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Lifestyle - December 2014

9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The residential building, located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, has been transformed over …

Articles about 7 modular beach homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

Thanks to the efficiency, flexibility, and affordability that prefabricated homes can offer, they’ve continued to gain popularity...<p>It's a dream for many to own a beach home, but an unrealistic one because of coastal homes prices.<p>In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in Venice, …

Prefab Homes

6 Baked Goods for Gifting

There's a shortage of thoughtful gift-giving these days. We e-mail cards and send checks. We forget favorite colors and special tastes. Though we'd never knock the kindness behind a quick message (or quick cash), there's just something about a homemade plate of treats that says, "I care."<p>Whether …

Dessert

The Ultimate Guide To Underrated Destinations In Our Favorite Cities

If you're traveling in the United States, you're likely armed with a mental checklist of the iconic sights you're supposed to see.<p>So if you're heading to New York City, Times Square is most likely your first stop. In Philadelphia, you probably won't leave without seeing the Liberty Bell. And if you …

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

These Odd Food Combos Are Surprisingly Great

Sometimes the most unexpected foods are totally brilliant together—pickles and whiskey, anyone?<p>We don't always choose our best friends; sometimes, life just sends us a person and is like, "Hey, despite the fact that you guys don't have a lot in common, you are destined to be in each other's lives …

Cooking

This Genius Cheat Sheet For Gardeners Tells Where And When To Plant Your Vegetables

If you've never planted a seed in the ground before, chances are that the thought of growing your own vegetables -- no matter how exciting -- incites feelings of anxiety. The general principle is easy: plant seed, add water and watch the vegetable grow. But the logistics are complicated. When do …

Unforgettable Places to Sleep in National Parks

(Photo: G. Mazerolle/Parks Canada)<p>A cabin floating on a lake. A boutique hotel. A yurt. Around North America, national parks offer incredible scenery, dazzling wildlife, and some truly funky, cool, and surprising places to stay. So leave the tent at home and instead spend your days exploring and …

Top 10 Things I Wish I 'd Known When I Started to Grill

One of the worst dinners I've ever cooked was at a borrowed cabin in Lake Tahoe years ago. The stove had blown out, and dinnertime loomed--along with my hungry extended family. So Mom and I decided we'd cook our cut-up chicken on the charcoal grill in the front yard, a rusty, ancient Weber.<p>Sunset …

Indian Spices 101: How to Work With Dry Spices

Many of my friends, new to Indian food, think that it's all spice and fire. But that's not true. Sure, there are spices, but it's not all chili. It's cumin, cinnamon, cardamom; fragrant spices, robust ones, peppery ones. And they're used carefully and thoughtfully. Each has its own aroma and adds …

30 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and I have 30 amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipes for you, one for every day of the month! Grilled cheese …

6 Tips for Cooking the Best Fish Ever

In this week’s Mad Genius Tips video, F&W’s Justin Chapple reveals the easiest way to score and season fish for ultra-flavorful, restaurant-worthy …

15 Pork Dishes You Should Definitely Be Eating for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Do you want to live to see your 100th birthday? Then start upping your pork intake.<p>Do you want to live to see your 100th birthday? Then start upping …

The Secret to Zahav's Incredible Hummus

At Zahav in Philadelphia, the most obvious order is also one of the best ways to kick off the meal.<p>At Zahav in Philadelphia, the most obvious order …

10 Ice Cream Recipes to Make with a Food Processor and a Mad Genius Tip

Here, 10 delicious ice creams to make this summer.<p>In this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips, F&W’s Justin Chapple proves that you don’t need special …

The 35 Best Restaurants In London

We've come up with this ultimate list of the best restaurants in London. To create it, we looked at notable restaurant rankings compiled by food critics, diners, and experts, and gave each restaurant a numerical rating based on our own formula.<p>The rankings we used were the National Restaurant …

England

11 Hot Dogs You've Never Thought to Make

7 Fried Chicken Common Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

From skipping the brine to using the wrong oil, these common mistakes will ruin your fried chicken. Avoid them to make the crunchiest, juiciest bird ever<p>There's a lot to love about fried chicken. First, there's that hot, crunchy, shatteringly crisp crust, fried to golden-brown perfection. Once you …

Cooking

36 Tahini Recipes for Hummus, Cookies, Noodles, Meat, and More

We love tahini—from thickening spreads to adding heft to sauces, is there anything this ground sesame paste can't do?<p><b>We love tahini.</b> This creamy sesame seed paste is genius in just about everything, from classic hummus to chicken salad. Make one of these recipes tonight, and get to know this …

Cooking

This Is How You Cool Down A Drink In Two Minutes Flat

We have a solution for your warm beer, and it's hiding in your container of salt.<p>In the video above, lifehacker guru DaveHax (who already showed us how to cut tomatoes like a ninja) shows viewers how to get their drink to chill out in two minutes. Using a few simples things -- a bowl of water, ice …

WTF Is Penuche Fudge, Anyway?

Today is National Penuche Fudge Day. We know what you're thinking: What the f*ck is penuche fudge? Penuche, or <i>panucci</i> in Italian, is fudge made with brown sugar, milk, butter and a hint of vanilla -- but no chocolate. What sets penuche apart from other fudge is the brown sugar -- most fudge is made …

Stir-Fried Lo Mein With Charred Cabbage, Shiitake, and Chives Recipe

While stir-fried lo mein is often mostly noodles with some vegetables for flavor and color, this version comes out with veggies and noodles in almost equal proportions, which means that it's packed with more flavor, in this case cabbage charred until sweet, along with meaty shiitake mushrooms and …

Taiwanese-style Popcorn Chicken

I had my first taste of this a long time ago when hubby and I were in Taiwan. They were delicious! I've tried to make them, but without success, it …

17 Food Reasons The French Are Better At Life

The French get a lot of flak for, well, being French. They're teased for acting pretentious, and they're accused of displaying feelings of superiority. We're not going to take sides on the matter, but we will say this: When it comes to their food, the French have good reason to get high and mighty. …

The 6 Biggest Salad Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

From underseasoning to overdressing, it's surprisingly easy to ruin a salad. Watch out for these 6 common mistakes, and you can avoid this sad fate<p>Salads are supposed to be light, bright, and full of life—but too often, they hit the table flat, limp, and soggy, with all the good stuff sunk at the …

Seasonal Food

Move over Samsung, Xiaomi’s set to announce a premium metal-bodied smartphone

Massively popular Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi will launch a new smartphone on July 22, and the unusual event invitations drop a very strong hint …

The Whole New Way to Make a Monte Cristo That Will Blow Your Mind

If you've ever had a Monte Cristo sandwich, you will devour this bread. Serve it with warm raspberry jam for dipping.<p>Growing up in North Carolina, there was only one diner. That's right. One. Herby's. I loved that joint. It had a purple life-sized half of a VW Beetle affixed right to the front of …