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The Five Mother Sauces Every Cook Should Know

<i>We partnered with Jet.com so you can browse their (digital) shelves while you're searching for ingredients or supplies. (Seriously, they have everything!) Get almost every ingredient for this recipe here.</i><p>In the 19th century, Marie-Antoine Carême anointed Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, and tomato …

Cooking

Hidden Honolulu: step away from the crowds in Hawaii's capital

Heading for Honolulu? Then you’re probably going to spend time in Waikiki. For many people, the popular beachfront district is all they see of the Hawaiian capital. However, there’s more to the city than tourist-thronged streets and beaches. When you feel like a break from the crowds, take time to …

Free Things to Do in Barcelona

From the street performers who line Las Ramblas to works by modernist masters like Picasso, Gaudí, and Miró, the Catalan capital is awash in culture, much of it accessible for free with a little planning.<p>From the street performers who line La Rambla to works by modernist masters like Picasso, …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

16 Reasons You Can't Totally Hate On Belgium

We may have lost the soccer match (and the epic match that was identification of waffle varieties), but even still, you can't <i>totally</i> hate on Belgium.<p>Why, you ask? They have fries. And just a few other things...<p><b>1. There are beaches.</b><p>...many beaches. We recommend De Panne, an "endless" strip of …

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

European Travel

Ailsa’s Berlin

When Scottish writer <b>Ailsa Ross</b> visited Berlin for the first time, she described it as “a big shiny carousel where even under the pale watery skies of winter, you feel part of a Golden Age.” After she decided to call the German capital home, her enthusiasm for the city only grew. During the year she …

25 Years Later, Ways to Explore the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

This November, the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berlin has spent a quarter of a century reconnecting, rebuilding and redefining itself around this painful historical scar.<p>While Berliners long sought to forget this period, thankfully numerous museums, …

Summer 2014 Guide to Paris

Summertime in Paris has an allure all its own. At <i>le grand départ</i>, around Bastille Day (July 14), Parisians flock en masse to other shores, leaving …

France

OTP's Guide to Street Food: Brussels

Can't afford the mussels in Brussels? We've got some lardier street options to keep you full and just as fancy.<p>Photo by: CleftClips<p>Eating well in Brussels isn't known for being cheap but counting on Belgian beer binges for your caloric needs isn't going to cut it on an empty stomach. Luckily, you …

Beer Tour Alert: The 5 Best Brewing Hotspots in Bavaria for Your Craft Beer Trip (No, They're Not in Munich)

<i>Photo credits: Rainer Kastl/bierwandern.de; Peter von Felbert; Bierland Oberfranken e.V.; Luber Family</i><p><b>Can we let you in on a secret? The best beer in Germany is not in Munich.</b><p>Germany has an immense variety of exceptional beers. Even many of the country's everyday brews are amazingly good. But not …

Beer