How an Ecuadorean Soup Inspired a Restaurant

Rossy Alarcón hadn’t planned on turning her encebollado recipe into a restaurant, but it was too good not to. The soup can be found all over coastal Ecuador, where she and her husband, Ruben González, grew up. It’s sold from trucks and carts on the street, beloved in part as a hangover cure. Her broth…

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Now Is When We All Learn to Darn Our Socks Again

Only a few generations ago, socks were routinely darned, sweaters mended and pants patched. You could buy a sewing kit at any drugstore. Knowing how to use it was a mark of good housekeeping. Kate Sekules, 58, remembers that world, in which the act of repairing clothes was integral to wearing them. “My mother was…

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Can You Be Forced Into Quarantine? Your Questions, Answered

Government-imposed quarantines were fairly common in ancient times, before medicine stemmed the ferocity with which contagious diseases spread. The very word quarantine is rooted in the Italian words quarantenara and quaranta giorni, or 40 days, the period of time that the city of Venice forced ship passengers and cargo to wait before landing in the…

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Living With Freaky Furniture

This article is part of our latest special report on Design, which is about getting personal with customization. The tumultuous period remembered as the ’60s (although it extended well into the 1970s) was half a century ago, as far removed from 2020 as World War I was from Woodstock. Nonetheless that era’s cultural awakening —…

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Here’s the Biggest Thing to Worry About With Coronavirus

ImageAt a drive-in testing site for coronavirus in Liege, Belgium, on Wednesday. The United States is far behind many other countries in the number of people being tested for the new virus.Credit…Francois Lenoir/Reuters The ability of the American health care system to absorb a shock — what experts call surge capacity — is much weaker…

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5 Wedding Traditions You Can Skip

Couples are swapping dated wedding traditions for more forward-thinking options: beachfront celebrations for church ceremonies, web-ordained co-workers for religious leaders, and off-the-rack dresses instead of grandma’s heirloom gown. Other traditions, now considered chauvinist or archaic, are also being nixed. “Many obscure rituals are rooted in superstition — the dodging of evil spirits, protecting the couple,…

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Maybe Now You’ll Stop Mocking Peloton

Under normal circumstances, Nicole Mereshensky works out about five times a week at various indoor cycling and high intensity interval training studios around Manhattan. “Fitness is everything to me,” said Ms Mereshensky, a mother of two school-age children. “It grounds me mentally more than anything.” But in the last week, she has been trying to…

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The Exquisite Details of a Fifth Avenue Apartment Renovation

This article is part of our latest special report on Design, which is about getting personal with customization. When Wid Chapman and Shachi Shah purchased their Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Central Park in 2016, they knew they had a lot of work to do. Their goal was to create a personal sanctuary, visually connected to…

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