The cabana reference was the best. Along with "Summer Fridays" (knocking off work at lunchtime because maybe you have a cabana, or a summer share) cabanas seem to be echt New York.
@j-i-a And the copy editor would be right behind. [Are those American $? CDN? AUS?] [and $21376 should be either $21,376 or $213.76 query writer.]
On Ta-Nehisi Coates on the N-word as "the border, the signpost that reminds us that the old crimes don’t disappear"
I know a young white person who is culturally sensitive and in a conversation rather than using the term "non-white" he meant to say "people of color" but it came out "colored people." I asked him if he liked Ike. He had no idea what I was talking about.
@NotFace The "service" is amazingly formal, porcelain, silver, gold leaf, everything weighs a ton, and I was reliably told that since the set is complete and pretty much in mint condition certain museums (!) would probably put bids in for it. So no 50s cocktail parties for us. But if, God forbid, Downton Abbey stops filming I'm thinking of having a series finale party. Who wouldn't want to be sat at a place setting that could contain nine different pieces of silverware? The only thing that the service doesn't have is wine glasses, but coincidentally I inherited these hulking cut crystal goblet-like things that I think are Edwardian, certainly pre-Prohibition. The only problem is none of this can go in a dishwasher (which didn't really exist when this stuff was made) so I would have to spend the better part of a week carefully cleaning all this stuff by hand.
@NotFace Your mother-in-law was right, as they infrequently are, but when they're right they're right. I am now the proud co-owner of a dinner service for 12, gravy boats, shrimp forks, a couple of accoutrements that I believe were meant to be ashtrays, the works. She didn't come from a family with any money at all and in the early 1950s as a young-ish black woman her whole extended network of family and friends gave her this as a communal wedding present. When her son and I FINALLY bought an apartment she boxed it all up and sent it to us. I am a white male.
@The Dilettantista The Le Creuset oven is the best and I, like half of Manhattan, own a KitchenAid mixer, but not in raspberry, because I don't live in Katy Perry's world, or wherever this came from.
Register guilt-free. The dirty little secret is that wedding guests like me, and I've been to more weddings than I can count, literally, often consider the wedding gift the price of admission to the reception and it removes some hassle. "Here's my budget," thinks I. "Hmmm, five soup bowls are left out of the 12 you registered for. I'll take those! Use them in good health!" And my family is close enough and honest enough that we just give cash at weddings. "Here's a check. Buy the LeCreuset French oven (I would) or buy some snow tires; the world is your oyster!"
@Gin-tastic The south of France IS awesome, except not so much from now until about February, when it can be very rainy (just like Paris itself. At least it's warmer in the south.) If you're not there in July and especially August I found the people to be quite charming and generous with their time and my limited French and not stupidly expensive, and I've been to Cannes and St-Tropez along with Nice a half a dozen times. The whole eastern Riviera is fanstastic. Oh, and Monaco, of course, but that's not technically France. Don't be put off by the reputation. Somewhat normal people live there and you can eat well for less than 20 euros if you do a little poking around, especially around the Palace section, ironically. Also go up into the hill towns in Provence if you can. St-Paul-de-Vence is this little medievel gem that's a bit difficult to get to and worth a day, if that, but has to be seen to be believed.
@Hellcat The holidays are upon us and all of those are super simple to make! I've made all of them and I'm no Ina Garten. I wouldn't suggest passing around the bacon-wrapped scallops while the kids are playing with the dreidel (unless you're with the Jewish friends I have) but now until January 1st is the perfect and really only time to eat your fill. Plus you can make a little extra and bring them for lunch and guiltlessly explain that you had a few leftovers from when you had a few friends over. Signed, someone who regularly orders bagels with lox and a schmear and asks the sympathetic deli guy to put the bagel on the side, because that is reserved for peanut butter. And sometimes Nutella.
@stuffisthings Someone was eating one on my subway train last year and it looked and smelled like it had been robbed from a grave, so...maybe?
Surely in the afterlife there would be no hunger, but I think you'd need an afterlifetime's supply of alcohol to take the edge off. Bury me with a still and an instruction manual.