Weekend Dispatch

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We are in the throes of packing for a week in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Since we drive rather than fly for this trip, we are likely to overpack. I am trying really hard not to do that this year. On the upside, I no longer bring the beach cart or the beach toys, but this year we have an extra beach chair to haul and a slightly smaller car to travel in. We'll see how it goes. If you have any tips, send them my way.

In the meantime, here's what else I am up to this week:

Most of my work day is spent listening to podcasts in the background. I have so many genres that I listen to from true crime to educational to music to news/politics to entertainment to health. I really run the gamut when it comes to the podcasts that interest me. Lately I've been into health podcasts, but I don't want to listen to hosts spew statistics at me. I'd rather listen to a discussion about a topic led by an expert who wants to share useful information rather than here himself or herself speak. Deliciously Ella is exactly the kind of health podcast I've been waiting for. Each episode is an open, honest conversation around mental and physical health.

When I stopped eating meat two years ago, I had to get really creative about summer grilling recipes. You'd be surprised how many people think that the ONLY thing you can grill is meat. But there are so many delicious grilled recipes that are vegan and vegetarian-friendly. One of my favorites is this tomato, avocado, and burrata grilled flatbread. I buy pizza dough from Trader Joe's or you can use naan, which saves even more time. If you aren't familiar with burrata, it's very similar to fresh mozzarella but slightly softer with a little more moisture, which makes it ideal for melting perfectly on pizza.
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When we were in San Diego in April, our hotel had a water station in the lobby. There were three dispensers offering different varieties of infused water. They were so tasty and refreshing, especially when we returned to the hotel after traipsing around San Diego Zoo for hours. I haven't stopped thinking about one of the waters ever since the trip. I'm not a big fan of watermelon, so I was completely surprised to discover that I enjoyed the watermelon infused flavor the most. A few weeks ago I came across this recipe for watermelon basil water and it is basically everything summer hydration should be.

Although it's been on Hulu since the beginning of the year, I finally watched the Fyre Festival documentary, Fyre Fraud. If you aren't familiar, the Fyre Festival was slated to be one of the biggest musical festivals of the century. It was slated as a luxurious music fest that was combination of Coachella and a Victoria Secret Swimsuit photoshoot. But it was actually the biggest flop and mega-disaster of the music industry. The documentary on Hulu (there's also one on Netflix) delves deep into con-man Billy McFarland, one of the events organizers. In depth interviews and background on McFarland's previous crimes are at the forefront of this documentary. If I were 25 years younger, I'd be obsessed with getting a ticket to one of these festivals. These days I am perfectly content to read about what a $hit show this particular festival-to-be was.

Have a great weekend! There will be no Weekend Dispatch next week since I'll be in Rehoboth Beach, but be sure to check back in two weeks for more ideas on what to watch, read, listen to, eat, drink and do! xx

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