The First of the Year

We adjust. We make last-minute plans. We move on. My husband Tony and I spent New Year’s Day in New Orleans; work aside, we hadn’t traveled beyond New York in nearly two years, and the idea of discovering a different city — one where it was warm enough to eat and drink outside; one that…

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A Mille Crèpes for Lunar New Year

The newly discovered millipede Eumillepes Persephone actually has more than 1,000 legs. But a mille crèpes cake? Not so many layers. The cake is the signature of Lady M, a confectioner with boutiques in New York and other cities in the United States and China; this year they’re making one covered and layered with red…

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No Need for Another Spoon

A new double-sided mixing spoon expands the definition of all-purpose by having a handle that widens into a convenient tasting spoon. Made from a solid piece of sustainable teak, it’s one of a new wardrobe of tools sold by Sur La Table: a cook’s spoon, a larger shallow spoon and a strainer spoon, each $19.…

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How Do You Take Your Caffeine?

Don’t count Explorer Cold Brew from Brooklyn as just one more in a long list of companies with ready-made cold brew concentrates for iced or hot drinks. It offers a compelling, uncommon feature with its coffees: choice of caffeine content. No-caf, low-caf, regular caf and extra caf are the options, with the milligrams of caffeine…

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