The Monday Sweet Spot – 02/08/2016

We’ve all hit that point during a smoke, usually about half way through, in which the cigar’s flavors and aromas open up and transform the experience into something far more rich, complex, and enjoyable.

In this moment, gentlemen, you’ve hit the “sweet spot”.

A moment that encourages you to open your senses, and to truly appreciate the experience that the smoke has ushered you into.

In the same way, it’s important to take time in our lives to slow down, and open our senses to the world around us. To take notice of the good things going on and the good people doing them.

These are life’s “sweet spots”, and your Monday could use one…

Jaw Dropping Pancake Artist Cooks Masterpieces in a Minute


It’s Pancake Day today, and we are flipping out over these breakfast masterpieces.

Nathan Shields is just your average full-time dad, part-time illustrator, part-time math teacher, and, oh yeah, part-time pancake artist.

With Washington as home base, Nathan started making the goofy flapjack creations to entertain his two children while on a 9-month tour through Saipan.

His website, Saipancakes, features everything from animals, famous logos, movie characters, and elaborate designs – all made out of pancake batter from a squirt bottle.

With a Facebook page and Youtube channel with tens of thousands of fans, Mr. Shields is certainly making a tasty splash on social media.


If you don’t doubt whether anyone can actually create with such breakfast prowess, check out the video he made for his friends at the International Animal Rescue below in celebration of Pancake Day today.

The edible image depicts Jojo, the first orangutan rescued by the organization–and now the first one commemorated in a smiling wheat portrait.

It takes him 30 seconds flat to create a masterpiece.

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Brandon Reed

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