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4 foods that will make your cold or flu worse in an hour

Even if you got a flu shot and diligently wash your hands 13 times a day, there's no guarantee that you won't fall victim to some awful bug this season. And if and when it does happen, the last thing you want to do is make your congestion, aches, and general crappiness even worse. So do yourself a …

Nutrition

Why asparagus makes pee smell funny, and other amazing facts about everyday foods and spices

By digging deep into the molecular chemistry of everyday foods and spices, Cambridge-based chemistry teacher Andy Brunning has the answers.<p>And you don't have to be a chemistry-expert to understand them.<p>Brunning heads the popular science website Compound Interest and recently published the book "Why …

Wellness

The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Your Vegetables

Your oven is about to do a happy dance...if that were possible.<p>Everyone—even if you don't cook very often—needs to master roasted vegetables. And, to be honest, there's not even that much to master: just some chopping, seasoning, and adding a bit of fat. For firm but tender veg with a nicely …

Recipes

7 Recipes That Prove Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Are BFFs

Roasted until crispy or sautéed, brussels sprouts are great on their own. But paired with smoky bacon, they're unbeatable. From hearty pasta to a …

10 Things You Never Thought to Store on the Back of a Door

5 Spice Rubs That Make Chicken Mind-Blowingly Delicious

Because there’s so much more to life than lemon pepper<p>Cooking a big batch of chicken breasts on Sunday is one of the easiest ways to prep protein for your entire week. But eating the same thing day after day is boring as hell.<p>Enter: spice rubs. Whip up several of these mixtures so you can roast …

Different Ways to Store Pliers, from Store-Bought to DIY

It's quite the design problem: Vertical, horizontal, exposed, in a drawer, jaws-out, handles-out?<p>Pliers are tricky things to store. They don't lend …

Where would we be without Wicca?

“… had it not been for Gardners’ work (which in turn spawned the work of so many others), one must wonder where Neo-Paganism would be today.”<p>The …

16 Beautiful Places You Almost Won't Believe Are Real

Who knew Mother Nature had so many tricks up her sleeve?<p>Who knew Mother Nature had so many tricks up her sleeve?

3 Vegan Recipes Worth a Trip to the Farmers’ Market—From Crossroads Chef Tal Ronnen

As the months of dining on warm-weather salads and early-autumn soups come to an end, the shorter days and colder nights are sparking cravings for heartier (read as: heavier) comfort foods. And yet just one trip to the farmers’ market is all it takes to feel the call of the season’s healthiest …

Recipes

You Don't Have To Give Up Bacon, Processed Meat, WHO Stresses

The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) caused shockwaves Monday when it released a report analysing 800 studies from around the …

Processed Meat

Cuba is Aging Out and the New York Times Blames Women’s Liberation

Young people are moving away from <b>Cuba</b> in large numbers now that the island has opened up, afraid that improved relations with the U.S. could mark the end of the U.S.’ rather permissive naturalization policy for Cuban immigrants. But why is it that they want to move to the U.S. so badly? Some say …

Cuba

Onomo's "magic compass" uses LEDs to guide cyclists

London startup Onomo has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the release of its Haize compass, which uses flashing and colour-changing lights …

A New Navigation Tool For Bikes Gently Nudges Cyclists Toward Their Destination

Like a compass for your handlebars, BeeLine ditches turn-by-turn directions in favor of subtler navigation that encourages exploration.<p>Unless your lucky enough to live in Copenhagen, the urban bike ride is still a pretty hazardous commute–and one that requires your full attention. Amongst street …

Quick Organizing: 15 Ways to Get It Together in 15 Minutes or Less

If you don't have the time (or the will) to overhaul your home, don't panic. When you've got 15 minutes to spare, just tackle one of these quick organizing tasks -- that's all the time it takes to feel more put-together.

Time Management

The Loden Hotel ranks first in Vancouver in Condé Nast Readers' Choice Awards

For years, <i>Georgia Straight</i> readers have consistently given the Loden Hotel high grades in the annual Best of Vancouver and Golden Plates issues.<p>Now, …

33 Fall Weeknight Meals You Can Make in an Hour or Less

Cooking

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You Need In Your Life

It's the best of both worlds.<p>You can cook just about anything in a slow cooker. This all-purpose kitchen appliance can whip up something appropriate for any type of meal: think meaty stews and savory sides, fiber-packed oatmeals and breakfasts that are prepared overnight and even chocolatey baked …

Mulled Wine Recipes, The Cleverest Way To Drink When It's Cold Out

Bottoms up.<p>There are many great ways to drink red wine. At a dinner party, with a loved one, under the stars, but come the cold weather season the best way to drink a bottle of red is mulled. (Please note, you do not need a good bottle of red for this drink.) It’s the surest way to look forward to …

12 Makeovers for the IKEA Dresser Everyone Owns

The best-selling MALM is virtually unrecognizable in these impressive DIY ideas.<p>The best-selling MALM is virtually unrecognizable in these impressive DIY ideas. If you already own this discontinued dresser, don't forget to anchor it to the wall after your makeover. The heavy chest poses a dangerous …

The 10 Best National Parks for Retirees

Timing is everything when traveling to the marquee national parks, and summer is high season, meaning you're competing with thousands of people for …

25 Eckhart Tolle Quotes to Inspire You

<b>Eckhart Tolle</b> is a modern personal development teacher who is best known as author of the remarkable books <i>The Power of Now</i> and <i>A New Earth</i>. At the age …

Spirituality

16 Slow-Cooking Recipes for a Slow Weekend

There are the nights when dinner can't come fast enough—when we need a hot meal on the table in less time than it takes to watch an episode of TV in our pajamas (and when we proceed to watch 5 episodes after that). On such nights, we pat ourselves on the back for the fact that we cooked at all.<p>And …

Cooking

Stress and the Social Self: How Relationships Affect Our Immune System

“We are all tethered to our social worlds by invisible but steel strong wires.”<p>Relationships, Adrienne Rich argued in her magnificent meditation on love, refine our truths. But they also, it turns out, refine our immune systems. That’s what pioneering immunologist <b>Esther Sternberg</b> examines in <b>The</b> …

Immune System

7 Things Really Successful People Never Do

Great leaders don't give in to these bad habits, and neither should you.<p>There are good habits, and not-so-good ones. Then there are habits that will actually prevent you from achieving success. That observation comes from the personal finance site GOBankingRates, which recently used Stephen R. …

Self-improvement

20 Thanksgiving Centerpieces to Complete Your Harvest Table

You'll love the family-friendly conversation starter involved in #2.<p>Digging into the holiday spread might be number one on your Thanksgiving to do list, but these pretty displays will convince you to look up from your plate.

The only 15 foods worth buying organic

Instead we're faced with awkward produce-aisle decisions every time we step foot into a grocery store — is this worth paying 50¢, $1, $5 more?<p>What are the health implications, and is organic equally important across the board?<p>Let's get real here: Most organic food has not been proven to be "better" …

Agriculture

The 50 Most Delicious Fall Soups