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 LISTEN TO
Greta Van Fleet — Down-home dirty rock. Though their name sounds like a German cabaret lounge singer, Greta Van Fleet’s music could be the reincarnation of classic ’70s hard-rock bands — think Axl Rose, but in 2018. The three Kiszka brothers, Josh, Jake and Sam, along with their drummer, Danny Wagner, make the kind of music to listen to in a pickup truck with the windows rolled down. Honestly, even if you don’t have a pickup truck, “Safari Song” will make you feel like you’re driving one. Their first full-length studio album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, is out next month. (Recommended by Leslie dela Vega, Visuals Visionary)
Jason Isbell — Protest music. A four-time Grammy winner, the Alabama-born Jason Isbell has always been a craftsman. It’s been more than a decade since he left his original band, Drive-By Truckers, for a solo career as Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Since then, his work has branched out and deepened, helping him confront his personal demons. Isbell’s latest, 2017’s Nashville Sound, is a mix of the politically minded (listen to the quiet, powerful lyrics of “White Man’s World”) and tone poems to the South such as “Tupelo.” (Recommended by Daniel Malloy, Cowboy at Heart)
Sabrina Claudio — Sultry in silk. Cuban R&B singer Sabrina Claudio is, at 22, still very much on the way up in the world. Her music is slow, sultry, exactly the kind of music that would find its way onto a very earnest mix called “Getting Busy” (or that you’d put on when smoking pot and aiming for next-level relaxation). She’s also got a truly astonishing collection of silky slip costumes. Put on “Unravel Me” during your Friday evening in and feel the whole week just fall away. (Recommended by Eva Rodriguez, Artsy Type)
WHAT TO EAT
Kunafeh — Cheese and more cheese. There are a lot of ways to spell kunafeh, which is kind of like a cross between baklava and a funnel cake, but we’re going with the spelling they use at Blümen Café in Arlington, Virginia. On sunny days, the café opens up its front wall to give the feeling of dining al fresco while you devour this eye-poppingly sweet dessert, traditionally Palestinian but popular across the Middle East. Kunafeh consists of shredded dough and cheese and is soaked in rosewater and a “secret” syrup that definitely tastes like honey. The cheese ups the savory ante, fighting back against what might otherwise be an overly sweet prospect. You can precede it with one of the menu’s various Mediterranean-inspired salads and sandwiches if you want, or just order a coffee and call it gold. (Recommended by Nick Fouriezos, Wonky Dude)
Hot chocolate from Said Dal 1923 — Chocolate lava. Look, we all know it, so let’s just say it: American chocolate is awful. And more than that, American hot chocolate is awful. So is British hot chocolate — honestly, it’s watery and sad cocoa-flavored nothingness. It took an Italian café, Said Dal 1923 — the oldest chocolate factory in Rome — opening a London branch to fix that. You can easily identify this little Soho shop: Just look for the long lines. Inside, it’s decked with old-school chocolate molds and chocolate-making equipment, and you can order the specialty hot chocolate, thick and molten, in white, dark, milk and hazelnut varieties. If you want to take something with you, raid the artisan chocolates, chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate cake and pie that are also on offer. (Recommended by Sophia Akram, London Caller)
WHAT TO WATCH
Kim’s Convenience — The Canadian dream. Before Crazy Rich Asians stormed the screen, there was this heartwarming, funny and topical Canadian series, which has been on the air in the Great White North since 2016 but debuted internationally via Netflix just this summer. This Toronto-set sitcom follows a Korean immigrant family and their first-generation Canadian kids. Like all great sitcoms, you fall in love with the characters (and Toronto, which is presented here in such a positive light it’ll have you booking a vacation). Mr. and Mrs. Kim (aka Appa and Umma) are complex, loving, annoying and hilarious — as all parents are — and their snappy dialogue is the type of real talk that springs to mind days later when you’re having a frustrating conversation with your own parent or kid.
While Asian male leads have proliferated on television in recent years, in shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Master of None, Simu Lui, who plays the Kims’ son Jung, should be way more famous than he currently is. You can briefly catch him in the fifth and final season of another underappreciated Canadian series, Orphan Black. There are two seasons of Kim’s Convenience currently available, and — in an unprecedented move for Canadian TV — the fourth season has been ordered before the third even goes on the air (it’s expected next year). (Recommended by Pamela Detemple, OZY Aficionado)
And whatever you do, don’t do this …
Rob a supermarket. Badly. Four thieves in Oxfordshire, U.K., attempted to steal the ATM in a Co-op grocery store using axes and sledgehammers to break into the shop. When they couldn’t remove the machine, they returned, got a Land Rover (also stolen) stuck at the scene, and wound up running off with a bottle of fruit alcohol, Lambrini, worth about $2.64. (BBC)
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