Your End-of-August Cocktail Is A Lemon Rosemary Vodka Fizz

It's August. If you are reading this it is because you are stuck at work while your friends are off at their "lake houses" and "beach trips." The news, domestic and international, is awful. You need to relax. You need a cool beverage to relax. Allow me to suggest that the optimal beverage is a lemon rosemary vodka… » 8/22/14 11:30am 8/22/14 11:30am

There Is No Such Thing as a Chesapeake "Crab Boil," Suckers

"Crab boils date back centuries on the Chesapeake Bay," write the people who are selling "crab boil" events—for $67—in New York City. These people are frauds and liars, selling ersatz "authenticity," pretentious unpretentiousness, a twee New York fabrication that has nothing to do with the tradition it wishes to evoke. » 8/06/14 11:42am 8/06/14 11:42am

How Soon Will You Die in a Fire at Your Rustic Barn Wedding?

America's premier rural community newspaper, the New York Times, has front-page coverage today of a trend that is roiling the countryside: the use of picturesque old wooden barns as rental spaces for folksy unpretentious rustic-themed weddings. Those weddings are loud! Country folk aren't accustomed to the hurly-burly… » 8/04/14 3:22pm 8/04/14 3:22pm

Couple Spends $2 Million Extra to Protect Kids From Perilous Stairs

Here is an explanation, from the New York Times, of why a family of five—having bought a Brooklyn townhouse for $1.7 million, renovated it top to bottom for an undisclosed amount of money, and seen it burn down in a construction accident at the very moment of completion—decided it would be necessary, as a next step,… » 7/31/14 1:54pm 7/31/14 1:54pm

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

There is a fair chance that if you're reading this post, your fridge—the most-used and largest appliance in your house—is screwing you. The refrigerator is as potent a symbol of American consumerist culture as you're likely to find, which is to say, it only makes sense if you don't really look at it very hard. It is,… » 7/29/14 9:00am 7/29/14 9:00am

Almond Milk Is Good

Yesterday, Tom Philpott decided to try his hand at food trolling (we invented that, you amateur) by declaring that almond milk is an inferior milk substitute beloved only by "ignorant hipsters." Sadly, some of our own colleagues have been suckered into agreement. All of you are wrong. Almond milk is good. » 7/17/14 12:40pm 7/17/14 12:40pm

​Do Not Pimp Your Child Out on Social Media

How much social-media exposure should your small children get? One answer, for parents who appropriately respect but are perhaps also in denial about the invasive power of the internet, is "none." Don't Facebook your kid, don't Vine your kid, don't Tweet about your kid. That's probably the correct answer, the way… » 7/09/14 11:44am 7/09/14 11:44am