Recommendations, 5/2

This week we’re getting domestic with healthy yogurt, pretty flowers, sturdy notebooks, and hot, hot clones.


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Orphan Black is a show about sexy clones. Have I convinced you that it’s worth watching yet?

The answer’s probably yes, but I’m not allowed to stop there.

The show just returned for its second season, though I finally got around to working my way through most of Season 1 last weekend. It’s entirely binge-watch worthy; I’d venture to say it’s the most enjoyable Canadian television show since we met the most unfortunate teenagers in the great white north. Orphan Black has everything you could possibly want in a sci-fi show: an elaborate and nefarious biological plot, a fabulously entertaining Cockney gay best friend, religious assassins, hardened police officers, and cliffhanger endings so dramatic that you have no choice but to immediately continue on to the next episode.


Most yogurt has become viscous, gloppy, rainbow-colored candy. In fact, the rise in popularity of any supposedly “healthy” food in America probably has a direct correlation to its resemblance to candy. Granola bars are now chewy chocolate delivery-systems. Vitaminwater is actually sugarwater. Your fruit smoothie might as well be liquefied Krispy Kreme. I’m the last guy, admittedly, you should take food advice from. (As evidenced by the wrappers / stray fries littering the floor of my car.) In fact, I only know one useful thing and that is that Whole Foods 365 0% Fat Greek Yogurt is the one yogurt that isn’t full of sugar. Just two grams per cup. I’d say that it makes dieting easy, but nothing makes dieting easy — especially for those of us who have aged from the “young invincible” demographic to the “pre-diabetic” demographic. Still, every week I hit up Whole Foods for a new tub of the healthy, tasteless gunk. If you buy this (and nothing else) at Whole Foods, you are basically winning groceries.



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I bought my first pack of Field Notes in August of 2007, and since then, I’ve rarely been without one of the slim, Futura-stamped notebooks tucked into my back pocket. Because the folks who make them are designy sorts, Field Notes come in many different editions, and the Country Fair Edition has long been my version of choice. As far as I know, it’s their only release to feature a super durable linen cover, and since my Field Notes spend a substantial portion of their lives crushed beneath my ass, I require durability above all else. The other editions I’ve tried tear at the spine before I can fill them up.

But as much as I rely on them, the County Fair notebooks are also ugly. They come in three garish primary colors, lettered in tacky gold ink. I feel cheated that I can’t use any of the beautiful editions Field Notes sells. But their latest limited series, called Shelterwood, may have solved my problem. Somehow, these notebooks use an actual piece of wood for their cover. No, I don’t mean paper — it’s a super thin, flexible sheet of cherry wood. You can touch the grain and everything. I have no idea how they’re made, but they look and feel like remarkable physical objects. Every time I pull mine out, I spend a second just running my finger across the cover. And to top it off, after about a month of heavy use, it’s passing the ass test with flying colors.


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