food & drink


Bars Go Big In Luxury Homes

In Los Angeles, bars are getting big. High-end real estate agents are frequently seeing hulking cocktail bars large enough for bellying up. Some brokers in New York are also noticing an uptick and Manhattan owners are adding them on their own.
Jack Monroe: ‘I want to be treated as a person, not as a woman or a man’
She was the poster girl for austerity Britain, and then she suffered a breakdown. Jack Monroe talks politics, party frocks and being transgender
By Carole Cadwalladr

Jack Monore was suicidal, unable to function and months of psychiatric treatment followed. Finally, she was referred to a gender identity clinic. And then, on 11 October last year, she made an announcement on Twitter. “Yes I am transgender.”

She was, she explained, “non-binary transgender”. She wasn’t transitioning to male. She was transitioning to being neither female nor male, or at least a bit of both.

From the article:

And while public awareness may be increasing, the realities of gender dysphoria and the struggles that most people who have experienced it have gone through are still misunderstood, and misconceptions are widespread. Monroe is taking testosterone. “The first months were phenomenal. My libido went through the roof. And I’ve been a lot less depressed. It seems to have balanced my hormones out. I’ve felt physically and mentally a lot better in myself.”

Once you start to deconstruct the absolutes of gender you realise you don’t have to have a cock to be a man

But she is not considering sexual reassignment surgery. “I don’t want to be crude but I have an excellent vagina and I’d like to keep it working exactly as it does.”

Do people assume she wants reassignment?

“People assume a) that I want a cock. And b) that I would like a very particular kind of sex. Both those things are completely untrue. They think that because I’m trans, I’m only attracted to very feminine women. Right now, it’s very masculine men, actually. So you don’t know anything.”


Skip the Margarita: 5 Off-Menu Tequila Drinks

Tequila’s popularity shows no sign of slowing. Inspired by National Tequila Day, DeLeón Tequila has worked with star bartenders in New York, LA and Miami to create secret off-menu cocktails that highlight DeLeón Platinum, a handcrafted Blanco with a smooth fruity palate. Insiders can ask for them from coast-to-coast, or make them for friends at home.


[30.Sept.2016: coffee break before choir]

Today has been a good day. Brought my students clementines and oatmeal cookies (baked last night), we bonded through sharing this week’s struggles (like my house’s current lack of heat and/or hot water), and had a good discussion. Then lunch & grading, then organ practice, and then on the way to the health center to pick up test results (all good, all routine) I ran into a former student who was selling plants with the botany club so I bought a new plant. Name it for me in replies? Now I’m having coffee, before a long choir practice, and the architecture café is amazing, as are the kids who work there.

Happy Friday, studyblr.
Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency, study finds
Cost-cutting measures by private facilities have led to subpar food quality and fewer meals, making noodles a commodity that trades well above its value
By Mazin Sidahmed

Ramen noodles are overtaking tobacco as the most popular currency in US prisons, according a new study released on Monday.

A new report by Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona’s school of sociology, found the decline in quality and quantity of food available in prisons due to cost-cutting has made ramen noodles a valuable commodity.

“[Ramen] is easy to get and it’s high in calories,” Gibson-Light said. “A lot of them, they spend their days working and exercising and they don’t have enough energy to do these things. From there it became more a story, why ramen in particular.”

Gibson-Light interviewed close to 60 inmates over the course of a year at one state prison as part of a wider study on prison labor. He did not identify the prison to protect the confidentiality of the inmates.

He found that the instant soup has surpassed tobacco as the most prized currency at the prison. He also analyzed other nationwide investigations that he says found a trend towards using ramen noodles in exchanges.

“One way or another, everything in prison is about money,” one soft-spoken prisoner named Rogers said in the report. “Soup is money in here. It’s sad but true.”