WSJ Weekend: So how do I get a job working on this edition of the WSJ? I wonder if I worked on it, if I would enjoy it as much as I do.
Gustav Klimt, Café Sabarsky, Neue Galerie, NYC, kith/kin: One of my Davidson kith sisters took me to the Neue Galerie about a year ago. She introduced me to the Neu and its Café Sabarsky (very good) and re-introduced me to Klimt, so I loved this article about someone taking art a step further!
I even find it transporting to lunch at the museum’s restaurant, Café Sabarsky, modeled after the grand Viennese cafes. While enjoying a bowl of toothsome chestnut soup there earlier this year, I flipped through a book on the work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), the Austrian symbolist painter and one of the Neue Galerie’s star attractions—and homed in on the inspiration for January’s arrangement. I’d always thought Klimt’s famous 1907-08 painting, “The Kiss” (which is housed in an Austrian museum), was mainly gold leaf, but closer inspection revealed blues, purples, cadmium red, emerald green, yellow, pink and dashes of black.
Grits With Mushroom and Curly Endive Ragout, recipes: This recipe sounds soooo good … but I am a little tired of the egg on top. crowning glory, NOT … “The poached egg on top is the crowning glory.”
CHEF MARK STEUER\’S final Slow Food Fast contribution, a steaming plate of grits smothered in a mushroom and curly endive ragout, feels like a lifesaver during these bone-chilling months. The poached egg on top is the crowning glory.
Detroit Auto Show, Volvo XC Coupé, concept cars: Actually this was from yesterday … there is an article on the Detroit Auto Show today, but the print edition does not carry a pic of the Volvo. I like it … We have driven Volvos for 24 years (we own 3 now, all three in excess of 9 years old), but in a post-family transport era, we will be looking for something new. I’ve always liked little cars (its genetic, my mom always had a small personal car).
Should the iconic Volvo wagon morph into a small SUV with two doors? Volvo Cars, is trying for a resurgence in the U.S., while vying with its rivals to connect with a younger audience. Volvo’s boxy station wagons had a dedicated following among baby boomers, but the Concept XC Coupé suggests the brand is anxious about whether 20- and 30-somethings want something different. The XC Coupé is that. It offers just two doors and four seats, and styling Volvo says was inspired by the extreme vibe of POC, a Swedish sporting gear company. Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath says the most important aspect of the concept are the proportions, including the long hood.
Build It: Offering a small vehicle for sporty, affluent people who don\’t have kids to haul around would help Volvo chase away its image as a dowdy car for bourgeois moms and dads.
bottled cocktails: Maybe I just find a good bar with a good bartender … that might help me on multiple levels.
Mr. Conigliaro has so far rejected offers to take his bottled drinks commercial—”Were in the business of bars,” he said—but high-end retail is in fact the next bottled-cocktail frontier. Charles Joly of the Aviary in Chicago launched a line last year under the Crafthouse label, starting with a vodka-based Moscow Mule, a Paloma and a Southside gin, mint, lime. “I was always being asked to write down recipes,” he said, “but folks would come back and say, Its never quite the same as when I have it at the bar.” The team at White Lyan also has plans to go the retail route.Liquor companies are getting in on the action too: A few producers of artisanal American hooch have begun bottling mixed drinks, creating a new retail segment most liquor stores dont quite know what to do with. “From a marketing point of view, there is no category,” said Ansley Coale of Californias Craft Distillers, which debuted its Fluid Dynamics line in 2012. “There are no big players involved just yet—it takes three or four years for new things to catch on.”