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  • An Insider’s Guide To Shopping At Costco For Epicurious, by Sam Worley. It’s Grocery Month at Epicurious, and we’re thinking about super-fast checkout lines, alternative mylks (not a typo), and the cheapest bottles of olive oil (and wine). Check out the complete series here. Walking into a Costco, especially if it’s your first time, can feel a bit like you’ve suddenly wound up in ...
  • The Easiest Way To Avoid Buying Contaminated Ground Beef For Epicurious, by Janet Rausa Fuller. It’s Grocery Month at Epicurious, and we’re thinking about super-fast checkout lines, alternative mylks (not a typo), and the cheapest bottles of olive oil (and wine). Check out the complete series here. There’s nothing difficult about buying ground beef. Go to the grocery store, pick up a package labeled “ground ...
  • Is It OK To Ignore A Friend Request? Emily Post Is Here With A New Guide To Internet Etiquette For W magazine, by Marisa Meltzer. In a world that is constantly evolving it’s comforting to know that how we interact with one another still matters, and it is both rooted in tradition yet flexible enough to keep up with a rapidly changing and culturally diverse world.” So begins the just-released Emily Post’s Etiquette: Manners for Today, ...
  • 34 Ways To Say ‘I Love You’ Mom! Or What Moms Really Want For Mother’s Day Not all Moms are fans of breakfast in bed on the one day a year when a mother’s preference ought to rule. For them, a wake-up meal rustled up by unschooled young chefs can leave one, well, hungry for more. Apparently, also on the not-well-loved gift list is attendance at a crowded brunch with the ...
  • Trump’s Assault On Our National History Must End By Thomas A. Foster and Margaret Storey Does it matter what brought our nation to its knees and resulted in 1.5 million American casualties? As citizens, professional historians, and scholars of slavery and the Civil War in the department of history at our nation’s largest Catholic university, we are compelled to tell you that, yes, it ...
  • 5 Hotels Where Royals Have Slept, And You Can, Too For Condé Nast Traveler, by Jordi Lippe-McGraw. When monarchs sleeps in place like Buckingham Palace, their temporary homes-away-from-home need to be up to snuff. That’s why modern-day nobility like Prince William and Kate Middleton or the late Princess Grace Kelly have sought out and stayed in some of the most lavish hotel suites in the world. ...
  • Why Do We Keep Calling Things Buddha Bowls? For Bon Appetit, by Rachel Tepper Paley. “You are one with the universe,” the Buddha bowl cooed. “You have entered a state of bliss. You have ascended to the highest levels of human consciousness, and by the way, you look absolutely stunning today.” I sighed the sigh of the self-satisfied, boosted the saturation on the iPhone ...
  • Cooking Off the Cuff: Another Memory Of the Adriatic – Rigatoni With Baccalà Last week I wrote about emulating the baccalà mantecato that Jackie and I enjoyed so much on a recent trip to Italy. We’d eaten that cod spread before, but another dish, while not unusual, was new to us: rigatoni pasta with baccalà, which we were served at the excellent Venetian restaurant Al Covo, about which ...
  • The 10 Greenest Cities In America Are Models For A Cleaner Future For Architectural Digest, by Megan Johnson. They say it’s not easy being green, but some American cities sure make it look like it is. The marketing lead generators at ListShack have compiled data that determines the top 10 greenest cities in the United States, and it’s safe to say there are some surprising results. In the ...
  • The Best University Art Museums in America For Architectural Digest, by Elizabeth Stamp. While we may not all get accepted into the country’s most elite universities, visiting the museums at these top schools may be just as good (and far less expensive than four years of tuition.) Colleges across the United States show off their impressive collections of everything from antiquities to contemporary ...
  • California’s Super Bloom Is Wreaking Havoc On The Land For Architectural Digest, by Marissa G. Muller. Your Instagram feed isn’t the only thing being clogged by California’s “super bloom.” According to a report by the National Park Service, invasive species are thriving and suffocating the local ecosystems because of the very same conditions that led to the bloom. “A new super bloom has begun to dominate ...
  • An Opportunity For the U.S. Economy To Benefit From Saudi Arabia’s Housing Strategy Housing is an essential part of any healthy economy, and Saudi Arabia’s economy is no exception. The Kingdom has been grabbing headlines over the past year ever since it announced its ambitious “Vision 2030”, which aims to diversify its economy away from dependence on oil. A key part of this plan is to take active steps ...
  • Pilgrimage To The People’s Climate March Resplendent in its psychedelic-Navajo-patterned upholstery, our quasi-comfortable charter bus rolled out of the Target parking lot and headed east to Washington D.C. We were going to participate in the People’s Climate March, and I decided to embrace the 17-hour drive as an opportunity to go dumb and just ignore my smart phone, opting instead to ...
  • The Outposts Of Empire, Trump-Style Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com They are the outposts of empire.  They have been or are being built in countries across the world from Indonesia to Dubai, India to Uruguay, South Korea to Qatar, the Philippines to Turkey, and in the future possibly, from Saudi Arabia to Egypt.  They represent a staggering imperial presence for the American commander-in-chief ...
  • The Trump Empire Expands As Conflicts Of Interest Pile Up Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com President Trump, his children, and their spouses aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the most useful way to think about what’s happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White ...
  • How Does That ‘Special Kids, Special Parents’ Thing Work? I’m never quite sure what to think of these sayings. Did God give me special treasures to make me special?  Did he give me special kids because I’m already special?  I’m not sure any of that resonates, and frankly it all seems like a massive oversimplification.  When we had Alex we chose not to get prenatal ...
  • Advice For Those Who Overshare Their Sex Life A friend of mine was telling me that he recently went out for some drinks with a group of his buddies. All the guys are over 40 and all married with kids except for one guy, who is divorced and recently remarried. My friend explained that although all the guys were very happy for him ...
  • Trump, Andrew Jackson, And The Civil War. Who Knew? So good ol’ Andy Jackson is now Donald Trump’s new best historical friend (although it’s hard to be sure if Mr. Trump knows most, if not all, his historical friends are long dead and gone — drop by the White House anytime, Fred Douglass). And, hey, how about that Civil War thing? Who knew? According ...
  • Donald Trump Fails On Currency With China, But Wins On Daughter’s Trademarks Everyone understands that when you go into a negotiation you have to make trade-offs. No one expects to get everything on their wish list. For this reason, no one should have been surprised that Donald Trump wasn’t able to run the table when he met with China’s President Xi Jinping last month, but they might ...
  • How Obama Could End Criticism Of His Wall Street Speech Barack Obama caused somewhat of a tizzy last week, when it was announced he would be giving a speech to some bastions of Wall Street, for a cool $400,000 speaking fee. Some were simply aghast at the idea, for a couple of different reasons. But there’s one way Obama could make most of the criticism ...