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72 Hours in New Orleans

Food, booze and music is the universal equation for a good time, and the Crescent City mastered it centuries ago. Wedged in by the tail of the mighty …

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10 travel destinations trending this summer

The results are based on the most-searched places, with major music events, art festivals, and sporting competitions driving demand.<p>From Reykjavik, Iceland, to Hyderabad, India, here's where everyone wants to travel this summer.

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The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

Luxury getaways for (much) younger travelers

Get used to hearing babies crying in First Class or seeing toddlers at the check-in desk at high-end hotels.<p>From perks like organic baby food and child-sized bathrobes to larger hotel suites and more kid-focused activities, the luxury travel market is catering to much younger travelers.<p>In the past …

8 Hip Chain Hotels You've (Probably) Never Heard Of -- But Will Love

Chain hotels often get a bad rap. Admittedly, some of them, with uninspired beige decor, industrial carpeting and airline-quality breakfasts, have …

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It's time for a medical marijuana revolution

<i>Dr. Sanjay Gupta puts medical marijuana under the microscope again with "Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution</i><i>" at 9 p.m. ET Monday on CNN, followed by "High Profits</i><i>" at 10 p.m., a CNN Original Series exploring the business of legal, recreational cannabis in Breckenridge, Colorado.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b><p>I see signs of …

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The real best souvenirs to bring home from 19 countries around the world

Travelers always want to bring home something that will remind them of their trip — but many often get stuck buying cheap knick knacks from tourist traps.<p>To avoid getting something you'll only throw away in a few months, we've rounded up a list of some authentic items you should buy when …

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10 Adventurous Digs That Totally Beat A Hotel Room

<b>By Hannah Martin for Architectural Digest.</b><p>Make your next trip something truly out of the ordinary with our roundup of offbeat travel accommodations, including tepees in Texas and tree houses in Sweden.<p><i>(photo: Nick Simonite)</i><p>El Cosmico, a quirky campground in the desert of Marfa, Texas, offers a …

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Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe<p>Prep time<p>15 mins<p>Cook time<p>12 mins<p>Total time<p>27 mins<p>Updated version of one of my favorite chocolate …

Wedding Makeup How-To: Radiant Glowy Skin and Foundation

1. Mix Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Hydrating to create an even canvas for your foundation.<p>2. Even out your skin tone with Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.<p>3. Apply Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in …

How to Book Two Trips for the Price of One

<i>digital cat / Flickr</i><p>One of the best arguments for using miles instead of cash to book your flights is that the routing rules are so much more flexible for award travel. Many loyalty programs allow you to add connections, stopovers and open jaws to your itinerary -- meaning you can combine multiple …

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Bora Bora beyond the beach

Bora Bora is world-famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon, dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach and luxurious resorts. With such a dreamlike setting, this magical island is, unsurprisingly, a great spot to decompress. But there’s much more to do than simply sipping a cocktail on your chaise. …

The Coolest Hotel in Every State (and DC!)

By: Matt Meltzer<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it's hard to define the word "cool." And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when "cool" could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast …

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13 Family-Friendly Hotels For Your Next Big Vacation

There's no need to skimp on luxury when you're booking a hotel that'll keep both the kids and the parents entertained. Whether you prefer to stay in a castle or on a beach, enjoying breakfast on a private terrace or a picnic lunch on a remote island, you're sure to make memories your family will …

20 of the World's Best Romantic Hotels

The right room in the right hotel can transform a typical trip for two into the romantic getaway of your dreams. Candlelit sunset dinners, Champagne-soaked yacht cruises, and private butler service contribute to the rejuvenating quality at these urban oases and country retreats. Plan a trip to one …

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Fresh Hairstyles Ideas For Every Kind Of Bride

<i>By Stefania Sainato for Bridal Guide</i><p>Many engaged couples strive to find balance between a timeless wedding look and unique, trendy details, and hairstyles are no exception. From chic updos to romantic waves and modern pixie cuts, we've compiled some of the most inspiring tresses from real weddings …

3 Glam Bug Sprays That Really Work

Generally, my skin isn’t sensitive. I can sleep in my makeup (horrible habit, don’t do this at home) without breaking out. I can do at-home …

Elle Macpherson's Green Fountain of Youth

In the year that she hits her half century birthday, the world's most famous super model gives up one of her best kept health secrets.<p>When The Body—aka Elle Macpherson, now 50—cues us into one of her diet secrets, the world takes note. Such is the case with her new green superfood powder, The Super …

Fall 2014 Guide to Chicago

This fall, the Windy City welcomes major food festivals, celebrates 50 years of the Chicago International Film Festival, and launches new eateries …

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8 Things to Do in Vegas after 8 p.m. (Beyond the Clubs and Casinos)

<i>(Photo Credit: Flickr, Daniel Ramirez)</i><p>Long gone is the notion that Las Vegas can be enjoyed only behind the velvet rope or in front of stacks of chips at a high-stakes table. Nightlife extends far beyond the big properties on the four miles of The Strip -- you just have to know what you're looking …

8 Easy and Fun Summer Recipes to Make With Kids

<b>1. Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches</b><p>These semi-homemade ice cream sandwiches are a delicious twist on an old fashioned treat. Kids love them. Adults love them. They are hard to beat! <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread</b><p>This quick bread makes a perfect afternoon snack: it's …

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From Cocktails to Dessert: A Complete Menu for Your Next Summer Dinner Party

You've invited friends over for dinner, now you've got to decide what to cook. Try this easy and foolproof Mediterranean-style menu. All of the dishes are crowd-pleasers and you can make most of them ahead of time, so all that's left to do when your guests arrive is reheat and fire up the</b> …

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How You Can Stay Free (or Super Cheap) on Your Next Trip

When you picture your dream trip, what do you see? Is it a white-sand beach with fantastic surfing, or a hiking and camping expedition up in snow-capped mountains, or maybe you see yourself exploring the streets of a foreign city? Whatever your ideal expedition, it's a sure bet that your daydream …

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This Balinese Hotel Took Water Bed To A Whole New Level

Shrimp may not sound like the cuddliest of creatures, but we think an evening among them looks pretty sweet.<p>The glass-bottomed bedroom at the Udang House at Bali's Bambu Indah resort lets you snooze above a tranquil underwater landscape.<p>The room sits above a shrimp pond, with tempered glass floor …

Best Father's Day Gift Guide

Wondering what to get dad for Father's Day? Below are some of my favorite gift ideas to add to your shopping list. Whether dad is a techie or a fitness buff, there's something here for every type of guy!<p>I love the contemporary design of these CERA Wireless Portable speakers. They have up to seven …

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10 Ways to Dramatically Upgrade Dad's Style this Father's Day

Because it's high time he ditched those saggy corduroys.<p>There's been much talk of dad style in fashion circles of late—dad hats, dad jeans, and even dad bods—but we're willing to bet your old man couldn't care less about what Kanye is wearing. Assuming <i>you</i> do, Father's Day is your opportunity to …

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