The One Thing Google+ Does Better Than Facebook

cooking classI'm going to say something controversial here -- I just can't get on board with Google's new social network, Google+. There, I said it. I mean, I like the concept -- really, I do -- but it's really not offering me anything that I can't already get on Facebook. So I think I might have to jump ship. But wait a doggone second -- what's this? A virtual cooking class? Go on ...

Google Hangouts, a feature of the network, allows users to live chat, watch YouTube videos together (apparently watching them alone isn't a big enough waste of time), and sing karaoke to one another. It also lets you take a live cooking class.

Okay, so maybe I didn't give this whole Google+ a fair enough shake. These guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin just might be on to something.


The man who started the cooking class goes by the name of Lee Allison (because that's what his parents named him), and he's a technology consultant in New York. He decided to create the class as an outlet for his love of food. Before each hour-long lesson, he posts the necessary ingredients online, and then people can either follow along at home and cook with him, or just enjoy the show with a nice glass of Bordeaux.

Awesome. Concept. Be honest: How many times have you and your friends or lover said, "You know what we should do? Take a cooking class!" Then you never went ahead with the damn thing because you're either a flake like me, or you just don't want to fork over the cash. This takes care of that.

Nothing to do on a weeknight? Take a virtual cooking class! Tired of watching the Food Network? Enjoy this virtual cooking class. Looking for a fun, different way to spend a first date? Do the virtual cooking class! All your life's problems solved, just like that. Thanks, Google!

The other thing that's so great about learning to cook online is that it actually provides a sense of real-life coziness and togetherness. And let's face it, that's rare from the Internet. I love the idea of throwing on a pair of comfy sweats, cracking open a bottle, and cooking some crap up all with the help of my computer. I mean, don't get me wrong, I like watching YouTube videos just as much as the next guy, but I've never gotten a souffle out of it.

Would you take an online cooking class?


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