Marija Valeskaite

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Best Artisanal Cheese (PHOTOS)

Buttery, bloomy, sharp or funky--whatever your persuasion, it's a good time to be obsessed with cheese. Artisans across the country are experimenting with intense flavors, new milks and different textures, meaning that you should be putting cheese on everything! From gooey double creams to robust …

9 Ways to Flavor Braised Kale

<i>By Kristin Donnelly</i><p>Kale salads are great—if you don’t mind a little chewing. For a wintery alternative, slowly braise kale until it becomes soft and silky.<p><b>1. With cured pork</b><p>Whether it's bacon, pancetta, ham hock or chorizo, pork products + greens = magic. To keep the pork crisp and prevent it from …

From Broccoli Leaves to Kalettes, New Vegetables to Cook and Grow in 2015

As both a vegetable farmer and a cookbook author (<i>Fresh From the Farm</i>), I get pretty excited about new vegetable varieties. We have our market favorites we grow every year, but we always try something new--or at least new to us, or a little out of the ordinary. Things like Peppermint Swiss Chard; …

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5 Upgrades For Better Steak Sandwiches

Reinvent the classic with pesto, bacon aioli, and homemade Funyuns!<p>Among the superior ranks of sandwiches, found hobnobbing with elites such as The Muffuletta, The BLT, and The Po’boy, there stands The Steak Sandwich.<p>Traditionally, this Philadelphia favorite sports thinly sliced steak, “whiz” …

Northern Secrets: What the Danes, Swedes and Dutch Do in Winter

Does Northern Europe exist in snow? The travel industry says no. Ski areas aside, most tours and cruises adventure to Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands in June and July, when the days are stretched out and soft, like fondue that's been melted in a pot.<p>Like you, I enjoy a midnight sun. But …

Breakfast in Berlin

I love a buffet, especially one that offers freshly baked German pretzels for breakfast.<p>Fortunately for me, my gastronomic wish was but an elevator ride down from my fabulous suite at the Ritz Carlton in Berlin.<p>I didn't realize how much I wanted a pretzel for breakfast until I spotted a basketful …

Italy Versus France

"The word for a scraping in Italian is graffito," explained our guide. "Here at Pompeii," he continued, "on the facades of the buildings and the columns of the forum, you see remains of scrapings made by the ancient Romans who lived here."<p>As he explained the origin of the word "graffiti" to our …

21 Reasons To Fall In Love With Vietnam

Vietnam should be on the top of everyone's travel list. It's that simple. With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, epic food and pulsating energy, Vietnam will electrify all of your senses and seize you from all angles. Vietnam is at once crazy and serene, thrilling and relaxing.<p>There are …

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Tim’s Cologne

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Tim Steins</b> is no stranger to Cologne. Born 30 kilometers north of this German city, he spent his childhood exploring Cologne on the weekends with friends in tow. He now channels his hometown pride into the Spotted by Locals blog while working for a media analysis agency. …

European Travel

7 Outstanding Language-Learning Apps and Websites

Speaking the local language--or at least knowing some basic phrases--is one of the best ways for travelers to tap into foreign cultures. In countries where English isn't widely spoken, it's essential to learn some key words and phrases, but even in places with an abundance of English speakers, …

20 Must-Try Street Foods Around the World

Can you imagine visiting Paris without having a crêpe? Strolling through Hong Kong and not eating an egg waffle? Passing up authentic jerk chicken in Jamaica? Trying street food is an integral of traveling to new places, and it's a delicious window into new cultures, a taste of human history. In …

Lunchtime Links: The Ladies of Downton Abbey Hilariously Play Cards Against Humanity, Plus More Must-Reads

The stars of <i>Downton Abbey</i>, which includes Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Lesley Nichol (Mrs. Patmore), and Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), play …

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The Right Bangs for Every Face Shape

Should you go thick and blunt or soft and side-swept? Plus, check out all the past #BeautySchool columns.<p><b>Question:</b> Which bangs best flatter each face shape?<p><b>Answer:</b> Say what you will about winter and its not-so-great effects on your skin, there's one thing the season is great for: bangs. No …

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Alice Lancaster x Veda’s New Customized Leather Jackets: A Whole New Way to Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Good news: personalized, customized, entirely identifiable clothes aren't going anywhere. There's a reason that the seemingly simple monogram never goes out of style: from 2014’s take on embellished bespoke to patchworked and embroidered everything, designers keep finding ways to make clothes that …

Eye Shadow Inspired by Couture

12 chic shades to pair with your entire wardrobe. Plus, see all of the past beauty must-haves.<p>It sounds like something out of a makeup fairytale: Armani combined the most beautiful elements from the fabrics in his Privé collections—the weightlessness of organza, the iridescence of moiré, the …

The 8 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Skin

Stop. Picking.<p>Scary truth: You can wreak a lot of havoc on your own face. Scarier truth? You can even do it in the process of trying to <i>improve</i> the quality of your skin.<p>For some tough-love insight, we looked to two of our most trusted experts, celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau and dermatologist …

Best Performances 2015

The year’s 39 biggest stars step out of historical screen roles and into eccentric characters for W.

Gucci Pre-Fall 2015 Runway

Jennifer Connelly Looks Completely Gorgeous in New Louis Vuitton Campaign

Could Jennifer Connelly be any more stunning? The actress stands front and center in Louis Vuitton’s spring 2015 ad campaign, and we can't take our …

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The Newest Fashion Tech for 2015

This week, the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, unveiling the newest tech items set to launch this year. From smart jewelry to stylish fitness trackers, these are the chicest wearable pieces spotted at the innovative tech show—so far.<p><b>1) Stellé Audio</b> Earbud …

The Man Repeller's 15 Things Every Woman Should Have

Leandra Medine breaks it down.<p>We've always appreciated AnOther Magazine's perfectly edited list of 15 things every man should have, as told by gentleman, designer, auteur, dad, and not-quite-everyman Tom Ford—and thought women deserve an equally insightful breakdown. So we turned to a woman who …

Putting Together A Photoshoot Part I: Moodboard And Concept Development

When we first start out on any sort of endeavor, be it creative or otherwise, we all most likely begin same way: a head full of ideas, but a distinct …

15 Secrets of Couples With Amazing Sex Lives

Never make fun of a fantasy.<p><b>1. Have sex.</b> Sex begets sex. Sometimes you won't be in the mood when your partner is, but ask them to spend a little extra time on foreplay and you'll get into it and it'll be great. Plus, it will remind you how turned on you are by each other.<p><b>2. Never make fun of your</b> …

The Best Pizza Styles, Ranked

One of the most difficult things we've ever had to do is look at pizza with a critical eye. Pizza is <i>pizza</i>, after all. Whether it has just come fresh out of the oven or has been reheated after a couple of days, pizza is always wholly satisfying. It is the food equivalent of a bear hug -- it feels …

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5 Bad Beauty Habits to Break This Year (and How)

New Year’s resolutions so often fail because they require Herculean efforts to put the brakes on deep-seeded habits. But while there may not be a shortcut to getting more sleep or going to the gym, when it comes to breaking bad beauty hangups, there are plenty of smart products to ease the effort. …

What Exactly Are Sweetbreads, Anyway? A Guide For Anyone Who Doesn't Already Know

Photo credit: Rick Lew via Getty Images<p>There's no food more poorly named than sweetbreads. It's not that the allure of the name (who doesn't love sweet bread?) doesn't match up with the deliciousness of the food (because it does, it even exceeds expectations). It's that the image conjured up by the …

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