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A Crawfish Feast Where the South Meets Southeast Asia

HOUSTON — In early March, a delivery truck carrying dozens of bags of live Louisiana crawfish arrived at Crawfish & Noodles. The restaurant, in a district known as Asiatown, is arguably Houston’s best-known purveyor of Viet-Cajun crawfish. The style expands the flavor profile of traditional South Louisiana whole boiled crawfish, with modified spice blends and a twist developed by Vietnamese-American chefs: a generous bath in seasoned butter sauce.While Crawfish & Noodles serves its signature dish year-round, the restaurant is busiest in the spring, when crawfish are in season. Given how much business he lost during the shutdowns at the start of …

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The Biden Boom

Democrats are all agog that Biden was able to pass more stimulus dollars than Barack Obama. What will make a sustainable difference, though, is whether the Biden stimulus doesn’t just rescue the poor but also propels the private sector to start new companies and create more good jobs that improve productivity and sustainably boost living standards, so that we’re not just redividing the pie, but rather growing the pie.

Opinion Debate
What should the Biden administration prioritize?

Nicholas Kristof, Opinion columnist, writes that “Biden’s proposal to establish a national pre-K and child care system would be a …

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A Biologist, an Outlandish Stork and the Army of Women Trying to Save It

Life can change in an instant, as I experienced when I first laid my eyes on a tall and bizarrely striking bird known as the greater adjutant.It was India in 2018, in the northeastern state of Assam. I’d ended up there partly because of absurd circumstances, which involved being filmed for a reality television pilot while navigating a motorized rickshaw through the Himalayas. After traversing some of the highest and most dangerous roads in the world, including the Tanglang La mountain pass, I ventured off to see a traditional selection of endangered animals: Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos, western …

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How TikTok Helped a Finnish Baked Feta Pasta Go Viral

In the rarefied world of small-batch cheese, the closest a product may get to widespread fame is Tom Colicchio’s shout-out for his favorite bloomy rind on “Top Chef.”That’s why Anne Saxelby, the founder and co-owner of Saxelby Cheesemongers, in New York City, was so surprised when a supplier told her that a recipe on the popular video app TikTok had whipped up such a demand for feta that she wouldn’t get her weekly shipment of the cheese.Ms. Saxelby and her feta maker — Narragansett Creamery, a small Rhode Island dairy — had been swept up in the …

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How an Artisanal Doughnut Maker Spends Her Sundays

When Kimberly Camara was laid off from her job last March as a research and development cook in the hospitality industry, she decided to move in temporarily with her parents in Bayside, Queens. There, she found comfort in baking, developing her own style of doughnut made with leftover brioche dough.She realized pretty fast she was on to something. So last June, alongside her business partner and boyfriend, Kevin Borja, Ms. Camara started Kora, a Filipino-inspired bakery named after her late grandmother, Corazon. Now, the company has more than 23,000 followers on Instagram, and its weekly doughnut “drops” — totaling some 500 pastries …

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Loretta Whitfield, Whose Black Doll Was ‘Ahead of Its Time,’ Dies at 79

In the early 1980s, Melvin Whitfield was working for a health nonprofit in West Africa when he came to a realization: Few of the children he encountered had dolls, and the dolls he did see were modeled after white European faces and bodies.Mr. Whitfield, who is Black, returned to Washington in 1983, around the time his girlfriend, Loretta Thomas, was coming to to her own doll-inspired despair after trying to find a toy for her niece.It was the height of the Cabbage Patch Kids craze, and toy stores were filled with their cherubic white faces; the few Black dolls …

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Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: IMAX, CoreLogic, CoStar Group & more

Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket:IMAX (IMAX) – IMAX lost 21 cents per share, one cent a share more than analysts had anticipated. The movie theater operator’s revenue came in above Wall Street estimates. Sales were helped by stronger performances in Asian markets, and the company is anticipating improved results as consumers return to theaters this year. IMAX shares lost 3.7% in premarket trading.CoreLogic (CLGX) – CoStar Group (CSGP) dropped its bid to buy CoreLogic, with the commercial property data provider saying rising interest rates will hurt CoreLogic’s value. CoStar’s latest bid had been worth $6.6 billion …

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Clubhouse, a Tiny Audio Chat App, Breaks Through

SAN FRANCISCO — Robert Van Winkle, who is better known as the rapper Vanilla Ice, held court online last week with more than 1,000 fans.In a rambling conversation, Mr. Van Winkle praised the poses of the 1990s band Bell Biv DeVoe and demurred when asked about his relationship with Madonna. He dispensed advice on real estate and life, saying, “You got to protect your happiness to protect your life.” At one point, an attendee serenaded the gathering with an a cappella version of his hit “Ice Ice Baby.”Several hours later, Mr. Van Winkle confessed that he needed to leave before …

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How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Career

A FedEx driver hand-crafting soaps. A hairstylist hawking porkless bao buns. A restaurant manager repurposing denim jackets.The dream of turning a hobby in to a Plan B career is almost a cliché of the gig economy, with countless tips published on selling vintage comic books, brewing beer, playing video games and even telling jokes.After a year scarred by the coronavirus pandemic, however, in which millions of Americans lost their jobs, it’s starting to look more like a necessity than a fantasy, particularly for people who have been laid off or forced to step away from jobs to …

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How a Queens Shaobing Stall Survives a Pandemic

As several restaurants in Flushing, Queens, one of the largest Chinatowns in New York City, shut down amid the pandemic, Yukun Shaobing quietly opened inside a nondescript mini-mall last September — a seemingly inauspicious start.Still, the cramped food stall of about 100 square feet, with no English-language name or advertising, has become a hit in a neighborhood beleaguered by Covid-19 and high rents.The key to that success is an extensive menu of warm and flaky Shandong-style shaobing, baked flatbreads stuffed with savory and sweet fillings that have locals, some of the most exacting critics of Chinese fare, coming back for …

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