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Agriculture

How to Take a Photo Showing Both of Your Hands

How do you go about shooting a quick photograph if you need to include both of your hands in the frame? One guy had a solution that turned into a …

The Questions People Asked Advice Columnists in the 1690s

If only your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother had Google<p>In a story about the origins of confessional apps like Whisper and the now-defunct Secret, I recently mentioned <i>The Athenian Mercury</i>, a British periodical of the 1690s that is widely credited with inventing the …

Google Books

Instagram

Grilled Shrimp with Maker's Mark Butter Sauce

Need to impress a member of the fairer sex? Make this fool-proof recipe you'll both actually enjoy for date night.<p>Living in the Low Country has taught me a few things. One, food is king. Two, when you order a beer, you better chase it down with a shot of bourbon; and three, bourbon and food make …

Seafood

This Chinese Koji Fried Chicken Is the Perfect Mix of Tender and Crunchy

Everyone has their opinions about where to get the best fried chicken, but let's just say that Mission Chinese Food's is a guaranteed slam dunk no matter what.<p>Look, fried chicken is a touchy subject. Not as to whether it's good or not—clearly, it is a king in the realm of greasy favorites. The …

Food & Dining

The Many Tongues of Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah is the new host of 'The Daily Show' and the new person everyone has to have an opinion about.<p>Yesterday, the <i>New York</i> <i>Times</i> reported that "polyglot" South African comedian Trevor Noah would replace Jon Stewart as anchor of <i>The Daily Show</i>. I have polyglot …

Comedy

I Ate Nothing but Nutella for a Week and Found My Inner Darkness

What happens when you try to live on chocolatey hazelnut spread alone? Turns out you feel like crap.<p>A lot of people love Nutella. In fact, so many people love Nutella that eating it out of a jar has become a sort of subcultural ritual. It's become a <i>thing</i>. I'm one of those people. I love Nutella, …

Edgar Allan Poe

We Tried the Most Disgusting E-Cig Flavors So You Don't Have To

Cola e-liquid tastes like Windex, espresso is gamey, and the Doritos flavor should never be consumed by humans.<p>It goes without saying that vapes and electronic cigarettes are more than just a trend. Today, e-cig tech is a huge start-up scene that brings in around $2 billion a year. If it keeps …

Urban Outfitters

How to Survive the Best Party on the Planet: Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival is two months of "fetting" and "liming." It's as if India’s Holi festival did P90X on steroids. Here's the skinny on this Trini bacchanal and how to survive your comedown.<p>All photos by the author unless otherwise credited.<p>Before I begin, I want to clarify that I didn't go …

Festivals

How I Turn Wasted Food into Michelin-Starred Meals

We pick and we choose, we go to the farmers market and we cherry-pick ingredients: eggplant, the perfect tomato, fall squash.<p><i>For the final two weeks of March, chef Dan Barber has transformed his family's Greenwich Village restaurant Blue Hill into</i><i>wastED</i><i>, a pop-up whose guest chefs—including Mission</i> …

Greenwich Village

The Crazy Life of a Chef Is Nothing to Celebrate

Sometimes I work 20 hours straight and my days bleed into each other. Sometimes I worry if what I’m doing is right, and how much longer I will have the energy for it. How can we live healthier lives as chefs and work in an industry that praises and...<p>Sometimes I work 20 hours straight and my days …

Hospitality

Bitters: how best to use botanical tinctures in your cocktails

The point of bitters is to make your drink bespoke. Try a dash or two<p>“You’re writing about bitters – great beers!” my husband said. But no, with respect to him and Britain’s brewers, I'm going to talk about something far more chic and high fashion. And bitters – those little, apothecary-like …

Meet the Deathmobile, Possibly the Largest Meat Rotisserie in the US

It uses up 80 bags of charcoal and cooks more than 2,000 pounds of meat in a single afternoon. Plus, it's mobile.<p>Vegetarians are generally not encouraged to attend Meatopia, the colossal barbecue event I host each year. Everywhere you look are steaks and chops, which would be disturbing enough to …

BBQ

National Geographic Travel

Blindfolded Muslim takes to the street for hugging experiment

A blindfolded Muslim man stands on a street in Toronto with a sign asking passersby to give him a hug - and films the reaction<p>"I am a Muslim. I am labelled as a terrorist. I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug."<p>Those were the words at Mustafa Mawla's feet as he stood blindfolded with …

How to Make a Braided Pie Crust

With a little patience and precision, you can make a stunning braided pie crust. This tutorial shows you how.

Baking

Confessions of a Former White House Chef, Part One

Walter Scheib, White House chef during the Clinton and Bush administrations, gives us the inside scoop on the First Ladies' love of spicy food and why barbecue divided Bill and George.<p>Yesterday, the true Vice himself—Vice President Joe Biden—paid a visit to our very own VICE offices. But while …

Joe Biden

6 Easy Hacks for the Best Homemade Fries

Homemade fries are worth the effort. Make 'em even better with these DIY fry hacks.<p>If it's comfort food you're after, there's nothing quite like a pile of hot, fresh, salty French fries. It also happens to be just the sort of cooking project we love: Easier than it looks, and more satisfying than …

Cooking

There Is Now a Cookbook for Bears

Hairy gay men, get excited: Photographer Angelo Sindaco's "Cooking with the Bears" is dedicated to the large, hirsute hunks of Italy and the food they love to eat—giving a middle finger to accepted body standards and homophobia at home.<p>In the past several years, the ever-expanding sea of cookbooks …

Healthy Eating

Promo Piece: A Simple 36-Page Photo Magazine

Self promotion has been one of the most difficult things for me to overcome as a photographer. I constantly ask myself “Who cares?”, “Is this …