Cosmopolitan Style in Turkey

STREET STYLE In Istanbul, self-expression can be as simple as the way you tie your hijab, doff your flat cap or always, always dye your hair. Image Tugba Duran, at left, and Betül Altinova, both 20.CreditLauren Fleishman for The New York Times Betül Altinova and Tugba Duran, 20, students Betül: I don’t really have a…

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The 52 Places Traveler: In Fiji, a ‘Reluctant Swimmer’ Jumps In

Our columnist, Jada Yuan, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2018 list. This dispatch brings her to Fiji, which took the No. 24 spot. It is the 45th stop on Jada’s itinerary. Remember to breathe I tried to remember my Fijian instructor’s directive: “The most important thing is to breathe.”…

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The Rise and Fall of Turkey Brining

Dear Thanksgiving cooks of America: On behalf of food writers everywhere, I apologize. For nearly two decades now, many of us have suggested that you plunge your turkey into a bucket of flavored salt water for a day or two. The promise was an end to dryness and a bulletproof solution to the conundrum of…

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Front Burner: Looking for Sichuan Ingredients? A Nashville Company Delivers

Sichuan peppercorns, the dried seed pods of the prickly ash, are actually not a kind of pepper, but a spice that delivers tongue-tingling heat with a citrus accent. They have become quite widely available. The ones sold by the Mala Market, a new company based in Nashville, are high-quality. Taylor Holliday, the owner, imports the…

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Front Burner: New Shop Boasts Three Walls of Free-Flowing Chocolate

Turin, a Northern Italian city known for chocolate confections, is home to Venchi, a 140-year-old company that has opened a shop in New York. (The chocolate maker has a store in the Woodbury Common outlet mall upstate and a franchise in Miami.) The Manhattan store offers an immersive experience: A wall of chocolate bars and…

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Front Burner: A Cheese Slate in a New York State of Mind

A new line of slate and wood boards puts urban chauvinism on display. The skyline of one of eight American cities adorns each of these new boards and slates from JK Adams, a cutting-board company in Dorset, Vt. The boards are nifty serving pieces to use for charcuterie, hors d’oeuvres or cheese, or to give.…

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Front Burner: Slim Volumes With Scores of Cocktail Ideas

A collection of 100 cocktail recipes — grouped in booklets according to the dominant spirit (amaro, Champagne, gin, rum, sherry, tequila and mezcal, whiskey and vodka) then boxed together — makes for a cunning reference tool or gift. Around a dozen drinks, classics and others from bars around the country, are included in each tiny…

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Front Burner: All-You-Can-Slurp Canadian Oysters

Canada is the source of many lip-smacking, cold-water oysters, including the flat Malpeque and one of my favorites, BeauSoleil, from New Brunswick. Docks Oyster Bar is gathering these and more than a dozen others, from the East and West Coasts of Canada, to open and serve at an oyster festival on Saturday. The admission ticket…

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Front Burner: Send Home a Danny Meyer Pie for Thanksgiving

The question for Thanksgiving is not whether to have pie, it’s simply what kind. This year, for the first time, Goldbelly will ship nationwide fresh-baked holiday beauties from several Danny Meyer restaurants in New York. (Mr. Meyer’s Enlightened Hospitality Investments recently led a $20 million investment in Goldbelly.) Sweet potato pie ($49) from Blue Smoke,…

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