Bored baby photographer now taking portraits of ‘newborn’ food deliveries

Freda A. Nix

As the coronavirus crisis continues to force more nonessential workers into their homes under shelter-in-place orders, many have had to temporarily stop operating their businesses. This has led to a lot of boredom and frustration among small businesses owners, but one photographer has found a clever and delicious way to pass the time while staying safe at home.

Ute-Christin Cowan, a photographer based in Milford, Connecticut, normally stages sweet photo shoots of expectant mothers, newborns, kids and their families.

Since she can no longer interact with those outside of her home, Cowan is now taking adorable photos of food bundled up in blankets.

“We always love to eat out, but these days it is hard for us because my newborn-family business has to be closed due to the executive order, so no money is coming in,” Cowan told TODAY Food. “I wanted to still support our local food

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There’s A Bath & Body Works Candle For Every Quarantine Mood

Freda A. Nix

As one of life’s little luxuries, lighting a scented candle is an easy way to make your home or studio apartment a more enjoyable place to spend time in self-isolation. Whether you take yours on your coffee table, flickering beside your wine glass during a Zoom happy hour, or on your kitchen counter while you pull out ingredients for your fourth loaf of banana bread, it’s likely that over the past three weeks, you’ve burned down the wick in your go-to jar.

That’s why now is a great time to stock up at everyone’s favorite candle superstore: Bath & Body Works. With tons of scents to choose from — from iconic bestsellers like Eucalyptus + Spearmint to new floral innovations for spring — we’ve broken down a handy list to make your shopping easier: A scented candle for every quarantine mood. To find your perfect scent match, keep

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Opening Tiki Bar During A Pandemic, Worcester Restaurateur Upbeat

Freda A. Nix

WORCESTER, MA — It’s strange how things end up, something longtime Worcester bartender David Thacker calls “crazy back-to-the-future twists of time.”

In February 2019, Thacker’s father died, which led to him finding out he had a sister living in Modesto, Calif. That led to a trip to visit her and a stop in San Francisco to sample cocktails at a few bucket-list Tiki bars. In one of those bars, with decor that made Thacker feel like he was “below deck on a pirate ship,” he decided to open his own Tiki bar in Worcester.

Now it’s April 2. We’re in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., thousands have died, millions have lost jobs, and the worst might still be ahead.

Thacker, however, is upbeat. He anticipates opening One Eyed Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill in the former Beatnik’s space along Green Street in May — right around

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See a Centuries-Old House in Puglia Transformed

Freda A. Nix

As part of her job, Bulgari’s creative director, Lucia Silvestri, spends a lot of time searching for excep­tional gemstones. But the ­­self-​professed gem hunter, known for her glamor­ous style, sun-kissed skin, and ­layers of gold jewelry, doesn’t solely focus on a jewel’s color and cut: She’s also seeking positive energy. “I look for stones that speak to me,” she says. When she’s holding a special gem, she can feel its energy. And when she first visited Italy’s Puglia region six years ago, she immediately experienced those same positive vibes.

“I felt a connectedness when I came to Puglia,” says Silvestri, who recently celebrated her 40th year at the legendary Italian jewelry house. “I’m instantly relaxed, and I feel at home here.”

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Custom banquettes are tucked into an arched cove in the family room. The hand-painted screen is custom, the sconces are by Egoluce, the walls are sheathed in hand-troweled
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