Do you know how to pronounce cacao? You’re not sure? Click here and listen. It’s CA-COW. I was saying the word incorrectly for the longest time.
Now, what’s the difference between cacao and cocoa, you ask? Sometimes the two words are used interchangeably; though cacao usually refers to the pod (pictured above)…in other words, the raw chocolate. And, typically, cocoa is what the beans are called once they have been cleaned, roasted and processed (sometimes into powder).
Still confused? Just call it chocolate. :)
“I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.”
Ban Bossy is Sheryl Sandberg’s new campaign to encourage girls to become leaders. According to Sandberg, who is, of course, COO of Facebook and the author of Lean In… Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood.
What do you think? Sheryl is getting a lot of criticism already (hours after announcing her #banbossy campaign). She’s being called hypocritical because she’s bossing people around by telling them what words to use. I don’t feel that way. This boss chick (and mother of two strong girls) gets what she’s trying to do…and I say: all the more power to her!
International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. Let’s hope that another hundred+ years don’t go by before equal rights for women is a thing. I love Malala’s quote…
Way to go, Google, with your special Doodle for IWD 2014!
Chocolate of the Moment… iChoc organic chocolate. “Music for your mouth!”
I purchased this cute little bar (40g) at SweetE Organic candy store in Mill Valley. The company has 4 different flavored bars, each with a different musical instrument on the front. I chose this bar for my 13 year old son because I knew he’d think the name iChoc was cool. He loved the chocolate, too…which is from Germany.
From Dominique Ansel, the chef who created the Cronut…. His latest creation is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot, a limited batch dessert that will be served this weekend at SXSW. Very clever!
March is Women’s History Month…and it’s only been around since 1981. Actually, we only had a history week back then…they recently bumped it up to an entire month. Celebrate, women!
Big congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave. While her acceptance speech last night was phenomenal, even more inspiring was the speech she gave last week at the annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon organized by Essence.
Click on the video above to hear Lupita talk about beauty and skin color and how she hasn’t always felt deserving of the attention she receives.
My favorite part: “What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.” And also, “And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty.” Bravo!
Congratulations, beautiful Lupita! We hope to see lots more of you on the big screen. Keep on talking to young women…you are a great role model!
Are you going to watch the Oscars on Sunday? I’m looking forward to seeing funny lady Ellen Degeneres host the show for the second time. In case you missed her last Academy Awards gig in 2007, here are 5 video clips, compliments of the LA Times. Not being a huge movie buff, I mostly watch the show for the jokes and the fashion. I’m sure Ellen will not fail in the joke category.
it’s always fun to live-tweet awards shows…so we can all join in and
make fun of compliment the actors on their speeches, attire and such. Look for me @iPeggy…on Sunday or anytime.