Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

The bathroom is the warmest place in my apartment. I am huddled in this 2’x2′ box, which is actually pretty disgusting. I should probably vacuum the floor especially because I have no idea whose hair that is. I finally feel like I am coming out of this funk I have been in for the better part the week. That being said, have you looked outside, or been on the internet at all? Its a wintry-mix out there, so looks like I’ll be mulling over life a little longer. While right now its raining, snow is expected to hit, and I am reminded of the classic winter jam, "Let It Snow."

Though generally played around Christmastime, the song never mentions the words Christmas, Santa, or reindeer, ever. So whatever: let’s all shut up, and enjoy R&B bad boys Boyz II Men’s soothing take on the classic song. Watch them as they toast marshmallows, roll around in the snow, and cuddle by the fire with some foxy ladies. I’ll be over here between the heating pipe and my toilet.


 

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London Opening: Banca

Mayfair buzz continues apace with Banca, the glamorous new eatery from Zuma’s Peter and Arjun Waney and Il Baretto’s Giuliano Lotto.

No culinary cleverness here, just rapturously rich classic Northern Italian cuisine in an appropriately fashiony, Italian-esque setting: sleek black and white marble flooring, gorgeous nouveau-deco chandeliers, luxurious leather booths, and original details from its former life as a swank bank building (thus the name). For those not seeking the full indulgence, there’s an aperitivi menu at the bar. A private downstairs dining area is on the way. 

Berlin Opening: Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria Berlin, the gleaming new tower on the Ku’damm, is unapologetically luxurious, particularly with the opening of Les Dolites: French culinary god Pierre Gagnaire’s first gastronomic temple on German soil, located within the hotel. The lushness of the space, awash in Italian silks and floral displays, extends to Germany’s only Guerlain Spa.

But this exceedingly posh Waldorf Astoria also pays tribute to the city’s more bohemian history; the Lang Bar is an encomium to Metropolis and M director Fritz, and the Romanisches Cafe (once a hang-out of Brecht and Grosz), has been revived as a chic new all-day dining spot, complete with a terrace overlooking the Breitscheidplatz. Book a room on a higher floor for views that stretch all the way to…Dresden? Perhaps.