T LOunge for December 29th, 2022

Posted on December 29, 2022

Terra Bar and Restaurant – Vynnyky, Lviv, Ukraine


Darlings, our work for the year is done (and you can catch our picks for Best Red Carpet Looks, Best Movie Costumes and Best Movies and TV Shows if you haven’t already), but we wanted to close out the year with one final T LOunge in a final act of celebration and an expression of hope for the New Year. We thank you all for your support and we wish you the very best in the year to come.


With Corsage, Vicky Krieps Enters the Realm of Royalty
To embody the Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Marie Kreutzer-directed film, the actress mined the royals’ diaries—while simultaneously tapping her own history.

Vicky Krieps came out of nowhere with her devilish role in The Phantom Thread as the shrewd companion to Daniel Day-Lewis’s imperious designer. Now, the Luxembourgian actress flips the script: she’s royalty in Corsage, playing the 19th-century Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who marched to the beat of her own drum. Krieps spearheaded the project, which was directed by Marie Kreutzer. The actress’s disarming, open-hearted candor finds a human core to the regal mystique—with melancholy, mischievous humor, and pure lust for life.


21 Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Bash
If you’re gearing up to host a New Year’s Eve bash, we’ve got just the menu. From small bites like Chile Crisp-Glazed Bacon Bites to opulent desserts like a Black Sesame Banana Cake Trifle, these are the perfect recipes worthy of a celebration. And don’t forget the booze – we’ve got options for White Gold, French 75, and an Espresso Martini to keep the party going. Read on for these, and more New Year’s Eve party ideas.


The Complicated Politics of Queer Rom-Coms
The gay romantic comedy has become the next frontier in mainstream LGBTQ+ representation. But like many things in queer culture, people are divided over the extent to which this is truly radical.

2022 has been the year of the gay rom-com. In June, Andrew Ahn’s Fire Island followed a group of friends who went on vacation to the gay hotspot. The film, which was loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, was praised by critics and fans for exploring class dynamics in gay relationships, but also as a landmark moment in gay Asian representation. In September, Billy Eichner’s Bros was heralded as the first major studio release for a gay rom-com. The film was positively reviewed, but disappointed at the box office, which made it the Main Character in several weeks of social media discourse.


Claire Foy Isn’t Scared of Getting Angry in Women Talking
“There’s a fear about being angry, and often that fear is directed at women.”

“I think there’s a fear about being angry. Often, that fear is directed at women—women aren’t allowed to be angry or anger is a terrible emotion. I think that’s often what I felt with Salome, was that anger was what she had left. She couldn’t be sad. I think that people often feel angry cause they’re sad or fearful and I think that she couldn’t be either of those things. She had to galvanize her feeling of betrayal and sadness about what has happened to her family, to her daughter, into something and use it as fuel, like [the character] Greta says. That’s where the anger came from. She was trying to motivate a group of people to take action and the anger comes from the frustration of them not taking action and not doing what she deemed to be the right thing.”


The Best Sweet Champagne and Sparkling Wine
The most delicious demi-secs for desserts, cheese plates, and even cocktails.

Nowadays, when we think of a bottle of bubbly, the flavor that pops to mind is a brut style (it accounts for more than 76% of champagne exports according to the Champagne Bureau.) Drier, with a strong acid profile, brut champagne was popularized in the 19th century to appeal to the English market, where tart cider was already a common drink. But for much of champagne’s history, the sparkling stuff was designed to be sweeter—in fact, when it became a drink lauded by royalty, the drink had far more in common with the modern demi-sec.


How Design Is Heating Up Broadway’s Some Like It Hot
Designer Scott Pask on creating the hit new musical’s secret visual language.

When Tony Award-winning designer Scott Pask began working on Some Like It Hot (playing now at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre), he immediately knew what not to do.
“My first thought was to steer clear of the movie, at least until we’d conceptualized everything,” he says. While the show shares plenty of its DNA with the 1959 Billy Wilder–directed classic, it isn’t just a musical adaptation; Broadway’s Some Like It Hot, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, tells its own story of two nightclub performers who witness a murder and go on the lam and needed sets that would do the same. “Our journey is going from the underbelly of Chicago nightlife to a fancier nightclub, and then a train to the sun, sea, and coast,” Pask explains. “There’s a journey of darkness to light, and that became my palate study.”


The 45 Biggest Food Trends of the Past 45 Years
Fire up your fondue pot, crack open a Snapple, get some bacon sizzling, and let’s do this.

Food trends come and go, and Food & Wine has seen plenty of them since the magazine launched in 1978. These are 45 of the biggest, from sun-dried tomatoes and wine coolers to bone broth and air fryers.
It was almost impossible to go to a dinner party in the ’70s and not come face to face with this savory French dish. Some people credit Julia Child for its sudden widespread recognition, while others point to the 1975 edition of the The Joy of Cooking, where quiche recipes featured prominently.
Quiche was so popular, in fact, that it became a bit of a punchline by the end of the decade. It officially reached “millennials and their avocado toast” levels of pop culture saturation with the 1982 publication of the book Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche, billed as a guide “to all that is truly masculine.” (Plot twist: The author, Bruce Feirstein, also wrote the screenplays for GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies — long after it had been established that James Bond not only eats quiche, he knows how to make it.)


In Brooklyn, One Photographer Captured Joy Among Holocaust Survivors This Hanukkah
Every Friday, Mayan Toledano drives her silver Volvo convertible—decorated with a dancing Elvis hanging from the rearview mirror and a pink cowboy propped on the dashboard—to deep corners of Brooklyn like Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach to deliver food to food-insecure Holocaust survivors. These survivors are members of Connect2, a program created by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island. This time, Toledano will celebrate Hanukkah and light a menorah with the survivors. “I now have a lot of grandparents in the city,” says Toledano, who moved to New York more than 10 years ago. “Otherwise, I don’t have family here at all.”
Unlike the Jewish holidays that are religiously mandated, including Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah does not show up in the Torah. Yet this year, as antisemitism is on the rise in a very public way, the holiday feels more important than ever.


The Most Extravagant and Enviable Destination Weddings in Vogue
Wedding photographs are always fun to flip through, whether you’re reliving your own fond memories or ogling someone else’s special day. But clicking through the digital album of a destination wedding has its own distinct appeal. For starters, the location and venue are likely more unique than your average country club affair. But a great destination wedding can also induce its fair share of wanderlust. Whether the ceremony is set on the edge of the earth in New Zealand or on a beach in Antigua, a well-chosen locale can be just as exciting for the guests as for the bride and groom. To help kick off the new year and its ensuing wedding seasons, we give you the best destination weddings in Vogue.


10 U.S. Restaurants Made This List of the World’s 50 Best Pizzerias — Here’s Where to Find Them
Don’t worry, an Italian spot was named number one.

We can probably all agree that even an average slice of pizza isn’t that bad, purely because it’s pizza. But it is nice to know there are pies out there that can change your life — and that there are websites dedicated to sharing exactly where you can find them.
In early December, the travel site Big 7 Travel unveiled its annual list of the 50 best pizza joints in the world. Although its top-ranked spot is appropriately Italian, there are a few surprise destinations in the mix, too.
According to Big 7, the world’s best pizza is served at 10 by Diego Vitagliano Pizzeria in Naples, Italy.


Best Film Shots of 2022: Nine Cinematographers Pick Their Favorites
From happy accidents on set to visual effects completing a nighttime shot during the day, cinematographers from “Elvis” to “Nope” to “The Fabelmans” composited some of the best shots of the year.
As voters sit down over the holiday season to revisit films or catch up, Variety caught up with nine cinematographers behind films vying for awards consideration to tell us the story behind their favorite shots.


2023 TV Shows: The Premiere Dates to Look Out For
A guide to 45 TV series that promise to be major events in 2023, from returning favorites to intriguing debuts.

No one thinks they can predict every must-see TV series of 2023—sure, the era of peak TV may be ending, but it’s impossible to keep track of all the high-profile releases of the coming year, much less predict what the next out-of-nowhere-surprise like The Bear might be.


The Year in Quiet Quitting
A new generation discovers that it’s hard to balance work with a well-lived life.

As we approach the sixth month of debate over this topic, what’s interesting to me is not the details of quiet quitting, or even the question of how widespread the phenomenon actually is, but our collective reaction to its provocations: we’re simultaneously baffled and enthusiastic. To understand this complicated reality, it helps to adopt a generational lens. Though quiet quitting has gathered diverse adherents, its core energy comes from knowledge workers who are members of Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012). This is reflected in the movement’s emergence on TikTok, and in the survey data. A recent Gallup poll found that the largest group of workers reporting being “not engaged” are those born after 1989. Today’s young employees, however, are far from the first population to go through a period of sudden disillusionment about the role of work in their lives. Indeed, a look backward reveals that knowledge workers in every previous generation seem to have experienced a similar pattern of work crisis followed by reconceptualization.


31 Extra-Special New Year’s Eve Dinner Ideas
A new year is a reason to celebrate, and there’s no better way to welcome 2023 than with a special dinner for family and friends. And your last meal of the old year should always be a showstopper.
You’ll find plenty of delicious New Year’s Eve dinner recipes here, from easy yet elevated pasta to indulgent meaty entrées, sophisticated seafood mains, and classic roast chicken. We’ve included dinner options that can be prepped ahead and baked on the night of your gathering, as well as quick dishes to prepare right before you enjoy your first cocktail.


Fuel Your New Year’s Eve Party with an Epic Cheese and Charcuterie Board—Here’s How to Make the Best Spread
It’s the most delicious way to keep the festivities going!

Festive New Year’s cocktails go down much better when paired with a cheese and charcuterie board loaded with tasty snacks and nibbles. Simple to put together yet super impressive, these beautiful spreads can fuel the party from its start until well past the midnight hour. Begin by assembling top-notch meats and cheeses, then add extras that complement each bite and a few special touches and seasonal garnishes to bring a celebratory vibe to the board. This interactive board works no matter the size of the party—just add more snacks for larger crowds—set out small plates and napkins, pop a bottle of bubbly or two, and let guests help themselves.
Ready to ring in the New Year in style? Here are our tips for assembling a festive New Year’s Eve cheese and charcuterie board.


The 10 Most Beautiful Winter Train Rides in the United States
Take in the beauty of snowy mountainous regions and ice-coated lakes by train.

Once chilly conditions set in during the winter months, it’s completely relatable to turn to the comfort of your home instead of venturing outdoors. The beauty of freshly fallen snow across wooded terrain, however, shouldn’t be missed. Thanks to train travel, you can get the best of both worlds as you move through regions filled with wintry sights—sans any contact with sleet or snow.
To help you switch up your seasonal travel plans, we’ve rounded up the best train rides with epic winter wonderland scenes, ranging from icy lakefronts to snow-speckled wine regions across the United States.


Why the scandalous Chelsea Arts Ball was the greatest and most audacious New Year’s Eve party London ever saw
For the best part of 50 years, the fancy dress extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall was the place for socialites, thesps and artists alike

The Chelsea Arts Club was founded in 1891 by a group of artists, including the well known late 19th century painter James McNeill Whistler. They declared the club should be ‘bohemian in character’, ‘promote social intercourse amongst its members’ and ‘advance the cause of art by means of exhibitions, life classes and other kindred means’. As part of their social gatherings, the club was fond of hosting costume parties (designed to rival those in Paris or Rome) which became ever more ambitious each year. The first grand fancy dress ball took place in 1908, at the Royal Opera House, before moving to the Royal Albert Hall two years later, where it really hit its stride. At the Royal Albert Hall the tradition took root, and the parties fell every New Year’s Eve for the best part of five decades.


The Cheesecake Factory knows what you want
Too big to fail: How the Cheesecake Factory defied the restaurant industry’s rules of success.

There’s something uncanny about the chain. The very combination of words “The Cheesecake Factory” evokes the idea of a humble, blue-collar dessert diner, yet every Cheesecake Factory looks like what would happen if a time-traveling Italian artisan drew ancient Egypt from memory. Somewhere between the chicken samosas, the Skinnylicious section, and the Americana Cheeseburger Glamburger®, between the towering columns, overstuffed booths, and the free refills on soda, the veil between sense and nonsense, lucidity and lunacy, and good and bad dissolves.


What Caused the Chaos at Southwest
While carriers like Delta, American Airlines and United bounced back after severe winter weather wreaked havoc on holiday travel, the low-cost carrier canceled thousands of flights. Here’s why.

Five days after severe winter weather wreaked havoc on holiday air travel across the United States, most major carriers are back up and running. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines each canceled fewer than 40 flights on Wednesday, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking service. Delta had the fewest with only 15 cancellations. At Southwest, it was a very different story.
More than 2,500 flights, or 62 percent of its planned flights on Wednesday, had been canceled, according to FlightAware. And Southwest said in a statement on Wednesday that it planned to fly one third of its scheduled flights for the next several days as it tries to return to normal operations, meaning it would continue to cancel close to 2,500 flights a day. Some passengers, unable to rebook Southwest flights, rented cars or spent hundreds of dollars to buy tickets on other airlines. So what caused the meltdown?


The Artists We Lost in 2022, in Their Words
Music innovators who sang of coal country and “Great Balls of Fire.” An actress who made a signature role out of a devilish baker who meets a fiery end. The trailblazing heart of “In the Heat of the Night.”
The creative people who died this year include many whose lives helped shape our own — through the art they made, and through the words they said. Here is a tribute to just some of them, in their own voices.


The Iconic French Pastry You Should Bake for a New Year’s Party
Forget croissants. Let Claire Saffitz teach you how to make a showstopping Paris-Brest.

When I think of French pastry — before éclairs, before madeleines, before even the croissant — I think of Paris-Brest. For me, it occupies a special status in the pastry pantheon, simply because I find it incomparably delicious.
Invented in 1910 by the pastry chef Louis Durand, Paris-Brest was named for a bike race that runs between Paris and the port city of Brest, in northwest France. It was even designed to resemble a bike wheel, with its ring of pâte à choux, or cream puff dough, split horizontally and filled with a praline mousseline. The end result is a study in contrasts, with its juxtaposition of crispy choux and silky filling.
Like many other French pastries, Paris-Brest requires several steps and components, but the entire process can be broken down into manageable parts that can — and should — be done ahead of time. The finished pastry is a showpiece, so make it when you really want to show off (and feed a group).



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