Front Burner: For Relaxing Times, Japanese Gin and Vodka

When it comes to Japanese spirits, one thinks of whiskey and soju, not gin and vodka. But now those “white spirits,” notably gin, have seeped into the American market. Recently, Suntory — the Japanese distiller that has been in business near Kyoto since 1899 — started shipping its newest gin and vodka to the United…

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Front Burner: Helping Refugees, One Dish at a Time

Emma’s Torch — named for Emma Lazarus, whose poem is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty — is a Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, restaurant that’s also a nonprofit training facility to help refugees and survivors of human trafficking qualify for jobs in the hospitality field. Kerry Brodie, the founder and executive director, and…

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Front Burner: Chelsea’s Baking Shop Finds a New Home

The closing of the New York Cake Academy, the venerable baking supply house and cooking school this year, has a very happy ending. Lisa Mansour and Jenny Kashanian, the daughters of the founder, Joan Mansour, have moved the establishment into a larger space just a block away. The new store has a cafe in the…

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Front Burner: Add Art to an Opulent Dinner

A line of dinnerware designed by the artist Sol LeWitt and made to his specifications in Deruta, Italy, is a stunning addition to the Whitney Museum store. Serving pieces include this flat, 12-inch sharply patterned plate, for hors d’oeuvres, cheese and desserts like tarts and cakes. It’s worthy of display when not in use. There…

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7 Brands That’ll Save You a Ton of Time

The online retail landscape is crowded, to say the least, and the fastest-growing category of the e-commerce population might just be the direct-to-consumer brand. It feels like every month, another company pops up out of nowhere, promising quality products—from furniture to food and everything else in-between—without the extra step (or markup) of a middleman. Advertisement…

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Nonfiction: Kurt Eichenwald’s Memoir of a ‘Mind Unraveled’

He was 18 when he experienced his first grand mal seizure (as it was then called) as a senior in high school, noting that nothing in his “fortunate childhood” growing up in Dallas as the youngest of three siblings prepared him for it or the struggles that would follow. Eichenwald’s father was a “world-renowned specialist…

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Medical News Today: How to make a heating pad at home

Using a heating pad can help ease aches and pains, and reduce stiffness in the muscles and joints. This is one way to provide heat therapy, or thermotherapy. Many people use heating pads to reduce neck pain, back pain, muscle aches, symptoms of arthritis, and menstrual cramps. In this article, we describe three ways to…

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Medical News Today: What tests are used to diagnose COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is the medical name for a group of long-term lung conditions. Doctors use a number of tests to diagnose people with COPD. Symptoms of COPD, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and fatigue, can be similar to the signs of other lung conditions. COPD often gets progressively worse over…

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Hungry City: A Menu That Roams Ecuador From Queens

Lucila Melania Dutan, whose middle name graces the awning, runs the restaurant with the help of her children, Jennifer, Alex and Nestor Jazmani Dutan, along with their half sister, GiGi Gonzalez. The elder Ms. Dutan grew up in the small town of Biblián in the southern province of Cañar, at an altitude close to 9,000…

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