Bake These Tarts, Bag Your Own Tyrannical King

(includes gluten because kings love gluten)

Close up Maid of Honor Tarts

If you’re always a bridesmaid, never a bride, don’t fret. Attracting the perfect mate is time-consuming and difficult in the best of times. But there’s an easier way, and it dates back to the 16th century. If you’ve been watching Wolf Hall and want that really joyful time in history to be your reality, then this is theRead On >>

Repost: How I Landed My Two Dream Jobs

the rough path from unpaid intern to best job ever and back again

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This is the second in an ongoing series in which we interview people who have interesting jobs and get them to tell us how they landed them. They will also reveal how they handled the transition to the real world after graduation — Sometimes to find out what you really want to do with yourRead On >>

Friggatriskaidekaphobia Cold Fruit Soup

Happy Friday The 13th!

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Today is Friday the 13th—fear of this date, known as friggatriskaidekaphobia, is named after Frigg, the Norse goddess whose name inspired the word “Friday.” Norse mythology has it that 12 gods were having a lovely banquet at Valhalla when Loki, the god of mischief who was not invited, showed up, bringing the number of diners to 13.Read On >>

How To Get Fat In New York*

*And Be Trendy, Too!

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Last fall, I flew to New York under the guise of supporting Sam Singer while he ran 26.2 miles in the freezing cold wind through all five of the city’s boroughs (aka the New York City Marathon or something). Meanwhile, I engaged in a week-long, full-on eating marathon. After several days of eating out inRead On >>

Winter of Discontent

The Worst Thing I Ever Did (Train for a Half-Marathon in Winter)

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Here’s a post  I wrote for The Daily Telegraph about my training for my first half-marathon in Brighton, England. Don’t expect pro advice, though. I’m just hoping to finish/show up. Here’s how it’s going so far: Midway through my 3-mile run in London, my lungs and legs feel too heavy to continue and I stopRead On >>

It’s 11/11! Happy Singles Day!

Let us eat Pocky forever and ever

Who needs a lover when you can have Pocky?

In the book, I mention my favorite late-night snack / hangover snack in Beijing: Pocky (or Pepero in other countries) It’s a crunchy cookie shaped like a stick and half-covered in chocolate (or white chocolate, strawberry and green tea icing). It is perfect for snacking while binging on DVDS or sitting on your orange couchRead On >>

Lizzy Caplan Cover Story!

(or things I found while procrastinating on my Lizzy Caplan article)

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“I like to collect things. I’m good at it” — As “research” for my cover article about the beautiful Lizzy Caplan (star of Masters of Sex and previously known as playing Janis Ian from Mean Girls), I came across this short funny video of an artistically shot “Fashion Film” spoof by Matthew Frost starring theRead On >>

Night Tunes

The Insomniac's Playlist

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It’s 2am and my neighbors in London are blasting the same song over and over again. I’d complain, but I think I kind of love this song. I hadn’t heard it until now, but after googling the lyrics (the walls are paper thin), I’ve discovered it’s this song by Ed Sheeran: Don’t by Ed SheeranRead On >>

A Nut Tart from the Roman Era

Baking from a Bygone Era

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Hello! I’m currently in Tuscany, where it is beautiful and warm and sunny, but also ripe with snags that I’ve taken to (obnoxiously) calling #tuscanyproblems such as having no hot water, going to various restaurants and grocery stores only to find they are closed just as we need them and getting constantly lost on windyRead On >>

Prepare Nothing When You Move Abroad

Five Reasons To Just Go

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“Don’t rest all of your life expectations on one outcome. When you have no expectations, you don’t lose all that money on wasted ribbons and polo shirts. I flew to Beijing without knowing a thing about what to expect or what to bring. Granted, I also had to live without deodorant and the correct prescriptionRead On >>