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Display Name: Michael Logan
Member Since: 4/2/14

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I had an impossibly cheap and rather nice apartment in Westwood (UCLA's neighborhood) for decades. The landlady allowed me to renovate, too. I was known far and wide as "the guy with the great apartment that's so cheap he spent $10,000 putting in a new kitchen and it's still cheap."

Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/17/14 12:38 PM

As a crazy college student in the crazy 80s, I decided that my tiny, windowless bathroom would look great painted gloss black. I got about 3/4 through the project (it should have been a one-day job, but I was a bad painter then) and began to feel ill. Turns out I had scarlet fever (!) and was very sick for weeks. During my illness, a friend invited me to take over his room in a bigger, nicer apartment. So I moved out with an unfinished mess of a bathroom. No security deposit refund for me!

Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/16/14 12:56 PM

I have had a 24" Bertazzoni for quite some time, and I love it. The high-power and simmer burners really do what they are meant to do. What drew me to the Bertazzoni in the first place, though? The knobs. I hate the huge hemispherical "boob knobs" found on almost all the high-end ranges. They look especially ridiculous on a 24" range. The Bertazzoni knobs are elegant. It's also true that the oven door stays cool, but that comes at a cost--it's so generously insulated that a standard American half baking sheet doesn't quite fit into the 24" model's oven. So I bought a bunch of slightly smaller baking sheets in Paris.

Bertazzoni Pro Series 36\" 6-Burner, Gas Oven
7/15/14 12:58 PM

I painted the ceiling in a 6x8 foot bathroom in metallic copper acrylic (actually a mix of 2/3 copper and 1/3 gold, to lighten up the value), in a rough crosshatch pattern with a rather stiff 1-inch artist's chisel brush. It took all day (with long breaks for shoulder recovery), but it was a hit--everyone looks GREAT in that room, with the light bouncing in every direction off the warm color of the ceiling. It makes my grey hair look blond.

10 Crazy Things to Do on the Ceiling
7/12/14 03:16 PM

I've always enjoyed Cointreau, myself, thought the Curaçao does sound interesting.

​3 Quality Orange Liqueurs to Fit Your Budget The 9-Bottle Bar
7/9/14 07:28 PM

I find that I just don't visit the site often, since they abandoned their original model of launching just a few, limited-time sales every day. Back then, I always wanted to see what was new, and I bought things pretty regularly.

Under Reports It Will Close, Fab Pushes Back Design News
6/25/14 01:27 PM

There are some beautiful mid tone greys in quartz (Caesarstone/Silestone). I'm especially fond of Caesarstone Pebble:

Suggestions for Grey Countertops for My Farmhouse Kitchen? Good Questions
6/19/14 06:47 PM

I was in a Sur la Table store one day, back when I was planning my first kitchen remodel. I picked up a piece of the Jean Dubost flatware they sell, and asked an employee if it was dishwasher-safe. When she said that it was, I replied "Great--I can get a dishwasher!" I already had 12 place settings and all the serving pieces, assembled over several trips to Paris, and if I'd still have to hand-wash it I saw no point in installing a dishwasher. The look on her face was priceless.

11 Things You Probably Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 04:49 PM

I first encountered this drink at a bar in Venice, 7 years ago. The bartender was making a whole row of spritzes. Most were a magenta color (from the Campari) but a few were more orange-toned. I asked the bartender about the difference, and acquired a new favorite summer drink. Aperol was not easy to find in the U.S. then, but has since become ubiquitous.

Recipe: Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipes from The Kitchn
6/19/14 04:40 PM

It's gorgeous. Congratulations, and thanks for the well-written and useful posts.

I have that same stove, and lived for ages with an 18" dishwasher (not to mention a tiny under-counter fridge). The stove is fantastic, especially the amazing power- and simmer-burners! But unless they've redesigned the oven interior in the last few years, it's very slightly too small to fit a standard American half-sheet pan. So I take a tape measure when I go looking for bakeware and roasting tins.

I used to curse my 18" dishwasher after big dinner parties, but I find myself guiltily washing half loads more often than not in the standard 24" dishwasher I have now.

Dan's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/2/14 06:06 PM