Our last two Valentine's issues here at goop have been about cultivating romance in couple-dom. But what if you are all by your lonesome this year? Or, what if you are suffering the loss of a great love from death or divorce or a hideous breakup? Valentine's Day, in that case, is just a f*@£ed up reminder of what you don't have. So we decided to seek out ways to make it feel just a wee bit better; cooking yourself a decadent little dinner for one, some tips to mend a broken heart, some music to cry to. We have all been there, and as bad as it is, suffering is never in vain if you find what it's there to teach.
Hugs and kisses,
This week’s goop collaboration
Judith Jones on"The Pleasures of
Cooking for One"
I am a huge fan of Judith Jones (Julia Childs' longtime editor) and adore her cookbook, The Pleasures of Cooking for One. When my kids were little and my husband was working, I got in the habit of cooking myself a real dinner for one. I still do when I find myself alone, it is a very sweet and self-honoring thing to do. Don't forget the vino.
A New England Bouillabaisse
"This mock bouillabaisse is so scrumptious that you would never know it had anything 'left over' in it..."
"There is something about a baked potato that is so comforting that many of us eating alone enjoy making a meal of it. You can enhance it with whatever seems appealing..." writes Judith Jones. Click here to read her full method and see below our three variations.
Caviar, sour cream & chives.
Go classic with cheddar, sour cream and scallions.
Double-bake with caramelized onions and gorgonzola. (Super simple – after baking, carefully remove insides with a spoon, mix with a tablespoon of both gorgonzola and caramelized onion (salt & pepper to taste) and place mixture back in potato. Place back in oven and back for another 5 minutes, until the top browns.)
We love ila’s line of luxury organic skincare products and spa treatments not only for their physical benefits, but also for their spiritual ones. Today we chat with founder Denise Leicester on why she started ila, the importance of chakras, and how to experience a ‘”total heart immersion” on Valentine’s Day, no matter what your relationship status.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi
The Telltale Signs
Leanne Shapton’sWas She Pretty? uses illustrations and short witty commentary to track the petty jealousies we all experience when we hear (or find evidence) of the ex. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite pages from this often comical and poignant book...
P.S. This now classic book is to be released on March 9th by Particular Books in the UK.
Selfridges opens a public “Silence Room” in London through March 1st. Designed by Alex Cochrane Architects, it’s a minimal (and beautiful) space with built-in seating that is almost entirely covered in felt. Whether you sit, stand or lie down is up to you. Spend five or ten minutes (or a few hours) there in silence. No shoes or phones aloud.
And, while you're there, Headspace, which we've featured before has meditation pods going throughout the store.
Once inside, you’ll see the walls, floors and seats are all covered in felt.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” - Rumi
Massage Therapy for a Broken Heart
Kasia, masseuse of In Motion mobile massage, on massage therapy during a breakup.
Today, after much research and pounding of the pavement, we proudly bring you our goop Los Angeles City Guide, now available in the App Store. Included are all of our favorite spots across the board... Read more »
This week’s newsletter is not for you. It’s for your other half. We’re giving them some tips and tricks on how to please you... Read more »
This menu was as fun to come up with as it is to eat. They say oysters are an aphrodisiac but as shucking a raw one can be lethal... Read more »
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