A Wine Importer Turns to Food

Neal Rosenthal, the selective upstate importer of fine wines (mostly French and Italian), is also selling food online at his Mad Rose website. Several new products deserve pantry space. Roveja, brown to greenish-gray dried wild peas the size of capers, come from the border between Umbria and Le Marche in Italy. Soak them overnight, then…

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Stores Come Out on Top in Cheese Awards

At the annual American Cheese Society Judging and Competition held this month in Richmond, Va., the award for “Best of Show” went to Stockinghall by Murray’s Cheese, a cow’s milk clothbound Cheddar — made for Murray’s by Cornell University and Old Chatham Creamery in Chatham, N.Y., and aged in Murray’s caves. In second place was…

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Sahadi’s Opens a New Store in Brooklyn

In business since 1948, Sahadi’s, the family-owned Middle Eastern food bazaar on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, is opening a second location on Thursday. It’s a spacious store and cafe in Industry City, Brooklyn, conveniently near its wholesale warehouse. In addition to a vast array of dried fruits, nuts roasted in-house and olives, the outpost offers…

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We Should Be Talking About Dinner Toast

Food trends come and go, but “stuff on toast” is forever. Even in its purest form, golden-brown crisp bread — smeared with nothing more than some butter and sprinkled with salt — is a luxurious, timeless treat. But “toast is good!” is not news. Dinner toast, though, should be. It is quite possibly the perfect…

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Six New Takes on the Spritz to Try Before Summer Ends

Making a spritz, in the classic style, calls to mind the bacari of Venice, those stand-up bars that sling bittersweet amari with prosecco and soda water in sturdy tumblers. Indeed, the drink originated in Venice, when early 20th-century Austrian soldiers began diluting Venetian wines to lower the alcohol content. Today, in cities around the world,…

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China Eases Rules on Cheap Drug Imports to Fight Chronic Diseases

BEIJING — China said it would reduce the penalties for the sale and import of unapproved drugs, effectively giving poor and critically ill patients the green light to get cheaper generic pharmaceuticals from other countries. The move, announced on Monday, could help fill a gaping hole in the country’s overburdened health care system. For years,…

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What is breast implant illness?

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For Newcomers to Sichuan Hot Pot, a Gateway at Da Long Yi

New York is getting crowded with hot pots. The city is not yet in the same league as, say, Chongqing, where the dish is said to have originated and where an association dedicated to keeping track of such things says there are about 50,000 places to eat it. New York, by my count, has a…

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