Sleek and Subtle Chocolates

A notable characteristic of Goodnow Farms Chocolate bars is their sleek subtlety. New flavor combinations, like a dark chocolate spiced apple cider bar, are about nuance, not boldness. Each of the single-origin bars, with chocolate from farms in Central and South America, has its own character. The family-owned company, on a 225-year-old farm in Sudbury,…

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Brisket for Brünnhilde

Trade the magic Tarnhelm for a Stetson. On Site Opera, a company that interprets operas in nontraditional venues, takes “The Ring” to Texas as a country-and-western tale, complete with Siegfried, the Rhinestone cowboy, in “Das Barbecü.” The production, with music by Scott Warrender riffing on Richard Wagner’s themes, lyrics by Jim Luigs and a cast…

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Culinary Historians Host Viennese Artists

The wit and whimsy of the performance artists Sonja Stummerer and Martin Hablesreiter of the Viennese architecture and design firm Honey & Bunny know no bounds. At a meeting of the Culinary Historians of New York, they will discuss the interaction between design and what’s on the table and how it affects social norms. Feb.…

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Da Toscano Opens, From the Former Chef of Perla

Headliner Da Toscano It’s a homecoming for Michael Toscano, the former executive chef of Perla. He moved to Charleston, S.C., in 2012, with his wife, Caitlin, and opened Le Farfalle. Now he’s back on Minetta Lane, in the former Perla space, where he will showcase his personal take on Italian fare. His wife is the…

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The Test a Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak Poses to China’s Leadership

WUHAN, China — Facing growing pressure to contain a deadly viral outbreak that has spread in Asia, China’s ruling Communist Party raced on Tuesday to confront the disease, slapping restrictions on the city where it started and warning that anyone who hides infections will be “forever nailed to history’s pillar of shame.” The response by…

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I Quit a Famous Rock Band

ImageCredit…Eric Ryan Anderson for The New York Times Steve Gorman played drums in the Black Crowes from 1987 to 2001. Then again from 2005 to 2014. Jan. 20, 2020 I wanted to be in a band. And I wanted that band to be great. And I wanted that feeling you have when you know you’re…

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Is Restaurant Noise a Crime? Our Critic Mounts a Ringing Defense

Whatever else readers say in article comments, on social media or in their emails to me, two responses are far and away the most common when I write about restaurants. The first is a rejection of the whole idea of eating out, because after all one can eat much more cheaply at home. To that,…

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After Culinary and Literary Acclaim, She’s Moving to the Woods

NAHMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It was only Saturday morning, and already the problems were piling up for Iliana Regan here in the rainy woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ms. Regan is a 40-year-old chef from Indiana with a Michelin star who last summer published “Burn the Place,” perhaps the definitive Midwest drunken-lesbian food memoir. On…

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What to Look for in Energy-Efficient Kitchen Appliances

Technology is changing a lot of things, and the kitchen is one of them. Kitchens are one of the best places to increase the efficiency of your home. Smart appliances are saving a lot of energy. When you’re looking for new appliances, it is an option to choose those with the Energy Star rating in…

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Rejecting the Name My Parents Chose

Despite the byline you see on this article, the name my parents gave me was Jo. Not Josephine, just Jo. Inspired by the main character in “Little Women,” they dreamed I’d grow to become every bit as norm-bashing as Louisa May Alcott’s fictional character, Jo March. Although Jo, most recently brought to life by Saoirse…

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