FreshDirect, After Broken Eggs and Angry Customers, Stages a Comeback

About a year and a half ago, longtime patrons of the pioneering grocery delivery service FreshDirect started complaining that orders were arriving hours late. There were broken eggs and spoiled fruit. One customer reported that she had paid $200 for groceries — only to receive nothing but seltzer and a loaf of bread. The source of…

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Creamy Pasta Forever

Hello, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Sometimes the quickest meals are also the richest, because ingredients like cream, cheese and butter are shortcuts to satisfaction. Fat carries flavor, so you don’t need a ton of other ingredients to build a dish, or a long cooking time to develop rounded flavors. (I’m thinking about fettuccine…

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Never Underestimate the Value of Crashing a Wedding

When it comes to decision making, Ariel Figueroa believes in acting first and apologizing later. “I very much function under the concept of, it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission,” said Ms. Figueroa, a fourth-year student at New York Medical College. While this philosophy may seem wrong for the operating room, where Ms. Figueroa,…

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Love Letter: Bridging a Cultural Divide

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] First-date etiquette suggests that talking about politics, race or religion is off limits. However, when Marlena Brown went on a first date with a brazen firefighter who had chased her down the block to…

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Pamela Adlon Fuels Her Hectic Life With Fosse and ‘Fame’

You probably think you know Pamela Adlon. After all, “Better Things,” her FX dramedy (which returns March 5), is deeply mined from her joys and travails as a single mother and actress raising three daughters in Los Angeles — its set and scenes liberally sprinkled with stuff she loves. Calling after making bagel chips for…

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Don’t Let the Wrong State Get Between You and Your Assets

Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress who created the successful lifestyle brand Goop, said last summer that she and her new husband, Brad Falchuk, were living apart, on purpose. Although recently married, they had opted to maintain separate homes. The practice, known as living apart together, dates at least to the 18th century, both among avant-garde artists…

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Putting the Fried in Fried Rice

I cooked a lot of fried rice before I learned to take the frying seriously. When I used to stir-fry it, I focused on the stirring part of the equation. I’d move the rice across a hot oiled pan with vegetables and the occasional pork product, seasoning it with soy sauce and sesame oil. It…

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When Did Gluttony Become So Glamorous?

LANGOUSTINES DROOPED FROM above, their whiskers trailing like vines. Below them, the table was laden with duck potpies, caviar and great loaves of pâté; lobster tails spilling from a ceramic shell nearly as large as the one that birthed Venus; lamb chops with the bones jutting out amid cracked-open pomegranates yielding glittering ruby seeds. Some…

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How to Bring the Vision of an Instagram Decor Influencer Into Your Home

From Farah Merhi’s vantage, a home can be as shimmery as a crystal chandelier and as cozy as a velvet throw pillow. This glammy, decadent aesthetic has delivered Ms. Merhi an Instagram empire, with nearly six million followers to her Instagram account @Inspire Me Home Decor. In the eight years since Ms. Merhi started Inspire…

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