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As spring blooms into season, the days start getting longer, and nature starts becoming livelier. There are beautiful scenes, such as colorful sunsets and blooming flowers, everywhere around the neighborhoods; it only takes a second to stop and appreciate them.

Spring scenery

Stella Huang March 20, 2021

Levitating the butterbeer to pull it toward me and drinking it outside the Three Broomsticks at Universal Studios, I decided to brew butterbeer with two recipes I found online.

Harry Potter recipe review: Butterbeer

Anirudh Seshadri March 17, 2021

When I first saw the word “butterbeer” in the third book of the “Harry Potter” series, I expected it to be a mix of butter and beer, which sounded like an unpleasant combination. However, when...

With a swish of my wand, I levitate my treacle tart into the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Remember, it’s “LeviOsa,” not “LeviosA.”

Harry Potter recipe review: Treacle tart

Amy Liu March 17, 2021

Harry Potter loves treacle tart so much that he smells it in Amortentia, a powerful love potion in the wizarding world — that is some next-level fondness for a seemingly simple dessert. As “Harry Potter”...

Seeking to recreate some of the magic of Harry Potter through cooking, I tried my hand at making pumpkin pasties, which can be found on the trolley on the Hogwarts Express.

Harry Potter recipe review: Pumpkin pasties

Sunny Li March 17, 2021

“Anything off the trolley, dears?” And so begins Harry Potter’s introduction to the delicious world of wizarding treats. Harry buys a little bit of everything off the trolley on the Hogwarts Express,...

Masks before the pandemic

Elliu Huang March 17, 2021

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From classes on Zoom to a car parade for high school graduation, much has changed in the Lynbrook community since March 13, 2020, the day Lynbrook closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Timeline of a year in remote learning

Rachel Wu March 13, 2021

March 13 marks one year since FUHSD announced that schools would close, and hope of returning dwindled as the school closure extended from April 3 to May 1, then to the rest of semester and rolling into...

Given the right confluence of circumstances — a good night’s sleep, a comfortable chair and a quiet environment — I could finally achieve one of my greatest goals of the past few years.

The contest that sparked a revelation and motivation

Elliu Huang March 12, 2021

One of my most recent contests was hardly a contest at all. I was aiming to qualify for the next level of a math contest that I had been trying to pass since eighth grade. In previous years, I had always...

Kronk poses with key ingredients: spinach, garlic, shallot and cream cheese behind a plate of spinach puffs!

Disney recipe review: Spinach puffs from “The Emperor’s New Groove”

Youqi Huang March 12, 2021

I love cheese, I love carbohydrates and I can tolerate spinach. What better recipe to recreate than Kronk’s spinach puffs from “The Emperor’s New Groove”? I haven’t watched the movie, which apparently...

The Golden Globes 2021 adapted to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, longstanding issues of lack of diversity in nominations and winners overshadowed the event.

Golden Globes 2021: Some new changes, some old grievances

Priyanka Anand March 10, 2021

The 78th Golden Globe Awards were a more-than-fitting metaphor for 2021: messy, weird, full of Zoom audio issues and spontaneously funny. Celebrities appeared pixelated, with their extravagant finery,...

I chose to make beignets, Tiana's signature dish in

Disney recipe review: Beignets from “The Princess and the Frog”

Priyanka Anand March 10, 2021

I remember the first time I watched “The Princess and the Frog” so clearly. In 2009, my family missed seeing the movie in theaters, so my parents bought the DVD (remember those?), and I quickly found...

Life playlists: The lives of three staffers through song

Melissa Chen, Shamita Gurusu, and Lina Mezerreg March 9, 2021

Three Epic staffers share and reflect on their favorite songs and the songs that hold great significance in their lives. Click below to see what each staffer has to say and check out the compiled playlist...

I tried replicating ratatouille the way Remy cooked the dish.

Disney recipe review: Ratatouille

Sophie Au March 9, 2021

As Chef Gusteau says in the movie “Ratatouille,” “Anyone can cook!” With the help of Remy, a talented chef rat, Alfredo Linguini, a garbage boy at Gusteau’s restaurant, achieves his dream of...

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