Two Top Medical Groups Call for Soda Taxes and Advertising Curbs on Sugary Drinks

Two of the country’s leading medical groups on Monday issued a call to arms against the soda industry, urging legislators and policymakers to embrace taxes, warning labels and advertising restrictions to deter young people from consuming the sugary beverages that are increasingly linked to the nation’s crisis of obesity and chronic disease. Describing sweetened drinks…

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Adventurous. Alone. Attacked.

Carla Stefaniak did everything “right,” her best friend said. On a five-day vacation to Costa Rica in November to celebrate her 36th birthday, Ms. Stefaniak, a dual Venezuelan-American citizen, chose a gated Airbnb villa near the airport. It had a security guard. It was in a safe neighborhood. And she made sure to get home…

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Museums Cut Ties With Sacklers as Outrage Over Opioid Crisis Grows

In London this weekend, visitors to the Old Royal Naval College headed to its reopened “painted hall,” an ornate masterpiece called Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel, and then went to the Sackler Gallery to learn its story. In Paris, at the Louvre, lovers of Persian art knew there was only one place to go:…

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These Tools Might Make Your Cakes Instagram Famous

Shag cakes, ruffle layers, string-art lattice work — these aren’t couture trends, they’re (almost) too-beautiful-to-eat cakes and pies that you can find on Instagram. Designing #baking art looks difficult, but bakers we talked to said their designs don’t require fancy equipment. To find out what other tools Instagram bakers use to achieve flawless edges, vibrant…

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Front Burner: Cheese Focaccia So Nice, You’ll Eat It Twice

A flaky, beautifully burnished four-cheese focaccia is the draw at Angelina, a new bakery in Hell’s Kitchen. It is an exceptional treat, and even better when warmed and devoured on the spot. Take several portions of it home ($4.75 a piece) to cut into two-inch squares to serve, also heated, as cocktail snacks. Antonio Park…

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Front Burner: Bourbon With a Japanese Touch

Jim Beam, the venerable bourbon maker, and Suntory, a Japanese leader in whiskey, both part of Beam Suntory, a spirits umbrella formed in 2014, have introduced their first jointly made bourbon. Kentucky bourbon distilled by Fred Noe, a seventh-generation master distiller at Jim Beam, includes some bourbon aged in wine and sherry casks, a technique…

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Front Burner: Brunch While Your Kids Learn How to Make Pasta

Call it babysitting, if you will, but while adults enjoy brunch-time plates of mortadella and tortellini at Nonna Beppa, the children are kept busy making fresh pasta, maybe ravioli or tagliatelle. The restaurant, which celebrates the food of Emilia-Romagna, welcomes children 6 and older to free classes at its pasta-making station, while their adult monitors…

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Front Burner: Heritage Hams in All Shapes and Sizes

Ham time is coming. If your Easter tradition includes rosy, country-style smoked pork or translucent slices of cured prosciutto-style ham, you have many choices this season. Heritage Foods — the company at the forefront of the nonindustrial meat movement — is selling domestic hams from seven producers. The heritage hams, all from family farms and…

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Front Burner: Butter Designed to Impress

When it comes to interpreting continental food at his new TAK Room in Hudson Yards and the Surf Club Restaurant in Miami Beach, Thomas Keller has gone well beyond Wellington, Thermidor and Rockefeller to sweat the small stuff. Fancy butter curls, once commonplace and presented in restaurants over little ice cubes in a glass dish,…

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