Italian Alpine Spas, Where Sports Are an Afterthought

A paradise for skiers, the Italian Alps of South Tyrol offer a more placid pastime that’s surging anew. A host of spas are sprouting up in isolated tracts among the highlands, and though there’s hiking, biking and access to some of the Alps’ easier ski slopes, sports are a mere afterthought here. The spas draw…

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Schools in England Introduce a New Subject: Mindfulness

LONDON — Students in England already learn about mathematics, science and history, but hundreds of schools are preparing to expand the traditional curriculum with a new subject: mindfulness. In up to 370 English schools, students will start to practice mindfulness as part of a study to improve youth mental health, the British government said on…

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Front Burner: Send a Love Letter Full of Chocolates

Consider Valentine’s Day as a moment for returning to old-fashioned letter writing and sending. Neuhaus, a Belgian chocolate company, has come up with a delectable Valentine Love Letter gift box for the holiday. The pink folded envelope, sealed with a wax stamp, contains heart-shaped bonbons. There are three varieties, each with an exotic touch: dark…

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Front Burner: A Strawberry Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

A vibrant cocktail, ruby-red and sparkling, will set the tone for an intimate Valentine dinner at home. Called Los Amores and inspired by a Kir Royale, it was created by Patrick Timmis, the beverage director for the Bien Trucha Group, a family-owned Mexican restaurant and catering company in Geneva, Ill., with four places: Bien Trucha,…

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Front Burner: Set the Dinner Table With Legos

Raid the toy box to set the table for your Lunar New Year feast. That’s more or less what Sean Tang did. He’s an owner of Pinch, a welcoming dim sum (and more) restaurant in SoHo where Legos are used as chopstick rests. He’s a Lego fan and was looking for an unexpected detail, and…

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A Writer Describes Palestinian Cuisine, and the World Around It

In November 2016, when the cookbook author Yasmin Khan returned to her home in London after the olive harvest in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, she faced a problem: No matter how strenuously she tried, she could not write. Her manuscript for a book on Palestinian cooking was due the next spring. But images of the…

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Vitamin or Mineral Supplements Don’t Prevent Dementia

A large review of studies has found no solid evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements have any effect in preventing cognitive decline or dementia. The meta-analysis, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, included 28 trials with more than 83,000 cognitively healthy people 40 and older. The reports covered a wide range of vitamins…

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Front Burner: Frida Kahlo and a Special Mexican Menu

Alongside the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” which runs from Feb. 8 through May 12, there will be an elaborate Mexican menu with some specialties devised by consulting guest chefs at the museum’s restaurant, the Norm. The chef Saul Bolton and Great Performances (a catering and restaurant managing company), who run…

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