Six Months of Soft Food Set Me Free

A common joke is that the chore of pandemic cooking has reduced us to eating piles of slop. But for a weird, specific, tertiary reason, I actually was. In May, I burned my esophagus. My doctor prescribed a soft food diet, for which there is no clear definition. Finding a truly soft food is difficult. Polenta can be rough. Beans have scratchy skins. Greens are fibrous. Rice is unyielding, bread is dry, yogurt stings, vinegar burns. Ground meat feels gristly, herbs have pointy stems, and entirely too many types of ice cream come with bits.



a close up of a plate of dessert


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Why Disney Fans Have Their Post-Pandemic Sights Set on Japan

(Bloomberg) — As some families eagerly await Covid-19 vaccinations so they can get their Mickey-loving kids back to the Magic Kingdom, the most passionate Disney fans are looking forward to something else entirely: a trip to Japan.

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Tokyo Disney Resort will emerge from the pandemic bigger and better than before. And it’s already a nostalgia feast—the idyllic Disney of childhood as preserved in one’s mind, where the castle is still blue, soap is magically dispensed in the shape of Mickey Mouse, and families efficiently board versions of Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad that somehow always

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UPDATE 1-Japan set to extend state of emergency for another month

(Adds experts’ agreement with extension of state of emergency)

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By Elaine Lies and Daniel Leussink

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Japan is set to extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions for another month on Tuesday, seeking to keep the upper hand over a COVID-19 outbreak even as daily case numbers begin to edge down.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to formally announce the extension to March 7 later in the day following a recommendation from an expert coronavirus response panel.

“The number of new coronavirus cases is falling, but caution is still needed,”

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