Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Bliss Point

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Salted caramel, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate pretzels.  You've probably realized on some level that when you pair salty and sweet together you strike the perfect balance of flavors... but did you ever wonder why?

The answer is, as usual, science.  Studies have shown that the sugar receptors on your taste buds are activated when salt accompanies sugar.  When researchers formulate food products they utilize this phenomenon (aptly named the "bliss point"), to create junk foods that harmoniously combine salt, sugar, and fat.  Even so, my favorite healthy snack is a marriage of homegrown figs, goat cheese, and crispy rosemary and raisin crackers.  Try it out!  I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

Just call me Little Miss Figgy.

You can learn more about the bliss point in this article published in the New York Times.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Find me on Instagram!

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Despite my protests against modern technology, two dear friends gifted me an iPhone in the hopes of putting an end to my days of getting lost while driving (yet somehow always finding a way to end up in the ghetto).

After coming to terms with the fact that it was not a very dense brick of chocolate, I succumbed to the magic of the iPhone. My priorities were straight as usual, and I immediately downloaded Instagram.

Find images of my compulsive thrifting habits and food conquests, and proof that nature is (dogs are) the best.