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8 Websites That Will Change the Way You Book Travel

Photo courtesy<p>These tools are what the pros use to stretch their miles, find deals, and have the best airport experiences possible.<p>For …


Why I Went to Hong Kong for a Three-Day Weekend—And You Should, Too

Look, I hear you; it’s insane to fly across the world for a quick trip. When my family found out I was heading from New York to Hong Kong for only four and a half days (<i>including</i> travel time), I got an earful. “You’re going for <i>how</i> long?” “Are you crazy?” “Why are you wasting your money like that?” …

28 things I learned about Europe after visiting all 28 EU countries

<b>Jonathan Thompson has spent the last four weeks driving around every single EU country. Here are the nuggets of wisdom he picked up along the way</b><p><b>1. Zagreb is home to Europe’s strangest museum.</b> Dedicated to the study of heartbreak, the Museum of Broken Relationships will make you laugh and cry in …

Japanese Vocabulary Building Exercise

As I was brainstorming my next topic to post in this blog, I thought about creating this questionnaire about “reading books (ほん, hon). We each have …


18 Chickpea Recipes That Go WAY Beyond Hummus

When chickpeas first come to mind, you <i>might</i> think of your favorite food-truck falafel or vegan Moroccan curry, but most likely the first thing you crave is hummus. News flash… chickpeas are SO much more than hummus! By now you may have dabbled with a chickpea dessert or two, and even embraced …

Healthy Eating

Pulses: The Hottest New Healthy Food Trend You *Need* to Try

By now you may have heard of one of the newest healthy food trends of 2016: pulses. Pulses are part of the legume family, and include dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. You already know these foods are incredibly versatile — there are <i>tons</i> of healthy bean dessert recipes out there, and hummus …

Healthy Eating

15 Vegetarian Tacos *Perfect* for Meatless Monday

Even if you’re a major meat lover, it’s nice to set aside Mondays to fill your body with plant-based meals. It’s a great way to set yourself up for a week of healthy eating and give yourself *tons* of energy. Tacos can be a regular part of your meal regimen, thanks in part to the Taco Cleanse Diet, …


29 Delicious Grain Bowls That Make Dinner a No-Brainer

We get it: At first, a "grain bowl" doesn’t sound like the most exciting dinner option. But if you look beyond the image of tasteless “macrobiotic …

Healthy Eating

The Top 9 Shoe Trends of Spring 2016

Just because spring hasn't sprung just yet, doesn't mean that you can't get a head start on the changing temperatures with a closet update. From the …

Dolce & Gabbana

7 Amazing Things You Probably Didn't Know About REM Sleep

The mysterious phase of deep sleep when our most vivid dreams occur has long fascinated scientists and artists. But it wasn't until the 1950s that sleep period -- also known as rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep -- was actually discovered and documented in a lab.<p>You've certainly heard the term REM …


Japan’s 25 most popular cat names

Need a name for your new kitty? Here are 25 suggestions from Japan.<p>Just like cats say “nyao” in Japan instead of “meow,” so too does the country have …

Pound Cake Recipes

Here are Food & Wine's best pound cake recipes. Find recipes for lemon pound cake, chocolate pound cake and more.


This glorious NYC storm photo has been compared to an impressionist painting

Photographer Michele Palazzo woke up extra early to capture this stunning image of the Flatiron building in New York during Storm Jonas<p>As Storm Jonas battered the US east coast with heavy snow and high winds, one plucky photographer went out in search of the perfect photo.<p>Michele Palazzo’s …

19 Insanely Delicious Cookies That Also Happen To Be Vegan

Sure to satisfy even the most hardcore butter lovers.


2016: The Year of the Bowl?

Plates are so 2015.<p>There are plenty of innovative new dining trends to get excited about in 2016—high-octane cocktails, vegetables pickled in …


27 Baking Infographics that All Bakers Need

Cookies, Cakes, and Cinnamon rolls are a bakers delight. But do you know why your cookies never seem to turn out just right? Or why trying to bake …


These Airlines Have the Lowest Safety Ratings

When thinking about the range of qualities we look for in an airline, the ability to deliver us to our destination alive is at the top of the list …

Air New Zealand

A European City So Beautiful, China Made A Replica of It

Hiding deep in the Dachstein mountains, not too far from Salzburg, is a small town that has the charm of something out of a fairytale.<p>Picture a one-church town, surrounded by towering mountains, sitting beside a glasslike lake; the only thing you hear are trickles of ice-cold water running from a …

European Travel

83 Egg Recipes That We Always Crave

83 egg recipes is a lot of egg recipes. But is it enough?<p>Shockingly enough, Americans once ate twice as many eggs as they do today. Bring back the glory days with these 83 egg recipes, prepared every way you could imagine (baked! fried! poached! more!).


The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Language Learning

11 Holiday Cookies That Make Great Gifts

Avoid the crowds at the mall this holiday season -- the very best gifts come from your own kitchen. These cookies are all guaranteed to make your friends, neighbors and teachers smile. The only challenge will be keeping yourself and your family from gobbling them up straight out of the oven!<p><b>1.</b> …


Vegetarian Recipes

These amazing vegetarian recipes include lemony quinoa salad with shaved vegetables and gooey grilled eggplant parmesan.


37 Squash Recipes for Soup, Salad, Pasta, and More

So long, summer—and hell-ooo, squash season!<p>During the first crisp days of fall, all our thoughts turn to socks and slippers, sweaters, soup, and all kinds of cold-weather squash. Whether butternut or acorn, kabocha or hubbard, we love 'em all—and we've got 36 squash recipes to prove it.


6 Decor Secrets To A Perfectly Styled Bookcase

Yes, there's more to it than your favorite books.<p>Open shelving is a matter of preference in the kitchen, but elsewhere around the house — like, say, your living room — it can be nearly impossible to avoid. (Everyone still owns books, right?) The catch is that if it isn't done right, your display of …

Roasted Broccoli Recipes: 7 Fresh Takes on a Classic Side

<b>Roasting is a great way to prepare broccoli. The tips of the flowers char lightly while the stems stay nicely crisp. Plus, roasting brings out the sweetness in this favorite nutritious cruciferous vegetable. We've cooked up several recipes for roasted broccoli that use almost every flavor</b> …

5 Healthy Brunch Dishes That Still Taste Sinful

BEFORE YOU GO<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Portable Breakfasts<p>Like | Follow