Akshaya Venugopal

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Six Great Solo Travel Destinations

<i>By: Becky Mahan</i><p>Solo travel: you almost certainly know someone who does it, and maybe you've considered it yourself. Whatever your primary travel style, it's worth considering a solo trip at least once in your life. Aside from full-fledged itinerary freedom, traveling "alone" allows you to meet new …

New Zealand

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (8): Cluj, Transilvania

<i>Photo by Vlad Semen</i><p>Cluj is a city of contrasts: both mysterious and archaic, modern and lively, tranquil and bohemian, restless and young. There are a lot of cultural events taking place here, interesting stories are born while creative, passionate people who change the world with their narrative …

European Travel

How to Make & Use One of the Most Popular Indian Spice Mixes

<i>With expert help from Nik Sharma of A Brown Table, cooking Indian food at home is going to be less intimidating than you think.</i><p><i>Today: You've stocked your pantry with the essential ingredients, and now it's time to grind those spices into garam masala, a flavorful mix that's the fragrant foundation</i> …

The Food Lab: Foolproof Onion Rings

Here's another exclusive excerpt from my book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. I hope you enjoy it.<p>The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science<p>$30.91from Amazon<p>At their physical core, onion rings couldn't be more different from fried fish. But at their philosophical core, …

Onions

15 Amazing Small-Town Bakeries

Most New Yorkers believe that there’s nowhere to find a decent bagel outside the five boroughs. This bakery, located in an enchanting Hudson Valley …

Dave Meltzer

6 Perfect B&B Weekend Getaways for Fall

<i>By Pam Mandel for BedandBreakfast.com</i><p>The days are a little shorter and the smell of dry leaves will soon fill the air. The calendar is turning to autumn, and it's time to make the most of sunny, crisp fall weekends before winter sets in. Grab a mug of warm apple cider and read about our favorite …

National Parks

America's Most Beautiful Fall Camping Trips, Plus Options for Glamping

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Hello, autumn, that glorious time of the year when the air is crisper, temps are cooler and leaves are more colorful. It's as good a time as any to be outside, and when we recently surveyed Orbitz customers about their favorite ways to travel, you guys …

National Parks

The Devil's Food Cake Recipe That Everyone Should Have

There are cake recipes, and then there are <i>cake recipes</i> -- the kind your grandma passes down to you, which you either cling to with great secrecy or share with those you love dearly. But in the world of devil's food cake, mediocre recipes abound, and great ones are hard to come by.<p>So we got a little …

Dessert

15 Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves That Will Make You Stop Missing Summer

It’s hard to let go of all that fab summer fashion, especially when pieces like gladiator sandals, button-front skirts and rompers count themselves among the ranks. Luckily your fave pieces are being followed up with equally as on-point styles that will soon make you forget about your end-of-summer …

Clothing

6 DIY Frozen Yogurt Recipes

The next time you get a craving for creamy, tangy frozen yogurt, don’t go running to your nearest Pinkberry. Instead, make your own.<p>The next time you …

Healthy Eating

Skip the Bacon: 9 Best Vegetarian Breakfasts to Make This Weekend

From amazing enchiladas to fluffy quiche, here are nine incredible meatless breakfast recipes that are so good you won't miss bacon.<p>Vegetarian …

Breakfast

29 Chorizo Recipes Because It Makes Everything Taste Better

We love chorizo, and these 29 recipes prove it.<p><b>Chorizo might have to be a favorite</b> when it comes to cured meats if we were forced to choose. Here are all of our favorite chorizo recipes.

Cooking

4 Spectacular Dessert Recipes Made With Plain Old Toast

These days, in the hands of a clever chef, toast can mean so much more than crispy bread. Award-winning food writer <b>Raquel Pelzel</b> delved into the modern world of this simple staple in her new, aptly named cookbook, Toast: The Cookbook. “Did it all start with innocent avocado toasts, an import from …

Breakfast

Garlicky Smothered White Beans on Toast Recipe on Food52

Cooking is more fun with friends.<p>Find your friends who are already on Food52, and invite others who aren't to join.<p>Join Our Community<p>Follow amazing home cooks. Collect recipes and articles. Get inspired.<p><b>Author Notes:</b> This dish is creamy, garlicky, and super filling: Think mashed potatoes, but with …

26 Chile Recipes That (Might) Make You Sweat

Everyone deserves a little spice in their life. So what are you waiting for? Get on it. (And be prepared to stop, drop, and roll.)<p><b>Everyone deserves a little</b> spice in their life. So what are you waiting for? Get on it. (And be prepared to stop, drop, and roll.)

Cooking

Building the Kind of Restaurant to Come Back to, Week After Week

Acorn, a wood-fired restaurant in The Source in Denver, Colorado knows how to cultivate loyalty.<p><i>Welcome to Out of the Kitchen, our ongoing exploration of the relationships that build and sustain the food industry. This year, we’re traveling the country to look at the changing landscape of food</i> …

Hospitality

53 Roasted Vegetable Recipes to Jazz Up Any Dinner

Dinner sides in a snap? Enter, roasted vegetables. Here are our 53 favorite recipes for dinnertime or anytime.<p><b>Sides in a snap?</b> It's practically what roasted vegetables were made for. Chop 'em up (or leave 'em whole) and get that oven roaring, because these 53 recipes are about to earn permanent …

Cooking

9 Grilled Vegetable Recipes for #MeatlessMonday

Summer is fading fast, so make sure you take every chance you get to fire up the grill. Today's excuse: Meatless Monday. Upgrade yours by grilling up …

Cooking

The Remote Iceland Lighthouse You Can Sleep In  --  This Fall Only

<b>NAME:</b> Dyrhólaey lighthouse, Iceland.<p><b>SCENE:</b> A solitary, century-old lighthouse on a cliff overlooking a black beach that stretches farther than you can fathom. It's a primal, elemental landscape that will make you feel as if you're teetering on the end of the earth.<p><b>LOCATION:</b> Just west of Vik, about …

Lighthouses

6 Idyllic Hotels for a Quaint Fall Getaway

31 Corn Recipes Cornier Than Your Dad's Jokes

Grilled corn, salads, chowders, desserts, and more.<p>Grilled and slathered in charred onion butter, or stirred into creamy chowders and salads—what can't you do with fresh sweet corn? Summer is perfect for eating as much corn as possible, but before you get cooking, internalize these three tips for …

Cooking

50 Indian Recipes We Love From Tikka Masala to Tandoori Cauliflower

Forget takeout with these 50 recipes for delicious Indian food at home.<p><b>Who needs takeout when you can bring home the sultry spices of the Indian kitchen?</b><p>Most of the ingredients called for in these recipes are available in supermarkets. If there’s something you can’t find, go to a local Indian …

Cooking

The Best Part of Marissa Webb's Banana Republic? Shoes.

It's been a little under a year since we first saw Marissa Webb's take on Banana Republic. Webb designs a namesake line of her own and spent a decade with J.Crew before that, so her appointment to BR was exciting; the promise of a mall brand getting a makeover from someone who's done a darn good …

Clothing

National Geographic Travel

6 Tips for How to Really Talk to Your Hairstylist

When it comes to hair, most guests in the chair are left thinking that their stylist is speaking another language. Is it ombre or sombre, a bob or a lob? If you are constantly doing a confused nod during your hair consultation, then it’s time to get educated on all that lingo and know exactly what …

Hair
Cooking

60 Fall Recipes We're Looking Forward to Making

All the fall recipes we're looking forward to cooking now that summer is (nearly) over.<p><b>Oh no ... it's actually happening.</b> The end of summer is fast approaching, and we're gearing up for shorter days, longer nights, cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, sweatshirts, and football. Not only is the …

Cooking

The Traditional Italian Dessert You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

<i>Introducing zuccotto: It's like tiramisu, in bowl-form.</i><p>Between 20 to 30 percent of what I learned in pastry school was guess work. And at the beginning, it was more like 60 percent. To be fair, I was in a foreign country, studying at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. The chefs …

How to Make Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

<i>We bet you're already thinking about how great the French toast will be...</i><p>We still have a few more days of summer on the calendar, but kids all over the country are trading in their swim trunks for backpacks and I am slowly shifting my baking to more fall-flavored fare. For me, that means more …

16 Recipes to Make Tonight a Pizza Party

Sometimes you want to eat dinner with your hands—and what better way to do it than with pizza, on a Friday night, with a group of friends reaching in for a slice of the good stuff?<p>Make a batch of dough before your friends arrive so that it has time to rise (or pick up some premade dough from the …