Friday, February 27, 2015

The Book Barge

In 2011, I spent six months living by the book. Books, plural, would be more precise. I had a 60ft floating bookshop on a converted canal boat and one long summer to save it from closing down. Chugging around the country and swapping stock along the way for the domestic conveniences I lacked aboard was how I planned to do it.

The Book Barge opened in June 2009. I had previously worked as an entertainment journalist in London and selling books from a towpath didn’t occur to me until I moved back to the Midlands and struggled to find another media job. The boat was bought with money borrowed from my parents. I agreed a repayment strategy, but after just six months of trading, it became apparent that, to bastardise a popular saying, it’s a gift that keeps on giving no return. My boyfriend, a carpenter, helped to refit the boat as a retail space and we found a permanent mooring for it at a local marina development. [Continue]
I wouldn't say I've ever had the urge to live on a boat but living/working on a book barge sounds fun... in the summer at least.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

KFC Edible Coffee Cup

Diners at KFC restaurants throughout Britain soon will be able to have their coffee — and eat the cup, too.

KFC, one of the chains operated by Yum Brands, is going to test an edible cup made from a wafer coated in sugar paper and lined with a heat-resistant white chocolate. The new cup will debut about the same time as KFC restaurants plan to introduce Seattle’s Best Coffee, part of Starbucks.

“We have been experimenting with edible packaging to see if it could be a feasible product to bring to market in limited quantities,” Jocelyn Bynoe, brand manager for Yum’s international operations, said in a statement.

The new cup addresses several of the trends bedeviling the food business today, including consumer concerns about the environmental impact of packaging, as well as their desire for simplicity. [Continue]
Coffee with fried chicken? I didn't even know that KFC had coffee on their menu.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nutella Breakfast Cereal

I was trying to develop some kind of homemade cocoa puffs. I love the flavor of these, but they do not have the consistency/texture of cocoa puffs. So I'll have to try again on that front. This cereal is more like tiny chocolate nutella cookies. So that's pretty awesome. Pretty unhealthy. [Link]
Surprisingly... only 2 tbsps of Nutella used in the recipe.

Via [Foodbeast]

Authors for Indies

Celebrate local independent bookstores

Saturday May 2, 2015

Canadian Authors for Indies Day

Let’s do something wonderful together on Saturday, May 2. It’s called Authors for Indies Day.

That’s when authors across Canada volunteer at local independent bookstores. We will talk to customers about the books we love. We will shamelessly urge them to buy. Not just our books, any books. Because the goal of Authors for Indies Day is to help Canadian independent bookstores sell a ton of books on May 2.
Hmmm... still a lot of 'TBAs' for participating authors in Toronto.

What Have We Learned From History?

If not from history... they also used a Trojan horse in the beginning heist of The Thomas Crown Affair!