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The world's most romantic hotels

Which cities have the most romantic hotels? Our destination experts make a case for their favourite locations and where to stay when there.<p>Venice<p>In a city so unremittingly romantic as Venice, accommodation to match the mood is essential. George Clooney opted for the opulent Aman Grand Canal – for …

Best U.S. Hiking Cities

<b>Get Hiking:</b> This popular four-mile hike has a large measure of challenge (3,700 vertical feet of climbing) with an equal payoff (views of Mount Rainier, Seattle, and the Olympics on a clear day). The journey isn’t so bad either: Along the way, hikers pass classic Pacific Northwest conifer and fir …

The Best American Winter Road Trips

On the spectrometer of thrills, winter driving lies somewhere between utilitarian necessity and white-knuckle extreme sport. But now that gas is affordable and holiday lights are twinkling from the East Coast to L.A., it’s time to hit the open road and give the ultimate test to your car’s …

11 Recipes That Prove Hand Pies Are the Perfect Winter Food

The world’s best cold-weather food may not be soup after all. We’d argue that thet title ought to go to the oft-overlooked hand pie. Consider this: …

Cooking

The 25 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

Well, the gates have opened, and tourists are pouring in to see it all for themselves. Attendance is up by 2.5 million since 2010.<p>The Forbidden City is a dream destination for some Americans, but most have never researched a trip to Everland or Lotte World. Yet these South Korean theme parks also …

The Best Steakhouses in America, According To OpenTable

OpenTable just announced the winners of its Top 100 Steak Restaurants in the United States list, which is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 19,000 restaurant in the US.<p>The list of winners spans 32 states, with Texas securing its spot as the …

Experts Only: 5 Resorts Where You Should Hire a Guide

I’d have never found Zero Gravity couloir on my own. One of the classic lines in the backcountry just beyond the Jackson Hole ropes, Zero-G is a 50-degree notch through a 100-foot high cliff. Especially on a big snow year, it’s good to go, but the entrance looks just like a lot of spots in the …

The 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health

Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles. But the small choices you …

Mental Health

Brussels Sprouts for Dinner

<i>Every other Thursday, we bring you Nicholas Day -- on cooking for children, and with children, and despite children. Also, occasionally, on top of.</i><p><i>Today: Kids not liking brussels sprouts is a thing of the past.</i><p>For the sake of your relationship with your children, I hope you made waffled grilled …

Food

Quick Tips: Parmesan Crisps | One Pot Chef

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!).

Cooking

Crispy Shredded Sprouts, Cider Short Rib and Caramelized Shallot Pizza

<b>cider braised short ribs</b><br>Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat and add olive oil and butter. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Add …

8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

<b>Spinach</b><p>It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower, and you know from reading Eat This, Not That!. This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also …

Banana–Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

16 Servings<p>This cake is perfect for beginners—it’s moist, forgiving, and easy. Jif creamy peanut butter is our favorite for the decadent frosting.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>CAKE<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>3 cups all-purpose flour<p>2 teaspoon baking soda<p>2 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1½ cups sugar<p>1 cup (2 sticks) …

Prosciutto, Watercress, and Fontina Toasties

8 Servings<p>The keys to achieving razor-edged triangles: Let the sandwiches cool slightly, then slice with a serrated knife.<p>October 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>8 slices thin prosciutto (about 3 oz.)<p>8 slices ½”-thick Pullman bread<p>8 ounces Fontina cheese, thinly sliced<p>¾ cup trimmed chopped watercress<p>¼ cup …

5 High-End, Superstar Wines You Can Always Find

Here, five wines that manage to be both mind-blowing and findable (though, unfortunately, not cheap—that goal has yet to be attained).<p>We tend to …

Why You Should Use The Golden Ratio In Your Decor

We’ve all heard of the golden ratio. Most likely, it’s filed away with all the rest of your memories from your college art class or you read about in …

Pumpkin Cinnamon Overnight Pull-Apart French Toast with Vanilla Maple Butter

<i>Updated on</i> <i>by</i> Averie Sunshine<p>If a crockpot is the equivalent of a set-it-and-forget-it dinner solution, this is the parallel equivalent for …

Recipe: Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.<p>In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream …

Natural Remedies: Eat This, Cure That!

Your pantry is full of powerful healers. Try these food cures before popping a pill<p>Food is good natural medicine, and not just in the self-medicating-with-chocolate way. "Not only are whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals, but they're also loaded with phytonutrients that support the immune …

Best Fall Trips 2014

Travel<p>The end of the bustling summer tourist season kicks off one of the best times of the year to travel. Whether you’re up for adventure, relaxation, or something in between, check out our editors’ list of 10 best fall trips for inspired ideas. —Maryellen Kennedy Duckett

Travel Photography

A Park Ranger's Guide to Joshua Tree

<b>Jeff Ohlfs</b> began his love affair with <b>Joshua Tree National Park</b> a quarter of a century ago. The chief ranger of the park, Ohlfs has seen more of Joshua Tree than any other person posted there.<p>“I remember believing I could never work in a desert park,” says the national park service veteran. “Now, …

10 Best Tricks For Creating An Unbelievably Sexy Bedroom

Designers share their secrets for setting the mood.<p>Designers share their secrets for setting a romantic mood.

Interior Design

Salty Chocolate Chunk Cookies

24 Servings<p>Finishing your chocolate chunk cookies cookies with a flaky salt like Maldon brings out the chocolate flavor and tempers the sweetness, creating the ultimate sweet and salty snack. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>January 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 1/2 cups …

Recipes

Beautiful Images of the 20 Best Budget Destinations for Fall

The shadows are growing longer and now is the time to book your autumn escape. From New England leaf-peeping to big American cities, amazing national …

American Cities

20 Places Every American Should See

Think you know America's essential sights? Compare your past trips with our picks for 20 domestic destinations every citizen should visit—from pop …

Make the Best Brisket Ever by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Make perfect brisket every time by avoiding these common cooking mistakes.<p>With Rosh Hashanah right around the corner, we've got brisket on the brain. Just because this beefy cut is a classic doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. From tough, chewy texture to dull, ho-hum flavor, there's a …

How to Make Rich and Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo That Won't Weigh You Down

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>I'd always figured fettuccine Alfredo was about as authentically Italian as an Ellio's frozen pizza; something concocted by the Olive Garden's chefs at their Tuscan cooking academy, perhaps. But it turns out that the dish has quite a lengthy history …

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie

Makes 2 Servings<p>“A vegan green smoothie with some depth: I love the subtle savory quality the kale adds to the classic PB–banana combo.” —Dawn Perry, senior food editor<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 banana<p>1 cup nut milk<p>1 cup torn kale<p>2 tablespoons peanut butter<p>¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon<p>Recipe …