John Lam’s Favorite Things
The Boston Ballet soloist talks Tom Ford and truffle cheese.
If you follow dance at all, chances are youâ€™ve seen John Lam perform. Since landing at the Boston Ballet in 2003â€”by way of Canadaâ€™s National Ballet Schoolâ€”heâ€™s glissaded and pliĂ©d in everything from Don Quixote to A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream. Although the Marin County, California, native still calls Sausalito his favorite city in the world, Lam has embraced the East Coast, especially the South End, where he lives with his husband, real estate and redevelopment lawyer John Ruggieri; their six-month-old son, Giovanni; two cocker spaniels; and a Chihuahua. Here, the one-time Oberon shares some of his personal bests.
Flowers:Â Lotus Designs is a true gem in the South End.
Baked Goods: Flour.
Meat and Produce: Foodieâ€™s Urban Market.
Cheese: Anything truffle-infused from Formaggio KitchenÂ is the way to go.
Ice Cream: Picco.
Linens: Bloomingdaleâ€™s for great quality, and Hudson for special purchases.
Glasses: Simon Pearce has the best handmade glassware. I love it.
Jeans: AllSaints, G-Star Raw, and Topman are my go-tos.
Sporting Equipment: City Sports. Lululemon is also a great place to get your yoga on.
Furniture: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. These two boys truly are making a great brand and name for themselves.
Stationery: Richard Cobb,of Winsor Cobb Design, has created timeless, fun, and gorgeous custom stationery for me.
Cleaner: French Cleaners.
Tailor: Rodolfoâ€™s Tailoring.
Dog Walker: Dâ€™Tails Pet Boutique for daily walking, and Urban Hound Hotel for exceptional boarding and care.
Composer: Philip Glass. I love the quick tempos and scores that he creates.
Style Icons: Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen, hands down.
New England Getaways: Woodstock, Vermont, and Ogunquit, Maine.
Favorite City in the World: Sausalito, in my home county.
City that Makes You Glad to Come Home to Boston:Â Raleigh, North Carolina. Sorry.
Concert You Saw: Donna Summer and, before that, Lady Gaga.
TV Series You Followed:Â The New Normal and Modern Family.
Splurge that Was Worth It: Shrimp cocktail and steaks at Abe & Louieâ€™s.
Beauty Products: Aveda â€śAll-Sensitiveâ€ť moisturizer and Fresh soy face cleanser.
Jewelry: My Harry Winston wedding band and David Yurman blackÂ diamond cross necklace.
Everyday Uniform: Jeans, sneakers, and a nice shirt.
Fragrance: Tom Ford Beautyâ€™s â€śLavender Palm.â€ť
Drink Order, Alcoholic: Amaretto sour.
Drink Order, Non-Alcoholic: Cranberry and soda with a wedge of lime, or bubble tea.
iPhone App: Instagram.
Gadgets: A bone stimulator and the Game Ready machine.
Takeout Food: Sunrise Chinese is incredible late at night.
Sneakers: Iâ€™m a NikeÂ fan.
Go-To Recipe: Momâ€™s egg rolls. They take forever to make, but theyâ€™re so worth it.
Necessary Extravagances: Goyard accessories with custom handpainted stripes or initialsÂ and a vintage Rolex.
Green Spaces: Peters Parkand Worcester Square.
Club: Somerset Club.
Restaurants: Orinoco or the Daily Catch.
Spot for Cocktails: Stella, when I occasionally order one.
1. Lotus Designs 2. Formaggio Kitchen 3. Hudson 4. Simon Pearce 5. D’Tails Pet Boutique 6. Tom Ford Beauty’s “Lavender Palm” 7. Nike 8. Goyard accessories with custom handpainted stripes or initials.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/fashion-style/article/2014/01/28/boston-ballet-john-lam-favorite-things/