Admittedly, I've been way out of touch with relaxation mode lately, what with VMAs/NYFW/Emmys covered and dissected for all of you — but I'm finally getting a bit more in touch with this thing called "the weekend" lately. Here are my favorite ways to let go of the glitz and glamour (and chill the eff out).
Read: Blood, Bones & Butter
So, apparently I now won't read your book unless you talk about food, and provide requisite recipes. I am on a roll lately with these memoir/cookbook hybrids: Luisa Weiss' My Berlin Kitchen, Ruth Reichl's Tender At The Bone (one of my all-time favorites), and most recently, Shucked, a tale of an editor who ditched her desk job to go work on an oyster farm in New England (talk about escapism!).
The latest on my nightstand? Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton, the famed New York chef and founder of the much-accoladed restaurant Prune. Give me a smart female author telling me about her life through food, and, I am yours. Food is one of those things that is loaded for every person, so, in my opinion, experiencing one's memories through the food they ate (or cooked) makes the story so much richer.
Watch: The Bridge
Okay, let's be real: Once I saw Homeland, I was basically ruined for life, as no other drama can really live up to it. That being said, I checked out The Bridge recently, and was impressed by the intense storyline, the skilled acting, and the gripping depiction of a town on the Texas-Chihuahua border ravaged by the drug trade (and, oh yeah — a serial killer). Bonus: Watching the ridiculously gorgeous and graceful Diane Kruger try to appear awkward and tough as a cop with Asperger's is an experience not to be missed.
Listen: Django Reinhardt on Pandora
This station featuring Belgian jazz guitarist Reinhardt is a weekend tradition in my home. My husband cues it once we've had our coffee-and-relaxation time, cleaned up, and moved about our Saturday — it's classic, energizing, and makes us feel like we're in Paris (which is never, ever a bad thing).