Hi friends. As we gear up for the start of a new month, and the beginning of the fall season, it felt like the right time to re-introduce something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, a weekly newsletter post. I’ve tried a few variations of this in the past that didn’t feel right to me, but it’s important for me to have a space to share things that I find important or inspiring, outside of the content I create here on ETL.
So here we are, with the first edition of Food for Thought. The purpose of this weekly newsletter is simply to take a beat, collect my thoughts, and share some of the things I’ve found around the internet, media and beyond. I plan to share all kinds of things, from important news events, thought-provoking articles about food, sustainability & wellness, to fun recipes and other foodie news out there, and more. I hope you’ll find it both useful and entertaining.
This week has been a crazy one, but that’s been the theme of all of 2020, hasn’t it? Even with a pandemic grinding so many businesses to a halt and keeping so many people at home… the news cycle continues to be more jam packed than ever with stories of turmoil and division, both here and abroad. One of my biggest struggles right now is constantly trying to find a balance between being staying informed & engaging authentically… and just being still, and finding peace and joy outside of all the noise. Anyone else feeling that too? It’s a hard line to walk, and I don’t have the answer. But I guess each day is a new day to try.
Some things to chew on…
- The 2020 March on Washington is happening today. Tens of thousands of people gathering at the nation’s capital, demanding civil rights and social justice for ALL Americans. The first of these marches took place in 1963, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, and culminated in Martin Luther King Jr. giving his “I Have A Dream” speech. This year, the march takes place in the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, and comes just days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake last Sunday in Wisconsin. The rally is being called “Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” which is a reference to the murder of George Floyd by police back in June. You can read live updates on the march here, and I also encourage you to dive deeper into why this matters so much – you can start with this article about why it’s important for everyone to understand racial trauma right now.
- There is an inextricable connection between climate change/sustainability and the covid-19 pandemic. The Atlantic has a new in-depth article about this relationship, and why it’s important for our society to understand the links between how we treat this planet, and how it treats us in return. The good news is that a survey last month found that more and more Americans are embracing sustainability at home in the midst of the pandemic. What’s important now is to find ways to keep the conversation going. This is something I’m hoping to find more ways to talk and create content about in the future.
- Everything comes at a price, even if you can’t see it. A new investigative report from Ozy looks at how the skyrocketing demand for coconut and coconut products in the developed Western world is causing major harm to the millions of farmers who grow and harvest this crop. Think about all the coconut products you can find in stores now — from coconut water, to milk, to flour, and about a million other things in between. And coconuts are only going to become even more in demand as the market for fake meat and dairy products continues to grow, of which coconuts play an important role in. The problem is that as the demand and value for coconuts goes up, many of the farmers who grow them are seeing their profits go down and their livelihoods destroyed. There is a reason this happens, and it’s called corporate greed. Read the full report here! I think it’s important to learn what you can about the foods you buy and eat, even when it’s uncomfortable to face. It’s the only way we can grow and make better choices for the future.
Some fun foodie news…
- SnoopDog says he wants to age like fine wine… so he created his own wine label, obviously. Read all about it here.
- In other boozy news, Coca-Cola is coming out with a Topo Chico hard seltzer and I am HERE FOR IT.
- What life is going to look like when COVID-19 is totally behind us remains very unclear. That future looks even murkier for certain types of businesses and industries, including buffets, movie theaters, amusement parks, air travel, and nightlife (sobs). Check out this deep dive on what the future of dive bars in America could look like. We’ve all got at least one that’s near and dear to our heart.
And a few treats to leave you with…
- Pumpkin season is basically upon us, and while I plan to be consuming as much of it as possible… I was wondering if my pups could get in on the fall fun. Found this article with an expert’s guide to feeding your dog pumpkin!
- But, there’s still plenty of time to make all your favorite summer dishes with fresh corn while it’s in season. Check out this fun article to see if you know how to actually shuck corn the right way.
- And while you’re at it, I made this Spicy Corn Carbonara recipe this week from PureWow and it was SO delicious. I added in some chopped asparagus I had leftover in my fridge, just to add some extra green to the plate, and the whole thing was just scrumptious. Highly recommend.
Did you like something in particular from this newsletter? Or did you see a story out there that I should know about? Please reach out and let me know!