As the world speeds up, I feel increasingly pulled in two diametrically opposed directions. On one hand, I want to be plugged in to every nanosecond of news across every medium. But I also want to reconnect with a simpler time and find ways to pare back my choices in this crazy, info-zany world. In this issue, we looked at all the different ways to simplify our lives, which will hopefully leave us more time to float in the digital etheror just to dream.
To be reminded of old-fashioned pastimes, we headed to Wisconsin to hang out with L'Etoile chef Tory Miller and his crew for a robust game of broomball, followed by a delicious winter-white meal. Always one for theme menus, I'd happily re-create a few of those white dishes, especially the roast pork with fennel saladbut instead of playing outside in the cold first, I'd stay in my nice warm house.
- Broomball: A Wintry-White Dinner
- Laos Food: Searching for a Lost Cuisine
- Trendspotting: Minimalist Cooking & Inspirations
- America's Best and Most Accessible Value Wines
In our quest to reach a travel destination seemingly untouched by time, we sent writer Emily Kaiser all the way to Laos to experience the authentic cuisine before it is lost to reinvention. The recipes she found were surprisingly easy and replicable, like the mixed salad with peanuts and crispy fried shallots.