February 2014 Reading & Tasting


Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving New York edited by Sari Botton. It's a collection of 28 writers' New York stories, all in response to Joan Didion's 1967 essay, "Goodbye to All That." I think most of us think about leaving New York from time to time, or at least consider what our other alternatives could be, but also have a passion (and kind of an addiction) to the city; this book shows that love/hate relationship through the short stories. 


A wine that warms from the inside out, a Sangiovese. It's traditionally a Tuscan wine, but is now often grown in the US too. I like the earthiness, the notes of cherry, and that it pairs well with rich foods, from mac & cheese to lamb chops. It's also super tannic, so best when eaten with food.