At the Westminster Dog Show: Top Dogs, Top Docs

At least the athlete was able to walk into the medical tent on his own four legs. Earlier, when he had faced the broad jump during his Masters Obedience Championship trial at the Westminster Dog Show, Finn, a six-pound toy poodle, had tried to settle into his normal pre-takeoff sit position. But he wriggled uncomfortably,…

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See the Fake Résumé Created for Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin’s Daughter

A résumé listing the purported athletic career of Olivia Jade Giannulli was included in court documents filed recently by prosecutors in the nation’s largest college admissions scandal, providing a fresh look into efforts to burnish the credentials of children of wealthy parents and assure their acceptance to prestigious schools. The résumé, which prosecutors said was…

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Melissa Clark’s Favorite Bean-to-Bar Chocolates

This is by no means a complete roster of all the excellent, ethically produced chocolates on the market. It’s a short list of the bars that I buy and eat regularly. All, except Valrhona, are American-made, because that’s what I find most easily available. Use it as a starting point to choose your own favorites.…

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The Biggest Fall 2020 Trends Popping Up at New York Fashion Week

John LamparskiGetty Images We’re only a few days into the fall-winter 2020 show season, but we’re already seeing the biggest trends of the year presenting themselves. So far we’ve spotted a strong ’90s aesthetic (re)born from Instagram, the influential power of #NewBottega accessories, and horse girls having their moment. Make sure to check back regularly.…

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Everything You Need to Know About Chocolate

You probably think you already know everything you need to know about chocolate. For instance: The higher the percentage of cacao, the more bitter the chocolate, right? The term “single origin” on the label indicates that the chocolate expresses a particular terroir. And wasn’t the whole bean-to-bar movement started by a couple of bearded guys…

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For Valentine’s Day, Nine Stories About Flowers

In addition to being obvious testaments to beauty, flowers are often bound up in human ritual. We give blooms to note a birth, a death and many occasions in between, including the, well, blossoming, of romantic love. At a certain point, though, we long for something more surprising and complex than the single stems of…

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This New Hudson Yards Restaurant Is Better Than It Should Be

Morbid curiosity along with a bit of masochism drew me back to Hudson Yards. Many of the restaurants that have been built there have seemed cursed on one level or another, but the latest one sounded uniquely inauspicious, starting with its timing. It opened in November — the 13th of November. The Tavern by WS,…

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Project Runway Season 17 Winner Sebastian Grey Debuts at New York Fashion Week

It was a Project Runway family affair tonight at Johan Sebastian Grey‘s debut New York Fashion Week show, where the designer presented his Fall/Winter 2020 ‘Lineage’ collection in partnership with the Fashion for a Cause Foundation. Grey, who won Season 17 of the design competition, showed a collection of rich textiles, woven leather, and vibrant…

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In Los Angeles, a Historic Home Becomes an Experimental Kitchen

In food, fermentation — the process by which enzymes from microorganisms break down carbohydrates — is both an ancient practice and a recent trend. Cheese, made from cultured milk, was being produced in present-day Iraq around 7,000 B.C., and the Chinese are thought to have started making sake from fermented rice a couple of millenniums…

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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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