Open Thread: Fashion Week Is Coming

Q: I’m confused. I know that it seems to be increasingly acceptable to wear sneakers to work, for going out, etc. I went to Footlocker and other sporty stores; the new sneakers there are insane. There are so many layers of sneakerhead-dom that I am lost in a sea of sneakers. All I DO know…

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Manresa, Bay Area Restaurant Damaged in Fire, Will Reopen

The highly regarded Bay Area restaurant Manresa will reopen for business on Sept. 19, two months after a fire started outside the building and blazed through the kitchen. No one was injured in the July 16 fire; the restaurant, in Los Gatos, Calif., was closed and unoccupied. But the facade was damaged and the kitchen…

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Q&A: Poisonous Plants

Advertisement Q&A Chemicals in some nightshade plants are potentially lethal and should be avoided for herbal uses — unless they’re involved in a fictional murder plot. Aug. 31, 2018 Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. I read about something called Datura in an old mystery novel. Mixed with honey, it was used as a hypnotic drug to…

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The New Old Age: A Debate Over ‘Rational Suicide’

On a March morning in 1989, Robert Shoots was found dead in his garage in Weir, Kan. He had run a tube from the tailpipe of his beloved old Chrysler to the front seat, where he sat with a bottle of Wild Turkey. He was 80. His daughter wishes he had mentioned this plan when…

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Vocations: When You Love Chocolate, This Isn’t Like Work

Brad Kintzer, 41, is the chief chocolate maker for Tcho Chocolate, in Berkeley, Calif. What drew you into the world of chocolate making? I’d been interested in plant life as an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont with a focus on botany. Experiencing New England winters for the first time convinced me I’d…

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Encounters: Guy Pearce Knows How to Riff

And Mr. Pearce decided to make a late debut as a singer-songwriter. Though he grew up playing piano, clarinet and saxophone, and has been writing and recording songs since he was a teenager, he never intended to share his music. His first big break was on the Australian soap opera “Neighbours,” starring alongside Kylie Minogue.…

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Rum Enthusiasts Have a New Obsession: Fresh-Cut Sugar Cane

“It’s hard not to be drawn to the authenticity of these projects,” he said. “There’s a real passion for products that are out of the grasp of large industrial companies.” But Mr. Cate acknowledges that modern craft bartenders have “asbestos palates, and they want to be shocked,” and are therefore inevitably drawn to spirits like…

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take a number: From 0 to 10 Million: Vaping Takes Off in the U.S.

Advertisement take a number Since 2004, millions of American have started using e-cigarettes. More than half also smoke traditional cigarettes. Image CreditCreditJason Henry for The New York Times Aug. 31, 2018 Some experts have suggested that e-cigarettes can help wean people off regular cigarettes; others believe that they reinforce the smoking habit and increase the…

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City Kitchen: Letting Vegetables Speak for Themselves

Advertisement City Kitchen The markets are bursting now with fresh produce: This lightly dressed salad allows its flavors to shine through. Image This salad aims to prove that freshly picked vegetables need hardly any adornment.CreditCreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times Aug. 31, 2018 Because my summer dining habits rely heavily on fresh vegetables, I’m…

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