The problem with our Internet-saturated, 24-7 culture? Too many choices. Now we need help winnowing down the options. Here, some focused guidance from skilled curators on food, wine, shopping and travel.

May 01, 2011

Curating:

Curating: Cupboard

Tastes to Try Now

F&W's Executive Food Editor, Tina Ujlaki, tastes dozens of new foods each month. Her favorites:

Curating: Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam Skillet Street Food's condiment is a meaty hit of smoke and sweetness in a jar. It's great with goat cheese and mesclun on a toasted baguette, left. Try it on turkey or grilled cheese sandwiches. $14 for 8 oz; skillet baconjam.com.

Recipes

Curating recipes: Couscous Salad

Couscous Salad with Zucchini and Roasted Almonds Bklyn Larder sells fantastic prepared foods and locally sourced products. This recipe is from its upcoming cookbook.

Curating recipes: Warm Scallop Salad

Warm Scallop Salad with Mushrooms and Zucchini Jon David Headrick imports boutique Loire Valley wines. F&W's Marcia Kiesel pairs scallops with his 2009 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc.

Curating: Design

Here, F&W Style Editor Jessica Romm's top new finds for the table (starting at $26), and the items that two global tastemakers are bringing through customs now.

Global Style Finds

Style Editor Jessica Romm.

Curator Jessica Romm travels the world for photo shoots, shopping as she goes.

Photos below (l to r) courtesy of: Sieger, Gretel Home, Normann-Copenhagen, Thomas Eyck.

Sieger by Furstenberg's handpainted plate.

Sieger by Furstenberg's whimsical porcelain plate designs now include butterflies in the company's signature cobalt blue. $300; fitzsu.com.

Tray by U.K. designer Michael Angove.

U.K. designer Michael Angove prints digital drawings on trays. From $32; gretelhome.com.

German-designed nylon trivet

A German-designed nylon model folds for easy storage. $26; normann-copenhagen.com.

Gravy boat by Dutch designer Aldo Bakker.

Dutch designer Aldo Bakker makes each pourer by hand in silver. $4,125; thomaseyck.com.

Indian Style Finds

Textile genius John Robshaw.

Curator Textile genius John Robshaw has a new online shop, Souk. johnrobshaw.com.

Photos below courtesy of Jon Robshaw.

Hand-carved chair.

Fit for a raja: This hand-carved chair is coated in stamped metal; its cushion is covered with Robshaw's block-print fabric. $1,400.

Marble Nagfani pots.

Marble Nagfani pots are from the Indian province of Nagaland. From $450.

Colorful vintage fabric quilts from western India.

These traditional quilts, made from colorful vintage fabrics, originated in western India. $475.

European Style Finds

Ex–magazine editors Chris and Sue Ellibee.

Curators Ex–magazine editors Chris and Sue Ellibee run europeanmarket.us.

Photos below courtesy of Europeanmarket.

A not-too-sweet Austrian spread; great for breakfast with a semihard, mild cheese.

Curating: Travel

High-Design Asian Hotel

Artisanal Paris

Web Travel Gurus

Jeralyn Gerba of fathomaway.com.


Pavia Rosati (above left) and Jeralyn Gerba just launched the tip-filled fathomaway.com. Here, Rosati shares insider ideas for three top destinations.

1. Rome "Dario Alfonsi's leather shop makes the most amazing chairs—you pick your leather, your finishes, and two weeks later, this amazing handmade chair with beautiful stitching is shipped to you." Via dei Chiavari, 40.

2. Tokyo "Escape hectic Tokyo on a day trip to Kamakura, a coastal town that's a short train ride from the city. You can rent a bike to tour the bay and watch the sun set over Mt. Fuji."

3. London "Brawn restaurant serves great charcuterie in a beautiful, airy room."

Curating: Shopping

Retro-Modern General Stores

1. Brook Farm General Store; Brooklyn, NY Though it's in the hipster-filled Williamsburg neighborhood, this shop feels like an idealized country store: There are beautifully simple, utilitarian kitchen utensils, smooth white dinnerware and no-nonsense office supplies. brookfarmgeneralstore.com.

Labour and Wait

2. Labour and Wait, London A horse-hair mushroom brush is just one of the many task-specific tools at this shop full of "timeless, functional products for daily life," as its website boasts. Other highlights: enamel cookware and sturdy gardening gadgets. labourandwait.co.uk.

3. The Field House, Seattle Supplies for the urban lumberjack, including Red Wing boots, Woolrich coats, licorice, local honey and beef jerky. 206-297-6093.

Curating: Wines

Three spots with tightly edited wine lists, not a phone book of options.

Pause Wine Bar

Pause Wine Bar, San Francisco

Chris Tavelli specializes in eco-friendly wines (just 30 bottles) to go with the seafood-centric menu at his spot on the edge of Hayes Valley. pausesf.com.

Little Bird; Portland, OR

A traditional bistro with an all-French list, plus French-inspired local wines, like a custom white by Belle Pente. littlebirdbistro.com.

Lukshon, Los Angeles

Sang Yoon's sleek new pan-Asian restaurant zooms in on Riesling and other aromatic Germanic whites—including some served on tap.