F 31x31x46.5cm JIANFEI Footstool Makeup Stool Waterproof Wear Load 100kg, 8 colors (color E, Size 31x31x46.5cm) Resistant Bearing oaxcrf2646-Furniture

I don’t go to many press events. It’s not that I don’t like getting to taste new and interesting things, or check out restaurants before they open and to get a glimpse of what they’re going to do. But I prefer to go and have a relaxing time, and to enjoy and experience the place as a customer would. Another thing that’s challenging about press events is that they can sometimes be a scrum, as anywhere where there’s complimentary food or drink involved.

That happened to me when I attended a cocktail soirée at a very posh hotel. I was personally invited by the publicist and the bartender was quite well-known and quite competent. And as I found out when I arrived, also quite dashing.

Lorell Steel Drawer with Flipper Doors, 48 by 24-Inch, Charcoal

F 31x31x46.5cm JIANFEI Footstool Makeup Stool Waterproof Wear Load 100kg, 8 colors (color E, Size 31x31x46.5cm) Resistant Bearing oaxcrf2646-Furniture

A Counter Stool Modern Design Backrest, Leatherette Upholstered Cushion Seat Metal Swivel Assembled Arm Rests Adjustable Height Bar Stools (color B)

Summer has just started and temperatures have been hovering close to 100ºF (37ºC). It’s been hard to stay cool but I’ve learned that temperatures are lower first thing in the morning, so I wake up earlier and get some tasks out of the way before the full blast of heat begins to slowly roast me, and my kitchen. The other thing that’s hitting us at…

Disney Minnie Mouse Double Storage Trunk

Nordic Creative Entrance Hall Pink Umbrella Stand Hotel Lobby Metal Umbrella Stand Household Umbrella Stand Waterproof Carved Umbrella Stand

Not a day goes by when I don’t get a message requesting a restaurant recommendation in Paris. (Curiously, I also get asked for restaurant recommendations in cities I’ve never lived in, or even visited.) My promise to you is that I’ll only write up or recommend places I’ve been to, and with apologies to all who’ve asked for restaurant recommendations on social media, if I…

Benzara 20716 Striking Polystyrene Double Giraffe, 6 W x 16 H

PENGFEI Laptop Stand Portable Office Notebook Cooling Shelf Height Adjustment Built-in Mobile Phone Holder Plastic, 2 colors (color White)
LXSnail Creative Coat Rack Wall-Mounted Home Door Coat Rack Coat Racks (Size 50cm)

We’re buckling down for a heatwave that’s on its way, with temperatures heading up to 40ºC (104ºF). Fortunately I’ve got a small stockpile of fans I’ve been collecting over the years, and few bottles of rosé in the refrigerator. (And my refrigerator actually has an ice-maker.) I sometimes bring a bag as a host gift when invited for dinner…but this week, I’m saving them all…

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HBJP Industrial Style Retro Bar Chair Cafe Dessert Milk Tea Hot Pot Shop Iron Bucket Stool Chair Creative Oil Barrel Chair bar Chair (Size B)
Shiyanghang Wall Hanger Wall-Mounted Coat Rack Bedroom Living Room Hanger Simple Modern Wood Hanger (Size A) Multifunctional Creative Wrought Iron White Umbrella Stand Storage Rack Floor Umbrella Stand

I don’t quite exactly when things shifted, but for many years, if you wanted salt you either bought granulated table salt, usually sold in a round canister for less than a dollar, or kosher salt, which came in a big box. Kosher salt didn’t get its name because it’s kosher, it’s because the bulkier crystals are a better size for salting meat, which koshers it….

Jack Adams Mens Muv Trunk Trunks

IRIS Holiday Wreath Storage Box, 30-Inch

Not many of us saw it coming, certainly not me, way back in 1989 when La Brea Bakery opened, and I thought, “Who the heck is going to buy freshly baked bread in Los Angeles? That’ll never work…” And the rest, as they say, is history, as La Brea Bakery and Campanile restaurant, the adjacent restaurant in the same Spanish-style building (that Charlie Chaplin built),…

20 Wall Decoration Wall Decorations LOFT Iron Bookshelf Wall Shelf Water Tube Partition Rack Shelf (color 20 )

LRW European Style Dining Chairs, Modern Chairs, Stools, Backrest Leisure Chairs, Yellow
65.5cm F DYR Bar Chair Solid Wood redating Creative Chair (color J, Size 74cm)

New York Restaurants and Bakeries

Bowery Hill 30 Metal Bar Stool in Distressed Copper

  Here’s a round-up of places I visited recently in New York City. One happy change (which is also happening in cities elsewhere) is the proliferation of excellent bakeries making top-quality artisan bread, as well as bakeries with a global focus. While Americans don’t buy bread daily, as the French do, you can get terrific bread and pastries if you know where to look. Restaurants…

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Papaya isn’t a very common fruit in many parts of the world. But if you go to the tropics, you’ll see them piled up at markets, and even alongside the roads, where people are selling the overload from their trees. Papaya is a curious fruit that is often just out of the sightline of our radars, and is usually eaten fresh. Some varieties are spectacularly…

New style modern style wedding mat [marry] Festive door home door foot mat Entrance Lobby guest-A 80x120cm(31x47inch)

When I originally came up with this ice cream, the year was 2009, which seems like a long, long time ago, in so many ways. Absinthe had been banned in France since 1914, blamed for a host of societal ills, even being accused of causing people to go crazy (which has since been debunked; most blame additives added to cheap absinthe, which caused brain damage),…

1st Birthday Semicircular Cushion Kids Party Theme One with Abstract and colorful Stars and Balloons Artwork Entry Door Mat H 35.4 xD 53.1 Multicolor

BLACK FXNN Stool - Home Thickening Chair Stool Square Stool (color Pink)