We asked the Taste team for their best holiday party ideas, allowing them five items from the shop on us.
"When I was younger, I was in the habit of companionship with a much older man – a British philosopher well more than twice my age. I had resisted him for months, but one night standing in the rain after curtain of a West 45th Street show, I couldn’t help notice that his shirt collar smelled of old books and sex and cigarettes, and so I found my way into his apartment.
You may know this man. If you are lucky, he has also made this breakfast for you.
The mouthfuls of silky egg and smoky salmon roe will always be my favorite breakfast in bed, properly eaten in a fresh terrycloth robe after smoking a Gauloise and reading the morning’s paper."—Jen Pelka
2 soft boiled duck eggs
2 ounces salmon roe
Cold salted butter
Prop each egg into an egg cup and remove the top part of each shell. To eat, use a small spoon to scoop up some egg and a few glistening salmon eggs for each bite. Serve with warm brioche toast fingers smeared with little pieces of cold butter. Eat slowly. You’ll want to draw this to last.
You can use plain-old-salmon-roe, but these smoked char eggs push this over the edge.
Every bite counts. You’ll want to use the smallest spoons possible.
You’ll want a classic Champagne, not Prosecco or Cava. Come on, this is real romance we’re talking about here.
Unbreakable glasses, as they're likely to get jostled.
You’ll need a cup of French press black coffee on your way out the door.