Tuesday Tidbits (No.43)

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I’m back on track with Tuesday Tidbits and I have a fun line-up today of talented bloggers, useful health information, some eye-popping photography and of course, giggles to make your day.

Let’s not waste a minute and get started with a very talented blogger, Kevin, from Kevin is Cooking  who features big, bold flavors with an international twist.  As I’m typing this, I’m reminded that I’ve dropped the ball on my monthly international dish!  Acckss…time to get back on that!


Ahi Poke and Quinoa Salad | Kevin Is Cooking

Kevin and his flavorful recipes are definitely an inspiration to search out and create dishes with an international flair. Each week I look forward to his recipes and this one is especially exciting!

One of the reasons I love Kevin’s food so much is that his dishes are always full of interesting flavors, colors and textures – nothing boring here!  This gorgeous bowl of healthy yumminess is not going to last long on your table.  There are so many nutritious fruits and veggies and quinoa, too!  I’m including quinoa in more of my recipes lately and I have a readers’ special coming soon with this essential ingredient.

I love that Kevin’s dressing is such a beautiful complement to the salad and you’ll discover that his recipes always have a surprising twist and an extra ingredient that will give you that fabulous pop of unforgettable flavor.  Thanks for sharing this today with us, Kevin.  I’m a big fan and look forward to more healthy deliciousness from your kitchen!

If you love diversity in your kitchen and enjoy introducing new flavors to your family, Kevin’s awesome blog is the place for you!


The Yale Cocktails | Kitchen Riffs

Another blogger who I thoroughly enjoy is John from Kitchen Riffs.  His writing is so entertaining that even if he were just writing about his funny cat, I’d be a regular visitor!  This cocktail was particularly appealing this week and don’t you think it will make a beautiful addition to your holiday parties?  And you can really impress your guests when you explain the name and history of this cocktail.21810217000_a211b172c8_o

The Harvard Cocktail |  Kitchen Riffs

And if you’re a fan of the rival institution, here’s the drink for you!  John has a cocktail for every occasion and you’re going to love perusing his blog.  And the best part?  He cooks, too!  There are loads of delicious, healthy recipes that are beautifully photographed and make you long to sit down at John’s table and join his family for a meal.  His Mushroom and White Bean Ragout will have you smacking your lips!  Pop on over to John’s and take your cup of coffee because you’ll want to settle in and stay awhile.

grilled jerked chicken with peaches on a skewer

For all you fellow soup fanatics, here’s a great round-up from Britt & Co.  17 Rainy Day Soups to Make in 20 Minutes or Less has every kind of soup for every kind of appetite.  I’m bookmarking this for quick, easy and healthy dinners.


If you’re a regular reader here, you know I love the outdoors and sometimes I find it a challenge being at my desk all day.  I’ve found some fabulous sites that I like to visit that bring a sense of calm and peace to my day.  Here’s one called The Most Beautiful Forest on Earth and I’ll have to say that I agree!




Take a minute and visit the stunning images.  I bet it will change your day!


Cherimoya fruit is a native to The Andes mountain range between Argentina and Chile.

If you are the kind of person who likes to be first on the block to try something new or own that something special and unique, you’ll like this article on the Top 10 Rarest and Tastiest Fruits in the World from The Mysterious World.


Cupuacu mainly found in the wild Amazon rainforest.

There are so many wonderous foods and flavors still to be discovered in the food world.  No wonder people are so fascinated with it!  Click here or the pics to see more.

So what would you do if you got on to a plane and the guy in the seat next to you looked exactly like you?!!


Take a selfie, of course!  What a shock to run into a stranger who looks like your twin.  Scientists say that we each have approximately seven doppelgangers around the world.  Have you ever run into someone who looks similar to you?  I apparently look similar to someone named Wendy and have had many people yell out her name to me in stores, restaurants, etc.  I always have to make a point of stopping and telling them I’m not her in order to get them to stop.  I’ve never met her but I sure would like to!  Check out their story and some others here.


Did you know that Nelly has been sending two kids to college every year for the past decade?  According to a recent interview where he expressed his concerns about the issues facing the black community, he felt it was necessary to find ways to inspire change.

“I try to do it through education,” Nelly explained. “The only way we’re going to get this is to elevate. We have to get the kids to go out of these communities. Graduate. Get the knowledge. Come back to the community and then they can run it because they understand the people and understand the severity of the situation.”

I love his commitment.  And I love that he’s been giving so generously without any thought about the publicity he would garner.  Go Nelly!  You can read more here. 🙂

Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Idealist4Ever.com asked the members of their community to submit their most memorable lines from literature and this is the list of 50 of their favorite.  You’re going to want to visit this site and be inspired.  Oh, the power of the written word!

 “The curves of your lips rewrite history.”
—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”
—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


And if you’re a writer or just a very organized person, you’re going to love this Incredible Magnetic Notebook.   You can remove and insert pages at will and never worry about tearing out those pages neatly without ripping it to shreds.  It even has a page-sliding functionality….


I want one of these just for the cool factor.  Check it out here!

Do you live in a rainy climate?  Are there days of dreariness where you need some color in your life?  Here’s the answer!


South Korea has found a way to deal with monsoon season and the dark days by bringing color and energy to the streets through Project Monsoon.   There is a special paint that only shows up when it’s wet and suddenly the streets light up with these beautiful designs.


I think this idea needs to be shared around the world.  I bet the city of Seattle would welcome this!  Click here to read more.


Entrepreneur.com has a fantastic article on how to keep your mind and body sharp by following the advice from the Iceman!

Cold exposure (cold showers and ice baths), breathing exercises and meditation are just a few of the things recommended to keep your mind working at it’s sharpest.  As drastic as an ice bath sounds, I think it may be worthwhile trying.

When you’re outside in the very cold weather, don’t you find that you feel super alert?  Perhaps our brains are wired for survival that way?  This Iceman makes the claim that he is extremely sharp for the rest of the day after a cold shower.  I like it!  Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian and I’m used to it, ha!

You know I have to sneak some pics in about wildlife, right?  Distractify.com has 50 Powerful Photos that Capture Extraordinary Moments in the Wild.


I love this little frog in his boat!


Horses in the wild would be amazing to see.


Have you ever seen a crocodile smile? 

We’ve all heard the new haunting song, ‘Hello’ by Adele and here is a young student that bravely tackles and owns the song.  Such a difficult song to sing and she kills it!  Have a great day, everyone.


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    November 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Another great Tuesday Tidbits, I did not know that we actually have 7 others that like similar to us, that is crazy. Love the blogs you mentioned and all your beautiful pics and quotes.

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      November 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Cheri. I was really surprised to hear about all those doppelgangers too and now I’m going to be on the lookout, lol.
      Thanks for visiting 🙂
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    Kevin | Keviniscooking
    November 10, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Thanks so much Robyn for including my recipe here, I am honored. That tidbit about Nelly and the photo of the frog and his boat made my morning!
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      November 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      I’m just loving this salad, Kevin – it’s got everything I crave! So glad you enjoyed the post, too 🙂
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    November 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    You always have the most interesting and sometimes the most beautiful posts. Love getting your blog in my e-mail. If you ever come across a recipe for won ton soup that’s kinda easy could you post it?

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      November 12, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Hi Susan,
      I’m going to talk to my friend, Maggie from Omnivore’s Cookbook and see what she suggests. I’ll email you some recipes. Hope you’re having a fabulous week!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    November 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    What a wonderful roundup! And thanks SO MUCH for the link love — really appreciate your kind words. 🙂
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      November 12, 2015 at 7:37 am

      It was so nice to include some gorgeous cocktail this week, John. Yours are always wonderfully unique and beautifully photographed!

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    GiGi Eats
    November 11, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I love Nelly. He needs to start making more music! ha ha!

    And those animal photos are just unreal! I always think about the exact moment they were taken and what the photographer said the second they snap the photo! ha ha ha!
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    Anita Rivera
    November 11, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Good morning my sunshine! I am late…had to stay late at school then crashed when I came home last night! But your Tuesday Tidbits are not to be missed. Every recipe selection followed by happy moments is like going to a relaxing restaurant and seeing uplifting entertainment. And I TOO have seen my look-alike several times, but one in particular was at the same school where my husband and I lived during our graduate studies! It was WEIRD because we wore the same glasses, hair the same color and length, same build and weight….WEIRD!

    WEll my dear, enjoy this wonderful day leading us closer and closer to our American Thanksgiving. BIG HUGS! Anita

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      November 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Oh my, that is definitely weird, Anita! I love knowing there’s others out there that look the same….eerie but fun! I’m sure you’re looking forward to your fun holiday, friend. And I know your photos are going to be awesome 🙂

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    November 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    As always, I enjoyed your tidbits. That nature photography is just gorgeous. And I must try that salad very soon! Looks devine. Thanks for this roundup.

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    November 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    …and by devine I mean divine. No shrimp have been harmed in the making of this comment. 😉

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      November 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

      hahaha, Anya! So glad you enjoyed the post. As soon as I saw that salad I knew I had to include it this week. It’s perfection!

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