You Have Got To Be Kidding Me!

EEW!

At first I didn’t even believe it!  But sadly, it’s true.

The FDA-approved azodicarbonamide (I’m so  glad of their high standards, aren’t you?), the same chemical that is used in yoga mats and rubber soles, is also an ingredient found in ‘freshly baked’ Subway sandwich bread in North America (banned in the UK, EU and Australia)!  Who says ‘plastic’ doesn’t taste good when fresh and hot out of the oven?  Chew on that.  And don’t forget to swallow!

This shocking revelation first got national attention thanks to food blogger Vani Hari of foodbabe.com with her petition to Subway for the removal of this sci-fi-like ingredient.  The petition earned over 50,000 signatures (and counting) and subsequently, Subway decided to remove it from their breads.

Whatever the reason, whether virtuous or PR related, at least it’s on its way out.  But question.  WHY was it there in the first place?  I’ll let you ponder over that one.  But for now, let’s keep ingredients that we can’t even pronounce OUT of our mouths and on our feet!

Chemicals in bread?  NO THANK YOU!  So NOT ‘it’ and in fact, worse than **it.

Vani Hari’s conviction followed by action?  A very we-owe-her-big-time ‘it’.

P.S.  Subway, we know you are not the only one using this chemical in our foods.  So thank you for being a leader and removing it, but please don’t replace it with another ingredient, that’s just as bad, down the road! Deal? Deal.

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Changes

I love Autumn. 

It is probably my favourite season.

I love the colours, the crunchy leaves and the cosy nights.

And it reminds me of this great quote by the wonderful C.S. Lewis:

“ISN’T IT FUNNY HOW DAY BY DAY NOTHING CHANGES, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK BACK, EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT?”

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Some ‘it’ food for thought.

Happy Thanksgiving to my ‘Eh?’ followers!

Photograph via ME.

The Sartorialist: A Dialogue

Something interesting happened in the blogosphere with yours truly, and I thought I would take a moment from my ‘no-blogging-this-diamond-jubilee long weekend’, to report on it.  Here it goes:

It all started with some comments I submitted to The Sartorialist regarding this particular photograph of a skateboarder.

For those of you who have not heard about  The Sartorialist (no excuses, it’s on my IT  Blogs list!), it’s the avant-garde style blog that was started by Scott Schuman in 2005.  Whether you are a design blogger, fashion student, photographer in the making, or simply a life lover, The Sartorialist should be on top of your daily blogs list.  Out of the gazillion blogs out there, he has nailed it like no other.

With loyal followers in the ‘too many to mention’ and the fashion world at his fingertips (the ‘who’s who’ of the industry checks out his daily photos for inspiration, not to mention bestowing upon him last night’s CFDA accolade), The Sartotialist is in a league of his own. 

Knowing all this, I was incredibly surprised and flattered when he took the time to re-post and interpret ‘that’ photograph in response to my very own comments! I thoroughly enjoyed reading his response, and while we may have different points of view, I was excited at the dialogue it created between myself and a blogger I greatly admire, as well as many of his followers.

You can view the entry here to read my paraphrased comments (my original comments were not published), The Sartorialist’s response, my new comment (written whilst half asleep!), and of course, to see the photograph that started it all.

Although I can write a Ph.D. thesis to clarify my original comments (insert wink here)and respond to some of the assumptions made via some readers (and another one here), reading many of the comments makes one thing clear; no matter what we each see in the photograph, its most beautiful aspect is the interpretation it leaves open to us all.

And that kind of a dialogue is an ‘it’ thing.