It seems that summertime brings about a chance to try new snacks, read lots of books, and watch lots of shows…so here are a few things I’ve been loving lately:
1. Yoplait honey caramel Greek frozen yogurt bars. These bars are super creamy and really remind me of vanilla pudding pops, which I used to eat during summer visits to my grandma’s house. But they’re much healthier: only 90 calories each, plus they include live and active cultures. And they’re nice and cold to boot!
2. San Pellegrino Blood Orange Italian Soda. I had one of these the other day at my friend Natalie’s house, and it was like I’d finally found my ideal soft drink: it’s sweeter than San Pellegrino orange, but still doesn’t seem overly sweet. Plus the pink tinge is summery and fun. Speaking of summery and fun, I think this would make an AWESOME float over some vanilla ice cream.
3. Call the Midwife. I love this BBC-to-PBS series about midwifery in 1950’s London. PBS.org is posting full episodes from the second season now week by week, perfect for lazy summer afternoon viewing (and napping, if necessary). If you like ER, Girls, and/or Downton Abbey, I think you’ll find it completely worth the watch.
4. Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey. This is the perfect light book to dip in and out of when you need a break from whatever else you’re reading, or when you need inspiration to do your own art, or when you’re just waiting for the popcorn to pop. I’ve always loved reading about the processes with which famous (or even not famous) artists make their work. What I especially love about this particular collection of processes is that it includes nearly every fine art genre: music (though limited to classical composers), visual artists and designers, filmmakers, and writers of all shapes and sizes. Ideally, we’d have dancers and actors in there too. But I’m happy for now reading about some of my personal faves: Mozart, Hemingway, Chuck Close, Woody Allen, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, and Alice Munro, to name a few.