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A Guide to Identifying Your Home Décor Style

Many of us peruse home décor books, magazines, websites, and blogs and like much of what we see there…but when it comes to decorating our own homes, …

Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

At night, from the hilly headlands of Costa Rica's Central Valley -- a mountain-flanked plateau home to nearly three quarters of the country's population -- the view down to the horizon-speckling lights of San José, the capital and most populous city, is mesmerizing. Just as astounding is the quiet …

9 Reasons to Visit Colorado That Aren't Pot Tourism

Originally posted on CNTraveler.com<p>Pot is now legal in Colorado, folks. As of Jan 1, Colorado becomes the first place in the world where it is legal to simply walk to into a licensed shop and purchase marijuana, no prescription necessary. Washington State and Uruguay aren't far behind, but with the …

OTP's 9 Favorite Travel Bloggers of 2013

When we're not busy figuring out how to get you laid in foreign lands, we're reading these travel blogs for inspiration -- and think you should too.<p>This year, we turned away from analyzing website traffic and rank-o-meters, choosing our travel bloggers on merit alone. This is a list of the blogs …

Romantic Getaway: Long Weekend in Annecy, France

Paris may have dibs on big city romance, but when it comes to the ultimate romantic French weekend getaway, few towns can surpass Annecy. This …

10 Ingenious Bike Hacks

Upgrade your cycle with some of our favorite add-onssome silly, and some essential.<p>Upgrade your cycle with some of our favorite add-ons—some silly, and some essential.

A Guide to Showering Abroad

Cleanliness is next to godliness... which is right next door to the nude public bath that got you clean in the first place. Have some dirty thoughts about how the world gets rid of filth.<p>Washing off travel funk is a small luxury after a long day of trains, buses, and rickshaws. But, Americans are …

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

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As an appetizer, the seafood cigars, $12, tuna and mahi-mahi fried spring rolls with a srirachi aoli, came highly recommended but didn't quite live …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Dressed<p><i>GQ</i>-approved kits from every red carpet, airport arrival, and coffee run across the globe.<p>10 Photos8 hours agoView More<p>Don't Miss!<p>Amazon …

How to Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Three ways to get your perfect scrambled eggs -- whatever your version of perfection may be.</i><p>Scrambled eggs and toast: sounds like an ascetic breakfast, …

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Owners Mark and Gladis Dalton are proud to say that everything is made to order using quality ingredients including the fresh oregano they're drying …

Billionaire's Meatloaf from Alex Hitz

It's beloved as comfort food, but this classic dish can hold its own at even the fanciest affairs.<p>When I moved to New York in the mid-1990s, there were so many hostesses and hosts who gave easy, elegant, fun lunches and dinners. They were well known for their parties, and though varied in their …

New Blind Booking Sites Take Travel Uncertainty To A Whole Other Level

Packing a suitcase while knowing where you’re going is <i>soo</i> totally boring.<p>…If you agree with that statement, then you're ready to spice up your travel routine.<p>There are the established, tried-and-true ways to do so, like bidding on mystery hotel rooms with Priceline or booking them through …

Best Places To Vacation And Indulge Your Vices

Vacation is a time to indulge. For many, that indulgence may be lazing around in a beautiful place and doing nothing very much at all.<p>For others, indulgence may come in a less...innocent...form. Whether your poison is liquid, herbal, material or menacing, we've found the best cities to vacation in …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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From San Jose: $6; departures at 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m daily.; 4.5 hours. Departs from Calle 14 between Avenida 9 and 11. Tel: …

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14 Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Paris

As Audrey Hepburn famously said in the film <i>Sabrina</i>, "Paris is always a good idea." We couldn't agree more.<p>Whether you know it as the city of light, love or one of your bucket list destinations, Paris will leave you longing to return for more.<p>Our deal experts have strolled along the Champs-Elysees, …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

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How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

Guide to Mexico’s Wine Country

Wine devotees know about Napa, Bordeaux, and Mendoza, but what about Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe? Beyond tequila, fish tacos, and all-inclusive …

The 8 Cheapest Destinations In Europe

The continent has plenty on offer that won't break your bank account, but you have to know where to look.<p>If you're strapped for cash and want the best bang for your buck, here are 8 of the best value destinations in Europe.<p>Note: The prices listed here are approximate and may fluctuate considerably …