City Kitchen: The Filets Mignons of the Sea

Sweet, meaty sea scallops are best in winter, and like many other luxury foods, they tend to appear in abundance during the holiday season. Though it doesn’t come cheap, the splendid sea scallop is exceedingly easy to prepare. To find the best product for your money, get yourself to a good fishmonger. Ask for fresh…

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Forget the Suburbs, It’s Country or Bust

When Casey Scieszka, a freelance writer, and her husband, Steven Weinberg, a children’s book writer and illustrator, decided to leave Park Slope, Brooklyn, they didn’t consider the New York suburbs, where the yards were too small and the property too pricey. Instead, they moved to a house five miles down a dirt road — in…

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Forget Love. I’m Looking for Great Soup Dumplings.

When Daniela Castillo was planning a recent vacation to Mexico City, she opened up her Tinder app. But she wasn’t looking for a romantic date at Chapultepec Castle, or even a quick hookup while in town. She wanted travel advice. Like other solo travelers, Ms. Castillo, 27, who writes a travel blog, has increasingly found…

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Work Friend: I Am Begging You to Stop Sleeping With Your Co-Workers

Try to stump us at workfriend@nytimes.com. Letters may be edited. My Personality Type Is W.F.H. My company requires that management folks take personality tests. The results of these tests are sent to H.R., who then share the results with you. To be clear, you don’t get the results directly; it’s all through the company or…

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How to stop bleeding on Depo-Provera

Depo-Provera is a form of birth control taken via shot. Breakthrough bleeding, spotting, and changes to menstrual flow are some of the most common side effects during the first year of use. However, there are some home remedies that can help. Irregular bleeding is normal on Depo-Provera. Around 57 percent of people who have this…

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Check In: Hotel Review: The Figueroa, Los Angeles

Rates $155 and up The Basics For a 92-year-old hotel, the Hotel Figueroa is very “on trend,” as marketers like to say. It was built by the Y.W.C.A. as an exclusively female hostelry — a spot where single women, including aspiring actresses, could stay without fear of the Harvey Weinsteins of the world. The Figueroa…

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Ask Well: Is Eating Deli Meats Really That Bad for You?

Q. Is eating deli meats really that bad? Does it make a difference if it’s organic, nitrate-free or uncured? A. Meat and poultry are excellent sources of protein, B vitamins and certain minerals, but consuming even small amounts of processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. “We see a 4 percent increase in the…

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Lens: Passion, Romance and Yearning: Photos of People Kissing

Two pairs of sweaty palms and eyes shut tight. Two mouths slightly opened. And, sometimes, two hearts racing from a mixture of yearning and excitement. Kissing — that simple act of romance — is a hard thing to explain. But Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey of Project B, a group “dedicated to collecting and preserving…

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