An Indian Food Writer Breaks Free From Tradition

OAKLAND, Calif. — The food writer Nik Sharma was 8 when he made his first pot of rice. It was a disaster. He found a bottle of Rooh Afza, a rose-flavored concentrated syrup popular throughout South Asia, in the studio apartment in the Bandra neighborhood of Mumbai, India, where he grew up in the late…

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Everyone Should Have a Postpartum Doula

Medical providers and policymakers have already recognized that birth doulas improve such health outcomes. Two states, Minnesota and Oregon, now include birth doula services in their Medicaid coverage, and in the spring of this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a pilot program to expand Medicaid coverage for doulas in New York. The idea of hiring…

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Off the Menu: The Woo SoHo Opens, Updating a Korean Trailblazer

Headliner The Woo SoHo Is this the name of a new bridal shop? Hardly. But those who have followed the Korean restaurant scene over the years will recognize the update of one of its pioneers, the elegant Woo Lae Oak, which opened in SoHo in 1999 and closed seven years ago. It was founded by…

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11 Monogrammed Gifts That Make Things Personal

1 of 11 Courtesy Bracha Initial Pendant Necklace nordstrom.com $52.00 For the layered necklace fiend.  Advertisement — Continue Reading Below 2 of 11 Courtesy Lands End Terry Robe landsend.com $38.97 To live in all winter long. Advertisement — Continue Reading Below 3 of 11 Courtesy BaubleBar x Off My Case iPhone Case baublebar.com $78.00 It’ll make…

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Restaurant Review: An Azerbaijani Feast Awaits in Brooklyn, If You Can Find It

For atmosphere, Village Cafe is roundly beaten by my second-favorite Azerbaijani restaurant in Brooklyn, Old Baku in Kensington. Walk past the awning that says “private club,” past the curtained booths in the front dining room, past the open kitchen where chefs scoop burning coals to keep the fire under the kebabs going strong, and you…

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To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections, Drink Up

Image Credit Women are commonly advised to drink extra water to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections, or U.T.I.s, but until now there has been little evidence that it works. Now a randomized trial has found that women who drink more water do indeed get fewer infections. Researchers studied 140 women with recurrent U.T.I.s who habitually…

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The Joy of Cooking for One

Cookbook covers can be like optical illusions. Take “Microwave Cooking for One,” which features the author, Marie T. Smith, alone with some platters of color-saturated food. Some readers may see desolation and gloom behind her smile. Some, a dusty meme. But others see a triumphant model of practicality and self-care. The chef Anita Lo was…

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Chanel Wants You to Carry Two Bags at the Same Time

Getty ImagesDominique Charriau In addition to giving showgoers the perfect beach experience at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld also proposed a new way to tote your stuff: double bagging it. Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain Advertisement — Continue Reading Below Getty ImagesDominique Charriau Why wear one, when you could wear two? A thrifty styling trick, to be sure.…

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James Beard Foundation Makes Changes to Diversify Its Awards

The James Beard Foundation is changing its rules and regulations in an effort to make its coveted awards more inclusive and to counter critics who say the organization has not done enough to fight race and gender imbalances in the restaurant industry. The changes were announced Tuesday and go into effect immediately, in time for…

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