Golden Moon Tea

Golden Moon Tea

Why We Like It: How many tea companies use real vanilla and pure bergamot oil? This one does. Our favorites are the Tippy Earl Grey, Madagascar Vanilla, and Genmaicha Matcha.

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Honeybee Holistics Ointment

Honeybee Holistics Ointment

Why We Like It: The smell of this cream — a combination of rosewood and pine oils — is particularly calming before bed. The thick formula of beeswax and shea butter solves all of our dry skin problems.

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Confederacy of Dunces

Confederacy of Dunces

Why We Like It: The funniest book ever written, hands down. It’s not often that you stay up late reading and laughing out loud by yourself. Anyone who says otherwise is a mongoloid comuniss.

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Herbed Bianca

Herbed Bianca

Why We Like It: This is a spreadable cheese similar to goat cheese and has an Herbs de Provence blend that’s not too overpowering. We love it spread on warm toast and topped with avocado slices.

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Justified

Justified

Why We Like It: We didn’t think we liked westerns, until we saw Boyd and Raylan in action. The writing is so good and so consistently good over the seasons, we’ve watched them more than once.

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Almond Butter Dates

Almond Butter Dates

Why We Like It: Take a soft, squidgy Medjool date, split it in half, take out the pit, stuff it with one teaspoon of almond butter, sprinkle it with Maldon salt (or any other good salt), and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon.

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Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders

Why We Like It: If the gorgeous face of Cillian Murphy isn’t enough to win you over, consider the brilliant writing and wicked soundtrack.

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Life After Life

Life After Life

Why We Like It: Kate Atkinson creates a sweeping portrait of World War II London and explores how small decisions influence big events.

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40 Winks Tea

40 Winks Tea

Why We Like It: This tea has become a nighttime staple for us. It has the perfect balance of chamomile, honeybush, and valerian.

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Frying Pan

Frying Pan

Why We Like It: This pan, handmade by Kodo Kiyooka, is light and small — perfect for cooking and serving small portions.

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Japanese Cotton Towel

Japanese Cotton Towel

Why We Like It: Not all dishtowels are created equal and this one is the most absorbent and lightweight one we’ve ever tried.

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Black Cardamon

Black Cardamon

Why We Like It: The seeds have an intense, smoky flavor that pairs well with chilies and curries.

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Lightbox

Lightbox

Why We Like It: We use this photo studio to take pictures for the blog. It's relatively small and perfect for product photography.

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Our Mathematical Universe

Our Mathematical Universe

Why We Like It: A must read for everybody, but especially for those who have already deciphered the meaning of life (which is 42, naturally).

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Spartan Table

Spartan Table

Why We Like It: We’ve done a blog post about how much we love this Etsy shop, but we really can’t live without their olive oil and wild dried herbs. Everything is made and harvested by hand from the mountainous regions of Sparta. We recommend their olive oil, savory, and olive paste.

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Thesis Facial Serum

Thesis Facial Serum

Why We Like It: This is our new favorite face oil because it absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy residue. It’s made with organic botanicals, including sea buckthorn, without the scented oils that can be irritating for sensitive skin.

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Hot Bread Kitchen

Hot Bread Kitchen

Why We Like It: Every Sunday we go to the farmers market to get tortillas, and trust us — you have not had a tortilla until you’ve tried this one. They’re made by hand from real corn without any of the junk that goes into supermarket versions. For us, it’s quesadillas all week.

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Anhui Keemun

Anhui Keemun

Why We Like It: If you’re going to splurge on tea, this is the way to go. It’s a black tea with smokey, chocolatey undertones. The tin is pretty spectacular, and we’re not just saying that because yours truly designed it.

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Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Why We Like It: This is one of those “where have you been all my life” books. Never on school reading lists (a shame), it’s light and as English as afternoon tea. There is no way you will not laugh out loud while reading this.

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Thorocraft Shoes

Thorocraft Shoes

Why We Like It: Men’s shoes can slip into conservative-businessman territory easily, but this company gives a funky edge to classic styles without going too far. We’re particularly fond of their oxfords because they have a laser cut lattice that keeps your feet cool and shows off any colorful socks you may be sporting.

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The Burnable Book

The Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

Why We Like It: Holsinger clearly knows his medieval history, but that doesn’t stop him from writing a novel with plenty of plot twists and intrigue. If you love historical fiction — especially thrillers like Instance of a Fingerpost — give this one a try.

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Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee

Where: Order Online

Why We Like It: We were content with our Gevalia until this came along. Now it’s hard to drink any other coffee. The flavor is just so much more complex and smells divine when you grind it. Our favorite so far is the Toarco Jaya Sulawesi.

Place of Greater Safety

Place of Greater Safety

Where: Order on Amazon

Why We Like It: Just as she did with Tudor England, Hilary Mantel gives a fresh take on the French Revolution and it’s most colorful characters.

House of Cards

House of Cards

Where: It’s all on Netflix Instant Streaming, baby

Why We Like It: When Kevin Spacey talks to the camera, you will like him and all of his dirty political schemes. Even if you’re not into politics, the show will keep you craving for more episodes. If you’re a binge-watcher, this one’s for you.

Scandalous Women

Scandalous Women

Where: Read it here

Why We Like It: If you ever need proof that “well-behaved women don’t make history,” you’ll find it here.

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York

Where: Order on Amazon

Why We Like It: Bill is a true New Yorker and the father of street photography. The documentary follows his monk-like existence and indefatigable enthusiasm for his craft.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Where: Right next to the Eastern Parkway stop on the 1 and the Brooklyn Museum.

Why We Like It: We go here several times a year because it’s a nice break from the city while still being close by. The garden is small enough to walk through in about an hour. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a dignified egret by the pond.

Sakura Sencha

Sakura Sencha

Where: Order online.

Why We Like It: This tea has the right balance between green tea and cherry blossoms—perfect for spring.

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection

Where: 5th Avenue & 70th Street.

Why We Like It: The Frick is our favorite museum (after the Met, of course) because it’s a former private mansion with amazing art. The setting is sumptuous, not sterile. There are masterpieces by Vermeer, Holbein, and Turner, as well as rotating exhibitions that never disappoint.

May Hill Cheese

May Hill Cheese

Where: The Hawthorne Valley Farm stand in NYC Greenmarkets.

Why We Like It: A golden rind filled with creamy white cheese that smells like fresh hay. Top with a slice of juicy pear and you’re in heaven.

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

Where: Get it on Amazon

Why We Like It: Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell is one of the most brilliant and complex characters in fiction — a polymath and political pragmatist who is ten steps ahead of everyone else. Being inside his mind is exhilarating.

Mondel’s Chocolates

Mondel’s Chocolates

Where: New York, on Broadway near 114th.

Why We Like It: This was Katharine Hepburn’s favorite chocolate store which she visited regularly for many years. And for good reason! Mondel’s has the best chocolate in the city. Our favorites: hazelnut truffle, pecan turtles, and dark almond bark.

The Hour

The Hour

Where: Netflix.

Why We Like It: Set in the 1950s at the BBC, The Hour follows young journalists (including Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw) trying to create a new politically-focused program. In the background, there’s intrigue, tangled relationships, and murder. What more can you want?

Kiva

Kiva

Where: Visit their website.

Why We Like It: Micro lending allows you to support individuals and small groups that would be overlooked by banks. We love to read their stories and all of our loans have been repaid.

Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Where: Get it on Amazon.

Why We Like It: Hilary Mantel puts you in the middle of Tudor court life with detail that will make your jaw drop. With a complex network of intrigues and sensory details, she has managed to make 1535 feel like it’s happening today.

Black Rooster Rye Bread

Black Rooster Rye Bread

Where: Order online or find at New York markets like Fairway and Zabar’s.

Why We Like It: This is always in our kitchen and we couldn’t live without it. You only need one slice of this dense, dark, and slightly tangy bread, and it lasts much longer than flimsier kinds.

Quackers by One Lucky Duck

Quackers by One Lucky Duck

Where: Order online or find at their Gramercy and Chelsea Market locations.

Why We Like It: Usually we are skeptical of expensive snacks, especially those that have the “raw vegan gluten-free” label. But these cheesy crackers are worth it. Just be aware that once you try them, you will become addicted.

Les Femmes du 6ème étage

Les Femmes du 6ème étage

Where: Buy on Amazon

Why We Like It: This film is light, funny, and takes place in Paris in 1960. What more do you need? It’s about the encounter between an uptight French stockbroker and lively Spanish maids, played by a superb group of actresses including Carmen Maura and Lola Dueñas.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel by David Mitchell

Where: Buy on Amazon

Why We Like It: The cast of characters mingling on Dejima, a port on the coast of Japan reserved for Dutch traders, in 1799 is a hotbed of intrigue and hilarious miscommunication.

Toby's Estate coffee

Toby's Estate coffee shop interior

Where: Visit their website, or come to their shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Why We Like It: The atmosphere in their shop is impeccable, with light streaming in and modern decor. The coffee measures up and is one of the best in New York.

The Shaolin Afronauts

The Shaolin Afronauts

Where: Visit their website and listen to their new album “Quest Under Capricorn”.

Why We Like It: If you think that 70s jazz was the best music ever created, this band will not let you down.

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out cover

Where: Buy on Amazon.

Why We Like It: Mo Yan takes an incisive look into the politics of rural China during the past half century, but the outrageous humor (the narrator gets reincarnated into a variety of animals) is unlike anything you’ve ever read.

“Wild Monk” Tea — Mao Cha

“Wild Monk” Tea — Mao Cha sign

Where: Order it from Mandala Tea.

Why We Like It: While traditional pu’er is ripe and has a smoky flavor, this pu’er is still in its raw form. It truly does have a “wild,” grassy taste. The image featured is a card by a Zen Buddhist monk who lives in New York City and sells her work on Etsy. Take a look at her shop here.

Morgan O’Kane

Morgan O’Kane parformance

Where: Listen to his music here and here, or on the streets if you’re lucky.

Why We Like It: We first heard his music in the Times Square subway station, and we were immediately transfixed. His playing transports you to another world, even in the bustle of New York.

Love Street Original Chocolate

Love Street Original Chocolate Super Fudge Bar

Where: Order it here.

Why We Like It: We have tried several chocolate bars that are sweetened with agave instead of sugar and found that this is the best. It is decadent and melts in your fingers, a sign of true chocolate.

Alchemy Tea Blends

Alchemy Tea Blends

Where: Choose from a selection here.

Why We Like It: These blends have herbs, spices, and flowers in unique combinations. We particularly like the Earl of Anxi and Eight Treasures Yabao.

Marie Belle Cacao Bar

Marie Belle Cacao Bar

Where: In Soho, on Broome Street near Wooster.

Why We Like It: We come here every winter to indulge in rich, thick hot chocolate.