In addition to these five things, Alive's production supervisor Rebecca loves traveling, sunny fall days and miniature statues that look like Flora.

In addition to these five things, Alive's production supervisor Rebecca loves traveling, sunny fall days and miniature statues that look like Flora.


My mother-in-law's Thanksgiving stuffing

How lucky am I? The Norman Rockwell-like turkey is picture-perfect, the wine flows freely and the outsize family is super fun -but the star of the day in my mind (and mouth) is the stuffing, a magical combination of homemadecornbread, Italian sausage, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes.


Rogue Bakery Not-a-Snickerdoodle

Part of the enjoyment of this Facebook/Twitter-only operation is the impulse-enablingordering process(I generally windup pulling the trigger late at night, maybe after a drink or two, only to bepleasantly surprised with an e-mail reminder the next day).

Morefun arrives inthe playfulpackaging, but of course the proof is inthe "hell, yeah!" eating. Rogue's goodies are like the best home-baked cookies ever minus all the fuss; and while these might not be Snickerdoodles, they're actually the best sugar cookies around.


Egg Cuber

Sure, regular hard-boiled eggs are nice. But square onesare better.


"Pit Boss"

Shorty, Ashley, Ron and Sebastian are an entrancing posse of vertically challenged dog rescuers saving lost, stray and mistreated pitties in L.A. I wish they'd open a (little) branch here.


"A Visit from the Goon Squad"

Chapters bounce convincingly from character to character in Egan's brilliant and bold collection of intertwined rock-and-roll short stories. The unpredictable tales build, layer upon lyrical layer, into a cohesive whole - always revolving around the "goon" of time. Perfect for, ahem, "fully ripe" scenesters.