How to Taste Chocolate

If you’re going to spend upward of $8 for a fancy craft-chocolate bar, you really shouldn’t mindlessly gobble it while rushing to catch the B train (not that I’ve ever done that). Megan Giller, the author of “Bean to Bar Chocolate” and a judge for the International Chocolate Awards, gives guided chocolate tastings to help…

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The Wedding That Wasn’t Sad

Our wedding was about to begin. I wore an ivory embroidered Tadashi Shoji gown and clutched a bouquet of coral ranunculus and periwinkle thistle. My throat was tight, my cheeks were flushed, and my scarlet lipstick was probably fading, but I didn’t care. I was ready to marry David Sanchez. David’s father saw me. “Kim!…

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At Nari, a Thai Chef Revitalizes Fine Dining

SAN FRANCISCO — A wreck of juicy, half-busted Gulf prawns and kapi, the concentration of salted, fermented krill, beats with unripe Meyer lemon — so freshly smashed, so intensely seasoned, it tastes alive. Like much of the unflinching cooking at Nari, which opened last August in San Francisco’s Japantown, the dish is absolutely delicious. Good…

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The Oscars Just Happened, and This Stylist … Stayed Quiet

LONDON — Early on a Friday evening not long ago, the fashion stylist Sarah Edmiston Price was on the second floor of the Notting Hill townhouse she uses as an office, happily picking through a rail of her favorite vintage finds. She flipped past a shimmery putty-colored Tom Ford for Gucci jacket and a hand-painted…

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Young Men Embrace Gender Equality, but They Still Don’t Vacuum

Young people today have become much more open-minded about gender roles — it shows up in their attitudes about pronouns, politics and sports. But in one area, change has been minimal. They are holding on to traditional views about who does what at home. A new survey from Gallup found that among opposite-sex couples, those…

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All Your Favorite Brands, From BSTOEM to ZGGCD

Maybe it’s cold, and you need some winter gloves. You know the brand of your favorite coat and remember who made your warmest sweater. Gloves, however, have always just been gloves, purchased without too much thought. So you open up Amazon and search: “winter gloves.” On the first page you might see a brand you’ve…

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Indonesia Has No Reported Coronavirus Cases. Is That the Whole Picture?

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — The family from Shanghai was vacationing in Singapore last month when they learned that the new coronavirus had arrived there from China. So they packed up and flew to the world’s largest country yet to report a single case of the deadly virus: Indonesia. They landed in Bali, a major destination…

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Party People and Twisted Sisters

The morning after the Oscars, as rain (which probably would have been snow a few years ago) strafed New York, bleary-eyed guests filed dutifully into The Shed at Hudson Yards for the Carolina Herrera show. Yes, the same Shed that had been so grandly canceled as a fashion venue only a season before, thanks to…

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A Childhood Crush, Updated for the 21st Century

Even as a child, Joe Malina admired the midcentury-modern house down the street. His family lived in Austin, Texas, a few doors away from the home, a long, low composition of wood and glass with a gently pitched roof, perched on a limestone base at the top of a steep slope. But in the 1990s,…

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Where to Celebrate Women’s Rights This Year

Congress granted women the right to vote on June 4, 1919, a bittersweet moment for many who had fought for equality for decades. To commemorate the centennial of the ratification in 1920, enshrined in the 19th amendment, new tours and exhibitions can be found across the country. “There’s been a huge interest in the centennial…

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