Cocktails, Now to Go

Last week, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut limited all restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But the New York State Liquor Authority threw some of those businesses a small lifeline in the form of “new off-premises privileges.” Translation:…

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Michael Broadbent, Who Put Wine on the Auction Block, Dies at 92

Michael Broadbent, a leading English wine authority who codified the practice of tasting and describing wine while, as head of Christie’s wine department for many years, virtually created the modern wine auction, died on March 17 in Berkshire, England. He was 92. His son, Bartholomew Broadbent, confirmed the death. Mr. Broadbent was a prolific author…

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Restaurant Workers Get a Final Paycheck and a Meal From Their Peers

Quillian Fennessy is used to feeding other people. She made about $700 a week waiting tables at Seattle’s oldest vegetarian restaurant and at a friendly Italian place in the city’s Ravenna neighborhood whose menu includes a section titled “pastabilities.” It was enough to pay rent on a shared house and allow her to pursue her…

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Medicare Is Updating Coverage to Help in the Coronavirus Crisis

Older Americans are at a high risk for serious illness from the coronavirus, and most who are over age 65 are covered by Medicare. Medicare already covers its enrollees for much of what they might need if they contract the virus and become seriously ill — and it has expanded some services and loosened some…

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Brightening Up Coronavirus Quarantine With Christmas Spirit

During a global pandemic, all is certainly not calm. But things are a little bit brighter in some neighborhoods, thanks to a growing movement that has families stringing Christmas lights, blowing up holiday inflatables and building spirit-lifting snowmen to help bring some much-needed cheer during the coronavirus crisis. Like the popular hashtag #CoronaKindness, the idea…

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Five Adaptable Recipes, All From Your Pantry

I’ve cooked my way through some pretty rough times. I baked countless batches of brownies for my local firefighters after 9/11, and waited out Hurricane Sandy next to a simmering pot of pork ragù. When my father died a couple of years ago, there were some days I could barely get dressed. But the ritual…

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States Say Some Doctors Stockpile Trial Coronavirus Drugs, for Themselves

Doctors are hoarding medications touted as possible coronavirus treatments by writing prescriptions for themselves and family members, according to pharmacy boards in states across the country. The stockpiling has become so worrisome in Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Texas that the boards in those states have issued emergency restrictions or guidelines on…

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Who Should Be Saved First? Experts Offer Ethical Guidance

ImageVentilators under assembly at a medical supply company in Britain. The lack of such equipment has already created wrenching decisions for health care workers in Italy.Credit…Neil Hall/EPA, via Shutterstock How do doctors and hospitals decide who gets potentially lifesaving treatment and who doesn’t? A lot of thought has been given to just such a predicament,…

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Anna Wintour and Tom Ford Are Creating a Fashion Rescue Fund

Fashion is no longer just waiting for the government to swoop in and save it. Seventeen years ago, in the time after Sept. 11, which brought New York Fashion Week to a terrible halt and cast a long, damaging shadow on many young designer businesses, Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America got…

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The Ultimate Pantry Snack: Smoky, Nutty Popcorn

Back when I was only occasionally working from home, I satisfied my snacking urges with different kinds of crackers, topped with some combination of butter, anchovies, cottage cheese and chile paste. Because it wasn’t every day, this relatively small rotation never got old. Over a week into enforced social distancing, it’s starting to wear thin,…

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