Why You Should Take a Nap on Thanksgiving

Like many Americans, the chef Nicole Pederson enjoys stretching out on the couch after the turkey and stuffing have been cleared, closing her eyes and losing consciousness for a short time. But 2012 was when she proved she was no ordinary Thanksgiving napper. She had opened a new restaurant that fall in Evanston, Ill. By…

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How to Game Black Friday Travel Deals During a Pandemic

Normally, the 14-room Tierra Magnifica resort in Nosara, Costa Rica, doesn’t participate in Black Friday sales as it never had trouble filling its few rooms. But this year is different. While Christmas and New Year’s bookings are strong, periods before and after are weak, inspiring the 25-percent-off sale on Nov. 27 through Dec. 6, with…

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CheLi Serves Shanghai Specialties in the East Village

Headliner CheLi The traditions of the Shanghai table, notably the Hu-style cooking that is said to have originated centuries ago, are in the spotlight here. The menu demonstrates the breadth of Shanghai’s cuisine, beyond just the popular xiao long bao (soup dumplings, which are on the menu). Choices include wine-soaked blue crab, stir-fried chicken gizzards,…

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Zagat and Michelin Hit Pause on New York City Guides

Restaurant ratings traditionally land in November, with the annual release of the latest guides from Michelin and Zagat. Not this year. Both companies have put their 2021 New York guides on hold, and both are pivoting in other directions. “We’ve postponed the New York guide until there’s a recovery,” Gwendal Poullennec, the international director of…

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6 Steps to a Great Thanksgiving Nap

Scientists have debunked the theory that Thanksgiving naps are caused solely by a rush of tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey and other poultry. Most agree that the towering heaps of carbohydrates eaten with the turkey are more likely to induce sleep. But what if we’ve been looking at the question the wrong way? What…

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They Built Their Own Greenhouses. Did They Reap What They Sowed?

When the pandemic arrived in the spring, Genevieve Lopez, 27, and her fiancé, Jacob Garnett, 30, of Driftwood, Texas, suddenly faced many of the same disruptions that others their age were dealing with: They had to postpone their May wedding, and shortly thereafter, Mr. Garnett lost his job in account sales. But unlike their millennial…

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A ‘Party Palace’ Fit for a ‘Radiolab’ Host and a Filmmaker

In 2011, Jad Abumrad, the creator and a host of the syndicated radio show and podcast “Radiolab,” won a MacArthur Fellowship, better known to the admiring and the envious as a genius grant. Appropriately enough, Mr. Abumrad used some of the $500,000 prize money to build and outfit a studio on the top floor of…

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AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

This month has seen a torrent of news about experimental vaccines to prevent Covid-19, with the latest development from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. On Monday they announced that a preliminary analysis showed their vaccine was effective — especially when the first dose was mistakenly cut in half. The announcement came on the heels…

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How to Pretend You’re in Hawaii Tonight

While your travel plans may be on hold, you can pretend you’re somewhere new for the night. Around the World at Home invites you to channel the spirit of a new place each week with recommendations on how to explore the culture, all from the comfort of your home. Beyond the palm trees and mai…

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