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24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

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One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

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A broke-ass guide to drinking in Tokyo

The nighttime lights in Tokyo are overwhelming. Billions of bright bulbs and bulletins begging for your attention, yearning for your yen. You think: ‘With all this brilliance, the rumors must be true: this must be the most expensive city on Earth. How else could they afford their electricity …

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Celebrating 50 years of Japan's Shinkansen 'bullet train'

It wasn’t the world’s first high-speed train, but when the Shinkansen debuted in 1964, its sleek, futuristic design and to-the-second punctuality resulted in it being coined ‘the bullet train’, making Japan’s railways the envy of the world.<p>Half a century later, travelling Japan by rail remains a …

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Japan's top 10 culinary locations

Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as <i>washoku</i> – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured. A journey around Japan reveals the wisdom of Unesco’s decision: every corner of the …

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A no-sushi guide to food in Japan

You're in Japan. You've eaten more sushi in two days than you have in your whole life and you feel like you consist entirely of raw fish. It's time to try out these spectacular Japanese culinary classics, without a shred of sashimi in sight.<p><b>Tempura</b><p>If your only experience of tempura is …

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38 Tofu Recipes: Stir-Fries, Stews, Dips, and More

A collection of great tofu recipes, from stews and stir-fries to dips, on the grill, and in beignets<p><b>We love tofu. There, we said it.</b> (Again.) Bean curd—whether bouncy firm, dribblingly soft, or somewhere in between—is a versatile, healthy, and, dare we say, flavorful ingredient. Make the most of it …

Goodbye winter blues! Make this feel-good soup in three simple steps: http://thekitc.hn/1egGXoT via Refinery29

From Banana Muffins to Banana Pancakes: 8 Delicious Ways to Use Up Old Bananas

<b>1. Chai Spiced Banana Bread</b><p>This sophisticated banana bread is subtly infused with warm chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Banana Pudding Parfaits</b><p>Banana Pudding is an old-fashioned Southern dessert traditionally made with layers of Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding …

Japan 101: Cities, Temples & the Great Outdoors

Japan may be a smaller country, but in this archipelago of 6,852 islands, there’s no shortage of urban delights and natural sights, with enough …

Reality Check: Ramen Burger at Lotteria in Japan

We've given you a preview of Lotteria's Ramen Burger, and even shown you how a guy ate one with ten extra portions of ramen. Now it's time for a review.<p><b>Lotteria</b> is a fast-food chain in Japan (with other outlets in East Asia) serving up its special <b>Ramen Burger</b> for a limited run, just until mid-June. …

The Napoli Panda Burger, a Spaghetti-topped Burger from Lotteria Japan

What do pandas have to do with spaghetti? Nothing. Until Lotteria in Japan released this limited edition, Italian-themed Napoli Panda Burger only available at their somewhat Italian-themed L'Ueno food court in Tokyo's Ueno Park, famous for its zoo's pandas. Italian-themed food court + Lotteria + …

Snapshots from Japan: The Tokyo Cocktail Scene

Watching top bartenders in Tokyo, I think of the Japanese tea ceremony, with its elaborate details and rules. Both reflect what Japanese call <i>kodawari</i>, which translates roughly to a striving for unreachable perfection achieved through relentless practice, repetition, and extreme attention to …

Snapshots from Japan: A Fish-Forward Breakfast at Kuoues in Tokyo

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Visit Japan, and you can conveniently start your day with fried dough from Mister Donut (pronounced "Mis-tah Do-nut-su") or <i>onigiri</i> (filled rice "balls") from 7-11 or another <i>konbini</i> (convenience store). But I …

What the Hell Is Filipino Food? Here Are the 7 Dishes You Need to Know

Ramen is losing track of its roots. Thai and Chinese foods are sooooo old news (no, seriously, you might want to throw those leftovers away). As the U.S. looks for its new East Asian food obsession, signs are pointing to a boom in Filipino food, <b>a melting pot cuisine that takes elements of Chinese</b> …

Executive Editor Faith Durand's favorite healthy work lunch? A delicious kale & quinoa salad with dates, almonds, and citrus dressing: http://thekitc.hn/1mRQkQF

Sunday Supper: Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>Technically, you could just put the meat, un-browned, in the slow cooker. But... don't: taking time to brown it helps to build flavor. The same goes for …

3 Perfect Tokyo and Kyoto Itineraries

While there are countless worthwhile tourist destinations spread throughout Japan, like Osaka, Hiroshima, and Mount Fuji, most travelers only have …

50 Recipe Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Epic moussaka, layers of lasagna, tamales, soup dumplings, and more recipes that are worth the work.<p>Are you counting down to the weekend and/or a nice long break from work? You're probably planning on going to a museum, cleaning your house, or catching up on your favorite TV shows. But why not …

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Chicken Soup for the Chilly Soul: 20 Comforting, Warm Recipes

Try one of these comforting chicken soups, from classic chicken noodle to khao soi.<p><b>Like sweaters, chicken soup is a warm, wintry comfort.</b> Chicken soup, however, is infinitely tastier. Check out our wildly different takes on chicken soup in the slideshow, and decide which style you're going for …

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How to Make Granola Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: You don't need a recipe to make a homemade granola that puts the boxed ones in your cupboard to shame.</i> …

Slow Cooker Recipes: 20 Warming Soups for a Frosty Day

Ah, winter. It's bliss-sparkling ice-covered trees abound, making us long for warm places to curl up inside, and sip on warm liquids. It's time to grab your slow cooker and pour in the ingredients to craft a steamy slow cooked concoction that will warm up your dinner table tonight. Try one of our …

12 Ways You'll Actually Enjoy Eating More Greens In 2014

With a spoonful of pancetta, the medicine goes down.

The Only Chicken Soup Recipe You'll Ever Need

It's soup season, and we're all in need of a good recipe or two. Whether it's to fight off that persistent cold or just to make you feel better after a hard day, chicken soup is what you need. You could spend hours looking online to find the perfect recipe that'll warm your belly during these …

Cooking Off the Cuff: The Best Irish Stew -- Simple, Basic, Satisfying

The pleasure of a beautiful snowfall followed by a couple of brilliantly sunny sub-freezing days has given way to stay-at-home inertia: It is damp and gray and chilly outside. But indoors it is cozy, and the whole apartment smells of dinner: among the simplest of cold-weather dinners, too, and a …

9 Filipino Dishes You Need to Know

Asian-Style Dumpling Soup To Keep You Warm This Winter

Photo: Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen.<p><i>America's Test Kitchen — a real, 2,500-square-foot test kitchen just outside of Boston — is home to more</i> …