Fresh-Food Vending Machines Will Be Graded Like Restaurants

On Oct. 30, an inspector from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was making her rounds when she came across a vending machine unlike any she seen before. Called Farmer’s Fridge, it was made of washed white wood, with a giant touch screen and a built-in recycling bin. Inside was not…

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Friendsgiving Has Become Just as Fraught as Thanksgiving

Having Friendsgiving at your place this year? Luckily, it’s easy to find advice on the internet. Well, not advice as much as rules. So many rules. For instance, Epicurious has “The 7 Golden Rules of Friendsgiving.” (Rule No. 3 is “Sit on the floor.”) Chowhound sets forth “9 Rules for Planning a Perfect Friendsgiving,” including…

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Birria-Landia, a Queens Food Truck, Has Changed the Taco Landscape

If you get off the No. 7 train at the 74th Street-Broadway station in Queens and walk east along Roosevelt Avenue, you’ll have an opportunity to eat a new taco every few yards. By the time you’ve gone a mile, if not sooner, you’ll have found every kind of taco that is consumed in New…

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In Praise of Lumpy Gravy From the Cosmic Kitchen

As Thanksgiving approaches, would-be chefs and hosts, including apparently my editors, are perfecting their techniques for making the all-important gravy for the turkey and potatoes. I have my moments as a cook — come over for my stardust waffles some Sunday morning — but I have never had the patience or skill to master gravy,…

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The Work Diary of Jackie Aina, Beauty Influencer

“You’ve got makeup brands that will launch 20 shades of beige,” the beauty influencer Jackie Aina said, in a video she posted to YouTube in 2018. “You’ve got eggshell, cream, ‘iPhone extension cord’ … but there’s only two dark shades.” The clip has picked up more than a million views. Twice a week on her…

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When Mom Slams a Brand on Instagram

As a mom with influence, Caitlin Houston felt the need to act. Ms. Houston, of Wallingford, Conn., read a post on Instagram this summer by Karen Feldman, the founder of the Striped Sheep, a mommy-and-me clothing company, claiming that one of her designs had been ripped off by Tuckernuck, a high-end women’s clothing retailer. So…

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Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World

There has been a rapid increase in the global measles outbreak, with reported cases jumping 300 percent in the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period last year, according to the World Health Organization. As reasons for the increase, the organization has cited a deep mistrust of vaccines, gaps in immunization coverage…

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Welcome to Redditsgiving!

Last year, Adam Naor and his girlfriend placed an ad on Craigslist inviting strangers to Thanksgiving dinner in their apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. “There was no prior research, it wasn’t a trend we wanted to be part of,” said Mr. Naor, 32, who works for Indeed, an employment search engine. “We…

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They See You When You’re Shopping

For months you’ve been casing a Gucci shoulder bag online, adding it to your virtual cart, only to close the tab before buying it. One weekend, lounging in your pajamas, you decide to go for it, and back you go to the Gucci website. In an office building on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J.,…

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8 Ski Apps, Ready for Winter

Your season pass is purchased, your ski house booked and your gear tuned up. But before you hit the slopes, you might want to download a ski app — or eight — on your mobile phone. From dedicated powder predictors to artificial intelligence-generated, Olympic-level ski instruction, there’s never been so much technology to help optimize…

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