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On wellness

Prescription bottles fill me with dread, warning labels plastering a plastic vial filled with medicine scientifically proven to manage or cure my illness. These days, turning to modern medicine feels like a cop-out. When everyone is Instagramably managing any ailment from chronic skin conditions to this season’s epic flu strain with homeopathic remedies and ayurveda, … Continue reading

Supererogation
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Supererogation

Best thing I bought last month? Lucky Peach Issue 11: All You Can Eat. While I’ve known about the ultimate foodie journal for some time, it’s hefty price tag has never been checkout-counter impulse-buy excusable. But a few weeks back I felt an insurmountable wave of self-indulgence wash over me at the Whole Foods. I mean, … Continue reading

Expedition
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Expedition

After diving into blogs like Sticky Rice and Vietnamese God, I became obsessed with going on a tour of Hanoi’s famed street food spots. I scrambled to reserve us a spot and got us to the Hanoi Cooking Centre bright and early for a bowl of…pho? Yes, we learned, pho is a breakfast food. We had … Continue reading

Exposition
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Exposition

With me, it’s go big or go home, which often ends up with me sitting at home. I’ve previously referenced my Asian Invasion: in mid-March, my best friend Rachel and I went to Singapore and visited my brother and his wife, Kevin and Ali, making several offshoot trips and engaging in hijinks along the way. … Continue reading

Emanation
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Emanation

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.” -Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe supported the idea of a signature scent, so classy and character-defying. But a big old bottle of designer perfume is so expensive, and actually selecting a signature scent requires a long-term commitment to a style-type. Are you classic like Gwyneth Paltrow, … Continue reading

Assumption
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Assumption

I recently contributed in suggesting Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Goldfinch to the aforementioned book club under the book-jacket supported assumption that it was a mystery. After finishing it up, I discovered that, alas, it was just mysterious – and deep. The book tells the story of Theo Decker, who loses his mother as a young teen and spends … Continue reading

Substantiation
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Substantiation

St. Cecilia, the newest venture from Atlanta-area chef-proprietor Ford Fry and executive chef Brian Horn, buzzes. For such a cavernous space, it’s warm and loud and lively. Upon entrance, a staircase to your right beckons you to what’s only the bathroom and some darkened event space. Where you’re really hoping to get to is your … Continue reading