Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Favorites

Don't you just love when you learn that 2 things you loved separately are actually connected? Somehow in that instant, they can both grow in beauty and significance due solely to that link. In case you're wondering at this point, this has nothing to do with the video above of the cat barking. That video is just pure awesomeness on its own and can't possibly be improved upon =p. Please watch it and note -- what I consider to be the best part -- that the cat switches back when it realizes it has an audience...but NOT right away. The Gradual Transition from barking to meowing is what makes this video kill me with laughter every time I view it. Hope you feel the same!

But as I was saying, making a connection between 2 things has an amazing potential to transform the way you view both. For example, I recently discovered that the incredibly catchy song, "The Veldt" by deadmau5 (above), was actually inspired by a story with the same name from Ray Bradbury, one of my favorite authors. You can listen to an excellent reading of this futuristic short story performed by Comedy Central star, Stephen Colbert (I've embedded Part 1 out of 3 above). The song sounds relaxed and upbeat at first, but its sweet lyrics about the "world that the children made" belies a dark meaning which requires knowledge of Bradbury's story to be fully appreciated. I found this unexpected intersection of seemingly trivial electronic music and 1950s dystopian fiction to be fascinating; but if you'd rather skip this cautionary tale, feel free to jump straight to the lovely food photography instead.

Pear and Pecan Tarte Tatin from The Pretty Blog
1 PrettyBlog-Pear Pecan Nut Tarte Tatin in Copper Pan Idea
2 Matt Armendariz-Chili-Rubbed Spiced Salmon Cilantro Avocado Salsa
Pate Photograph from Bonnie Savage
3 Bonnie Savage-Pate Dip Spread Bread Toast
Ruffled and Pleated Wedding Cake by Charm City Cakes
4 CharmCityCakes-Ruffled Fan Gumpaste Flowers Gold Glitter Pleated Fondant Wedding Cake Idea
Cranberries and Orange Photograph from Pratos e Travessas
5 Mónica Isa Pinto-Cranberries Ingred
Asparagus Avocado Feta Tacos from Five and Spice
6 Five and Spice-Asparagus Avocado Feta Tacos
7 BabaGanuj-Lentil Goat Cheese Salad, Grain Background Propwish
Lemonade Photograph from Licking the Plate
8 Mwhammer-Lemonade Outside Summer Wood Board Crate Propwish Idea
Flowered Wedding Cake by Blue Note Bakery
9 BlueNoteBakery-Branches Paper-like Gumpaste Flowers Imprint Fondant Wedding Cake Idea
10 TasteAu-Butter Puff Pastry Horns Cones Dried Apricots Pistachio Honey Cream Idea
Herb and Veggie Dips with Flatbread and Ricecakes Photograph from Gareth Morgans
11 Gareth Morgans-Dill Carrot Dip Spread Rice Cakes Pita Flatbread Newspaper Tray Propwish


  1. I just had to LOL while watching the cat video..
    Cool Saturday lemonade photograph...

  2. Wow, a barking cat! Now that's a,mazing! Lovely pictures and sounds.



  3. Hahaha, I love that first video....and I looove cats, have two of them at home:).

    Lovely photos, great roundup :).


  4. :))) Awesome post, and funny video! Love every single image stomach is grumbling just by looking!!!

  5. Thanks you guys! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Wonderful roundup! And I love that first video about the cat :)

    Hugs <3

  7. Lots of great inspiration! Thanks Xiaolu!

  8. OMG, Xiaolu...that cat is SO funny!!!

    That chili rubbed salmon looks fabulous.

  9. Fantastic roundup - thanks for the inspiration!

  10. The cat video made me howl with laughter :) What a great way to start my Sunday morning!

    Love all the food photos you've chosen, they are all so inspiring.


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