The Art of Gastronomy: Ferran Adrià’s Sketches at the Drawing Center in Soho

Mushrooms and bananas, by Ferran Adria.
Mushrooms and bananas.

Ferran Adrià, the 51-year-old head chef of the now-closed El Bulli restaurant in Spain, approaches cooking as a scientist would approach a series of experiments. His kitchen is a lab where he analyzes and deconstructs flavors, serving them in mystifying and unconventional forms such as dirty martini spray, popcorn clouds that shrink dramatically when you touch them, spices in the form of pills, and ravioli that disappears before your eyes.

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LXR & Co.: A Vintage Treasure Trove with White Glove Service, in Soho

Salesman and vintage handbag enthusiast, Tinor, with an Hermes Birkin and an Hermes Kelly bag. Photo courtesy of Getty.
Salesman and vintage handbag enthusiast Tinor wears white gloves to show off an Hermes Birkin and an Hermes Kelly bag. Photo courtesy of Getty.

Last night, I attended the opening party for LXR & Co.’s holiday pop-up shop in Soho. While Cory Kennedy played old Blondie hits from a DJ booth and waiters passed around “Birkin Bellinis,” I met some VIPs named Hermès, Chanel, and Louis.  Continue reading “LXR & Co.: A Vintage Treasure Trove with White Glove Service, in Soho”