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50 States of Glorious Hiking Destinations

There are very few things that can compare with the thrill of hiking. From the fresh air and scenic views to the natural appreciation that can come from rambling through a trail, spending time in the great outdoors not only enhances your health and improves your mood, but it's also the gateway to …

Hiking

Lawn Care Guide | Lawn Equipment Reviews - Consumer Reports News

If the lush lawn you enjoyed all summer long is being overtaken by crabgrass and other weeds, join the club. A mild winter and wet spring have made …

How to Rescue Your Lawn This Fall

Autumn is the ideal time to repair your lawn and ensure that grass is healthy when springtime comes around.<p><b>Want a green, healthy lawn next season?</b> Get your grass in the game this fall. The season is an opportune time to get new seeds in the ground and growing before winter comes and we're talking …

Gardening

Choosing the Right Mulch for Your Yard

There are many types of mulch out there, from plastics and cocoa hulls to wood chips and more. It's important to do your research so you know what kind is best for your yard.<p><b>Black Plastic or Landscape Fabric</b><p>Plastic and landscape fabric are typically used as base layers for more decorative mulches. …

Gardening

9 Mowing Tips to Cut the Lawn of Your Dreams

Cutting grass is an art, as any well-groomed ballpark shows. We tell you how to turn your lawn into a field of dreams.<p><b>1. Plan Your Attack</b><p>Your dad says the only way to mow a lawn is to trim the edges first, which puts the clippings back into the grass to be mulched by the mower. He's not wrong, but …

Landscaping

Zilker is a smart irrigation system you hook up to your hose

April showers bring May flowers, but you still may need to do some watering of your own. While this can turn into a water-wasting endeavor, it …

Home Automation

5 Tips for a More Perfect Lawn

Having a great looking lawn can make all the difference to the overall look of your house. Think about it; there is always that one house in the …

Our 15 Best Roast Chicken Tips All in One Place

Quick: What are you making for dinner tonight? Is it roast chicken? What a lucky guess on our part! That's the power of persuasion of an inimitable, classic dish.<p>Since roast chicken is such a staple, you probably already have a go-to recipe that's good as it is. But sometimes, perhaps you'd like to …

Cooking

A 5-Ingredient, Salty-Sweet Roast That Will Be On Your Table in 30 Minutes

<i>We partnered with our friends at Natural Delights, purveyors of Medjool dates, for our latest contest—Your Best Recipe with Dates.</i><p>Hats off to Jessica! Her recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Prosciutto and Dates has won our latest contest, Your Best Recipe with Dates.<p>We love the play of textures …

Recipes

PSA: Save Up Your Vacation Days So You Can Visit These Heavenly Beaches

May is right around the corner, and you know what that means: It's time to take a beach vacation. Or at least it's time to start <i>thinking</i> about …

The Best Zucchini Noodle Recipes You Could Ask For

Long live zoodles!<p>Zucchini is a versatile veggie. It can be turned into taco shells, you can use it as a healthy alternative to pizza crust, and perhaps best of all, you can easily spiralize this green summertime squash and turn it into a plate of zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles.<p>Zoodles are …

Here are the opening dates for all of NYC’s floating bars this year

As New York City dwellers, sometimes we forget that our home is a maritime wonderland. Sure, the Hudson River isn't crystal blue or lined with white …

Sailing

Simple Taiwanese Food, Full of Secrets, at Mama Lee in Queens

I did not expect sorcery from a preserved turnip.<p>It was the only ingredient in the omelet on my plate at Mama Lee, a small, plain-spoken Taiwanese restaurant in Bayside, Queens. The eggs had been beaten loosely, so flecks of white still showed, and hustled from the pan when patchy bronze. Inside, …

12 Terrific New Steaks to Try in New York City

This is a Wednesday only special with a limited supply served on a first come, first served basis. The steak is a tomahawk rib steak dry aged for 120 day — most steaks are aged for around 28 days — making this one profoundly funky in flavor and ethereally tender. It is served in a 40 oz portion for …

What to Eat at Berg’n, the New Brooklyn Beer Hall Serving Tons of Amazing Food

Yesterday we told you about Berg’n, the Brooklyn Flea beer hall spin-off inside a 9,000-square-foot former garage that’s opening soon in Crown …

Recipe: One-Bowl Yogurt and Honey Olive Oil Cake

One-Bowl Yogurt and Honey Olive Oil Cake<p>Makes 1 (9-inch) cake; serves 8 to 12<p>1 cup whole or 2% plain Greek yogurt <br>2/3 cup olive oil, plus more for …

Recipes

The largest outdoor climbing gym in North America is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Activity enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that the largest outdoor climbing gym in North America is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Known as Dumbo Boulders, the blue 7800-square-foot gym will open to the public this Saturday, 15 April.<p>The gym made its debut last year thanks to local rock …

13 Places Where You Can See the Bluest Water in the World

Egremnoi, Greece<p>It’s hard to find a spot on Lefkada Island that doesn’t have spectacular views of the crystal clear Ionian Sea, but Egremnoi (or …

Beaches

The 2017 List of the World's 50 Best Restaurants Has Been Revealed—Here's Every Single One

The best one's right here in New York.<p>The long-awaited list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants is finally here—and New Yorkers have reason to …

33 Braised Meat Recipes to Turn a House Into a Home

When the temperatures drop and snow starts to fall, we're in full-on braise mode. We'll braise anything, from chicken to beef to venison, and it's …

Cooking

6 Spring Pasta Recipes to Get You Out of Your Blanket Fort

Wait. Is that some green in our pasta? Looks like spring finally showed up.<p>What makes a good spring pasta? Greens that remind you that there's more to living than your laptop and couch. Bright, slightly bitter vegetable flavors to wake you from hibernation. And yes, a little bit of creaminess and …

Italian Food

The Food Lab: We Should All Eat More Crepes, Starting Now

Pancakes are simple. They're diner food. They're what you make on a Sunday morning with the kids. <i>Crepes</i> are fancy. They're French-bistro food. They're what you make once a week after your Parisian vacation because you want to relive some pleasant memories.<p>This dichotomy has always struck me as …

Breakfast

The best bowls of ramen under $10 in NYC

New York City is home to an array of foods that’ll satisfy both bellies and bank accounts alike—and one of our favorites is bowls of ramen under $10. …

Long Island

The Best New Resorts in the Caribbean

With winter still flexing its muscles, a mass exodus is nigh—straight to any beach resort in the Caribbean with unclaimed lounge chairs. It is spring …

Caribbean

5 crazy Caribbean resorts you have to stay in before you die

Now that you've finally decided to take your dream trip to the Caribbean, it’s time to choose where you should stay.<p>Will it be Anguilla, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, or Turks and Caicos?<p>Regardless of where you end up staying, you'll enjoy spectacular views of see palm trees, pearly-white sand, clear, …

Caribbean

17 Restaurants Worth Planning a Trip Around — and How to Get a Reservation

Thomas Keller continues to reinvent his nouvelle French tour de force, the first ever Bay Area restaurant to receive a third Michelin star in 2006. A …

An Epic Adventure Bucket List to Complete This Summer

Can you complete them all?<p>There's nothing wrong with a summer spent at the beach. But if you want more than tan lines and sand-covered clothes, …

Florida Keys

The best things to do near the New York Botanical Garden

Out of all the New York attractions in the Bronx, we think the New York Botanical Garden is pretty great. But when you go—and you will—we encourage …

Botanical Gardens

The world’s longest recreational trail gives you 15,000 miles to find yourself

For almost two years now, Dianne Whelan has been on a mission. In July 2015, the 51-year-old filmmaker set off from Newfoundland to hike, bike, canoe, snowshoe, and ski Canada’s Great Trail, a 24,000-kilometer (14,900-mile) casting call for the world’s most intrepid voyagers. If she succeeds, …

Adventure Travel

15 recipes to cook in March

For those who suffer through actual seasons (though it seems that population may be dwindling), the countdown is still on until regional, local …