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James Brave

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(CNN) — The signs of the Renaissance are everywhere in Italy.

Grand piazzas and palazzos. Metal-spiked doors. Looming archways. And, of course, all that ever-present art in the churches and galleries.

But in one city, you also get a taste of the Renaissance every time you enter a restaurant.

Ferrara, in the northern region of Emilia Romagna, was once home to the Estense court, or House of Este, which ruled the city from the 13th to the 18th centuries.

The court, on the bank of the River Po, was one of the most formidable cultural powers during the Renaissance.

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Try not to get into an argument with Justin Sutherland. You won’t win.

The former high school speech and debate champ knows how to work any angle of a conflict until he’s the one in control. Take, for example, the time his dad wanted the garage painted and offered Sutherland $100 for the job. When his dad came home, he found Justin’s brother, Jared, with the paintbrush. Justin had offered Jared $50 to complete the chore, and kept the other half as commission.

“My dad lost his mind. ‘I hired you to paint the garage!’ ” Justin recalled. “I was

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Though many restaurants remain closed during the pandemic, for those that remain open, dining and dashing remains a problem — and even forced one Los Angeles restaurant owner to close up shop, CBS Los Angeles reports

According to the Los Angeles Times, a growing number of the city’s restaurants have struggled as scammers take advantage of internet ordering to use fraudulent credit cards or request refunds, claiming they never received part or all of an order.  

The Korean Fusion Cafe “Spoon by H” had the ingredients to become an L.A. success story but is the epitome of a

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Just when I thought I’d broken my bond with Starbucks, something pulls me back in. I pretty much curbed my tea habit during the pandemic, opting for sparkling water over my go-to iced chai on slow afternoons. I can’t tell you the last time I visited a coffee shop (shout-out to social distancing), but after seeing a recent matcha trend go viral on TikTok, I decided I needed to get into gear and find a Starbucks drive-through location. My order? An iced matcha latte with two pumps of chai.

The iced matcha order

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Uncorked

Church Hill recently welcomed Second Bottle Wine & Snack Shop — its name an ode to the perennial question among friends and family, “Should we pop another?” — from onetime New Yorker Erin Keene. Oenophiles can find a hefty collection of wines, including natural and low-intervention selections, Spanish reds, and Virginia vintages, in addition to a pretty bangin’ lineup of tinned fish. (Richmond magazine)

Richmond Famous

Local cookbook authors, food bloggers and YouTube chefs are sharing their culinary gifts with the masses and gaining quite the following. We check in with a nutritionist whose blog led to a book

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From washing raw chicken to throwing out bread that’s stale, there’s a lot of terrible cooking advice out there. Spanning the downright dangerous to the simply unhelpful, these are the cooking tips you should always ignore.



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If you’re using garlic, don’t ignore the recipe: if it calls for ground garlic, grind it; if it needs to be chopped, chop it. It’s important to follow instructions as the intensity and

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