Alfred Portale Writes a Second Act, in Italian

This time last year, Alfred Portale was in the middle of his fourth decade as the chef of Gotham Bar & Grill. The loftlike dining room still looked so much like 1985 that it could have served as a set for “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” in the unlikely event that any studio wanted to…

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For Many U.S. Turks, Salep Is Beloved but Elusive

In Turkey, winter is the season of salep. In the streets, peddlers pushing carts sell the hot, milky drink traditionally made from ground orchid tubers. Between classes, students warm their cold fingers around flimsy paper cups filled with steaming salep. On the ferry across the Bosporus, businessmen sip it with one hand and check their…

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The Heavier the Baby, the Fitter the Young Adult?

Higher birth weight may predict better cardiovascular fitness in adulthood, researchers report. Scientists measured fitness in 286,761 Swedish men ages 17 to 25 by having them ride a bicycle ergometer and recording the wattage they were able to generate. They used data on birth weights from the Swedish Medical Birth Registry. They found that as…

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Spreading Along With the Coronavirus: Confusion

As the coronavirus spreads across the world and airlines cancel flights to and from China, many travelers have been stuck in limbo. Some are trying to get refunds, while others are unsure of whether to rebook their trips for later dates or cancel them altogether. With the State Department issuing a “do not travel” advisory…

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China, Desperate to Stop Coronavirus, Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor

GUANGZHOU, China — One person was turned away by hotel after hotel after he showed his ID card. Another was expelled by fearful local villagers. A third found his most sensitive personal information leaked online after registering with the authorities. These outcasts are from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, which is at the center…

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No Budget for a Custom Kitchen? No Problem

People often assume that getting a gorgeous kitchen like the ones they see in design magazines would require draining their bank account. And often, they’re right: Building a custom kitchen with upscale materials and finishes can easily run into six figures. What they might not realize is that there are cost-saving alternatives that can deliver…

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It’s Almost Fashion Month! Here’s What to Know

It is often said that when President Trump eventually leaves office, reporters will be in a state of confusion, so accustomed are we to a constant stream of tweets and announcements that send us scurrying to report or fact-check or tear tufts of hair out multiple times in an hour. Faced with a normal news…

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Keke Palmer Needs Three Alarms to Wake Up

No one is going to keep Keke Palmer down. The newly minted Olay beauty ambassador, recent “Hustlers” actress, co-host on the third hour of “Good Morning America” and R&B singer (her “Better to Have Loved” track has racked up 12 million views on YouTube) wakes up before dawn — albeit with the boost of three…

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How Monkeys Taught Me to Appreciate Teen Sleepovers

“Can we have a sleepover?” Barring anything involving fire, blood or hospitals, these five words are the ones I dread most as a parent. Sleepovers tend to involve too much noise and junk food and too little sleep. And yet, after spending the last few years researching and writing a book about the science of…

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Why Fruits and Vegetables May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Flavonols, a large class of compounds found in most fruits and vegetables, may be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Flavonols are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and animal studies have suggested they may improve memory and learning. A study in Neurology involved 921 men and women, average age 81 and…

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