30 November 2016
Food & Wine — How food service works on board the Rocky Mountaineer
Food & Wine — No wonder I like this show
29 November 2016
Food & Wine — Everything we know about The Distillery hotel in London, so far
27 November 2016
24 November 2016
I've been listening to the Stephanie Tarling cover of "Pure Imagination" on repeat on my new Google Home (obsessed) all afternoon. It's the version of the song on the Microsoft commercials.
A couple of new things over the holiday weekend.
Esquire — What to wear if you're a banker but want to be a DJ (hint: the same clothes, more color)
Esquire — The anti-fashion fashion editor
23 November 2016
Self — Long and strong (hair)
Self — Things to plan for (scar prevention and treatment) before plastic surgery
22 November 2016
Food & Wine — These guys met that guy
Food & Wine — Noma heads to Mexico
Esquire — Thom Browne and Andrew Bolton (and Hector)
Esquire — I know about this guy from his merch at Colette
Esquire — When everyone is obsessed with your shoes
18 November 2016
17 November 2016
Food & Wine — A kitchen that talks back
Food & Wine — Morgan Spurlock wants to change fast food from the inside out
16 November 2016
A couple of things to share today:
Food & Wine — I love The Rock
Food & Wine — It's finally safe to eat fish on Mondays
14 November 2016
Mondays amirite. I procrastinated a lot this morning by playing around with Color Pop, this app that lets you make parts of photos black and white while leaving parts of photos full color. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with it. I feel like the editing effects give a very '80s result, which, obviously, I like because I am from the '80s.
Marie Claire — Boots boots boots
Food & Wine — Long live the White House vegetable garden
Food & Wine — Remember this guy?
Food & Wine — The great White House chef mystery
And then, some random thoughts.
11 November 2016
Food & Wine — My kingdom for sleep on a plane
Food & Wine — Let's hope this doesn't last long
Food & Wine — Now you can drink out of a shoe without grossing everyone out
I'm seeing this week's analysis break down into a few different camps:
— White male analysts: The DNC failed to pay attention to the needs of this country's white working class; media "elites" failed to give proper weight to the grievances of the white working class in this country; Democrats should have done more to back Bernie Sanders in the primaries (this all in spite of the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the general election).
— White female analysts: We were optimistic, but the misogyny ingrained in our society made the election's results inevitable. We blame ourselves, we need to work even harder next time (as if Hillary Clinton didn't work hard enough).
— Minority analysts: Trump supporters voted for him because they fear people who aren't just like them. Their vote for Trump was a last grasp at maintaining white male power in this country: see the ensuing fallout and rampant increase in hate crimes and race-based harassment over the past three days (wherein perpetrators have near-universally invoked Trump's name as justification for their criminal behavior).
I don't really have any definitive thoughts on how to explain what happened on Tuesday. The United States is a big country, and there's no blanket statement that can account for the behavior of hundreds of millions of people. But my gut instinct is that the "why" of this week lies somewhere between these three mainstream trains of thought—and probably leans more heavily on the bigotry, misogyny, and racism explanation than white male analysts would like to admit or acknowledge.
The most important thing right now, I think, and the only thing we can do at this point is support and protect the vulnerable in our country—minorities, people who identify as LGBTQ, and our children—from hate-motivated attacks and bullies. I'm disgusted by what's happening in the United States right now.
This is from a school teacher.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 11, 2016
I have dozens just like this of young girls who had their vaginas grabbed yesterday in the name of Trump. pic.twitter.com/7n8Iuntm78
One thing that's really been bothering me over the past few months is the rallying cry of some people I know (and am friendly with) against political correctness. Sure, the term "politically correct" is pretty absurd—I first started hearing it in the late-80s and it was always widely satirized as an extreme version of self-censure. But if you stop and think for just a minute about what political correctness really means: it really means civil dialogue, being conscious of how your words impact others, and not going out of your way to call people names. Being politically correct means: not being an asshole. That seems like a pretty good way to go about life: Don't be an asshole. I think our country could use a little bit of political correctness and civil dialogue right now. We could also definitely use fewer assholes.
09 November 2016
The thing that's most baffling is that the people who voted for Trump aren't going to be the ones who benefit from his administration's policies. In fact, I'm pretty sure their lives are about to get much worse.
Me, I accept reality and eventually I'll be fine. Like my friend's daughter says: "You get what you get and you don't get upset." But I've been thinking a lot about privilege, because it's a word that's been thrown around in this election cycle on a daily basis. I know I'm privileged. I have plenty of master's degrees, my family is very supportive, I'm very lucky to live in a very particular Manhattan media bubble, I have transferable career skills, international credentials and experience, and I happen to be a race that Trump hasn't really gone after and vilified (yet). So I know how to cope: If I just put my head down and immerse myself in my work and cat videos, ignoring all political and world news for the next four years, I should be fine. In fact, I'll probably make out pretty well under Trump's new tax "plan".
What makes me angry is that the result of this election has put us all on the defensive. I can't comprehend how a showdown between good and evil—between a woman who was eminently qualified and wanted a job for all the right reasons and a man who is completely unqualified and wants a job for all the wrong reason—ended up this way. So now I'm teetering on the precipice of becoming a bitter separatist who wishes we could draw national borders around all the red states and split the country in two (because: fine, congrats, you won, good luck to you, you really don't know what's coming, the new administration you've elected doesn't care about you in the least, now go fend for yourselves without the blue states' wealthiest cities, diversity and international communities, creative hubs, technology and innovation). I hate feeling this way.
This team has so much to be proud of. Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/x13iWOzILL— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
Republicans and conservatives call Democrats and liberals "bleeding hearts" for a reason—because we try to vote with a conscience, for the greater good, and not just with our own selfish interests in mind. Liberals are liberal—we're not trying to get you to fall in line with one straight-and-narrow prescribed path. You don't need to look a certain way, behave a certain way, or live your life just like me in order for me to advocate for you, your freedom, rights, and civil liberties. But Trump voters want to strip these things from people who don't look like them, love like them, worship like them, or speak their language—and what's crazy is that, as it turns out, so many Americans are full of blind hatred, and they won. In the process of winning, though, they've burgled their own house and will have to live with punishing economic consequences, rollbacks on civil liberties, and healthcare fallouts for four years now and a generation of ramifications to come.
I think some of the most heartbreaking stories to come out of the Clinton defeat so far are the stories about children. Even small children know that Trump is a disgrace. One of my friends says his little daughter cried herself to sleep last night because she was afraid it wouldn't be safe for girls to go outside anymore because our new president believes that it's OK to molest women.
I don't know what to do anymore.
08 November 2016
I think one of the things this social media-propelled election year has brought us is a renewed consciousness about how far we still have to go as a nation at large. Standing around for hours in a high school gymnasium with hundreds of other type-A New Yorkers in disorganized queues that wrapped their way around the giant room in no discernible order wasn't anyone's idea of a good time, but no one complained—except for one woman who went on a rant at a volunteer about how there's no wifi and she was hot and it was taking too long. Everyone just looked at her blankly—I think because we all know we have it pretty good. I couldn't help but think that if voting in New York City—a city built on the principles of convenient living—was already kind of a pain in the neck, what must it be like to vote as a disenfranchised, geographically isolated person living in a community that irrationally hates you and wants to see you stripped of your rights.
Even though you can't shed privilege, you can make a decision to check it at the door—and this year there seems to be a greater sense of self-awareness, at least in my community and among my friends and colleagues, that we're very lucky, that we can't take any of this for granted, and that we have to pay it forward.
I have a lot of thoughts about what this election "really boils down to" (there are a lot of things), but I won't write them all here because there are too many. But the one thing that keeps coming back to me is a question I have for people casting their vote for Trump this year: Why do you hate us so much? Why do you hate people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, immigrants, refugees, women, anyone who's different from you? Why do you want to strip fellow citizens of basic human rights and civil liberties? While liberals are pro-freedom—essentially saying: go ahead, live life how you want to live it, you do you—why are you demanding the government legislate everyone's lives so they fall in line with your arbitrary interpretations of religion and personal rules for behavior? What's so great about your life anyway?
07 November 2016
03 November 2016
Also this thing:
Food & Wine — Cookie Monster turns 47, makes a mess
02 November 2016
I've been a little under the weather since getting back from Memphis—it's probably all the flying over the past few weeks: NY-Edinburgh-London-NY-Vancouver-Calgary-NY-Vancouver-NY-Memphis-NY—I feel fine but I've lost a bit of my voice. Eh. Here are some things I've done this week.
Food & Wine — Save the chickens!
Food & Wine — When the internet ganged up on Chobani