For instance, this week's subject line is Luxuries to Help Beat Winter Blues. How this is any different from the usual content is beyond me, but I appreciate that the exorbitance is out in the open. It features a black truffle salt ($17.99 for a 3.5 oz. jar) and a $115 felted scarf in the style of a slab of bacon. I love knowing that these things exist. I don't love knowing I can't afford them without committing to a steady diet of peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
That said, little things in my life have been making the air less bitter, the wind less brutal. Here is my list of more modest, but still potent, luxuries to stave off those winter blues...
Beef jerky is my guilty pleasure food. With its Slim Jim associations, I usually hide my predilection for it. Though, to my credit, I only like the good stuff. And today I stumbled upon the mother lode: homemade beef jerky at the Dutch Market Place in Reading Terminal - not to be confused with the Dutch Eating Place. It was delicious: sweet, salty, and spicy. ($4.20ish for 1/4 lb.)
The French 75 is my favorite cocktail. I discovered it at Southwark, a South Philly establishment that specializes in retro drinks. Made up of gin, champagne and lemon juice with a flirty garnish of lemon peel, it is summer time in a glass. ($9.00)
'Tis the season for citrus and blood oranges are flush with color and flavor. And they're the slightly sinister members of the fruit family. (Price varies)
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This weekend: a Peruvian inspired menu of greens, malanga and spicy roasted chicken