Clif Bar: Gary's Panforte
Can you be sentimental about an energy bar? Apparently so, if you're Clif Bar. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the company released a limited-edition new flavor, Gary's Panforte, inspired by founder Gary Erickson's early experiments in solid nutrition while cycling in Italy. It's spicy, full of fruit and grain. We wish it wasn't a limited edition.
"Running With the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind" by Sakyong Mipham
$20, Harmony Books, 200 pages
Running crazes come and go barefoot, chi, the Galloway Method and runners (pardon the pun) seem to take them in stride. Now comes this tome by a Tibetan lama, the leader of Shambhala, meditation retreat centers "grounded in realizing basic goodness and enlightened society through daily life." A warning: This is not a training manual. It seeks rather to integrate the act of running with the principles of meditation. He breaks your running into phases like Tiger, Lion and Garuda (a mythical bird with human arms that hatches when ready to fly). Don't know about you, but we hate getting passed late in a race by a Garuda.
The World's Rudest Countries
In news that's about as shocking as Charles Manson getting denied parole once again, the French have been voted the country with the rudest behavior toward tourists, according to a poll by the travel site skyscanner.net. Close behind were Russians, and the British were a distant third. The U.S. is way back in sixth place. Guess we're only the "Ugly Americans" when we leave home to travel.
Sail on the African Queen
The African Queen, the boat made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in the movie of the same name, soon will be available for a tourist cruise from get this Key Largo, Fla. Yeah, it might be mixing Bogie movies, but two charter operators signed a deal with the boat's owner to make it seaworthy again. The African Queen originally was brought to Key Largo in 1983 but was strictly an out-of-the-water attraction for more than a decade.
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones (@lolojones): "Someone mailed me purple kinesiology tape. My heart swooned harder than if I'd been sent purple flowers. Is this what love feels like?"
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