the secret sessions sound so like unreal????? like an actual dream????? you sit in a room with taylor alison swift, listen to music no one else in the world has heard, eat her food, watch her drink wine, talk to her???????? SOUNDS FAKE?

GoPro cameras capture action all over the world, from Olympic ski jumps in Sochi to cuddly lion hugfests on the South African savanna. Now, Food & Wine’s new site FWx is putting GoPros somewhere even more extreme: behind the controls of super-tricked-out espresso machines in the country’s top coffee shops. In this clip, barista Erin Meister straps a GoPro to her head for a first-person view of how a cappuccino gets made at Counter Culture Coffee’s New York Training Center.

Nominate your favorite coffee bars on Twitter using #FWx @foodandwine. Your dreamy barista could wear the Cappuccino Cam next.

Golem King Boyfriend

A commission for @miss-fantasy-dreamer that I have really taken a shine to. I may have to write more for this if ya’ll like it.

   For years your kingdom has been at war with the Golem. For as long as you’ve been alive and even before then, it’s always been war. Not that your father is gone you’ve taken the crown. You’ve also decided that enough is enough. You’re tired of war. You’re tired of all your kingdom’s funds going to something you find repugnant. You’ve begun the process of peace talks with the Golem king. You’ve corresponded through letters and dignitaries from both sides for a little over a month now. Now, you’re going to his kingdom in a show of your trust. You’ve agreed to stay with him in his palace for a month. Until then there will be no fighting, no war. If your kingdom attacks in anyway you’ve agreed to his conditions. Same for him.

   You arrived at his palace last night. You refused wine and food and went immediately to bed. In the morning though you agree to a private breakfast with him. He comes to your room and you glare at him.

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The Contest - Chapter 8

As you and the rest of The Avengers test your willpower in an unusual challenge, your attempts to remain Master of your Domain are complicated when James “Bucky” Barnes makes you his mission.

Bucky Barnes x Reader

Chapter 8 continues with the slowest of builds, Lots of dirty talking, Smut to come, Fluff smut for now, Humour, Swearing, Flirting, Sweetness, Sexual tension, Teasing, Language!, NSFW, French food, Bucky Barnes

Word Count: 3,884

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

A/N: To everyone waiting patiently for each chapter, thanks so much, you guys are the best! It has been a crazy time so I appreciate your patience more than you will ever know xX 

This chapter had another part to it but as usual, I got carried away so I split it into two chapters. This may explain some stuff that’s happening in this first part ;)

To everyone sending me messages, feedback and requests to be tagged, THANK YOU! You are all so incredibly AWESOME! Tumblr continues to be a bitch with the tags so I’ve done these manually- I hope I haven’t missed anyone! Please send me a note if I’ve left you off by mistake.

And always, to my twitter babes: thanks for the support, love and smut ;)

Chapter 8: Dinner and a Show

A wave of anxiety rolls over your body as you exit the limo and walk through the doors of the upscale restaurant. Although you’ve been on countless missions in your past life which involved intimate setups with your mark, this current assignment left you feeling surprisingly agitated.

Mulling it over in your head for the entire drive, all of the possible explanations for this uncharacteristic bout of nerves seemed to land on the same conclusion - James Buchanan Barnes.

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Making picture-perfect swirl-topped cupcakes might seem like something you should leave to the pros. But F&W Test Kitchen frosting maestro Justin Chapple has an easy shortcut. All you need is two colors of frosting, plastic wrap and a pastry bag—no artistic skills needed. Watch this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips to learn how to make the most beautiful cupcakes ever.


Geisha Strike - Osaka 1937

A vintage Press photograph. “Sit-down strike visits Orient. Osaka, Japan… Striking geisha girls have entrenched themselves in the [Gyokuzō] Buddhist Temple [Mount Shigi, Nara] in an effort to force their employers to grant collective bargaining rights to their ancient guild of entertainers. The girls have decided on a rigid sit-down routine and have refused gifts of food, rice wine, bedding and other comforts from sympathetic businessmen. They give numerous performances by which they play their guitars and sing and dance…”

The strike began on 26th February 1937 in the Nanchi gokagai (Southern five geisha districts) of Osaka, which at that time was the largest geisha district in Japan, about 60 geisha went on strike when the manager of the misē (call-office) refused to recognise their union. The strike succeeded after several days of negotiations and the industrial action spread to other geisha communities. Image and text via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr

taurus has the midus touch. in mythology, king midas had his wish granted by dionysis. he wished for everything he touched to turn to gold. in a positive expression, it demonstrates the beautification process that taurus enacts in everyday life as they resource and embellish the material plane. in their lower expression, the gold becomes so glaring that it distracts them completely from indulging in their own inner experience and traps them into the concrete plane. it can exaggerate their emptiness and flailing internal insecurity. so they begin thinking that more money or another investment or a nicer house will fill them in. this is what can make taureans very greedy or concerned with developing wealth. they can lose complete sight of value and keep trying to satisfy themselves in the only way they know how. king midas suffered this too. no food nourished him, no wine intoxicated him, no sensation pleasured him. and these are people that can maintain generous luxury and assets and still feel poor. the taurus that interacts with nature and mimics its creativity senses wealth in its true form

For carrots to cook evenly, they need to be cut evenly. That’s easier said than done—unless you watch this week’s Mad Genius Tips video. F&W chopping machine Justin Chapple reveals how to cut carrots into equally-sized pieces. For more great cooking tricks and tips, watch all of F&W’s Mad Genius Tips videos.

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sounds like a date - boyfriend!tom

Summary: Tom takes you on a much needed date. And later, you discuss getting a dog.

“I feel like we haven’t been on a proper date in ages,” Tom muttered to you as the two of you lied on the couch watching a movie on Friday night.

“What do you mean? We went to dinner on Tuesday.”

“That wasn’t a date though. That just felt like…going out to dinner.”

“We had sex when we got home,” you offered.

“Sex after dinner doesn’t make it a date,” he said, shaking his head as if it were obvious.

You laughed at his mockingly baffled expression. “Okay.”

It was kind of true - ever since Tom had proposed to you four months ago, much of your free time together had been spent on wedding planning, and less than you would’ve liked had been spent focusing on your relationship.

“Can I take you out tomorrow?” he asked seriously.

“You’re funny. Of course,” you smiled.

“‘Mkay. Good,” he said, sliding his hands over your feet in his lap and turning his focus back to the television.

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Jamaica (Pt. 4)

Originally posted by tmlnsn

This story has made some of you happy, and that makes me happy. Keep reading & giving me your thoughts. I love you all tremendously, remember to be kind. xx - L

Warnings: smut

Word Count: 2,123

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