blue and white china

The technique of cobalt blue decorations seems to have come from the Middle-East in the 9th century through decorative experimentation on white ware. Cobalt blue pigments were excavated from local mines in central Iran from the 9th century, and then were exported as a raw material to China.The blue-and-white technique was fully developed in China with porcelain […]

long island city

Long Island City is the westernmost neighborhood of Queens in New York City. It has the highest concentration of art galleries, studio space, and art institutions of anywhere in the city. Speaking of art, this board is calling to mind a term I read in an art book once: geometric abstraction. I hang my head […]

all that is gold

All that is gold does glitter! I am about to nerd out on y’all in a major way… the original phrase, ‘all that is gold does not glitter,’ is the title of a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who […]

blackberries and brie

Blue Cheeses ♥ dessert wines, Zinfandels, and Cabernets Brie ♥s Champagnes and sparkling wines Cambozola ♥s Merlots Goat Cheeses ♥ Sancerre and Sauvignon Blancs Montrachet ♥s Bordeauxs and Cabernet Sauvignons Monterey Jack ♥s Cabernet Sauvignons Muenster ♥s Gewürztraminers Parmigiano-Reggiano ♥s Chiantis Pecorino ♥s Amarones, Barolos, and Barbarescos Roquefort ♥s Rhône Valley reds and Sauternes Stilton ♥s Port What’s your perfect pairing? *** This oh so […]

refined sugar

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress began in 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. Prior to that, royals wore richly brocaded gowns, with red being among the most popular color. The transAtlantic account of Queen Victoria’s wedding caused American elites to follow suit, and because of limited laundering techniques (imagine getting kidney […]

shangri la

Shangri La is a fictional place described in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon. He describes it as a mythical and magical utopia lost in the Kunlun Mountains, and it has become synonymous with an earthly paradise usually thought of as being in Tibet. However, we have our own little Shangri La right here on the […]