Weekly A to Z, Feb 19th.
The 'it's not COVID' one.
Last week’s activities caught up with me in the form of a nasty cold (not Covid!), which took me the better part of a week to get over (and my voice is still comically sick). Do not recommend, and my sincere appreciation for everyone who let me move things around in my schedule. However, I feel there is a lot more respect these days for saying ‘I’m not feeling well’ and meaning it, and genuinely not wanting to infect others.
On Wednesday, I did make it out to Gulfood to host at the Top Table, which was an honor. Were you at Gulfood this year? What did you find the most interesting?
On Monday, The Macallan sent through a bottle of their most recent collaboration, entitled The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao, featuring subtle chocolate notes. I’ll be sharing with friends. #gifted
They *should* make big English muffins. Defector
Why IS American tipping culture so different than the rest of the world? VinePair
Things you don’t need to do for a dinner party. The Kitchn
East Coast vs. West Coast…butter? The Takeout
Having visited Vespertine in 2019, this behind the scenes was fascinating. Eater
Just really into candles that smell like pizza. Food52
Sit next to your date, or across from them? The Takeout
Kind of interested in this book. FoodIQ
You’ll never look at a fig the same way. Nautilus
Would you have a kitchen in your bedroom? The Kitchn
All about peppercorns. Washington Post
The (sad) decline of the cooking show. Item Live
French fry perfume? NPR
What’s the best fast food you’ve never tried? The Takeout
Is fake meat halal? The Counter
Another thing to blame millennials for. NYT
Whatever happened to sun-dried tomatoes? Taste
This weekend, I’m getting my umpteenth PCR test and heading out for brunch (!) to Tandoori Tina’s at 25hours.
I’m leaving for Italy on Monday and I’d love for you to follow along for my South Tyrol/Dolomites adventure. I’m attending a 4-Hands Dinner at AlpiNN with Andreas Caminada and Norbert Niederkofler, among other exciting meals. I’m looking forward to this exceptional experience, and appreciate the generous invitation. Send warm thoughts my way.
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