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National park tips: No billboards, no 18-wheelers on this great American road trip

You don't have to drive the whole Blue Ridge Parkway to get its leafy, hilly, billboard-free, idyllic flavor. (The whole thing is 469 miles of Virginia and North Carolina, after all.) A tiny slice will do, especially if you do it now in late October when fall foliage typically reaches its peak.<p>The …

Italy

Top restaurants in Florence

Italian travel expert Carla Capalbo picks out five of the top places to dine in Florence, whatever your budget...<p>Top Florence restaurants<p>CiBi<p>CiBi, …

Italy

Your 24 Hour Insiders Guide to Rome

Rome is famously known as The Eternal City, and it certainly lives up to its name. Whether you’re staring wide-eyed at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, …

Italy

15 Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches That Are Nothing Short Of Epic

A regular old turkey sandwich is nothing to write home about, but come Thanksgiving ― equipped with a fridge that is overflowing with fresh-roasted turkey, tangy cranberry sauce and gravy ― they can be epic. There’s something about those classic Thanksgiving side dishes that really gets people’s …

Cooking

The 50 Best Places to Visit in the U.S.A.

We asked our editors, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers for their favorite trips across America. Here are the 50 best places to visit in the U.S.A.<p>Alabama: Fill up at Dreamland Bar-B-Que.<p>We could smell Dreamland before we saw it. As we pulled off I-20 at Tuscaloosa, in search of the Alabama …

Mississippi River

24 Spiked, Boozy Fall Recipes to Cozy Up With

It’s getting chilly, y’all! With the onset of colder weather, we can’t stop thinking about chowing down on our favorite fall comfort foods as we kick back on the couch. We’ve all cozied up with a comforting bowl of mac and cheese on those gray days, but what about *boozy* mac and cheese? Yup, that …

Cooking

Italy Off the Beaten Path

<i>© Pixabay</i><p>Wander off the beaten path and experience <i>la bella vita</i> like a local. Hotel search trivago.com reveals the most sought after Italian villages according to Italians themselves. Each with less than 2,000 inhabitants, these charming <i>borghi</i> preserve the authentic culture and history of one of …

Forget takeout! Make Chinese-style marinated pork ribs at home

Comfort food at its finest! Try "Top chef" alum Stephanie Izard's Chinese-style marinated pork ribs recipe for a fingerlickin' good homemade meal.<p>Get 30 days of easy dinner recipes for the whole family<p>Stephanie Izard's Chinese-style marinated ribs

Food & Dining

Fall foliage trips your kids will love (Really!)

There’s no doubt that when it comes to fall foliage, New England steals the show. The problem is your kids couldn’t care less about pretty views and …

New England

At $65, The Misen Chef's Knife is the Holy Grail of Knives

I'm not supposed to be writing this week. I have much too much to think about with my book just released and a tour coming up, but I was so excited about this that I couldn't *not* write about it.<p>A few days ago, I got a knife in the mail. This, in itself, is nothing unusual. People send me new …

Knives

Ecuador: South America’s Mountain Biking Mecca - REI Co-op Journal

A mountainous, strikingly diverse and beautiful country wedged between Colombia and Peru on South America’s Pacific coast, Ecuador has every type of …

The USA's Top 10 Hiking Trails: From Coast To Coast

Long Trail, Jay Peak Long Trail North: Jay, Vermont<p>This trail settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont is a true gem that is worth seeing if you are …

A New Great Way to Cook a Whole Chicken | Men's Health

When you cook a chicken whole, you enjoy the variety of light and dark meats. You’re allowed to drop your utensils and eat the meat right off the bone. You gain more appreciation and a deeper gratitude for the animal because advertisers haven’t removed you from the visceral experience.<p>Cooking a …

15 things you need to know before photographing your first African safari

Last April I ventured to South Africa for a weeklong safari in Kruger National Park to photograph wildlife. I chose Kruger for its variety of …

5 Ways to Cook With Coconut Milk

We're crazy about coconut milk. Why, you ask? Well, this ingredient, which you can easily pick up at the grocery store, is kind of like our secret weapon. It has a subtle flavor and isn't sweet, making it ideal to use in everything from entrees to desserts. And despite being rich, the stuff won't …

Coconut

How to Pack for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike - REI Co-op Journal

Congratulations! You've done it! You've committed to the journey of a lifetime. After weeks, months or perhaps even years of toying with the idea, …

New York City

Best and worst foods to eat when you’re sick

When you're under the weather the last thing you want is to eat something that makes you feel worse. But what if the last thing you want is chicken soup or crackers, and you're craving ice cream or a glass of wine? It depends on what's wrong with you, experts say. Here are common symptoms and …

Alternative Medicine

Healthier Jambalaya For Fat Tuesday

Our healthy jambalaya made with whole grain farro and succulent shrimp. Who could resist this spicy supper?!<p>Especially during the cold months, I love cooking jambalaya, a classic Louisiana Creole dish made with rice and spices. I enjoy it so much mainly because it’s an easy one-pot meal that tastes …

Cooking

25 Best Snacks For Weight Loss

From the editors of RedbookMag.com, four nutritionists share the small bites that pull their own weight in the dieting department so you don't have to.<p><b>1) Hard-boiled eggs with sriracha sauce</b> To improve thyroid function—the gland manages growth and metabolism—look no further than a low-calorie, …

Top 4 treks in Peru that aren’t the Inca Trail

A big misconception about trekking in Peru is that there is only one "Inca Trail." In fact, there are trails all over the country connecting the …

South America

10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Tucked away in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the sheer scale of this 48-mile-long canyon takes most visitors by surprise. Sculpted by the Gunnison …

Walking holidays in France: The 12 best companies for French hiking tours

It’s easy to see the appeal of walking holidays. You retreat from the rigours of modern life and take in the landscapes at your own pace, usually in a very scenic setting. France, with its extraordinary, varied terrain, and its timeless appeal for British visitors, is one of our readers’ favourite …

Five inspiring fitness bloggers

Meet the fitness bloggers pushing their bodies to the limits and inspiring us to do the same<p>BY <b>Jessica Salter</b> | 20 January 2015<p><i>Imperfect Matter</i> <br>Cat Meffan, a 27-year-old jewellery designer from Hertfordshire, blogs about exercises such as the perfect plank position - demonstrated via her YouTube …

Fitness

Cycling Nutrition: Big Fat Lies

Forget these diet myths for a proven, but surprising approach to losing weight and keeping it off—and riding longer and stronger than ever<p><b>ONE OF THE LONG-ENDURING TRADITIONS</b> at bike events of all stripes is the pasta dinner the evening before the big ride. After all, who doesn't believe in the …

Nutrition

31 Healthy Breakfast Ideas And Recipes To Promote Weight Loss

31 Healthy Breakfast Ideas That Will Promote Weight Loss All Month Long<p>Time to kick your boring healthy breakfast routine to the curb—with these breakfast ideas, you'll be set for the whole month.<p>By now, you probably have that one healthy breakfast staple that gets you through the day—but who says …