Spirits for spirits. That's what I had in mind as I thought about a cocktail for Halloween. If you Google "Halloween cocktails," the results are indeed scary, but not exactly for the reasons that you would hope. Candy corn. Whipped cream vodka. Puckers schnapps. Those drinks don't look eerie (or edible), and consuming them almost guarantees that your evening will end like Lawn Witch's.
After raiding my bar cart and doing research on weird-colored liquors, "Ships in the Night" came to be. It's unsettling in name and appearance, and the taste is excellent and entirely unexpected given the color.
Why call it "Ships in the Night?" The deep purple reminded me of ocean water in the evening, and the white foam from the egg white gives the allusion of stormy seas. What I like about the taste is that you don't see it coming -- pisco and violets are an usual pairing. Together with the lemon juice and egg white, you have a drink that gently carries you through the night. Read More
Autumn can mean many things to many people: Halloween, back-to-school, or an ever-expanding selection of pumpkin spice products. For us, the countryside was always the best expression of the new season, abundant in colors and textures. More than just changing leaves, one observed fields of goldenrod, soft grasses draped over stone walls, the pale amber of dried hydrangeas and the deep aubergine of prunis trees.
So it comes as no surprised that our favorite fall fashions reflect this aesthetic. For me it's expressed in earthy tones and textured tweeds, while for Julia it can mean a tailored plum dress paired with delicate hammered-gold jewelry. And while we're in the city most days, these clothes are best worn against the backdrop of an elegant estate or a country lane. Read More
Since 2007, the National have been one of our favorite bands. Together, we’ve seen them perform live at least eight times, playing to hundreds of people in a park to fifty in a small room in the Hudson Valley. We’ve posed for photos with the singer, Matt Berninger, and spent one evening in a giddy haze after he passed us one of his (many) half-consumed bottles of white wine from the stage. As siblings, the band has been one of the things we’ve bonded over the most, and something we’ve enjoyed sharing with each other. For us, they are a band for real New Yorkers: their songs capture the beauty and frustration of being liberal city dwellers, sharing tiny spaces with other people while feeling strangely removed from most of those around us. We really did grow up with them -- ten years is a long time to like anything -- and because the band has had such a pronounced role in our lives individually, but also as sisters, we thought it only made sense that we write about them together.
Last month the National released their 7th studio album, which is one of their best, and are now performing it to sold-out shows around the world. The National are one of the most beloved bands but most people have never heard of them, or at least couldn’t identify them by name. Considered to be “critical darlings” after their release of Alligator in 2005, they have a devoted fan following and success that has dumbfounded the corporate music industry. How could a group of middle-aged men who perform “sad sack songs” about very grown up things sell out arenas and pull in a fan base that includes teenage girls and rock and roll dads? How could any band get a stadium of artists, bankers, tech geeks, fashionistas, and parents to sing together, “I was afraid, I’d eat your brains.” Read More
How do you know you’ve made a city your own? When you can quickly rattle off a list of go-to spots that you’ve become a regular at. There are a few essentials that I seek out in every city I go to, ranging from places to eat and drink to places to bike and dance. I recently hit my two year anniversary as a Chicago dweller, and it was made bittersweet by the fact that I was actually moving out of the city. While excited for new adventures, I was sad to say goodbye to my favorite haunts, many of which I discovered within my first few months in Chicago.
Here are my Chicago essentials, spots that I can’t wait to visit again when I’m back. Read More
I will trust in time that we will meet again
If you wait
Last week I flew from Chicago to NYC to see the band London Grammar perform at Brooklyn Steel. It's not the first time I've made ridiculous travel plans to see a band I like, but those trips typically involved trains and automobiles -- not the Delta shuttle.
In June, London Grammar released their second album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, a follow up to their first album If You Wait. The gap (4 years) between the two albums led many fans to wonder if the group had disappeared. I held out hope and have been obsessively listening to the new album since it came out in June. 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