Life’s more fun when you live it flavorfully—that’s why we pepper our days with dynamic reads, inspired adventures, brain-feeding podcasts, and recipes we’ll cook up as soon as we have the time. Here’s our Friday roundup of the five things we’re into and up to this week:


1) Reading | Create Cultivate
The Importance of IRL in an Online World
Going off the grid for good may be an impossibility in 2017, but taking time to consciously unplug doesn’t have to be. Find renewed joy in time spent with friends — in real life, not on your group chat — with the help of these four IRL experts, including our friend Ellen Bennett, rockstar CEO of Hedley & Bennett.

2) Cooking | The Kitchn
20 No-Cook Dinners for Summer
Our summer aesthetic: easy, no-oven-needed meals. If you need us, we’ll be over here adding Crazy Feta to our pesto and egg baguette, Tzatziki to #11, and Harissa to #12.

3) Listening | The Simple Show
Summer Hospitality & Entertaining
This pod poses a simple question to start: What’s your hosting persona? If the pressure for Pinterest-perfect table settings has you rejecting the idea of hosting altogether, it may be time to re-evaluate. This summer, shared time and food are in, and styling grandma’s china to magazine-spread perfection is o-u-t.

4) Craving | Bon Appétit
Spiedies Are the Best Sandwiches You’ve Never Heard Of
Just when you thought you’d reached peak sandwich fanaticism, we present you with the Spiedie: a little-known, dripping-with-flavor Binghamton hoagie that comes together with your pick of meat, a one-of-a-kind marinade, and some SERIOUS grill skills. We *dare* you to look at a picture without drooling.

5) Watching | TED
How to Find a Wonderful Idea
OK Go is a band whose outside-the-box music videos propelled them into the mainstream just as much as their upbeat pop/rock sound. For years, we’ve marveled at the many ways they’ve combined arresting visuals, a unique perspective, and the art of surprise to delight our eyes. Now they’re sharing their secrets for finding ideas in the most likely of places.