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Manni Olive Oil

Olive-oil impresario Armando Manni specializes in a product so high quality and nutrient-rich that he actually drinks a teaspoon before breakfast. Manni Oil is not only endowed with among the most anti-aging antioxidants and heart-healthy hydroxytyrosol on the market, but it also has an exquisite taste, which explains why Thomas Keller can’t get enough. (Manni and Keller have even collaborated on a line of chocolate.) It turns out that 2020 was terrible for almost everything except the Tuscan olive harvest, which was the best in 15 years. And so Manni has released the Oil of Life, an elegant, herbaceous, well-priced oil that’s intended to be enjoyed daily (versus only at Per Se). When it’s this delicious, well, yes, we will have some with our coffee. ($177 for a set of three bottles, —Ashley Baker


Hay’s PC Portable Lamp

In 2018, when the Danish design firm Hay launched in the U.S., as part of a new partnership with the furniture-maker Herman Miller, it quickly amassed a cult following. The brand, beloved in Europe and Asia, makes sensible furniture and home accessories that take a sideways approach to straight-up minimalism with a quirky vibe that is, crucially, never twee. While we recommend looking into all of Hay’s offerings, their recent collaboration with the French designer Pierre Charpin, the PC Portable Lamp, comes just in time for spring dinners. Charged by USB, the cordless light encourages both indoor and outdoor use with its water-and-scratch-resistant plastic. The deep, ocean-green color adds a modern but unimposing touch to gardens, while the vibrant blue strikes a strong note against most backdrops. ($95, —Clementine Ford


Morihata Charcoal

If you’re sick of buying plastic Brita filters every two months but don’t have the luxury of installing an in-faucet water filter, try a switch to activated charcoal. It comes in the form of sleek black sticks made of burned wood—we recommend these from Morihata, composed of 100 percent ubame oak, but any will do—which you can pop in a carafe full of tap water and leave alone for a few hours while the charcoal does its job: removing toxins through its thousands of microscopic cavities, without stripping the water of important salts and minerals. The best thing about it? The charcoal can be composted rather than tossed, after a few months of use. ( —Julia Vitale



The latest addition to the Tina Fey–sitcom world, Girls5eva is about a long-forgotten, early-2000s girl group, whose short career ended after their single “Quit Flying Planes in My Heart” unfortunately debuted on September 10, 2001. But when a popular rapper samples one of their few hits for a song that then goes viral on TikTok, the band is re-united to back him on Jimmy Fallon, and they decide to give Girls5eva another go. The series has Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s absurdist humor—the creator is a former writer for that show—and the breakneck joke pace of 30 Rock. And while it’s a bit less clever than those two, it’s instantly lovable, very bingeable, and has lots of promise, with a great cast—Busy Philipps is perfect as “the hot one” who now lives in New Jersey and has auditioned for The Real Housewives eight times—and a particularly sharp wit when it comes to satirizing pop culture. ( —Clementine Ford

Issue No. 96
May 15, 2021
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Issue No. 96
May 15, 2021