The Besties

December 24, 2010

Hard to believe the year is coming to an end, but let’s end it on a high note, shall we? Here, based completely on my humble opinion, are The Besties for 2010, in no particular order:

Best Muffin: I hesitate to let this cat out of the bag because they already sell out by 9am, but the pumpkin muffins at Grey Dog rock. And they’re vegan. (Which is probably why they sell out so early.)

Best Latte: Hands down, Cafe Grumpy. Even with skim it’s like a milkshake. And I love the heart the barista finishes it off with.

Best Place to Get a Last Minute Gift: Mxyplyzyx on Greenwich Avenue. Nothing cookie cutter, a range of prices and they’ll wrap it real nice.

Best Museum: This year I’m giving it to MoMA. Get yourself to the Abstract Expressionist exhibit going on now. It’s worth it just for the Jackson Pollocks alone.

Best Meal: Tough call, but I’m going with Blue Hill at Stone Barns. More than a meal, it’s an event. An event with incredible edibles, all locally sourced. Try and get a reservation now…

Best Jeans: Beija Flor, still to be found at True Boutique. Just plain flattering.

Best Hotel Gym: The Four Seasons Los Angeles. The TVs with every cardio machine. The sun streaming in poolside. The Gatorade and mini muffins. It feels just like home…if your home is a big mansion with servants. Who doesn’t like that?!

Best Sweaters: Vince! Yes, they’re expensive. But they last, they come in fab neutrals and the cuts make them stand out from every other knit out there.

Best Reason to Stay Home: Mad Men, of course.

T0 be continued…

Single of the Week

Here’s Ken:

I was reading The Economist the other day (rather, a monkey that I pay was reading it to me because I am illiterate), and there was an article on the Fed, and how their next tactic to lubricate the gears of the economy is guaranteed to succeed without sparking any inflation. They’re calling it GMLCQE: George Michael Last Christmas Quantitative Easing. Essentially, instead of the Fed printing money or issuing bonds, George Michael is donating the royalties of Last Christmas and pumping that money into the U.S. economy. Economists predict that it should be roughly ten times the amount of the last stimulus bill. Have you been itching to hear a version in Japanese? Itch no more:

As a bonus, listen to this version from of-the-moment alt band Arctic Monkeys. I’m sure the Brit band was being a little cheeky, but did they expect an entire jaded NYC audience of hipsters to sing along?


This will be the last post for 2010 kids, as we’re headed out on vacation. A very Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate. And a happy new year to all…let’s hope 2011 will be a fantastic year for everyone!


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