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This Unexpected Country Has Europe’s Most Flat-Out Stunning Coasts

If you feel like people are all of a sudden hyped about Croatia -- a gorgeous country in southern Europe you hadn’t heard much about until the past …

19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday

<i>“I have seen and touched and danced and sang and climbed and loved and meditated on a lifetime spent living honestly. Should it all end tonight, I</i> …

16 Great Places to Go Camping in Southern California and Baja

We’ve rounded up sites with the best ocean views, mountain peaks, and desert landscapes<p>By Claire Trageser<p>Published: 2018.03.23 10:50 AM<p>Photography by …

Breathtaking California Hikes to Jumpstart Your New Year

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge is an enchanting land filled with gentle rolling hills, the world’s tallest trees and dramatic shorelines. The …

The 49 U.S. Restaurants We'd Travel For

We asked ourselves to be really honest, like “last meal” honest, about the food we live and fly for, and we canvased our trusted network of writers, chefs, and restaurateurs for the dishes they can’t stop dreaming about thereafter. Below, find the full list of restaurants across the U.S. we'd plan …

Clamber up to join the granite, sky and Mt. Shasta at Castle Crags State Park near Redding

Jul. 22, 2017, 6:00 a.m.<p>Family-friendly<br>• Shasta Cascade<p><b>Why:</b> The last half-mile of this trail puts you in the sky, basically, with a passel of granite peaks. Or crags, to use the local word.<p><b>What:</b> Castle Crags is a vertical place – a roughly 4,000-acre park with just 28 miles of trails, because …

Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Makes about 18<p>Pão de queijo, which means “cheese bread” in Portuguese, is a delightful snack from Brazil made with tapioca flour (meaning it's gluten-free) and cheese. Our recipe calls for both Parmesan, which adds a sharp and salty flavor, and farmer's cheese, which is creamy and milky. You …

BA's Best Coconut Cream Pie

10 servings<p>Think of this like a Samoa cookie in pie form. It's perfect with whipped cream on top, but if you want to use up the extra egg whites, make a marshmallow topping. Bonus: you can torch it, for even more drama. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>May …

Gougères Are the Smartest Stress-Free Appetizer

Do you love cheese and light, fluffy bread? That's a silly question. Cheesy bread is one of the most satisfying combinations we know — especially …

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Bread Baking 101 for Beginners | The Art of Manliness

My bread-baking hobby all started with a Netflix documentary. <i>Cooked</i>, based on Michael Pollan’s book of the same name, explores the origins of food in …

13 Delicious Recipes You Can Make In A Dutch Oven

Dutch ovens are the secret to hearty cold-weather meals.<p>Slow cookers might be the appliance everyone thinks of when the season turns chilly, but Dutch ovens are the real workhorses of any cold-weather kitchen.A Dutch oven is basically just a large, heavy cooking pot, but they’re good for anything …

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10 National Parks You Should Visit This Fall

Celebrate 100 years of epic, rugged American wilderness.<p>One of America's greatest assets is its diverse and massive landscape. Luckily for us denizens, the National Park Service protects some of the most awe-inspiring terrain in all 50 states (as well as in American territories such as the Virgin …

Bali on a Budget - Why it's the Best Destination for Couples

It's easy to travel Bali on a budget and surprisingly it's the best budget destination for couples. Live in the lap of luxury without breaking the …

Recipe: Flank steak is a great grilling option for beginners and experts alike

Cottage Country Grilled Flank Steak<p>1 1.5-lb (750 g) flank steak<p>Marinade<p>1 tbsp Dijon mustard<p>1 tbsp chopped garlic<p>3 tbsp balsamic vinegar<p>1 tbsp fresh herbs of choice (I like tarragon)<p>3 tbsp olive oil<p>Salt and freshly ground pepper<p>Spicy Mustard Butter<p>1/2 cup butter, softened<p>1 tbsp grainy mustard<p>1 tsp …

Classic, Everyday Ingredients Get Taken to New Levels in the Home Cooked Cookbook

Anya Fernald’s new cookbook, Home Cooked, is here to rescue any home cook looking for new inspiration for classic, familiar ingredients. Fernald’s …

The lesser-known way to Machu Picchu

With Peru’s more famous Inca Trail becoming increasingly overrun, the lesser-known Salkantay Trek is quickly gaining a reputation as both a less-crowded and more strenuous alternative.

Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza, Where Have You Been All Our Lives?

Thanks to a store-bought dough and a screaming-hot cast-iron skillet, weeknight pizza just got a whole lot better.<p>What if we told you there existed a pizza recipe that was so easy, so fast, and so insanely delicious it would change your life? It's true! It'll <i>at least</i> change your weeknight-cooking …

A brief history of American Apparel

American Apparel was not necessarily destined for greatness when its founder – then just a high-schooler – had an idea: he would sell t-shirts. With few funds and virtually no practical experience, he started a tiny business, importing classic American t-shirts to Montreal in an operation largely …

The Top 20 Must-Do Adventures In California

Written by Anna Cohen, Contributor and Explorer for The Outbound Collective<p>When you think of California, the first things that come to mind might be movie stars, avocados, and tech. But if you love outdoor adventure, then California has so much more to offer. With the Sierra Nevada Mountains, …

This Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

The concept of a road trip is as American as apple pie, and yet, devising the “best” U.S. driving route is a bit of a head scratcher. Much depends on …

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A Hard Rain at Mizzou and Yale

Statements of absolute value should rarely be trusted, at least not absolutely. But for me, and perhaps for you, there are at least two to swear and live by: racism is always and everywhere wrong. And a decent society depends on the freedom to think and say what we want. At their heart, these …

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The best burger recipes to try at home

Meat, cheese and bread. With ingredients like these at its core, it's no wonder the burger is so beloved.<p>Over the past few years, the burger has undergone a makeover, with new burger bars springing up all the time, offering all kinds of weird and wonderful twists on the classic American treat.<p>But …

Inside the Fight Over Bitcoin’s Future

A terrific rumpus broke out in the world of Bitcoin last week, when veteran developers Gavin Andresen and Mike Hearn published Bitcoin XT, a competing version of Bitcoin Core, the open-source program that generates new bitcoins, verifies all transactions, and records them on the massive distributed …

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Why Didn't People Smile in Old Portraits?

Before technology made snapshots possible, only drunkards and sex gods could grin.<p>Let's play a short, highly contrived game, called called "Smile or Grimace?"<p>Here's Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman, an officer of the Federal Army, photographed during the war:<p>He looks pretty dour. Grimace.<p>Here's …

How to Stop Violent Crime Without Stop and Frisk

Surely there are methods for reducing violent crime that don't require indiscriminately throwing innocents against walls.<p>Stop and frisk's potential for "harassment, abuse and systemic discrimination" makes Ross Douthat sympathetic to its critics. "In a city as safe as New York has become, there …

Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week August 23, 2013<p>As a Longreads Member, you'll get full text and ebook versions of our latest recommended stories, plus …

How Google's Autocomplete Was ... Created / Invented / Born

The origin of the service that taps into humanity's collective psyche<p><i>Autocomplete was created ... in 2004.</i><p>Few things merge technology and philosophy as elegantly as autocomplete. The feature is not merely one of the microinteractions that subtly standardize our experience of the Internet; it's also …

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.<p>For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were …