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5 Haunted American Bars Where You Can Sip Spirits Alongside Real Spirits

Visit these pubs to commune with ghosts of Halloween past.<p>And 5 Halloween cocktails to enjoy at home if you'd prefer not to encounter a ghost.

11 you-need-these-right-now brownie recipes

For brownie lovers (everyone with a soul), the mere sight of a pan of brownies can cause hysteria. Don't even think about letting it cool for more than a couple of minutes. It's important to get just the right piece, and then grab five more.<p>And those corners? The ones you bite into to find they are …

50 Of The Best Dessert Recipes Of All Time

Dig in.<p>When it comes to dessert, the HuffPost Taste editors have got you covered. Between chocolate brownies, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes and fruit pies, we got dessert on our minds all day long. (And this is not an overstatement.) You could even say that we’re somewhat …

Dessert

Mississippi Roast - Five Ingredient Roast Recipe for Slow Cookers

FILED UNDER: Beef, Main Dishes, Slow Cooker, Video 760<p>SHARE THIS POST:<p><i>I don’t know why this is called Mississippi Roast but if I could, I would</i> …

Cooking

The Creamiest, Dreamiest Frostings and Icings Around

Let's get some cupcakes up in here: These homemade icing and frosting recipes are what dreams are made of.<p><b>Cakes are better with it.</b> Cupcakes need it. You know you love it: Here are our best recipes for frostings, icings, and glazes.

Dessert

7 Places To Shop For Home Decor That Aren't Ikea

If we see one more Malm dresser...<p><i>Photo courtesy: Zara Home</i><p>OK, so you just moved into a new apartment and you need home things. Namely dishtowels without stains, cups sans university logos and maybe a new nightstand that isn't from Bed Bath & Beyond. Most people's natural instinct is to head …

13 Nostalgic Facts About American Graffiti

There are plenty of reasons why <i>Good Will Hunting</i> is one of the most beloved films of the past 20 years. It has that great Robin Williams performance, …

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30 iconic American hotel bars everyone should have a drink at

All the major hospitality groups are filling their portfolios with new projects inside buzzy and beloved hotels. Hoteliers, too, are answering the bar-hopping public's call: multiple cocktail concepts within a single hotel are becoming the standard at big city hotels, especially those that stand on …

How to Cook Mussels Like Some Kind of Professional Mussel-Cooker

By Rochelle Bilow<p>Mussels are quick-cooking, inexpensive, and party-friendly. Avoid these common mistakes, and get them right, every time.<p>Quick—name a dish that's inexpensive, quick-cooking, fancy enough for a party, but easy enough to make on a weeknight. If you said mussels, we're on the same …

These brutally honest travel tips will keep you from embarrassing yourself in 15 different countries

It's one thing to look like a goofy tourist while traveling — but offending the locals is even worse.<p>With that in mind, Reddit users have spent the last 24 hours answering the following question: "What should tourists NEVER do in your country?"<p>Like a similar Quora thread from a few months ago, the …

Northern Ireland

Grandma Kathy's Coffee Cake Is the Greatest Recipe of All Time

Is Grandma Kathy's coffee cake the greatest recipe of all time?<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they are really the greatest ever of all time? Well, we’re using this series as an opportunity to wax poetic about them. The coffee cake recipe of recipe developer</i> …

14 Genius Hacks For A Quick Breakfast On-The-Go

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it's arguably the most delicious. Sadly, we often let breakfast fall by the wayside with insanely busy schedules.<p>But abandon breakfast no more. We've rounded up 14 hacks to ensure you get in your first meal of the day without wasting any …

Breakfast

7 Spectacular Cakes That Couldn't Be Easier To Make

It's time to up your cake game, and it couldn't be easier.<p><b>Raspberry Crepe Cake</b><p>Sure, it may look like an intense project, but it couldn't be simpler to assemble. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Chocolate Dump Cake</b><p>Throw all the ingredients into one bowl, then pour the batter into a pan and bake. No frosting necessary.</b> …

Vincent Van Gogh Found in a Photo from 1887

This group photo from 1887 is reportedly the first photo ever found of Vincent Van Gogh after he became an artist. If experts are correct, then the …

Classic Whiskey Smash

Makes 1 Servings<p>This drink is just as refreshing when made with gin, vodka, or rum. To watch a video of Andrew Knowlton making this classic cocktail, click here.<p>August 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>7 fresh mint leaves<p>1 lemon half<p>1 tbsp simple syrup (click for recipe)<p>1/4 cup bourbon<p>Crushed ice<p>Recipe …

The 23 best beaches in America

For this list, we looked at seven notable beach rankings compiled by travel experts, vacationers, and water-quality researchers and combined these rankings to come up with the ultimate list of the best beaches in the US.<p>The rankings we used were Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches for 2015, Trip Advisor's …

Florida

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

Here's what not to do.<p>These kitchen designers have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here they share the dos and don'ts of kitchen design.

The 18 best snacks to eat at your desk

What you eat all day doesn't affect just your health and weight — it affects your productivity, too.<p>High-fat, high-sugar meals and snacks make us sleepy and have low energy, says Lisa De Fazio, a healthy-lifestyle expert and registered dietitian. But thanks to things like boredom, lack of time, and …

Healthy Eating

How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards

Follow these step-by-step instructions to fix your floor problems.<p>Repair Scratches in Floorboards<p>The best way to get an even wood floor is by sanding, but if you just have a few scratches, small holes, or gaps, they can be repaired without embarking on such a big job.<p><b>You'll Need:</b>Floor or …

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten's make-ahead dinner party tips and recipes

Planning a party but have no time to cook the day of the shindig? Find yourself in the same bind with family dinners? Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, can relate.<p>"When I had a specialty food store, people would take our dishes home and serve them later or the next day. So, I had to make …

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The 10 Cities You'll Be Talking About In 2015

Lonely Planet is on a roll. The travel company released their Best in Travel lists this week, including the countries you need to be visiting (hint: Singapore) and the budget destinations to hit up next year.<p>Also on the list, of course, are the 10 cities you should be visiting in 2015. You're …

The Coolest Hotel in Every State (and DC!)

By: Matt Meltzer<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it's hard to define the word "cool." And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when "cool" could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast …

Stephen King

5 Fall Soups to Warm You Up

Feel that chill in the air? Warm up with these soul-satisfying autumn soups.<p><b>1. Easy Butternut Squash Soup</b><p>This has got to be the easiest butternut squash soup recipe ever. You start with pre-cut squash from the supermarket, then you throw everything in a pot, simmer it, purée it and you're done. But …

Food Preservation

The 25 Best Restaurants In America, According To TripAdvisor Users

Only 25 could be chosen, however, as the best by TripAdvisor users for its 2014 Travelers' Choice Restaurants Awards.<p>These restaurants include everything from the theatrical inventiveness of Chicago's Alinea to the conservative Southern charm of Charleston's Halls Chophouse.<p>And since TripAdvisor's …

New York City

17 Easy Hacks For Fresher Food

The secret to fresher food? Dedicating a few extra minutes to prepping and storing your groceries.<p>We partnered with Fresh & Easy, a <i>new</i> kind of market, to bring you 17 of the best hacks we’ve seen for keeping your favorite foods fresh. Put them to use and you’ll start mistaking your kitchen for your …

The 12 Top Bucket List Restaurants in America

Here are a dozen of the best restaurants in the U.S. you absolutely, positively have to experience. You only live once, right?<p>Some tourists are always grabbing a quick bite while taking in the sights. And then there are the rest of us, who are apt to plan entire trips around what we're going to …

Here’s everything you need to know about the new US passports

For global travelers, a passport is a golden ticket. And starting in 2016, US passports will be getting an overhaul and catching up with the rest of the world’s protocol. It’s a lot to take on: US passport holders have increased by more than ten-fold over the past two decades. If your passport is …

Personal Data

6 Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways

Summer's over, but the fun needn't fade -- it's weekend warrior season. Here are eight hotels in six of North America's coolest cities for a quick getaway, from cultural capitals to desert oases.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways<p>Follow Joy Pecknold on Twitter: …

North America

7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Passport

Your passport is, quite literally, a ticket to the world.<p>Turns out most of us are naturally pretty passport-savvy -- research suggests we're just as good at spotting fake ones as real passport officers (which is also somewhat troubling).<p>That being said, it's time we all got to know our favorite …