Food Writer Who Can’t Taste, 3 Engagements, Sleep, and Jim Beam

Curated by CLAI

FOOD WRITER WHO CAN’T TASTE: To not smell the world around me, to not discern tastes, was horrifying. I’d lost all memories of tastes. My first mouthful of bacon was “So tasty!” But each encounter with bacon was like eating it for the first time. It might have been wonderful to be thrilled over and over again except that I felt incredibly stupid. (NYTIMES)

Baklava in Istanbul, Turkey

Baklava in Istanbul, Turkey (Credits: Christine Lai)

LOVE PROPOSAL: Don’t count on anyone else to bring beauty and adventure into my life. The kids are grown; my time and money are my own. Do what I want to do. Go where I want to go. Buy what I want to buy. Be engaged by myself. (NYTIMES)

SLEEP seems like a perfectly fine waste of time. Why would our bodies evolve to spend close to one-third of our lives completely out of it, when we could instead be doing something useful or exciting? As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking. (NYTIMES)

GOOD BYE JIM BEAM: Iconic American bourbon Jim Bean and Maker’s Mark to be sold to Suntory of Japan for $13.6 Billion. Few spirits are as American as bourbon: Jim Beam harkens back to 1795 in Kentucky. Suntory was founded 115 years ago. (NYTIMES)

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