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5 Reasons to Go to Charleston, South Carolina, Right Now

Charleston is known for its cobblestoned streets, gas lamps, and plantation homes, not to mention its ridiculously friendly locals, who are proud of …

15 Budget-Friendly Spring Getaways for 2014

By the time spring finally arrives--after a winter that has broken records for cold temperatures and snowfall around the country--you'll definitely need to go on vacation. The good news is that there are plenty of budget-friendly destinations right here at home, as well as in nearby locales in …

51 natural wonders so amazing it’s hard to believe they exist

The world’s an incredible place, but sometimes I’ll find myself somewhere and actually have to take a second and ask, “Really? This is exists?”<p>This …

OTP's Guide to Partying Your Ass Off in Prague

Raise a glass of fairy juice to Prague's unique formula for getting your party on.<p>Photo by: kami_pisecka<p>Prague's party scene is more beer and jazz, less ecstasy and techno. Although not as cheap as it once was, Prague's beer-brewing skills are amongst the best on the planet and you can still party …

10 Places in Europe You Never Thought You Could Afford

It'll take more than a discreetly tucked money belt to protect your cash in Europe's most expensive cities. Here's how to experience London, Paris, Venice, and other delightful destinations for a whole lot less than the average traveler.<p><b>Oslo, Norway</b><p>First, the bad news: Oslo earned top billing in …

A Guide to Tipping in 10 Cities

You've enjoyed a lovely meal: The ambiance is perfect from beside the Vltava River, the River Thames or the Bosporus Strait, the food seemed to transport you further into the exciting city, and you feel a delicious sense of wonder about the world. Then the bill comes -- how does one tip for such an …

Three Amazing Places to Go in Indonesia Besides Bali

Bali is the stuff of vacation fantasies, no doubt, but three neighboring Indonesian islands offer similar dreamy landscapes, plus character all their own (and sometimes, fewer crowds). All can be reached by ferry or plane from Bali, so you can head straight to the island of your choice after flying …

10 Indispensable Italian Slang Expressions

Whether you've been studying Italian for years or are currently mastering the art of "my name is," these 10 expressions are an essential addition to any vocabulary. You won't find them in Italian books, but you'll hear them all over the streets. Understanding them will give you a huge boost in …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

21 Recipes That Prove Fried Vegetables Are The Best Vegetables

If you've got a compelling argument for cooking them any other way, I'd like to hear it.

13 Recipes Starring Your Cast Iron Skillet

In the pantheon of kitchen greats, brightly colored KitchenAid mixers and stately Le Creusets -- the kind of gifts you might receive for a wedding (or get married so that someone gives them to you) -- might first come to mind. Or your attention may dart to the gleaming knife that fits perfectly in …

5 Cheap And Delicious Dinners To Make This Week

Each recipe serves two hungry people with too much self-respect to survive on ramen and Easy Mac.<p>Your safest bet is to make them all within a week of grocery shopping to ensure that the ingredients stay fresh. It's not the biggest deal if you do it over the course of 10 days or so, but know that …

38 Tofu Recipes: Stir-Fries, Stews, Dips, and More

A collection of great tofu recipes, from stews and stir-fries to dips, on the grill, and in beignets<p><b>We love tofu. There, we said it.</b> (Again.) Bean curd—whether bouncy firm, dribblingly soft, or somewhere in between—is a versatile, healthy, and, dare we say, flavorful ingredient. Make the most of it …

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Mint Hot Fudge Sundaes

Makes 6 Servings<p>Pretty sundaes that have tons of mint flavor—in the fudge sauce, sugar topping, ice cream, and crumbled cookies.<p>August 2008Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips<p>1/4 cup light corn syrup<p>1/4 cup water<p>2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter<p>2 tablespoons sugar, divided<p>1 ounce …

Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette + Kale Salad

<i>We're celebrating Meatless Mondays with balanced, delicious meal plans. We hope you'll join us -- whether you're vegetarian all the time or just here and there.</i><p><i>Today: A tale of two salads.</i><p>If you think it's hard to define "life" or "love," then you haven't tried to pin down the meaning of "salad." …

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Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

6 Servings<p>These short ribs are even better when they're allowed to sit overnight.<p>October 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>3 tablespoons vegetable oil<p>3 medium onions, chopped<p>3 medium carrots, peeled, …

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Exploring Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts

When people think Mexico, many see golden sand, blue water and green palms. Hundreds of beaches fit this bill: some near-empty with a few palm-thatched eateries and cabañas; others busy urban beaches. Most of the best are on the Pacific or the Caribbean coasts.<p>Right, got your bathers and a …

Cincinnati Chill

April's great read selected by our editors<p><b>From the April 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler</b><p>The subterranean dank, which no sun has ever warmed, smells like yeast. Its chilly air pinches my neck. A weak light coming from the opening above makes a pool around the ladder I’ve climbed down, but …

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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 …

Ten must-see events in March

From Las Fallas to Mardi Gras to Nowruz, here are 10 fascinating, festive celebrations taking place around the world this month.

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

Austin, Texas: America's city of musical salvation

That a city in Texas might sell itself as the global epicentre of any sort of cultural activity may seem like a bit of a stretch: this is, after all, the state that gave the world tycoons in cowboy boots and George W Bush. So confident are the folks of Austin about their claim, however, that they …

Crocchette di patate (Potato Croquettes)

<i>Crocchette di</i> <i>palate</i>, or <b>potato croquettes</b>, are wonderfully versatile. They are probably most often served as an antipasto, but they can also do fine …

Saltimbocca alla romana (Roman-Style Veal Scallops)

One of the most famous of all meat dishes in the Roman culinary repertoire, these veal scaloppini known as <b>saltimbocca</b> typify Roman cooking in their …

Piselli alla romana (Roman-Style Peas)

Now <b>piselli alla romana</b> may be the shortest post I ever write, as this tasty and elegant side dish is about as simple as a recipe can get, short of …

Pallotte cacio e uova (Cheese and Egg Balls)

An iconic dish from the Abruzzo region in the <i>cucina povera</i> tradition, <i>pallotte cacio e uova—</i><b>cheese and egg balls</b><i>—</i>probably got its start as a way to …

Pasta con la ricotta (Pasta and Ricotta Cheese)

<b>Pasta and ricotta</b> make for a perfect impromptu meal or weekend dinner. The mellow flavor combination of tomato, ricotta and a bit of parmesan cheese …

Pane casereccio (Homemade Bread)

I am not a baker. Never have been. I have always found stove-top cooking fun and easy but baking is a very different art. Cooking lets you stir and …