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Hawaiian Hotels Set Revenue Record for October, But Occupancy is Down

Rising room rates helped Hawaii hotels set a new revenue record for October, but the high prices continued to chip away at occupancy rates.<p>The …

Perfect Your Ho-Ho-Ho’s at the Top Santa-Training School

Being Santa isn’t easy. A Michigan school has been training Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s for over 70 years in the perfect forms of beard-cutting, …

How to Spend the Holidays in Italy

Even if you’re lacking an invitation to a home-cooked Christmas dinner, you can still enjoy the echoes of Italy‘s holiday festivities pouring into …

Italy

Florence Is Twinkling

'The Holidays' (as I, trying to be a politically correct New Englander, always call this time of year) are in full swing in Florence, where they celebrate Christmas unabashedly!!!<p>Thanksgiving, of course, was terrific for me, mostly because of my family (son David and daughter-in-law Meredith)'s …

Italy

6 Reasons to Visit Paris this Winter

Aah, Paris in springtime. Fresh baguettes and pungent cheese perfume the air, flowers cascade from balconies, the sun returns to bathe the city in a …

These Beautiful Water Landscapes Will Totally Take Your Breath Away

There’s no doubt that water is essential. We drink it. We swim in it. We’re even made up of it. But sometimes, we should stop and appreciate the sheer beauty of it.<p>If you’re yearning for that feeling of serenity, the peaceful moment amidst the craziness of the world, these fifteen water landscapes …

A survivor speaks: 9 years after the Indian Ocean tsunami hit Sri Lanka

He sells happy things. Pineapples and coconuts.<p>Travelers flop in and out of the break as he recounts the day it swept through the shoreline bars and …

What We Eat and Drink to Kill Our Hangovers (Before They Kill Us)

Hangover got you down? Here's what we like to cook and eat to feel better: egg sandwiches, milkshakes, miso soup, and more<p>Whoever dreamed up the Grim Reaper—the cloak, the scythe, the cold and bony hand—probably had a wicked hangover. Because that's what being hungover is like. After a long night …

Alcohol

Hump Day Snack: Christmas Mess with Christmas Tree Meringues

Celebrate Hanukkah -- or any holiday this winter season! -- with these irresistible jelly doughnuts (also called sufganiyot) that are fried until …

These Are the 16 Best Burgers of 2013

Twinkie, ramen, and Cronut buns. Pockets of deep-fried PBR. More bacon than Louie Anderson eats for second breakfast. 2013 was more than a slightly ridiculous year in the burger creation game, and we were there to greasily chronicle it all. While it was a torturous task, we picked out the 16 finest …

Deep Frying

A Sweeter, More Savory Holiday Breakfast

<i>Every week on Food52, Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: Tom's make-ahead Christmas breakfast isn't the tater tot casserole of yore: Sweet, Sour, and Savory</i> …

Breakfast

3 Recipes For A Delicious, Meat-Free New Year's Celebration

With the help of this classy feast-throwing vegetarian named Lukas, you're gonna feel great from the very start of 2014.<p>Let's say that you're sick of eating. This sounds impossible, but after a month of turkey, gravy, and rich casseroles followed by a month of hams and cookies, it happens. So what …

More People Have More To Eat, But It's Not All Good News

Among the things to celebrate this holiday season is the fact that there are fewer hungry people in the world. Just how many? Well, since 1965, researchers in Europe have been tracking the world's food supply and where it's going.<p>The good news is: The percentage of the world's population getting …

8 Ways Jellyfish Are Awesome And Terrifying

Awesomely terrifying, or terrifyingly awesome?<p>The jellyfish is a fascinating creature. Floating lazily along in the ocean current resembling plastic bags, the gelatinous zooplankton seem to do little more than add a colorful glow to our aquariums and occasionally give swimmers a reason to urinate …

Wikimedia

Winter Wedding Photography Tips

When I saw the headlights of a wedding car shining through the thick winter fog the other day, I knew the appointed photographer for that wedding …

Adorably Cute Hedgehog Earns Quite the Following on Instagram

Everyone please meet Darcy. Attention on the photo collection by Shota Tsukamoto of his hedgehog perhaps considered the world’s cutest has …

Most Powerful Photos of the Year 2013 from Reuters Photojournalists

As 2013 draws to a close, we reflect back on the high points (and low points) experienced in the past year. Many people look back on the year by …

Photography

Interesting Photo of the Day: Oh, To Be a Cat

Cats have it pretty good — basking in the sun, taking catnaps, walking around like they own the world. Ancient Egyptians believed that cats were …

Photos

Open Thread: What Will You Give The World This Year?

Maybe it’s the ham and biscuit brunch talking, but here’s something we’ve never done: an open thread. To celebrate our new Facebook commenting system, I’d like you all to start sharing what you’d like to give the world this Christmas. Is it your start-up? Is it a new hardware project? Is it a great …

The Day the Rob Ford Story Stopped Being Funny

Of the four men in the most famous image of Ford hanging out in the drug house, one is dead, two are out on bail and the other remains the Mayor of Toronto<p><i>PLUS: The Definitive Rob Ford Timeline</i><p>It's been fun, I'm not going to lie. During the past three weeks in Toronto, you've never had to wonder …

Selling

Developer losing his vision launches campaign to jailbreak iOS 7

Three years ago, my friend Chris Maury, 27, realized he was straining his eyes to read words on a computer screen.<p>After paying a visit to his doctor, Maury was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Stargardt’s Macular Degeneration. Maury was told he would steadily lose his vision. No cure …

David Cameron's proposed immigration laws criticised by UN

A document released from the office the UN high commissioner for refugees claims that genuine asylum seekers could be damaged by the proposed rules<p>David Cameron’s proposed immigration laws could stigmatise foreigners and create a “climate of ethnic profiling”, the UN refugee agency has said.<p>The …

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A nervous New Year's for Obamacare

So January has finally arrived, maybe New Year’s Eve didn’t end so well for you, and you’ve decided to take your brand-new Obamacare coverage out for a test drive.<p>Except — oops — maybe your new health insurer doesn’t have any record of you. Or you didn’t get the coverage you thought you were …

Obama Christmas Address Encourages Americans To Help Those In Need

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas by volunteering at a soup kitchen, buying gifts for kids in need, or organizing food and clothing drives.<p>In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the values Jesus taught can spur Americans …