City Kitchen: Juicy Fish, Crisp Potatoes and Minimal Fuss

May I say there are few combinations better than fish and potatoes? I don’t think anyone could argue convincingly to the contrary. Fish and chips are an obvious example of how good a pairing it is, and New England fish chowder would be decidedly one-dimensional without the world’s best-loved tuber in the picture. This week…

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Which Allergens Are in Your Food? You Can’t Always Tell From the Labels

When you’re shopping for someone who has a food allergy, a trip to the grocery store is like a police investigation. Each product must be scrutinized. Labels are examined, each ingredient studied. My 5-year-old son, Alexander, is allergic to almonds and hazelnuts, so my wife and I spend a lot of time trying to decipher…

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MIND: Why It Hurts to Lose Sleep

Veteran insomniacs know in their bones what science has to say about sleep deprivation and pain: that the two travel together, one fueling the other. For instance, people who develop chronic pain often lose the ability to sleep well, and quickly point to a bad back, sciatica or arthritis as the reason. The loss of…

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The Egg Salad Sandwich That Drew Eyes on Instagram

The basic egg salad sandwich has iterations all around the world, but it’s generally built from a jumble of cooked, chopped eggs, seasoned and bound with mayonnaise. Freshly made, it’s delicious, and it doesn’t need to be pretty. In fact, it almost never is. Image In creating their egg salad sandwich, the chefs Nick Montgomery,…

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Cutting Up Big Fish and Cultivating an Even Bigger Fan Base

BOSTON — At 5 on a windy winter morning, in a cold, harshly lit warehouse in Boston’s seaport district, Baracat Paiva stared down at the 200-pound bigeye tuna before him and reached for his knives. Mr. Paiva, as tall and imposing as the dead fish before him, dipped his cloth-gloved hand in warm water, to…

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Encounters: Annie Murphy Gets Into Character at the Plaza

She’s only just arrived, but Annie Murphy is about to get kicked out of the Plaza Hotel. The situation would be a fitting one for the character she plays on “Schitt’s Creek”: Alexis Rose, a fallen socialite whose family loses everything in a Bernie Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme. For Alexis, being ushered out of a New…

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4,000 Miles, Seven Countries: An African Adventure on Two Wheels

The whirring bikes streaked over the rough ribbon of asphalt through the Sahara in Mauritania, and the intensity of the landscape shifted. Miles of flat, desolate sand stretched to the horizon in all directions, dissolving into an immense dome of pale blue. The sun in the cloudless sky was so searing it had bleached the…

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Singapore Says an American Leaked Records of 14,200 H.I.V. Patients

Medical records for 14,200 H.I.V.-positive people in Singapore were obtained by an American and illegally disclosed online, officials said Monday, in the second major data breach of the country’s public health system in less than a year. “We are sorry for the anxiety and distress caused by this incident,” the Health Ministry said in a…

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Study Offers Hint of Hope for Staving Off Dementia in Some People

In dementia research, so many paths have led nowhere that any glimmer of optimism is noteworthy. So some experts are heralding the results of a large new study, which found that people with hypertension who received intensive treatment to lower their blood pressure were less likely than those receiving standard blood pressure treatment to develop…

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