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The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …

Hiking

29 ways to jumpstart your creativity (video)

I KEEP MYSELF creative through repetition — I force myself to write every day until it becomes a natural habit. It’s not always easy however; I …

If You Only Have a Weekend in Chicago, Do This, Eat Here and Don't Go to Bed Early

When you only have one weekend to explore a new city, it's important to make every moment count -- but at the same time, you don't want to run yourself ragged. So when you have just 48 hours in Chicago, let this be your guide to a fun-filled (and delicious!) weekend.<p><b>Friday:</b> Assuming you arrive in …

19 Totally Canadian Things That No Other Country Will Ever Have

We hate to tell you this, but you've been underestimating Canada all your life.<p>You've never thought to book a trip there, because you've fallen for more "culturally rich" places like Europe and more "exotic" places like South America.<p>Well you know what? We maple-leaf-lovers like it that way, …

Naansense

<b>Tasting notes by Esther Castillejo</b><p>The name may be cutesy, but at Naansense, which opened in January, a group of experienced chefs are serving fun, …

This Is The Prettiest Beach In Greece, Which Basically Makes It The Prettiest In The World

We know, we know. You're thinking to yourself, "Come on, guys, another pretty beach?" And we totally understand but look. at. this:<p>Navagio has been called the prettiest beach in all of Greece, which, if we can all agree is one of the prettiest places in all the world, then this beach is the …

When is the best time to visit US and Canada's National Parks?

When is the best time to visit the National Parks of the US and Canada? You might think the answer would be one of the summer months. But when we looked at the 'best time to go' picks by Lonely Planet guidebook authors for the most visited and best-known parks in the US and Canada and stacked them …

National Parks

Live Blogging the Lean Transformation Summit, Day 2

<b>The World is Too Much With Us (6PM)</b><p>Just a few last thoughts upon departing from this excellent summit.<p>The Food Bank of New York City story was an …

Trending: Sherry cocktails

Photograph: Jason LittleFino: The light, dry sherry has nutty notes and Mendez says it can take the place of an aperitif wine at the table. …

in Food onFeb 26, 2014 2:10 pm

<i>Chicago has strong and deep connections to Greek culture. The earliest Greek immigrants arrived in the 1840s and today Halsted Street's Greektown is</i> …

Green Chicago

Drink This Now: Boulevard Brewing’s Chocolate Ale

How do you make a chocolate beer? “Well, you start by cornering a chocolatier...”<p>That’s how brewmaster Steven Pauwels describes, in his slight …

29 Spectacular Images of Carnival and Amusement Park Rides

Effective Leaders Tackle Challenges Systematically

Ideally a portion of everyone's work day involves striving for something meaningful that we call a "challenge." In business, a challenge typically …

Drink This Now: Pipeworks’ One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno

A little more than a year ago, Pipeworks Brewing Co. was named Best New Brewery in the World by Ratebeer, an announcement the Chicago beer world …

in Food onFeb 12, 2014 2:30 pm

<i>In the no man's land between midnight and sunrise one can always rely on diners to fill up on food. But diners are a dime a dozen and often too</i> …

5 places to warm up with hot chocolate

BomboBar<p>The most Instagram-worthy hot chocolate in the city can be found at this walkup window in the West Loop. Sure, you can order a basic cup of …

Hot Chocolate

in Best Of onFeb 5, 2014 4:00 pm

<i>We love all forms of pasta year round, but we seriously crave a big bowl of warm carb goodness come winter to help aid the chill in our bones. And we</i> …

Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Piece collaborate on a special pizza

Forget the Olympics or the Super Bowl—February's best team effort is clearly going to be Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Piece's honey butter fried …

The most romantic restaurants in Chicago

1<p>Restaurants, Contemporary American<p>Elske<p>When the name of the restaurant translates to “love,” you can expect plenty of romantic feels. So is the case …

Dining Rooms

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

France

Secret Swirl Wine Bar Project Finally Opening Today

Grid View<p>Celeste<p>About three years ago, new ownership bought the historic three-story building at 111 W. Hubbard. <b>The fruits of those three years will finally be unveiled today</b>, according to a press release.<p>Even though today is opening day, ownership is still keeping much of the concept a secret, …

Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica

Renting a car in Costa Rica is costly and can even be dangerous if you're not prepared for what's to come. It’s also ridiculously good fun. Some of the most interesting, little-explored destinations are only accessible by car, and for the adventurous traveler, there’s simply no substitute for the …

Central America

U.S. Tours of Cuba Changing Travelers' Opinions on Blockaded Country

When President Barack Obama reinstated “people-to-people” travel to Cuba in 2011, the idea was that visiting Americans would act as cultural …

Exploring the quiet side of California Wine Country

Blooming orchards under azure skies, vivid mustard flowers beneath budding vines, and rocky hillsides wrapped in fingers of fog – it’s no wonder California’s Wine Country receives millions of annual visitors. With its mild Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil, Napa and Sonoma Valleys seem …

Wine

Scotch Whisky: A Complete Beginner's Guide

Drinking scotch whisky for the first time can be intimidating. Aside from the famously smoky flavor and burn, scotch presents those new to the drink …

Best Chinese restaurants in Chicago

1<p>The chef at this ornate dinner and dim sum spot, Xi Xin Lin, has a mystical way with creamy egg-yolk buns, delicate free-form dumplings stuffed with …

Where to Find the Perfect Croissants in Paris

As dawn breaks in Paris, doughy smells permeate the air, and locals line up at neighborhood <i>boulangeries</i> for freshly baked croissants to enjoy alongside their morning coffee–and as an afternoon <i>goûter</i>, or snack.<p>These yeast-leavened pastries from Vienna—known there as <i>viennoiserie</i>s—reportedly arrived …

Craft Cocktail Bar G & O Set To Open Mid-February

<b>Aberdeen Tap</b> co-owner Chris Mitchell is close to opening a new project, <b>G & O</b> (named after the street intersections it resides on – Grand and Ogden Avenues), a craft cocktail bar in the space that was formerly Clutch. G & O, which is mere blocks from Aberdeen Tap, is hoping to be open by February …

Certified Open

<b>Chef's Burger Bistro</b>, a new burger-focused all-day spot, opened today at 164 E. Grand. The restaurant serves a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, omelets, shakes, and a "donut breakfast menu" inside the large former Boston Blackie's space. [EaterWire] (photo)