PC The Decadent chocolate chip cookies are a force to be reckoned with

Though I’ve tweeted more than 10,300 times, I sometimes wonder whether anyone ever actually reads my profound and ridiculous 140-character slices of life.

While I certainly get the odd favourite, retweet or response, every once in a while I manage to hit on a topic that really resonates with my Twitter following, and confirms a few people out there are actually listening.

Case in point: my tweeting about PC’s The Decadent chocolate chip cookies.

PC The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies

This saga, completely true, started with the following tweet:

It sparked a full conversation with a university friend I haven’t seen in years:

It also solicited a prompt from one of my former Steven and Chris coworkers, who knew the answer to my question must lie on the show’s website, for which I produced countless how-to’s and listicles over the past two years.

My dear friend Conor, of course, got right to the root of the predicament at hand.

When it came down to it, I knew the answer to my initial question couldn’t be found on Twitter, but in my stomach. And so I ate on.

Which prompted my friend Ben to share an all-too-appropriate warning (and fun video!) before I passed out in bed full of cookies and covered in crumbs.

For the record, I killed that package of cookies within three, maybe four days tops. And this is actually why I should never be allowed to buy junk food.

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Trey Songz’ sexist banter doesn’t fit at VMAs

Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J opened the show with an adrenaline-pumping medley of their current chart-topping hits. Female artists took home more than half of the trophies, including a video of the year win for Miley Cyrus. And Beyonce ruled the world with an epic 15-minute closing performance, across a backdrop that at one point appropriately illuminated the stage with the word “FEMINIST.”

No one can refute the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards belonged to the women. Save for one ill-advised moment of on-stage banter.

“It’s an incredibly diverse group of Best Rock Video nominees,” Trey Songz said after taking the stage with copresenter Nina Dobrev of the Vampire Diaries. “There’s even a lady in the mix.”

Wait, what? There’s even a lady in the mix? As if we should be surprised?

Yes, of course there’s a lady in the mix. Her name is Lorde — and she took home the award. While, yes, she is the first female winner in that category, it should be noted female-fronted bands like Paramore and Evanescence have been nominated in the past.

It should also be noted that no one should be surprised to see a woman making rock music.

Women have rocked in the past, and they continue to do so today. Take Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Tina Turner, Alanis Morissette, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Mary J. Blige, Emily Haines and Laura Jane Grace as but a few examples.

It’s unclear where Trey Songz’ outdated drivel originated, but it sure looks like he was reading a prompter, so the show’s writers could be to blame. Regardless, it appears his unwarranted shock at Lorde’s inclusion was but a mere segue for him to then sexualize his co-presenter onstage. Even more disappointing.

“I can always get behind a lady,” he said, ogling Ms. Dobrev, who was having none of it and squirmed away.

While the incident wasn’t enough to dampen or deter from the big night for some of music’s most popular female talent, it’s certainly worth calling out.

Not only did it feel out of place at such a female-centric show, it felt out of place for the year 2014.

(And don’t even get me started about what happened at the Emmys the following night).

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Alanis gets millennial with No Pressure Over Cappuccino

Alanis Morissette is in the middle of an ‘Intimate and Acoustic’ mini-tour, in which she’s pulling out one of my fave rarely-performed tracks.

No Pressure Over Cappuccino was released as part of her 1999 MTV Unplugged album, and that’s largely the only place you could hear the song written about her twin brother. Until now.

As Alanis explains in the above vid, she’s updated the lyrics for this tour, and this millennium. Whereas she once sung of her brother being a 90s Jesus, Kennedy and Noah, in this rendition she swaps that decade of the past for the term ‘millennial.’

Of course, the lyric change isn’t all that important. What really matters is this song is still beautiful, has always been one of my faves, and Alanis’ performance is as breathtaking in 2014 as it was in 1999. Press play and experience it for yourself!

If Alanis’ acoustic tour were stopping in Toronto, witnessing a performance of this song alone with be worth the price of admission for me.

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Totes Love: The Fosters

The cast of ABC Family's The Fosters

Click above for a full character breakdown of ABC Family’s The Fosters

Summer is for getting acquainted with TV shows you didn’t know you’d love, and I’m not ashamed to admit it only took me a couple weeks to crush the first season and a half of ABC Family’s The Fosters.

I keep telling people it’s like Degrassi meets Seventh Heaven, but let’s be real: The Fosters is far greater than the sum of those parts.

The show follows a family headed by two lesbian moms, Lena and Stef. They’ve got five kids: 16-year-old Brandon, Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage to a man; Jesus and Mariana, 15-year-old twins who Lena and Stef adopted after taking them in through the foster system; and Callie and Jude, who we all meet in episode one, when Lena and Stef take them in as foster kids as well. Callie, 16, just got out of juvie, and vows never to be separated from sweet Jude, 13, again.

[Click here for a more detailed character breakdown -- and damn WordPress for not allowing me to embed Thinglink images!]

The show deals with the usual teen stuff. Relationships, sex, school, parties, alcohol. It also deals with more intricate, involved questions. Like what kind of relationship do you owe the birth mother who abandoned you in favour of drugs and alcohol as a young child? How do you stay connected to your ethnic roots, when being raised by parents who don’t share them? How and when do you start trusting people after a life of being ignored and abused? And how do you handle feelings of love for your new foster sibling that cross the family-member line? (That last one isn’t as bizarre as it sounds. Seriously).

The Fosters tackles many storylines in a matter-of-fact manner that’s empowering in its nonchalant nature. Stemming specifically from the attitudes of the family’s matriarchs, storylines that could feel cheesy or cliched on this show feel refreshing.

Stef and Lena are an interracial, same-sex couple, and they don’t apologize for it to anyone. They talk to their kids openly about sex and drugs without judgement or being overly preachy (or overly cheesy, I swear). If Jesus is going to have sex with his girlfriend, they’d rather he just use a condom as opposed to seeking out the morning-after pill later. When Brandon’s dad suggests he move in with him, his moms leave it up to their son to decide. And if Jude wants to wear blue nail polish to school, they’re cool with it, reinforcing he shouldn’t feel pressure from anyone to define his sexuality.

The show isn’t perfect. It certainly veers into heightened soap opera drama from time to time, and the product placement can be so prominent they build story lines around it. But for its mature treatment of family, identity, and growing relationships, I totes love it!

ABC Family just aired the summer finale of The Fosters’ second season, which means now’s the perfect time to meet your new favourite TV family.

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How wonderful to have grown up with these crazy kids. And to confirm we all clean up real nice/know how to party.


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