This Weekend: An Insider Guide to Cheese Tarts, Tea and Spies
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
The Weekender is a special collaboration between OZY Tribe members near and far to provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
WHAT TO EAT
BAKE Cheese Tarts — Worth Waiting For. We really hate to break this to you, because the lines can be unconscionably long for the tiny desserts at this hip Japanese chain. But these double-baked cheese tarts, which can now be found throughout East Asia (and at a single San Francisco location), are actually worth the delay. (Recommended by Alex Lau, Cheese Expert)
Kehwa — Kashmir’s High Tea. This Asian delicacy, a green tea brewed with aromatic spices, should really be as famous by now as chai lattes. But lucky you, you can claim to be an early adopter. Traditionally brewed in a samovar and flavored with almonds and saffron, there are also milky versions (served with cookies, of course). The only problem: You might have to go online to buy some as it’s not a household name (yet) outside of Asia. (Recommended by Maroosha Muzaffar, Always Tea Time)
Sandwich Society — Back to Basics, Sort Of. This California lunch spot is the holy grail to those who know it. The menu — sandwich heavy, naturally — is all about reinventing classics with quirky flavor pairings, like the pizza grilled cheese. Be warned, though: The veggie options are extremely limited. (Recommended by Diana Clephane, Down for Lunch)
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
GREY Area — Coming Into Her Own. At 25, British rapper Little Simz has already released three albums, but this latest one is her best. Lacking nothing in confidence — Simz raps, “I’m JAY-Z on a bad day, Shakespeare on my worst days,” to give you some context — this album proves that she is, in fact, one of the U.K.’s most promising talents. It’s only April, but it’s the best rap album of the year (so far). (Recommended by Ned Colin, Rap Genius)
Troye Sivan — Beautiful Vulnerability. Sivan’s last album came out in mid-2018, but this extraordinary Australian icon-in-the-making’s latest release is a single called I’m So Tired, a collaboration with American musician Lauv. The song manages to be both soothing and a dance track, a play-it-a-hundred-times single that’s made us hungry for another album already. (Recommended by Wade Best, Music Buff)
WHAT TO READ
The Spy and the Traitor — A True Espionage Story. After last year’s KGB attack on double agent Sergei Skripal on U.K. soil, many wondered who the next target might be. So the time was right to tell the story of Oleg Gordievsky, a top British secret agent of the Cold War era. While he wrote his own memoir in the 1990s, it’s well worth diving into this incredible narrative about his life and career from historian and author Ben Macintyre.
Gordievsky’s remarkable story — first as a KGB officer, then as a double agent working for the British, and finally as an exile in the U.K. lest the KGB get its revenge — is told with élan and impeccable research. (Recommended by Mark Fiorentino, OZY Fan)
And whatever you do, don’t …
Take your frustrations out on others. The mayor of the Turkish village of Yenidoganlar, who was in office for two decades before being voted out last week, has been accused of taking unusual revenge. Villagers awoke to find him dismantling their local playground and dumping parts into a van. Mehmet Akyol says it wasn’t an act of retribution — and that he was merely recouping his investment, since he had paid for it to be built. (BBC)
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Do you have a killer potato salad recipe that you’d like to share? Think you discovered the next great jam band? Share your suggestions with us here at OZY! Email us: Weekender@ozy.com.