How Do You Know if You Have High or Low Self-Esteem?


The phrase “self-esteem” is thrown around frequently when discussing mental health. In the 70s, programs in public school systems encouraged children to think better of themselves. They thought having higher esteem would bolster confidence and fight off depression if it was nurtured from an early age. With less negativity surrounding oneself, a child would be able to succeed not only ...

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Cooking the Classics: French Cassoulet


The natural home of cassoulet slow-cooked casserole, is in the Languedoc, in the southwest of France. The town of Castelnaudary claimed to have originated this week’s classic dish. I remember an early holiday with my parents, exploring the neighboring walled city of Carcassone and, of course, stopping for dinner: that was my earliest experience of eating the legendary cassoulet. I ...

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Maine, US: a Fall Tasting Trail


Nowhere evokes the spirit of the open highway like the USA. From Jack Kerouac’s On The Road to Easy Rider, road trips weave deeply into American culture. An American road trip promises hypnotic landscapes, vibrant towns and cities, and fascinating people. But for those who love their food, there’s one trail that’s hard to beat, especially at this time of ...

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Wardrobe Snacks: Dress Like You Eat


The creative duo Terrence Caviar was created by the San Francisco based photographer Kelsey McClellan together with the stylist and art director Michelle Maguire. Inspired by diners lacking a seat at the table, they created the Wardrobe Snacks series, a photographic project that focuses on close-ups of hands holding various types of snacks: from more usual ones, like an ice cream ...

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Food on the Edge 2017: 6 Talking Points


Food on the Edge, the annual food symposium organised by chef JP McMahon, this year drew over 50 of the biggest names in the food world, including chefs, writers, activists and CEOs, and 400-plus attendees to Galway on the rugged West Coast of Ireland, for two days of fruitful food discussion. This was a solutions-oriented coming together. Indeed, one of ...

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Culinary Zinema: Food specials in the San Sebastián Film Festival


Already in its 65th edition, the San Sebastian International Film Festival has been known for its special attention to food films – and it couldn’t be different in a city so devoted to the hedonistic pleasure of eating (from pintxos bars to many starred restaurants). From 23 to 29 September 2017, the Culinary Zinema event gathered directors, producers and chefs ...

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The Science of Melting Sugar


Sweet flavours are inevitably associated with sugar. In scientific terms, sugar is one or more molecules made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. These may be single molecules, as in the case of glucose or fructose, or combinations of molecules: sucrose, for instance, consists of a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule bonded together. I have a particular reason for ...

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Everything I Was Too Afraid to Be: On Fatherhood and Mental Health


Recently, I had the good fortune to meet a fellow mental health advocate in person. Gabriel Nathan (Gabe – just like me) is the Editor-in-Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries and a man who lives with depression, anxiety, and obsessive thoughts. We talked about a great many things, but the topic that fascinated me the most is that he is the ...

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Rafael Osterling: 'Just Learn, Be Strong'


Had Rafael Osterling pursued a career in diplomacy, the Peruvian restaurant scene might look very different today. Less dynamic. Less fun. Instead the trained lawyer opted for cooking, and his Rafael (ranked 30 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 list), Mercado and Felix Brasserie restaurants in Lima (and Bogota, Colombia) have become a celebration of traditional native ingredients and ...

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Just Right: OCD and Kids


Landon was a bright intelligent child. He had excelled academically and also enjoyed sports. However, OCD appeared to be getting in the way of his life. There were times when he could not get out of bed because the thought of having to get dressed overwhelmed him. His socks needed to feel just right as well as his shirt and ...

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