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dream.

i don’t remember my dreams.

so i feel that maybe,
they aren’t made to be remembered.
passing white tufts on a blue sky day,
or the temporal crack of anger in a thunderstorm.
in the dead of night,
we feel everything
and then cry out when we wake up and feel nothing.

Hellooo, California!

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We just passed Palo Alto and I got shivers. God I’m such a dork.

Latest CC Post: Skip That Turkey Sandwich!

Harvard research has officially pronounced processed meats a hazard to our health. Goodbye, turkey sandwich 😦

On Spring Break in Puerto Rico til the 13th!

See you in a week!

Be jealous.

Motivation, Good Commercials, & Augmented Reality

AWESOME stuff I happened upon lately and had to share!

Augmented Reality, by Blaise Aguera y Arcas

If you are like me, you will not know what he’s talking about until you watch this video. But trust me, it’s AWESOME.

The Pick-me-up You Didn’t Know You Needed

Because we ALL need a little motivation every now and then! This video will make you laugh (it’s a little cheesy) AND make you re-think the way you live life.

The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun

A Really Effing Good Commercial

The Superbowl this year just didn’t cut it for me. The only commercial I ended up liking was Google’s “Every Search is a Story” ads. This commercial caught me off guard – I wasn’t expecting it to be this good!

Life… From a Genius’ Perspective

This will also make you think about life and your relationships with other people. Some of my favorite quotes from Einstein’s essay, The World as I See It, are:

“But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.”

and

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving..”

And as your reward for reading this far… The FUNNIEST Craiglist ad you have EVER read.

Seriously – my roommate and I almost peed our pants after reading this ad from, ahem, a man named Cougarclaws.

My Latest CC Article: Work it Like the Military!

Check out College Candy to read this (edited) post and more of my other Body Blog posts!

I’m skeptical. If I hear Glee is a hilarious television show, I will not believe until I’ve seen the football team dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” on the field. If you tell me Special K bars will make me lose weight, I won’t believe until I read the nutrition facts for myself. So when my co-worker raved about the benefits of fitness boot camps, I obviously did not believe her until I tried it myself.

Working out is hard enough already – do you really need someone yelling in your face the entire time? If I want to workout, I can do it entirely on my own. I’m just fine pounding the treadmill alone. With my iPod. And without any camouflage, baggy pants, and whistles! After 7th grade, I resigned myself to the fact that I cannot do a pull-up, and I am more than fine with that. Plus, boot camp sounded so manly – I felt like I would get Jersey Shore style-jacked.

But my very persistent co-worker convinced me to try out a mini boot camp. Her friend, a certified instructor, was running it for free, which sealed the deal. And because I never suffer alone, I dragged two of my friends along.

We met in the gardens of a nearby private school. Yes, in the good old outdoors. The boot-campers arrived with their hands all taped up like kickboxers, dressed in serious sports bras that can double as shirts. Needless to say, I was a little intimidated.

We stretched, ran a bit, and were paired with partners for the rest of camp. Suddenly I found myself lunging, army crawling, jumping rope, and more with this partner of mine. Going from station to station kept me active and interested – and not counting down the minutes until I could stop working out. Goodbye, treadmill monotony! As the LA Times puts it, “The secret lies in the circuit-style workout that toggles between cardio and muscle building. This leaves little if any down time, and the shuffling of routines prevents boredom and exercise ruts.”

And as cheesy as this may sound, I loved having a partner cheer me on the entire time. Can you imagine having someone telling you how great you are, and how you just need to go a little bit farther, a little bit faster all the time? Let’s talk really effective motivation! The LA Times says that since “people are often paired or grouped for friendly competitions,” it can foster “a camaraderie and support not usually found in regular fitness classes. That camaraderie strengthens with time, establishing accountability, something fitness experts say is essential for sticking with a program”.

My skepticism was nowhere to be found as I punched, jumped, sprinted… and loved every minute of it. I’m not starved for attention, but I was really living up the group support. No matter who I found myself holding up, whose butt was near my face, or who I happened to be carrying up a hill (no joke), everyone believes in you and thinks you’re strong. Just working out with my girlfriends never results in that kind of motivation!

So maybe the skeptic is a believer now. And I’m not the only one. The LA Times article agrees that “for people willing to put in the work, boot camps enable exercisers to see results quickly, the better to stay motivated.”

Basically, Boot Camp Benefits include:
• being in the great outdoors
• having an always-changing workout
• constant motivation
• accountability
• feeling that you’re always challenging your body in new ways

Would you sign up for boot camp?

The Best Chocolate You Might [Never] Taste

To put it simply, before I die I want to taste the BEST chocolate in the world. So I did my research.

Lindt Chocolate Creme Brulee - taken from chocolate-snob.blogspot.com

At the moment, my favorite chocolate is Lindt Petit Desserts Creme Brulee. It’s a sumptuous milk chocolate bar with sweet creme brulee and crunchy toffee chips inside… And my mouth is watering just THINKING about it!

But its apparently not the best in the world, so back to that. After an intensive search of the interwebz, I found one brand in particular that consistently makes the list of Best Chocolate, year after year. 2009 was the fourth year running that they’ve won the Annual World Chocolate Awards. I’m talking about Amedei.

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Their Story:
Amadei was founded by Alessio and Cecilia Tessieri in Tuscany – close to Pisa, Italy. The taste tester from Food & Wine raved about his visit to their factory. It’s hard work making artisan chocolate! He outlined the steps: “You import cacao beans from plantations. You roast them and husk them and grind the cacao nibs into a fine paste. You add sugar and grind some more. Finally you swirl the mixture in open tanks called conches, which smooths the texture while helping to blow off acids and other nasty flavors. It’s complicated, demanding work, and few small companies even attempt it.”

The Amadei Factory - image taken from http://www.williamcurley.co.uk/

The siblings started off just making candy, but then moved onto chocolates. Since the Tessieris wanted to be the best, they went to France to visit the leading chocolatier at the time: Vahlrona. Vahlrona pissed them off, sent them home with nothing, and basically told them that Italy wasn’t sophisticated enough to appreciate their exquisite French chocolate. This was probably one of the stupidest mistakes Vahlrona could ever make. Alessio and Cecilia wanted revenge.

The Tessieri’s went back to Italy determined to succeed. And kick some French ass. And they did! They negotiated with farmers from Chuao, where the best Venezuelan cacao beans are made. The climate is perfect for growing cacao beans, the “soil is naturally irrigated”, and they’ve been growing stuff there for centuries. And now, after negotiations, all of it was being sent to Amedei instead of Vahlrona. And to secure this bond, they have strong personal relationships with the farmers (they offered to pay off their debts, donate baseball jerseys for a local teams, etc.)

 

 

Their Chocolate:
The Tessieri’s passion for chocolate excellence, as well as meticulous research and testing obviously shows. People who tried the exclusive chocolate gave rave reviews, the most significant from the official Food & Wine review:
“This time, I had trouble picking individual voices out of the choir. I mostly remember the overall sensation of getting all the deliciousness any sane person could want.” -Pete Wells

And there you have it. The best chocolate is Italian! And it’s super expensive. As Wells said after he tried his first Amedei chocolate: “I knew that I wanted more, but at $100 a pound it would be cheaper to fly to Italy and go to the factory myself, which is what I did. This might make me the first traveler in history who went to Tuscany to save money on a candy bar.” Whatever. It’s worth the check off my bucket list, right? What do you think?