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Elle Jauffret

Writer & Fork Handler

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A meal from MALICE by Keigo Higashino (mystery)

The book: Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga and teacher-turned-children’s-book-author Osamu Nonoguchi investigate the murder of a famous writer, but have a very different take on what the true facts really are.

"I was eating some instant udon noodles and watching TV when I saw a close-up of m…

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A meal from CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi

The book: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi. A young maji/outcast and a princess become unlikely allies on a quest to unlock the power of the gods and allow maji to reclaim their place in Orïsha.  (YA fantasy)

“[...] I sprint fast, almost knocking a basket of plantain off he…

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French Tapestry and Memes

It was announced last week that the Bayeux Tapestry will leave France for the first time in 950 years and travel to London where it will be exhibited in 2022.

The Bayeux Tapestry (la Tapisserie de Bayeux) is a 9-century-old, 230-foot-long and 20-inch-tall embroidered cloth that depicts the battle…

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Wishing you all a healthy, loving, and successful new year!

 

The Beautiful, the Strange, and the Scary

Not a kill but just a thrill; not a gore but spooky lore; I want October days to be, hair raising and scary, haunted but also funny.

Photo 1: If Death approached you with a bouquet, would you invite her to dance? (Shadow selfie)

Photo 2:  Call me Dimewise* because I'm worth it.  (*In r…

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Insects on the Menu

My fascination with food started at a young age and sampling as many foreign dishes as possible when travelling has always been one of my goals ("discover, do not judge, and learn" is one of my family mottos).  So when I was given the possibility to try insects, I couldn’t refuse (granted—I agreed a…

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ComicCon Blade Runner 2019 Experience

 

ComicCon2017 provided visitors with the opportunity to enjoy an immersive, physical experience into the dark world of Blade Runner 2049—complete with landmarks and props from the original movie (spinner car, noodle bar...), live actors, and the sampling of noodles and three varieties of whisky…

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Neurology Research Meets Writer's Research

When Neurology Research Study and Writer's Research collide.

Getting fitted with QUASAR's EEG headset, which measures electrical activity in the brain.

QUASAR = Quantum Applied Science and Research; EEG = electroencephalogram

  

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Birdseeds and Cheese grits

The young boy knew exactly what to do with the $20 bill he found buried in the muddy snow. He asked his mother for a ride, not to go purchase a replacement for his pair of pants that was thinning dangerously at the knees or a pair of gloves that would keep his…

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Joan's War: Bitter Sweet Lemon Custard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan brought her sword down with all her remaining might, inflicting a deathblow on her opponent, and watched the last of her country’s foes collapse. 

Exhaustion made her knees wobble. She stumbled toward her nation’s flag, fighting …

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New Year Tradition

Lentils to Welcome the New Year

Did you know that the world’s celebration of the New Year is a somewhat recent phenomenon, which couldn’t have been possible without the acceptance of the Gregorian Calendar?

Before the 17th century, many countries had their own calendars, establishing …

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Brunch à la Six of Crows

The book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six outcasts involved in an impossible heist, battling the duality of existence. (YA fantasy)

"Kaz liked the omelet stands where you could choose what you liked to put in them. The man [… ] gave Kaz all the hot chocolate he could drink. His wife […] fe…

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Eggshell dolls: Japanese culture and craft.

A visit to the Mingei International Museum reminded us the importance to play with food.

 

In the exhibit on Japan, artist Yoshiko Teraoka’s egg dolls (omasa-sushi) (see above) inspired us to plan our day around eggs. This is how our eggshell dolls turned out:

 

Ninjas & knight

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Jane Dare Mystery (work of FICTION): a short-order murder-mystery

Yes, this is a dead body. Let me explain...

I am Jane, a 35-year old private chef in San Diego, California. This morning, as I was perusing the beach for Pokemons (weird, I know—I’ll explain more about this later), I stumbled upon a corpse. Yes, the un-breathing body of a young woman. Of cour…

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Treats for TOBY (picture book)

The book: a young boy and his father decide to adopt a dog from the local rescue shelter.

Written and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell, and published by Candlewick press, TOBY will be released on Sept.13, but is available for pre-order everywhere. For more info, check http://www.hazelmitch…

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A meal from MYCROFT HOLMES by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse (mystery)

I have always admired people’s ability to reinvent themselves and follow their dreams outside their fields of known expertise—hence my decision to attend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s book signing.

40+ years after receiving a set of Sherlock Holmes books (to read during his basketball team roa…

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San Diego ComicCon International 2016 : Highlights

 

I usually don't need to be saved, but I made an exception for Comic Con... then I put my tiara and cuffs back on : ) 

 

I met one of my favorite Game of Thrones characters: righteous Ser Davos Seaworth—Liam Cunningham. (He's such a kind and courteous man.)

  

Prince Zuko (…

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National Selfie Day

Celebrating National Selfie Day with 8 literary genres: noir/crime fiction, SciFi, contemporary romance, drama, humor, horror, speculative fiction, historical fiction (1940s)  

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Paris, 7 June 1867 - The Three Emperors Dinner

On June 7th 1867, in Paris, after visiting the Exposition Universelle (world’s fair), four Russian Tsars and dignitaries met at the Café Anglais for an unforgettable 8 wine/17 course-dinner served over eight hours at a cost of 400 francs per person ($9,000 today).

The dinner is known …

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A meal from FEED by M.T. Anderson (YA Sci-Fi)

The book: a Young Adult dystopian novel with the apropos themes of data mining, consumerism, environmental deterioration, and the overall decline of civilization. The story is narrated by Titus, an American teenage boy.

"We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely…

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