Dining with The New York Times

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

In recent weeks The New York Times food section has been a treat to read, while the House & Home grows worse and worse with each passing week. Today's Dining section had two articles I really enjoyed. The first was Frank Bruni's riveting review of Robert’s Steakhouse — which just happens to be located in a strip club, specifically the Penthouse Executive Club. It’s a lot of fun to read, if you have a minute, and Bruni says the steaks are pretty damn good. The second was this article by Alex Witchel about favorite foods disappearing from stores. It's been rare that a food I loved goes missing, but I do know what it's like for a favorite product to be discontinued.

In particular, there was a L'Oreal product in the last 90s that was a sort of hair deodorizer. I was introduced to it the summer I worked at a catering company and fish market. Kathinka, one of my pals at the catering company, always kept a bottle in her glove box and we'd spritz our hair at the end of the day, magically replacing the lingering fishy-scent for a fresh, girly smell. When the summer ended I bough my own bottle, and quickly discovered that it was also perfect for getting rid of a night's worth of cigarette smoke out of your hair (it is a great blessing that no can smoke in NYC bars anymore). A couple years ago, I went to get another bottle of this wonder-product, and couldn’t find it anywhere. I was distraught; finally I found a bottle at a discount beauty store in the town where my parents live. As it turns out, there aren’t enough girls working in fish markets for L’Oreal to turn a profit on this particular product. Slowly but surely, my last bottle is getting used up (I use it a lot less now that I rarely get soaked in smoke or fish guts). I shudder to think of the day when it finally bites the dust.

2 comments:

Valerie said...

I have fallen hard for a hair refreshing powder from Stila (http://www.stilacosmetics.com/shop/product/356). It works on the same principle as baby powder--gives slightly greasy or limp hair an extra day between washings--but smells way better (and not at all like a baby's ass). I also used to use Jonathan Redo Hair Freshen Up Mist (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P104713&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=5797); it is great for covering smells, but doesn't give you the extra day of clean-LOOKING hair like the Stila powder.

Little House said...

Wow. Thanks for the hair-freshening update. I'll have to check those out. I had tried an Herbal Essences "hair refresher" hoping for a product to replace the L'Oreal and was totally disappointed, but these sound promising.

 

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