A Recipe for Juneteenth

Good morning. A happy Juneteenth to you, a holiday that celebrates the recognition of freedom for enslaved Africans in the United States while at the same time displaying its cost in blood-red food: crimson barbecue sauce for the chicken on the grill, for instance; watermelon lemonade; a strawberry slab pie (above), for dessert. Eat big…

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Rebirth of a Parisian Legend

Image The Parisian restaurant Lapérouse recently was renovated. It is known for its private dining rooms like this one, named the Salon Astrolabe. CreditRoberto Frankenberg for The New York Times PARIS — “This has always been a house of pleasures — of gastronomy, of the flesh, of drinking, smoking and seduction, of conversation, literature and the…

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Anthony Bourdain’s Alma Mater Will Remember Him With a Scholarship

A year after the death of Anthony Bourdain, the chef and world-traveling television personality, the Culinary Institute of America is creating a scholarship in his memory. The scholarship, announced on Wednesday, will be awarded each year to one or more students to pursue study abroad. “Travel was such a part of who he was; it…

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In Tennessee, Blackberry Farm Takes Over a Mountain

To get to breakfast at Blackberry Mountain, a resort built into Tennessee’s Chilhowee Mountain, you could lace up a pair of sneakers, ideally with rugged soles, grab a walking stick, and set off on a 1.4 mile uphill climb shaded by chestnut oak trees that culminates at the Firetower, the property’s restaurant (elevation: 2,800 feet)…

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In Thailand, You Can Ride an Elephant. But Should You?

More than half of Thailand’s 7,000 elephants live in captivity. It’s been that way ever since 1989, when the country suspended almost all of the commercial logging that had employed them for generations. Jobless elephants, often with their keepers, ended up on the streets, wandering across farmlands or taking shelter in dangerous spots like highway…

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Adidas Sells Diversity. Black Employees Say It Doesn’t Practice It.

In the United States, Adidas has built much of its name — and sales — through its association with black superstars. In the 1980s, the seminal hip-hop group Run-DMC gave the company’s sneakers and apparel cultural cachet through its song “My Adidas.” Popular black athletes and entertainers like James Harden, Candace Parker and Kanye West…

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How to Make Kombucha, or How I Met My Mother

Kombucha is an effervescent fermented tea, sweet and sour, probiotic and fizzy. It is an acquired taste. The first time I tried it, I thought it might have been made with rotten fruit and a tincture of sweepings from the floor of a health food store. Someone asked me what I thought, and I turned…

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An Anti-Aging Pill? Think Twice

A popular diabetes drug sometimes taken to slow aging may diminish some of the expected health benefits of aerobic exercise in healthy older adults, according to a new report. The drug, metformin, can blunt certain physical changes from exercise that normally help people to age well. The results raise questions about the relationship of pills…

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