Is Your Swimsuit Hurting the Ocean?

“Surfing is how I meditate,” designer Cynthia Rowley tells me at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. We’ve driven out to Montauk for CR Surf Camp, a fledgling event that merges the Insta-posing of a Revolve retreat with the muscle demands of a varsity sport. Behind us, Christina Caradona (aka @TropRouge) is live streaming on…

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The Fabric of Nigerian Weddings

Dola Fatunbi Olutoye, 25, was ecstatic after becoming engaged last November to Dr. Yinka Olutoye, 26. She knew she wanted a traditional Nigerian wedding, but needed help executing the cultural elements of the ceremony, which took place on May 25 in Houston. Mrs. Olutoye, a pharmacy student from Houston, and Dr. Olutoye, a recent medical…

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The Keto Diet Is Popular, but Is It Good for You?

Low-carbohydrate diets have fallen in and out of favor since before the days of Atkins. But now an even stricter version of low-carb eating called the ketogenic diet is gaining popular attention, igniting a fierce scientific debate about its potential risks and benefits. Both the Atkins and ketogenic diets encourage followers to cut carbs from…

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How to Buy a Sectional Sofa

What’s so great about a sectional sofa? “It’s the Swiss Army knife of seating,” said Chris Weir, a partner at Studio Collins Weir, an interior design firm in Sausalito, Calif. “You can program a space for multiple uses with one piece of furniture. You can have a cocktail party with perched seating, but then also…

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Gluten-Free Specialties at Le Gourmand

This small side-street space has housed bakeries before, most notably Madge Rosenberg’s Soutine Bakery. Now Mounir Jabrane, who is from Morocco, has opened Le Gourmand, a gluten-free bakery there. He’s a fitness trainer who went into the baking business because his son could not tolerate gluten. Mr. Jabrane’s cakes, notably the handsome banana variety, and…

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Restaurant History, All the Way Back to the Bronze Age

Unlike many books that delve into the history of restaurants and begin with France (or wayside taverns elsewhere), the academics who have written “Dining Out,” a compelling volume, start in the Bronze Age. Their definition of a restaurant is elastic, referring to places where strangers might have gathered to eat and drink, including the symposiums…

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Vegan Jerky With a Kick

In the plant-based “meat” category, tropical jackfruit is often an ingredient of choice, thanks to its somewhat stringy, chewy texture and a simple flavor that works well with bold seasonings. It’s what gives this new Jack & Tom Vegan Jerky its appeal. The snack, or hiking sustainer, also includes poblanos, tomato paste and seasonings for…

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Butterflies and the Salt of the Earth

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Sometimes in the woods I come across a swarm of butterflies hovering over a patch of earth. What’s going on? The behavior is called mud puddling, or just puddling, and is often seen in butterflies, a few moths and other insects searching for moisture, salt and other nutrients. It’s not just damp…

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