A Tamale Evangelist Finds His Pulpit

At City Tamale, masa dough gets an extra-fluffy lift from the addition of baking soda; opening a freshly made tamale releases a soft whiff of steam that makes each one feel like a tiny gift. Israel Veliz began the business by making versions of his mother’s tamales in his Bronx apartment.

ELLE Editorial: Hang Ten

A quick trip from downtown Los Angeles, the laid-back surfers’ paradise of Playa Del Rey is an optimal testing ground for mixing graphic swimwear with retro-cool American classics. Tank, $590,wet suit, $1,950, harness, all, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. Watch, Rolex TERENCE CONNORS Bikini, Sundek, $99. Totebag, Dior. Hoop earrings, Roberto Coin, $1,950. TERENCE CONNORS Bikini, Etro,…

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Made on the Inside, Worn on the Outside

In a lush valley surrounded by the Peruvian Andes — past two sets of security gates, high fences, barbed wire and a rigorous pat-down — 13 women stood hard at work. They were weaving and knitting luxurious alpaca wool sweaters, deep-pile roll-necks and silky-soft track pants, destined to be sold to wealthy shoppers with lives…

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A Pocket Guide to the Oscars’ Beefiest Controversies

We have gathered here today to discuss not the artistic merits of this year’s Academy Award nominees for best picture (that’s this way), but the controversies, firestorms and outright debacles that cling to them like dog hair to a dropped Tootsie Pop. Conveniently (and infallibly) labeled for the conscientious consumer, this is your guide to…

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Fashion Review: At Fendi, Raising the Bar in Farewell

MILAN — Normally before a fashion show the decibel level is close to that of a small zoo, as people pass the time in gossip and air kisses and yelling into their phones. But Thursday at noon, as the crowd filed in for Fendi, the noise was just a whisper. It was the last collection…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Goa

Think of it as India’s happy place: The state of Goa, which occupies a sliver on the country’s western coast, is where residents of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and other cities converge for long weekends and lazy holidays filled with sun, sand and revelry. These days, the beguiling beaches might look like they’ve been colonized by…

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The New Speakeasy: Cocktails in a Stranger’s Kitchen

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On a chilly Saturday night in late January, a handful of strangers huddled outside a townhouse on a quiet street in Bushwick. A small neon sign in its window, “Cocktails Here,” was the only indicator that they had come…

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U.S. Investigating Johnson & Johnson Over Baby Powder’s Safety

The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Johnson & Johnson over concerns about possible asbestos contamination of its popular baby powder and other talc-based products, the company said Wednesday. In a securities filing, Johnson & Johnson said it was “cooperating with these government inquiries and will be producing documents in response” to…

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You Asked: What to Do When a Doctor’s Visit Is the Cause of Pain?

I have vaginismus, and though I’ve undergone physical therapy for it, pap smears are still unbearably painful — it basically feels like I’m being stabbed. Is there any way to tell my doctor that an Ativan and a Tylenol won’t cut it? Or am I doomed to never get a pelvic exam ever again? —…

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Medical News Today: Acupuncture may reduce menopause symptoms

A recent study concludes that just a relatively short course of acupuncture could significantly reduce some of the most unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Researchers put acupuncture to the test once again. Menopause typically begins in the sixth decade of life and continues for an average of 4–5 years. The symptoms of menopause can reduce overall…

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