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Your Love Of Quinoa Is Good News For Andean Farmers

Quinoa lovers have been put on a bit of a guilt trip with stories suggesting that the increased demand in the U.S. has put the superfood out of reach for those living closest to where it's grown.<p>How can poor Bolivians in La Paz afford to pay three times more for quinoa than they would pay for rice, …

The Only Thing to Put on Your Steak

<i>Published in the February 2013 issue</i><p><i>Chef Adam Sobel, Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.</i><p><b>Making a sauce in the pan</b> you just used to cook whatever the sauce will cover — in this case, a beautiful steak — is all about perception. It looks (and tastes) like it takes more time and training than it actually …

Cooking

Step Up Your Cooking With Harvard's Help

<b>File this one under</b> your "Reasons We Wish We Had Gone to Harvard" list. It has recently come to our attention that the storied university's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and holds a lecture series in the fall on food and cooking — not just the rote preparation or the recipes — but the …

Seasonal Food

How to Eat Ramen Like a Man

<b>There's a right and a wrong way</b> to eat everything. However — for the 90-second span of this Korean ad — let's throw etiquette out the window and just enjoy how it proves us that the consumption of ramen noodles can be a profoundly testosterone-fueled practice. Thanks to this, college students …

Japan

The Secret to Slow-Poaching the Perfect Egg: Seven Degrees of Separation

<b>How do you like your eggs?</b> Perhaps one of the most-frequently asked questions when it comes to food, whether you're out to brunch or cooking at home, especially if it's the morning after. Scrambled? Sunny-side up? Over easy? How about slow poached to precisely 63 degrees? That's how Chef Lonnie …

Breakfast

The Dark Side of Quinoa

<b>Quinoa, the "miracle grain of the Andes,"</b> is now too expensive for the poor Andes residents who have traditionally relied on it as a staple of their diet. Low in carbohydrates and high in protein, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) has become increasingly popular with the First World health-conscious set. …

Agriculture

Floriane de Saint Pierre: Paris Matchmaker

<b>The Woman for the Job</b><br>Her name might sound like a character from a 19th-­century French novel, but to fashion insiders, Floriane de Saint Pierre is the stuff of legend, not fiction. The industry’s matchmaker par excellence (a headhunter, in other words, though she’s too chic for such a title), de …

The 8 Cheapest Destinations In Europe

The continent has plenty on offer that won't break your bank account, but you have to know where to look.<p>If you're strapped for cash and want the best bang for your buck, here are 8 of the best value destinations in Europe.<p>Note: The prices listed here are approximate and may fluctuate considerably …

European Travel

What Not To Do When You Visit New York City

<b>1. Don't… visit MOMA or The Met.</b><p>I don't have anything against either of these museums. I used to be a card-carrying member of MOMA and I'm planning to check out their new exhibit, "Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront."<p>It's just that a visit to MOMA will set you back $20 (unless you …

National Parks

How Did Dropbox Scale To 175M Users? A Former Engineer Details The Early Days

Ladies and Gentlemen, we interrupt our normal programming about crazy entrepreneurs and even crazier VCs to bring you a little learning from the world of Engineering. Remember that? Recently Dropbox was in the news for revealing they’d hit 175 million users, and daring to say they could replace the …

7 Ways to Recover From a Sunburn

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p>Blue …

Desert Hotels and Resorts Slash Rates by 70 Percent Each Summer

Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert.<p>Once the …

Tongariro Crossing, in Photos

If you manage to only do one hike during your visit to New Zealand, make sure it is the Tongariro Crossing on the North Island. It is considered New …

Top 10 glamorous A-list destinations

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous on your next trip? Unfortunately for any aspiring celeb-spotter, those celebs are stealthy types and really aren't interested in being spotted, so while some getaway locales never change, new under-the-radar destinations keep popping up around the …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

Library Studies

13 American Airports Where It Takes Forever To Get Through Customs

If you had arrived in JFK Terminal 4 during the busiest hours from overseas a year earlier, in May 2012, your wait time would have been 24 minutes less, at just under 70 minutes.<p>After getting off a lengthy flight, anxious to get into the city or onto begin the next stage of your journey, these …

Delta Airlines

Behind the Shot: Kayaking Over Waterfalls in the Amazon

On a seven-week trip from northern Brazil to Guyana and Venezuela, kayakers <b>Chris Korbulic,</b> <b>Ben Stookesberry,</b> and <b>Pedro Oliva</b> sought out the best waterfalls and rapids in the Tepui landscape. Their first stop on the trip led to the first, and best trip photo at the waterfalls of Santuario in the …

Landscape Photography

5 Health Foods That Aren’t So Healthy

<i>Dr. Frank Lipman is an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in NYC. In his new monthly column for</i> …

The 25 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2013

With help from Glassdoor.com, we've put together a list of the 25 tech companies whose own employees rate them most highly.<p>The reviewers account for culture, lifestyle, and what you can learn while working there.<p>All the reviews and ratings taken into account are from the past 12 months, and only …

The Workplace

National Geographic Travel

Everything You Need To Know About Rental Car Insurance

Renting a car? Buying the over-the-counter insurance that rental car companies sell could be the dumbest move you've made all day. That is, unless it's the smartest.<p>The question is, are you covered? Too many travelers have no idea, and it's in that cone of uncertainty that the rental car companies …

It's 5 o'Clock Somewhere: America's Best Swim-up Bars

What's better than lounging in a pool? Booze. What's better than booze? Lounging in a pool with booze.<p>Ah, vacation. After a long, difficult day of shopping, arduous spa treatments, exhausting sunbathing and strenuous sight-seeing, you'll probably need a drink (<i>relaxing is hard work, after all!</i>). …