It’s a nice idea. But I had to wonder: Can a wine tasting be successfully transposed to the digital plane? Wine is about place. It’s about sharing a bottle with others. And, let’s face it, video calls are awkward, even under ideal circumstances. Everyone can see how messy your home is. Lag causes us to interrupt each other, which then leads to long silences. Who even knows if everyone is wearing pants? … [Read more...] about While sheltering in place, California wineries rush to offer virtual wine tastings. Are they fun or just awkward?
Though the A’s shut down their Mesa, Ariz., facility after Garrison contracted the virus, Hendriks has found a spot with an indoor mound to work out with former Oakland reliever Marc Rzepczynski. Workouts are staggered to maintain physical distancing and surfaces are cleaned constantly, Hendriks said, and when he gets home, he immediately puts his clothes in the washer and showers. … [Read more...] about A’s Liam Hendriks, wife Kristi lose friend to coronavirus; how they’re coping
It’s been about seven hours since a lion was spotted (and heard roaring) in a field outside the town of St. Osyth, in the English county of Essex, which is apparently more than enough time for some Twitter jokester to create a fake @EssexLion account. With the requisite Britishness, and several jabs at Essex’s own (Jersey Shore-esque) reputation for GTL, the Essex lion has been churning out some real gems of tweets. … [Read more...] about Fake Bronx Zoo Cobra Now Tweeting Fake Escaped British Lion
Staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for urgent community needs, including found animals, Pet Pantry requests or emergency pet surrenders. Residents should make appointments by emailing [email protected], and appointments by phone are not available at this time. … [Read more...] about Alexandria Animal Shelter Pauses Adoptions Due To Coronavirus
“I would love to receive Salvador Dalí’s Les Dîners de Gala. My father found an early edition of this incredible art/cookbook in a rare bookstore when I was a kid, and I have tried to steal it from him ever since (he has it on lockdown). It was just rereleased, and I covet it. It’s a Surrealist fantasy of a rolling dinner party, where the food is sculptural, abundant, and absurd. Cookbooks are always full of fantasy, but so rarely does an author own it as much as Dalí does here. Want to throw a dinner party? Just put together a seafood tower of giant lobsters and crawfish that levitate above the table! Voilà!” — Julia Sherman, author of blog turned book, Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists … [Read more...] about 12 Cookbook Authors on the Cookbooks They Want for the Holidays