To escape the summer heat, most Iranian families trek north to beaches along the #CaspianSea. In accordance with religious laws, Iran’s beaches are divided into 3 sections: one part for men only, another for women and a family section where all are welcome. Women are free to wear bathing suits at the female-only beaches, but at the family beaches, they must be fully clothed and wear a head scarf. @newshatavakolian of @magnumphotos took this photo of Alireza Alami, 55, with his sister at Amin Abad beach. ‘‘I was a prisoner in Iraq after the war,” Alireza told the photographer. “The sea makes me feel calm and relaxed. It makes my mind free.” Swipe left or visit the link in our profile to see more of @newshatavakolian’s photos from Iran. We’ll be sharing more photos from @nytmag’s Voyages issue over the next couple of days. Visit the link in our profile to see more. #NYTMagVoyages
August is the hottest month in Chongqing, a municipality in China located roughly 700 miles from the ocean. Last month the temperature peaked at about 106 degrees — which suggests why the city is known as one of the country’s “3 great furnaces.” And the humidity, which often reaches 80%, helps explain its designation as “the fog capital.” The closest respite for local families is a 16-acre Caribbean- and Mayan-themed water park, built on Nashan Mountain. On a summer day, more than 13,000 people from Chengdu to Guang’an might visit the attraction, most of which is underwater or within the range of hoses and sprinklers. Picnic tables are built into shallow pools for games of Chinese chess and mah-jongg, and musical acts perform on the water stage. But the most popular spot is a wave pool that produces 8 different kinds of swells. @chiyin_sim of @VIIPhoto filmed this video of day-trippers floating at #Chongqing Haichang Caribbean Water Park while on assignment for @nytmag. We’ll be sharing more photos from @nytmag’s Voyages issue over the next couple of days. Visit the link in our profile to see more. #NYTMagVoyages
Big families, old friends, groggy clubgoers and even circus performers with their monkeys and parrots can all be found on the shores of Odessa, the Ukrainian port city known as “the pearl of the Black Sea." Spa culture developed here in the 19th century, when #Odessa was part of the Russian Empire, and nobles from the czar’s court, among others, were sent south to recuperate in a more temperate environment. Now the beaches are a destination for everyone. @marknevillestudio took this photo of Viktoria Vitiuk, 28, with her twin daughters, Ivanna and Margarita, 4, in #Zatoka, a beach town near Odessa. The 3, though, were seemingly unimpressed. “We don’t like it in Zatoka,” Viktoria told @marknevillestudio. “We’re here for the first time, and the water is too dirty.” We’ll be sharing more photos from @nytmag’s Voyages issue over the next couple of days. Visit the link in our profile to see more. #NYTMagVoyages
In the deciduous forests of southern #Estonia, small cabins made of logs layered with moss dot the countryside. These are the smoke saunas — places to bathe bodies and cleanse spirits. Generations of Estonian families have marked the special occasions of life and death and healing in these small cottages and communal sweats. The oldest written references to the practice date back to at least the 13th century, and @unesco includes the tradition as a part of “the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” And so for 3 to 5 hours at a time, Estonians breathe deeply, relax, and feel the heat of the smoke sauna, then plunge into the chill of a cold pond nearby. The tradition is productive, too: It turns freshly slaughtered livestock and wildlife into smoked meat to be eaten for a post-sauna meal. Joakim Eskildsen photographed visitors gathering bouquets of leaves from the woods that surround the Mooska smoke sauna in #Vorumaa; once inside the hot cabin, a caretaker whisked their skin with the bouquets. Swipe left or visit the link in our profile to see more of Joakim Eskildsen’s photos from #Estonia. We’ll be sharing more from @nytmag’s Voyages issue over the next couple of days. #NYTMagVoyages
When most Americans think of Korean pop music, or K-pop, what comes to mind is usually Psy’s “Gangnam Style” — a high-octane fusion of rap verses, techno beats and pop hooks, complete with an ultrabright music video and hypersynchronized dance moves. But the playwright @jasonkimny is hoping to change that. “There’s a desire to look at K-pop as goofy and strange and funny,” he told @nytimes. “What’s so wonderful is that it’s incredibly diverse.” This month, he’s helping to introduce New York theatergoers to wider varieties of the genre with the world premiere of a musical called “KPOP,” which opens tonight at A.R.T./New York Theaters. The production’s cast is massive — 18 people, 17 of them Asian, a rarity in the American theater world. “The fact that we’re trying to make a show with not only one Asian person, but with 17 — I can’t believe it,” @jasonkimny said. @vincenttullo took this photo of the cast practicing earlier this month. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
For 2 days in 2 vans over 400 miles, Mamadi Doumbouya (@mamadivisuals) — a photographer based in New York City who emigrated from Guinea — traveled with his great-uncle, Mory, and 15 family members from the city of Conakry, Guinea, to their ancestral village near Kankan. There they celebrated Tabaski, also known as Eid al-Adha, a Muslim festival that takes place a couple of months after the end of Ramadan and pays tribute to Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac. Locals and visitors alike dress in traditional clothes, celebrate with dancers on village roads and eat traditional foods. The head of the household sacrifices an animal; this summer, a slaughtered cow fed the Doumbouya family. There @mamadivisuals took this photo of family members and villagers, gathered around the imam, who’s seen here seated on a motorbike. While voyaging into his own past in Kankan, the photographer also made formal portraits of his relatives in the present. “Photographing my family was a bit of a challenge because it had been over 10 years since I last saw their faces,” @mamadivisuals said. Watch our #InstagramStory to see portraits of his family members, which are featured in @nytmag’s Voyages issue. We’ll be sharing more photos from the issue over the next couple of days. Visit the link in our profile to see it now. #NYTMagVoyages
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is no one’s favorite place. Not even Top 100. On the BQE, even more than on most highways, success means getting off it. It’s a non-place, measured in units of time, not distance. @monsieurjkb was a photography student living a few houses away from the highway in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, when he decided to explore the #BQE as experienced by pedestrians, whose lives it overshadows. The photographer followed the highway through residential neighborhoods and industrial no man’s lands, into parts of New York he would never have seen otherwise. “New York is one of the most difficult places to photograph, because so many great photographers have come here before,” @monsieurjkb tells @nytimes. “But the BQE is more untapped; the photos don’t have to carry the weight of history.” Visit the link in our profile to see more photos of one of America’s least-loved highways.
For 50 years, the 200 villagers of Monticchiello, Italy, have conducted an annual exercise in collective self-analysis, self-absorption and self-motivation. Every summer, they have staged a theater performance in which they act out the story of their own lives. The dramas of the Teatro Povero, or Poor Theater, initially revolved around practical issues. But the most recent performance took on a more metaphysical tone, reflecting the struggles of an idyllic but threatened little place. With Italy’s birthrate the lowest in Europe, unemployment among young adults around 35% and new national legislation compelling villages to merge in an effort to save money, this isolated village perched in the hills south of Siena decided this year’s collective performance would explore their future. During the show’s 3-week run, #Monticchiello plays host to 4,000 spectators. A tavern inside a vaulted medieval crypt springs to life, and tourists crowd the streets at sunset, awaiting the show. But the magic fades after the Teatro Povero is over. “When I am here, I sometimes don’t check my phone for an entire day,” one young actor said. “But once the theater is over, it’s just empty.” @alessandro_penso took this behind-the-scenes photo during a performance last month. Follow the link in our profile to read more about a Tuscan village baring its soul on stage, again and again.
Dame Judi Dench is one of the greatest British actresses — a star alum of the Royal Shakespeare Company (@thersc), Sally Bowles in the London production of “Cabaret” and an Oscar winner for her 8-minute turn as Queen Elizabeth I in “Shakespeare in Love.” In fact, she’s portrayed so many queens on stage and screen that when she plays a duchess, it seems like a demotion. Now, 20 years after she received an Oscar nomination for playing Victoria in “Mrs. Brown” — a saga of how the queen grew close to a younger man, a servant who doted on her after her beloved Albert died, outraging her household — she’s back in Oscar contention for “Victoria & Abdul,” this time about the queen growing close to another younger man, also a servant who doted on her after the other one died, again outraging her household. But despite her many acting accolades, there’s one thing #DameJudiDench wants you to know: She detests being called “a national treasure.” “I hate that,” she tells @nytimes. “It’s not just tedious. It’s some old rock in a cupboard that the glass is shut on and nobody gets it out to dust it. I loathe it. I just want to be called a joker. A jobbing actor. Somebody who has a laugh.” Visit the link in our profile to read more about the octogenarian actress, photographed here by @jimmyfontaine1.
Last month a group of roughly 60 people, including doctors, CEOs and internet entrepreneurs, gathered under a big white dome in Powder Mountain, Utah, to hear their host, a 45-year-old man named Jamie Wheal, talk about “flow.” But what is flow? #Flow is an elusive state cultivated by artists, athletes and others, that of being so absorbed in what they’re doing that they lose track of time and thought, finding themselves guided rather by instinct and intuition. At Jamie’s 5-day retreat, which cost almost $5,000 to attend, flow campers moved back and forth on brightly colored foam rollers; balanced and bounced on big yellow balls; and learned acro-yoga, in which partners lift each other in the air. And after a night of breathing exercises, @nytimesfashion reports, “people were transported into altered states, gyrating their pelvises, bursting into peals of unrestrained, almost feral laughter, even leaping to their feet to dance.” The group had succeeded, Jamie announced afterward, in “defragging our nervous systems.” @michaelfriberg took this photo of the Dojo Dome at flow camp in Powder Mountain, Utah; Jamie wants to bring structures, like this one, to locations around the world. Visit the link in our profile to read more about flow.
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Silicon Valley may have @google and @facebook; Seattle — and soon some other lucky city — @amazon. But Milan has @gucci, and the Gucci Hub (that’s what the campus is officially called). It’s where, in any case, the designer Alessandro Michele (@lallo25) is attempting to build his own brave new world. @nytimesfashion critic Vanessa Friedman writes that his “omnivorous imagination is like the Blob, indiscriminately absorbing any adjective, philosopher and decorative detail in its path.” @vforvalerio took this photo of a #Gucci model wearing a white sequined sweatshirt, on which @disney’s Snow White appears eating an apple, while on assignment for @nytimesfashion. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos from #MilanFashionWeek.
Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico in almost a century, ravaged the island on Wednesday, knocking out all electricity, deluging towns with flashfloods and mudslides and compounding the already considerable pain of residents. Less than 2 weeks ago, #HurricaneIrma dealt the island a glancing blow, killing at least 3 people and leaving nearly 70% of households without power. But this storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, took out the island’s entire power grid, and only added to the woes of a commonwealth that has been groaning under the weight of an extended debt and bankruptcy crisis. But Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, offered words of hope. “There is no hurricane stronger than the people of Puerto Rico,” he said. “And immediately after this is done, we will stand back up.” @erikaprodriguez took this photo today of a sculpture, by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, that was knocked over by high winds. Visit the link in our profile to read more about conditions in #PuertoRico after #HurricaneMaria.
Is it possible, as a foreigner, to bridge the divide between tourist and vacationer — to see and travel and experience a country as its people do? In @nytmag’s “Voyages" issue, which is themed around families and friends vacationing in their homelands, the writer Suzy Hansen explores that question. “Authenticity in travel, taking in a culture on its own terms, has become an increasingly implausible endeavor, but it’s still a popular aspiration,” she writes. “Ostensibly brave and sophisticated travelers dream of vacationing like the locals; travel magazines cater to this dream by reporting on locales where there will be no foreigners, where you can sip your raki with, and like, the natives. These travelers want to be protected not necessarily from the scarier versions of a foreign land but from other tourists.” But, vacationing in your own country, she writes, is often a means of “maintaining a connection to your youth — an attraction I expect has long been felt by people all over the world.” The @magnumphotos photographer @drakeycake took this photo of Turkey’s Kadikoy shore, which is featured in @nytmag’s Voyages issue. We’ll be sharing more photos from the issue over the next couple of days. Visit the link in our profile to see it now. #NYTMagVoyages
To the experienced cocktail-bar fan, some things about the new place on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village will be familiar: the hard-to-find entrance, the cramped subterranean quarters, the need for reservations, the turntable and the collection of old vinyl. Other details may ring fewer bells, if any: the 7-course #izakaya menu, the preponderance of sake, the song index you’re handed along with the #cocktail menu. This is @tokyorecordbar, a creative homage to a type of bar, common in Japan, where the aural is as important as the oral. Customers can choose a record to be played in addition to their drinks and food. The bar, which has only 16 seats and a low ceiling laced with paper #cherryblossoms, opened at the end of August. The photographer @anrizzy visited earlier this month while on assignment for @nytfood. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Many athletes fear a torn ACL more than any other injury. It’s not as visibly painful, or as gruesome, as a broken bone, but it’s much more menacing. Not so long ago, it was more often than not the end of a career; even now, many who suffer from a torn ACL find they’re never quite the same. Our chief soccer correspondent @rorysmithnyt spent the last 10 months with the @mancity midfielder @ilkayguendogan, who was recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee. It was painful, repetitive, exhausting, @rorysmithnyt writes. But it wasn’t the physical demands that were most punishing for @ilkayguendogan; it was the mental strain, the sense of being apart, adrift, incomplete, surrounded by those constant reminders of what he used to be, and where he wanted to be. “That is the most difficult thing: to feel that you are useless, not worth as much as before, not worth as much as the others,” @ilkayguendogan said. @kierandodds took this photo of #IlkayGundogan sitting in a spa pool at @mancity’s Etihad Stadium in March, when he was in the early stages of a 10-month rehabilitation. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the lonely road back from a very public injury.
“I can’t help but conclude that Oregon is right now the single most exciting winemaking area in the United States,” writes @nytfood’s wine critic, @ericasimov. Part of what he loves about #Oregon, and the Willamette Valley in particular, is its small scale. Most #Willamette wineries are family operations, and the business of the valley is clearly agriculture, not tourism. Brian Marcy and Clare Carver, a husband-and-wife team, have operated a winery called Big Table Farm since they acquired 70 acres off a dirt road in the hills of the valley a decade ago. The barnlike winery, which they designed and built themselves, was financed partly by crowdfunding. 100 people gave $1,700 each, for which they received wine and a plaque in the winery. They have since stitched together a DIY operation: Brian, the winemaker, buys grapes from a network of 12 vineyards, all within an hour of the farm, and tends the vegetable crops. Clare, an accomplished artist, looks after the business, including drawing labels, wrapping bottles in paper by hand, marketing, entertaining visitors and raising animals. The Big Table menagerie includes 16 Irish Dexter cattle that are raised for beef, 2 American Guinea hogs, a couple of horses, 6 beehives, chickens, assorted dogs and cats, and an old goat who acts as a sort of mascot. @amandalucier captured scenes from Big Table Farm while on assignment for @nytfood; here, Levi the dog got some attention (and a glass of wine). Follow @amandalucier and @nytfood to see more. #
#SpeakingInDance, in 3 videos | “The center is not one place,” the Congolese choreographer #FaustinLinyekula told his cast, members of @itsshowtimenyc, which provides performance opportunities for #subwaydancers. “You are the center of your own world. Any space is important.” Faustin’s “Festival of Dreams,” part of the @fiafny festival Crossing the Line, a co-commission with @dancinginthests, is the culmination of a 2-week residency with 23 dancers in which he is creating a structure for improvisations. It will be performed at Roberto Clemente Plaza in the South Bronx on Saturday and @weeksvilleheritagecenter in Brooklyn on Sunday. As Faustin sees it, even more important than the final product is getting these dancers back into their bodies. “They just jump,” he said with a wince. “I’m like, ‘Guys, if you want to dance for long, you need to take care.’ ” @tailzthedancer said, “He’s expanding our minds through our dancing.” And @force_wiildkard, the only woman, told the @nytimes writer @giadk: “Everything he does comes from our own personalities and creativity. I never know what to expect, and I like that — it’s a little bit of fear, and a little bit of excitement.” @sbrackbill made these videos — swipe left to see 2 more! — for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of dance.
The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck Mexico yesterday afternoon jumped to 217, government officials said today, as searchers worked desperately to find survivors in the ruins of collapsed structures. The quake toppled dozens of buildings and led to the deaths of 21 children in a school that collapsed in #MexicoCity. “The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people,” Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, said last night. The devastating temblor sent people fleeing into the streets and came just 2 weeks after another earthquake centered off Mexico’s southern coast rattled the capital. It also happened on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed as many as 10,000 people and flattened 400 buildings in Mexico City. The photographer @adrianazehbrauskas took this photo last night in Mexico City. Visit the link in our profile to read updates on the #earthquake.
“We’re trying to find the super corals, the ones that survived the worst heat stress of their lives,” said Neal Cantin, a researcher with the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, #Australia. @davidmauricesmith took this photo of Neal collecting coral samples from Rib Reef, a section of the #GreatBarrierReef off Queensland. Coral reefs are among the most beautiful sights on the planet, dubbed the “rain forests of the sea.” They occupy a tiny area but harbor much of the variety of life in the ocean. Some scientists say they believe half the coral #reefs that existed in the early 20th century are gone, though. Instead of standing around watching the rest of them die, reef experts worldwide are determined to act. Their goal is not just to study them, but to find the ones with the best genes, multiply them in tanks and ultimately return them to the ocean. The hope is to create tougher reefs — to accelerate evolution, essentially — and slowly build an ecosystem capable of surviving global warming and other human-caused environmental assaults. Of course, the effort raises scientific and ethical questions — the kind of questions that appear to be an inescapable part of the human future, beyond coral reefs. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
The designers Laura, left, and Kate Mulleavy — photographed here by the @bfa photographer @griff_lipson — founded the fashion brand @rodarte from their parent’s Los Angeles kitchen table in 2006. Their brand has gone on to win a @cfda award and relocate from the New York ready-to-wear carousel to Paris and the couture calendar. At a recent @timestalks event, though, the sisters revealed that the first clothes they made were inspired by mushrooms. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Growing up in in Aptos, California, @kateandlauramulleavy lived right on the edge of a redwood forest, and their father worked as a mycologist — a scientist who studies fungi. When the sisters revealed this source of inspiration during their first meeting with @voguemagazine editors, @andreltalley reacted in a way that Laura says she’ll never forget. “He laughed so hard, and we felt like the craziest people that maybe had ever walked in those offices before,” she said. But @kateandlauramulleavy won over Anna Wintour, who they say, “has really championed us over the years.” The @voguemagazine editor gave the some heartfelt advice that has stuck with the sisters ever since: “I can tell what you do is personal,” Kate recalls Anna saying. “Keep it that way.” Visit the link in our profile to watch @kateandlauramulleavy’s #TimesTalk and to learn more about their recent foray into Hollywood, directing “Woodshock,” a feature film that comes to theaters this month.
In a bellicose speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, President Trump took swipes at North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. With characteristic flourishes, @realdonaldtrump at times dispensed with the restrained rhetoric many presidents use at the UN. He vowed to crush “loser terrorists.” He threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” and called the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, “Rocket Man.” And he said that Iran masked a dictatorship under “the false guise of a democracy.” From the dais of an organization meant to bring the nations of the world together, the president defended his America First policy and argued that nationalism can be reconciled with common causes. He repeatedly used the word “sovereignty” to describe his approach in a setting where the term traditionally has been brandished by nations like Russia and China to deflect criticism of their actions. Our staff photographer @nytchangster took this photo earlier today in New York City. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the speech, which included no mention of climate change, Middle East peace or other issues that typically occupy American attention at the @unitednations.
Yotam @Ottolenghi is probably best known for his produce-forward Mediterranean cooking. But he also considers himself a pastry chef and a “notoriously sweet-toothed being with an insatiable appetite for cakes.” He writes fondly of his friendship with @helen_goh_bakes, a psychologist and “product developer” for #Ottolenghi. Together they spent a decade toying around with dessert recipes and spent 3 years working on “Sweet,” his first book dedicated solely to sweets. That included many days tasting various sweets in @ottolenghi’s test kitchen in North London. Those days were “long and intense, sugar being both the fuel enabling us to carry on and the focus of our in-depth discussions.” Ultimately, @ottolenghi writes, “The combination of the child whose enthusiasm never wanes and the nerd who won’t rest until it’s perfect led to some pretty sweet results.” Here’s one of them: a pistachio and #rosewater semolina cake, photographed by @andrewscrivani for @nytfood. Making this #cake is “a labor of love,” @ottolenghi writes, “but that’s only appropriate, for a cake adorned with rose petals.” Visit the link in our profile to get the #NYTCooking recipe. #
Is “Mother!” the most confusing movie of 2017 or merely the most provocative? @mothermovie starts as a home invasion-psychological thriller focused on a couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. It ends in flaming nightmare surrealism. And throughout, it’s stuffed with themes that divided, and mystified, critics. In the past, @darrenaronofsky has conjured up all manner of misbehavior and grotesqueries in “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan.” This one tops them easily. “When I first read it,” Jennifer said of the script, “I didn’t even want it in my house. I thought it was evil, almost.” The demands of her role were substantial: in 2 hours, she’s in close-up for 66 minutes. Even the sounds of the ravaged house are her voice, digitally manipulated. While filming one particularly disturbing scene, she hyperventilated, tore her diaphragm and had to be put on oxygen. The film’s allegory seems to have eluded many viewers, and @darrenaronofsky and #JenniferLawrence disagree about how much to reveal. “My advice is to understand the allegory,” she said. We followed her lead, but we won’t spoil it here. Visit the link in our profile to read more. @_markian_ photographed Jennifer Lawrence, #JavierBardem and #DarrenAronofsky. Swipe left to see all 3 portraits.
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A young boy watched as food was distributed earlier today in the Balukhali refugee camp in southern #Bangladesh. After a Rohingya militant group attacked police outposts last month, Myanmar’s military, along with vigilante groups, launched a crackdown in the western state of Rakhine. What resulted: a refugee crisis that has sent more than 400,000 #Rohingya fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, where our journalist @bcsolomon is on the ground. “The basic systems like food distribution and sanitation have been totally overwhelmed here,” he writes. “It rains nearly all day. The mood is desperate.” Watch our #InstagramStory to see what he witnessed earlier today.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed that President @realdonaldtrump make changes to 10 national monuments, according to a memo addressed to the White House. In the report, he proposes unspecified boundary changes to several monuments, and he recommends reopening vast areas to uses like commercial fishing and logging and additional cattle grazing. Among the monuments designated for changes is #BearsEars, a vast red-rock expanse that has been the focal point of the debate over the value of these conservation areas. The report recommends changing the size of the monument — which @alexgoodlett photographed here this summer — but doesn’t suggest specific boundaries. Bears Ears, designated by President @barackobama in December, has been particularly controversial because of its size. While it’s supported by several tribal governments, it is opposed by state lawmakers who have fought for years to wrestle land from federal control. Visit the link in our profile to read about the 10 national monuments the Interior Department wants to shrink or modify.
In Teotitlán del Valle — a village near Oaxaca, #Mexico that’s known for its hand-woven rugs — a small group of textile artisans is working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes. These techniques stretch back more than 1,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition. But #TeotitlánDelValle isn’t the only place where a movement toward natural dyes is popping up. Textile artists in many countries are using them more and more, both as an attempt to revive ancient traditions and out of concerns about the environmental and health risks of synthetic dyes. Natural dyes are more expensive and harder to use, but they produce more vivid colors. As a child, Porfirio Gutiérrez hiked into the mountains above the village with his family each fall, collecting the plants they’d use to make dyes. “We’d talk about the stories of the plants,” the 39-year-old recalled. “Where they grew, the colors that they provide, what’s the perfect timing to collect them.” Among other things, they gathered pericón, a type of marigold that turned the woolen skeins a buttercream color, and tree lichen known as old man’s beard that dyed wool a yellow as pale as straw. Recently, @adrianazehbrauskas took this photo of #pericon and tree lichen gathered by Porfirio. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Sardine. The word alone evokes a crowded subway car or Saltine crackers — or, if you’re @nytfood’s @david_tanis, a lip-smacking treat. “The sight of sardines in an opened can, pressed together tightly and cleverly layered, is actually quite beautiful,” he writes. Sardines are a sustainable fish choice and are high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Most importantly, they’re delicious. In France, vintage #sardines aged in the can are a phenomenon, presented like wine with the year they were preserved. High-end canned sardines are also enjoyed in Spain, whether in olive oil or tomato sauce, or smoked. Grilled fresh sardines are often offered on restaurant menus throughout the Mediterranean, and, increasingly, in the U.S. But it’s very easy, and less expensive, to grill them at home, whether over hot coals or under the broiler. Visit the link in our profile to find out how. For a Mediterranean touch, grill the fish on fig leaves — like the photographer @karstenmoran did here.
How did Brazil get hooked on junk food? Today, there are more obese than underweight adults in the world. More than 700 million people worldwide are obese, 108 million of them children, according to research published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine. And the prevalence of obesity has doubled in 73 countries since 1980. As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems. Celene da Silva, who lives in #Brazil, is one of thousands of door-to-door vendors for Nestlé. She helps the world’s largest packaged food conglomerate expand its reach into a quarter-million households in Brazil’s farthest-flung corners. This direct-sales army is part of a broader transformation of the food system that is delivering Western-style processed food and sugary drinks to the most isolated pockets of Latin America, Africa and Asia. Visit the link in our profile to see what the junk food transition looks like in Brazil, in a video produced by @neilacollier and Ora DeKornfeld.
Every other day or so, Hatem El-Gamasy delivers hot takes on American politics, live from New York, on Egyptian TV. When the broadcast ends, he opens the door of his makeshift studio and returns to his day job. Hatem, known to his customers as Timmy, owns the Lotus Deli in Ridgewood, Queens. But few of his customers — and likely, none of his viewers — know that the man making egg sandwiches is the same one who appears on the news, holding forth on subjects from immigration policy to North Korea. “The fear for being exposed is that they’ll say, ‘He’s just a sandwich guy. How does he talk about these big issues?’” the 48-year-old said. “But I’m also an educated guy and being a sandwich guy is not against the law.” Timmy’s improbable broadcast career began last year, not long after he wrote an opinion piece for an Egyptian news organization predicting @realdonaldtrump’s victory. Now, he sees his role as part translator of the American people, and part good-will ambassador for the U.S. “With Mr. Trump as president, I feel compelled to explain America more to the Middle East,” he said. “Over here, the sky is the limit. And I’m living proof of it.” @markabramsonphoto photographed Hatem El-Gamasy inside his studio, a converted room in the back of his bodega, past the potato chips display.