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The definitive glossary of wine tasting terms

For those who identify with the latter, this glossary of wine tasting terms will get your vocabulary off to a roaring start. The list is a group effort by some of our favorite sommeliers and winemakers, all of whom are photographed below, plus Business Insider's own Matthew DeBord, author of "Wine …

Wine

10 of the greatest bars in the US, according to insiders

We tapped mixologists, bartenders, cocktail kingpins, and professional drinkers to find out—and their picks include upscale drinking dens and gritty dive bars, places with world-class cocktail menus or a vibe that just keeps you coming back every Thursday.<p>Read on for our list of the greatest bars.

Yes, You Can Pickle That: How to Make the Quickest, Easiest Homemade Pickles

Think of these quick pickles as the gateway to all things preserved.<p><i>When summer comes around, we try to find ways to make it last forever. So every day this week, we'll bring you a new guide to preserving the season's best herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Today: Pickles!</i><p>Think of crunchy, tangy, …

Food Preservation

9 genius bar hacks and tips everyone should know

Knowing how to drink at a bar goes far beyond just knowing what to order. Similarly, making a good cocktail at home requires more than just knowing the ingredients. From technique to terminology, these tips will help you look like an expert in the bar area.<p>If you're getting wasted with shots, well, …

7 unsung American delicacies that don't get enough credit

When you go to New York City, the first thing everyone asks is whether you've eaten a slice of pizza. When you go to Philadelphia, everyone expects …

The Hottest Restaurants in Portland, Maine

Maine Lobster Shacks

Two Shanghainese seafood fanatics and an allergic driver. We plied the route between Portland, Maine and Acadia National Park with a stop at the …

24 Hours In Portland

Shares 365<p>Portland has an outstanding reputation for being a culinary destination. No, not that Portland, the other Portland. You know, the one in …

New England

Portland's 10 Best Food Carts That Are Not To Be Missed

We started this trend. We set the standards. We wrote the book. Okay, maybe I'm a bit hyperbolic. Street food was not invented in Portland, but damn …

Beyond craft brews: Just like foodies, beer geeks go local

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer — much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale.<p>Jeremy Ritz didn't get the beer he wanted on a recent day because …

potato scallion and kale cakes

What makes a recipe great? In my head, there’s a list of ten things and eight of them are different ways of saying the first one, which is “It works.”<p>…

Feel healthier! 9 tasty spring fruits & vegetables you should get on your plate

Are you sick of spring cleaning yet? Tired of purging items that no longer serve you? Sure, spring is about new beginnings and starting fresh but who says you need clean out your entire kitchen cabinet and overhaul your diet to feel refreshed at the start of a new season?<p>Rather than worry about …

Healthy Eating

Life hacks: things you didn't know you could do with a microwave

Need to revive stale bread or peel a butternut squash? The microwave can help<p><b>Revive stale bread</b><p>Want to make a sandwich, but your bread has gone stale? Don’t throw it away. Wrap the bread in a moist tea towel, or piece of dampened kitchen roll, and heat it in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. …

Hacking

5 No-Brainer Ways to Use That Last Inch of Stock Hanging in Your Fridge

How to use up that last inch or so of veggie or chicken stock you have hanging around in your fridge.<p>Why is it that, no matter what we cook, we always have an inch or so of stock left over? Whether you buy the boxed variety or make your own, there's always just a little more than you need. It's …

Cooking

65 Pastry Recipes You Should Absolutely Make for Breakfast

From blueberry muffins to maple syrup doughnuts, these pastry recipes are most definitely worth it (and make a great breakfast!).<p><b>We get it: You had a rough week.</b> You've been working hard. You need some damn sugar, butter, or both. We've got the solution: Make some pastries. Eat said pastries for …

Breakfast

50+ Easy Recipes for Ground Beef Dinners

These dinner recipes are easy to make and easy to eat!<p>With a variety of easy and delicious ways to cook it, beef is what's for lunch and dinner.

Uganda finds body thought to be of Lord’s Resistance Army deputy

Uganda is conducting DNA tests to determine whether a body discovered is that of the wanted deputy of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.<p>Army spokesman Paddy Ankunda said what was believed to be the grave of Okot Odhiambo, the number-two of the LRA leader, Joseph Kony, had been found – although …

Africa

Best things to do in New York City this January

January is the month when, without the distractions of the holidays, winter finally gets real. City dwellers stay in and recuperate from December’s excesses (or head to the gym; don’t try to drop in at a yoga studio this month!), so the events calendar is a little light. If a big snowstorm sweeps …

12 Boozy Tea Drinks to Toast the Return of Downton Abbey

For so long our lives have been devoid of lords, ladies, drop-waisted dresses and dowager countesses. That will all be remedied soon. This Sunday …

9 of the best trips for under £1,000

These incredible trips cost less than £1,000 (or US$1,590 / €1,280 / AUD$1,840) – and they pack in real bang for your buck. Who said travel had to …

Sri Lanka

How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Paris

By Lily Heise, Condé Nast Traveler<p><b>How to greet someone:</b><p>Start off on the right foot by greeting people with "bonjour" (hello). It's not only polite to do when you're introduced directly to someone, but also when you go into a shop, when you're first approached by a waiter at a restaurant, even when …

New Rooftopping Show in Paris Will Make Your Heart Stop

Ready for a show like no other? Friend and famous rooftopper Tom Ryaboi has assembled an A-list team of fellow daredevil skyscraper climbers from around the world in an exhibition that will be one for the books. From January 16 to January 21, head to the top of the Publicis Groupe Headquarters on …

France

Step Inside The Macabre & Sinister Nightclubs Of 1920's Paris

Since the dawn of time, man has always been mesmerized with the dark side of nature. The realm of the supernatural, of the unknown, where nefarious …

Montmartre Neighborhood Photo Gallery

01 of 17<p>Montmartre Village Atmosphere<p>Montmartre, a neighborhood located at the summit of Paris, is one of the city's most poetry-drenched spots. The …

Best Movie Theaters and Cinemas in Paris

01 of 06<p>The Cinémathèque Francaise is a high institution in the Paris film world. The 70-year-old film center recently moved out of cramped quarters …

The 12 Worst Things To Do In Paris

<b>1. Going to the Champs-Élysées</b><p>Beloved by hordes of prattling foreign teenagers, Parisian are careful to avoid this thoroughfare - and with good reason. Full of international chains and overpriced restaurants selling dreadful food, as well as car show rooms and the Paris headquarters of Iran Air, it …

Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

What Not to Do in Paris

Feeling like you're being judged by locals every time you visit Paris? You're probably right. But know this: Every time a Parisian shoots you a dirty look for talking too loudly or wearing shorts to dinner, they are doing you -- and everyone else who loves Paris -- a favor. Of the three …