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The Sunday Seven 11.29.20

Happy Sunday! This week's picks in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel.

Happy weekend, friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hopefully a little vacation/staycation time.

My latest roundup in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel is below.

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How About “Shitshow”?!

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced that for the first time ever, they couldn’t pick a single “phrase of the year.”  “Climate emergency” was word of the year in 2019, and “toxic” in 2018. But 2020 is not a year that could neatly be wrapped up in a single phrase. ”Bushfire,” ”lockdown,” “social distancing,” “reopening,” “mail-in,” “Black Lives Matter,” “net zero,” and “superspreader” were considered. Why not “shitshow?!”

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Energy-Positive Stays in Arctic Norway

How gorgeous is this?! When it opens at the base of Norway’s Svartisen glacier in 2022, the Svart hotel aims to be entirely energy-positive. It will have 99 rooms and 4 restaurants with locally inspired tasting menus, and much of the produce grown at the sustainable farm on-site. It will also offer Norwegian treatments at the 3,300-sq. foot indoor/outdoor spa. Heaven!

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Sky-High Apartment Celebrates Scandinavian Design

I love every.single.thing about this apartment! An unexpected sense of snugness, serenity, and understated luxury 64 floors above Midtown East. The skyscraper pad, lined with expansive glass, boasts exposures on three sides, revealing mesmerizing views of the East River, the UN headquarters, and beyond.

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Traveler Gift Guide

A gift list made for once and future jetsetters! I especially loved the candles shown at the link, which were founded by a Durham, NC-based company. Bright Black Collection uses custom scents and natural waxes to craft candles that celebrate positive Black narratives. Their line features candles inspired by cities that have rich Black stories to tell.

Fried Pizza Sounds Great About Now

Pizza Fritta or “Fried pizza” is the lesser-known cousin of Neapolitan pizza. It emerged as a result of poverty during World War Two, and is making a comeback in Italy. The classic street food recipe is getting an update from contemporary chefs like Isabella De Cham, whose all-female kitchen makes the dish in Naples. (If you can’t go to Italy but are near Brooklyn, try Forcella’s – and please bring me some!

Rapid Testing for COVID-Free Flights

All crew members and passengers flying on United between New York and London will be tested for the coronavirus before embarking, and only those who test negative will be permitted to fly. This might become everyone’s future new model – get ready!

Want Low Blood Pressure? Drink Wine.

A new study finds that moderate consumption of wine, tea and other sources of flavanols can improve heart health in both men and women. Flavanols are a family of polyphenolic compounds found in green tea, fruits (plums, apples, strawberries, blackberries and grapes), vegetables (onions, kale and broccoli)…and wine!

Cheers to a wonderful and relaxing rest of your weekend!

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