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Top Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Local to Los Angeles, California, I have been traveling across America, Europe and Asia.<p>My life has been a tale of two passions - Travel and …

Los Angeles

Naan Recipes

Naan is a soft, yeast-leavened Indian flatbread that is a must-have side for curry. Rip pieces off the oven-baked bread and use them to scoop up bits …

The Guardian view of over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel | Editorial

Last week Cornwall became the latest beauty spot on the planet to admit it was the victim of its own success in attracting tourists. Such is the swell in numbers that there’s barely enough space to place a beach towel on the sands of Porthcurno beach and Kynance Cove. The local tourist board, …

Game of Thrones

Marigold Companions

Growing Marigolds<p>(tips on growing marigold in your garden)<p>Blooming Marigold<p>Bright orange flowers add a splash of color to your garden. But, those …

Gardening

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Brightly colored marigolds (Tagetes spp.) pop with color in the vegetable garden from late spring until fall. However, beauty isn't the only attribute that makes them suitable for growing with vegetables. Both African (T. erecta) and French marigolds (T. patula) produce alpha-terthienyl, a …

Gardening

Best and worst companion plants for tomatoes

Companion Plants: What To Grow With Tomatoes<p>Companion plants are those that work well together. Pairing them provides a benefit to one or both. At …

Gardening

Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It

Dr. Michael Holick’s enthusiasm for vitamin D can be fairly described as extreme. The Boston University endocrinologist, who perhaps more than anyone else is responsible for creating a billion-dollar vitamin D sales and testing juggernaut, elevates his own levels of the stuff with supplements and …

Health Care

How TripAdvisor changed travel

Should one be so unlucky as to find oneself, as I did, lying awake in bed in the early hours of the morning in a hostel in La Paz, Bolivia, listening anxiously to the sound of someone trying to force their way into one’s room, one could do worse than to throw a chair under the doorknob as a first …

Hospitality

Low-carb, high-fat diets could knock years off lifespan, 25-year study suggests

Eating a diet which is low in carbohydrates could knock years off lifespan, a 25 year study suggests.<p>Food plans which replace carbs with protein and fat, such as the Ketogenic or Atkins, have gained popularity in recent years, and are often endorsed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim …

Nutrition

Kroger kicks off autonomous vehicle grocery delivery

Kroger kicked off a pilot program in Phoenix, Arizona this week using autonomous Toyota Priuses to deliver groceries, the Associated Press</b> …

Autonomous Vehicle

Floodgate Partner Mike Maples: Network-Based Businesses Will Disrupt All Sectors of the Economy

A little more than a decade ago, I started investing in startups. My whole career had been as an entrepreneur and operator. It was a new …

Innovation

The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Home Wifi

Wifi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet—no one wants to be chained to a desktop—but it’s also one of the most …

Wi-Fi

Lonely Planet names 10 of the best foodie experiences in the world

To celebrate some of the most mouth-watering foodie experiences around the world, <i>Lonely Planet</i> has ranked 500 delicious dishes based on their taste, cultural importance, and the atmosphere of the location. From sampling pintxos in picturesque San Sebastián to devouring a margherita made by the …

Loneliness

The New Dark Spot Product Every Woman Over 40 Should Be Using For Younger-Looking Skin

One of the most common skincare concerns for women over the age of 40 is dark spots. These pesky little spots can cause discoloration and make you …

Skin Care

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

<b>The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people</b> <b>but it</b> <b>is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20</b><b>5</b><b>0, say researchers. Is it too late?</b><p>It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and …

Asia

The 25 Best Lipstick Tips and Tricks We’ve Ever Heard from Professional Makeup Artists

This year, we decided to devote four issues to celebrating, investigating, and having a lot of fun with a single feature — and for September 2018, we went with lips. It is our humble hope that these four guides (this one, plus skin, hair, and eyes) are ones you won't part with. They're packed with …

Makeup

How to Die

As a psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom has helped others grapple with their mortality. Now he is preparing for his own end.<p><i>Updated on September 22, 2017</i><p>One morning in May, the existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom was recuperating in a sunny room on the first floor of a Palo Alto convalescent …

Literature

The 5 Healthiest Salad Dressings, According to a Nutritionist

I’m a salad fanatic. I’ve eaten one nearly every day for years, and I love experimenting with different combinations of greens, toppings, and …

Healthy Eating

Tomato Toast is the New Avocado, and We Can't Get Enough

Nine mouthwatering recipes you won't want to miss out on.<p>Not that we're trying to jinx it, but it seems like the avocado toast craze is finally …

Breakfast

The first human trials of this experimental, cancer-killing drug could change everything

Properly mixed, the medicine came out as a dark brown liquid. A nurse brought the intravenous bag to the side of a recliner, where a man with brain cancer sat. The nurse hung the plump bag on a stand and prepared the treatment for delivery. The moment had arrived for BXQ-350 to meet its first human …

Cancer

What Weed Does to Your Brain

Here's what it looks like before, during, and after.<p>In recent years, with the legal status of marijuana shifting, the scientific community has sought …

The Brain

The World of Rice Salads

Probably the biggest, most versatile recipe I've ever written and it's become a model for my master-recipe formula. Here six basic components are …

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Obesity in America 2018: 7 charts that explain why it’s so easy to gain weight - Vox

“In America, the unhealthiest foods are the tastiest foods, the cheapest foods, the largest-portion foods.”<p>It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even larger …

Nutrition

This 2-Minute Facial Massage Technique Literally Changed the Shape of My Face

The best facial of my life involved no extractions. There were no lasers, no microdermabrasion machines, and no high-tech tools or showy face masks. …

Skin Care

I Lived in Tokyo for a Week and Learned These 5 Japanese Skincare Secrets

One morning in mid-May, after having fallen asleep on an airplane in Los Angeles with an eye mask and a bowl of noodles in my belly, I woke up in …

How to make better bloody marys at home

A bloody mary is the savory tooth’s best friend: It’s rich with tomato juice, spicy and complex from the seasonings, and has a pleasant, boozy kick. And making your own — starting with a stellar mix — is a fun way to experiment with the random spices, hot sauces and liquors you’ve already got in …

Recipes

The Affordable Retinol Night Cream Every Women Over 40 Should Be Using For Wrinkle-Free Skin

Dermatologists say that retinol is one of the best ingredients you can use for wrinkle-free skin. And when this powerful anti-aging ingredient is …

Skin Care

Meat that grows on trees: What's the deal with jackfruit?

An unlikely combination of words is popping up on vacuum-sealed plastic containers in both the butcher and produce sections of grocery stores …

Pulled Pork

This 117-night world cruise will visit 56 Unesco World Heritage sites

If you have nothing planned for the first half of 2021, we’ve come across a cruise that will keep you occupied pretty spectacularly for the first 117 days and nights. Regent Seven Sea Cruises has just announced that its 2021 World Cruise will sail from Miami on January 5. It will visit six …

Taj Mahal

The complex art of apology in Japan

Roughly translated as an apologetic ‘excuse me’, ‘sumimasen’ rings out of doorways, taxis, shops and restaurants, leaving ‘arigatou’ (thank you) by the wayside.<p>It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and …

Japan