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Live Olive: Chester, Illinois … The Town Where It All Began!

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Amber Ray, blogger of “Rant and Roam,” recently made a spontaneous road trip to Chester, Ill., the quaint riverside town where Elzie Segar created “Thimble Theatre” and the place where the legendary romance between Popeye and Olive Oyl began.

Amber was accompanied by her boyfriend, and no trip would be complete without a stop at the home of the Official Popeye Fan Club, Spinach Can Collectibles! They documented the trip with a series of photos that capture the charm and simple beauty of Chester while also showing their playful sides … Popeye and Olive Oyl would be so proud!

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Olive Oyl Live: True Romance

One engaged couple recently showed THEIR devotion and love for Popeye and Olive Oyl in a fun, unique and creative way. They dressed up as Popeye and Olive Oyl in their engagement photos! Photographer Anne Herbert took the photos, and Nick and Delia supplied the romance. The Inner Harbor setting in Baltimore, MD was the well-chosen romantic setting to best tell Nick and Delia’s love story.

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H Bake Shop’s Bakes Delish Popeye and Olive Oyl Cupcake

Pastry chef Huascar Aquino, the first-ever New York winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, brings his farm-to-table baking style to New York City with his new bakery, H Bake Shop. Standing for honesty, happy, handmade and, of course Huascar, H Bake Shop takes a greenmarket approach with its products, rejecting artificial coloring and processed ingredients and opting for fresh and seasonal produce like avocado, spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers instead.

The results truly are special, and one of Huascar’s unusual creations is the Popeye and Olive Oyl Cupcake, which is a spinach and extra virgin olive oil cake, filled with homemade tomato marmalade and topped with cream cheese frosting, tomato coulis and spinach cake crumbs.

Yummy!

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Celebrating Yoga Month: An Interview with Kevin Ryder

September is National Yoga Month. To invoke the spirit of the month, I have been interviewing yoga instructors and asking them what inspires and motivates them.

This week, I would like to introduce you to Kevin Ryder, founder of Kashi Kids, a foundation that creates education opportunities for impoverished children in India.

Kevin and I discussed what yoga means to him, his daily yoga practice, his work with the Alice Project and the Swami Harshwananda School and his beliefs about the importance of Karma Yoga, the yoga of work, deeds and action, a much neglected part of the American physical yoga scene.

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Kevin Ryder in Varanasi, India with Alice Project students: Yogi, Bachu Baba, Manish and Ashish. (Photo credit: Darren River)

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