The best of...Thanksgiving basics
Autumn Harvest Jacquard Tablecloth
The meal itself can take days to prepare, so “present it with gusto.” This weighty cottonlinen tablecloth, woven by a mill in Russia, was inspired by a still life of harvest fruits. The fabric’s surface grows richer with age and use.
Source: Elle Décor
Williams-Sonoma Provisions Dinner Plates
This boxed, 12-piece plate set is perfect for a large holiday gathering. The plates, featuring a coupe design, are made of high-fired porcelain and are dishwasher- and oven-safe.
$47 for 12, williamssonoma.com
Art et Manufacture d’Annette Pie Plate
Give your dinner guests a lovely surprise as they dig into dessert. This charming stoneware pie plate, created by a Quebec ceramic designer, features a lacy cobalt pattern that peeks through as slices disappear.
Source: Bon Appetit
Riedel Ouverture Magnum
This dishwasher-safe crystal wine glass “has a unique ability”: It presents favorably the flavor of virtually any beverage—ending the pressure to provide specialized stemware for red wine, white, and Champagne.
$54 for eight, amazon.com
Victorinox Granton Edge Carving Knife
This 10-inch knife with a rosewood handle is sharp enough to cut turkey paper-thin, and the blade’s dimpled edge ensures smooth slicing by preventing the meat from sticking. A Fibroxhandled version is available at a lower price.
Tip of the week...
Five myths about flu shots
■ They can give you the flu. No, they can’t, because the vaccine is made with a “killed” virus. At worst—and this is rare—the body’s immune system reacts to the dead virus by producing mild aches or a low-grade fever.
■ They don’t work. It’s true that the vaccine doesn’t protect against every strain of flu. But last year the shot reduced an individual’s risk of flu illness by 49 percent. If you do contract the flu after getting the shot, your symptoms will be less severe.
■ You never get sick anyway. Everyone gets the flu at some point. Besides, you’re not alone in this: The vaccine lowers the odds you’ll pass the virus to a child, senior, or someone else who could be killed by it.
■ It’s too late already. Not if flu viruses are still circulating, as they can be until summer.
■ The nasal spray is equally effective. Not at all. The CDC reports that sprays were largely ineffective for three consecutive seasons.
Source: Good Housekeeping
And for those who have everything...
Let’s imagine you’re a person of taste, and “you desperately need a plane to match your pink iPhone.” The Cobalt Valkyrie-X could be the answer. A special-edition aircraft created for Neiman Marcus’ holiday catalog, the 350-hp fourseater has a special rose-gold coating and will be one of the fastest propeller-driven planes in the world when it’s rolled out in 2017. “The swank isn’t just on the outside, either”: There’s rose-gold plating on the flight controls too, and because the Valkyrie has the largest one-piece canopy ever, the views from the creamy leather seats should dazzle.
For listening to podcasts
■ Overcast is simple yet capable, with lots of standard features. It also provides “a lot of nice little design touches.” (Free, iOS only)
■ iCatcher! excels at directing you to rewarding podcasts you won’t find elsewhere. You can place bookmarks mid-playback, and the interface is “ultra-responsive.” ($2, iOS)
■ Doggcatcher is for serious podcast enthusiasts. It makes up for its lack of polish with a host of configuration options. ($3, Android)
■ Castro lets you preview podcasts, which can save you a download or two. ($5, iOS)
■ Pocket Casts has an art-heavy look, but it’s the “not-so-obvious features”—like the ease of queuing and the ability to skip intros—that distinguish the app. ($4, Android or iOS)
■ Podcast Addict supports audiobooks, live radio streams, and both audio and video podcasts. It’ll also let you start streaming an episode before it’s finished downloading. (Free, Android only)