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Emirates airline offers 2-for-1 sale price from L.A. to Dubai for $1,299

Quick, grab a travel buddy! Here's a jaw-dropper of a twofer deal for those prepared to act fast. Emirates airline offers round-trip flights from Los Angeles and other U.S. cities to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for roughly $649 per person.<p>The deal: Two people have to fly to snag the special …

The World's Top Beaches for Perfect Sand

<i>by Krisanne Fordham and David Jefferys</i><p><b>10. Playa Negrita, Vieques, Puerto Rico</b><p>Hawaii's not the only island with beautiful black sand beaches: a small stretch of Puerto Rico's Vieques coast is similarly blessed with inky, jet-black sand. The color of the sand at Playa Negrita can be attributed to …

Airfares: LAX-JFK round trip for less than $300

New York in spring? Well, eventually the sun and warm weather will get there. And when it does, you can take a round-trip flight from<p>LAXto JFK for less than $300.<p>The $298 offer includes all taxes and fees. Good through May 15, it requires a 10-day or more advance purchase. Travelers can fly any day …

Butterfly Valley Is Not Only Turkey's Most Perfect Beach, But An Actual Butterfly Wonderland

In Turkey's Butterfly Valley, a lush gorge winds down to a stunning blue-water beach. And while we'd recommend visiting this verdant paradise based on its looks alone, the rocky oasis is <i>also</i> home to more than 80 species of butterflies, including the exotic Jersey Tiger, which is really just an …

Our 15 Most Popular Entertaining Recipes from 2014

Did you throw dinner parties in 2014? Did people gather around your table and pass plates and laugh and ask for seconds and linger over final bites of cake and sips of wine? Did you spend your Saturday afternoons baking, or rolling pasta dough, or braising things, then welcome friends with an apron …