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A Dark Song



This intense debut feature from the Irish director Liam Gavin, with its spare style, is a marriage of acting and atmosphere.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Liam Gavin
Writer Liam Gavin
Stars Mark Huberman, Susan Loughnane, Steve Oram, Catherine Walker
Running Time 1h 40m
Genres Drama, Horror

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story



Meet the husband-and-wife team that inspired some of the most memorable moments onscreen, from “The Graduate” to “The Birds.”
By MONICA CASTILLO
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Daniel Raim
Writer Daniel Raim
Stars Lillian Michelson, Harold Michelson, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola
Running Time 1h 34m
Genres Documentary, Biography

Nise: The Heart of Madness



A drama from Brazil about a psychiatrist who defied medical orthodoxy and treated patients with paint brushes instead of spikes and electroshock therapy.
By NEIL GENZLINGER
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Roberto Berliner
Stars Julio Adrião, Flavio Bauraqui, Fabrício Boliveira, Fernando Eiras, Luciana Fregolente
Running Time 1h 46m
Genres Biography, Drama, History

Obit



The documentary peers over the shoulders of journalists at The New York Times as they decide who merits obituaries and then go about the delicate business of writing them.
By GENE SEYMOUR
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Vanessa Gould
Stars Bruce Weber, William McDonald, Margalit Fox, William Grimes, Jack Kadden
Running Time 1h 33m
Genre Documentary
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Unicorn Food’ Is Colorful, Sparkly and Everywhere
'By LIAM STACK

Unilever Buys Sir Kensington’s, Maker of Fancy Ketchup
By STEPHANIE STROM
OMG! An American British-Dutch company makes Marmite? Say it ain't so!


Baking Is All in the Hands



By DORIE GREENSPAN
Recipe: Buttermilk-Biscuit Shortcakes


The Single Most Important Ingredient
By SAMIN NOSRAT
Recipes: Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken | Caesar Salad

Fish That’s Fast, Easy and Sometimes Even Fancy
A Good Appetite
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Trout With Chive Butter

Three Ways to Let Fresh Asparagus Shine



City Kitchen
By DAVID TANIS
Recipes: Charred Asparagus With Green Garlic Chimichurri | Steamed Asparagus With Pistachios and Brown Butter | Shaved Asparagus Salad With Ginger and Sesame

A Reusable Pouch for Wine on the Go



Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
$7

Economical Aluminum Skillets With Heft



Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
$36-$60

Cookbook Offers a Taste of London’s Famed Firehouse



Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
$50

Cooking Got Barbara Lynch Out of South Boston, and Brought Her Back



By JULIA MOSKIN
Recipe: Roast Chicken in a Butter Crust

The Secrets of Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk



Eat
By SAM SIFTON
Recipe: Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk


American Brandy Is Surging, Even in Whiskey Country
By CLAY RISEN

A Few American Standouts

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From the Sonoma Coast, Chardonnays of Energy and Memories
Wines of The Times
By ERIC ASIMOV
Recipe Pairing: Risotto With Peas and Sausage

Tasting Notes: Sonoma Coast Chardonnays

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A Journey Through Baja California’s Wine Country
Vineyards and culinary marvels beckon in the austere backcountry of the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico.
By ROBERT DRAPER
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Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992



Politicians, the police, victims and survivors deliver an oral history of the rising racial tensions that led to the early-1990s Los Angeles riots.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director John Ridley
Writer John Ridley
Genre Documentary


Free Fire



Ben Wheatley’s formula for action-movie success: a best actress Oscar winner, dozens of firearms and a warehouse full of testosterone.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Ben Wheatley
Stars Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Enzo Cilenti
Rating R
Running Time 1h 30m
Genres Action, Crime, Thriller


Tomorrow



The fast-faced documentary “Tomorrow” profiles men and women with concrete solutions for moving away from fossil fuels and protecting the environment.
By NICOLE HERRINGTON
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent
Stars Anthony Barnosky, Olivier De Schutter, Cyril Dion, Emmanuel Druon, Jan Gehl
Running Time 1h 58m
Genre Documentary
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The Lost City of Z



Charlie Hunnam stars in this period adventure story about love, loss and mystery in the Amazon from the director James Gray.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director James Gray
Stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland
Rating PG-13
Running Time 2h 21m
Genres Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History


A Quiet Passion



Cynthia Nixon brings a great 19th-century American poet to vivid life in Terence Davies’s new film.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Terence Davies
Writer Terence Davies
Stars Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May
Rating PG-13
Running Time 2h 5m
Genres Biography, Drama



Norman



‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,’ Joseph Cedar’s latest film, pits Jew against Jew on the fringes of power and influence.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Joseph Cedar
Writer Joseph Cedar
Stars Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens
Rating R
Running Time 1h 57m G
enres Drama, Thriller



Glory



A railroad worker dutifully turns in the cash he finds strewn across on the tracks but soon comes to regret it in this incisive, funny Bulgarian film.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Writers Kristina Grozeva, Decho Taralezhkov, Petar Valchanov
Stars Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva, Ana Bratoeva, Nadejda Bratoeva, Nikola Dodov
Running Time 1h 41m
Genre Drama
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United Passenger “Removal”: A Reporting and Management Fail
Posted on April 12, 2017 by Yves Smith
As disturbing as is the now widely-discussed incident of the brute force removal of a 69 year old doctor from a United flight last week, equally troubling is the poor job the press has done on such a high profile and relatively simple story. We’ll go over some of the glaring and regular errors as well as troubling oversights before turning to another puzzlingly under-examined issue: what this incident says about management at United. And we don’t mean arrogance and tone-deafness.

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Has Coffee Gotten Too Fancy?
By OLIVER STRAND

What ‘White’ Food Meant to a First-Generation Kid
By LISA KO

Pepsi Pulls Ad Accused of Trivializing Black Lives Matter
By DANIEL VICTOR

The Grape Juice Wars of Passover
By JOSEPH BERGER

Mushrooms on Toast, Done Just Right



Egg, Cheese and Toast, Mumbai Style



Eat
By TEJAL RAO

How to make pasta

City Kitchen
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Mushrooms on Toast

Ham or Lamb? The Easter Choice May Be Changing



By KIM SEVERSON
Recipes: Roman-Style Spring Lamb With Fresh Sugar Snap Pea Salad | Sugar Snap Pea Salad With Calabrian Pepper and Fennel

New Cooking Ideas for Everyday Greens and Rarities



Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
Do not expect new ideas for asparagus or haricots verts if you pick up “The Book of Greens” by Jenn Louis, a chef and restaurateur from Portland, Ore. This beautifully photographed book is tightly focused on edible leafy plants, some of which, like arugula and romaine, you’ll encounter every day. Many others, including


An Ambrosial Cake, and That’s Just the Filling
A Good Appetite
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Ambrosia Cake

New Beaujolais, but Not Nouveau

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Wines of The Times
By ERIC ASIMOV
Recipe Pairing: Quinoa Salad With Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese

The Ghost at the Bar
Drink
By ROSIE SCHAAP
Recipe: The Gibson | Pickled Cocktail Onions
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Graduation



An excruciating ethical problem arises for a man whose dream for his daughter — to win a scholarship to study in England — is threatened.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Cristian Mungiu
Writer Cristian Mungiu
Stars Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici
Rating R
Running Time 2h 8m
Genres Crime, Drama

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Review: ‘Your Name’ Takes Adolescent Identity Crises to Extremes
YOUR NAME



Directed by Makoto Shinkai Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance PG 1h 46m
By MANOHLA DARGIS
Director Makoto Shinkai
Writers Makoto Shinkai, Clark Cheng
Stars Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki
Rating PG
Running Time 1h 46m
Genres Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Review: In ‘The Transfiguration,’ Coping With Bullies and Craving Blood
THE TRANSFIGURATION



By ANDY WEBSTER
Director Michael O'Shea
Writer Michael O'Shea
Stars Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Jelly Bean, Phyillicia Bishop, Dangelo Bonneli
Running Time 1h 37m
Genres Drama, Horror
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Cadbury Drops an Easter Reference, Entering a Culture War
By DAN BILEFSKY
Others said the debate was misplaced, among them Esther McConnell, who said she was a descendant of Cadbury. “I’m sure John Cadbury (my g. g. g. g. grandfather) is not spinning in his grave,” she wrote on Twitter. “As a Quaker, he didn’t celebrate Easter.”

Butter or Margarine? In Dunkin’ Donuts Lawsuit, Man Accepts No Substitutes
By DANIEL VICTOR

Mexico Ready to Play the Corn Card in Trade Talks
By KIRK SEMPLE

Soda or Bear Claw? Panera to Post Added Sugar in Drinks It Sells
By STEPHANIE STROM

Carrots, Striking and Sweet, Have Arrived
A Good Appetite
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Roasted Carrot Salad With Arugula and Pomegranate

The Hippies Have Won (the Plate, at Least)
By CHRISTINE MUHLKE
Slide Show
Recipe: Pan-Griddled Sweet Potatoes With Miso-Ginger Sauce

Tapping an Ancient Grain for a Modern Meal



City Kitchen
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Farro Pasta With Peas, Pancetta and Herbs

Inviting the Easter Bunny to the Seder



By YOTAM OTTOLENGHI
Recipes: Neapolitan Easter Bread (Casatiello) | Walnut Cake

The Legend of King Solomon and the Passover Feast



By JOAN NATHAN
Recipes: Chicken With Eggplant and Swiss Chard | Haroseth With Chestnuts, Pine Nuts, Pears and Dried Fruits | Orange-Almond Mandelbrot

A Larger-Than-Life Caribbean Stew



Eat
By SAM SIFTON
Also, it must be said, more than a little fat, for Harrison cooked as he lived, largely and with little heed for consequences. Spoon off the excess when you’re done cooking, he advised, “or suck it off with a straw.” Vintage Harrison: Eat your heart out.

Recipe: Jim Harrison’s Caribbean Stew


Kosher Rosés for the Passover Wine Glass



Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

Meet the Introverted Extroverts of Ribeira Sacra



Wine School
By ERIC ASIMOV

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Five Came Back



A screen adaptation of Mark Harris’s 2014 book adds visuals to the story of five Hollywood directors who served in World War II with cameras in tow.
By BEN KENIGSBERG
Five Came Back
March 30, 2017

The Blackcoat's Daughter
Three narratives converge in a gorgeously filmed, deeply unsettling horror film about girls stranded at their boarding school during midterm break.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critics’ Pick
Director Oz Perkins
Writer Oz Perkins
Stars Kiernan Shipka, Emma Roberts, Lauren Holly, Lucy Boynton, James Remar
Rating R
Running Time 1h 33m
Genres Horror, Thriller

The Death of Louis XIV



Albert Serra’s new film is a showcase for a beloved star of French cinema, Jean-Pierre Léaud.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critics’ Pick
Director Albert Serra
Writers Thierry Lounas, Albert Serra
Stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin, Irène Silvagni
Running Time 1h 55m
Genres Biography, Drama, History

God Knows Where I Am



A documentary recalls the life of Linda Bishop, who had a psychotic disorder and fell through the cracks of New Hampshire’s medical establishment.
By ANDY WEBSTER
NYT Critics’ Pick
Directors Jedd Wider, Todd Wider
Stars Paul Appelbaum, Joan Bishop, Doug Bixby, Kevin Carbone, Wayne DiGeronimo
Running Time 1h 37m
Genres Documentary, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery

Karl Marx City



NYT Critics’ Pick Documentary Directed by Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
In this documentary, a filmmaker returns to her hometown in the former East Germany seeking personal and political insight.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critics’ Pick
Directors Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Writers Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Stars Christa Epperlein, Petra Epperlein, Uwe Epperlein, Volker Epperlein, Udo Grashoff
Running Time 1h 29m
Genre Documentary

-- Of Possible Interest --

Review: In ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ a Cyborg With Soul



GHOST IN THE SHELL
By MANOHLA DARGIS
Director Rupert Sanders
Writers Jamie Moss, William Wheeler
Stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt
Rating PG-13
Running Time 1h 47m
Genres Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Review: ‘The Discovery’ of an Afterlife, Then the Suicides
THE DISCOVERY



Directed by Charlie McDowell Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1h 50m
By NEIL GENZLINGER
Director Charlie McDowell
Writers Justin Lader, Charlie McDowell
Stars Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Riley Keough, Jesse Plemons, Mary Steenburgen
Running Time 1h 50m
Genres Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller


Review: In ‘Life,’ Extraterrestrial Fun, Until Someone Gets Hurt
LIFE



By BEN KENIGSBERG
Director Daniel Espinosa
Writers Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada
Rating R
Running Time 1h 43m
Genres Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Review: In ‘Cézanne et Moi,’ Zola and the Artist Are Pals. However ...
CEZANNE AND I



By STEPHEN HOLDEN
Director Danièle Thompson
Writer Danièle Thompson
Stars Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol, Déborah François, Pierre Yvon
Rating R
Running Time 1h 57m
Genres Biography, Drama

Review: In ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife,’ the Holocaust Seems Tame
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE



By STEPHEN HOLDEN
Director Niki Caro
Writers Angela Workman, Diane Ackerman (Book)
Stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford, Efrat Dor
Rating PG-13
Running Time 2h 4m
Genres Biography, Drama, History, War
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The Violet Bakery Cookbook BY CLAIRE PTAK

Fans of British baking and beautiful design will love poring over this collection of delicious treats from Claire Ptak of the London bakery Violet, with a foreword from Alice Waters. More than 100 gorgeous recipes cover everything from icings and sauces to cookies and quiches. Creative takes on classic dishes, like rye chocolate brownies and lacinato kale, leek, and ricotta bread pudding, are made with whole-grain flours and less-refined sugars.
$1.99 (reg. $15.99)

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE
IBOOKS

Down South BY DONALD LINK WITH PAULA DISBROWE

New Orleans chef Donald Link, winner of the James Beard Award, knows good Southern food. And for this fun, totally unfussy cookbook, the owner of Herbsaint and Cochon traversed the region to find the best seafood on the Gulf Coast, the best barbecue in Memphis, and the best single-barrel bourbon in Kentucky. The result is more than 100 accessible recipes—like Southern bruschetta with bacon and tomato, or blue crab beignets—as well as beautiful photos and stories about the people and places (and even a llama) that make Southern food so damn special.
$1.99 (reg. $18.99)

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE
IBOOKS

Citrus BY VALERIE AIKMAN-SMITH AND VICTORIA PEARSON

Citrus fruits shine in this visually stunning collection from food stylist and cookbook author Valerie Aikman-Smith and photographer Victoria Pearson. Lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and limes get more than just a measly squeeze or a quick zest, instead starring in sweet and savory dishes like grilled honey mandarin chicken drumettes, a burnt-sugar Meyer lemon tart, and a tangerine daiquiri. You'll even get some tips on how to bring some less-familiar citrus fruits into your cooking, like the kumquat, pomelo, Buddha's hand, and yuzu.
$1.99 (reg. $11.99)

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE
IBOOKS


To the Bone BY PAUL LIEBRANDT AND ANDREW FRIEDMAN
Part memoir, part love letter to beautiful food, this book chronicles the culinary journey of Michelin-starred chef Paul Liebrandt, from his first restaurant job as a dishwasher at age 15 to his life as a precocious chef and restaurateur. Some of his most memorable plates—like agnolotti of cauliflower, coffee, and caviar; guinea hen and langoustine—are dramatically photographed and broken down in the prose, making this "literary tasting menu" something you'll want to read cover to cover.
$1.99 (reg. $15.99)

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE
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Prevenge



Alice Lowe wrote, directed and stars in this British film about a pregnant serial killer on a darkly comedic odyssey dictated by her malicious fetus.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critics’ Pick
Director Alice Lowe
Writer Alice Lowe
Stars Jo Hartley, Gemma Whelan, Alice Lowe, Kate Dickie, Tom Davis
Running Time 1h 28m
Genres Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

-- Of Possible Interest --

Review: ‘Saban’s Power Rangers,’ With a Color-Coded Makeover
POWER RANGERS



By ANDY WEBSTER
Director Dean Israelite
Writers John Gatins, Shuki Levy
Stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G.
Rating PG-13
Running Time 2h 4m
Genres Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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Review: ‘Wilson,’ With Woody Harrelson as a Misanthrope
WILSON



By A. O. SCOTT
Director Craig Johnson
Writer Daniel Clowes
Stars Woody Harrelson, Sandy Oian, Shaun Brown, James Robert Miller, Brett Gelman
Rating R
Running Time 1h 34m
Genre Comedy
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While I was in Hawaii, I wanted to see and identify the Southern Cross. So, I downloaded Sky Maps to my phone, put it in the search window and it was always:

1. Cloudy
2. Below the horizon
3. Behind a mountain
4. Not yet risen
5. Already set
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The Death and Rebirth of the Duncan Grapefruit

By DAVID MARGOLICK

Americans Ate 19% Less Beef From ’05 to ’14, Report Says
By STEPHANIE STROM

Chefs Struggle Over Whether to Serve Up Politics
By KIM SEVERSON

Wine Bar Sues Trump and Hotel, Claiming Illegal Advantage
By NIRAJ CHOKSHI

Israel’s Rich Culinary Legacy Revealed in a New Film
Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

Tips From an Ambassador for Israeli Cuisine
By DAN SALTZSTEIN

Honey, Please Pick Up Some Grilled Tilapia at the Gas Station
By BRYAN MILLER

The Verdant Food of Iran Entices at Persian New Year

By SAMIN NOSRAT
Recipes: Herbed Rice With Tahdig | Fish Stuffed With Herbs, Walnuts and Pomegranate | Herb and Radish Salad With Feta and Walnuts

The Secret That Brings These Pancakes to Life

Eat
By TEJAL RAO
Recipe: Cast-Iron Sourdough Pancakes

Beef Barley Soup Lightens Up
A Good Appetite
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Beef Barley Soup With Lemon

How Cooking Dinner Can Be a Dance
A Good Appetite
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipes: Coriander-Seed Chicken With Caramelized Brussels Sprouts | Lemony Pasta With Chickpeas and Parsley

Rediscovering Black Bean Soup

By JULIA MOSKIN
Recipe: Best Black Bean Soup


Her Memory Fading, Paula Wolfert Fights Back With Food

By KIM SEVERSON
“What am I going to do, cry about it?” Ms. Wolfert said in an interview at her home this month, the slap of her Brooklyn accent still sharp. After all, she points out, her first husband left her in Morocco with two small children and $2,000: “I cried for 20 minutes and I thought, ‘This isn’t going to do any good.’”

Recipes: Oven-Steamed Salmon | Cracked Green Olive, Walnut and Pomegranate Relish

Paula Wolfert’s World

What to Cook
By SAM SIFTON
Recipe: White Wine-Braised Rabbit With Mustard

Burrowing Under Luminous Ice to Retrieve Mussels
By CRAIG S. SMITH

Bittersweet Radicchio Is at Its Peak Now

Slide Show
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
Recipe: Radicchio Salad With Anchovy Vinaigrette

My New Favorite Beans

City Kitchen
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: White Bean Stew With Carrots, Fennel and Peas

The French Love to Eat This. Why Don’t Americans?

City Kitchen
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Spicy Calamari With Fregola

A Relative of Couscous Finds a Wider Fan Base

City Kitchen
By DAVID TANIS

When the French Chef Becomes the Pitmaster’s Pupil

Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

The Bright Magic of Citrus in the Baking Pan

By YOTAM OTTOLENGHI
Recipes:
Rosemary, Olive Oil and Orange Cake | Lime, Mint and Rum Tarts | Rice Fritters With Orange Blossom Custard

A Chocolate Malted You Can Scoop

A Good Appetite
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipes: Malted Milk Fudge Ripple Ice Cream

Celebrating Food and Wine in Bordeaux

Cultured Traveler
By CHARLY WILDER

Marijuana Industry Presses Ahead in California’s Wine Country
Leer en español
By THOMAS FULLER

For a London Dry Gin, a More Assertive Tonic

Front Burner
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

One Wine Glass to Rule Them All

Eric Asimov
THE POUR
The Best Wine Glasses

Your Next Lesson: Ribeira Sacra
By ERIC ASIMO

Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine
By BIANCA BOSKER

Irish Whiskeys Rise Above the Annual Celebration
By ERIC ASIMOV

Want to Pick Better Bottles? Repeat After Me: Wine Is Food
Eric Asimov
THE POUR

Carol Field, Italian Food Expert, Dies at 76

By WILLIAM GRIMES
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The Pride of America is a Norwegian Cruise Ship that travels amongst the islands: SHIP Pride of America CRUISE PORTS EMBARK Honolulu (Oahu); Kahului (Maui); Hilo (Hawaii); Kona (Hawaii); Nawiliwili (Kauai); DISEMBARK Honolulu (Oahu)

http://public.fotki.com/lsanderson/family/2017-03-hawaii/2017-03-05/

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Kahului, Maui

The first day, we took a taxi to get out of the port and ended up in a tarted up hippy haven of long ago. Let's just say it was humid and let it go at that.

I rented a car the second day, and we took it to the crater, well, we took it to the Haleakala Crater twice, actually thanks to Google Maps who turned us around once and headed us back up the crater. It was cold up at 13,000 feet and windy, but well below the snow line. We wandered around and took a few quick pictures and headed back down the mountain to the old capital. Somewhere in route, goggle decided we wanted to go back up the crater, and we lost a bunch of time doubling back. We stopped at a cute seaside restaurant for lunch in Lahaina, where I got served squid sauce all over my clothes. Good squid though. Lets just say the cute restaurant was expensive, and no discount for the squid sauce bath either. (I'm still grumpy about that.)

http://public.fotki.com/lsanderson/family/2017-03-hawaii/2017-03-06/

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Hilo, Hawai'i

My sister and I paid the big bucks for the helicopter volcano excursion. At the appointed time, we abandoned Judy and trekked off the ship to be bused to the airport and loaded on a helicopter. My first time in a helicopter. We got rushed past the safety video and loaded right on the copter, after a brief safety song and dance, strapped in, headsets on, six tourists and one pilot. I didn't realize how fast they climb. I was fiddling with cameras after takeoff, and all of a sudden we're like way high in the air above the macadamia nut plantations. We could see lava in the volcano, which is pretty flat. The vent that was pouring lava into the sea covered the lava in steam, and we couldn't see anything other than steam. There was a big to-do on the ship about sailing past the vent during the evening, but we never saw anything.

http://public.fotki.com/lsanderson/family/2017-03-hawaii/2017-03-07/

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Kona, Hawai'i

There was a medical emergency on the ship that night, and we apparently docked somewhere. As a result, we arrived in Kona several hours later than planned, and, because there ain't no harbor, we all had to queue for the tenders. When I'd debarked by tender in the Mediterranean, the tenders always came from the island. Here, it's the lifeboats/tenders from the ship. We ate breakfast on the stern and waited, hoping the backlog would clear. Hah! We had to wait for quite some time in a theater for our number to be called, to go down a couple of decks to get on a tender. Once on shore, we rapidly decamped to a bar overlooking the harbor. Our waiter was the very modern model of a cabana boy, or so I thought, and I tried a few of the Hawaiian beers. Not always the one's I'd asked for, but heck, it was still free beer. Kona is on the dry side of Hawai'i, so the humidity is low, around 80% (for Hawai'i). After a couple of beers, we shopped a bit, and then got in line for the submarine excursion we paid big bucks for on the ship. The submarine ride was not dissimilar from diving without all the fuss of water. The windows were large, and it was pretty easy to see in the clear water.

http://public.fotki.com/lsanderson/family/2017-03-hawaii/2017-03-08/

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Nawiliwili, Kauai

All three of us shelled out for the luau and 'show' on Kauai. We took the free shuttle to a little shopping area, and ended up taking another trolley from there around part of the island. That night, we gathered in the theater on the ship, and went down for the buses to the luau, which was at a tourist trap, err, plantation. We had two drink tickets each, and, wouldn't you know it, the drinks were terrible. I filmed them pulling the pig out of the ground, and we were amongst the first groups to hit the buffet line. They served little sample of poi, which is probably a good thing. Let's just say there's not much there there with poi. It doesn't taste like any wall paper paste I've ever eaten -- oh wait, I've never eaten wall paper paste, but it ain't got much flavor.

http://public.fotki.com/lsanderson/family/2017-03-hawaii/2017-03-09/

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Honolulu, Oahu

We decided to take our own luggage off, which meant we didn't have to leave it in the hallway the night before. Judy and I went and had breakfast on the stern. We went down to the fifth floor, and sat around and waited for a while and for the line to go down. The car rental place was a block or two away, but we hopped in a taxi and got a ride there. (I don't think the taxi driver approved of the short fare.) After some paperwork and waiting, we got a Toyota Camry and headed out for the North Coast. We drove up the west side of the island (I think), and ended up having to backtrack to make it that last few miles because there wuz no road. We still got to the North Shore before we got the address of where we were staying. We decamped to a bar and spent the afternoon trying to get the address where we were staying. We finally got the address around six or seven, and rolled in to it after dark. It was a two-room place, with more space than we had in Waikiki, but with a floor model air conditioner that tended to pump water all over the floor. The apartment was a block from Ted's Bakery, which we hit up for breakfast every day we were there. It had a free washer and dryer, so I think we all ran our clothes through.

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