Front Burner: How the Fashionistas Toast

High style meets low-tech in this Italian toaster created in 1997 for Trabo by Gae Aulenti, the architect who designed the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Until about a year ago it was sold only in Europe; now it’s available in the United States. Its sleek simplicity could make it the pride of the kitchen counter.…

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Road Trip: 44 Islands and 42 Bridges: A Florida Keys Road Trip

Seagulls and squadrons of brown pelicans flew alongside my rented Hyundai as I drove across the astonishing seven-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 1 that runs across Moser Sound, just south of Marathon, in the Florida Keys. The proximity of birds and water blurred the distinctions between sea and sky, drive and flight. The string of…

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A Chef’s Singular Take on Chiles Rellenos

When the chef Diana Dávila suggested we make chiles rellenos together, I have to confess my heart sank a little. As the chef of the Mi Tocaya Antojería, one of Chicago’s most thrilling restaurants, she is known for her lively, often challenging take on regional Mexican cuisine. She smears soft chunks of tongue with peanut…

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In Paris, ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Cut Sharply Into City’s Luxury Trade

From the Champs Élysées to Avenue Montaigne and along the Rue St.-Honoré, the glossiest and most glamorous shopping streets of central Paris are usually bustling on Saturdays in December. Tourists and local residents alike, many of them wearing fur or cashmere and laden with bags, hurry into glittering temples of French heritage like Chanel and…

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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Votive Holders

On festive winter nights, votive holders filled with flickering tea lights can add instant ambience to a room. “They give you that sparkling effect,” said the interior designer Miles Redd, who uses them often, especially when he’s entertaining. “It makes everything seem rich and glittering,” he said. Compared with standard taper candles, Mr. Redd continued,…

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The New Health Care: Scant Evidence Behind the Advice About Salt

Despite a number of studies questioning the usefulness of very low-salt diets in the last few years, most major medical organizations continue to recommend them. We would assume that they do so from a strong base of evidence. But with respect to heart failure, there is a shockingly small amount of evidence. Heart failure occurs…

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The Checkup: The Case for Creative Play in a Digital Age

All the excesses of my own childhood are, of course, available on eBay, priced for the vintage market. There are the accessories for the 1960s Thingmaker, from Mattel, with its metal molds to be poured full of plastigoop (I can smell it now) and cooked to a nice soft solid texture on the square little…

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Personal Health: The Brain Fog of Menopause

Dr. Gayatri Devi’s patient, a 55-year-old former headmistress, had good reason to be distraught. The woman had a yearlong history of progressive memory loss and behavioral problems and was referred to Dr. Devi, a neurologist, with a possible diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. As Dr. Devi recounted in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the woman’s once…

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