Friday Eating & Reading

Last week,
we used a Western Mass camp drop-off as an excuse to explore the Catskills (right across the MA/NY border) and had the nicest 48-hour mini vacation. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge was our home base and if you’re local, I can’t recommend it highly enough. (Ask about their mid-week discounts if you can swing mid-week.)

Read of the week: How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow a $250 million Company. (So many amazing moments in here, Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a genius.)

One American family’s struggle for student loan redemption.

Easiest Birthday Cake Ever.

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of the Juul.

Since Phoebe went paleo, we’ve eaten a lot of almond butter in our house. I’m pleased to say the verdict is in for the best one out there.

Wedding Favors of 2018

What’s Seth Godin reading these days?

Three frozen desserts for summer: Grown-up Banana Bon-bons; Ice Cream Cake Roll; No-Bake Oreo Dessert.

Look! The Organized Home interviewed me about my favorite gadgets.

These gingery rice noodles are so on next week’s dinner line-up.

Uh, why didn’t anyone tell me you can get Magnolia’s Banana Pudding delivered right to your door?

The reviews for Eighth Grade are so good. (Have you seen it?) Need to wait until everyone is home from camp.

Could you make it through dinner without checking your phone? (I love this restaurant’s solution.)

Anthony Bourdain’s last interview.

One more gratuitous pool shot from Scribner’s. Have a great weekend everyone!

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I went to dinner with two girlfriends at Serve on 2nd in Hermosa Beach, CA, last week that had a similar phone box. We loved it and talked about putting a box at our own dinner tables!! Food and wine were great too. 🙂


Some of us have to stay on top of our phones for medical reasons. I have a continuous glucose monitor because I have Type 1 diabetes and my phone is the reader. I like the restaurant’s box idea but the problem is when phone shaming becomes culturally mainstream enough to force people to do this (like the article’s example of the Fed Ex ban). My phone is a medical device and the world just doesn’t see it as one yet.


I love almond butter, and was bummed on my last grocery store trip to find Marantha now has palm oil and sugar in theirs! I remember this brand from way back when my grandma owned a health food store… on the hunt for almond butter with just almonds!

Jill Cooper

YES! YES! YES! Go see Eighth Grade with your girls!! We just saw it last night and have a 15 year old boy…the discussion has not stopped!!


I love my immersion blender! I use it for soup, pesto, and mayonnaise, to chop garlic, ginger, and chilies for Indian curries. And it’s so easy to make watermelon or any other pink lemonade with an immersion blender! And smoothies!

Lisa Terwilliger

You should make your own almond butter – it’s SO easy and so much cheaper. Just throw some roasted almonds (I use Blue Diamond brand) in the food processor and let it do its thing. Can take 5-10 mins to smooth out but it’s so delicious. You could probably add maple syrup or vanilla flavoring but I like it plain. Store in a mason jar in the fridge. I make it once a week!


Where did you end up going to eat?? It was totally surreal to see my dad’s hometown in your Insta feed! I’m glad the mountains were good hosts.