Chez Dining Room: The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony Banquet

The first week in December, the recipients of this year’s Noble Prizes journey to Scandinavia for the award ceremonies, pick up their checks, and then celebrate afterwards with the ne plus ultra of state dinners attended by royalty, Parliamentarians, government officials, and invited guests.

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Chez Dining Room: John Lennon

Usually when we speak of dining rooms, it is with the image of a styled, interior design-heavy room suitable for a glossy magazine, a sort of dream dining room with lots of gee gaw kicknacks, paintings, china cabinet, perfect chairs slid under the table, and candles that never get used. In comparison, here is the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Georgian-style Tittenhurst Park, in England, from 1969 to 1971, which is a plain ol’ dining room for some casual well to do folks.

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Chez Dining Room: Mount Athos Monastery and Spanakopita

The food of Greece is wholesome regional and seasonal peasant food. One of the main foods is the pitta, or savory pie. Vegetables of all types, olive oil, herbs, grains, the famous thick yogurt, feta cheese are wrapped in phyllo, Greek for leaf. Greek cuisine, influenced by both Eastern and Western cuisines is considered one of the healthiest on the planet.

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Chez Dining Room: Julia Child

Sometimes the fanciest kitchen/dining room by a famous designer is not the most captivating. This is Julia Child’s Dining Room in Cambridge, Massachusettes.

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Chez Dining Room: Cher

Cher used to own a home in Malibu that looked like an Egyptian temple. From Architectural Digest is one of the most fabulous of formal dining rooms from Cher’s home, perfect for a candlelit New Years dinner with a dozen friends.

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Chez Dining Room: Early American Meets Hodgepodge

The American Colonial period dates from about 1620 to the end of the American Revolution. Popular furniture styles included the familiar designs of Jacobean, Queen Anne, and Chippendale. Most commonly, Colonial American furniture is based pretty extensively on the Jacobean style of English furniture.

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Chez Dining Room: The London Private Club

One of the characteristics of the London dining scene is the existence of the private restaurant club culture. The lunch and supper club—small, intimate, nourishing—is a long held tradition. The first clubs were in the 17th century, an offshoot of the…

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Chez Dining Room: Hogwarts Great Hall

Unless you have children, you might not realize that modern children’s literature is a booming part of today’s world publishing market. While many of the titles fall unheralded to even the most avid reader, it has been close to impossible to escape the sheer delight, the astonishment, and novelty generated by the British Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

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