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What We're Obsessed With Right Now
Compiled by Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy The Toast | November 27, 2013
The films, foods, shows, and more that San Francisco staffers are geeking out about this week.
Carolyn Alburger, Associate Editor: New dinner delivery app Sprig, which officially launches on Monday, delivered a nice square meal of eggplant roulades and beef a la pizzaiolo to our place on Monday night. Created by former chefs from Google, Morimoto, and The Fat Duck, the app wants to be your quickest ticket to a warm, locally sourced meal at home. It wasn't four-star dining, but it was a relatively healthy dinner for two, which cost $22 and was at our place in 20 minutes. Impressive. It didn't hurt that there were gratis caramel-filled truffles for dessert.
Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: Jazmine Hughes' interview with a blind person about race is the most thought-provoking thing you'll read today.
Sara Deseran, Editor-at-Large: Every holiday I go nuts for Emporio Rulli's Panettone Paradiso filled with chocolate, candied orange peels, and walnuts. And this year is no different. It's perfection. I will go to the gym extra for it.
Katherine Guzman, Editorial Intern: Sherry cocktails—well sherry in general, but a good sherry cocktail—OH MAN! I was just at Nopa last night and their Tri-Quad was just hitting the spot for me! It's made with a local fino sherry (yes, as in made in California!) and both sweet and dry vermouths (both also locally made, for the record). For those with a savory palate like me, I highly recommend this cocktail. Come to think of it, this would make a great Thanksgiving aperitif.
Scott Lucas, Web Editor: I love Nick Hornby's book of collected McSweeney's columns. You probably know the one—he talks about all the books he has read that month. It's the first thing I read every time in the magazine, but having them all together lets you really upack what makes Hornby tick. His essay on Dickens alone is worth the price of admissions—and I hate Dickens.
Caleb Pershan, Editorial Fellow: Why I'm obsessed with witty dramedies about female friendships is a very good question I won't answer right now. Specifically, this week I repeatedly watched Frances Ha by Noah Baumbauch and Walking and Talking by Nicole Holofcener. Friendship flicks are like romance flicks but with less sex, I guess.
Sean Pyles, Editorial Intern: Alton Brown's Curried Split Pea recipe. The Food Network's ever-experimental nerd-chef Alton Brown does something simple yet groundbreaking: He puts curry in split pea soup. I found this recipe in shopping around for a new take on my favorite Thanksgiving/comfort-food soup. Brown's recipe may be my new go-to. The curry works as an after-taste, making you want more and more so your palate can experience the layers of flavor that Brown has concocted in this new take on a traditional, potentially boring soup.
Jon Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief: Showtime's Masters of Sex is maybe the most underrated highfalutin' drama on TV. Way better than Homeland. Make love, not war.
Stevanie Wanza-Blank, Editorial Intern: Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna" alllll the way. Absolutely blown away by the performances. Specifically, the Golden Woman with her palm fronds. Hot damn, she was a powerful! I thought Gravity was suspenseful, but seeing this live took my breath away.