Front Burner: Avocado Toast, of Course, but So Much More

Do avocados make me happy? Yes, when I have a margarita to sip. And considering the success of the improbably avocado-loving restaurant Avocaderia (with locations in Industry City, Brooklyn, and Chelsea, Manhattan), avocados surely bring joy to Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti and Alberto Gramigni, the partners in the venture. Their book tells you all about…

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Front Burner: Meet the Easy-Bake Oven for Grown-Ups

The microwave oven did not revolutionize home cooking. Nor did sous-vide gadgetry. Now there’s a new contender: the Brava oven, a countertop appliance that cooks from what amounts to light bulbs — a system called Pure Light that was originally developed in the solar industry. Easy-Bake for grown-ups? Perhaps. At a demonstration a few months…

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Alchemy, Miami Style

Image Roma Cohen, a designer for the fashion label Alchemist. His brand’s aesthetic represents the emergent casual-luxe style of Miami.CreditScott McIntyre for The New York Times This week the art and fashion glitterati will breeze into South Florida for the annual ritual known as Miami Art Basel, filling their Rimowa suitcases with the latest resort…

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Chanel Will No Longer Use Exotic Skins In Its Future Collections

Getty ImagesChristian Vierig This year alone, a slew of major fashion labels have adopted a sustainable approach to fashion by completely forgoing fur in its future collections, including Burberry, Donna Karan/ DKNY, Donatella Versace, and most recently, Jean Paul Gaultier. Today, Chanel is getting on board with fashion’s shift toward ethical sourcing, as the brand…

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Medical News Today: Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Advances in medicine have made it possible for a person living with HIV to have an undetectable viral load with traditional blood testing methods. If HIV is undetectable over an extended period, it is also untransmittable. An undetectable viral load is when a person has so little of the virus in their blood that a…

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Front Burner: Chocolate With a Mulled Wine Center

It’s truffle season, a confluence of sumptuous chocolate and the fragrant black and white fungi, all worthy of the holidays. On the chocolate front, there’s a new contender from Fritz Knipschildt, a Connecticut chocolatier. A spicy mulled wine filling is covered with a coating of dark chocolate festively traced with red and white and packed…

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Front Burner: A California Cab for Someone Special

There are many commendable California cabs, but my favorite is Ridge Monte Bello, a Bordeaux blend from a vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains that’s predominantly cabernet sauvignon. This fall, the winery — which is best known for its zinfandels and is extremely selective when it comes to making its signature Monte Bello available —…

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Front Burner: Celebrating the Menorahs That Hold the Hanukkah Lights

There are countless menorahs, the candelabras designed for Hanukkah, when the eight candles are lit, night by night, with blessings and the shamash, or “helper candle.” Starting Dec. 6, the museum in the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue will give you some idea of the variety. Scores of menorahs from the private collection of Aharon Ben…

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