Fascinating Conversation Starters to Use This Weekend
Welcome to this week's edition of Dinner Party Dialogue. We've looked high and low and found the coolest topics of the moment across our favorite verticals. Take a look before you head out to dinner tonight. With these conversation starters, you'll be the star of the night.
In honor of this year's Brazilian Olympics, we're focusing our design discussion on Hotel Unique—a beacon of sculptural architecture rising high above the trees in São Paulo. Designed Ruy Ohtake, the modern structure is a combination of high drama and fierce originality. The entire design is curved, meaning stunning hotel rooms have floors and walls that meld together like a half pike.
Question to ask the table: Who is your favorite Brazilian designer?
Whether you're looking for a new job or looking to hire someone new, now is the time of year when careers are in flux. We don't want to pollute the dinner conversation with work-heavy topics, but sharing interview questions is both informative and entertaining. Ask the table about career gaps, i.e. that time someone took off to Southeast Asia with a one-way trip, the best mistakes they've made, and the most surprising question they've ever been asked. Chances are these prompts will lead to some hilarious stories and some clever insights into how to approach your next interview, no matter what side of the table you're on.
Question to ask the table: What's the worst interview experience you've ever had?
Barley + Oats is the mom app du jour. It's a postpartum meal delivery service that offers new moms well-balanced meals catered specifically toward postpartum nutrition and baby development. When asked about the company's mission, founder Ashly Yashchin responded by talking about the clash between her love of food and nutrition and the time-intensive recipes she wouldn't have the time to make once her baby was born. "I wanted to eat to provide the best nutritional support both to my healing body and to my developing child. However, I knew there was no way in the first few weeks and months of postpartum that I was going to be soaking nuts and grains, boiling barley for two hours, or making bone broths." From this idea, Barley + Oats was born.
Question to ask the table: Would you try this new app? What's the best thing to eat right after having a baby? What were your most bizarre pregnancy cravings?
As we've all heard, sitting is the new smoking. And with that comes incessant back pain. A new study shows that orthotics and other expensive equipment are not the way ease the pain. "Of all the options currently available to prevent back pain, exercise is really the only one with any evidence that it works," Dr. Chris Maher, a professor at the George Institute, tells The New York Times. The study shows that the type of exercise doesn't matter, as long as you're consistent. "The size of the effect from routine exercise almost halves the risk [of back pain]," says Dr. Maher.
Question to ask the table: Who wants to play tennis this week?
The secret to why dining out for your work lunch tastes so much better than making your own meal is often in the sauce, dressing, and/or toppings. In order to make the workweek healthier, tastier, and a lot more affordable, talk about the most innovative ways to prep food for the week ahead. Want toasted nori mayonnaise for your ciabatta sandwich? Or pickled scallions for your grain bowl? Skim this killer prep-list from Bon Appétit before your dinner party, and let everyone know about these lunch-changing tricks.
Question to ask the table: What's your best time hack for making dinner on a weeknight?
In an effort to warm up after the Sundance Film Festival or just a semi-chilly day on the California coast, we suggest taking a weekend trip to Palm Springs. Stay at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club for a sleek modernist vibe or The Parker for a pastels-only resort experience. All self-respecting travelers have either been to this dreamy desert land or have it on their travel bucket list. Talk about all of the art and leisure activities available there, like visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture & Design Center or the Palm Springs Walk of Fame.
Question to ask the table: If you could go to the desert with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?
Facebook has officially entered the gray zone. Chief Product Officer Chris Cox has transformed the like button. After careful consideration and a lot of workshopping, Cox is leading the charge against the solo option of a thumbs up. Facebook is now offering a range of emotions to click on. Cox consulted with outside sociologists about the range of human emotion to ensure that universal feelings were well-represented. Now you can convey anger, hahas, love, or wows by holding your finger down on the like button.
Question for the table: If you could add an emotive like/dislike button to Facebook, what would it be?
What's your favorite thing that happened this week? Share with us in the comments.