Four Tines & a Napkin

an (abridged) ode to gourmandise and epicurean delights

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I opened a souvenir glass jar of gummy bears at a hotel minibar in boston this weekend and am still feeling the financial pinch.

(Source: pricehike)

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seasonal anticipation: summer 2014

[ inspired this {post} by bleubird ]

eating | stone fruit (esp. white nectarines and cherries), blue crabs, fresh radishes dressed in butter/fleur de sel/thyme, wine-soaked mussels
drinking | sangria, chilled rosés, crisp white wines
practicing | the art of letting go  
mastering | the art of needing less and the art of giving more
learning | beginner’s calligraphy via Skillshare
trying | indoor rock climbing
playing | reinstatement of game night dates with friends
finishing | self-curated foodie guide to Seattle on Four Tines
reading | last season’s magazines downloaded to my iPad Newstand app
remembering | not to sweat the small stuff
wearing | comfortable yet cute sandals, bright sundresses, bold nail colors
cooking | focusing on creating simple home-cooked meals
working | finding the right balance between work and play
traveling | more weekend excursions with friends
wanting| workout routine to which is easy to stay commited

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the greek four types of love

this is an unconditional love that sees beyond the outer surface and accepts the recipient for whom he/she is, regardless of their flaws, shortcomings or faults. it’s the type of love that everyone strives to have for their fellow human beings. although you may not like someone, you decide to love them just as a human being. this kind of love is all about sacrifice as well as giving and expecting nothing in return. the translation of the word agape is love in the verb – form: it is the love demonstrated by your behavior towards another person. it is a committed and chosen love.

the phileo love refers to an affectionate, warm and tender platonic love. it makes you desire friendship with someone. it’s the kind of love which livens up the agape love. although you may have an agape love for your enemies, you may not have a phileo love for the same people. the translation of the word phileo is love in the noun – form: it is how you feel about someone. it is a committed and chosen love.
it is a kind of family and friendship love. this is the love that parents naturally feel for their children; the love that member of the family have for each other; or the love that friends feel for each other. in some cases, this friendship love may turn into a romantic relationship, and the couple in such a relationship becomes best friends. storge love is unconditional, accepts flaws or faults and ultimately drives you to forgive. it’s committed, sacrificial and makes you feel secure, comfortable and safe.

eros is a passionate and intense love that arouses romantic feelings; it is the kind that often triggers “high” feelings in a new relationship and makes you say, “i love him/her”. it is simply an emotional and sexual love. although this romantic love is important in the beginning of a new relationship, it may not last unless it moves a notch higher because it focuses more on self instead of the other person. if the person “in love” does not feel good about their relationship anymore, they will stop loving their partner.

this just offers you a general understanding and description of the four types of love which promotes a good, healthy and progressive relationship. in any relationship, you should have all these four loves working together to enable it survive for a longer time. but in some cases, a relationship may be long-lasting if partners share the same style of love.