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50-Year-Old Yamazaki Crowned The World’s Most Expensive Japanese Whisky

[caption id="attachment_189419" align="alignnone" width="960"] Bottled in 2011, sold for $372,000[/caption]There's expensive whisky for the rare …

Fine Art

These Photos Of Hospital Food In Japan Will Make You Salivate

"Plus they gave us a small afternoon snack like a cream puff or small piece of cake and tea."<p>In the United States, hospital food is notoriously bad and not always a healthy option for patients. But based on photos of one woman’s experience in Japan, hospital food looks like fine dining.<p>The woman, …

Holocaust memorial for children dedicated in Paris

“Though antisemitism is taking on new forms these days, we must combat it relentlessly.”<p>A MONUMENT, dedicated to the memory of Jewish children …

Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues

College involved "many anxiety attacks and many trips home" for Daniel Share-Strom, an autistic 27-year-old motivational speaker in Bradford, Ontario. It wasn't just the challenge of organizing his assignments and fighting the disability office for the extra time he needed for tests. It was also …

Autism

Steven Chait on Chinese Porcelain

The third-generation dealer on how to buy antique Chinese porcelain<p><b>Specialty:</b> Chinese porcelain and works of art from antiquity to the early 19th century.<p><b>History lesson:</b> Snow-white, hard-paste ceramics—a.k.a. porcelain—originated in China more than 1,000 years ago. But Europeans didn’t develop a …

Thomas Heatherwick Gives AD a Tour of the Zeitz MOCAA

The highly anticipated Cape Town museum is the first dedicated to contemporary African art<p>“We felt strongly that we needed to give the space a heart,” says the architect Thomas Heatherwick as he stands in the atrium of Africa’s most highly anticipated building, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary …

Christopher Kimball's 6 favorite books about food

<b>Apricots on the Nile by Colette Rossant</b> (Washington Square, $12).<p>Memorable for both its gentle sweetness and the writer's portrait of her …

Books

Mom helps son with autism fulfill his dream of starting a bakery

As Jacob Wittman faced the completion of his high school years, his mother Shelly Henley met the milestone with an unexpected feeling: complete dread.<p>That’s because the Indiana mother of two realized — like so many other parents of young adults with autism — that Jacob’s fate was uncertain. “You go …

'A great project for all Egyptians': Egypt to repair synagogue in city of eight Jews

Many welcome Egyptian government’s decision to restore the Eliyahu Hanavi in Alexandria, but some question the motives<p>Alexandria’s historic synagogue has very few visitors. In a city once home to almost 25,000 Jews, Alexandria’s Jewish community is now said to number fewer than eight people, most …

Kids Try Dumplings From Around The World And It's Seriously Adorable

OK, now we're hungry.<p>You know a food is universally loved when even kids can’t get enough of it. Case in point? Dumplings.<p>In the WatchCut Video above, kids you might assume would have picky palates give dumplings from around the world a chance.<p>Gyozas from Japan are a huge hit, though most of the …

Hotel Henriette

Hotel HenrietteThe Henriette Hotel is a delightful small hotel located on the Rive Gauche, on the edge of the Quartier Latin.The post Hotel Henriette …

France

A New Book Examines the Art of Breathing Life Into Forgotten Architecture

"We often hear that we live in a time that has no respect for the past: that ours is an era that disregards the architectural qualities of previous eras in an often flagrant way. But the huge array of rebuilds, conservation projects, and thoughtful extensions existing today suggest …

Architecture

Is there such a thing as an autism gene?

Researchers have known that genes contribute to autism since the 1970s, when a team found that identical twins often share the condition. Since then, scientists have been racking up potential genetic culprits in autism, a process that DNA-decoding technologies have accelerated in the past decade.<p>As …

Genetics

'All my life suddenly made sense': how it feels to be diagnosed with autism late in life

Jon Adams was 52 when he learned he had Asperger syndrome. As adult referrals rise, he and others explain the impact – good and bad – of a late diagnosis<p>One day during his last year at primary school, Jon Adams drew a picture of a street in Portsmouth, the city where he still lives. The scene he …

‘By remembering my dead brother, I released the grief’

A sudden death, a stricken family. Then four decades of silence. Now a new memoir is breathing life into loss<p>Thirty-nine years ago, in 1978, when I was 11 years old, my nine-year-old brother Nicholas drowned in the Atlantic off the north Cornwall coast. In the family, he was rarely mentioned again, …

Moroso Expands Their Dakar-Inspired M’Afrique Collection

Designed by Concetta Giannangeli, Sama’ (<i>semà</i> in Turkish) is a colorful woven chair that was inspired by a sacred dance of the Sufis that can also …

Those we despise most are the ones we have wronged

Rachel Seiffert understands how, in Nazi-occupied Ukraine, it became all too easy to loathe the victims of misfortune<p>There’s a moment in <i>A Boy in Winter</i> where a young Ukrainian policeman has to escort his town’s Jewish population to a churned-up field under the watchful eyes of his new Nazi masters. …

South Africa Archives • The Blonde Abroad

If you want to explore Cape Town, the wine regions, and get out on a safari, here are the top things to do PLUS an itinerary for two weeks in South …

Riding the Rovos Rail Durban Safari

Rovos Rail is the leader in luxurious train travel in Africa. If you don’t believe me, just ask Vogue. There are routes around South Africa, …

South Africa

Isabelle Rapin, Who Advanced Concept of an Autism Spectrum, Dies at 89

Isabelle Rapin, a Swiss-born child neurologist who helped establish autism’s biological underpinnings and advanced the idea that autism was part of a broad spectrum of disorders, died on May 24 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. She was 89.<p>The cause was pneumonia, said her daughter Anne Louise Oaklander, who is …

ADHD Nation: The Disorder. The Drugs. The Inside Story by Alan Schwarz – review

A study of America’s ‘most misdiagnosed condition’ takes Big Pharma to task but leaves one important question begging<p>In 1845, the German physician Heinrich Hoffmann penned a jaunty verse to his son. Entitled The Story of the Fidgety Philip, Hoffmann’s poem perfectly encapsulated parental …

Taccia LED 2016

Highly intriguing, high-end illumination, meet the Taccia LED 2016, a design which riffs on the style of the 1950s Italian original. The perfect bowl …

Design

“If You’ve Met One Child With Autism, You’ve Met One Child With Autism”—AwesomismMom’s Quest to Make Things Better

Lynne White and the other moms on the sidelines at prom couldn’t help but tear up as they watched their kids enjoy themselves. Prom is a normal part of teen life, but for Lynne it was anything but. Her youngest child, Peyton, 16, is autistic, and she spends every fiber of her being making sure that …

'How I Bore You On Eagles Wings' -- A Reminder Of Our Humanity

Such troubling times all around us. It seems the world knows no rest: Islamic terror rearing its ugly head and in the most gruesome of manners in Europe and beyond, Turkey morphing from a democracy into an autocracy, divisive election campaigns emphasize once more our differences, highlighting our …

Eating My Way Through The Western Cape

<b>Cape Town</b><p>A few months ago my husband and I decided to tick off a bucket list destination, after debating on Toyko and Cape Town, the decline of the Rand sealed our trajectory to South Africa. I carefully studied the Western Cape's safari's, wine country, hiking trails, culinary scene and mapped out …

Three Freedoms Erdogan Scorns but Saved His Regime

"Democracy is like a train," claimed Istanbul's 40-something mayor, "when you reach your destination, you get off." It was the mid-1990's, and that mayor was Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>Now as Turkey's controversial, embattled, yet popular president, Erdogan said this past March that "democracy, freedom, …

Syrian Children Use Pokemon Go In Appeal To The World To Save Them

The Pokemon Go craze exists in war-torn Syria, too, and some of the country’s children are tapping into the app’s popularity in an appeal to be rescued.<p>The Revolutionary Forces of Syria, a coalition made up of some of the country’s opposition groups, tweeted a heartbreaking series of photos of …

Affirmative Action Matters in Israel, Too

You do not see Ofakim as you land at Israel's Ben Gurion airport. While it is just 55 miles from Tel Aviv, in a country as small as Israel, those 55 miles place Ofakim at the nation's periphery, far from the wealth of the coastal pain stretching from Tel Aviv to Haifa. Like several other towns in …

Alessi Launches New Range of Wall Clocks

From Australian designer Abi Alice, the playful Dotty Clock started while playing with dot stickers in varying sizes and colors found at the …

The Beloved Seiko Dive Watch, Reimagined 3 Ways

There are four Seiko dive watches on a table. They are all the same model, with the license-plate-like name “SKX007.” <i>Worn & Wound</i>, a blog about …

Watches