The wonderings and wanderings of an occasional party boy
Mar 12 2013
There are only three questions that matter in the kitchen if you’re cooking and not baking. The first is how good are your ingredients; the second is how much salt to add; and the third is how long to cook whatever it is you’re cooking — the question of doneness.
Here is one of many great anecdotes from A.E. Hotchner’s ode to the Paris Ritz in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.
A beautiful young woman came in on the arm of an elderly gentleman, and Scott sent a groom to fetch a box of orchids, which he then sent to the lady with his compliments. The young lady promptly sent the orchids back to Fitzgerald, who, in his moment of rejection, took one out and slowly ate it, petal by petal. Later that night, Fitzgerald returned to the bar, this time with the young beauty in tow. The bar regulars were very impressed and thereafter referred to the maneuvers as “the orchid ploy.”
The Ritz will close July 31 for a two-year renovation.
Jun 27 2012
Affected but still kind of enjoyable: “When Los Angeles Is a Man,” from Lous Vuitton.
May 31 2012
To experience joy, my father taught me, one has to leave oneself open to it.
It is a strange thing to love a city. In the end because no city is entirely knowable. What you love really are pieces of it. […] That is perhaps part of the allure, what brings us back to the cities we love: our desire to accumulate enough pieces so we can finally have it whole within us. But to love a city is also to love who we were at that time we fell in love.