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Mortgage Limits May Increase

With home prices still climbing, baseline jumbo-mortgage thresholds may be raised for the first time in a decade<p>Jumbo mortgages for single-family residences exceed $417,000 in most parts of the country and $625,500 in high-price markets. But with home prices climbing back to prerecession peaks in …

Real Estate

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better on Alaska Cruises

For an unlikely mix of onboard comfort and onshore adventure, cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage the small-ship way<p>THERE IS NO HIKING trail to Lamplugh Glacier in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park. So our guide-led party of 10 used thickets of willow shrubs and berry bushes that sprout from the rock …

Hiking Trail

Uncorking the Perfect Long Weekend in California’s Anderson Valley

The wineries, restaurants and unspoiled landscapes of the pocket-size valley are a sip away from San Francisco<p>ASK LOCALS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S Anderson Valley what sets their sliver of a wine region apart from the more expansive and more popular haunts in the surrounding area, and they’ll tell …

Mendocino County

A Stress-Free Weekend in Antigua

Its angst-zapping beaches and smooth sailing—plus no shortage of rum creativity—make for an eminently manageable long Caribbean weekend.<p>ANTIGUA MAY HAVE gained independence from the U.K. in 1981, but this Caribbean gem still has an undeniable British vibe. Cricket is practically the national …

Caribbean

Why Small Cities Are the Best Places to Eat in America

You don’t have to travel to New York or San Francisco for first-rate food. Now, cities like Spokane, Omaha, Raleigh, Durham and Columbus are serving up similarly ambitious meals<p>NOT CURIOSITY, not caution, but anger and dismay: That’s what other New Yorkers expressed when I told them I was moving …

San Francisco

The Ultimate Bucket-List Travel Guide

The world’s top chefs, authors, actors and other globe-trotters—from Anne Rice to Ruth Reichl—share the places they’re dying to see before they die. Take note, then take off. Bon voyage!<p>By<p>Lauren Lipton<p><b>ROBIN ESROCK,</b> whose book “The Great Global Bucket List” will be published next year, has traveled …

Bucket Lists

The Smartest Way to Take a Vacation

Scientists study how to get the most benefits in health and well-being from a getaway<p>Should you take a brief vacation, or a weekslong excursion? Go somewhere new, or relax at the family beach house?<p>Psychologists and researchers have been studying how to create an ideal vacation that boosts our …

Study Skills

The Affordable Way to Sail to Mozambique’s Secret Island Paradise

The beaches of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Islands are a playground for the very rich, but chartering a local sailboat for day trips makes them a vacation destination almost anyone can afford<p>OF THE THREE BOATS anchored 10 miles off Mozambique’s southern coast, there could be little doubt which had …

Mozambique

Halibut in Harissa Bouillon With Olives and Meyer Lemon

This recipe for a perfectly pan-seared halibut fillet served in a spicy scarlet broth comes from chef Mourad Lahlou, of the Moroccan-inspired restaurant Aziza in San Francisco<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>AFTER 13 YEARS</b> at Aziza, broadening San Franciscans’ notions of what Moroccan cuisine can be, chef Mourad …

Recipes

A Recipe for Poached Salmon With Swiss Chard and Orange Hollandaise

Chef Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton of Ox in Portland, Ore., has found this quick and ingenious method for cooking salmon that tempers its fishy smell. With a side of sautéed Swiss chard and an orange hollandaise sauce, it’s become a weeknight recipe staple for her and her husband and co-chef, Greg …

Cooking

Josef Centeno’s Recipe for Spring Miso-Strone Soup

This Japanese-Italian fusion recipe from chef Josef Centeno of L.A.’s Orsa & Winston combines the tastiest elements of miso soup and minestrone in a bowl loaded with spring vegetables<p>AT FIRST GLANCE, you might not think Japanese and Italian cooking make a comfortable match. But Josef Centeno …

Cooking

Hooni Kim’s Recipe for Korean Noodles With Julienned Vegetables

Japchae is a simple and tasty Korean dish of springy sweet-potato noodles and julienned vegetables. This brightly flavored, light and luscious version from chef Hooni Kim of Manhattan’s Danji and Hanjan comes together in under 20 minutes<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>MEATY. BRAWNY. BLAZING HOT.</b> That’s Korean …

Recipes

Mourad Lahlou’s Recipe for Vegetable Tagine With Poached Eggs and Herbs

This healthy stew of vegetables topped with poached eggs may just be the ultimate New Year’s resolution food. Chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza in San Francisco has streamlined his recipe to make it quick and easy but no less soulful and satisfying<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>“MOST PEOPLE</b> in Morocco have a diet that …

Recipes

Kin Khao’s Recipe for Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad

Loaded with vegetables, herbs and chicken, this summery noodle salad, a staff favorite at San Francisco’s Kin Khao, has an addictive dressing of lime, savory fish sauce and chilies. Better still, the recipe comes together in minutes<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>LONG BEFORE</b> Mike Gaines and Pim Techamuanvivit …

Recipes

Kin Khao’s Recipe for Burnt Eggplant With Toasted Coconut and Herbs

This recipe for charred eggplant tossed with toasted coconut and herbs, a summer standby at Kin Khao in San Francisco, makes a satisfying vegetarian meal<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>“I LIKE TO SERVE</b> vegetarian dishes that you can really bite into,” said Pim Techamuanvivit. There’s plenty of chomp in this …

Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Recipe for Spring Pea Soup With Mint

Fresh mint brings a pleasant edge to a soup of sweet spring peas in this recipe from chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of Manhattan’s Wallsé<p>NO ASSUMPTION ABOUT Austrian food galls Kurt Gutenbrunner more than the one that says it’s all heavy and stodgy. Visitors to his Manhattan restaurants find something …

Vegetable Gardens

Josef Centeno’s Recipe for Chicken and Pea Enchiladas

With a filling of shredded chicken, tender peas, fresh mint and queso fresco, this recipe from L.A. chef Josef Centeno is a far cry from the heavily sauced, cheese-smothered enchiladas you might expect. Light yet satisfying, it’s an ideal early-spring meal<p>FOR TEXAS-BORN chef Josef Centeno, the …

Cooking

Isaac McHale’s Recipe for Parsnip and Barley Risotto

From London’s Clove Club comes this recipe for a creamy, comforting risotto made with parsnips and pearl barley. It works equally well as a cold-weather weeknight supper and a holiday side dish<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>“PARSNIPS</b> are the vegetable you serve with Christmas dinner. But it’s nice to think of …

Recipes

Tomato and Stone-Fruit Panzanella With Burrata

In this easy summer salad recipe from New York chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone, crisp croutons soak up the sweet juices of ripe tomatoes and peaches, and a dollop of creamy burrata makes it a meal<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>A GREAT PANZANELLA</b>—Tuscany’s beloved bread salad—captures the essence of …

Chef Mike Lata’s Recipe for Root-Vegetable Pasta Carbonara

A luscious purée of parsnip and celery root both lightens up and boosts the flavor of this pasta carbonara—a quick and satisfying winter weeknight recipe—from chef Mike Lata of Charleston’s FIG and the Ordinary<p>By<p>Kitty Greenwald<p><b>IT’S HARD TO</b> imagine that anyone counting carbs or cholesterol would opt …

Italian Food

The Restaurant Reserve Wine List: Relic, Rip-off or Reward?

Are those leather-bound tomes—the secondary, pricey reserve list that is the province of the chosen few—helpful, or just an excuse for outrageous markups?<p>By<p>Lettie Teague<p>Lettie Teague<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Lettie.Teague@wsj.com<p><b>“EVERY TIME I</b> see a reserve wine list I think ‘If you really …

How Dare You Say That! The Evolution of Profanity

From ‘Odsbodikins’ to ‘belly,’ the banned words of our ancestors look as bizarre today as tribal rituals<p>At street level and in popular culture, Americans are freer with profanity now than ever before—or so it might seem to judge by how often people throw around the “F-bomb” or use a certain S-word …

South Park

The Magic of Tidying Up—Digitally

Applying Marie Kondo’s organizing philosophy to the smartphone<p>By<p>Christopher Mims<p>Christopher Mims<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mims<p>christophermims<p>christopher.mims@wsj.com<p>One day, when cleaning my home using Marie Kondo’s method for organizing your stuff, I found myself wondering whether her …

University of California

Beyond Red, White and Rosé: Wine Color Decoded

Much can be gleaned from a glance at a wine, including its age, texture, alcohol level and sometimes grape varietal. You’ll never look at a glass of wine the same way<p>By<p>Lettie Teague<p>Lettie Teague<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Lettie.Teague@wsj.com<p><b>IN THE 2006 MOVIE</b> “Local Color,” a great but …

Time I

Save Money With Smaller Jumbos

Government-backed jumbo loans can be cheaper and easier to get than jumbos that exceed the $625,500 federal limit<p>Home buyers trying to purchase a pricey property will probably need a jumbo loan—a mortgage that exceeds government limits. But there are different types of jumbos, and some are a little …

Savemoney

Exploring the Azores

Exploring the Azores: Hiking, biking, surfing and whale-watching in a ‘Jurassic Park’ landscape untouched by tourist crowds—the Portuguese islands of the Azores offer the perfect high-energy escape<p>I ALWAYS THOUGHT that if I wanted an adrenaline-fueled getaway with a Lord of the Rings-worthy …

Hot Springs

Vacation on a Vermont Farm, a Uniquely American Tradition

Spend a restorative night (or two) on a Vermont farm, a getaway whose roots go back decades. What’s different today: You just might attend a chamber music performance in a dairy barn<p>Liberty Hill is a conventional dairy farm that milks 100 cows a day, set on 240 acres along the banks of the White …

Into Canoeing? Try It on an African River Safari

Why tour Botswana in a 4x4 when paddling a canoe or kayak on one of its rivers can get you nose to nose with nature?<p><b>BUG’S EYE VIEW</b> | Sunrise on Botswana’s Okavango Delta<p>Sophy Roberts for The Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sophy Roberts<p><b>FIRST CAME THE BITE</b> of the African dawn in winter nipping at my …

Summer Travel Secrets of Fashion Insiders

Four players in the style industry open their black books on their favorite summer getaways from the Cotswolds to Cap d’Antibes. Where to stay, what to do and how to dress<p>Alexander Gilkes<p><i>Co-founder of online auctioneer, Paddle8</i><p><b>Destination:</b> The Cotswolds in the U.K.<p><b>Reason to go:</b> Mr. Gilkes extols …

The Growing Perks of Premium Economy

Better food and better room in the space between business class and coach; champagne is available, but not the fancy stuff<p>Los Angeles<p>It’s time to think of premium economy as a regular class of airline service alongside coach, first and business.<p>Premium economy seats come with better meals and more …

Los Angeles