Dumpling Flavor, Stripped Down to Its Essence

A few years ago, I made the Russian baths a regular part of my New York life. The ritual of the schvitz — steaming, sweating and rinsing — are why I go (health!), but if I’m being honest, I also am very much there for the food (pleasure!). I eat there not out of necessity,…

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Will Canadians Have to Pay the Security Costs for Harry and Meghan?

MONTREAL — News from Queen Elizabeth II on Monday that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will be living part-time in Canada was greeted with a mix of enthusiasm and concern that Canada could end up faced with a hefty bill for hosting them. Philippe Lagassé, an expert on the monarchy at Carleton University, said…

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Smoked Salmon From New Zealand

Connoisseurs and top chefs know Ora King salmon; it’s farm-raised in New Zealand, high quality and approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. The company’s vermilion smoked version, cured over New Zealand’s manuka wood, has a haunting flavor that finishes with a touch of sweetness. Now, in addition to being available by the pound…

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How Tiffany Moved 114,000 Gems Without Getting Robbed

Tiffany & Company had millions of dollars’ worth of shining, sparkling jewelry in its famous Fifth Avenue store on Sunday: $4,000 rings that spell the world “love” in small diamonds, $165,000 diamond necklaces, and even a $2.475 million engagement ring that weighs as much as a bullet. Those things had to leave, along with hundreds…

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Where Trails Are for Skating, Not Hiking

The wait for my rental car at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport last February was slow, but the talk was breakaway fast. I joined the line with a National Hockey League scout for the New Jersey Devils on his way to a tournament to look at promising teenage skaters. “Skating is a way of life…

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Fondue Is Just the Beginning

Yes, that’s the Matterhorn on the cover of this handsome, substantial cookbook and guide to the Alpine region of Europe. The book tours the mostly snow-covered terrain of Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland, with plates of mostly rustic comfort food at every welcoming inn and warming hut. Who knew there could be so many bread…

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Here’s How to Keep Your Cat Forever

After I learned that Frances, my 13-year-old black cat, was dying of heart disease — her heart is too large, beating too fast — my first impulse was to think about how best to commemorate her, when the time came. To distract myself from a vague but grave prognosis, I took my anxiety to Google,…

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A Nice Price for Truffled Pasta and Wine

Those who have not already embarked on a New Year’s regimen of cucumbers and seltzer can still partake of a holiday-style meal at Bar Pleiades on the Upper East Side. For the month of January at lunch and dinner, the bar offers a plate of creamy wild mushroom fettuccine, showered with fresh black truffles at…

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Nashville Hot Chicken Finds a New Home in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — At the bar, a man insisted on Hotville’s hottest level of hot chicken (“Nashville hot”), though he hadn’t tasted medium or even mild before. The cooks had seen this a hundred times, and when the chicken came out — a large, gleaming quarter of a bird — a teasing call came from…

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