2019年12月18日 星期三

The T List: What to eat, see and wear this week

Hawaiian taro, sculpture in Paris and more ideas from the editors of T Magazine.

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. Each week, we’re sharing things we’re eating, wearing, listening to or coveting now. We hope you’ll join us for the ride. (Sign up here, if you haven’t already, and you can reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.)

A programming note: The T List is going on a brief hiatus. We’ll be back on Jan. 8.


Eat This

Where to Eat Taro, Hawaii’s Most Sacred Ingredient

Koko Head Cafe’s Breakfast Bibimbap, with locally produced ong choy, kimchi and egg.Courtesy of chef Lee Anne Wong

By Mitchell Kuga

T Contributor

Of all the culinary staples to be found at a luau, poi — a nutrient-rich paste made from mashed taro root — is the most divisive. As purple as a fading bruise, with the texture of baby food, the sweet and sometimes sour starch, once a pillar of the Native Hawaiian diet, offends the average American palate — which is exactly what prompted the chef Lee Anne Wong to get creative with it. At Koko Head Cafe, her popular all-day brunch restaurant in Honolulu, she ferments poi into yogurt, sours it into hollandaise sauce and bakes the koena, or the outer scrapings off the taro’s corm, the plant’s fuzzy underground stem, into dense but flaky biscuits. On occasion, she is also known to serve a poke featuring steamed chunks of taro, which she tops with seared skipjack tuna. “Once you understand how to work with poi, it becomes this incredible ingredient that’s really diverse and flexible,” she says. For five more restaurants spotlighting taro in ways both new and old, visit tmagazine.com.

Wear This

Flip-Flops You Can Take Beyond the Beach

Clockwise from top left: Staud; Balenciaga; the Row; Simon Miller; Dries Van Noten.Courtesy of the brands


The flip-flop is one of fashion’s most embattled accessories: Some argue that thong sandals belong only on the beach (or poolside), but a handful of designers are offering high-end versions that can be paired with any kind of outfit. Balenciaga’s square-toed, metallic-heeled thong embodies ’90s style, while Dries Van Noten’s leather platform sandal skews more ’70s; Givenchy and the Row both created chunkier options in black and white. For people (like me) who can’t spend that much on a sandal, the vintage-inspired brand Staud offers a soft leather pair in an array of colors, and Simon Miller, a Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand, has slight, neutral-hued iterations that I could still wear when summer in New York rolls around.

See This

A British Sculptor (Finally) Has Her Day in Paris

Left: Barbara Hepworth’s “Curved Form (Trevalgan)” (1956). Right: the artist’s “Two Figures (Menhirs)” (1964).Barbara Hepworth © Bowness; photos © Tate

To me, one of the most extraordinary spots in Paris is the Musée Rodin. The home of significant works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin — like “The Thinker,” “The Kiss” and “The Gates of Hell” — as well as the sculptor’s own collection of antiquities, the erstwhile hôtel particulier still practically buzzes with secondhand brilliance; in the early 20th century, while the building was up for sale, its occupants at varying times included Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau and Isadora Duncan. And, as of last month, the English Modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth has joined them in spirit with the opening of a solo exhibition, the first of its kind in the French capital. Known for her fluid, hefty forms made from bronze, marble or wood — and the new language of beauty that she developed in the wake of World War I — Hepworth is as abstract as Rodin is photo-realistic: Perhaps no two practitioners of the discipline are less alike, which is precisely why one shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see their works under the same roof. “Barbara Hepworth” is on view through March 22, 2020, 77 Rue de Varenne, Paris, France, musee-rodin.fr.


Know About This

One Fashion Brand’s Shop Full of Unexpected Treasures

Left, from top: a gold-foil rat by the artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt; Loewe’s Woven Hammock bag; Loewe’s Buckle Slipper Moire in Candy. Right: inside the brand’s new store in SoHo, a woodcut print by Andrea Büttner, titled “Hill” (2017) and an Yves Klein blue chair by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley.Courtesy of Loewe

The Casa Loewe boutique on Bond Street in London is among my favorite places to shop in the world, with its exquisite Fjora flower arrangements housed in tiny baskets hand-woven for the brand by Spanish artisans and one-of-a-kind pieces like a Sir Edwin Lutyens mercury ball chandelier, created for the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi in the 1930s. Fortunately for me, last week, the Madrid-based brand opened the doors of its first stand-alone store in New York. The two-story space is filled with the kind of beautiful objects that have come to define the creative director Jonathan Anderson’s elegant, unusual vision for the 175-year-old house. There are gold-foil rats from the New York artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, cornflower and royal blue felt armchairs handmade by the British furniture designers Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley and flowers from Ariel Dearie. And there are lots of special Loewe clothes and accessories, too. On my list? The shell pink moire silk slippers, a chunky sherbet-orange mohair scarf, a woven Hammock tote and a pearl-encrusted sweater that is certainly the best Christmas gift a girl could ever wish for. loewe.com.

Covet This

Glasses That Demand a Dinner Party

Left: the Cosima coupe. Right: the Cosimo highball.Courtesy of Campbell-Rey

By Monica Khemsurov

T Contributing Editor

As much as I’ve always aspired to be the kind of person who entertains over the holidays, the truth is that the second my out-of-office reply goes on, all I want to do is read books and watch movies in my sweatpants. But if I were to throw a fabulous party this year, I’d invest in handblown Murano glassware by the London-based studio Campbell-Rey, whose founders, Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey, have just launched two collections that combine holiday-appropriate Old World elegance with a modern and lively use of color. There’s Cosimo, a delicately swirled design with tinted edges, and Cosima, with vibrant cups stacked atop contrasting stems; each comes as a coupe, wine glass, highball and tumbler. And because the glasses are made from ultra-strong Pyrex — a rarity for the Venetian glass world — they can go in the dishwasher, which might finally be the motivation my inner hostess needs. From $110, 1stdibs.com.

From T’s Instagram

An Interiors Photographer Looks Back at the Decade

Simon Watson

Simon Watson has spent the past 10 years capturing exquisite homes, from Indian palaces to Irish townhouses, including his own. As a photographer for this magazine, Watson has turned a painterly eye to 12th-century Austrian castles, Brutalist German factories and 19th-century Irish tenements. We asked Watson to reflect on the last decade and share the photographs that best represent it. See some of his picks here — and follow us on Instagram.

Thanks to the readers who spotted an error in an item about the Silver Lake Pool & Inn in last week’s newsletter. We mistakenly referred to the hotel’s location; it is northwest of downtown Los Angeles, not in East Los Angeles.

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