Sick Soup Cures All

Sick Soup Cures All

In case you’ve been wondering about the radio silence from me, I currently have the flu. Aches, fever, chills, gang’s all here! Anyway, I posted last flu season about an amazing soup I make whenever I’m feeling sick (or just feeling like I need something healthy and hearty) so I’m

7-Eleven is the New Farmer’s Market (Maybe)

7-Eleven is the New Farmer’s Market (Maybe)

When I imagine 7-Eleven, my thoughts do not immediately go to chef-inspired, locally sourced meals but maybe one day they will. For now, a bouquet of stale energy bars, a Technicolor assortment of Gatorade bottles standing idly behind fogged-up freezer doors, and half-filled carousels spinning with hot dogs more accurately

Isabel Allende Is a Creative Storytelling Master

Isabel Allende Is a Creative Storytelling Master

If Isabel Allende was applying for the job of world’s most popular Spanish-language author, she’d totally crush it. Because let’s be real … she probably is. The Chilean-American writer, best known for penning The House of Spirits (La Casa de los Espíritus) and City of the Beasts (La Ciudad de las Bestias), among countless other

You Might Not Know This About Surf Competitions …

You Might Not Know This About Surf Competitions …

The casual observer of surf competitions might think they reflect the same “anything goes,” attitude of the surfers who compete among them. Let the ocean do as she’ll do and assess the wave-riders on their ability to navigate her capriciousness, right? Wrong.

My Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

My Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Back when I lived in New York, there was a particular chocolate chip cookie recipe that was asked for at every birthday party and half-birthday party and fake birthday party there ever was. The recipe had been mine alone, as everyone knew, and “Melissa’s Cookies” were perfected over years of

Catalina In Progress

Catalina In Progress

Currently making my way through Catalina Island, navigating the unexpected crowds, eating too-salty halibut, experiencing vistas of aquamarine waters broken by small pebbles along the shore. The beaches, as I’ve seen them, are small slivers of sand, hardly wide enough for lounging but people here seem to do it anyway,

True Detective Season 3 Plot Revealed

True Detective Season 3 Plot Revealed

After a stunningly macabre Season 1 and less-than-stellar Season 2, here’s hoping Season 3 of True Detective brings the grit. HBO officially green-lit the season last week, which stars Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). Jeremy Saulnier (The Green Room) will direct, alongside True Detective writer, Nic Pizzolatto, who came under

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