I Came for the (Free) Dinner: Is Dating for the Food Immoral?

Everything tastes better when it’s free. Or, at least, that’s the motto New York Magazine: The Cut’s latest person of interest lives by – a 24-year-old broke Toronto woman who uses dating sites for the sole purpose of snagging herself free dinner.

According to her Tumblr, Erin Wotherspoon joined “a slew of dating sites to find a man, any man, even a woman to finance [a] delectable venture into the maze of Toronto’s hottest resto nabes.”

Now, maybe it’s just me, but – seriously? Get a job.

Don’t get me wrong. Free is lovely, and I will continue to gladly accept the office-provided Halloween candy that sits in front of me as I type and the occasional boyfriend-gifted Malbec. But the idea of serial dating with the sole purpose of racking up free foie gras and oysters at the city’s “hottest resto nabes” (not a real word – I already Googled it) is, above all else, unfair.

It’s no better than saying, “Hey, I’m looking for marriage,” when you really want a one-night stand. And it only helps to perpetuate the age-old notion that a woman’s livelihood depends on a man.

Which makes me worried for the growing number of today’s singles who seek to find their soulmates on reputable dating sites like… Tinder.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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October 31, 2013

5 Style Bytes You May Have Missed: #Halloween Edition

‏‪@LaunchpadDillon: I just so badly want a Halloween tree to call my own.
Those are called “pumpkins.” Just FYI.

‪@WMUR9: Reese’s, M&M’s top 2013 list of most popular Halloween candy ‪http://on.wmur.com/1avoUeu 
Maybe it’s us, but we’re confused as to how this is (still) newsworthy.

‪@JordanPeele: My Halloween costume is going to be Siri. I’m gonna have my friend do a couple of laps around a party with me on speaker phone.
This sounds like a really bad idea. If you’re not at the party, you don’t get the candy. #duh

‪@greatideas: Whip up this caramel-butterscotch ‪#pumpkin milkshake; go into glorious food coma. ‪http://ow.ly/qecyJ  ‪#halloween
We usually don’t do food comas until Thanksgiving, but we may have to make an exception.

‏‪@GMA: There exists a #Halloween lobster and you can see it on display: ‪http://abcn.ws/Hmro6o 
That’s way too cool for “perfect for Halloween brunch” jokes. This year. Next year, she’s fair game.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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October 30, 2013

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better…

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October 25, 2013

Going, Going, Gone Viral: Ellen DeGeneres’s Halloween Costume

This is a four-minute gem that we guarantee will make your Thursday infinitely better. For Halloween this year, Ellen DeGeneres dressed up as an (almost) exact version of Sofia Vergara. And we’ve been giggling hysterically at our desks since we first pressed play.

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November 1, 2012

Fall Recipes: Creativity with Halloween Sweets

Happy Halloween! Whether you’re spending the evening passing out treats or taking the young ones for a costumed stroll around the neighborhood, your kitchen is soon to become a repository for piles of fun-sized goodies. But before the kids chomp it all down, borrow a handful for your own use – and share in the sugar high.

Fall Recipes: Get Creative with Halloween Candy

 

Sweet Salad
Remember Waldorf salad? This easy-to-prepare candy bar apple salad has the same idea – luscious flavors doused in a creamy dressing. Rather than the Waldorf’s classic combination of grapes, walnuts, and marshmallows, this one uses apples, SNICKERS®, and vanilla pudding to create a caramel apple–flavored treat.

Substitute with abandon to suit your tastes (or your pantry). Some suggestions include using a mixture of SNICKERS and HEATH Toffee Bars, pears rather than apples, and different flavored puddings.

Delicious Drinks
When your little monsters return home with bags stuffed full of colored candies, look no further than Skittles®-infused vodka. With each flavor individually bottled and ready to drink, you won’t have to search for a sweet end-of-day treat. But if chocolate and peanut butter is more your style (or you’re only in the mood for a quick nip), try a peanut butter cup martini.

Bite-Sized Baking
No matter your preferred taste – sweet or salty, nuts or toffee – trick-or-treat bags are sure to offer a complement to every craving. Use sugar-loaded confections to create candy-recycler blondies, Halloween candy cookies, white chocolate candy corn cookie bars, peanut butter and toffee candy bark, or frozen peanut butter cup banana pops (the fruit makes them healthier, right?). With these desserts on hand, you’ll wish All Hallows’ Eve came around more than once a year.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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October 31, 2012

Let the Credits (and Heads) Roll: The Top 13 Halloween Movies

While the main draw of Halloween is easily the candy (who doesn’t love a holiday dedicated to sweets?), watching scary movies is a close second. From scare-you-out-of-your-seat classics to family-friendly varieties for the kiddos, these frightening flicks are essential to a horror movie marathon (just add popcorn).

Hocus Pocus. Between Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, this movie is a Halloween classic that NEVER gets old.

A Nightmare on Elm Street. If you weren’t an insomniac before, you will be after watching this movie. “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…”

The Witches. This Jim Henson production (yes, you read that right) teeters on scary-movie territory, so it’s perfect for not-quite-ready-for-horror-flicks kids.

BeetleJuice. Full of wit, whimsy, and sometimes creepy moments, this cinematic masterpiece shows why Tim Burton is the king of the strange and unusual.

The Shining. This iconic Stephen King–inspired thriller haunts you long after you hit the stop button. Spooky fact: Jack Nicholson’s famous “Heeeere’s Johnny” line was actually ad-libbed.

Ghostbusters. Because every thrill-fest needs a side-splittingly funny break.

Poltergeist. The fact that this 80s film franchise is said to be cursed (due to premature deaths among the cast and crew) just makes it that much more scary.

The Exorcist. Simply the kind of movie where you spend half the time under a blanket.

Casper. When it comes to a family fright fest, this ghost story should be at the top of your list.

Friday the 13th. Hockey fans beware: watch this movie, and you’ll never look at a hockey mask the same way again.

Sleepy Hollow. Two words: Johnny Depp.

Halloween. The movie that launched Jamie Lee Curtis’s career may not be the first slasher movie, but it’s definitely one of the best.

Psycho. Because no scary movie marathon is complete without a little Alfred Hitchcock.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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October 24, 2012

Rawr! (It’s International Dinosaur Month!)

Move over, Shark Week – it’s International Dinosaur Month, and we’re ready to celebrate.

Even eons later, the world’s still just as into dinosaurs as it was 251,000,000 years ago. In fact, there are countless ways to get the kids (and/or yourself) even more in touch with these beloved prehistoric pals, this side of the Stone Age.

1) Re-rent Jurassic Park. While the once-groundbreaking “special effects” may be lost on the Pixar generation, there’s no denying that that velociraptor scene (the one in the kitchen) was downright terrifying. They’ll respect it. We promise.

2) If a natural history museum is within reach, pack a lunch and spend a Saturday there. Larger-than-life skeletons will put the dino’s grandeur in full perspective.

3) Rotate dinosaur eggs into snack time. (The kids don’t have to know they’re healthy…)

4) Dress your little one as a dinosaur for Halloween. Millions-of-years-old reptiles always get more candy.

5) Archeologists in training can hone their skills by digging for dino bones online.

6) If this dinosaur expert doesn’t have all the kids’ questions (“Why are dinosaurs so big?”) answered, this video from National Geographic surely will.

7) Shop our Little Rue Celebrates International Dinosaur Month Boutique! It’s packed with dinosaur-inspired toys, books, and more, sure to keep any budding paleontologist blissfully occupied for hours.

Our Little Rue Celebrates International Dinosaur Month Boutique opens Wednesday, October 17, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 17, 2012

Rue How-To: Polka Dot Pumpkins

Been there, done that. When it comes to carving pumpkins, I’ve tried it all – spooky castles, wicked witches, and everything in between.

So, when it came to those two perfect pumpkins I picked out at the local farm with help from my four-year-old niece, we focused on polka dots – her new favorite obsession. Stickers in hand, we decorated one pumpkin with multi-size round stickers, then spray-painted the surface black. For the second, we cut off the top, scooped out the seeds, and used a drill to make holes all over.

Materials:

Two pumpkins
Black spray paint
Circular stickers
Drill and 3/4-inch bit
Knife and spoon (to prep pumpkin #2)
One tea light candle

Directions:

1. Wipe down both pumpkins to rid surfaces of any dirt.
2. Start with pumpkin #1. Add stickers as shown above and douse in black spray paint (one coat is all it needs).
3. Once dry, peel stickers off pumpkin #1 and revel in your polka-dotted finished product.
4. For pumpkin #2, cut off top and remove seeds.
5. Drill holes where desired.
6. Add the lit tea light candle, replace top, and display.

By Emily Gibbons of LuckyLittleLove.com, Staff Writer

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October 12, 2012

Fall Entertaining: Throw A Pumpkin Party

Fall Entertaining: Throw A Pumpkin Party

 

Our copy team gathered last night to celebrate autumn with an all-too-seasonal pumpkin party. From sinfully sweet treats to hearty, savory delights (emphasis on the former), the writers brought some serious culinary competitors to the well-adorned table. Here are some quick tips to help you throw a gourd-themed bash of your own:

Décor
Start your décor off right with these beautiful DIY Pumpkin Planters that are so easy to make (plus you have seeds left over for a quick-baked snack). Add themed serving platters and – of course – more pumpkins, and the mood will pretty much set itself.

Activities
Pumpkin carving, while the ultimate October activity, is logistically tricky. Instead, pick up some medium-sized pumpkins and set out paint pens, mod podge (equal parts glue and water), tissue paper, stick-on moustaches, and whatever else appeals to you, then let your guests decorate to their hearts’ content. No messy goop to clean up, and everyone gets to create their own take-home favor.

Food
A variety of dishes is the key to hosting a successful meal, so decide on a theme and ask guests to bring a favorite to share. Our spread included baked brie with pumpkin butter, salad topped with pumpkin seeds, pumpkin-stuffed ravioli, and enough delicious, pumpkin-infused baked goods to cover a tabletop. Offer mulled cider, red wine, or pumpkin spice martinis, and you’ll be glad that, by the time your guests say good night, you’re already at home.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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October 10, 2012