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New Zealand

How to rack up millions of frequent flyer miles without even flying

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>My husband Trent and I are just back from a dream vacation that we couldn’t possibly …

Frequent-flyer Programs

Barcelona’s 4 coolest neighborhoods to stay, eat, and party

The coolest neighborhoods in Barcelona will charm you with their unique architecture and laid-back vibes. In a city that’s already overflowing with …

European Travel

At Last, a Cookie You Can Eat for Breakfast

You already know the nutritional benefits of oats, from lowering bad cholesterol to controlling your appetite, and I'm guessing you've got your go-to …

Breakfast

Italian Holiday Table: Spinach-Artichoke Risotto Balls and Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

<i>PARTNER POST — The holiday season is here and it is time to add some Italian flair to your menu with authentic ingredients from Colavita and</i> …

18 Stuffed Cookie Recipes That’ll Up Your Baking Game

No matter what season it is, what diet you have or what mood you’re in, cookies are pretty much <i>everything</i>. You can have breakfast cookies in the morning, shortbread cookies for afternoon tea and skillet cookies for those nights when you need the comfort of a whole lot of sugar. We can all agree …

Dessert

18 things people in Hawaii are weirdly passionate about

1. Secrets.<p>Secret hiking trails. Secret surf breaks. Secret restaurants. Hawaii is all about its local-only knowledge. Being one of the biggest …

There's No Controversy: Let's Stop Failing Our Children On Evolution

Watching the <i>NBC Nightly News</i> broadcast on a Friday earlier this month, I gaped as the last segment aired.<p>Kevin Tibbles was reporting from the site of Kentucky's Ark Encounter, constructed by Christian fundamentalist, young-Earth creationist and Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham. At the time, Ark …

Grand Canyon

This Mixer-Free Chocolate Cake Can Turn Anyone Into a Baker

Despite what I do for a living, I have a culinary blind spot or two. For instance, I don’t bake. Like, ever. I don’t have a big, metallic stand …

Dessert

Ireland's 100 best places to eat - they're not as expensive as you think

'Appy days<p>McKennas' Guides has released its app of the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland, and it's sure to cook up some tasty debate.<p>22 new inclusions …

Dublin city guide: what to see, plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

As the city marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, our writer finds its free-thinking spirit alive at offbeat museums, bars, restaurants and in its architecture<p>This is a big year for Ireland and its capital. The country is preparing to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion that …

Ireland

This four-ingredient beer ice cream may change dessert forever

It's now easier than ever to find excellent ice cream in Los Angeles. From McConnell's to Carmela and Salt & Straw, great ice cream is everywhere, and the flavor possibilities are almost endless.<p>But making ice cream at home can be just as easy — and you can go nuts with the toppings.<p>For most …

Breakfast

How to make the perfect chocolate spread

The world loves Nutella, but by ditching the palm oil and adjusting the sugar content, you can enjoy an even tastier jar of dark delight<p>Though a surprising number of you share my mistrust of mushrooms and ambivalence towards the lobster, I’m fairly sure I’m the only person in the western world not …

Dessert
Breakfast

16 free apps that will change the way you travel

There are some that can help you find hidden gems or even efficiently navigate through the airport.<p>In the last few years, a slew of apps have gained attention for tackling problems travelers commonly face.<p>From an app that does your packing to one that connects you to free Wi-Fi, here are 16 new …

Apps

This Copycat DoubleTree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Is Spot-On

Bake a batch and pretend you're on vacation (minus the sunburn and noisy neighbors).<p>When you check in to a DoubleTree Hotel, you're immediately handed a paper envelope with a gooey, chewy, chocolate-and-walnut-studded cookie. We're not talking the regular Otis Spunkmeyers every apartment leasing …

The Ultimate Unbaked Brownies

<i>Ooey gooey, melty, chocolatey unbaked brownies – the perfect recipe for those days when you just really need a brownie!</i>And if you’re anything like …

Dessert

12 Of The World's Greatest 2-In-1 Dessert Mashups

When your sweet tooth just can't make up its mind, that's when dessert mashup magic happens. Here are a dozen of the most craveable this + that = …

Dessert

Travel stories about Ireland

Dublin Castle is the setting for some of Ireland’s most important state functions – but the building reveals a history the country would prefer to …

Sights in San Diego | Fodor's Travel

Alcazar Garden<p>Garden/Arboretum<p>You may feel like royalty here as you rest on the benches by the exquisitely tiled fountains—the garden's highlight—and …

Christmas Brunch

From glazed cinnamon rolls to a cheesy bacon and onion quiche, here are fantastic Christmas brunch recipes.

Breakfast

National Geographic Travel

How To House-Sit Your Way Around The World

Ten Tips for Driving the Pacific Coast Highway in Luxury

The Pacific Coast Highway starting from California’s Northern border with Oregon and stretching over 100 kilometres down to San Diego is one of the …

California

What to eat with the curtains closed: Milk's ooey-gooey chocolate cookies

Have you ever had something that tasted so good you were almost embarrassed to eat it in public? These chocolate cookies are that something.<p>You might consider closing the curtains when you bake a few batches of these, from chef Bret Thompson's bake shop at Milk. (They're the ones in the …