Front Burner: A Strawberry Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

A vibrant cocktail, ruby-red and sparkling, will set the tone for an intimate Valentine dinner at home. Called Los Amores and inspired by a Kir Royale, it was created by Patrick Timmis, the beverage director for the Bien Trucha Group, a family-owned Mexican restaurant and catering company in Geneva, Ill., with four places: Bien Trucha,…

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Front Burner: Set the Dinner Table With Legos

Raid the toy box to set the table for your Lunar New Year feast. That’s more or less what Sean Tang did. He’s an owner of Pinch, a welcoming dim sum (and more) restaurant in SoHo where Legos are used as chopstick rests. He’s a Lego fan and was looking for an unexpected detail, and…

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A Writer Describes Palestinian Cuisine, and the World Around It

In November 2016, when the cookbook author Yasmin Khan returned to her home in London after the olive harvest in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, she faced a problem: No matter how strenuously she tried, she could not write. Her manuscript for a book on Palestinian cooking was due the next spring. But images of the…

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Vitamin or Mineral Supplements Don’t Prevent Dementia

A large review of studies has found no solid evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements have any effect in preventing cognitive decline or dementia. The meta-analysis, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, included 28 trials with more than 83,000 cognitively healthy people 40 and older. The reports covered a wide range of vitamins…

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Front Burner: Frida Kahlo and a Special Mexican Menu

Alongside the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” which runs from Feb. 8 through May 12, there will be an elaborate Mexican menu with some specialties devised by consulting guest chefs at the museum’s restaurant, the Norm. The chef Saul Bolton and Great Performances (a catering and restaurant managing company), who run…

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Wine School: Supermarket Wines Are Poured, and Worlds Collide

Well, that seems to have struck a nerve. The last Wine School assignment, in which I suggested that readers try three vastly popular, mass-produced bottles that are available in practically any supermarket or liquor store in the country, drew an emotional reaction like no other in the five years that we have been gathering monthly…

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Wine School: Valtellina, Another Side of Nebbiolo

We now return you to your regular Wine School programming. No place is more famous for its nebbiolo wines than the Langhe in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, home to Barolo and Barbaresco. But the Langhe is far from the only place in which nebbiolo prospers. To the north, in the foothills of the…

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Fendi’s Iconic Baguette Bag Returns With a Little Help From Carrie Bradshaw

Thanks to Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw, tulle skirts were considered fashun, nearly every viewer craved a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels (or getting proposed to with blue satin pair), and slip dresses became a staple in every woman’s closet. Still, you can’t talk Carrie Bradshaw fashion without mentioning her Fendi Baguette handbag, the…

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