If you're like me and hate shopping (and feel somewhat un-stylish), you may want to check out Stitch Fix. It's a service that, for a $20 charge, picks out clothing and accessories for you based on an extensive survey. They send you a box with style cards suggesting different options for wearing each item, and once you've tried everything on, you pay for what you want to keep -- the $20 you paid gets credited towards the total -- and send back what you don't in a pre-paid envelope. You then complete a detailed survey on why you liked/didn't like each item so that your same stylist can send you items more aligned with your taste.
Generally, I liked most of the items they sent, but the fit was a bit off on the two dresses I liked most. They sent me a gorgeous silver lariat necklace which I definitely would have kept had I not owned a very similar necklace already. So this time around, I didn't keep anything except the style cards (for inspiration), but I've already scheduled another box for May. I'm hoping that with the feedback I provided, the next box will be more fruitful. Well worth the $20, in my opinion! If you want to try it, use my reference code. NOTE: I'm not being compensated for this in any way, I just really liked the service!
So after a lovely weekend visiting my family in Maine I was felled by some sort of stomach bug. While recovering, I'm obviously not having a cocktail tonight. On those nights when you might not necessarily feel like drinking something boozy -- for whatever reason -- a club soda with bitters usually hits the spot. Angostura is the most widely available, of course, but if your bartender (or home bar) carries something more fancypants that is to your liking -- go for it.
I love this recent NYT article about how your tastes in food evolve over the course of your lifetime. I always make a point to taste foods I don't like (or think I don't like) every now and again just to make sure my tastes haven't changed -- if I'm lucky, they have. Still waiting for my tastebuds to flip on goat cheese -- hasn't happened yet . . .
Get a loaf of great bread. From a bakery. Or a supermarket. Whatever you want. I don’t know what you want. Something with olives in it? Rosemary? Sundried tomatoes? None of the above? Baguette? Focaccia?
It’s up to you.
Now, get things that will go with this bread.
A great olive oil. A wonderful pesto. A tapenade (I’m thinking about this anchovy and black tapenade that I had recently. OMG YES SO GOOD.) Olives. A gang of mixed olives. Sea salt chocolate. An Asian pear. Grilled asparagus. Meats. Prosciutto...whatever, man.
CHEESE. CHEESE AND MORE CHEESE. Get you some GOOD damn cheese. You could even make some Burrata. Dear lord, you should make some Burrata. It’s an Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Yes. Exactly.
Anyways, it’s not that hard to learn how to make. I’ve done it. It’s delicious and amazing and now you will know how to make cheese and THAT, is sexy. Make some Burrata and level up in life. People get excited when you tell them you make cheese. THEN THEY WILL MARRY YOU. OH!
Put everything on a big chopping board or a wooden whatever. Sit there. Eat it.