A Sprawling Menu and Goan Cuisine at Cardamom in Queens

At Cardamom, an Indian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens, aromatic green pods of cardamom — one of the world’s most expensive spices, alongside saffron and vanilla — flavor everything from basmati rice to dessert. But for the chef Alwyn Gudhino, naming his restaurant was partly about phonetics. “Mom is the last three letters,” he said, spelling…

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How to Shop Better: 5 Tips for Buying Meat and Dairy

Looking for ways to buy better quality meat and dairy products? With so much available in stores and online, it can be hard to know when you’re getting quality products or a good deal. Check out our 5 essential tips to keep in mind when shopping for meat and dairy. 1. Buy Less We all…

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Social Climbing Has a Whole New Meaning

On a Friday evening last spring, Zack Woodruff picked up two college friends and drove seven hours down Interstate 65: through Indianapolis, bourbon country and the rolling hills of Appalachia. In the middle of the night, they arrived at Miguel’s Pizza in Slade, Ky., and pitched tents in the backyard, near a gear shop that…

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Before ‘The Crown,’ Revelations About the Actual Crown

This is a halcyon time in royal fashion. The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex — Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle — set trends and sell products as never before. Tabloids and Vogues alike hang on their every clothing choice, parsing the messages sent: about sustainability or diplomacy, affordability and British industry. Devoted websites list how…

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From a Sewing Needle to a Laser Cutter, a New Approach to Fashion

This article is part of a continuing series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. When many people think of couture they think of the most traditional, time-intensive kind of fashion; of seamstresses…

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36 Hours in Indianapolis

Naptown. India-No-Place. My hometown had a lot of nicknames when I was growing up there in the ’80s and ’90s, few of them charitable. Even more generous ones, like “Crossroads of America,” seemed to say that Indianapolis was a place one merely passed through. But things have changed since then. These days, I’m playing catch-up…

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To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic

ImageA commercial tofu kitchen in Tropodo, Indonesia. The tofu is processed in boilers fueled by burning plastic.Credit…Ulet Ifansasti for The New York Times TROPODO, Indonesia — Black smoke billows from smokestacks towering above the village. The smell of burning plastic fills the air. Patches of black ash cover the ground. It’s another day of making…

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Alzheimer’s Association funds expansion of aging study in longest running birth cohort

The Alzheimer’s Association and University College London (UCL) are partnering to study brain aging and dementia in 500 individuals whose health and health-related behaviors have been documented since birth. A $7 million grant from the Alzheimer’s Association will allow researchers to more accurately detect the influence of both genetics and behaviors on dementia risk across…

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Study reveals urban hotspots of high-schoolers’ opioid abuse

A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that in several cities and counties the proportion of high-schoolers who have ever used heroin or misused prescription opioids is much higher than the national average. The study found that about one in every five white or Latina high school…

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Integral Molecular to advance vaccine discovery with NIH contract for $5.5 million

PHILADELPHIA — The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded Integral Molecular a contract (75N93019C00073) which will provide up to $5.5M over the next five years to define antibody responses to pathogenic viruses including Zika, Marburg and equine encephalitis viruses (EEV), aiding the discovery of vaccines and therapeutics against these currently untreatable…

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