Melissa Chao

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The 38 Essential Paris Restaurants

Where to find perfect steak frites, matcha-filled crepes, roasted chicken and wine, and lamb-laden couscous in the City of Light<p>Over the last 10 years, Paris has boldly reclaimed its title as the best food city in Europe. The French capital is bustling with a brilliant constellation of new …

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The 10 Best Cakes for Dads (& People Who Love Cake)

Whether it’s a tiered tower or a little loaf, cake is a wonderful way to celebrate someone. And on June 17, we’re celebrating dads.<p>Maybe your dad was the one who brought you to school, taught you how to flip a pancake, or that life’s okay if you lose a basketball game. Or he’s the guy who told you …

The 10 Best National Parks in the U.S.

A few are even free.<p>From swampy marshes to soaring canyons, from pristine glaciers to scorching deserts, America’s national parks encompass nearly …

Salty, Sweet Honey-Butter Shortbread Cookies As Addictive As Potato Chips

<b>In 2014, South Korea was introduced to what has since become one of the biggest crazes in Korean convenience store snack history: Honey Butter Chips.</b> These honey and butter–glazed potato chips, a product of Haitai Confectionery and Foods Co., Ltd., were nothing like Koreans were used to, or ever …

This Is the Best Park in Every U.S. State

And how much it costs to visit.<p>This summer, get yourself, your family, or even your pet outdoors and explore the hidden natural wonders in your own …

The 10 Best Global Road Trips to Try This Summer

The U.S. Pacific Northwest Coast.<p>Start: San Francisco<p>End: Portland, Ore.<p>Fantasy car: Audi A3 Sportback<p>Mileage: 718 miles<p>We all know Highway 1 from …

I've Been to 26 Countries in Europe—These Are the 5 I Always Recommend

My first trip to Europe was a heady mix of excitement, nerves, and total awe. At 19, I wandered the streets of Le Marais wide-eyed, marveled at the …

28 Places to Go This Summer That Won't Be Full of Tourists

Everyone’s heading to Montauk, and Cape Cod, and Italy. Poor Italy. But wouldn’t it be nice to feel like you’re escaping the zinc-nosed hordes without having to head to Tuvalu? (Psst. It’s a remote island in the South Pacific.) We asked our team of travelers to name the place they’d go that still …

Our New Favorite Chocolate Cookies Just Happen to Be Gluten-Free

Back when I was pregnant, I would go on a fun little detour every so often. The subway would reach my home stop in lower Manhattan, but I'd ignore it and continue straight into Brooklyn... <i>York Street... Jay Street... Bergen Street.</i> "That's my stop!" I'd say to myself, emerging from the underground, …

The $1.89 Lunch Our Editor-in-Chief Swears By

I’m not one to go on about the power of The Universe, but certain things are clearly meant to be. Like meeting your best friend, or your true love—or a humble yet oddly compelling little sandwich. (Just me?)<p>I can’t with total confidence tell you how this sandwich came into my life (that Universe …

A Giant Skillet Cookie for When a Bunch of Cookies Won't Cut It

What’s better than a warm batch of cookies fresh from the oven? A <b>giant</b> cookie warm and gooey from the skillet.<p>Baking cookies in a skillet or pan somehow makes a classic crowd-pleaser even more universal: The edges get crisp and crunchy, while chewy fans can still enjoy the soft center. And—spoiler …

Still-Secret Spain: 9 Fairy-Tale Towns Off the Tourist Track

For unspoiled nature, centuries-old architecture, and guaranteed tranquility, hole up in one of these postcard-perfect villages.<p>If you’ve been to …

9 Cheeses You've Never Heard of But Need to Try Immediately

Even if you're a self-proclaimed cheese lover, odds are you could still stand expand your cheese horizons. If you’re limiting yourself to the safety …

Spaghetti with Lemon

• juice and zest of 2 organic lemons<br>• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil<br>• 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and more for serving<br>• Salt and pepper<br>• 1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta<br>• 20 large fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced<p>In a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice, olive oil, cheese, 1/2 …

A Game-Changing "Buttercream" From My Pseudo Wedding Cake

Tomorrow I'm getting married. It feels thrilling and exciting in a million tiny and huge ways. I'm looking forward to so many pieces of the day, from the far-flung friends and family who will gather together, to wearing a wedding dress, to seeing the stars through the top of the clear reception …

40 of the Best Places to Eat Brunch in NYC

Tender pancakes, runny eggs, and hangover-busting burgers abound<p>Brunch is a Big Deal in New York City. On the weekends, restaurants in the five boroughs contain an endless sea of midday dining options, so it’s not easy to tell which ones actually care about the food and the experience, or which are …

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Fancy Chocolate Tricks That Take Zero Skill to Make

Who doesn’t love getting the maximum bang for the buck—especially oohs and aahs at the table for something chocolate (and fancy-looking), that’s way simpler to do than it looks?<p>Fifteen years ago, I created several cake recipes for a 2002 edition of <i>Fine Cooking</i> magazine. One of the recipes cried out …

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

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, …

Why Grandma Piggyback's Coffee Cake Was *That* Good

<i>Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more! In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish they've inherited, and why it's meaningful to them.</i><p>My grandmother Henrietta Ring, aka Grandma Piggyback—because she gave piggyback rides—was the most idolized cook in our family. …

Here Are The Recipes We Loved Recently (And Would 100% Make Again)

Here’s what our editors and writers are making in their own kitchens.<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p><b>For the cake:</b><p>11⁄2 cups roasted unsalted shelled pistachios<p>3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour<p>1⁄2 cup almond meal<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan<p>11⁄2 cups sugar<p>4 large eggs<p>Zest of 1 lemon<p>…

These Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies Are Magical

You can thank Ella Mills for the recipe.<p>Here’s a common baking conundrum: You want to bake brownies, but you dread the temptation of eating the entire batch. Oh, and one other thing: You don’t want to share.<p>We’ve found a healthy compromise.<p>In case you didn’t know, Ella Mills is the queen of healthy …

The Fluffy Peanut Butter Sheet Cake You've Been Searching For

I love sheet cakes, both the making and eating of them. They’re simple to prepare, feed a crowd, and remind me of my childhood: my mom baked them for birthday parties, family gatherings, or just because. And as people are now turning to their trusty sheet pans for everything from salads, to soups, …

Passover Lemon Sponge Cake Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> In my family every Passover my mother would bake her famous sponge cake. Throughout the year sponge cake can be made with flour, at Passover it cannot. My mother always made hers with potato starch (instead of flour), and she used extra large or even jumbo eggs to provide the …

101 of the most mind-blowing adventures you should have in 2018

Hands on passports, people. Here's all the adventure inspiration you'll ever need. From massive sandwiches to massive mountains, age-old railroads to …

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The most underrated US attractions: readers’ travel tips

<b>Winning tip: Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk, Pennsylvania</b><p>The jewel of Kinzua Bridge state park is the Kinzua Viaduct (once the US’s highest railway bridge). In 2003 it was hit by a tornado, which ripped away a large section. The Pennsylvania government decided that what remained of the bridge should be …

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Easy chocolate cake recipes from some of the world’s best pâtissiers

LIFESTYLE FOOD<p><b>Three ultra-simple chocolate cakes from French master pâtissier’s Philippe Conticini, Cyril Lignac and Jean-François Piège. Because you</b> …

You Can Carve Ina Garten's Zucchini Pancakes Recipe Onto My Tombstone

By Alyse Whitney<p>The world needs to know about these 5-ingredient veggie-packed pancakes.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a weekly column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the zucchini pancakes recipe that associate web editor Alyse Whitney just couldn't live</i> …

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Why the 5 Least-Visited National Parks Are Worthy of an Adventure

A century ago, America invented the idea of the National Parks System to preserve rad wilderness. The parks were places largely un-screwed-with by …

National Parks

Lemon (or Lime) Curd Is Better Without Sugar—Seriously

The inspiration for Honey Lemon Curd came from (blogger and friend) Letty Flatt’s recipe for the same. I loved the idea of exchanging honey for sugar in a recipe where I knew that the honey would be a welcome flavor—in addition to being the sweetener. I decided a make-over of my own lemon curd …

The 16 Best Homemade Snacks to Keep You Full and Happy