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. Upgrading | The New York Times
How Apps Can Make Your Vacation Better
It’s all about tech these days, and the possibilities are endless. These apps can up your vacation game and bring it all together so seamlessly you’ll wonder how past generations survived without them.

2. Shining | Bon Appetít
Chicory Is the 2017 Vegetable of the Year
Forget the leaves of old, there’s a new salad base on the scene, and it’s bigger, better, and more colorful. If you’re one for a healthy, crunchy, delicious veggie fix, chicory is definitely worth the try.

3. Escaping | Modern Farmer
The Urbanite’s Guide to Going Rural
We’ve all dreamed of ditching the city lights and moving out to the country to disconnect and reconnect. Here’s how to make that fantasy a reality if really ready to leave the tall buildings and hustle and bustle behind.

4. Planning | Buzzfeed
This Weekly To-Do List Setup Is Low-Key Genius
Google Calendar might be taking over the world, but there’s nothing as satisfying as crossing a task off your pen and paper to-do list. This organizational hack from Instagram might be the fix all for your occasional forgetfulness or the best thing to ever happen to your mega-planner mind. Spoiler: it may or may not include colored pens.

5. Transitioning | Food52
Meet the Man Who Grows Pumpkins as Big as Smart Cars
Well, well, well. It’s officially Fall and you know what that means: bring on the pumpkins. PSLs, roasted pumpkin seeds, and one-ton pumpkins, apparently. This podcast zooms in on the farmer that’s teaching the world how to grow these monster Halloween trademark. Grab your carving knife and a crane to grab this catch from the patch.