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Beating pandemic blues with blueberry dalgona coffee

Watching viral videos of dalgona coffee — and creating my own version — broke me out of a coronavirus-induced slump last year. Like many at the beginning of the pandemic, I suffered from increased anxiety and depression when the world shut down and the threat of COVID-19 overwhelmed me. As a reporter suddenly thrown into covering the virus, I felt trapped in an endless cycle of reading and writing about it. My work days bled into the nights and weekend as doomscrolling social media for news about the coronavirus encroached on my life. At my worst, I spent entire weekends snacking on junk food, binge watching Disney princess films and sobbing in bed.  Then dalgona coffee went viral, and I had a new weekend treat to ease my depression.  Dalgona coffee first stepped into the international limelight after South Korean actor Jung Il-woo drank the whipped coffee drink earlier in the year during an episode of “Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant.” But according to The New York Times, Hannah Cho

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