Don’t Call It Tex-Mex

HOUSTON — This city’s Second Ward is full of temptations for Adán Medrano, a writer and chef who lives just a few miles southeast. The Mexican-American neighborhood is home to the perfect flaky tortillas at Doña María Mexican Cafe, scratch-made in flour or corn, and ready to be folded around eggs with the fine threads…

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Skipping Breakfast May Increase Stroke and Heart Risks

Skipping breakfast may increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. The connection, found in a study of 6,550 adults aged 65 to 75, was particularly strong for stroke. Almost 60 percent of the participants had breakfast every day, a quarter on some days, and 16 percent rarely or never. All were free of heart disease at…

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Chasing Rembrandt’s Tulips on Two Wheels

While primarily a painter of people, the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn immortalized at least one tulip. In 1634 he painted his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, as Flora, goddess of spring and flowers, crowned with a wreath of blooms, of which the largest is a tulip. Its petals are unmistakably striped, with white and red…

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11 Emerging Handbag Brands We Can’t Wait to Carry

Courtesy of Brand Spring is a season of renewal—and for some that means a refresh on the handbag front. Well-known labels are great, but if you’re in the market for up-and-coming designers who are changing the game (and worth the investment) this story is for you. From all-vegan goods to an Italian export that already…

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How to Adopt a Conscious Mindset When Shopping

Sometimes the best intentions never see the light of day because, well, starting can be hard. Being a more eco-conscious shopper is something 99.99 percent of people would probably say they want, but pulling the trigger and making a change? It can feel daunting. The good news? Adopting a shopping stance that’s better for the…

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22 Eco-Friendly Brands to Shop on Earth Day

Pilicarota Earring in Orange Pili Restrepo maison-de-mode.com «There’s a lot of talk about sustainable fashion but not as many people know that jewelry can — and should! — be sustainably made as well. Pili Restrepo is an ideal example of a cool company creating original designs while also respecting the environment and its workers. Every…

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How to Get Eggplant Right

LONDON — It’s a fine line, when you cook, between success and failure. I am always surprised by how tipping the balance in a dish can so easily transform it from delectable to inedible. How many times have you oversalted or undercooked a dish? When did you last lament wasting a fistful of pine nuts or…

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What to Cook: The Best Recipes for Now

Good morning. There are hard-boiled eggs everywhere anointed with dye, and a ham in the fridge holding strong against late-night sandwiches, struggling against its eventual calling as the backbone of an exquisite split-pea soup. (Of course it’s a spiral-cut ham. Have you not been paying attention?) That’s the view from the land of khakis and…

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Personal Health: Should You Be Eating Eggs?

Once more, Humpty Dumpty took a great fall last month when a new study linked egg consumption to cardiovascular disease. What follows may — or may not — put Humpty back together again, especially for egg lovers who cheered the latest dietary guidelines that seemed to exonerate this popular cholesterol-rich food. While suggesting that Americans…

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