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18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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This Summer, Garden Like a Chef

Go beyond backyard mint this summer. For a garden that reads like a restaurant menu, try these six chef-approved plants.<p>Go beyond backyard mint and potted basil this summer. For a garden that reads more like a restaurant menu, try these six chef-approved plants. Want to get planting? You can find …

Gardening

Empathy Cards by Emily McDowell Express Genuine Concern While Making You Smile

We're great admirers of the hilariously honest (and sometimes awkward) greeting cards by Emily McDowell. Now, she's bringing that same truthful spunk to subjects that are tough to tackle. Specifically, what to say to someone who's dealing with serious health conditions like cancer, chronic illness, …

Empathy

15 Recipes That'll Show You How To Bake With Coconut Oil

Photo credit: Averie Cooks<p>There's a lot of buzz about coconut oil. It's touted as an amazing beauty product. It's found to be extremely useful around the house. But where it really does its best work is as an ingredient in the most irresistible baked goods your oven has even produced.<p>We're talking …

The Top 5 Regions To Visit In Spain

For many people, the first images of Spain are all about beautiful, but crowded beaches, bullfighting, and great paella. However, beaches represent only a small fraction of what Spain has to offer. Many people head there with specific interests in mind such as hiking, bird watching, going on a …

Expats Share Their Top 20 Tips for Moving Abroad

<i>By Nadia Imafidon</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock.com</i><p>There's nothing more exciting than packing up your life and buying a one-way ticket to a foreign land, right? OK, maybe <i>crazy</i> is the better word. But whether you've joined the Peace Corps, transferred to Jakarta, or just decided to backpack around Europe and …

Norwegian to include unlimited free drinks on Bahama cruises next year

Passengers on the Norwegian Sky sailing will receive all-you-can-drink beverages — including beer, wine and cocktails — at no extra charge starting next year.<p>Norwegian Cruise Line announced last week it would take an "all-inclusive" approach and provide an open bar for three- and four-day sailings …

Shipping

The Renowned Lentil Soup of Englouvi

I was born and raised on the island of Lefkada, on the western coast of Greece, amidst the turquoise-blue waters of the Ionian Sea. My memories are decorated by the luscious green olive groves that surround the town, by the vineyards that adorn the Lefkadian hills and, foremost, by the famed lentil …

Shibuya Honey Toast

Have you ever imagined what Hansel and Gretel's captor's house may have looked like if the lot were all Japanese animations? Howl's Moving Castle made of sugar and dough? My mind has certainly wandered here... And, I think that I may have the answer. This weekend, I traveled down the enchanted path …

How to Treat Your Nonstick Skillet Right

<i>By Anna Stockwell, Epicurious</i><p>A nonstick skillet can last a lifetime if you treat it right.<p>Got a new nonstick skillet? Great! Now you need to know how to care for it. Here's how to keep it performing at the top of its game, no matter what type of nonstick you own.<p>1. <b>Don't</b> let your nonstick skillet …

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler's life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding …

Cuba's Playa Paraiso Beach Named Among World's Best, Because Of COURSE Cuba Has A Secret Paradise

We can think of many reasons to go to Cuba -- it's not like we <i>needed</i> one of the best beaches on the planet to lure us there.<p>But hey, we'll take it if you're offering.<p>Playa Paraiso Beach, on Cuba's Cayo Largo, was recently crowned one of the top beaches in the world in TripAdvisor's annual …

6 Show-Stopping Hearty Winter Vegan Dishes

With the cold winter weather seemingly never ending, cravings for comfort food can be hard to ignore--but don't let your diet go into hibernation. We talked to chef, instructor and author Phoebe Lapine, who teaches cooking classes at The Institute of Culinary Education and Haven's Kitchen, for her …

Cooking Off the Cuff: Meatless Fried Rice, But With Something to Chew on

Vegetable fried rice is all very well, but most versions lack certain qualities that a handful of diced roast pork or duck - or something like ham or bacon - will add: points of intense flavor and chewiness as a contrast to the milder, softer rice and eggs. And, if you're using Chinese-style glazed …

Artichoke and Ricotta Dumplings with Preserved-Lemon Sauce

These delicate, artichoke-studded ricotta dumplings from Eric Ziebold are crisp on the outside and warm and cheesy in the center. They're excellent …

Street art, city views, coffee and markets: exploring Belleville, Paris’ hip northeastern neighbourhood

Once a patchwork of farms and windmills, Edith Piaf’s old stomping ground and a staunchly working-class <i>quartier</i> (neighbourhood) <i>,</i> brilliantly multicultural Belleville is now home to neobistros, coffee roasters and burgeoning art projects.<p>And with some of the city's best street art, panoramic views …

7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.<p><b>1. White Bean Ragout</b><p>A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main …

These Tiny Homes Can Be Built in a Day

Get in on the small space movement — without the wait.<p>As popular as it may seem, tiny house living is simply not for everyone. But for those who are brave enough to ditch the extra square footage and downsize, there's a new, appealing option on the market.<p>Designed by the Dutch architecture firm …

Living Rooms

Utah's French Oak Aged Beehive Gin

When Beehive Distilling opened its doors in August 2013, it became the first gin distillery in the state of Utah since 1870. After nearly a year of tweaking the recipe these first time spirit-makers released their inaugural batch in June 2014. Since, their Jack Rabbit iteration has reached much …

Alcohol

7 Oscar-Worthy Margaritas

Sunday isn't just notable for the 87th Academy Awards—it's also National Margarita Day!<p>Sunday isn't just notable for the 87th Academy Awards—it's …

Playful Handbags Create Optical Illusions of Cartoon Drawings

These playful handbags rolled out by designer Jump from Paper create clever optical illusions that make the accessories look like flat cartoon cutouts. The Taiwanese label uses exaggerated black piping and dramatic color blocks to achieve a brash, one-dimensional perspective.<p>From a distance, the …

Drawing

This Cauliflower Rice Recipe Represents Healthy Eating At Its Sneakiest

The past five decades have been witness to a great many interesting health food trends. They come and go like the changing tide. Most of the time we're happy when they go -- ahem, activated charcoal -- but in the case of cauliflower rice, we're so very happy that it's here.<p>Despite what it sounds …

Photography Exposure Basics

Exposure is the amount of light collected by the sensor in your camera during a single picture. If the shot is exposed too long the photograph will …

Landscape Photography

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

City of Love: romantic things to do in Paris

There is no escaping the romance of Paris. In the early 19th century Paris revelled in the artistic and literary liberation of Romanticism, yet this graceful city has always inspired love. It permeates through the city where loved-up couples laze in its manicured gardens, get intimate in candlelit …

Give your roller bag to charity, and receive credit for new luggage

Ever think of doing some good with your aging roller bag? Now you can.<p>A Case for Giving is a two-week program during which travelers can donate their "gently used" wheelies to charity and receive credit for a new one.<p>The program was launched Tuesday by luggage maker Briggs & Riley based in …

Santa Monica

7 Flower-Infused Beers That Are Better Than Flowers for Valentine’s Day

We're over giving flowers for Valentine’s Day. Instead, we prefer to gift our loved ones something they’ll actually like: beer.<p>We're over giving …

Lentil Walnut Tacos + Mid-Winter Margarita

<i>All week long, we're sharing Valentine's Day dinners for two -- grab your partner or your bestie, and make a meal worthy of your love.</i><p><i>Today: For the vegetarian and vegan lovebirds -- or for the laid-back duo.</i><p>A lot of things can come to mind when you picture a romantic dinner: candles, violin music, …

Vegan

Crystallized White Rose Cake

Growing up, Valentine’s Day was a non-event; it seemed a trivial, meaningless day fuelled by greedy company execs that mass produce measly boxed …