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$600 ‘doomsday’ dinner party, delivered to your door by bunnies

What are daily lessons?

These short lessons cannot substitute speaking on a regular basis, which is the best way to improve. These lessons are a great way to keep improving in between lessons. They are short readings and videos selected by Marcus to help you save time and energy. It is not easy to stay motivated and even when you are motivated, it is difficult to find something new and interesting every day. I will take care of that for you, making it very simple for you to improve your English skills every single day!

Suggestion

Keep a “Daily Lesson” diary to track your progress and the new things that you learn, specifically the new sentence from the reading and video. You can easily come back and find all of the vocabulary words from the article on my website at a later date.

Improve your reading skills and vocabulary

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Chefs Adam Bordonaro and Ryan Lory opened their first restaurant in 2019. Ardyn, an intimate, romantic spot in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, received immediate attention, with rave reviews from the media and diners and a packed dining room and bar. The two men have been close friends for seven years, meeting at Charlie Palmer’s Steak, where they both worked and staying in touch as the two walked parallel paths. Almost exactly one year after opening, all restaurants in New York City were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Ardyn’s brief, shining run came to an abrupt halt. “We wanted to do something that would allow someone at home to replicate the restaurant’s quality and spirit in their home,” says Lory. The meal kits include seven courses — the current menu will be changed next week — with citrus-cured Hamachi, charred broccoli and 45-day dry-aged Wagyu ribeye from Snake River Farms. The meals come ready to assemble, heat and plate, so nothing gets gross en route. There are detailed instructions, YouTube videos, a music playlist and an upsell to add bottled cocktails and wine pairings. The final piece of frivolity — the meals are delivered by two tuxedo-clad people wearing bunny masks. Because why not? The duo wanted to create something memorable and special, exclusive and strange to help break up the monotony of everyday.

spot – a particular place or point.

rave – When journalists write rave reviews, they praise something in a very enthusiastic way.

packed – cram a large number of things into.

abrupt – sudden and unexpected.

halt – bring or come to an abrupt stop.

charred – burnt and blackened.

dry-aged – something that has been hung or placed on a rack to dry for several weeks

meals – any of the regular occasions in a day when a reasonably large amount of food is eaten.

heat – make or become hot or warm.

gross – very unpleasant; repulsive.

en route – during the course of a journey; on the way.

upsell – persuade a customer to buy something additional or more expensive.

frivolity – lack of seriousness; light-heartedness.

tuxedo-clad – wearing a tuxedo

tuxedo – Black tie is a semi-formal Western dress code for evening events, originating in British and American conventions for attire in the 19th century.

bunny – a child’s term for a rabbit.

monotony – ack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine.

Optional Reading Assignment

Chose one sentence from the reading that you think can be useful for you to learn and send it to me in a message on WhatsApp.

Italian

Gli chef Adam Bordonaro e Ryan Lory hanno aperto il loro primo ristorante nel 2019. Ardyn, un luogo intimo e romantico nel quartiere del Greenwich Village di New York City, ha ricevuto un’attenzione immediata, con recensioni entusiastiche da parte dei media e dei commensali e una sala da pranzo e un bar affollatissimi. I due uomini sono stati amici intimi per sette anni, incontrandosi al Charlie Palmer’s Steak, dove entrambi hanno lavorato e sono rimasti in contatto mentre i due camminavano su percorsi paralleli. Quasi esattamente un anno dopo l’apertura, tutti i ristoranti di New York City sono stati chiusi a causa della pandemia di coronavirus, e la breve e brillante corsa di Ardyn si è bruscamente fermata. “Volevamo fare qualcosa che permettesse a qualcuno a casa di replicare la qualità e lo spirito del ristorante a casa sua”, dice Lory. I kit per i pasti comprendono sette portate – il menu attuale verrà cambiato la prossima settimana – con Hamachi agli agrumi, broccoli carbonizzati e ribeye Wagyu stagionato a secco di 45 giorni di Snake River Farms. I pasti sono pronti per il montaggio, il riscaldamento e il piatto, quindi niente diventa volgare durante il viaggio. Ci sono istruzioni dettagliate, video su YouTube, una playlist musicale e un upsell per aggiungere cocktail in bottiglia e abbinamenti di vino. Il pezzo finale di frivolezza – i pasti sono consegnati da due persone in smoking che indossano maschere da coniglietto. Perché no? Il duo ha voluto creare qualcosa di memorabile e speciale, esclusivo e strano per contribuire a spezzare la monotonia di tutti i giorni.

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Optional Video Assignment

Send me a message on WhatsApp with one of the complete sentences or phrases that you learned from the video!

 

 

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