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Make your own sweet potato chips

Sweet potato chips are a nice change of pace from the regular ol’ spud variety. Not only do they carry a crispy version of that signature yam flavor, …

Food

Minds Is the Anti-Facebook That Pays You for Your Time

During Mark Zuckerberg's over 10 hours of Congressional testimony last week, lawmakers repeatedly asked how Facebook makes money. The simple answer, …

Social Media

Miho Imada Is Quietly Brewing Some of the Best Sake in the World

Out of 1000 or so sake breweries operating today, only 20 are run by women tōji. But Miho Imada isn’t counting.<p>I was sent a list of rules: No perfume. No pictures. Be punctual.<p>You must follow these when you visit Imada Shuzō in Akitsu, Hiroshima, a small brewery in rural Hiroshima that is producing …

Japan

The Best Affordable Japanese Whisky You Can Buy

Japanese whisky sure can be expensive. While older bottlings can easily fetch thousands of dollars or, at the super-premium end, hundreds of …

Whiskey

Spring Slow Cooker Recipes

Warmer weather doesn’t mean you need to retire the slow cooker.<p>There’s no denying the power of the slow cooker. It can create rich flavor, beautiful …

Cooking

7 Easy Tips to Make Any Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe Better

No matter what kind of slow cooker chicken dinner you have slotted in your meal plan, it's bound to be both easy and delicious. And to make it even …

Cooking

This One-Pot Parmesan Chicken & Rice Is Calling Your Name

Sometimes a recipe seems too good to be true. Take this one, for example: It cooks in one pot, in under 30 minutes, with only a handful of …

Cooking

Japan but not as you know it – why the Setouchi region should be on your bucket list

Miles away from the maid cafes, the manga and the Japan that mostly lies in the minds of what people imagine Tokyo to be, lies the Setouchi …

Japan

These Insane Space-Saving Bags Are an Overpacker's Dream — and Only $17 on Amazon

I'm guilty. . . I'm one of those people who fills my suitcase to the brim and can barely close it. A few years ago, I was moving abroad and had to pack up my whole life into just a few suitcases. A friend recommended I try using The Chestnut Travel Space Saver Storage Bags ($17). Not only did they …

Shopping

Tokyo city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Japan's capital

It’s easy to get lost in Tokyo. Home to massive skyscrapers, neon-lit signs, owl and maid cafes, anime shops, countless restaurants and karaoke bars, …

Japan

6 easy snack ideas that can help you reach your weight loss goals

Don't let 'hanger' get the best of your healthy diet — try these filling weekday snacks created by nutrition pros.<p>Most people think that weekends are when sticking to weight-loss goals are tough, but the truth is that walking the healthy line is just as challenging during the week. Weekdays present …

Nutrition

15 Recipes With Guacamole as the Star Ingredient

These 15 Recipes Feature Guacamole as the Star Ingredient<p>Yes, I know guacamole is extra.<p>April 05, 2018<p>Avocados became America's favorite fruit in …

Cooking

12 Dutch Oven Recipes You Need in Your Life

Cooking

12 Healing Bowl Recipes That Are Like a Warm Hug

Usually, the term “comfort food” is basically just a synonym for junk food. But while there’s definitely a time and a place for burgers and a gooey …

Breakfast

PS4 And Xbox One Getting Acclaimed RPG Divinity: Original Sin 2

Acclaimed PC role-playing title Divinity: Original Sin II is coming to Xbox One and PS4. The console release will be published by Bandai Namco and will launch in August 2018. According to the publisher, it will have "a user interface tailored for console," and four-player online co-op, which proved …

RPGs

Top 10 affordable hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Amsterdam

As Eurostar’s direct London-Amsterdam service launches, we pick great-value accommodation in this popular city-break destination<p>Max Brown Canal District<p>This three-star hotel is actually a trio of listed buildings and is in a quiet, picturesque spot where the Herengracht and Brouwersgracht canals …

European Travel

Top questions you should ask during an interview to raise eyebrows

Job interviews are laced with questions that give the interviewer the opportunity to get to know A) if you will be an asset to the company and B) if …

Employment

8 Lean Crockpot Foods You Should Add To Your Meal To Speed Up Weight Loss, According To Expert

If you’re trying to lose weight and are frustrated with eating the same foods day in and day out, it’s time to spice up your life (and your plate). …

Nutrition

The Outbound Journal

One-Pot Mexican Shrimp & Orzo Will Make You a Dinner Hero

Right now we're in a sort of seasonal food purgatory — we're so completely over winter and all its thick beef stews and heavy casseroles, but fresh …

Cooking

Japan Bullet Train Passengers Carrying Luggage Signaled Tourism Growth

If there’s one thing that screams “tourist” on the Tokyo-to-Osaka bullet train, it’s a giant bag. Nicholas Weindling saw enough of them to form a …

Tourism

I Went on a Vacation By Myself, and It Changed My Life

When I started telling people I was going to Mexico for a week, everybody’s first question was the same: Who are you going with? When I said I was …

Travel

15 Real Readers Tell Us Their Favorite Make-Again Recipes

Everyone has go-to meals that never disappoint. Maybe you keep spaghetti on hand for a timeless pasta recipe or memorize a superfast salad to toss …

Creamy Fried Confetti Corn Recipe

Step 1<p>Cook chopped bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Set …

Country Lifestyle

No-Potato Cauliflower Hash Browns Are Your Favorite New Breakfast Side

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Using a box grater with medium holes, grate half a head of cauliflower over a small mixing bowl to make cauliflower rice. Here’s …

The 16 Best Homemade Snacks to Keep You Full and Happy

Healthy Eating

Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe

"When I make these, people just RAVE about them! Mini cheesecakes with sour cream topping."<p>Ingredients<p>3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese<p>1 cup white …

Dessert

This Silicon Valley sleeper hit app just got $52 million to do for spreadsheets what Microsoft did for computers

Airtable, a spreadsheet app that has become one of Silicon Valley's sleeper hits, has raised $52 million in new funding in a round led by Caffeinated Capital and CRV to bring its total to $62.6 million.<p>When it was founded in 2012, Airtable was a small, business-focused spreadsheet program. It has …

Startups

Stardew Valley Publisher's New Harry Potter-Like RPG Has A New Name

Chucklefish, the publisher of the beloved farming sim Stardew Valley, has announced a name for its upcoming magical school RPG. The mysterious title formerly known as Project Spellbound has now been christened WitchBrook.<p>Chucklefish CEO Finn Brice announced the game's new name on Twitter. While he …

Why 'B-grade gourmet' food is so important to Japanese culture

“It’s like Japanese soul food,” my coworker said, describing <i>yakisoba</i>, a greasy mound of wheat noodles, cabbage and pork fried in Japanese BBQ sauce …