15 Most Expensive Cities to Go Out on a Date

If you want to go on a date in New York, you probably need a full time job. But if you want to go on a date elsewhere in the world, two would be better. Deutsche Bank released its annual “cheap date index.” They ranked cities around the world based on the cost of a cab ride, two movie tickets, two McDonald’s hamburgers and two beers.

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Our National Nutrition Experts are in Bed with Big Food. And We Wonder Why We’re Fat.

One recent Friday afternoon, in a Mariott Hotel ballroom in Pomona, California, I watched two women skeptically evaluate their McDonald’s lunches. One peered into a plastic bowl containing a salad of lettuce, bacon, chicken, cheese, and ranch dressing. The other arranged two chocolate chip cookies and a yogurt parfait on a napkin. “Eww,” she said, gingerly stirring the layers of yogurt and pink strawberry goop. The woman with the salad nodded in agreement, poking at a wan chicken strip with her plastic fork.

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by Karen Resta

I once ate a starling.
-it tasted nothing like stars.

it tasted like hard muddy yard with rough grass and rocky garden
(married with  quiet conviction)
(while not being fully convinced)
to the box of vinyl-sided house, its rooms too small for real-sized people
in that working-class town.

like dirt, hard, with little granite stones for flavor
seasoned with bright green lawn grass

it’s a lot of work to
a starling.

ignore if you will the delicate wings,
the goldenrod beak
the sharp warrior sword of tail
discard the grasping horned feet
just do the work
for the miniscule mouthful
of tough gamy meat

and there you’ll have it.
A starling for supper, and
an old woman with steady eyes
carefully watching the birdtrap she’s set
there in her yard

a woman who remembers a farm in Italy
now teaching me her childhood ways of
and appeasement.
trusting me now with birds who sing,
little birds who can be eaten.

Karen’s work is at the Best American Poetry Blog, The Christian Science Monitor, Red Rose Review, eGullet,  Serious Eats, One Million Stories, and the danforth review. Herblog ‘Postcards From the Dinner Table’, has over 1600 facebook fans and her blog ‘foodgeekology’ harbors a large collection of food art, history, and culture.

TIE Poet of the Month: Sean Singer

Eating in Silence

Anger is a pulse whose clattering
is inside the glass heart and the grey cathedral.

Slice the peach through the plush mantle
into the wiry devil’s den. It is her splendor.

The woman next to me won’t sleep with me
and the woman I want is in Romania.

The Danube’s blue architecture haunts
the bears’ dreams; they dream of blueberries.

Do not resist the rage; instead, face into
its burled finials and artichoke fringes.

Food rests through the taste buds,
where it wakes to the thunder of collapsed ideas.

Hunger, that unwanted weather, soaks
the outer fabric but leaves the skin dry as a pelt.

I reach into the fog to touch your shoulder—
the blade and its rose whispers cut the air.

The riddle does not exist…
See the solution in the vanishing of the problem.
Crusty bread, the consonant between vowels
of butter, coaxed among cloud cover of a spring day.

No one can guess the time from the raisin-colored light.
He drones like hot magic. She is cradled by night root ground.

Tongue against reed, dear constancy, tongue against tongue.
Romania is a distant place, powdered with snow and the lost name.


Each month a contemporary poet presents three poems and one personal essay in which food is consumed, passed over, or reckoned with. Sean is our poet for May, 2014.

Sean Singer was born in Mexico in 1974. His first book Discography won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His second book, Honey & Smoke, is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing in 2015.

Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative

Psychologists have known for a long time that people in East Asia think differently, on average, than do those in the U.S. and Europe. Easterners indeed tend to be more cooperative and intuitive, while Westerners lean toward individualism and analytical thinking. Now psychologists have evidence that our ancestors planted some of these cultural differences hundreds of years ago when they chose which grains to sow.

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