Calm Down (The French Laundry, Yountville, CA)

Yes, The French Laundry does make for a memorable meal, but I don’t think it’s the tantric orgasm that many make it out to be. To be fair, however, I thought the meal was comparable to the one at Sona, but a pinch short of those found at Alain Ducasse or Pierre Gagnaire.

One noteworthy item: the pork belly. So goddamn good I knocked over my glass of water when my boner hit the bottom of the table.

Is it worth $600 (for two) and an annoying drive up to Napa to sample the 3-Michelin Star menu? I suppose, if you’ve never been and want to experience fine French dining without having to fly to Paris. Otherwise, it’s just somewhere to go to say that you’ve been.

Like that time your buddy asked you to show his sister around town because he was working late and somehow you two ended up barhopping, doing Jgerbombs and then hooking up. It’s not like it was planned, but at least now you can die knowing that you did!

Entire course in photos here.

January 17, 2017

Former Industrialized Area in Belgium Transformed Into Futuristic Eco-Village

Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels’ historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home. As a former industrial site, Tour & Taxis was once a symbol of the golden age of Industrialization, and its approximately 100 acres (40 hectares)

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January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

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