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All the Best Austin Food Festivals, Month by Month

Festivals and events are plentiful in Austin throughout the calendar year, and the city isn’t without its fair share of food-related happenings. To help sort through the numerous offerings, Eater put together a handy guide to the <b>Austin’s best food festivals and events</b> that are actually worth …

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These Mini Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches Are the Cutest Things You'll Ever Make

Getting ready for a summer get together and need an easy treat to make your party look top notch without the expense?<p>This sweet treat will have your guests feelin' some type of way. Cheesecake lover or not, there is a whole lot to love about these delectable bite sized sandwiches. They don't look …

The Bizarre Origins Of Some Of Your Favorite Condiments

Mustard got its name from <i>mustum ardens</i>, an ancient Roman combination of grape must and ground mustard seeds.<p>When was the last time you gave any thought to a condiment? How often do you look at a bottle of ketchup and wonder how it came to be so popular? Not very often, most likely, but the fact of …

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How To Make 'Magical' Cocktails That'll Convince Your Friends You're A Mixologist

You don't need a blow torch, a breathalyzer or a $460,000 bottle of whiskey to impress your friends with some boozy wizardry. All you need is some vodka, a shaker and a couple of unexpected ingredients (like cabbage juice and baking soda) to make magic happen. Check out these three recipes anyone …

Which surveillance agency just released an encryption app for kids? GCHQ

Cryptoy Android app focuses on historic cryptography tools, despite chief’s recent criticism of tech firms for making modern encryption easier<p>British surveillance agency GCHQ has launched an app teaching children to understand “basic encryption techniques”, despite its director having criticised …

NYC Holiday Window Displays

Gifts for Lovers of Books, Coffee, Cocktails, and Good Food

<i>Remember that feeling of panic when Christmas is days away and you have no gifts wrapped? Not this year! We're introducing our 2014 holiday gift guides -- with ideas for everyone on your list, arranged by personality and price.</i><p><i>Today: Got a friend who only drinks Ecuadorian coffee, or one who will</i> …

Coffeemakers

The real reason Ferguson is boarding up its storefronts

In early November, as rumors spread that the grand jury decision in the case of Darren Wilson was about to be released, Ferguson began to board itself up. Nearly all stores on the small area of West Florissant Avenue that has been the hub of protest activity are boarded, save for Ferguson Burger …

Justice

The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, from the Fire Bull festival to G20 summit protests

McDonald's CEO: Here's Why We Don't Want To Be Like Chipotle

(McDonald's was an early investor in Chipotle but divested in 2006.)<p>Fast-casual restaurants don't offer full table service, but provide customers with higher quality food — and at higher prices — than what's typically served at fast-food chains.<p>Those restaurants also give you more ways to customize …

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30 Pieces Of The Berlin Wall Spread Out All Over The World

This Sunday, Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark the event, Reuters photographers around the world captured images of segments of the wall, which are kept as monuments in countries from Taiwan to South Africa and Guatemala. People walk by these every …

Most Expressive Pumpkin Faces Ever!

Just when we thought our pumpkin carvings were creative, we ran across these! We've seen Ray Villafane's expert hand at sand sculpting, but his original expertise lies in pumpkin carving. With Halloween creeping up on us, the New York native's pumpkin sculptures are in season. Each wrinkly, orange …

Sculpture

Amazing Super Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Super stuffed chocolate chip cookies - you heard that right! These amazing (and HUGE) chocolate chip cookies are stuffed with both Oreos AND Reese's peanut butter cups. It's a heavenly mouthful!<p>Okay, so these cookies might just lean a little towards the ridiculous. A three and a half ounce ball of …

Dessert

7 Of The Coolest Secrets In The Game 'Destiny' And How To Find Them

It made $325 million in its first five days. The game was an instant hit, even before it was officially released.<p>Now that it's been out for awhile, people are finding some pretty cool hidden things in the game, called Easter eggs.<p>In fact, Bungie is no stranger to hiding Easter eggs in its games. In …

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