Mother’s Day is approaching, and this year in particular we all have lots of time to hang out and watch movies that remind us of the deep (and often complex) relationships we have or had with our moms. Our resident cinema expert and ace correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the 12 best movies to watch on Mother’s Day if you want to host an impromptu film festival. Grab the tissues, and let’s go!
Our Food Editor Nicole Douillet always shares a monthly dispatch from the world of food and wine. In lieu of her usual update of news about new restaurants and star chefs, this month she’s sharing stories of the heroes within the world of fine dining who are responding with care and concern during this terrible COVID-19 pandemic. And she has suggestions on how we can all help save our favorite restaurants and bars.
Back in the day, it was common for fashion and beauty magazines to publish lists that compared a “splurge” and a “steal.” They would juxtapose a high-priced luxury item and its effective – and far more affordable – twin. We love the idea of substitutions at a time when saving money is paramount – and when the best luxury of the moment is the purchase that doesn’t lead to buyer’s remorse. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best and most effective drugstore substitutes for high-priced luxury beauty and personal care products, including cleansers, serums, moisturizers, toners, eye creams, masks, and sunscreen.
If you thought that sourdough was the Official Baked Good of the Great Lockdown, think again. We just learned of a stunning new loaf of bread that puts sourdough to shame. Have you heard about the focaccia garden – or gardenscape? We just read about this new comfort baking trend, and we are totally enchanted. Here’s what you need to know if you’re wondering how to bake stunning focaccia gardens while you’re staying safe at home.
What is the appropriate soundtrack for the times we are living in right now? As we all keep watch, stay home, and learn how to live with the “new normal” brought to us by COVID-19, it’s a complicated question. What are the songs to help us stay sane while working from home and staying safe at home? Our correspondent and resident DJ Julie Chang Murphy has developed a “Pandemic Playlist” with her top picks of the best music to stay sane during quarantine mode. Take three deep cleansing breaths, and then press play here.