Soap dodger: meet the doctor who says we have been showering wrong

When James Hamblin tells people he has not used soap in the shower for five years, they tend not to hold back in expressing their disgust. “It’s one of the few remaining things for which we feel fine telling someone that they’re gross,” he says. “It’s amazing to me, honestly.”Yet despite people’s “clearly moralising judgments”,…

Carolyn Hax: Should kids tell Dad about his father’s first marriage?

(Nick Galifianakis/for The Washington Post)Dear Carolyn: In doing family research, my brother's wife came across documents indicating that my dad's dad was still married to another woman when he married my grandmother in December 1927. The divorce on the first marriage was not finalized until October 1928. My dad, his younger brother and older sister…

Rick’s Famous Juicy Burgers Review

Having heard about some new extraordinary burger joint on Broad street that the staff at the Phoenix are all raving about, I decided to check it out for myself. I most certainly wasn’t disappointed...

Levi’s Birth Story

Somehow we have already experienced an entire month with our precious Levi. In one sense, I can’t believe it’s been a whole month, and in another, it feels like I gave birth a lifetime ago. Any parent of young children understands that paradox. The days are never-ending but the months and years fly by. As…

Restaurant Review: Terrace Cafe by O’Connor’s at MWPAI

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By Phoenix Staff There is a place in this city where a person may feel as though they are among the most sophisticated and cultured elements of society while wearing jeans. Through food and art,...

West Utica’s New Boutique

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By Paul Dumas, Ph.D. Residents in Utica have yet another reason to be thankful for a new service on offer in the Varick District. Just above Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen on the corner of...

Spinach Artichoke Baked Chicken

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This is essentially a delicious hot spinach artichoke dip with chicken baked right into it. It’s your favorite app turned into dinner—-and it’s easy! Just dice boneless skinless chicken breast, arrange it in a baking dish, and top it with a rich and creamy mixture of softened cream cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, a dollop of…

‘Most yoga is frustrating for me, so I’ve turned to Bollywood dancing’

Fitness Tired of feeling like the ‘lone Indian’ in classes led by white women, Ruhi Lee finds another way to connect to her roots A Bollyfunk dance class Photograph: BfunkMost online yoga classes are triggering for me. I see white, sun-kissed women on the beach, appropriating yoga to build their following, with little regard to…

Easy Saffron Rice

Spice up your rice with this delicious and easy saffron rice recipe. Made with basmati rice, high-quality saffron threads and stock, you will never go back to your basic, boring rice recipe again. The other day I was chatting with my friend Sahar about how much we love saffron. To be fair, we were discussing…