Are these drumsticks from the July 1980 Gourmet better than fried chicken? I'm tempted to say yes. The sour cream marinade makes for remarkably juicy, pull-off-the-bone meat, while the toasted saltine cracker coating is uniquely airy and crisp.Read More
A few weeks ago, I saw this beautiful bottle of pêche liqueur in a wine shop and despite not knowing what I would use it for, I decided that I needed it for some amazing creation. As I carried it home, I thought about using it to flambé fresh peaches for homemade crepes. When I got home and looked for a place to set the liqueur on my (very crowded) bar table, I glanced at a bottle of tequila and wondered if tequila and peaches would go well together. A couple nights later, I can definitively say that they do!Read More
Whispy, whimsical and barely there. That in a nutshell describes all I’ve wanted to wear this summer. Perhaps it's because my work life responsibilities keep piling up –- apparently there is no end to what needs to be done for a new business! –- but all I’ve wanted to wear are clothes that are as light and carefree as possible. For years I’ve coveted Dolce and Gabbana’s summer outfits and their ability to instantly conjure up La Dolce Vita and all that is wild and sensuous about summer. Alas, the startup life does not lend itself well to accumulating D&G outfits, and so I looked endlessly for more accessible alternatives.Read More
As a relatively inexperienced baker, I tend to gravitate towards uncomplicated recipes like clafoutis and bread puddings: just mix up the ingredients, pour it all into a baking dish and turn on the oven. So I was pleased to find this recipe for Deep-Dish Blueberry Pie in the August 1980 issue of Gourmet, namely because it didn't call for parchment paper and pie weights. I was doubly pleased when the recipe resulted in some of the best blueberry pie I've ever had.Read More
Before I met Lyda, I met her art. I was shopping for records with a mutual friend, who showed me Lyda's website as we were digging through bins of dance music. "I need one of those paintings!," I told my friend, and I meant it. A couple days later, I was in Lyda's apartment picking out the one that now hangs in my dining room. The painting is enormous and awash in various shades of lavender and silver. It reminds me of the "violet hour" in the winter, that time in the late afternoon when the sky and snow turn a deep shade of mauve. The violet hour sometimes happens in cities, but to truly experience it you need to be in the woods, in a house with giant windows where the purple can slide in as you watch the sun slide away.
Lyda and I have since become close friends, and even though I've been in her apartment a million times, I always find something new in her art that I love. A couple things about her work immediately jump out, and you can get a sense for them from the photos below. She's a master of color and movement. Her palettes have an incredible ability to draw on a range of emotions so that her paintings instantly create certain moods. You can also feel movement in her paintings, and unsurprisingly she has a number of them that are inspired by the sea.
Perhaps it's her background in video games and design that enabled Lyda to create such vivid pieces of art. But there are so many other influences in her art, too, and what better way to explore them than with the artist herself.Read More
When I stayed with my friend Mina at her home in San Fransisco a couple weeks ago, the first thing I noticed when I stepped inside her place was how incredible her indoor garden is. Everywhere I looked there were beautifully arranged plants and flowers, and I couldn't stop telling her how impressed I was. (I also couldn't stop sending photos of the plants to my friends, which is probably why a couple of them blocked me on SnapChat.)
I shouldn't have been surprised by Mina's well-designed place; after all, she was one of the few people I knew in college who could transform a dark and drab dorm room into a bright and comfortable nook. But even still, there is something unique about the way she created her indoor garden that plays to the strengths of her house and the colors on its walls, floors and counter tops. Mina has done with plants what others will do with light: set a distinct mood. The one in her place is at once calming and energizing.
In an attempt to bring some of that energy to my own apartment, I asked her a million questions about her plants and how she approaches her garden. The interview below not only offers some excellent tips on designing and caring for an indoor garden, but it also shows how personal gardens are, and how they can be rooted in the places and people that we want to surround ourselves with.Read More