Big record labels take notice: there are two new album releases today that I need to have. One is The New Pornographers “Challengers” on Matador Records and the other is Rilo Kiley’s “Under The Blacklight,” on Warner Brothers. Why do I mention the record labels? Well, because you can download one of them (the former) in an unprotected format and the other (Rilo Kiley) comes with DRM (digital rights management) attached to it like a virus. Guess which one I’m buying? It’s a shame, really, because I like both bands quite a bit. Warner Brothers will have to wait until I’m near a CD store, though, cause this guy ain’t downloading anything with DRM stuck to it.

For years and years and years I’ve been a hater of yogurt. The very thought of it disgusts me. The very smell of it disgusts me. But then I realized something – yogurt is totally acceptable to me if it’s used as a minor ingredient. Lots of middle eastern/ethnic foods use it in their dishes and I love it. And yogurt is good for you. So I’ve started throwing a dollop of vanilla yogurt on top of some fruit (usually raspberries, grapes and blueberries) and granola. I love it! I’ve unlocked the secret of my being okay with yogurt. But I will NEVER eat it straight up. Gross.

Which leads me to today’s question: are there foods you hate eating straight up but don’t mind eating if it’s part of something else?