Personalized Service

We marked a major milestone in the life of our family by having dinner at an extraordinary restaurant this evening. The restaurant was Blue Hill at Stone Barns. This restaurant is exceptional in many ways: it's located in Pocantico Hills, in the beautifully renovated old barns of the Rockefeller estate outside New York City; it... Continue Reading →

Recipe for Alternative Fee Arrangements

We'll be hosting 15 friends and family for Easter Dinner so I'm deep in the throes of menu planning. Since we always serve lamb, much of the recipe exploration has focused on side dishes. This search led me to a traditional companion to roast lamb: ratatouille. For those of you who have never sampled this... Continue Reading →

A Season for Giving

If you are a traditionalist you'll know that January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany in the Western Church, is the day for giving up and giving away. It is the day to give up your Christmas finery, packing it away until next December. It also is the Day of the Three Kings, when people... Continue Reading →

Limiting Choice

Have you ever been to the Burger Joint in New York City? If you do go there you won't find a large menu. You won't find expensive decor. You won't find a fancy staff with attitude.  Rather, it's what you might call a "well-edited" offering: Hamburger or cheeseburger. Soft drinks or beer (but only one... Continue Reading →

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