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(Slightly Belated) Thursday Things

Sorry to disappear! Blame LA, Italy and the madness of catching up. Pictured: the reason for the distraction.

As a peace offering, here are a few clips that justify staying inside over this glorious weekend.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame indeed. RIP, Prince.

Hamilton miscast. That Angelica! (Side note: Who else is excited to get their hands on Hamiltome?)

Why I’m on Team Alisan Porter on The Voice.

And for your playlist: Some sensational Beatles covers. Hey there, Johnny Cash.



Tree House

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Cherry Blossoms

Hat's off

  • Who’s planning to put on an Easter bonnet? I could go for this verdant fascinator. (Proper Topper)
  • Chicken Shoop for the Soul: Loving Barnes & Noble’s #90sABook (Twitter)
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Strawberry Cheese Pie

Pi Day Recipe: My Favorite Strawberry Pie

Let them eat cake. Me? I’ll go for the pie.

Rhubarb, banana cream, boysenberry, peach … I am a sucker for pie, on Pi Day or any day.

I love it hot under a pooling scoop of vanilla or cold straight out of the fridge for breakfast. It had a lead role in “Waitress,” (and left me craving pie for weeks) and cameoed in a pathetic song in the gawdawful movie “Michael.” (Thanks for making us see that one over Christmas break in ninth grade, Dad.)

There are some great shops for pie, including Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, Little Pie Co in Midtown and Whisked and Dangerously Delicious Pies in D.C. I love them each for their gooey, flaky, towering slices.

But when it comes to baking my own, I’ll take a preview of spring flavors, please.

Strawberry PieThis Strawberry Cheese Pie is one that my grandmother loved to serve at dinner parties. Read More

City of Gold: Thoughts and My Favorite Restaurant Reviews

City of GoldCall it Gold’s Midas touch. The new documentary City of Gold could be a full-length film packed only with restaurateurs sharing the story of how LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold saved their struggling business.

Whether the subject is a single mother from Ethiopia at risk of closing who now races to make enough doro watt to feed Gold’s rabid readers or three Oaxaca-born siblings prepping long-uncool cricket tacos for Gold, his dinner companion Ruth Reichl and the 300 seats of diners angling for their taste, the Los Angeles food community clearly appreciates Gold’s dogged determination to find, research and evocatively describe the many cuisines, carts and far-flung restaurants of the sprawling city.

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  • Poutine and maple-pecan cake, eh? Tom Sietsema reviews tonight’s state dinner menu to honor the Canadian prime minister. (The Washington Post)
  • Ever wonder what it’s like to be huge in Taiwan for two months? (Narratively)
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(Photos courtesy of Windows on Earth, Fashionista and Airbnb)

Going Wild: Clothes for a Cause


HermesTwo of my favorite fashion finds in the past few months both go to support great causes. One is a bit of a splurge, but all for a good cause, right?

The legendary French fashion house is getting catty, philanthropically speaking. This year, Hermès has partnered with Panthera, an organization dedicated to saving wild cats, to produce a limited-edition scarf, with proceeds from the sales going to support leopards, cheetahs, lions, tigers and other big cats. The silk scarf is glorious — an Indochinese leopard prowling through savannah grasses — and available in a rainbow of colors, though this fiery orange is my favorite ($395).

J CrewJ. Crew
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the coolest organizations I’ve ever read about — they foster orphaned elephants. With poaching more rampant than ever, and the elephants’ numbers in serious decline, this organization saves ill-fated babies and works to eventually reintegrate them into wild herds. And people can opt to foster the little ones from afar — I’m fostering Lasayen right now! J. Crew teamed up with a Brooklyn-based artist to design a series of T-shirts and sweatshirts, with 50 percent of the price going to the Trust. One of the best parts of the Trust is reading the stories of each individual calf. This particular men’s edition features Edie, who was rescued as a four-month-old newborn in 1999.

(Credit: ©Hermès, Paris 2015; J. Crew )

City Bakery

What to Eat in NYC This Weekend

Hot chocolate, anyone?

Friday, 2/26

  • Live Jazz Night at City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival: The flavor of the day is Bourbon Hot Chocolate (which is actually spiked with a generous glug of brown liquor). Until 10 p.m., City Bakery is offering live jazz, beer on tap (Other Half IPA and Transmitter NY1 saison) and snacks like poutine, pretzel croissants with beer cheese, shisito peppers and oysters Rockefeller.
  • IppudoComics and Ramen at Ippudo Westside: Ippudo’s getting heroic tonight with Avenger’s Interactive Ramen. Line up early (like now) for a bowl, and a free T-shirt, with paired sake.

Through Sunday, 2/28

  • Grand Street Restaurant Week: The East Williamsburg stretch is hosting restaurant week, with deals (of admittedly varied prices) at restaurants like Le Barricou (dinner: $30), Bahia (dinner: $25) and Masha and the Bear (two-course lunch: $10; three-course dinner: $30).
  • New York City Brew Week: Tap into the remaining days of beer celebrations, with events through Sunday, including beer-and-cheese pairings, a five-borough tasting and a pairing of IPA with Indian food.