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The Secret Language of Hotel Staff Is Your New Vacation Entertainment

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A short glossary of the behind-the-scenes lingo used by bellhops, cleaning staff and concierge at your favorite hotels.

Skipper: Someone who makes a reservation but never shows up for their stay.

Lobby lizard: A member of the staff who greets and assists guests in the lobby …

Hotels

Your Shot: Breakfast Around the World

If you’re the kind of person who grabs coffee and an energy bar while running out the door, it may be time to rethink your breakfast.

In Thailand, people sit down with steaming hot bowls of rice porridge called jok, brightened with bits of pork or shrimp and fish sauce, of course, or maybe Non Khai …

Breakfast

The 25 best restaurants in Paris

Dignified temples of haute cuisine, new bistros guaranteed to stand the test of time, out-of-the-way boîtes where you’re unlikely to lay eyes on another tourist—our experts pick the best places to dine all around Paris (and even reach consensus on a prized few).

Click through our guide, organized by …

Paris

Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

What your food 'sounds' like affects how good it tastes, a new study says

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, according to new flavor research.

Flavor perception is multi-sensory. “The …

Food

How To Make Fancy Ice And Instantly Up Your Drinks Game

The worst thing that could ever happen at a gathering during the hot days of summer is to run out of ice. And the best thing that could happen is to sip your beverage with the fanciest ice your cocktail, lemonade or even water has ever had the pleasure of meeting. Fancy ice is the trick to making …

Drinking

The Perfect Gin and Tonic: Simple, But Not a Given

It may seem superfluous to write an article about making a gin and tonic. There are just two ingredients (three if you count the lime wedge) and it's one of the most common cocktails there is. But if you love them as much as I do, you don't want common, you want perfection.

The gin and tonic was …

Tonic

The 14 best French restaurants in the US

If you're in the mood for French food, you don't have to travel to Paris for an outstanding meal.

In fact, several French restaurants appeared on our recent list of the best restaurants in America, so we decided to pull out the top ones serving delicious French cuisine.

We compiled the list of the …

Restaurant

Eating like a king—or at least an emir

The king of Saudi Arabia might have skipped the Gulf summit this week and the king of Bahrain might have preferred a horse show with Queen Elizabeth, but at least the emir of Qatar showed up this week to answer President Barack Obama’s invitation to Camp David. Before decamping for the Catoctin …

Liberal News

Pavlova

MAKES 1 PAVLOVA

INGREDIENTS

3 cups sugar
1 egg
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed, and chilled
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
8 egg whites, room-temperature
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
½ cup chilled plain yogurt
Strawberries, halved
Kiwi, peeled, …

Pavlova

Asian Greens Guide

Guides

You Think You Know Umami - The New Yorker

Although Americans have been using the word umami for the past decade and it’s been in use in the English language since 1979, its definition remains …

Art

Per Finne's Umami Santoku knife combines Norwegian and Japanese design

Norwegian designer Per Finne has created a utensil based on traditional Japanese knives that he says offers enough flexibility to be the only knife …

Umami

Prosecco: A toast to Italy's finest fizz

Susy Atkins escapes the crowds and heads for prosecco country – the secret "garden of Venice" where the zesty, fashionable wine is made

The vines are everywhere, right across the landscape; fresh green leaves covering the country in spring and summer, swooping down into valleys and right up and away …

Italy

The new Ice Age is elevating the craft cocktail

In 2015, maybe the one place on Earth where the ice isn't melting faster than it should be is in your cocktail. At least if the ice in that highball glass has been made by one of the ice specialists helping to redefine the cocktail scene.

We've come a long way from using random bits of ice from …

Mixology

Pappy v. Fireball: Two Hot Whiskeys With Wildly Different Followings

Ask a stranger about his or her whiskey preferences, and expect to hear about one of two extremes. There’s Pappy Van Winkle—ultra-rare, outrageously …

Bay leaves are an optional ingredient, 'but things are definitely better with them'

Why bother adding bay leaves to a dish if you are only going to fish them out and throw them away? J. Kenji López-Alt, managing culinary director of …

Cooking

Contemporary Kitchen from Comprex - the People kitchen

The People kitchen from Comprex is a smart and feature-packed contemporary kitchen. Sharp, rectangular forms dominate in this cutting-edge …

Interior Design

Lettuce and 9 Ways to Use It That Don't Involve Salad

Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.

Today: Confused about the different types of lettuce? Don't lose your head—we're here to help.

Americans often start meals with salads, while Europeans are more likely to serve them at …

Caesar Salad

17 Recipes All Coffee Lovers Should Try Right Now

A list worthy of Lorelai Gilmore.

1. Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles

Who doesn’t want their iced coffee on a stick? These popsicles are a fun and refreshing way to enjoy your bae (coffee, duh) on hot summer days.

2. Coconut Water Iced Coffee

No matter what some people say, coconut water is delicious — …

Recipes

Women Making Whiskey: An 800-Year History

Bourbon, often considered a man’s drink, surprisingly has feminine roots. But it’s still a man’s industry, and women are only just starting to catch up.

One evening in 1957, Marjorie Samuels took a seat at the kitchen table and firmly set down a bourbon bottle. It had been dipped in thick, bright …

Women's History

Marinate Eggs in Soy Sauce to Upgrade Your Ramen or Salads

Soy Sauce

When to Use Different Types of Flour - Bon Appétit

Wheat, whole-wheat, bleached, gluten-free…when it comes to baking with flour, there are more choices than ever. It’s a big, scary world in the field of flour, so we spoke to four experts: baker Alex Bois of Philadelphia’s High Street on Market (one of our 2014 Best New Restaurants!); Susan Reid, …

Cooking

This is the hardest part about being President Obama's personal chef

Sam Kass served as the first family's personal chef from January 2009 to December 2014. He also became the Executive Director of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. He shares the most challenging part about serving the White House.

Produced by Sam

Democrats

A former palace chef says members of the British royal family cook for themselves, love Tupperware, and don't buy caviar

Given that the British royal family is worth more than $1 billion, you might expect that luxuries like truffles, caviar, and lobster are staples of their diet.

But the Windsors are surprisingly frugal, a former palace chef told Racked.

Carolyn Robb, who worked in the Kensington Palace kitchen from …

Caviar

David Gelb returns to food with 'Chef's Table' on Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — Filmmaker David Gelb, who directed the delectable "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," has landed back in the foodie world with a Netflix series covering the lives and cuisines of six top chefs.

Incorporating dramatic crescendos into soundtracks and interviews with parents, partners, mentors and …

Netflix

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Is Writing a Memoir

The book is currently untitled.

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa is working on a memoir. Matsuhisa is the chef behind the long-standing …

Robert De Niro

The 17 most sought-after beers in America

Drinking craft beer has become more than just a hobby — it's a conquest, especially when it comes to limited-edition beers that can be as scarce (and as alcoholic) as some wines.

Some of these beers have huge, cult-like followings, with release parties and wait lines that queue up 24 hours in …

Brewing

7 Healthiest Foods for Women

By Dana Leigh Smith

You want to lose weight and improve your health so you’ve made a point to add nutritious foods like fruits, veggies and whole …

Healthy Eating

The Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon

The history of the most iconic American whiskies isn’t always reflected in the names that appear on their labels.

There’s a fine art to creating a liquor brand. It involves convincing people to buy booze with stories crafted around popular notions of heritage and legacy. Today’s drinkers are …

Bourbon Whiskey