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The French Laundry Approved for Expansion

The French Laundry Approved for Expansion

Thomas Keller posted a celebratory shot of the news of The French Laundry's expansion to his Twitter.

The French Laundry is about to get a whole new look. Thomas Keller’s famous, award-winning Napa Valley restaurant just got approval from the town of Yountville, California, to undergo a major expansion and renovation. According to the Yountville town council meeting agenda, the approval was for a “kitchen expansion and new entry approach, paving and landscaping for the parcels located at 6640 Washington Street.”

Thomas Keller’s culinary empire is pretty busy these days. We reported last month that Chef Keller also got approval to open up a gourmet ice cream shop called Bouchon Creamery, which will offer 12 flavors of ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.

We reached out to Thomas Keller Restaurant Group for more information on the plans for The French Laundry’s new look, but have yet to hear back.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi

27 Laundry Room Ideas to Make Your Small Space as Functional as Possible

Storage solutions, easy DIYs and organizing tips that make doing laundry less of a chore.

Love it or hate it, but doing laundry is unavoidable. While there are a few tricks to make the weekly chore less tedious (sorting your dirty clothes at the end of each day, for example), the steps you follow to properly wash and dry your clothes, linens and bedding is fairly set in stone. So, if you're looking for ways to make laundry day run more smoothly, your best bet is to take a look at the room itself.

These laundry room ideas are full of practical storage solutions and organizing tips, which help you maximize your space, no matter how small. Decor is equally important, especially since you spend so much time in this room: Browse through these beautiful laundry rooms to see different ways that people have incorporated farmhouse, modern or classic style into their space without compromising its functionality. Here, you'll find smart ways to tackle different room layouts and appliance types (stackable versus top-loading washing machines), everything from DIY organizers to corral laundry room accessories to built-in cabinets that are large enough to hold laundry detergents, steam irons, and laundry hampers.

The Vision


Luna Bakery and Café opened its doors in June 2011 in the historic Cedar Fairmount District in Cleveland Heights, a neighborhood with a rich history of beautiful homes, creative residents and small local shops and restaurants. Luna was started by pastry chef Bridget Thibeault of Flour Girl and restauranteurs John Emerman and Tatyana Rehn of The Stone Oven Bakery & Café.

The small corner space in a historic building was a hidden gem and a perfect space for a cozy European-style pastry shop & café with local influences. Within months of opening the doors with 15 seats and a patio, Luna quickly rented an adjacent space and added 25 more seats. The neighborhood embraced Luna and the word was getting out about the amazing quality of their pastries and food. In early 2016, Luna completed their 2nd expansion, adding 35 more seats, yet kept the same relaxed and chic atmosphere.

Luna is proud to be known as the best scratch bakery in Cleveland. The staff is wonderful and the talented chefs create delicious, fresh food using the best ingredients. Handmade crepes, grilled paninis, salads and soups are offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The pastry selection includes croissants, macarons, cupcakes, decorated sugar cookies, tarts, crepe cake and many seasonal offerings.

Luna Cake Shop is a few doors down from the café, and is by appointment only. It's there that Luna's creative cake team bakes and decorates original works of art for weddings and special occasions.

Finally, Luna also offers catering - breakfast and lunch trays, box lunches and pastry trays. Both for on-site and off-site catering.

Luna recently opened their 2nd location in Moreland Hills at the corner of SOM & Chagrin. You can expect the same delicious pastry, coffee and food plus a few new menu items.

Luna is a proud member of Cleveland Independents, an organization of over 80 locally-owned and operated restaurants that share a commitment to the community and a passion for excellence in food and service.

The Fable of Aesop’s Hand Soap

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When you mention the brand Aesop to someone, you will get this enthusiastic response close to 100 percent of the time: “Oh my god, I love their hand soap so much,” usually followed by a sheepish, “But I know it’s so expensive.” The hand soap, officially called “Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash,” costs $39. It smells like someone smashed an orange all over some freshly cut cedar and then sprinkled rosemary on it, but in a muted way. It is the chicest method of killing germs that you can find on the market right now.

The Australian company’s awareness has grown in the US over the past several years thanks in part to the over 40 stores in 16 cities that have opened here since 2012. But arguably it’s also because of the inclusion of those signature black- and cream-striped hand-wash bottles you’ll find in the bathrooms of certain types of restaurants and hotels. Is the decor vaguely vintage with interesting art on the walls? Is it locavore? Perfect Aesop habitat. As this delightful July Saveur article about the ubiquity of Aesop in a certain type of restaurant notes: “On any given night, diners all over the world are walking back to their table thinking, I should really get a bottle of that.” They must actually do it, because it’s one of the brand’s best sellers.

Restaurants refilling Aesop hand soap with Mrs. Meyers. I see you.

— May Kasahara (@maykallday) October 27, 2016

Aesop screens every restaurant and hotel it works with, and yes, it will turn places down. It’s purposeful. “Our relationships with restaurants and hotels are created from a shared affinity for exemplary food and hospitality. If that affinity isn’t present or reciprocated on both sides, we do not partner with a restaurant,” Suzanne Santos, Aesop’s general manager, retail and customer service, writes in an email. “We always meet with the founder to understand their approach to food, hospitality, and to experience the character of the space firsthand.”

Aesop believes that what you eat and how you live contribute to your well-being, which is why you’ll find it in restaurants so frequently. As far as specifically why it will decline to provide its soap to a particular establishment, well, it’s just a case of knowing a good partner when they see it. Cool people recognize other cool people out in the wild, apparently.

A few establishments explained the allure from their end. “Aesop was a great fit for us, as I believe we have a similar classic and unassuming aesthetic, as well as commitment to quality,” Kelly Schmidt, the innkeeper at Longman & Eagle in Chicago, writes in an email. “The woodsy-clean scent is perfect for all of our guests without being too perfume-y, which can be troublesome in a culinary environment. A simple everyday task such as cleansing & hydrating your hands after a meal turns into a special little luxury.”

Aesop amenities at the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC. Photo: Gramercy Park Hotel

The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City is Aesop’s longest standing US partner and has been stocking the brand’s hotel amenities such as shampoo and body wash since 2014. It uses 250,000 units a year. “The philosophy of Aesop as a brand is fully aligned with Gramercy Park Hotel’s vision for creating unique and luxurious experiences in beautiful settings,” Danielle Choi, Gramercy Park Hotel’s director of sales and marketing, writes in an email. “Just like Gramercy Park Hotel, Aesop always considers aesthetics, scent, touch, and nourishment.”

Hand soap and tiny shampoo might be some people’s first introduction to Aesop, but it’s actually a 30-year-old beauty brand that sells dozens of products including haircare, skincare, fragrance, and home scents. The $73 Parsley Anti-oxidant Seed Serum is Aesop’s best-seller globally, and US customers in particular have been fans of its $35 deodorant. The brand also sells a few unexpected things, like this sticky face gel that dries to a smooth finish, animal fur shampoo, hand lotion so attractively packaged that a Racked editor admitted to buying it just for Instagram, and even “Post-Poo Drops,” which add a citrus tang to your toilet bowl post, uh, poo. It also just released a toothpaste that is formulated with anise, wasabi, and cardamom oil. This month it launched its third fragrance, the tricky-to-pronounce Hwyl (a Welsh word with no direct English translation that has to do with emotion), a unisex smoky, woody scent. The price points are fairly luxurious, with most skincare in the $40 to $120 range. In addition to its own freestanding stores, it’s sold at Nordstrom, Barneys, Need Supply, Saks, and Net-a-Porter.

Aesop was founded in 1987 by a hairdresser named Dennis Paphitis in Melbourne, Australia, who started the line by mixing essential oils into hair products that had strong ammonia scents. (And for the record, the name is pronounced “ee-sop” not “ay-sop.”) Aesop started out by wholesaling its products to retailers Fred Segal in LA was one of its first US stockists, in the late ’80s. It opened its first freestanding store in Melbourne in 2004, with more stores opening globally after that.

In 2012, Aesop sold a 65 percent stake in the company to the eco-leaning Brazilian beauty company Natura Brasil, which allowed the company to scale up. As of the end of last year, Natura Brasil fully owned Aesop. Aesop also credits its global expansion to the savvy of Michael O’Keeffe, Aesop’s CEO since 2003. Aesop has grown 30 to 40 percent every year since its inception and earned $178 million in revenue in 2016. Sixty-five percent of its sales come from its own stores, 25 percent from department stores, 6 percent from its website, and 4 percent from cafes and restaurants, according to an April article in the Australian Financial Review. One has to assume that those cafes act as marketing, driving smitten hand soap users into the brand’s stores.

It’s difficult to categorize Aesop, which might be part of its appeal. You know it’s definitely fancy, but not so fancy it won’t admit that people poop. While it uses many plant-based ingredients in its products, it doesn’t want to be known as a “natural” brand. It’s definitely well positioned in the current beauty market, which increasingly favors transparency and effective ingredients perceived to be safe.

“We’ve always been interested in botanicals and what they can do for the benefit of the skin or the hair in our formulations, and we use essential oils for the scents of all of our products instead of synthetic fragrances,” says Kate Forbes, the general manager of marketing and innovation, whose background is product formulation. “But we did realize a while ago that you have to still combine that with some synthetically manufactured ingredients to get that efficacy.” As one example, she points to vitamin C, an ingredient that’s tricky to work with in its natural form due to its extreme instability, but which performs well in a “modified” version.

But arguably, it is the design that pulls you into Aesop first. Paphitis, who is now an “advisor” and not involved in day-to-day operations, has given some interviews to the Australian press over the years that give some clues to why that soap is so damn appealing.

In company lore, every aspect of Aesop’s image — from the colors staff use in PowerPoint presentations to “approved toilet paper” — has been strictly prescribed and meticulously controlled. Some of the quirkier Aesop rules state that staff are not allowed to talk about the weather with customers — too superficial and banal. Only classic black Bic pens are used in offices. Staff aren’t allowed to eat lunch at their desks. It all contributes to an intangible experience. As Paphitis said in one memorable interview, “It’s why the philistine plagiarists who attempt to copy what we do always fail — always. Thousands of seemingly insignificant and bizarre actions accrue and collude together to become the essence of the product.”

So with that all happening behind the scenes, you can imagine the attention that goes into the final product. Aesop has partnered with noted architects and designer firms through the years for its store designs, none of which are exactly the same. They all have some signature elements, though, and feature a prominently displayed large sink and rows and rows of product neatly lined up on shelves, with the different-sized stripes on the bottles making the wall look like one giant art installation. The stores also pay homage to their locations. For example, a store on New York City’s Upper West Side recently opened in the former location of a French laundry that had been there for 40 years. The original dry cleaner’s sign is still up, and the plywood walls hold shelves that are meant to look like upside-down clothes hangers.

No matter your level of cynicism, it’s hard to resist the sanctuary that is an Aesop store. When you shop there, you will be greeted by an employee who will offer assistance in a soothing voice without being pushy. He will wash your hands in the tastefully appointed sink with a well-designed faucet, then apply a balm afterwards. He will give you packets of product samples with your purchase, thoughtfully chosen based on your skin type, which he has already ascertained because he has not wasted time talking to you about how cloudy it is outside. Your purchases are then all packaged up in a cream-colored drawstring muslin bag that you tell yourself you will surely use to store something special in and not just toss on the floor of your closet.

The distinctive bottles add to the allure. The dark amber glass is a signature of the brand, and not a mere design element. “Amber does filter out a lot of light so you are able to preserve the quality of the product [unlike] in clear [glass]. And glass is a much more inert material than plastics,” explains Forbes, meaning it won’t react with the product’s ingredients, though some products that are used in the shower have to be housed in plastic now for safety reasons.

That striking label came from a pragmatic place as well. Most Aesop products don’t come with any outside box packaging, so all the information needs to fit on the label. Forbes says the alternating black and white lines help to break up the text to make it easier to read.

Recently, the company’s facade was dented a bit by an intrusion from the real world. Aesop’s stores and packaging often feature quotes from famous people Paphitis once only half-jokingly called himself the “director of quote-sourcing.” A Thomas Jefferson quote in a store recently received a few customer complaints, including a tweet that said: “Maybe don’t use this quote from someone who raped their slaves.” Aesop responded immediately on Twitter that it would remove the quote from all stores. “Aesop frequently chooses quotes from historical or literary figures to inspire our customers or highlight key attributes of our products. We recently used a quote in store and realized the insensitive nature of its inclusion, and have since removed it from all stores,” Forbes said in a statement to Racked.

With the exception of that post and a few scattered tweets about its new products, Aesop’s Twitter feed reads like NPR. It discusses podcasts, books, and pop culture moments like The Handmaid’s Tale. It has a literary blog on its site. In addition to the commercial properties it works with, Aesop also recently partnered with the Neutra VDL house in LA when it launched its home scent sprays.

What could seem massively pretentious for any other brand for some reason doesn’t when Aesop does it. Or perhaps it’s just accessible pretentiousness. Either way, Aesop brilliantly taps into that piece of us that needs the pleasure of using bougie $39 hand soap.

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Condensate Drain Lines

@ # @

The applicable Codes are the `12 IMC & IPC.

I am looking for Code Sections regarding condensate drain lines.
QUESTION: Can condensate drain lines connect directly to the
sanitary sewer system, or must there be an Air Gap or Air Break
at the point of termination.


Silver Member

2012 IPC
[M] 314.2.4 Traps. Condensate drains shall be trapped as
required by the equipment or appliance manufacturer.
2012 IMC
307.2.4 Traps. Condensate drains shall be trapped as
required by the equipment or appliance manufacturer.

While not explicit, this implies direct connections.



I have always required an indirect connection, I based this off of the verbiage, "shall be conveyed from the drain pan outlet to an approved place of disposal". IPC 314.2 & 314.2.1.

If the equipment manufacturer didn't require a trap and add to it a direct connection to the sanitary system, how is the equipment protected in the event of a sanitary backup?

North star






The trap does not protect the equipment in the event of a sanitary backup. The air gap between the drain pan and the equipment is where the protection is.
I assume you are referring to HVAC equipment and not all equipment.

Health Care Plumbing IPC 609.7
609.7 Condensate drain trap seal.
A water supply shall be provided for cleaning, flushing and resealing the condensate trap, and the trap shall discharge through an air gap in accordance with Section 608.











North star


. continuing with this topic, in looking at the `12 IMC,
Section 307.2.1, where it states ". shall be conveyed
to an approved place of disposal" [ and the `12 IPC,
Section 314.2.1 ], if I have an HVAC appliance located
above a "drop ceiling grid", am I "required" to provide
an air gap air break, or can I connect directly to the
sanitary sewer system . It is my belief that a backup
in a sanitary sewer system would not reach the height
of the connection of the appliance condensate disposal
line !



Paul Sweet


Francis Vineyard

Registered User

Restricted or clogged plumbing vents will siphon smaller traps. In seasonal climates traps will dry out.

Code prohibits (indirect) waste receptors in interstitial spaces above ceilings and below floors (Ref. 2706.1)

North star


Section 2706.1 of what Code please ?

I am having a difficult time understanding Section 802.2,
[ `12 IPC ], because if I directly connect to the bldg.
sanitary sewer system and have clear, non-potable
condensation water draining in to it, the bldg. sanitary
sewer system will be trapped at some point, even if I
connect to a wet vent.

Restating my conundrum: An RDP has put language in
to a set of plans stating that the condensation drain lines
should be connected directly to the bldg. sanitary sewer
system, . without any wording or Code References to
an Air Gap or Air Break. This is a one story facility.

My belief is that an Air Gap or Air Break IS required.
I am looking to obtain Code Sections that state that an
Air Gap or Air Break is required.

Thanks all for your indulgence.


Francis Vineyard

Registered User

I apologize for not referencing the IPC:

802.3 Waste receptors. Waste receptors shall be of an approved type. A removable strainer or basket shall cover the waste outlet of waste receptors. Waste receptors shall be installed in ventilated spaces. Waste receptors shall not be installed in bathrooms, toilet rooms, plenums, crawl spaces, attics, interstitial spaces above ceilings and below floors or in any inaccessible or unventilated space such as a closet or storeroom. Ready access shall be provided to waste receptors.

If it helps with the disposal location the following excerpt from the 2015 commentary is self-explanatory for deleted locations “the prohibition of not locating waste receptors in bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets or storerooms has been deleted. The prohibition for locating waste receptors in these areas was based on the belief that these receptors would be used for urination. The fact is, any inappropriate location could be used for urination, so the presence of waste receptors does not invite inappropriate behavior any more than a lavatory or a mop sink would. Removal of these prohibitions allows for common installations of clothes washers in a dwelling unit’s bath or toilet room floor sinks or hub drains for T&P discharge pan drains in toilet rooms, storerooms and closets where water heaters are installed and floor drains in storerooms and closets for capturing condensate from air conditioning units.”

In reference to the definition of "Approved" the following explanation from the IBC Handbook:

APPROVED. Throughout the code, the term approved is used to describe a specific material or type of construction, such as approved automatic flush bolts mentioned in Section 1010.1.9.3, Item 3, or an approved barrier in interior exit stairways addressed in Section 1023.8. Where approved is used, it merely means that such design, material, or method of construction is acceptable to the building official (or other authority having jurisdiction), based on the intent of the code. It would seem appropriate that the building official base his or her decision of approval on the result of investigations or tests, if applicable, or by reason of accepted principles.

The Best Disinfectants Approved by the EPA to Kill the Coronavirus

From viruses to bacteria, our lives are filled with exposure to germs. While some of these germs are relatively harmless to people, others, like the novel coronavirus (and COVID-19, the disease it causes that’s currently spreading across the globe), can put certain demographics at serious risk. Luckily, there’s an easy way to completely kill germs in your home: by using the best disinfectants. 

Disinfectants differentiate themselves from other cleaning products by killing germs with chemicals rather than removing them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disinfectants should be used on surfaces that have already been cleaned of dirt and grime𠅎specially high-touch surfaces in common household areas—to prevent the spread of diseases. 

However, not every disinfectant is made the same. To account for discrepancies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues registered lists of antimicrobial products effective against common pathogens, including one released on March 5 with 300 cleaning products that can kill the coronavirus. The products received the EPA’s stamp of approval based on the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program, which requires manufacturers to prove their products are effective against viruses that are even harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2. 

Unfortunately, many cleaning products are in high demand right now between flu season, allergies, and the coronavirus outbreak. To save you time hunting down your own supply, we’ve collected the best disinfectants that are still available to shop online and EPA-registered to kill the coronavirus.

  • Best Multipurpose:Honest Company Disinfecting Spray
  • Best Kitchen Cleaner:Seventh Generation Professional Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaner
  • Best Best Cleaning System:O3 Waterworks Sanitizing Spray System
  • Best for Pets:Clorox Pet Solutions Stain & Odor Remover
  • Best Bleach:Clorox Disinfecting Bleach

1. Best Multipurpose: Honest Disinfecting Spray

This all-purpose spray can be used around your home to disinfect high-traffic surfaces, like floors and doorknobs, to remove 99.9% of bacteria. Unlike other products, the antibacterial formula also leaves surfaces visibly cleaner because it contains surfactants that break down grease and grime. Despite its ability to tackle germs, the fragrance-free formula doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or chlorine bleach.

2. Best Kitchen Cleaner: Seventh Generation Professional Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaner

You’ll fall in love with this sanitizing spray from the first citrus-scented spritz. Its EPA-registered formula kills up to 99.9% of bacteria to cleanse, sanitize, and disinfect non-porous surfaces. The best part? No rinsing or or wiping is required after your spray𠅎ven on surfaces that come into contact with food.

3. Best Cleaning System: O3 Waterworks Sanitizing Spray System

Instead of spending hours hunting down disinfectants, try investing in this home cleaning system. It creates a sanitizing solution from tap water by adding an electron through an electrolytic cell. This turns the solution into an aqueous ozone that kills pathogens in just 30 seconds. We know: It sounds like a stretch. But ozone has been used for hundreds of years to sanitize and purify water, and it’s also FDA-cleared to kill 99.9% of harmful germs. Better yet, the oxidizing agent turns back into water once it’s used, so you won’t have to worry about leftover contaminants. 

4. Best for Pets: Clorox Pet Solutions Stain & Odor Remover

You’ll have better luck getting your hands on this pet-marketed stain remover than traditional disinfectant. Its ready-to-use formula can be directly sprayed on carpets, floors, furniture, and more to eliminate odors, stains, and germs. And because it’s safe for your furry four-legged friends, you’ll feel good about using it around your home, too. Plus, its “smart tube” technology guarantees you’ll get to use every last drop on both hard and soft surfaces.

5. Best Bleach: Clorox Disinfecting Bleach

You can’t go wrong with this household name. The phosphate-free bleach kills 99.9% of household germs and bacteria to keep your house free of viruses. Just add half a cup of bleach to a gallon of water to create a disinfecting solution for hard surfaces. Once you’ve brewed up the perfect mix, be sure to leave it on for at least 5 minutes for total clean. 

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it&aposs possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.

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Domestic v. International Carry-on Bag Sizes

While there are generally only a few inches of difference between carry-on luggage dimensions, you&aposll want to pay attention to the carry-on size restrictions of the airlines you fly most often. A good rule of thumb for domestic U.S. flights is to adhere to suitcases sizedꀢ" x 14" x 9". If you&aposre often flying internationally, you may want to opt for a bag that stands at 21 inches instead, just to be sure you won&apost run into any issues when boarding. I&aposve found that international carry-on luggage rules tend to be a bit more strict, especially if you&aposre flying with a budget carrier.

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