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On Thanksgiving, ‘moderation’ is but a word

There is no better way to celebrate a holiday, and I mean any holiday, than with chocolate. Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter…the list goes on. We can never have too much chocolate in all shapes and forms. No one says no to chocolate in the form of an egg, Santa, rabbit, hearts…

One holiday that has stayed away from the year-long chocolate peddling marathon is Thanksgiving. I have never seen a turkey-shaped chocolate, at least in my part of the world (clue: north of the 49th parallel and south of the Arctic Circle, between the Atlantic and the Pacific). What is so special about Thanksgiving that marketers have not placed it on the calendar of important dates for chocolate consumption? It’s called moderation, or something like it.

For my American friends who will be spending a good part of the weekend a-slicing and a-dicing in their kitchens, in anticipation of a giant piece of poultry, later doused in its fat drippings and sugared cranberry. The Thanksgiving meal is THE motherload of all meals. It’s sensible to stay away from sweets knowing that the average Thanksgiving meal is about 2000 calories. Moderation or precation, it still does not answer my question: why is there no emphasis on chocolate turkeys? Maybe chocolate festive elves in red suits are easier to stomach than chocolate feathered gobblers. Turducken anyone?



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On the number 12

I don’t plan on making this temporary abandonment of Urban Peanut: A Gallery a habit, mind you. A lot has happened in the last month regarding design and my involvement in the industry, which is, by the way, up to this moment, a very good circumstance.

I have to meditate on the number 12, my favourite number. My partiality towards the number might have something to do with my birthdate. It is quite an important number for the vast majority of us. Months, disciples and doughnuts come in 12s. So did exposures on a roll of 35mm film, a long time ago.

The 12th of October also is the anniversary of Columbus’ landing in he Caribbean (BTW political correctness is not the focus of this entry), the birthday of Luciano Pavarotti, and marks the launch of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979). It is  pretty important date in culture and human history.

For this year, the 12th of October, I anticipate, will also be an important day. It will be the day after Thanksgiving weekend. It will also be the day when my friends and family come together to celebrate me through song and food. An iPad is also an option. Thank you very much in advance. And dark chocolate cakes are most welcome.


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Don’t dance on a volcano

The event of the last week in Iceland has affected millions of travellers’ flights into and out of Europe.

Volcanoes have helped give birth to islands and ideas. The materials that one spews enable rebirth and regrowth.  All of the Earth’s rich nutrients conducive to growth like minerals and nitrogen.

The Easter island statues called the moai are actually made of volcanic ash. The Easter Island ‘heads’ are actually attached to miniscule bodies that were buried in the ground, with the largest statue weighing 86 tonnes. Imagine the the people who carried all of those statues across the island to arrange them very carefully in rows!

Volcanoes have inspired many different ideas and images. The act of bursting out in anger warrants one to be called a volcano. Good ideas that come out of one’s mind can also be thought of as volcanic.

Having seen the destruction of Mt. Pinatubo in the early 1990s, it seems that volcanoes are the Earth’s most explicit demonstration of anger. No other time in history has there been such a massive disruption in transportation. However, let’s think of the carbon emissions that were reduced because of the significant decrease of airplanes flying. In the meanwhile, I will enjoy an excellent idea that was inspired by volcanoes: the chocolate lava cake.

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