1) WHAT SECOND GRADERS THOUGHT OF A SEVEN-COURSE, $220 TASTING MEAL

The New York Times recently answered that question and the results are gold:

“It tastes like soap. Why am I eating soap right now?!”

“It was cooked just right, and I really, really liked the inside.”

2) THE RECENT WORDS OF WISDOM OF EX-DIRTY JOBS STAR MIKE ROWE

“Don’t follow your passion, but always bring it with you. Like all bad advice, ‘Follow your passion’ is routinely dispensed as though it’s wisdom were both incontrovertible and equally applicable to all. It’s not. Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it. And just because you’re determined to improve doesn’t mean that you will.

“When it comes to earning a living and being a productive member of society–I don’t think people should limit their options to those vocations they feel passionate towards. I met a lot of people on Dirty Jobs who really loved their work. But very few of them dreamed of having the career they ultimately chose.”

3) JENI AS FEATURED SPEAKER AT FAST COMPANY’S INNOVATION BY DESIGN AWARDS & CONFERENCE

Jeni—who was in renowned company from the worlds of film, retail, news media, food, fashion, music, theater, and advertising—knocked ’em dead in NYC with Designing the Perfect Ice Cream: Three Steps to Building a Cult Brand from Scratch.

4) FOO WEEK ON LETTERMAN

Have you caught any of Foo Week on Late Show With David Letterman? What a clever way to celebrate their 20th anniversary, a new album (Sonic Highways), and the accompanying documentary series on HBO. In a nod to recording their new album in different studios around America, the Foos invited players from all over the map. During their week-long residency in Ed Sullivan Theater, they’ve been joined by Zac “friend of Jeni’s Ice Creams” Brown, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, and swamp-rocker Tony Joe White. They also performed by themselves, of course, and managed to even elicit some tears from Letterman. Here’s Dave Grohl and the Foos with Brown covering Black Sabbath’s War Pigs—which kicked off the week:

5) TOPEAK BIKAMPER ONE-PERSON BICYCLING TENT

This is the tent, adventure bikers. The waterproof Bikamper, a personal shelter that calls for a bicycle and its front wheel in place of conventional tent poles, can be used with 26″ mountain or 700C road bikes. Bonus: mesh windows for ventilation and stargazing on pleasant nights. Who wants to hit the road?