Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.
The $20 lunch salad has become the new norm. Come 11:30 a.m., one can expect to see half the HODINKEE office stroll down the block to Sweetgreen, only to spend far too much time waiting in a snaking line of young professionals for a bowl of overpriced lettuce. This well-researched article on Refinery29 explains not only the rise of “salad culture” in America, but also how millennial patrons of these trendy fast-casual chains are leveraging lunch in an exercise of personal brand building.
– Sarah Reid, Business Development Associate
With the rise of self-driving and internet-connected vehicles, it’s a natural progression to want to replace the car’s traditional center console with a touchscreen. (Think the evolution of the early cellphones/blackberry to iPhones.) However, while it’s certainly tempting to follow that line of reasoning, this study highlights the touchscreen’s negative effects on usability and driver distractibility, and reminds us of the unique challenges of automotive UX.
– Adam Kopec, Design Director
Regular “Weekend Round-Up” readers may notice a theme developing with many of my recommendations: I have a major thing for digitally restored, historical footage. There’s something so engaging, almost eerie, about watching places in time usually relegated to still images come to life in film. This week I’m upping the ante with a compilation of interviews with some of the oldest living Americans in 1929. As one YouTube commenter put it, “Bygone people talking about a bygone era. Fascinating.”
– Greyson Korhonen, Associate Digital Producer
Along the same vein as Sarah’s diner pick from a few weeks back, this piece is a play by play as the author spends 18 long hours in a rundown but lovable mall in Vancouver, Canada. The first time I read this story, I didn’t even realize that this was the mall connected to where I occasionally get groceries. A community touchpoint in part of Vancouver that is undergoing rapid change, the author describes this very funny and entirely human story as a living biography for The Kingsgate Mall. There’s some light gambling, a bible study, and a mood the author describes as “a faraway torpor.” It’s very good.
– James Stacey, Senior Writer
For many, 36 hours in the Napa Valley isn’t going to be enough, but I’m of the view that – spent correctly – a day and a half more than lets you scratch the food-and-wine itch when tacked on to a trip to San Francisco or Marin. I’ve been to a number of the wineries and restaurants on this list and can vouch for them. The French Laundry and the Restaurant at Meadowood are rightly regarded as legendary, but be sure not to miss the small-plate food and wine pairings of B Cellars and the artful decor of Stewart Cellars. Two places I’d add to this fine list are the recently opened Promontory, a new venture from the family behind Harlan Estate, and Kenzo Estate, a fastidiously Japanese take on California winemaking.
– Jon Bues, Senior Editor