Secret Garden Rhubarb Fizz

Pen and Palate rhubarb gin fizz

illustration: tram nguyen

A couple of years ago, my boyfriend Rob bought this house in Pennsylvania. It’s near his parents, and a lake, and it’s relatively close to New York City, and it has these gorgeous glass windows that, in addition to letting in lots of sunlight during the day, have the added benefit of being very terrifying at night, because the house is in the middle of the woods and when it’s dark outside the murderers can see in but you can’t see out. It’s spooky in a lightly thrilling way, which I consider a real plus.

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Conspicuous Consumption


A few weeks ago for Romeo’s birthday, I gifted him the most beautiful cheese grater in the world. Designed by Richard Sapper in 2004, it was an instant classic. It measures literally 18” high, which is naturally, the perfect size for a cheese grater. It also went over much better than the bathroom scale I bought him a few years ago for Valentine’s day. Not sold on this ridiculous cheese grater? From the product description:

“So what you need to know is that Sapper, one of the designers who has been with us the longest, the creator of some of our most innovative objects, in his own home is in charge grating cheese for the whole family. Thus his inspiration was based on extensive personal experience on this theme…”

I love it as a beautiful sculptural object, and truly, every time I pick it up to use it, I feel infinitely better about the mostly nutritionally empty meal I am about to consume. It performs marvelously at it’s designated task, as well as doubling as a nutmeg grater. All that cheese grating expertise comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s worth it. Also, think of all the dollars you’ll save eating all those pasta dinners!



Friday Links


Welcome to our first official Friday link roundup! This is a new thing we do where we talk about all our favorite food-related things on the internet this week. (Duh?) Today we discuss Amar’e Stoudemire’s new cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, being basic in the Hamptons, and buying food on Etsy.   Read more