Jeanie Lescota

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Surreal Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Our imaginations take us to grand and colorful places that we can not conceive as a reality. But what if those colors actually existed right here on Earth?<p>There are places right here on our planet that are absolutely extraordinary. They defy norms and go far beyond the beauty that a typical …

Travel

Budget Travel: 6 Offbeat (and Low-Cost) Accommodation Options

Don't have a big travel budget? No worries. If you've been bitten by the travel bug, there's a way to scratch that itch. And it needn't cost a bundle to do it.<p>By thinking outside the box when it comes to where you'll sleep at night, you can travel inexpensively.<p>Photo: InternationalLiving.com<p>Here …

Travel

Judging by the Cover: The 10 Best Hotel Facades

We're taught as children not to judge a book by its cover, but does that principle apply to hotels? After all, when it comes to a spot that you've likely spent a good amount of money on, the first impression can make a big difference -- and can be a pretty accurate indicator of what your stay will …

Art Nouveau

This is the Easiest, Tastiest Summer Drink Ever

Andrew Zimmerman of Chicago's Sepia is a major proponent of a proper daiquiri.<p><i>After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap</i> …

The Best Travel Apps for Your Phone

Apps have changed the way we travel. They allow us to connect more easily with loved ones, find restaurants and hotels on the go, and as you'll see below, they can also make navigating a new city a breeze, while helping you find the best happy hour or the best place to get a free drink in an …

Apps

The 25 Recipes You Need For A Delicious Easter

Egg hunts and chocolate bunnies are great and all, but what we really want on Easter Sunday is a beautiful meal to sit down to with our family and friends. A gorgeous, well-thought out meal is the best way to celebrate any holiday. And when it comes to Easter, the recipes couldn't be better because …

How to Persuade Airline Employees to Give You Free Upgrades [Video]

Flight upgrades have an urban legend-like status, kind of like dream jobs such as chocolate tasters and video game testers -- everyone has heard vaguely of people fortunate enough to end up in these wonderful-sounding positions, but nobody can actually name a person who has or tell you how they got …

Employment

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

Buenos Aires

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 …

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50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Where will you go in 2014? We can't plan your vacations for you, but we can certainly help you narrow your wish list of destinations with our annual Top 50 Travel Destinations list. No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you …

Old Spice Is Back With Another Set Of Viral Things — This Time, It’s Prank Websites

I generally try to avoid writing about ads. But you know what? These are going to be absolutely <i>plastered</i> all over Facebook by tomorrow morning (if they’re not already), so hey: might as well make sure you lot see them relatively early. Plus, they’re pretty damn good.<p>After a short break, Old Spice — …

13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …

Creativity

The Hidden Ecosystem Of The Walmart Parking Lot

Stick around outside a Walmart long enough and you’ll notice that a lot of people actually live there. In a new series, photographer Nolan Conway documents these parking lot nomads.<p>Pull into a Walmart parking lot late at night and you’ll probably run into a few RVs that didn’t quite make it to …

DuckDuckGo’s Popularity Exploded In 2013 Following The NSA/PRISM Leaks

See that graph up there? Thats a chart of how many queries the privacy-minded search engine DuckDuckGo has seen each day since early 2010.<p>See that <i>massive</i> growth near the end? That’s when details of the NSA’s PRISM program first leaked. Pretty much overnight, DuckDuckGo more than doubled its traffic.<p>…

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

<b>Listen · 8:54</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green …

What to Do with Leftover Wine

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: So you popped the cork on too many bottles this holiday season (who didn't?) -- here's what to do with all that wine when it's no longer good enough to</i> …

Homemade Sriracha

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: In this dark time, when the fate of Sriracha is up in the air and the world is up in arms, Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provinicial is showing us</i> …

Traveling to Fulfill Your New Year's Resolution

Out with the old; in with the new. There is something about the beginning of a new year that automatically sparks a desire to make a change or start something fresh.<p>While the concept of New Year's resolutions has been around (in some form or other) for centuries, today's resolutions are often less …

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The country that doesn’t exist

No other nation recognises Transnistria as a country, but within the sliver of land sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine, the opinion of the UN doesn’t matter.<p>The last train out of the country was leaving in 10 minutes, and I was sitting in a room no bigger than a prison cell, across from a …

Eastern Europe

London for foodies

Gone are the days when London’s food scene left more than a little to be desired. These days the British capital is recognised as one of the world’s great foodie destinations, where Michelin-starred restaurants battle it out with inexpensive ethnic eateries, where food markets are the new rock ‘n’ …

England

Tips from a food writer: how to find culinary bliss around the world

For seven years, I've eaten up to five meals a day at eateries ranging from Marrakesh street stalls to Venetian Grand Canal palace restaurants. What looks like unfettered gluttony is my assignment as a roving food reporter: find the most promising places to eat in town, sample the best menu items, …

San Francisco