Claire Alcoba Miranda

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The secret to making great coffee revealed.

The first cup of coffee that 2012 U.S. Barista champion Katie Carguilo served tasted rich and flavorful to me, but it wasn’t up to Carguilo’s high …

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

Articles about 5 spacious san francisco homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

Any way you slice it, toast makes the most of any loaf.<p>A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.<p>I was in San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood a few days ago, and stopped by one of my favorite shops: Park Life, …

Get Psyched for the Just-Announced PlayStation 4 With Eight New Game Trailers

That sound you hear right now? It’s nerds everywhere celebrating the recent announcement that PlayStation 4 will be taking up sub-tree real estate in nerd-dwellings the world over this coming Christmas. Given the relative disappointment of last fall’s competitor Wii U, Sony has a lot riding on the …

What We’re Reading: Summer Edition

<i>Summer reading plans and aspirations from the New Yorker staff. This is the first of a two-part post.</i><p>Packing my bag for a week away, and here’s what’s going in it: Colm Tóibín’s irresistibly titled <b>“New Ways to Kill Your Mother</b>,” a book of literary essays, to enlighten me; the great Janet Malcolm’s …

Happiness Means Creativity: One Company’s Bet On Positive Psychology

Rather than just fix what’s ailing you, positive psychology looks to actively improve individual and organizational well-being. Here’s how Havas Worldwide is working to build a happier, more resilient–and ultimately more creative–workforce.<p>Cultivating a more positive outlook is a better way of …

How to Hang Pictures Like a Pro

Why you’ll share this story: The new science of memes

More and more of the things that set the internet on fire are of that species of charmingly moronic pairing of text and image that allows even the post-literate to feel like they have partaken of a shared cultural moment. And now, scientists are beginning to understand how the curiously addictive …

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What Makes a Work of Art Seem Dated?

Amidst a recent spate of travelling in Australia, I watched two films from that country, both released in the nineteen-seventies: Nicolas Roeg’s “Walkabout,” from 1971, and George Miller’s “Mad Max,” from 1979. I was struck by how much Roeg’s film felt of its time, and how little did Miller’s. It …

Summer Songs, Then and Now

As the summer settles in, summer music becomes more prominent. But what is summer music, exactly?<p>Some people would tell you that summer songs are any songs that mention the season in their title, whether overtly or by implication—songs that evoke the heat, freedom, and sensual possibility of this …

The Four-Year Career

Lessons from the new world of quicksilver work, where “career planning” is an oxymoron.<p><b>Adam Hasler looks like</b> a footloose millennial. He’s worked as a model, waited tables, and lived all over the world. But at 28, there’s more to his résumé than meets the eye.<p>He earned a dual degree in history and …

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