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We love John Lennon, we just don’t want to sip him first thing in the morning. Same goes with kittens, music, bears, bunny rabbits, words of wisdom, smiley faces, smiley faces in hearts, and Barack Obama.
That’s not to say we don’t respect the artistic side of food and beverage—it’s all in the presentation, after all. But we’re of the opinion that coffee, more than any other menu item, should fall under the function-over-form umbrella.
Incidentally, Burger King is with us on this one.
From the looks of the first episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld is up to his old “show about nothing” antics again.
This time around, he’s really pared it to near-absolute-nothing-ness: 12-minute episodes edited down from an afternoon spent chatting with a well-known funnyman. It’s all very Seinfeldian, but what’s most intriguing is the glimpse into the lives of off-duty celebrities—without any scripts or handlers or, most importantly, stylists. From what we’ve gathered from the promo and first episode, comedians are a schlubby bunch (save for Alec Baldwin). It’s a sad state: visible undershirts, white sneakers, Larry David playing Octogenarian Neo in the Boca Raton Seniors Community Theater adaptation of The Matrix.
But there were still some interesting items of note, especially Jerry’s watches. In this episode he’s wearing a Jo Siffert Heuer that we’ve gushed over before, which reveals some real watch aficionado/race car enthusiast cred. We also spotted a Breitling Navitimer in the promo (but will have to confirm once that episode “airs”), and Larry David’s only saving grace is that he’s found his way to an Oliver Peoples shop. It’s a good laugh any way you slice it.
If anything, watch the episode for the spectacular blogger-blue VW and keep an eye on further developments.
Men’s grooming guides follow a simple playbook. You stake out the basics (the barber, the nail clipper), the adventurous flourish (beard oil, anyone?) and the forbidden zone where any self-respected heterosexual man dare not venture.
We’re not complaining—or lining up for pedicures, now that you mention it—but we’d like to make the case for a certain oft-maligned product that usually gets short shrift, most notably in Esquire’s latest ode to grooming.
Gentlemen, it’s time to reconsider eye cream.
As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the continental breakfast.
We like rituals. Pomp. Circumstance. The more accoutrements—the silver service, the folded napkin—the better.
And while the standard breakfast ritual has been whittled down to “coffee and something else,” we’d like to make room for something a bit more elegant. Nothing that would involve any elaborate stove work, just a bit of culinary ceremony at the start of the day…or what is commonly known as the continental breakfast.
The coffee cup is as close to a design standard as you’ll find, but there’s always room for improvement.
A group of Tel Aviv design students took a crack at it, and the results are intriguing. This model, called the cubis, is designed for easy stacking—the corners fit together, naturally—and a thick layer of ceramic insulation to provide a cool place to grip. We don’t expect to see it in diners any time soon…but maybe there are a few boutique hotels in need of a restock?
It’s no secret that the blogosphere runs mostly on caffeine—much like the banks, the government, and the bulk of the western world. In fact, we’re inclined to chalk most of the achievements of human civilization up to the arabica bean. How else would we get anything done?
But like most fun things, we assumed it was bad for us.
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