Thanksgiving pumpkin pie

While roast turkey and cranberry sauce are staples for the main course, nothing completes a Thanksgiving meal like pumpkin pie. So when Executive Chef and owner of The Pickled Fork, Alex Motture, served up his version of the classic dessert at our Thanksgiving lunch, we couldn’t help but share it with our readers. Save room for dessert at this year’s feast and serve up this recipe – you won’t regret it.

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For the love of a townhouse: Part II

Kate Copeland’s illustration of a classic brownstone façade begged the question: what’s inside? Having heard from our members which interior and architectural features make a townhouse, we commissioned this set of six illustrations – we love how Kate has captured the personality of a typical townhouse with these thoughtful studies. See more of Kate’s work on her site.

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#LiveWellTravelWell: Frish Brandt

Frish Brandt is the president and co-owner of the Fraenkel Gallery – based in San Francisco and specialising in photography. A frequent onefinestay guest, she was recently in London for the opening of Richard Learoyd‘s show at the Victoria & Albert museum, where we caught up with her to talk shoes, chocolate and baking – her essentials to living well and travelling well.


Photography by Matteo Pastorio for Mutina

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A letter from Keyvan Nilforoushan, Paris

For the second time this year my city is mourning. For the second time this year the fabric of our days has been torn by heinous acts. This is two times too many.

This one really hit close to home – emotionally but also in a very literal sense; it all happened right next to our office, in the area we learned to love, in venues which are intensely familiar to us and we frequently visited.

Immediately after the incidents, as is common practice and out of respect for the victims, our Director of Brand Marketing stopped all social media activity for onefinestay. There is nothing we could possibly have said that would not have felt trite and trivial in the face of these trying times.

But then, she asked me, how does one come out of this silence? How can one still speak after the horror? What word, what idea, what image could possibly be strong enough, meaningful enough, to be worth breaking the dark silence that has descended upon the city? We did not want to sound like a child laughing at a funeral, oblivious to the pain and sadness present around her.

I thought about the maelstrom of the past few days. The team members getting back in front of their computers at midnight on Friday to reach out to our guests, walking to the office so we could be up and running as usual on Saturday despite the subway closures, helping our guests make it to or from the airport. The frantic calls in the dark of night to make sure our hopes were right and every member of our team was safe. The kind and moving messages received over the weekend. Parisians braving their fear and resuming life as usual. I thought about how important it was for us to face this together, not alone.

And I realised there was only one answer worthy of what everyone went through to make sure life continued as normal: “Yes, let’s post pictures of Paris again. But please, let there be people in them. And let them be happy.” A child laughing at a funeral, a tiny and fragile spark of life ripping apart the silence of sadness, is the strongest evidence that life goes on, and will go on.

Paris lives on, and we are going to tell the whole world about it.


Keyvan Nilforoushan
Vice President, Europe