Burmese, Unassuming but So Inviting, at Asian Bowl

It would be so easy to pass this storefront by, here on a slant off the 67th Avenue stop in Forest Hills, Queens. The name is reassuringly vague — there might well be an Asian Bowl in every city across the United States — giving chef and diner alike license to roam. But on the…

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One-Pot Wonders

Hi and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Let’s talk for a minute about doing the dishes. There’s a Letter of Recommendation in The Times Magazine this week about washing dishes, and the beauty that comes in surrendering to ordinary tasks, written by my old friend Mike Powell. I really like Mike’s essay, and I too…

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Pasta Salads to Swoon Over (No, Really)

When was the last time a pasta salad made you swoon? Mediocre ones abound. You can find them — floppy farfalle studded with red pepper and corn — at barbecues and potlucks, all summer long. But a gorgeous mix of well-seasoned vegetables and al dente pasta that’s glistening with good olive oil, citrus and herbs?…

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15 Weekend Bags That Make Summer Fridays Even Better

Courtesy Summer is finally here, and we plan to set up our ‘out of office’ auto-reply any chance we get. Sorry co-workers, Santorini is calling! But instead of schlepping around a worn-out duffel bag, upgrade your travel style with a chic carryall that says «I’m an adult»—even if your weekend is filled with questionable decisions.…

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Parenthood Is Still Uneven, but an Hour a Day Could Help

You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “The optimistic tale of the modern, involved dad has been greatly exaggerated.” — Dr. Darcy Lockman, a clinical psychologist and author of “All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers,…

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Wild Salmon Season Is Here

Fish, like everything else we eat, is seasonal. I generally don’t eat tomatoes or peppers out of season. Similarly, I prefer to wait for salmon season, which usually runs from late spring through late summer. Call me a snob, but farmed salmon doesn’t hold a candle to the real thing. Consider it an annual splurge.…

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How Many Shades of White Can There Be?

By the time the workers arrived to paint my living and dining rooms, I thought I had it all figured out. I’d spent a solid month sampling colors, so my walls now looked like some strange art project, riddled with stripes of suspiciously similar hues. I’d built intricate Pinterest boards, full of endless variations for…

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Rebel Girls

And a few boys, too. When riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill played their first New York show in 22 years, these are the fans who showed up — one as early as noon and two who hadn’t told their parents. Hi mom and dad! Image Heather Hildreth, left, and Naomi Parnes. They also go by…

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