New Workhorses for Your Spice Drawer

Now that you’re stuck indoors, have you reorganized your spice rack? (It’s a great project to tackle with kids: They can tell you which tin of paprika or curry has faded in color or aroma and needs replacing.) And while you’re at it, maybe it’s time for a real upgrade. Burlap & Barrel, a spice…

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ELLE International Hosts Series of Virtual Fashion Courses

Victor VIRGILEGetty Images The next venture for ELLE’s Education project globally is a series of online learning courses that you or any of your friends can sign up for. Following the ELLE International X MIT Innovation Leadership For Fashion & Luxury Consumer Brands Program, ELLE International’s educational programs will be extended to a dedicated online…

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Sea Urchins Star in This Food Film

The story of the sea urchin, from ocean floor to the dinner plate, is the subject of this vibrant documentary that was released for streaming last week on Somm TV. With commentary from food celebrities like Andrew Zimmern and chefs like Kyle Connaughton, it follows the gourmand’s taste, from ancient times to the present, for…

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Now From Mexico: Corn Whiskey

We appreciate tequila, have tried mezcal and are sampling sotol. Still there is more to learn about Mexican spirits. Corn whiskey, for example, is a rarity. But now there’s one that’s new. Abasolo, El Whisky de Mexico, from Jilotepec de Abasolo, just north of Mexico City, is made entirely from heritage corn that has undergone…

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Will Shopping Ever Be the Same?

When department stores reopen their doors, a familiar whoosh will still greet customers at the entrance: the sudden gust of air-conditioning, the gleam of polished marble floors, the sensation of not really knowing where to start. But beyond the doors, new and unfamiliar sights await: hand-sanitizer dispensers scattered on every surface, employees smizing through their…

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Chocolate and Cheese, if You Please

Closed stores and restaurants are also taking a toll on parts of the food industry, like cheesemakers, as they lose the normal outlets for their perishable products. Your local cheese shop should be your first stop, but, on Janet Fletcher’s Planet Cheese website, there’s a national list of the cheesemakers and retailers that ship their…

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Acupuncture May Ease Indigestion

Acupuncture may help relieve indigestion, a new study suggests. Chinese researchers did a controlled experiment to test acupuncture as a treatment for postprandial distress syndrome, or P.D.S., a common type of chronic indigestion characterized by an unpleasant sense of fullness after eating, sometimes accompanied by pain and burning in the throat and stomach. It has…

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When the Mall Reopened, She Was Ready

Malls, retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters sprawled across Texas were allowed to reopen on May 1, for the first time since March 31, when Gov. Greg Abbott told residents to stay home. That included Saks Fifth Avenue, whose Houston and San Antonio shops are the retailer’s only locations in the United States to resume…

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Shanghai Disneyland Reopens With Coronavirus Precautions

The elephants are flying again. On Monday, one of the Walt Disney Company’s 14 closed theme parks, Shanghai Disneyland, reopened to visitors on a limited basis, offering a first peek into the kind of escape Mickey Mouse can offer in the age of face masks, social distancing and disinfectants. “It has been an emotional morning,”…

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The Baked Pleasures of Australia Delivered

Bourke Street Bakery, the New York branch of a family-run group of bakeries in Sydney, Australia, is open for pickup, as well as delivery to all five boroughs, nearby suburbs, and, weekly, to the Hamptons. Along with its original sourdough breads and well-burnished croissants and pastries, the bakery has added a new line of individual…

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