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10 Amazing Backpacking Adventures In Washington State

One of the best outdoor activities you can do in the summer is backpacking. It combines two of my favorite activities: hiking and camping. You get to …

Hiking

Why You Should Start Planning Your Trip to the San Juan Islands Now (Plus 7 Amazing Vacation Rentals)

Summer may be winding down, but the San Juan Islands are just about to hit their sweet spot.<p>A mecca for whale watching, wine tasting, hiking, and …

San Juan Island

7 Tips on Pitching Your Concept to Investors

<i>By Doug Radkey, Foodable Industry Expert</i><p>You’ve developed your restaurant concept plan, you’ve completed a feasibility study, and you’ve written a …

Investing

More than the Menu and Service: How Smaller Details Make for Bigger and Better Guest Experience

<i>By Brian Murphy, Foodable Industry Expert</i><p>Guests choose to spend their money at your establishment for a variety of reasons, and while that can be …

Dining Rooms

7 Excuses Mediocre Restaurants Hide Behind

Excuses. We all make them and we all use them. The problem arises when we hide behind them to escape the reality around us. That’s all an excuse …

The 6 Rules All Bourbons Must Follow

When Prohibition was enshrined in the constitution in 1920, the attack on the industry led to serious economic consequences; distilleries were closed …

Why You Really Need to Cancel Dinner Reservations If You Can't Make It

Between the apps, restaurant websites, and regular old phone calls, it’s easier than ever to make dinner reservations these days. But for whatever …

The Best Hikes in Montana’s Glacier National Park

1. Bowman Lake<p><b>Length:</b> 13.6 miles round-trip <b><br>Elevation gain:</b> 920 feet <b><br>Difficulty:</b> Moderate<p><b>Trailhead:</b> Bowman Lake Campground, near the boat launch.<p>Bowman …

Apple Just Released These Short iPhone X Photography Skills Videos and They're Pretty Damn Awesome

One of the largest segments of photography are those photographers that make use of a smartphone. Easily the most ubiquitous photo capturing device …

A Well-Traveled Couple Launch a Line of Sleek Homes on Wheels

The husband-and-wife duo behind Living Vehicle tell us the story behind the off-grid, mobile home that is shaking up the industry.<p>Santa Barbara, California–based architect Matthew Hofmann and his wife and business partner Joanna have been embracing the nomadic life for the past few years, residing …

Santa Barbara

The Definitive Guide to Visiting the Pacific Northwest

Get Soaked<p>(Ryan Creary/All Canada Photos/Alamy)<p>(Coldsmoke Apparel/Shayd Johnson)<p><b>Hot Springs Cove, British Columbia</b><p>Comprised of a half-dozen pools within 6,600-acre Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, Hot Springs Cove is nature’s way of telling us we’re loved. Most people visit as part of a …

Your Guide to Hikers' Favorite Places to Eat After a Hike — Washington Trails Association

As any outdoors-lover will attest, hiking (or for that matter, any outdoor adventure) and eating go hand-in-hand. Here in the Northwest, "hiker" is …

Healthy Japanese Recipes for Weeknights

Enjoy Japanese food in the comfort of your own home with these easy and delicious recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights. From soups and …

Healthy Eating

Why You Should Try Skiing's Hottest Trend

The calendar may say spring, but with the recent dumps of snow east and west, it’s definitely still ski season. If you already enjoy downhill skiing or snowboarding and want to try something else that’s fun, but with a little more workout, there’s cross-country skiing, which you may already do (and …

I Posted A Huge Note For The Thief Who Stole My Bike. Then My Doorbell Rang

Okay, it was a big note. Armed with yellow paint, I crafted an 8-by-3-foot cardboard sign and hung it across the entire front of my landlord's …

This Exercise Can Give You the Immune System of a 20-year-old, New Research Shows

Exercise, even in old age, is known to have a wide range of health benefits, from preventing disability to slowing memory decline. But a new study …

Here’s What a Barre Instructor Eats in a Day to Look (and Feel) Fabulous

Have you ever taken a workout class and been so fixated on the instructor’s next-level muscles that you lost track of how many reps you’ve done? Meet …

Did a Ski Boot Company Just Perfect the Hiking Boot?

Everyone who’s ever worn ski boots knows that they’re not exactly comfortable, in fact, when they fit <i>correctly</i> they’re often painful. That’s because …

Do These Things After 6 P.M. And Your Life Will Never Be The Same

Photo by Sasha Freemind on UnsplashThe time before you go to bed is golden, as it exists every single day, and it’s usually completely yours to …

Self-improvement

13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

Wonder what emotional intelligence looks like in everyday life? Here are 13 examples.<p>In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea--that an ability to understand and manage …

Emotional Intelligence

The Best Hiking Shoes and Boots

Every hiker and backpacker who has ever stomped lugs on dirt can tell the same sad story of painful blisters and bashed toes. In search of a solution, we evaluated 37 hiking shoes and boots that are new for spring 2018. The Tecnica Forge GTX ($250), the first-ever heat-moldable hiking boot, was a …

How Patagonia Grows Every Time It Amplifies Its Social Mission

CEO Rose Marcario, who leads the apparel player, a 2018 World’s Most Innovative Company, has catalyzed the shifting political tides to Patagonia’s benefit.<p>Rose Marcario struggled to sleep. It was November 9, 2016, just hours after Donald Trump had been elected president, and the CEO of Patagonia …

Is It Safe to Cook With Plastic Bags? And Other Sous Vide Questions, Explained

Food safety 101.<p>After we shared a ton of new sous vide recipes recently, one of the most common reader comments was about plastic bag safety. I hear you. I spent a year in college living with a host family in France, and on my first night, I walked to the stove to find a salmon filet in a plastic …

Everyone Will Love This Honey Garlic Butter Chicken

If you're like me and would rather wipe down your cast iron than clean a sheet pan (because parchment paper doesn't always cut it), then this recipe …

Cooking

Northbound on the John Muir Trail: Part I

The John Muir Trail is arguably the most beautiful and sought out trail of the Lower 48. The conventional route is heading SOBO from the northern …

Hiking

Drink These 5 Elixirs After a Big Meal to Aid Digestion and Boost Metabolism

It's a new year, and that means it's time to embrace the biggest health trends of the season. No longer is it enough to whip up a fruit and veggie …

29 Easy Weeknight Meals To Add To Your Rotation

January is the month of resolutions. After the holidays are over, we're apparently supposed to get our shit together start the new year off with …

Cooking

6 Morning Rituals to Adopt This Year

<i>Geri Hirsch, founder of Because I'm Addicted</i>, <i>is a proud California girl—born and raised in Los Angeles. After finishing business school and feeling</i> …

The 'Eat This Not That' Guide to the Keto Diet—What to Eat and What Not to Eat

The ketogenic diet can be dizzyingly complicated.<p>You want to load up on fats and protein, and keep your carb intake low—but all fats and proteins …

Nutrition