Manhattan for your morning bagel, Chicago for a decadent smorgasboard of meat-centric dishes, then out west for a light vegan dinner: it’s all within your reach thanks to the greatest restaurant cookbooks.
Beyond the information you get from laying in it – the weight, the texture, the crispness – there’s a backstory to how it was made. What chemicals was it treated with? What kind of waste did it leave on its way to you? What steps were taken to ensure that it was sustainably made?
This year, before you vy for an 8pm-on-February-14th reservation, take pause: couldn’t you do things a little better at home? Why not take the opportunity to shake up the most (or least, depending on your POV) romantic day of the year, while shaking off some of the more cliche trappings of the holiday in the process. Sorry, conversation hearts.
You know from past years that willpower doesn’t have what it takes to carry you through 365 days – white-knuckling only takes you so far. Enter mindfulness, the deceivingly simple method of being in the moment, which naturally increases your ability to self regulate (and self control).
The rare species that can survive without take out, these creative types thrive in their natural habitat, the kitchen. And it’s thanks to them that you’ve dug into the most mouth-watering and satisfying meals ever. Year-round, you should be on dishes duty; at the holidays, it’s your chance to gift the dishes – new, elegant, and high-quality pieces worthy of being topped with their latest creations.
They’re not anti-social, they’re anti-social obligation. The nesters in your orbit may have just moved in together, gotten knocked up, or are simply burned out and not ready to regroup until 2018. It’s ok. You know they still love you. Show them you feel the same with some essentials to keep things cozy.
Whether their invitations are embossed or emailed, the consummate host in your life likely throws them around like confetti. These natural entertainers shine brightest when surrounded by friends – and tools to keep up their A-game. Why not gift them the pieces to bring things up (yet) another notch?
When you need a drink, you know who to call – the person who’s always ready with a bottle of something great, a thoughtful toast, or just a commiserating nod. Part bartender, part therapist, part party motivator, they deserve an arsenal of glassware that’s as polished as they are.