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Sublime.    I remember years ago when husband and I had to "interview" for an apartment.  The owner of the jewel box apartment building lived next door in a 3 story, very elegant mid-1800s octagonal Victorian.    We entered a kind of drawing room with only several chairs and a couple of side tables.    "No furniture!   This guy is really property poor!" I thought.    Then, as I sat and really took in the room, I realized that it was perfectly furnished.    Everything in balance, no excess, just great lines in both architecture and furnishings.    I learned something but was never able to pull off that level of elegant restraint.

 

Well, of course.  Only the nouveau riche (those insecure about their wealth) show it off ostentatiously.  Old money is very quiet.

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It's not a restaurant review, really, is it?   It's a cultural review.

In Tejal Rao's current NY Times article entitled California's Luxury Dining Circuit: Delicious and Dull, Rao bemoans the fact that everything is so wonderful, which I guess is to be expected (by Rao?)

But that isn't really the point.  This is more the point.   In an ancient edition of Emily Post, Mr. and Mrs. Up and Coming Young Protestants are invited to weekend at society doyenne Mrs. Snootypan

 

Sublime.    I remember years ago when husband and I had to "interview" for an apartment.  The owner of the jewel box apartment building lived next door in a 3 story, very elegant mid-1800s octagonal Victorian.    We entered a kind of drawing room with only several chairs and a couple of side tables.    "No furniture!   This guy is really property poor!" I thought.    Then, as I sat and really took in the room, I realized that it was perfectly furnished.    Everything in balance, no excess, just great lines in both architecture and furnishings.    I learned something but was never able to pull off that level of elegant restraint.

 

Well, of course.  Only the nouveau riche (those insecure about their wealth) show it off ostentatiously.  Old money is very quiet.

 

 

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Sublime.    I remember years ago when husband and I had to "interview" for an apartment.  The owner of the jewel box apartment building lived next door in a 3 story, very elegant mid-1800s octagonal Victorian.    We entered a kind of drawing room with only several chairs and a couple of side tables.    "No furniture!   This guy is really property poor!" I thought.    Then, as I sat and really took in the room, I realized that it was perfectly furnished.    Everything in balance, no excess, just great lines in both architecture and furnishings.    I learned something but was never able to pull off that level of elegant restraint.

 

Well, of course.  Only the nouveau riche (those insecure about their wealth) show it off ostentatiously.  Old money is very quiet.

 

We're not talking quiet. We're talking austere.    Bare.   Paired to the essential bones of room and furniture.    Startling in its effectiveness.  

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On 9/19/2019 at 5:58 AM, joethefoodie said:

It's not a restaurant review, really, is it?

 

It's a cultural review.

i also had the oddest feeling there were class issues at work but that could be my own sensitivities 

it’s timely re-reading this thread due to an upcoming dinner 

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