From Hunan, Slippery Rice Noodles and Other Treats

People in the Hunan region of China like to say that without chiles, you can’t have a meal. Hunan Slurp, a new restaurant in the East Village with a Hunanese owner and chef, shows off the province’s spicy cuisine in dishes like whole fish with chile sauce.

Tokyo Knows How to Make a Statement

Street Style Expressive dressing prevails over prescribed style in Japan’s largest city. Oct. 23, 2018 Image “I value personality in fashion because I don’t like to look like others. I have an outgoing personality, so I like to use a lot of bright colors.” — Miku Odamaki, 17, studentCreditAndrea DiCenzo for The New York Times…

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Medical News Today: Fitness and lifespan: Is too much exercise harmful?

A new, large-scale study finds that even extreme levels of fitness increase lifespan — particularly in older people. A new study finds that exercise, even at extreme levels, prolongs life for seniors. Exercise is widely considered to benefit health, but is there such a thing as too much exercise? Some recent studies suggest so. For…

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Trilobites: Lavender’s Soothing Scent Could Be More Than Just Folk Medicine

Lavender bath bombs; lavender candles; deodorizing lavender sachets for your shoes, car or underwear drawer; lavender diffusers; lavender essential oils; even lavender chill pills for humans and dogs. And from Pinterest: 370 recipes for lavender desserts. Take a deep breath. Release. People like lavender. We’ve been using this violet-capped herb since at least medieval times.…

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Front Burner: A Liqueur That’s Ready for Flight

Crème de violette, a liqueur made by macerating flowers, suggests a ladylike Paris salon of yore. But its primary application is in a suave cocktail — the futuristically named the aviation — made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice. Not long ago the violet elixir was hard to find. Now there…

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Front Burner: A Book to Benefit the Cooks of Grenfell Tower

After the devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower in London last year, many of people that escaped struggled to feed their families: They had no place to cook but a community kitchen in a nearby mosque available a couple of days a week. In January, Meghan Markle, who had yet to become the Duchess of…

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Front Burner: Dessert, in the Form of an Avocado

We’ve seen the frozen scooped-out half lemon filled with lemon ices. Giacomo d’Alessandro, an owner of Polosud, a gelateria that opened this summer in Little Italy, has applied that template to avocados. He fills empty avocado shells with lush, creamy and lemony vegan frozen avocado purée. A scooplet of a contrasting flavor, like hazelnut or…

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Front Burner: A Cart to Serve Steamy French Chocolate

La Maison du Chocolat, the Parisian confectioner, is setting up a hot-chocolate cart that will alternate its location in front of its Upper East Side shop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the sidewalk in front of the nearby Surrey hotel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays, until Dec. 16.…

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Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say

Defining gender as a condition determined strictly by a person’s genitals is based on a notion that doctors and scientists abandoned long ago as oversimplified and often medically meaningless. Researchers who have studied gender issues and provided health care to people who do not fit the typical M/F pigeonholes said that the Trump administration’s latest…

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