What’s Cookin?

I’m freezing my booty off, but I still managed to find some things that struck my fancy this month


  • Restaurants
    • Dim Sum is amazing, but it can be overwhelming. I’ll pretty much eat anything, even if I have no idea what it is. However, not everyone is so adventurous, which is why this Dim Sum 101 guide from one of NYC’s best spots is clutch.
    • Speakeasies are usually a bar thing, but I’m happy to check out a quasi-hidden restaurant…especially when bbq is involved.
  • Cooking
    • I’ve become fully obsessed with The Great British Baking Show. If you love it like I do, you’ll enjoy reading about the guy who does all the illustrations. I always find that a good source of inspiration when it comes to flavor combos.
    • We’re considering having people over this weekend to watch football so I’m on the hunt for easy recipes to serve a crowd. Really into the idea of batch sliders, like these. Combine those with a few other items like crock pot meatballs (loving this recipe), veggies and dip, and store-bought pigs in a blanket and we’ve got a partyyy (with little effort).

Food for Thought

  • I’m a fan of the thriller genre, so of course I’ve read all of Ruth Ware’s novels. If you’re into the author, definitely check out this article where she details her process.
  • Agatha Christie was one of the first authors I latched onto as a tried and true reader so this trip on the actual Orient Express seems like an absolute dream. (And if you’re wondering what my thoughts were about the movie adaptation, I thought the film itself was a bit flimsy but the set design was stunning.)
  • “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” was a great read, and I really loved the author’s account of how she stumbled across this true story. (In fact, this article is a big reason why I wanted to read the book in the first place.)

Bits & Bites

  • Does anyone remember the episode of Friends where Phoebe has a tactic of asking random, rapid-fire questions to uncover what someone really wants/helps them make a decision? Not gonna lie, I’ve used this trick with my own buddies and found it pretty helpful. It reminds me of this new personality test, which only gives respondents 2.5 seconds to answer each question. It may be pushing Meyers Briggs aside as the new metric for employers.
  • I love this letter from The Hustle’s CEO. Startup life ain’t as glamorous as it seems. I appreciate transparency like this.