Designer Bongs Are a Thing Now

Remember that sophomore girl who could make a bong with an apple? Brett Heyman’s got her beat. The founder and creative director of Edie Parker now has handblown glass hash pipes shaped like peaches, grapes, and even a banana, which looks a little like… well… use your sophomore imagination. “All the bongs and pipes are…

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Brows Before Vows

Two days before he walks down the aisle this fall, Ali Pourvasei intends to walk into a salon to have his eyebrows waxed. “For my wedding, it’s a no-brainer,” said Mr. Pourvasei, 38, of Los Angeles. “I’m doing a custom suit from scratch, so everything at my wedding has to look good. Eyebrows are just…

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Build a Better Savory Pie

LONDON — In Britain, the word “pie” has multiple meanings, some old, some new, some sweet, some savory, some with a pastry crust, others without. To an outsider, this is all very confusing. I can remember walking into a butcher shop in Edinburgh, more than 20 years ago, to buy an attractive-looking pork pie, wonderfully sculpted…

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A Daniel Grilled Cheese to Make at Home

At Restaurant Daniel, a new bar menu of small plates like oysters, gougères and smoked trout rillettes, includes sleek, well-burnished croquine sandwiches of Manchego cheese, Iberico ham and hazelnuts on brioche. To make 16 of them at home, you’ll need eight thin slices of crustless brioche; two ounces of thinly sliced cured ham, preferably Spanish;…

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If a Paper Straw Isn’t Your Thing …

Alternatives to plastic straws are proliferating, and more permanent materials than paper are being used: stainless steel, sterling silver, glass and ceramic, sometimes equipped with carrying cases. Among the most decorative examples are these 8.5-inch ceramic straws printed with patterns that suggest elaborate tile work. They’re from Stephanie Nass, who sells tableware on her website…

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