Conversation Piece, December 31, 2017

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There’s a full moon rising. As we welcome the new year, we will also be welcoming a wolf moon—hoorah? If you’re confused as to the significance of these words, perhaps take a moment to brush up on your moon-cabulary. National Geographic has a handy guide outlining the names humans have bequeathed upon each of the year’s full moons, from more familiar terms (harvest and blue) to the obscure (strawberry and sturgeon). Read on, here.

Our kind of health food. The familiar dieter’s refrain typically includes a line about eating fewer processed sweets, and more fruit for dessert. With January’s resolutions on the horizon, now may be a good time to make the best of both worlds and order yourself some chocolate pudding fruit. Cultivated in North America and Australia, this unusual treat is green on the outside, but looks like a fudgy brownie within. Sweet with overtones of chocolate, this could be the healthiest way to beat a craving for lava cake. Learn more.

Note to self. The last week of December may as well be officially decreed “round-up week” for all the reflective takes on the past year shared (yes, we’re guilty too). But amidst the best books and movies and the worst news stories and tweets, find a spot for this soothing little list from the Cut: 11 Women on the Best Advice They Got All Year. From motivation mantras to embracing Epsom salts, these nuggets of wisdom may be just what you need to sail into 2018 feeling positive and in charge. Read it here.

Not fortune cookies, though. Many cultures centre their New Year’s traditions around the consumption of specific foods, selected due to their traditional associations with health, luck, and wealth. For Serious Eats, Sara Bir examines the Germanic dishes of her family, discerning why, exactly, cabbage attracts money and pork stands for progress. How much of these New Year’s dining habits are superstition, and how much can be chalked up to taste? Read more, here.


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