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.

December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.

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December 1, 2016

Meticulous Landscape Paintings Beautifully Represent Intangible Emotional States

Artist Crystal Liu intimately ties her emotional states to beautiful abstract paintings. In large-scale works, she constructs landscapes that are metaphors for the intangible forces that drive us. Visually, elements of the Earth and sky are the actors for the feelings we cannot easily imagine. Together, the sun, mountains, and more depict “narratives of conflict, entrapment, longing, and precarious hope.” These symbols allow Liu to seem removed, yet make the pieces deeply personal.

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