On California’s Delicious (and Dull) Luxury Dining Circuit

NAPA, Calif. — Late in the summer, late in the afternoon, I woke from a nap by a glittering pool. Over the last few days in California wine country, I had eaten macaroni and cheese out of a golden egg and broken into a juicy quenelle of caviar over softly set custard. I had drawn…

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Young People Are Going to Save Us All From Office Life

When Ariel Coleman, 28, quit her last job, as a project manager in the corporate office of a bank, it wasn’t because her new employer offered her a raise, a different role or more seniority. “The work-life balance is just much better,” she said. At her new company, Omfgco, a branding and design firm in…

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Antibiotics Tied to Heart Valve Problems

A group of commonly used antibiotics may increase the risk for heart valve problems, researchers report. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at antibiotic use among 12,502 people with heart valve regurgitation, leaking heart valves that, untreated, can lead to heart failure. The researchers compared them with 125,020…

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Personality Tests Are the Astrology of the Office

On his first day working at the University of Phoenix, Eric Shapiro found out the good news: He had tested red-yellow. To the layperson this doesn’t mean much. But to those well-versed in the psychology of Dr. Taylor Hartman’s “Color Code,” as all employees of the University of Phoenix’s enrollment office were required to be,…

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A New Destination for Dim Sum and Culinary Discipline

There are no roving carts loaded with bamboo steamer baskets at the new Chinese restaurant Hutong, no menu cards to be stamped each time you take a dish of har gow or turnip cake. In fact, dim sum is only a small portion of what the menu offers at Hutong, which opened in Midtown in…

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Meat Is Murder. But You Know That Already.

WE ARE THE WEATHERSaving the Planet Begins at BreakfastBy Jonathan Safran Foer Jonathan Safran Foer’s second book of nonfiction is an eye-opening collection of mostly short essays expressing both despair and hope over the climate crisis, especially around individual choice. It’s a wide-ranging book — there are tributes to grandparents and sons, as well as…

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The Dim Sum Chef Who Plays With His Dough

THERE IS NO dumpling without dough, that universal element of human foodways. Depending on the type and treatment of its ingredients, dough can be silky or flaky, elastic or crumbly, pillowy or crisp. Whatever the texture, a proper dumpling paste is both delicious in its own right and a functional vehicle for filling. For the…

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Loneliness and Its Antidote on Orcas Island

The 52 Places Traveler Facing a birthday alone on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, the 52 Places Traveler learns some life lessons — and comes face to face with some whales. Sept. 17, 2019 Video Produced by Meg Felling and Sebastian Modak Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is visiting each destination on…

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For Libyan Jews, This Spicy Fish Stew Is the Taste of Rosh Hashana

When Shalom Saada Saar was visiting Italy back in 2006, he yearned for the food of his childhood in Benghazi, Libya. In Rome, he met Hamos Guetta, a fixture in the city’s Libyan Jewish community of 5,000 or so, to whom he carefully recited the dishes his mother cooked at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New…

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The James Beard Awards Redraws Its Map

The James Beard Foundation is shaking up its restaurant award regions, carving the country into new territories to better reflect shifts in population and dining. The changes, which the national culinary organization planned to announce on Tuesday, reflect growth in the number of restaurants outside traditional food powerhouses like New York, Los Angeles and San…

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