T LOunge for November 24th, 2021

Posted on November 24, 2021

Covo Bar and Restaurant – Positano, Italy


Darlings, we figured we’d have a Friday LOunge a little early this week. Since tomorrow’s a holiday for the Americans, we figure it’s also unofficially a Friday. Spread out and enjoy the view. Anything you want is yours here. As for the day to come, we hope all of you who observe it have a wonderful day and we hope all of you who ignore it also have a wonderful day. As always, it’s all good in the T LOunge. Happy Thanksgiving, kittens!


Give Thanks, But Make It Extra
This holiday season, Food & Wine is going over the top with a celebration of all things opulent, glittering, rich, delicious, and joyful.

For the longest time, one of my go-to interview questions was, “What’s the one thing that absolutely has to be at your table to make it a holiday?” Prior to 2020, it was almost guaranteed that the chef or celebrity or whomever would launch into a reverie about their aunt’s legendary casserole, a soliloquy on cranberry can ridges, or a near-religious recitation of pies. Thanksgiving, though notionally tied to a “traditional” menu of turkey and sides (sing it with me: stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, pie) is actually a deeply personalized holiday, with a meld of regional recipes, handed-down family dishes, and random whims that some guest had one year and ended up becoming canon. Families and friends and stranger cross-pollinate, and something new and delicious blooms and by God, it’s beautiful.


The Most Spectacular Christmas Lights In London
The phrase “the best Christmas lights in London” tends to conjure up visions of glittering angels suspended above Regent Street – and while seeing W1’s classical buildings illuminated during the festive period is certainly magical, there are plenty of other shimmering Christmas displays worth visiting. As the nights close in, wrap up warm, grab a spiced mulled wine, and head to these spots.


Simone Biles on Her Wild Ride of a Year and Finding Joy Outside of Gymnastics
We talked to the most decorated gymnast in history, as she got glam for the InStyle Awards, about redefining greatness and what comes next.

Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast of all time, full stop. She hasn’t lost an all-around title since 2013 and has so many medals that when asked, she often forgets the exact number. (It’s 32, seven of those Olympic medals). But even more impressive and legacy-making than her physical greatness — and she has nailed moves so challenging no one else has dared to even attempt them, calling into question the entire gymnastics scoring system — is her courage to speak her truth at all costs. In doing so, she has redefined the very meaning of greatness as far more than just amassing the most medals.


Inside Cartier’s New Immersive Exhibition In Salem
The audio-visual experience “celebrates our planet’s rich biodiversity and raises awareness of its alarming decline.”

Many of Cartier’s pieces explicitly reference animals. Consider the Fauna and Flora collection inspired by nature, or the iconic Panthère watch beloved by It girls. (The panther has been an emblem of the house dating back to 1914). Keeping that in mind, a recent commission by Fondation Cartier—Cartier’s cultural center dedicated to promoting contemporary art—is a perfect match. Billed as an immersive audio-visual experience, “The Great Animal Orchestra” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts features soundscapes of biodiversity across North America, Latin America, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe recorded by soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause—over 50 percent of which has been lost.


Jonathan Larson’s Life And Death: How His Legacy Lives On In Tick, Tick… Boom!
Two musical theater legends collide in Netflix’s latest movie musical tick, tick… Boom!, which follows a young theater composer (played by Andrew Garfield) who’s on the brink of turning 30 and wrestling with his decision to follow a career in the arts. The film is based on the semi-autobiographical rock monologue written by Jonathan Larson, who’s best known for writing the musical sensation Rent, and it’s directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for writing the era-defining show Hamilton.


How to Rescue Salty Gravy, According to a Pro
Worry not, there are solutions.

Homemade turkey gravy is a point of pride for Thanksgiving cooks and the favorite part of the feast for many of us. It’s the rich, velvety, finishing touch for the entire plate. Now that many cooks are salt-brining their turkeys to ensure the meat is moist and well-seasoned, our pan drippings and homemade stock–the core elements of homemade gravy—can turn out saltier than we expect, which can result in gravy that’s too salty.


13 Luxury Advent Calendars to Get You in the Holiday Spirit
24 days of truffles? Say less.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas (*raises hand*), it’s hard not to enjoy a great advent calendar. Beauty advent calendars are the most popular these days (think: sample lipsticks, face masks, and perfumes to open and enjoy across the season), but an increasing number of brands are creating fahncy advent calendars in the fashion, food, and lifestyle spaces as well. Below, we’ve rounded up the most luxurious advent calendars, featuring everything from candles to jewelry to wine, to treat your loved ones—or yourself!—to this year. A fun hack: If you’re looking to check off multiple people on your holiday gift list, buy one advent calendar and select a couple gifts from it to send to each of ’em, then keep the rest for yourself.


Cheetos Will Host a Cheese Dust Artwork Exhibition During This Year’s Art Basel
The event promises “eight vibrant and dynamic original art pieces” by street artist Lefty Out There and made from that orange powder otherwise known as “Cheetle.”

Even if you know nothing about the art world and have never heard of Art Basel, you may remember a story from 2019 where an artist duct-taped a banana to a wall and it sold for $120,000. And then another artist ate the banana. And then everyone was just duct-taping things to walls thinking they were hilarious.
That was the most recent Art Basel in Miami Beach (it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19) so clearly the annual event doesn’t have an aversion to unusual artwork. And this year, Cheetos is coming in flamin’ hot with a bizarre announcement of its own: On Art Basel’s final day, the snack brand will be hosting an exhibition featuring art made entirely out of its iconic orange dust, Cheetle.


How “Tick, Tick…Boom!” Pulled Off Its Surprise All-Star Musical Number
The story of the most show-stopping, joy-inducing, legacy-packed song in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut—told by the Broadway legends who starred in it

The song “Sunday,” a showstopper that comes early in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directorial debut, Tick, Tick…Boom!, lasts only a few minutes, but it packs in four decades of Broadway history. Directed by Broadway game changer Miranda and adapted from a musical by Rent composer, lyricist, and writer Jonathan Larson, who was in turn inspired by musical legend Stephen Sondheim, the number features cameos by over a dozen Broadway icons in a fantastical sequence packed with enough Easter eggs to keep theater nerds pausing and rewinding for weeks.


Kristen Stewart on ‘Spencer’ and Her Oscar Buzz: ‘We Don’t Make Movies to Not Connect With Each Other’
Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast: Kristen Stewart on playing Princess Diana, and what to expect from her upcoming directorial debut.

“The Oscars are such a funny thing. There are so many incredible movies and performances that barely get seen. It definitely says something about where we’re at as a cumulative presence – what we’re looking at, what we care about. I really appreciate that something that I was involved in, has ignited such a large conversation. We don’t make movies to not connect with each other.”


China keeps a blacklist with 88 celebrities it claims are violating the country’s moral standards, and it includes a K-pop star, a disgraced actress, and a TikTok influencer
In a notice released on November 23, the China Association of Performing Arts announced it was banning 88 entertainers, claiming that they violated the country’s moral standards. This is the ninth such list issued by the association, which first started blacklisting celebrities for alleged bad behavior in 2018.
The blacklist specifically bans these 88 people from accessing or appearing on livestreaming platforms, a popular means for entertainers in China to access a wide audience.


How the World’s Foremost Maze-Maker Leads People Astray
Adrian Fisher has devoted the past four decades to bringing back mazes, long regarded as historical curiosities. He has created more than seven hundred—including one on a skyscraper in Dubai and another that’s now reproduced on Britain’s five-pound note.

“He said, ‘I had a dream of a maze, and in this maze blah, blah, blah,’ ” the maze designer Adrian Fisher recalled, when I visited him late this summer, at his home in Dorset, in southwest England. In 1980, Fisher was twenty-eight years old and working for I.T.T., a multinational manufacturing company, where he was responsible for productivity enhancement. He was increasingly drawn to the idea of designing mazes; he’d even formed a company, Minotaur Designs, with a wealthy labyrinthologist and former diplomat, Randoll Coate. But public commissions proved elusive. “At first, I thought it was impossible,” Fisher said. “How do you start? How do you do it?”


Architectural gardens around the world to soothe the soul
From small domestic gardens, to nature reserves, urban interventions and local parks, here are some of the finest green projects that place nature at their heart

A garden has always been spatial shorthand for sanctuary; in times of crisis, this gets amplified. As many of us increasingly seek the safe haven of our garden, the local park or nearby nature reserve, we raise a glass to the many, gorgeous green projects that bring cheer and serenity to our everyday lives. From small domestic gardens and urban gardens, to plant-based urban interventions, woodland installations, leafy architectural landscapes and even the dry terrain of desert flora, here, we tour some of the best projects set to green up our views and encourage the healing and balancing power of nature to filter through into our day.


Explore Ancient Olympic Grounds Using AI Technology From Microsoft
Explorers who can’t make it to the Athens Olympic Museum can also check out the project online.

A new collaboration between Microsoft and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport has brought the site of the first Olympics to life using artificial intelligence.
In the exhibit “Ancient Olympia: Common Grounds,” at the Athens Olympic Museum, visitors will be able to experience the original home of the Olympic games, through a Microsoft HoloLens 2 exhibition, walking through the Olympics as they were held more than 2,000 years ago.


Where Do You Celebrate Thanksgiving? A New Survey Says Atlanta Is the Best City to Visit for the Holiday
Find out more top cities to celebrate Thanksgiving in, the most popular holiday foods, and how many Americans plan to host their own festivities this year.

The New York Times, WalletHub shared the 10 best and worst places in the United States to celebrate based on five categories. “Celebrations and traditions” was based on the amount of community celebrations, holiday stores, and internet-related searches, “cost and affordability” included the local price of turkey, trimmings, and the amount of affordable restaurants and hotels, “safety and accessibility” featured the vaccination rates, crime, pedestrian and auto safety, flight delays, and traffic, “giving thanks” included volunteer opportunities and charitable organizations and contributions, and “weather” was factored by the temperature and conditions on Thanksgiving in comparison to the national average.


Thanksgiving in a Town Built on Lederhosen and Limitless Meals
Bavarian charm, Christmas knickknacks and all-you-can-eat restaurants draw hordes every holiday season to the twinkly streets of Frankenmuth, Mich.

No matter the season, every all-you-can-eat dinner here draws from the palette of Thanksgiving: creamy drifts of mashed potatoes, golden swirls of buttered egg noodles, army-green forests of thoroughly cooked broccoli and garnet puddles of cranberry sauce.
For more than a century, this city in Central Michigan has made its reputation on family-style chicken dinners, served much the same way they were in 1937, when this newspaper proclaimed Frankenmuth “a mecca for gourmets.”




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