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November 30 2019
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Family Business


Family Business is a French comedy about Jewish butchers in Paris who turn to selling marijuana to stave off bankruptcy. The premise is a lot like that of Weeds and Breaking Bad, but the setting and sardonic humor keep it closer to Call My Agent! Bonus: free French lessons. “Instagram” is pronounced “un-stah,” while “dealer” is “dee-leur.” (netflix.com)

Ride

Classic Sport 26


The Classic Sport 26 from the Japanese bike manufacturer Tokyobike is a no-nonsense city cruiser, ideal for commuters. With a lightweight steel frame and 26-inch wheels, this limber bike easily glides through congested streets. Suits in town cars will do a double take as you whiz by. Trim yet sturdy, the Classic Sport 26 is as easy on the eyes as it is easy to ride. Of the eight colors offered, we recommend the forest green for those who like an outdoorsy look, and the matte blue-gray for the true urbanite. ($825, tokyobike.us)

Listen

The BBC’s Global News Podcast


If you have not yet tuned in to the Global News Podcast from the BBC World Service, this would be a good time. It’s a half-hour of news stories, updated twice a day, that put Donald Trump in a global perspective. On any given episode, the American impeachment hearings might be the lead story, but the Global News Podcast has also covered elections in Sri Lanka, the protest movement in Hong Kong, farmers’ suicides in India, U.N. declarations on climate change, wedding practices in Turkmenistan, and Brexit. The tone is brisk and knowledgeable, without the righteousness that can sometimes taint an NPR story. (bbc.co.uk)

Eat

The Bar Room at the Modern


Patricia Wells, who moved to France in 1980 to write about food, is the authority on where to eat in Paris and in Provence, where she offers cooking classes in her 18th-century farmhouse. In New York, however, Wells always ends up at the Bar Room at the Modern, attached to the Museum of Modern Art, where she orders “the tarte flambée, the pizza-like Alsatian tart, topped with crème fraîche, fromage blanc, thinly sliced white onions, and plenty of cubed smoked bacon.” (themodernnyc.com)

Drive

Fiat 600 Multipla Miraflori


If the Fiat 600 Multipla Miraflori looks less like a real car and more like a part of Walt Disney’s original 1955 Tomorrowland, that’s because it was never intended to be seen in the real world. Only five of these vehicles were built in the late 1950s, as a molto-chic means by which to ferry V.I.P.’s around the grounds of Italy’s biggest automaker. The best part? The fully removable panorama roof. (Inquire for price, stuartparrcollection.com)

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