For all its opulence and expense, the dirty little secret of caviar is that it is, in essence, a topping. It’s a condiment, and an unruly condiment at that. It’s a comically messy food for people who abhor messes. Its consistency means that it can often slide off of things with alarming ease. Getting caviar to stay on a piece of melba toast represents the most First World of First-World problems. And there’s no easier ripoff in the restaurant biz than tacking on a $200 supplemental expense for a thimbleful of caviar dropped onto a wad of pasta or a piece of nice fish, where it will immediately roll off and/or be overwhelmed in flavor by the very thing it’s supposed to overwhelm. Caviar is a very needy, slippery, high maintenance food. Therefore, it demands a delicate hand and the utmost of care… Unless I happen to be the one tasked with preparing it. This week, the fine folks at The Takeout sent me $400 worth of Osetra caviar imported from the mercenary … [Read more...] about I desecrated $400 worth of caviar to prove a point I’ve now forgotten
5 Neat Things Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and the host of the podcast “[Ask a Clean Person](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-a-clean-person/id996183661?i=1000382315226&mt=2).” Each week, she’ll round up five essential cleaning products, tools and organizational systems to help you live your tidiest lives. Cleaning-related gifts can be dicey to give, but if what you really want in life is a fancy vacuum there’s no shame in that! Which is why cleaning-related self-gifting can be so satisfying. Whether you want to take advantage of seasonal sales, or you’ve got a gift card burning a hole in your pocket, these are 5 big ticket housekeeping items you might consider treating yourself to. Little Green Machine If you have pets, or kids, or a spill-prone housemate, a carpet and upholstery cleaning machine is such a great investment. The thing that these types of machines do that can’t be replicated with manual cleaning … [Read more...] about Five High-End Housekeeping Items That Are Worth the Splurge
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Ford might be or might not be planning big layoffs, Care by Volvo is pissing off Volvo dealers, and Hyundai reportedly wants to make a special factory where workers get paid less. All that and more in The Morning Shift for December 5, 2018. 1st Gear: I Know This Is Hell For Everyone At Ford And For That Blame Your Bosses When General Motors roiled both auto industry workers and politicians with its announcement to close down a bunch of factories and shed thousands upon thousands of jobs, everyone was just sort of like “wow, that’s terrible for GM.” But is Ford about to top GM for company most likely to ruin Christmas this year? That depends on who you ask, and who you trust. Adam Jones, an analyst who covers the automotive industry for Morgan Stanley, says that he thinks that Ford is planning on cutting a huge amount of workers (via CNN): Ford (F) said this summer … [Read more...] about Ford May or May Not Cut 25,000 Jobs, Depending On Who You Ask
I’m not terribly fussy about how I read. I used an old Kindle Keyboard until a stray pen in my backpack broke its display, and I’ve long happily used a Paperwhite without so much as considering the fancier Kindles Amazon has released since I got it back in 2013. Hell, half the time I’m just reading on the Kindle smartphone app for a few minutes here and there between glances at my email. So the new Kindle Oasis, the company’s most advanced reading gadget yet, is not designed for me. But goddamn, it’s great. When the Kindle Oasis came out last year, we were justifiably awestruck by how clever, if weird, it was, with its physical page-turn buttons, and a reversible design that worked for both right-handed and left-handed people. It was teeny tiny and light, lovable—and very expensive. We were floored by the price tag. $290! The new Kindle Oasis is better in almost every way than its predecessor, and that includes in price. It now starts at … [Read more...] about The New Kindle Oasis Is the Best Ereader of All Time, But Is It Worth It?
Internships can give the experience you need for success after graduation. See more pictures of corporate life. Photo courtesy of Dreamstime If you're a college student with ears, you've probably heard everyone talking about internships. Either they already have one set up, or they desperately seek one, camping out in the career center between classes. So what's the big deal? Shouldn't a degree be enough to get a job after graduation? And isn't an internship a lot of useless work for little or no pay? The pay issue is true -- it's difficult to find an internship that pays well, if at all. The degree part is different, though. It's becoming harder and harder for college graduates to find work right out of college with nothing but a framed diploma. Most companies look for real world experience when hiring and the best way to get that experience is through an internship. Despite the low pay, internships are worth it in the long run if you want to get your foot in the door and … [Read more...] about Are internships worth it?