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Gourmet Groceries Inspired By Chanel’s Fall ’14 RTW Show



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During last week’s Paris Fashion Week, the house of Chanel proved that it can elevate just about anything by chic-ifying the most plebeian place on earth: the grocery store. If you thought Whole Foods was nice, try shopping at Chanel Shopping Center. Models walked down grocery aisles instead of a catwalk at the Fall ’14 show, with spectators seated around the store. Not a detail was missed, down to the shopping carts and cashiers, promotional signs and sample tables. My personal favorite is the beautifully branded Chanel vodkas. French Elle has the best photos of the luxe products here.

In honor of this amazing Parisian spectacle, I’ve rounded up some of the chicest versions of your average groceries. Bon Appetit!

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Pipcorn, 3 for $18, pipsnacks.com

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Garbanzo Beans, $9.95, williams-sonoma.com

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Harney & Sons English Breakfast Tea, $12.95, williams-sonoma.com

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La Medina Brown Sugar Cubes, $7.99, amazon.com

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Butcher Salt, $24.95, crateandbarrel.com


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Red Duck Ketchup, $8, redduckfoods.com

Good Read: Help for The Haunted




I haven’t read a creepy read in quite some time (ok, like middle school,) so I was skeptical about diving into the world of ghosts, creaky floorboards and missing keys again, but Help for the Haunted, the third novel out from John Searles, perfectly toed the line between ghost story and thriller. The pace of the book is pretty steady, so while I wasn’t eagerly rushing to get through it the way I do with most thrillers, I could find good stopping places and easily picked the book back up after a day or so. You may think you know where the plot is going, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the ending and the message that Help for the Haunted leaves.

The novel opens with a late night phone call that will alter the course of events in young Sylvie Mason’s life forever. The night ends in an act of violence, leaving Sylvie and her older sister orphaned and full of question. Who were their parents? What really happened that night? And how can they ever move forward and reclaim a normal life? Sylvie and her sister struggle to find meaning in their new world, but both deal with it in very different ways. Sylvie, inquisitive and hopeful, but still deeply distraught, looks to redefine “family,” while her sister rejects Sylvie and their family’s past. And does she know more about that night than she told the police? Sylvie sorts through what remains to uncover the answers and ultimately, her own memories of that night.

This supernatural thriller is an easy read and safe to pass on to your grandmother or pre-teen sister when you’re done (and that can’t be said about most books in this category!

Let me know what you think of Help for the Haunted @SaraAngle22.

WTF is a Zombie Bar?!



I’m usually willing to take a bit out of any bar on the market, so when this power bar fell onto my desk, I was intrigued. Zombies seem to be having a moment now, (Insert The Walking Dead reference here), and vampires are phasing out, so why not develop a bar based on the zombie trend? The tagline for ZombieFoodBars, “Tastes Better than Brains,” wasn’t very appealing, and the whole idea of eating zombie food is just, well, weird, but the high fiber, high protein, nutrient packed bar claims to be an exceptional source of sustained energy. At 250 calories a bar, it’s a little more calorie dense than an afternoon snack should be, but the 14g of fat and 23g of carbs it provides are super fueling after an intense workout. It definitely has a power bar-y taste, but also tastes more homemade and less processed than a traditional power bar because it is packed with real ingredients like almond butter, dates, cashews, goji berries, cinnamon and cocoa. Those are all things I recognize and eat, yay! Zombies must be fans of some of the other ingredients like spirulina powder, barley grass juice powder, chlorella powder (possibly a supplement to their diet consisting mainly of human flesh?!) Hey, even zombies need their greens.

What weird power bars have you tried? This one tops my list!

Chobani decreases yogurt size, pisses people off



In the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate solely McDonald’s for 30 days. Unsurprisingly, he gained almost 25lbs in the process, among a series of other medical problems. Although extreme, Spurlock reached his goal of raising awareness about obesity in America. The facts: restaurant and fast food portion sizes have grown in the last 20 years. And wait, what? We’re angry that those portions are making us fat, but annoyed when companies downsize products? I’m noticing a disconnect…

Here’s the top Greek yogurt brand’s old and new packaging:

The serving size has decreased by 12%, from 6 oz. to 5.3 oz. Executives say this will make Chobani yogurts more comparable to other similar yogurts on the market and being “more consistent.” But wait–the price stayed the same? Not. Cool. And the real questions is, who are they competing with? Yoplait’s Greek yogurt line and Dannon’s Oikos also contain 5.3 oz, but Fage, the original Greek yogurt, and the preferred pick of the most nutrition-concious consumers, actually packages single servings in 7 oz. cups. Fage for the win!

And why does Chobani feel so threatened in the market that they are supposedly dominating anyway? As The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead points out, “Chobani’s rapid success has left the established yogurt companies trying to catch up.” And as Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani, told Mead, so far, Chobani has just taken consumers away from the other yogurt brands…and hasn’t made consumers increase increase their yogurt intake. Doesn’t seem like decreasing the size of their cups without changing the price will help much with that, huh?

What do you think about the downsizing? Are you Team Chobani or Team Fage? Tweet me at @SaraAngle22!

Side note: Holy shit–Peppermint Bark flavored yogurt?! Is this real!? Apparently, although the don’t sell it at my grocery store. Sounds like a delicious sugar bomb. But maybe freeze it and sub out for an even more calorie-laden winter dessert?

Photo Credit: Chobani

Good Read: The Shining Girls




A serial killer on the loose through time, an enchanted house bursting with answers, a girl haunted by her past and determined to control her future, and a city bursting with change and stories. Lauren Beukes’ third novel marks her as an author that shines. The mark of a good novel is in the detail–the details so specific and real that you almost feel you know too much about the character, the setting, the plot–but just enough that you feel well-informed but not over acquainted.

Meet Kirby. Kirby is your first acquaintance, a young girl with a wild imagination that grows into a wild ambition, an ambition to hunt the man who tried to kill her. A twentysomething Kirby finds herself tied up in a plot thicker than she ever expected as she searches for clues about her attacker in old police files and newspaper clippings, pulling a host of characters along with her to aid in the pursuit.

Meanwhile, her attacker seeks out other bright women, like a wild dog hunting it’s prey, sniffing them out among decades and crowds, following them through childhood into their adult lives.

Beukes’s thriller will paralyze you with fear, make your heart lurch with excitement, and maybe even teach you a little something about the 90s alternative music scene and some Chicago history. What!? Yeah, all that in under 400 pages. Shining Girls: 1. Serial Killer: 0.

Good Read: The Vatican Diaries



vatican diariesFor the number of religions and religious and spiritual groups in the world, one group seems to attract more attention than others. The media has long since been fascinated with the Catholic Church–scandal or not. All eyes have been on Vatican City recently, first for Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement, then the election of the new pope–the conclave, and the official induction ceremony. Now every move the chosen pontiff, Pope Francis, former Cardinal Jorge Bergiglio, makes, has people turning heads. Washing the feet of a woman and people of different denominations at Holy Thursday service, blessing a guide dog at his first press conference, lifting a young American boy with cerebral palsy from his mother’s arms and kiss him on the head during an audience.

Since his induction on March 19, attention has not left the seat of power, and many media outlets have been spinning the new Bishop of Rome as the one who will bring transparency and honesty to the church.

In a new book by veteran Vatican journalist John Thavis, it’s revealed that the inner workings of the church may not be as secret as many think–one just needs to know where to look. Thavis takes readers inside the walls of the Vatican to reveal things that stand to humanize the church that is seen as such a superpower. He shares his experiences, observations and opinions gained from almost three decades of covering the Vatican, from flying on the papal plane to the sex abuse scandals, Thavis stirs up some Vatican events that many have forgotten, others that were covered from every angle, and some that probably went unheard by the vast public until now.

The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the- Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church is a recommended read for every Catholic, every journalist, or anyone with a taste for history, humor and a dose of reality.

Good Read: The Silver Star



Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestseller The Glass Castle has been translated into 22 languages and was read by just about everyone I know: my grandmother, my mom, my best friends (male and female,) and every book club in town. I stocked up on extra copies just so I could give them away to anyone who said they hadn’t read it. It is THAT good.

Her follow-up novel, the semi-biographical Half Broke Horses (2009) portrayed her grandmother’s story, another heart wrenching tale of growing up in a tumultuous and at times unbelievable world. I tore through this one just as fast as Glass Castle and relished its Little House on the Prairie goes badass quality.

Now, Walls debuts her first purely fictional work, The Silver Star, told from the perspective of a girl on the brink of teenage-hood in the 70s, with a stardom seeking mother who leaves for undetermined amounts of time, leaving her two daughters with frozen chicken pot pies to hold them over until she returns. In the absence of their mother, the girls must take their lives into their own hands and discover their mother’s past while determining their own futures.

Out in June, The Silver Star is a perfect read for your summer vaca—hilarious and serious, deep yet light at the same time. This is the next book that you’ll be farming out to your friends after you’re done!

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