Cooking, Dancing, Hoping: A Day in the Life of a Smorgasburg Food Stall

By midafternoon on a recent Saturday, Ana Fernández was sore. She rolled her neck from side to side, nursing an old injury she’d suffered after a tear-gas canister hit her at a protest in Caracas, Venezuela. This is her first season running a food stall, Váyalo Cocina (“Let’s Go Kitchen” in Spanish), at Smorgasburg, the…

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Following in the Wake of a Storybook Pony

Horses lend themselves to stories. In America in particular, wild horses, manes streaming, nostrils flaring, hooves thudding, carry with them something of our projected national psyche. A woman named Marguerite Henry understood this. In 59 wildly popular books, featuring the mostly true stories of famous equines, from a plucky burro who lived in the Grand…

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This Jumpsuit Is So Nice, I Bought It Twice

I’m forever on the hunt for the next best jumpsuit. As someone who errs on the side of classic, casual dressing, a jumpsuit is the ideal piece to say «I care about my outfits, but not so much that it takes up an insane amount of time.» Enter Alex Mill. Launched in 2012 by Alex…

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When ‘Bad’ Cholesterol Gets Too Low, Stroke Risk May Rise

Maintaining a low level of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, is important for cardiovascular health, but extremely low LDL may also have risks, researchers report. The scientists studied 96,043 people for an average of nine years, recording their LDL level biennially and tracking cases of hemorrhagic stroke, caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in…

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Thanksgiving in July? The Times Food Desk’s Recipe for Success

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Food may be seasonal, but holiday memories are forever. That might be part of the reason Sam Sifton and his NYT Cooking team start planning their Thanksgiving coverage months ahead of the big day: Those…

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WNBA Game-Day Fashion Deserves Recognition, Too

Russell Westbrook and LeBron James aren’t the only ones stepping out in trendsetting game-day drip. WNBA players like Tamera «Ty» Young and Lexie Brown are also making fierce sartorial selections and it’s high time we recognize them. Thanks to fashion blogs like WSLAM, WNBA Kicks, and LeagueFits, professional female ballers are finally starting to get…

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Standing Out From the Herd

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. Do any animals have fingerprints or other features that uniquely identify individuals? A. Scientists generally agree that closely related species like gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans have ridge patterns on fingers and toes that resemble those of humans and can be used to identify individuals. As with humans, no two individuals with…

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The Most Summery Weeknight Pasta

Good morning. Florence Fabricant delivered a beautiful new recipe for fettuccine with lobster and zucchini (above) this week, and it would be great to make it this evening because there are few acts more summery than cooking lobster on a weeknight. But I’ve been messing around with these smoker tubes lately, and it’s like I’m…

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Giving up alcohol may significantly boost mental health

The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been ongoing for years. Now, a new study suggests that people — especially women — who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers.…

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