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.
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.
Successful people love to tell you their daily routines—throw a rock at an entrepreneur and you’ll hear all the ways they’ve hacked their mornings, lunches, etc., to full optimized. But how do they tuck in? What’s the right way to wind down from a full day of being a winner? Here are the “rules” to tucking yourself in like a grown-up, go-getter.
There’s nothing better than surrounding yourself with those you love to share a meal. But holiday gatherings can be stressful, especially for those brave enough to host. Whether you’re the 24-hour brined turkey type or your cranberry sauce comes straight from the can, it’s the company that makes the holiday. The rest is gravy.
Gil Bouhana, bar director at Sir Henri, sums up the spirit of fall cocktails in two words: "Go darker." Darker flavors, darker spirits. Fall is smoke, sage and cardamom; fall is aged rum, sherry. And it's important to note, fall is not winter — Summer isn't wholly forgotten. You are welcoming the changing season, confronting the impending cold fronts with a toast.