011?).

My favorite part about Halloween has never been seeing what crazy, creative costumes people will come up with. For me, it’s more about how people will dress up their dog.

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STAHP IT!

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I CAN’T EVEN!

So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a post on Mashable pitting sexy chicks and adorable pugs head-to-head in costume.

Here’s a preview:

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IIIII know, right?!

Check out the whole thing here.

(Spoiler alert: hands down, pugs take it every time.)

Posted by Erin D.

Workout Chic

I’ll admit it—I’m a shopping addict. I’ll indulge in fast fashion, shamelessly spend too much on shoes and spend more time putting together an outfit than I’d like to admit. Recently though my purchases have turned from girly-girl dresses and heels to yoga pants and sneakers.

I wish I could contribute this change to my newfound healthy lifestyle; unfortunately it’s mostly due to the new trend in fashionable workout clothes. That’s right, you don’t actually need a gym membership to look like you have one.

Workout clothes have evolved from unflattering, baggy sweatpants to colorful form fitting frocks that can be flattering for everyone. Although, athletic wear is hardly a new trend, from the bright spandex and legwarmers of the 1980s to the unflattering Juicy Couture sweat suits that we don’t ever want to remember from the early 2000s.

This time around is different, with fashion-forward bloggers mixing and matching workout attire with their everyday clothes to create comfy and versatile looks. Recently, blogger Leandra Medine of Manrepeller did an experiment for Glamour where she wore fitness clothes for five days straight. The result? She received more compliments in her gym gear than she had the previous week wearing regular clothes.

Over the past year or so, there has been a plethora of designer fitness collaborations ranging from Adidas by Stella McCartney to Heidi Klum for New Balance, which makes it almost too easy to be comfy AND chic. Pretty much, I don’t see who wouldn’t want to embrace this trend. The worst that will happen? You’ll actually start going to the gym.

Get inspired to workout (or not) below:

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Posted by Carli