Thonet Chair No. 14

In the mid-nineteenth century, Michael Thonet, a German-Austrian cabinetmaker, began steaming and bending wood into charming chairs. This lightweight bentwood seating started popping up everywhere in Europe, especially in coffee shops.  The distinctive design has been copied around the world, and for good reason. It’s easy to move, comfortable, and elegant at that! Whether in your dining room or at your bedside stacked with books, … Continue reading Thonet Chair No. 14

Bib Gourmand

A section of the Michelin guide since 1955, the Bib Gourmand rating is given to exceptional value restaurants. That means that the food is of a high quality without the expense of that in a star-rated establishment. “Bib” is a nickname for Bibendum, the Michelin man. In the first guide for Washington, D.C., this year, four of Jose Andres’s restaurants received the Bib Gourmand (and … Continue reading Bib Gourmand

When life gives you lemons…

make preserved lemons!  They are perfect for North African–inspired recipes, such as Moroccan tagines and Couscous Royale (see my post “North African Couscous”). Use the juice in place of vinegar in vinaigrette, put a slice in any stew, and stuff a roasted chicken with one for starters. Begin by boiling a big pot of water and dropping in many (maybe 10) lemons. Remove after a … Continue reading When life gives you lemons…