Few restaurants have enjoyed as much acclaim and influence, or been as widely caricatured, as the Copenhagen fine-dining institution Noma. In its 16 years of existence, it has been at the top of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list four times. There are three Noma books, two feature-length films and a Noma documentary series. There are Noma dissertations and dozens of “Nomaheads” – dedicated diners who follow the restaurant all over the world, from Yucatan to Tokyo to Sydney and back again. In the early 2010s, there were so many articles about hunting for wild produce with Noma’s charismatic head chef that one writer declared it “The Era of the ‘I Foraged With René Redzepi’ Piece”. There is even a 240-page travelogue, written by an Esquire editor who followed Redzepi across the world for four years. … [Read more...] about What Noma did next: how the ‘New Nordic’ is reshaping the food world
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I used to send voice notes to my best friend every day to offload my worries, and once they were out in the open, they didn't seem as weighty as before. This is a great way of having a two-way conversation with a baby in hand. … [Read more...] about Struggling to cope with being a new parent? Expert who’s worked with royalty reveals why you should make a ‘happy playlist’ and take early maternity leave
New York is the third state, after California and Oregon, to enact the ban, and it is debatable how much good it will do. In Californiain 2019, analysis of the ban showed that in the year it was enacted there was a big increase in people buying bin bags. That still looks like a net gain, however, as does the ban’s inculcation of an environmentalist mindset. … [Read more...] about Is there anything more Un-American than New York’s plastic bag ban?
For the feminist writer Naomi Wolf, the spring of 2009 was beautiful. She was "emotionally and sexually happy, intellectually excited, and newly in love". Her boyfriend of two years was more than able to provide for her physical and emotional needs and they had, it seems, a fabulous sex life. But then – uh, oh – trouble in paradise. One morning, as she looked out of the window at her "little cottage upstate" (Wolf is based in New York), it occurred to her that something was up with the quality of her orgasms. Where once achieving an orgasm had led her to see "colours as if they were brighter", and even to make "the connections between things" seem more distinct, now she no longer experienced sex in a "poetic dimension… instead, things seemed discrete and unrelated to me". As she pondered the tree tops – presumably now a uniform sage, as opposed to the iridescent jade, olive and emerald of old – she thought: What is happening to me? … [Read more...] about Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf – review
The looming G20 meeting in Brisbane was already being planned on the basis of high risk, but officials are said to be reviewing security planning for that event. Airlines and other transport companies are also understood to be reviewing practices in light of Friday’s increase in the alert level. … [Read more...] about Terrorism alert level raised to high, but Tony Abbott says no attack is imminent