Learn to Shuck Oysters at Seamore’s

With so many oyster producers now shipping directly to home addresses, it pays to be schooled in opening them, a worthwhile party trick that requires guidance and equipment. Both are on offer, along with oyster-friendly wine tastings, at Seamore’s in Battery Park City, part of a group of seafood restaurants with locations around New York…

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5 Standout Recipes From Julia Reed, an Irreverent Voice of the South

Julia Reed, the Southern journalist who died of cancer on Friday at 59, cooked very much the way she lived. Which is to say, she was really into it. Both her appetite and her writing reflected a bawdy sophistication wrapped in a very pretty Southern shawl. Ms. Reed was a daughter of the South and…

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2020 MTV VMAs: Lady Gaga’s Masks Were the Winners

The question of what the red carpet, that weird celebrity style ritual that reached its apogee in the early 21st century as a marketing/social media/fashion Frankenstein’s monster, would become in a Covid-19 world — could it still exist at all, when most people have given up on party dressing entirely — was finally answered Sunday…

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3 Highly Portable Picnic Options That Aren’t Sandwiches

These days, most of us aren’t hosting dinner parties or meeting friends at our favorite restaurants. We’re greeting friends at the park or on the beach for socially distanced picnics. Sandwiches, paradigms of the hand-held genre, are well and good for a picnic, but there are so many other highly portable, satisfying recipes. Buns and…

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VMAs Recap: Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, and More

As late as this month, the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were still scheduled to be staged in person at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, though little to no audience was expected because of the ongoing pandemic. Instead, the network announced on Aug. 7 that outdoor performances would be “more feasible and safer than an…

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11 Silk Pajamas That Make Staying Home Easy

If quarantine has you sick of sweatpants and oversized t-shirts, it’s time to invest in the next best thing that’s equally as comfortable and reliable: silk pajamas. Don’t sleep on the power of a good pair of pjs. Proper sleepwear not only helps you sleep peacefully, but slipping into a soft, color-coordinated outfit makes you…

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‘I Miss No One.’ (She’s Kidding. Kind of.)

Hundreds of thousands of people want to know two things about Elsa Majimbo. Where did she get her “Matrix”-esque sunglasses? And what kind of chips is she eating? For the past four months, the 19-year-old Kenyan comedian has been wearing black shades and crunching on snacks while filming herself express pretend contempt about all those…

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A Local Alternative to the Big Delivery Apps, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The busiest time of the day for Vivian Jung is that blur between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., when the lunch orders just won’t stop. Paper boxes of craggy fried chicken. Baby octopus rice bowls. Spam musubi and grilled mandu and creamy seafood spaghetti. Hot samgyetang steaming up the lid, the chicken…

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In an Era of Face Masks, We’re All a Little More Face Blind

We’re all getting used to face masks, either wearing them or figuring out who we’re looking at. They can even trip up those of us who are experts in faces. “Actually, I just had an experience today,” said Marlene Behrmann, a cognitive neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University who has spent decades studying the science of…

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A Plum Crumble That Meets You Where You Are

It’s hard to find the charm in something new when every day can bring unpleasant surprises. So maybe tonight you’re craving something reliable, something that’s soothing to make and puts those overlooked, underappreciated ingredients hiding in the back of your cabinets to use. Maybe you’ll find a box with a final brick of graham crackers…

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