The first month of 2022 is already behind us but with a new variant surging all around us and temperatures outside in the teens, we’ve snuggled back into our socially distant routine to ride it out.
As part of our resolution for the new year, we’re making an effort to ditch our after- work Netflix binge-fests and use our valuable downtime to foster new hobbies and habits.
We're thankful for the time to slow down and appreciate the books, movies, podcasts and resources that we might not have had time for before. We've been learning, cooking, talking to loved ones and making art; these are all good things, and we'd like to share some of them with you.
Here are our favorite things that we discovered over the last few months...
(Photo from AirBnb.com)
Home Cooking. While doing our best to avoid dining out, we’ve re-discovered a love of cooking at home. Early last year we began subscribing to various cooking newsletters from Momofuku via Peachy Keen, Alison Roman, and NYT Cooking ($5 per month), and this simple act has proven to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Here are some of our favorite recipes that are always in the rotation at our house.
A great read. As part of our New Year's resolution to spend less time scrolling through the endless titles on multiple streaming services, and find entertainment elsewhere, we’ve taken to reading for enjoyment (what a concept). One book that we recently heard about is a work of fiction by Taylor Jenkins Reid called Daisy Jones and The Six which is an enthralling tale of a band's rise to fame. Loosely based on Fleetwood Mac, we fell in love with the book and couldn’t put it down. And when we are ready to return to TV, we've heard that they’ve just wrapped the television adaptation which is slated to be released later this year. We’re looking forward to being the kind of people who can confidently state that “the book was better.” :)
Unexpected beauty. While optimistically researching travel for the upcoming year, we stumbled across a marvel of architecture that blew our minds. Designed by Mexican organic architect Javier Senosiain, Quetzalcoatl’s Nest, located just west of Mexico City, is the architect’s other-worldly tribute to Mexican art and culture. As a pioneer of organic architecture, Senosiain has used color and shape to blend the slithering snake shaped structure into the lush environment surrounding it. The bold and playful exterior aesthetic is in stark contrast to the interior; which contains ten apartments with a white color palette and gently curved wooden surfaces. For a more in-depth look at this incredible property, check it out on Netflix’s show “The World's Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” (Season 1 Episode 4).
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