Monthly Archives: June 2015

Of cabbages and kings


Hua’s Garden does Beijing classics with flair, from humble cabbages to the king of dishes in the capital, Peking duck. Liu Zhihua reports.

To rate a cook, many Chinese people believe you simply have to ask the cook to stir-fry Chinesecabbage. The household dish is easy to prepare, but difficult to make delicious and present beautifully. Continue reading

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Cosmetic giants lower prices

US cosmetic giant Estee Lauder Companies will reduce the price of some of its most popular products in China from July 1, after the Chinese government lowered import tariffs to stimulate domestic consumption.

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$3.4 billion worth of art in a little corner of Switzerland

Dan Flavin's European Couples at Unlimited Basel

Art Basel is a behemoth. Think of it as the ultimate superstore of the art market with its endless aisles and swarms of shoppers. The annual event that bears the cliché distinction “mother of all art fairs” is in its 46th year, open for business now through June 21 in its namesake Swiss hometown.

It features 300 or so international exhibiting galleries hailing from five continents, and reportedly $3.4 billion worth of art. And if it’s anything like it was last year, it will draw a crowd of more than 92,000 people over the course of the week-long event.

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7 Ways To Eat Healthy For $4 A Day


If it feels like eating clean costs more, well, it just might. A recent study in the journal Preventive Medicine found that people who picked more nutrient-rich foods ended up shelling out more at the grocery store on average. But according to Leanne Brown, author of the new cookbook and shopping guide Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day,  you don’t have to break the bank buying broccoli.

And Brown would know: as part of an NYU food policy thesis, Brown looked at whether those who had only $4 a day grocery budget from SNAP, informally known as food stamps, could truly eat nutritious meals. Her conclusion: you absolutely can if you know what to look for.

Here, Brown shares 7 money-saving shopping and cooking strategies, plus 3 recipes—each costing less than $1.80 per serving—that prove budget eating can be seriously delicious.

1) Buy eggs.
Eggs are less expensive than most lean meats, but are just as high in complete protein. Even if you pay $5 to $6 per dozen for organic or pasture-raised varieties, that’s only 42 to 50 cents an egg. They’re also great multitaskers, meaning they won’t go to waste, as you can use them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Hard boil a few to keep on hand for a filling snack, turn them into a veggie-loaded frittata, fry a couple up and serve over a bowl of creamy polenta and sautéed greens. Other great multitasking foods that Brown recommends keeping on hand: brown rice, sweet and white potatoes, and a good whole-wheat bread.

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The Top 4 Haircuts That Will Take Off 10 Years


Go ahead, hop in our hair time machine. These four anti-aging cuts are guaranteed by top stylists, readers, and celebs (hello, J.Lo and Connie Britton) to chop 10 years off your look—instantly. All it takes is knowing what to ask for—and a few styling tricks. But you don’t have to believe us, the proof is below in the real women who took a risk and changed their whole look, in just a few snips.

1. The Anti-Aging Cut: Long Layers


“One haircut? ARE YOU KIDDING?! My hair is back to its health from my mid-30s.” –Alexandra Jamieson, 40, holistic chef and functional nutrition coach

Why it chops off the years: Serious hair loss is determined by a genetic lottery, but hair thins for nearly all of us after 40. Long layers make up for lost density by adding volume at the crown and sides of your head, says Eva Scrivo, owner of Eva Scrivo Salons, where the youth-boosting cuts in this story were done.

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If You’ve Ever Snuck Your Dog Into A Hotel, This Is For You

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The first time my golden retriever, Jessie, stepped paw into a hotel, I was nervous. We were at Chicago’s Hotel Burnham. I knew it was pet-friendly, but I had no idea how she would feel or how the hotel would actually react when faced with a dog at check-in. So when we arrived to find Jessie’s name on a “VIPets” board and staffers waiting for her with treats, a bed, and a bowl, we were both psyched. They offered to arrange dog-walking or sitting services and even invited Jessie to the free nightly wine hour.

This type of pooch pampering is part of a growing trend in the hotel industry. “It’s no secret that dogs are part of the family, and given the option, most people would prefer to bring them along on their travels,” says Marylouise Fitzgibbon, general manager of the W Fort Lauderdale hotel.

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Netizens stunned by end of Liu Xiang’s 290-day marriage

Chinese netizens have been shocked by the sudden end to retired star hurdler Liu Xiang’s 290-day marriage with the announcement of his divorce from actress Ge Tian.

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The king of POP: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson once said in an interview with Lisa Robinson, “…I’m going to do bigger and better things in the future. I’m compelled to do what I’m doing and I can’t help it—I love performing. I love creating and coming up with unusual new things. To be a kind of pioneer. You know, innovative. I just love it. I get excited about ideas, not about money; ideas is what excites me.”

“I want purity, I must have it here right now”



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selfie for what?

Many of us have turned to photo sharing on social media to exploit the opportunity to send a shameless selfie to a love interest.

But very few of us would be prepared to admit the hidden agenda in our snaps.

However, model Holly Carpenter, 23, from Dublin, has decided to address the subject head-on by revealing the secret meaning behind women’s Snapchat photos.


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Are we raising a generation of brats?

In our child-centric society, are our efforts to pander to our children’s needs and protect their sense of self-worth doing more harm than good? Are we producing a generation of kids used to getting their own way?

US academic Joseph Epstein recently coined the term “kindergarchy” in an article for The Weekly Standard magazine referring to a “new world order in which children rule”.

Although a somewhat extreme explanation for this current cultural trend, our society is becoming increasingly dominated by our children’s needs — what they eat, who their friends are, their schooling, what they wear, what they own and, of course, their wellbeing.

Some, such as Epstein, argue that the attention we lavish on our children and our apparent need to micro-manage their lives is unnecessary, and breeds a generation of kids who are weak in character, used to getting their own way and rarely ever have their sense of self-worth challenged by their environment — both at home and at school.

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