This Space Is for the Baristas

Cafes that are serious about the coffees they prepare have become commonplace. But here’s a new one that’s also a school and a training ground for baristas, with rigorous courses leading to official certification by the Specialty Coffee Association, a global trade group. Chi Sum Ngai and Kaleena Teoh, who own Coffee Project NY cafes…

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An Olive Oil Adventure Awaits

Olive Oil Jones, which imports oils and vinegars directly from their producers, has introduced tasting kits. Each well-priced box ($65) has four bottles of oil or vinegar, a varied assortment to explore. The oils are Catalan arbequina, Spanish Sierra de Cazorla, Portuguese Cabeço das Nogueiras and Western Sicilian. The vinegar kit has lambrusco, saba, bittersweet…

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Is Palo Santo Endangered?

Palo santo — the aromatic wood that has been used for traditional healing and in spiritual ceremonies in indigenous and mestizo Latin American cultures for centuries — has seen a growth in commercial popularity alongside concerns about its conservation status. Its popularity within the mainstream self-care community is driven by its warm scent when burned…

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Shopping for Serving Dishes

Plates, bowls and other serving dishes are critical to the success of any dinner party — whether they’re lined up neatly along a buffet or scattered around the dining room. “I always, always, always try to have some family-style dining going on,” said Bronson van Wyck, a New York event planner whose book “Born to…

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