As we settle into the winter months, we’ve got some simple joys to look forward to. Quiet nights in front of the fireplace. Or not-so-quiet nights in front of a large screen TV. Whether your agenda includes watching lots of sports or reading lots of books, a great craft beer can be an excellent addition to the action. Our correspondent Jeanette Settembre has curated a list of 8 of the best craft beers to spread some cheer this winter holiday season and beyond, including IPA, stout and sour. Take that, coronavirus!
Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Or spending the day at someone else’s home, but need a side dish or a dessert to contribute to the feast? Or perhaps you have a vegan or vegetarian guest and you want to serve them something they’ll love, but don’t have the skills/time/cookware/patience to make it yourself? No worries. Here are the best places to order gourmet mail-order Thanksgiving food online this year, including appetizers, turkeys, side dishes and desserts. And no, it’s not cheating. These are so good, your fellow guests will be forever thankful to you for not trying to make them yourself.
Looking for a knockout gift? Why not bestow a luxury customized one-of-a-kind gift precisely tailored to the personality, experiences and aesthetic of your recipient? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has developed a luxury gift guide of unique, bespoke, custom tailor-made presents. You’ll have the fun of knowing that no one else in the world has exactly the same item as your gift recipient. And they’ll know it, too. And that’s some serious luxury, dear reader.
New York City is coming back to life this fall after a brutal spell of loss and lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The surest sign that there is reason for hope? Our favorite museums are open again! We recently visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and discovered a marvelous new textile art exhibit called Taking a Thread for a Walk. We love art museum exhibits devoted to textiles and weaving, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a fascinating look at gender, race and class in the arts – and an uplifting vision of how a simple thread could connect all of humanity.
In the array of micro-luxuries that can brighten even the dullest day, a really good pot of jam has to be right up there. Like the iconic 1964 tune by the Newbeats declares: “I like bread and butter, I like toast and jam.” Like, who doesn’t? With that in mind, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of what to buy when you’re seeking the best luxury brands of sweet and savory gourmet artisanal jam. A really delicious helping of jam may not solve everything – but it might just help make peak 2020 a tiny bit sweeter.