So long shaving, Survivor and whirlwind romances: Melburnians on the lockdown habits they’re going...

After just over a month of eased restrictions, Melbourne is facing its second round of stage three lockdowns. After the first round, Melburnians are feeling older, more tired and perhaps a bit wiser. These are some of the stay-home behaviours they are planning on skipping this time.I will not become a Covid-werewolfThe “shaggy man” was…

We all scream for National Ice Cream Month!

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At $12, these two white wines prove that pinot grigio doesn’t always mean boring

Left to right- Il Casato Pinot Grigio, Cantina Colli Euganei Pinot Grigio delle Venezia, SilverMYn rosé from South Africa,La Bocca red from Spain and Zonte’s Footstep Blackberry Patch Cabernet from Australia. (Mark Gail/for The Washington Post)For years, I have described pinot grigio as an Italian phrase that translates as “boring.” But lately, I’ve tasted several…

Thamee got national acclaim for its Burmese food. Now it wants to become a...

When some of her neighbors addressed the recent Black Lives Matter protests in Washington by hiding their windows behind plywood, Simone Jacobson, the co-owner of Thamee on H Street NE, took a different tack. Boarded-up windows, she says, “send the wrong message: ‘We are afraid.’ ” On the contrary, “We are in support of protest.”To…

A Goya boycott has people sharing alternatives for adobo, sazón and more pantry staples

This story has been updated.For many Americans, a pantry without Goya products is difficult to imagine. The company’s packets of sazón — spice and seasoning blends combining flavors such as garlic, cilantro, annatto — and shakers of adobo are many home cooks’ secret ingredient. Its cans of black beans are a staple.But now, some are…

‘My parents helped me pack lube’: from sex toys to bidets, the lockdown businesses...

For most businesses, the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic were an economic horror story measured in job losses and plummeting sales graphs. But this was not the case for everyone. As lockdown measures were imposed around the globe, certain companies struggled to cope with sudden demand from a confined populace with new, highly specific…

‘It’s a wonderful privilege’: swimmers return to Hampstead Heath ponds

“It was like trying to get tickets for Glastonbury!” said John Roberts, waving a paper ticket. It was his birthday and he and wife, Susanna, were palpably excited to be on their way for a swim in the mixed pond at Hampstead Heath for the first time in months.Having spent lockdown working from their third-floor…

Lockdown has been a bumpy ride towards rediscovering the joy of our marriage

It felt like we were embarking on a new adventure. It was late March and Boris Johnson had announced that Britain would, in response to the threat of Covid-19, be going into lockdown. Life as we knew it was about to grind to a halt. I would be working from home as the British Library…

Carolyn Hax: Ex-mother-in-law is sad to see son’s marriage end

(Nick Galifianakis/The Washington Post)Dear Carolyn: My son got married in October to his longtime girlfriend. The wedding was fabulous, but more important, my son and his wife appeared to be blissfully in love.He called yesterday to say it was over — she had been unhappy since the wedding and finally moved back home to her…

Alliance for Quality Education Releases Community-Centered Road Map for a Fair School Reopening

Public education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education released a “roadmap” for reopening New York’s public schools in September, centering the recommendations and voices of parents, students, educators and others in cities and...
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