Get Cozy With a Chocolaty Champurrado Mix

Rich and chocolaty champurrado, a Mexican beverage in the atole family, is easy to prepare with a mix from La Monarca Bakery, a chain in the Los Angeles area now selling it nationwide. Serve it with tamales or, for Epiphany, to sip with a circular rosca de reyes (king’s cake). It combines masa harina with…

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An Intimate Send-Off to the Year of Being Together

In Italy, pizza calls for bubbles, whether Lambrusco, beer or Coca-Cola. For a celebration, you could most definitely keep drinking Champagne. It’s a tried-and-true combination, for me at least. Or you dispense with the bubbles imperative and pull out a fine Barolo, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino or any other red with lively acidity. Bay…

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Ring Out 2020 With Shots You’ll Actually Enjoy

At this point in 2020, we deserve a shot. But before you reach for the tequila and gird yourself for the next morning, adjust your definition of “shot.” No longer just the domain of hard-hitting, one-note shooters, shots can be complex and enjoyable in both flavor and experience. And these composed shots are to be…

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H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

Drawing physicians out of the clinic and into the political fray “was a really signal event,” said Dr. Robert Gould, a pathologist in San Francisco and president of the Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. In an email for this obituary sent in 2012, Dr. Geiger said he was driven in part by…

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Small Number of Covid Patients Develop Severe Psychotic Symptoms

Brain scans, spinal fluid analyses and other tests didn’t find any brain infection, said Dr. Gabbay, whose hospital has treated two patients with post-Covid psychosis: a 49-year-old man who heard voices and believed he was the devil and a 34-year-old woman who began carrying a knife, disrobing in front of strangers and putting hand sanitizer…

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Before They Closed, Restaurants Opened Doors for Us

So many of the restaurants I’ve loved were precarious to begin with, held together by duct tape and will. I know that it is the height of privilege for me to say, from the safe aerie of my sheltering-at-home, that I miss them, when the people who run them are the ones suffering. But I…

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Don’t Let the Pandemic Stop Your Shots

Experts fear that vaccination rates may have fallen further during the pandemic, as they have among children, if older people wary of going to doctors’ offices or pharmacies skipped shots. Financial and bureaucratic obstacles also thwart vaccination efforts. Medicare Part B covers three vaccines completely: influenza, pneumococcus and, when indicated, hepatitis B. The Tdap and…

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The Best Breakfast

Good morning. We’re hurtling toward the end of the year now, a year that’s been like no other any of us has experienced, and I made a pizza and ate it with my daughter and walked the dog and got to thinking about how much better I hope 2021 will be for all of us…

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Design Works Prints From Tillett Textiles are Back

Mr. McBride’s way of telling the tale now is to reintroduce the fabrics from the collaboration of Tillett and Design Works, with a portion of the profits to be donated to the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Four patterns in three colorways have recently become available to the trade. Tote bags, throw pillows and…

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Soothing Anxiety and Stress: Advice From the Year in Well

For many of us, 2020 was an exceptionally stressful year, dominated by fears about the coronavirus pandemic. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, we’re likely to need some stress management strategies to carry us into 2021. There’s lots of advice in this guide by Tara Parker-Pope, How to Be Better at Stress. Stress doesn’t…

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