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Restaurant Review: A Pair of Star Chefs Converge at Onda in Los Angeles

Gabriela Cámara’s plate is full. She runs Contramar and Entremar in Mexico City, Cála in San Francisco, and earlier this year took a position on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Council for Cultural Diplomacy. She is as busy as she is talented, both as a chef and as a placemaker. Ever been to Contramar on …

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Japan Is About to Become the Newest ‘It’ Region for Wine

Although Japan is best known for sake, historians have found that another alcoholic beverage predates this tipple in the country by centuries: wine. In 1958, clay vessels containing vestiges of grape seeds—dating back to 4000 B.C.—were discovered in Nagano prefecture, leading researchers to believe this was an early predecessor to today’s cuvées. Wineries along the …

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The Willy Wonka of Gin Is Reimagining the Liquor With a Knack for the Unconventional

Among the many wonders of Scotland lies a fragrant emporium of gin, a now flourishing industry boasting more than 80 distilleries countrywide. Among them, storytellers bring depth beyond the spirit with tales of history and the land. Verdant Spirits out of Dundee recalls the city’s port era by infusing herbs imported during its trading heydays, …

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Discovering the Allure of Cookbooks: Why They’re Still Worth Buying

There is something rather nostalgic about cookbooks. Usually accompanied by an introduction filled with personal tales, they are totems of specific time periods in the chefs’ own lives, epilogues to days and nights spent crafting endless recipes. Wistful in a way that only the combination of food, words, and images can be, the collections become …

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Apple’s Busy Week: a $52,000 Mac Pro and an Acquisition of Better Camera Technology

Apple’s past week was a decidedly busy one, with an acquisition of a small startup that could help improve the quality of the iPhone’s camera, and the release of a Mac Pro that can cost as much as some sports cars. And in the strangest twist of all, Apple said customers can only clean the …

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This Storied Champagne House’s Forward-Thinking Cellar Master Could Be Changing the Industry

The mansion known as Hôtel Werlé sits quietly on Boulevard Lundy in the heart of Reims, Champagne’s largest city, a 19th-century edifice built in the style of Louis XV, all architraves and wrought iron. It was long the private residence of the family that runs Louis Roederer, one of Champagne’s most prestigious houses; Frédéric Rouzaud, …

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The Cap and Trade Market Is Going Global—If Politics Are Put Aside

Delegates at UN Climate Change Conference COP25 have been gathered in Madrid for nearly two weeks in hopes of finalizing the remaining articles of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Their work is spurred on by massive youth protests led in part by Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg, who has called for heightened urgency around climate change. …

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