Food fads have changed our dining choices over the past 50 years from bland meat and potatoes to spicy, piquant foods our grandparents never dreamed of. Some changes have come about by immigration of refugees from wars and their desire for “home” food, and other changes from less obvious sources. For one thing, our taste preferences have grown hotter. Nearly 25 years ago, salsa (tomato, onion and chile) began outselling ketchup as a condiment in this country, and since then, tastes for even hotter chiles and sauces have come available.
Now that we’re beginning to plant our summer flower beds, it’s good to get to know some of these stalwarts of the garden. Most originated in tropical climates and are remarkably well-adapted to life in the heat of summer.
Hunting orchids reminds me a lot of hunting arrowheads. You have to find a couple and your eyes get trained to the goal or objective. I have treasured these moments as I climbed through rain forest or cloud forest on the Dutch island of Saba and in the National Park on the French island of Guadeloupe and the majestic El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.
Perhaps you have heard of the expression "man cave," the affectionate term for a man's private space. Women need their own private spaces, too. If your home allows, instead of having a universal office, consider an office just for her.
Momentum sometimes makes promises it cannot keep. It builds and builds and builds, until you're midway through a major home project, and the plans are drawn, and the framing is done, and the plywood is up, and the lease on your transitional rental is almost up, and ohmygosh everything's moving along so incredibly awesomely.
We just got back from the spring High Point Market, the largest home furnishings industry show in the world, where we were dazzled by the newest looks in interior design. While I'm still flying high, I had to tell you about my favorite trends for 2016.
LAS VEGAS - Making furniture that gets people talking is one way to create a buzz. At the Winter Furniture Market, Toobre, BoBo, Christopher Guy, Glassisimo, United Strangers and other manufacturers did just that.
There is no shortage of books on gardening or on travel, but Vivian Swift's book "Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening" (Bloomsbury, $17.99, 176 pages) is a breed apart.