When friends from out of town invited a small group of us to dinner recently, as they do almost every fall, it was at the same Manhattan restaurant where we usually convene — an Italian institution known to us for its familiarity, consistency, and quality.
So, you’re the lucky devil who gets to bring cheese to the party. Congratulations! You officially have the most fun assignment. Anyone else bringing food, whether it’s a store-bought baguette or their great aunt Helen’s famous homemade brownies, will be immediately overshadowed by a good cheese board. Mouths will water, conversations will stop, and, all […]
Hosting a dinner party sounds like a great idea—until you actually have to plan it. Then, the sweat breaks as you consider all the variables, from cooking to serving wine to creating atmosphere. But hosting a dinner doesn’t need to be stressful. If there is one culture that can teach you how to throw an […]
There are many things we’re getting wrong about Japanese culture. Foremost, probably stop buying sushi at a supermarket or drug store. And don’t mix the wasabi into the soy sauce. (Yeah, we do it, too.) One thing to get right about Japanese culture—Kaiseki. Learn it, love it (it’s inevitable), live it. And then, ideally, pair […]
We tend to associate Champagne with celebratory events like New Year’s, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Cava as well. Made using the same method – known as Méthode Champenoise or the traditional method – Cava is similar to Champagne in both style and quality, but is often a fourth of the price.
This Christmas it’s time to save your everyday glassware and accessories for the rest of the year and whip out the festive stuff instead. Don’t have the festive stuff? Don’t worry, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite accessories for you holiday table. They’re sure to add an additional sparkle to your holiday.
During this time of year, the art of entertaining seems to be more important than ever. You obviously want to have delicious food and drinks for your guests, but it’s also important that the drinks served come in striking glasses. It’s amazing how a beautiful glass or serving bowl can take a simple pasta dish or a […]
It’s a situation you have probably been in before: you’re being entertained in someone’s home and they offer you a drink that’s not exactly your cup of tea. Maybe you’re a red wine drinker and the host has offered you white, or you have an aversion to wheat beer but the host is obsessed with […]
In college, my friends and I found every possible opportunity to maximize our drinking. In my house, a thin-walled rowhouse inhabited by eight girls, there were shower beers before pregames and glasses of wine while we got dressed for the party. “Dinner parties” consisted of ten of my friends all ordering Greek food to the […]