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The Artful Eater

As we say good-bye to many beloved restaurants, and welcome back some recently reopened ones in a new, alfresco-only form, The Artful Eater magazine has launched an Instagram page that has become an elegy to dining out. The forthcoming journal will tell “the untold stories about the environments in which we eat and drink,” says editor and founder Thomas Flynn, but for now, the feed’s content—from a vintage photograph of Harry’s Bar in Venice to a 1969 David Hockney illustration of restaurateur Michael Chow—reminds followers of the former glories of the culinary world. ( —Clementine Ford


Remy Renzullo x Carolina Irving & Daughters

If this coronavirus summer has you dreaming of being somewhere else—stumbling across a ceramics stall at the Clignancourt flea market or taking a lazy lunch on the terrace of a far-flung Spanish restaurant, for instance—you’re not alone. The bad news is that it will be a while before any of us can live out those dreams, but the good news is that it’s possible to re-create some remote atmospheres at home. New York decorator Remy Renzullo has teamed up with Venezuelan textile designer Carolina Irving and her daughters, Olympia and Ariadne, to produce a collection of perfect tableware that conjures memories of dining abroad. Based on a 19th-century Majorcan charger that belonged to Renzullo’s aunt, the dishes are rooted in history but well suited to modern life, meaning that they work as well for a relaxed outdoor lunch as they do for a formal dinner. Best of all? You don’t have to lug them on a plane home and risk breaking half. (Plates begin at $65, —Nathan King


Striking Out

In turbulent times, there is nothing wrong with a semi-smart television show, the kind of procedural that is clever but not too hard to follow. Striking Out, streaming on Acorn TV, is an Irish legal drama with a chick-lit veneer and, despite that, is surprisingly fun to watch. Set in a very glamorous-looking Dublin, it is centered around Tara, a young female lawyer at a top firm, who quits when she discovers her fiancé, the son of the boss, in bed with another woman, and decides to … strike out on her own. Naturally, Tara’s new clients bring her into court to battle with her ex and her former firm, where murky business deals and political cover-ups keep business booming. It’s not The Good Fight, but it’s good enough. ( —Alessandra Stanley


Heist with Michael Caine

James Earl Jones might be the voice of God, but for many of us Michael Caine’s voice is what we hope to hear if we make it to heaven. (“’Allo, ’allo! ’Ere’s your wings, mate!”) Until then, heaven is this podcast, where Caine narrates tales of—what else?—heists, beginning with an Antwerp diamond job in 2003. Thanks to his unforgettable performance in Get Carter, it seems Caine made his tough bones long ago, acquiring in our minds criminal legitimacy. Listening to this podcast is like lying on the top bunk as your cellmate regales you with intricate tales of crimes he’s committed. In other words: it’s mesmerizing. ( —Michael Hainey

Issue No. 53
July 18, 2020
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Issue No. 53
July 18, 2020