• R/ Susan Dworski

    A Vacation Note to Our Friends with Benefits

    While we take much needed time off this August, we want to make sure our Friends with Benefits get full value for their subscriptions. We’d planned to simply add an extra month to all subscriptions, but have encountered unexpected technical difficulties. We hope you’ll bear with us during our hiatus and know that we’re working on a solution. For those monthly subscribers who’d like an immediate refund, please click  Contact Us  or email us at [email protected]; we’ll be happy to do so. (Be sure to send us the email address you used to subscribe with Tinypass.) With thanks and wishes for a wondrous last few weeks of summer, The Management        

    Read More 8.12.14 | 4:50am
Sally Schneider

Street Entrepeneur Crab Man Mike + Our Faux Aioli Recipe

While on our NYC stay cation, we'll get a hit of the Maryland shore by stopping by legendary Crab Man Mike's stand in Harlem, where he cooks up batches of crabs, shrimp and lobsters on his rigged propane cooker. We love Mike’s seafood room temperature, dunked in our Faux Aioli (garlic mayonnaise), for an American South/French fusion. Here’s more about the amazing Mike and our recipe.

Read More 8.11.14 | 4:00pm
Susan Dworski

Life Lesson from a Simple Kid’s Lanyard

Recently, I discovered a forgotten neon pink plastic lanyard at the bottom of a basket of cat toys. Made at summer camp two years ago, it was a gift from a small person, presented with a shy smile "I made it, just for you." When I read this poem by poet Billy Collins, I suddenly felt saddened that I had been so cavalier in discounting its importance. Finding it again felt huge––like a redemption.

Read More 8.11.14 | 4:58am
Sally Schneider

Cedar Planked Salmon for the Grill

Our friend Holton Rower has been learning about cooking salmon on a cedar plank on his Weber grill through trial-and-error, a method we totally endorse.  His first go wasn’t completely successful but it was clear that the ...

Read More 8.7.14 | 8:47pm
thomasjs.com/bivouac

Why Not Sleep on the Roof in a…Sky Parlour?

We recently read that President Taft had a sleeping porch built (below) on the roof of the White House in the 20's. On hot summer nights, the first family could sleep up there to cool off. It allowed the President retreat up there to chill and look out over Washington. We love sleeping outdoors too. We're always on the lookout for cool impermanent shacks— "sky parlors" — that can be erected on a roof, a yard, even indoors as a rustic office or private space.

Read More 8.7.14 | 4:48pm
Sally Schneider

DIY Twig and Branch Fence

New York City’s Madison Avenue in the 70”s is among the toniest areas in the city. We were wandering there when we suddenly noticed this unlikely fence made of branches and twigs: a beautiful, unexpected ...

Read More 8.6.14 | 4:27pm