Today’s happy shot

By October 8, 2011 Food, Happy Shots

The best Saturday starts with Champion Malassada — from friends!


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Sick? Eat pho

By October 6, 2011 Food, Happy Shots


When I’m sick, I tend to skip meals, sometimes going an entire day on just a bowl of rice.

But for the past few days, I’ve been battling a cold. Sore throat, coughing, congestion and a headache. And I’ve been craving one thing: pho.

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with raw beef or chicken and a plate of fresh basil, mint leaves, lime and bean sprouts.

It’s really the warm broth and easy-to-eat noodles that make this my go-to dish when I’m sick. (And one of my favorite bowls comes from Saigon Restaurant Vietnamese in Chinatown.)

What’s your go-to dish when you’re not feeling well?

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What would Steve Jobs do?

By October 6, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

I’ll be honest: I didn’t know much about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs until he died yesterday.

Sure, I knew that he as the visionary behind the once-floundering tech company, changing the way we navigate the web — and, let’s face it, life — with iTunes, the iPod and, most recently, the tablet. Because of his design and ingenuity, we browse the web, get our news, communicate with friends and share our lives differently.

And yeah, I knew that he was a college drop-out — what amazing person isn’t these days — and made the smartest (if not luckiest) business decision to buy Pixar Animation Studios right before “Toy Story” hit theaters.

But I didn’t know one thing: how passionate he was about this job that he loved. I mean, really loved.

We all have those moments where we’re sitting in our cubicle, pondering how we got there. You hate your job, you hate your boss, you hate the fact that you do nothing productive or meaningful for 40, 50, 60 hours a week. That’s a lot of time to waste — and you’re doing it.

You always hear people talk about loving your job, working in a career that you love so it doesn’t feel like work at all. Yeah, yeah, whatever. Try paying a mortgage, student loans and credit card bills from Christmas 2007 on an [insert dream job] salary.

But it was something Jobs said during a commencement address at Stanford University in 2005 that really struck me:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

Watch the entire commencement address

He’s right.

Life is too short to do something we hate 2,080 hours a year.

So look around. If you’re not happy, if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, if you feel like you’re living an unfilled life — stop, drop and roll. Happiness may be waiting for you to clock out.

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Good night, Steve Jobs

By October 5, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

The world lost a visionary yesterday, a pioneer, someone who led a cultural revolution all with the lower-case letter “i.” Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was just 56.

Like Aloha Bruce said on Twitter: “If there is a heaven, Steve Jobs is revolutionizing it.”

Well said.

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Oh, the places you want to go

By October 5, 2011 #CatTravels

Travel + Leisure published its list of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.

The list included such divergent locales as the Sacré-Coeur in Paris (10.5 million visitors), Beijing’s Forbidden City (12.83 million visitors), New York City’s Times Square (39 million visitors) and Disney World in Orlando (17 million visitors).

I looked through the list of 50 tourist traps and, surprisingly, I had been to a lot of them, namely The Strip in Las Vegas, Navy Pier in Chicago, Disneyland in Anaheim, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the British Museum in London, Pike Place Market in Seattle and, of course, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Hawaii attractions didn’t make the list.)

But I was more disappointed at all the places I hadn’t been to, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., Niagra Falls, the Great Wall of China, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

I mean, there are tourist attractions, the kind of places we like to avoid on vacation. Yet, it’s almost shameful to have never been there. Like flying all the way to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower. I mean, what’s the point?

It made me think about all the places I still haven’t been to — and I decided to start a list. I jotted a few places down I really want to visit in the next five years.

And I’d better get on it.

Here are a few:

Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
Machu Picchu in Peru
Yosemite National Park
Yellowstone National Park
• Rome, particularly to visit the Colosseum
• Northern Lights in Alaska
• Malibu, Calif. (Yes, I actually want to see the famous surf break.)
The White House in Washington D.C.
• Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

There are more, of course, but it’s a start.

Got any must-see places on your list?

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