Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.10


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This week I read so many good articles and pinned so much delicious looking food, it was hard to narrow down the best links to share with you. I have done nothing productive as far as my apartment goes… I have real commitment issues when it comes to furniture. And most thing s in general. My gram has been helping pick things for my apartment out because she’s the best (love you, Gram!). AND I will have visitors this weekend and next weekend so I should really stop living out of suitcases in my closet and get my act together.

40 Things About Hong Kong, including a lot of cool old photos. My favorite city after SF, of course!

Iceland has been on my travel list for a while. It’s actually pretty inexpensive to get to (at least from the East Coast) and at this point, would be comparatively cheap to travel in as opposed to my daily living expenses in SF haha. Love this list of Icelandic adventures!

A trip to Morocco has been on and off the books for the past couple of summers BUT 2015 WILL BE THE SUMMER OF MOROCCO. And of course we’re going to have to trek through the Atlas Mountains and be all Casablanca about it.

You know I’m all about treating yo’ self. Lauren Conrad (I KNOW!) has a great breakdown of spa etiquette.

We all know your phone is dangerous because you could take a selfie with a tiger or walk into a bear texting or brain cancer from the radiation… but there are also hidden phone dangers, such as someone seeing the screen shot you took of your convo with your best friend. Not that I do that or anything.

In case you didn’t know, I hated leaving the house in Pittsburgh because… well.. Pittsburgh. I was so over everyone. ANYWAY being a homebody is great and all but you need to break the “not leaving the house habit” sometimes.

To be gluten free or not to be gluten free, that is the question. Honestly, I don’t really eat it because my body doesn’t love it. The New York Times has an admittedly long piece on gluten and what it has meant to the American food culture the past few years.

Whose ready to host a wine tasting party instead of an ugly sweater party? The best wine tasting party tips. #CatalinaWineMixer

FitSugar has a great breakdown on what gluten free flour alternatives work the best for each type of baking.

I’m back on the sweet potato train after taking a little break from root veggies (aka getting burnt out on root veggies). Now to make these oat and pistachio crumble baked sweet potatoes.

I want to make these raw almond butter and chia jam bars with chocolate ASAP.

A ramen festival in Tokyo had a white table just for Instagramming bowls of ramen. Is this taking it too far?

Chat with me:
What is your biggest phone danger? Thoughts on food festivals having designated Instagramming areas? Are you leaving the house this weekend? What else did I miss this week?

19 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.10

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on November 14, 2014 7:20 am

I can understand having a designated area for pictures in a ramen festival–I think it is more a part of their culture to photo their food even compared to ours. And I can see it holding up the line. There is something genius about it, but also completely ridiculous. On the fence about it.
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:52 am

It’s really Japan of them. And I kind of love it.

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Whitney Carney on November 14, 2014 9:46 am

I find it hilarious that they had a designated table for grammin’ their ramen. I don’t think it is taking it too far. I must admit that last week after eating thai food for the first time I had an urge to take a pic, but refrained. It’s become the norm I guess haha. Also, the article on different gluten-free flours is super cool. I’m doing my capstone on coconut products. My group and I cook a meal for our professor, family, and whoever else shows up. Anyway, we are making a coconut flour crust pizza. (delicious) Always cool to learn about different flours. Have you seen the picture on Pinterest with the guy standing at the doorway with a box of flours saying “hey, I brought you some flours.” I love it lol. I would personally be happy with that, although I do like the occasional flower. Also, those raw bars look AWESOME!

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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:51 am

OOOh, have you tested the coconut flour pizza yet?? I want to try!

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Whitney Carney on November 18, 2014 8:42 pm

Capstone is tomorrow! So yes I have tested it a few times.. some for practice and some because I just wanted pizza. It is awesome! The recipe makes two so maybe have a friend over and have a pizza night or half the recipe!
Here is the recipe:
Yield: Makes approximately two 8″ thin crust pizzas
• 4 good quality eggs
• 1/4 cup coconut flour
• 1/4 cup plain yogurt
• 1 tsp organic onion powder
• 1 tsp organic oregano
• 1 tsp organic basil
• 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
• 2 cloves organic garlic, minced
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
1. Whip the eggs in a large bowl with the yogurt and sea salt.
2. Add the coconut flour and whip until very smooth with no lumps. This may take a few minutes to accomplish as it takes some time for the coconut fiber to absorb the liquid.
3. Blend in the onion powder, oregano, basil, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
4. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper and gently pour about 1/2 the batter onto the paper lined pan. Use a spatula or other kitchen utensil to spread the batter into an 8-9″ circle that is quite thin (the thinner the better).
5. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes.
6. Remove pan from oven, add homemade pizza sauce, cheese and other toppings as desired.
7. Place back in the oven on broil for about 8 minutes more.
8. Repeat this process with the remaining half of the coconut flour batter.

Let me know if you like it! :)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on November 14, 2014 10:07 am

Those almond butter and chia jam bars with choclate sound AMAZING!! Those are pretty much all of my favorite things ;)
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:52 am


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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on November 14, 2014 10:55 am

Morocco! One of the top places I want to go! The food there would just be so amazing, haha!
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:50 am

Had Moroccan food last night… so good!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on November 14, 2014 11:26 am

My girlfriends and I are having a white elephant party where all the gifts are wine. I can’t wait!
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:50 am

Um can you send me an invite haha?

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Emily @ Sweets and Beets on November 14, 2014 6:22 pm

Not 100% convinced I’m leaving the house tonight…. buuuut maybe soome time this weekend I will ;) haha. Um, all I want in life are those chocolate/chia/almond butter bars, holy cow. And designated Instagramming areas? Kind of a funny concept, buuuut a little ridiculous IMO! Haha
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:50 am

It is taking it too far haha.

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on November 14, 2014 7:52 pm

If you make those almond butter chia jam bars, you better save me one. :)

The weirdest thing I found all week (which is old news but I don’t even care) is there is a hot peanut beverage, like hot chocolate, but hot… peanut (called Peanut Hottie, what a name). And though I love peanut butter, this is maybe taking things too far.
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:50 am

I WANT A PEANUT HOTTIE. Where do you get one?

Also, the Yelp newsletter told me about a sweet potato latte in the #trendyloin so like I kind of want to put on a bulletproof vest and go try it.

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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating on November 14, 2014 9:02 pm

Ugh, I have a tough time getting my butt out of the house sometimes too. Introvert problems. And it doesn’t help that my boyfriend is introverted as well AND we just had the biggest cold front move into my area here in Northwest Arkansas this past weekend. My body doesn’t handle cold well. It downright rebels! And puts me in a bad mood…ha! But I know I need to make up more excuses to get out anyway, freezing my butt off or not. Ah, Morocco! One of the top places on my list I’d love to travel to! Maybe honeymoon in far future?…:)
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:48 am

Morocco would be an amaze honeymoon.

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on November 14, 2014 9:22 pm

My biggest phone danger is definitely someone seeing all my screenshots, or the convos I have with my BFF about those screenshots (usually of convos with other people haha)
And I’m planning to leave the house at least once everyday this winter. It’s an actual struggle sometimes- not even joking
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:47 am


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