Putting the Fried in Fried Rice

I cooked a lot of fried rice before I learned to take the frying seriously. When I used to stir-fry it, I focused on the stirring part of the equation. I’d move the rice across a hot oiled pan with vegetables and the occasional pork product, seasoning it with soy sauce and sesame oil. It…

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When Did Gluttony Become So Glamorous?

LANGOUSTINES DROOPED FROM above, their whiskers trailing like vines. Below them, the table was laden with duck potpies, caviar and great loaves of pâté; lobster tails spilling from a ceramic shell nearly as large as the one that birthed Venus; lamb chops with the bones jutting out amid cracked-open pomegranates yielding glittering ruby seeds. Some…

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How to Bring the Vision of an Instagram Decor Influencer Into Your Home

From Farah Merhi’s vantage, a home can be as shimmery as a crystal chandelier and as cozy as a velvet throw pillow. This glammy, decadent aesthetic has delivered Ms. Merhi an Instagram empire, with nearly six million followers to her Instagram account @Inspire Me Home Decor. In the eight years since Ms. Merhi started Inspire…

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Let Them Wear Cake

MILAN — The day after a billionaire became a punching bag on a debate stage in Nevada, and questions of money and privilege and elitism once again were in focus, at the end of a runway in Milan Jeremy Scott constructed an actual stage for his Moschino show and raised the same issues on it.…

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Connor Jessup of ‘Locke & Key’ Gets His Nails Done

LOS ANGELES — Connor Jessup, 25, a budding teen heartthrob and a star of the Netflix fantasy series “Locke & Key,” was getting ready for its premiere. But first, he wanted a new nail polish color. So on a recent Tuesday afternoon, he walked into Helen Nails, a no-frills salon near his boyfriend’s apartment in…

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How to Be an Expatriate in 2020

Two years ago, Chuck Burgess and Kerstin Michaelsen were comfortably set up in New York City with good careers, a home in Manhattan and another in the Hamptons. But they yearned for something more. Not more in the sense of material things, but in the satisfaction derived from new adventures and new lands. They fantasized…

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Microbes Point the Way to Shipwrecks

Off the coast of Mississippi, under 4,000 feet of water, a luxury yacht is slowly disintegrating. Marine creatures dart, cling and scuttle near the hull of the wreck, which has been lying undisturbed for 75 years. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this shipwreck and others, researchers have now shown…

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Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Sugar High’?

Q. Is there a medical basis for the “sugar high,” which some parents claim their children get after eating sugar? A. The theory of the “sugar high” has been debunked, yet the myth persists. The notion that sugar might make children behave badly first appeared in the medical literature in 1922. But the idea did…

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A Chef Who Brings Fashion to the Kitchen

Name: Roze Traore Age: 28 Hometown: Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Seattle. Now Lives: In a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. Claim to Fame: Mr. Traore is a private chef and occasional model who is about to open his first pop-up restaurant in Manhattan. In addition to stints at the restaurant…

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The Work Diary of a Hairdresser So Coveted, She Travels by Private Jet

Jayne Matthews thinks that most hairstylists are doing it wrong: “A person takes a pair of scissors and cuts the ends, maybe gives the hair some layers, but in general it’s like a big, shaped block on the head that needs to be blown into a manageable style.” Ms. Matthews — the co-owner of two…

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