From Hunan, Slippery Rice Noodles and Other Treats

People in the Hunan region of China like to say that without chiles, you can’t have a meal. Hunan Slurp, a new restaurant in the East Village with a Hunanese owner and chef, shows off the province’s spicy cuisine in dishes like whole fish with chile sauce.

Tokyo Knows How to Make a Statement

Street Style Expressive dressing prevails over prescribed style in Japan’s largest city. Oct. 23, 2018 Image “I value personality in fashion because I don’t like to look like others. I have an outgoing personality, so I like to use a lot of bright colors.” — Miku Odamaki, 17, studentCreditAndrea DiCenzo for The New York Times…

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Medical News Today: Fitness and lifespan: Is too much exercise harmful?

A new, large-scale study finds that even extreme levels of fitness increase lifespan — particularly in older people. A new study finds that exercise, even at extreme levels, prolongs life for seniors. Exercise is widely considered to benefit health, but is there such a thing as too much exercise? Some recent studies suggest so. For…

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Trilobites: Lavender’s Soothing Scent Could Be More Than Just Folk Medicine

Lavender bath bombs; lavender candles; deodorizing lavender sachets for your shoes, car or underwear drawer; lavender diffusers; lavender essential oils; even lavender chill pills for humans and dogs. And from Pinterest: 370 recipes for lavender desserts. Take a deep breath. Release. People like lavender. We’ve been using this violet-capped herb since at least medieval times.…

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Front Burner: A Liqueur That’s Ready for Flight

Crème de violette, a liqueur made by macerating flowers, suggests a ladylike Paris salon of yore. But its primary application is in a suave cocktail — the futuristically named the aviation — made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice. Not long ago the violet elixir was hard to find. Now there…

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Front Burner: A Book to Benefit the Cooks of Grenfell Tower

After the devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower in London last year, many of people that escaped struggled to feed their families: They had no place to cook but a community kitchen in a nearby mosque available a couple of days a week. In January, Meghan Markle, who had yet to become the Duchess of…

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Front Burner: Dessert, in the Form of an Avocado

We’ve seen the frozen scooped-out half lemon filled with lemon ices. Giacomo d’Alessandro, an owner of Polosud, a gelateria that opened this summer in Little Italy, has applied that template to avocados. He fills empty avocado shells with lush, creamy and lemony vegan frozen avocado purée. A scooplet of a contrasting flavor, like hazelnut or…

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Front Burner: A Cart to Serve Steamy French Chocolate

La Maison du Chocolat, the Parisian confectioner, is setting up a hot-chocolate cart that will alternate its location in front of its Upper East Side shop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the sidewalk in front of the nearby Surrey hotel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays, until Dec. 16.…

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