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Smartphone Apps for Spontaneous Travel

Have you ever just shown up at an airport without a clear travel plan? If your lifestyle allows for that sort of a lack of planning, but you’d rather ease into such a spontaneous adventure, there are several phone apps that can make unplanned travel feel less risky and more affordable.<p>While …

Apps

10 of the best apps for independent travellers

Looking for holiday inspiration for 2018? These free smartphone apps mean you can carry insider travel tips for hundreds of destinations in your pocket<p>Luckytrip<p>Want an adventure and don’t care where? Luckytrip is the smarter version of showing up at the airport and buying the first flight you can …

Apps

20 Smart And Practical Home Decor Tips Our Readers Actually Swear By

Do you follow the 1-3-5 rule?<p><i>Note: Some responses have been lightly edited for length or clarity.</i>

The Best Day Trips from Athens

Europe

Taste Beyond The Tongue

If You're Obsessed With Avocado Toast, You've Got to Try This

Rice cakes are not only low in calories, but they're incredibly versatile and work well with many different flavor combinations. When paired with avocados, they provide a high-fat snack combo that will keep you full and satiated between meals. Try these 15 recipes that can substitute your usual …

Healthy Eating

Strawberry & Brie Bites Recipe

From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2015<p>Strawberries, Brie cheese, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar come together in this addictive one-bite …

A Solo Traveler’s Guide on How to Meet People While Traveling

Traveling alone has its perks: You get to do what you want, when you want, discover new and honest things about the world and yourself, and enjoy an …

A Vegetarian Pasta That Doesn't Need Meat to Be Crazy Flavorful

Leeks. Shrooms. Almonds. Vegetable stock. This pasta is an umami masterpiece.<p>There's a leek in your bowl of pasta. No, not a leak. Nothing is escaping. You're not in danger of sinking. I'm talking about the allium, the one that, for some reason, doesn't hang out with pasta that much. Well, we …

Cooking

The Absolute Top Ten Best Things to Do in Seattle (The City of the Century)

Prior to moving to Seattle in 1996, I'd lived in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, and had traveled to many of the major cities of the world. By comparison, Seattle seemed beautiful, but small, provincial, and a little isolated...a pre-teen of a city.<p>But, somehow, …

Barcelona

Why is the sky blue? A parent's guide to common questions kids ask

If you're a parent, your child has likely asked you a question that caught you off-guard. Whether it was about death or sex or why Grandpa smells …

Cows

Kyoto: One Perfect Walk

<i>Photo courtesy Shu Nakada.</i><p><i>See the best of old Kyoto in one picture-perfect stroll.</i><p>This hillside walk lets you taste, touch, and see the historical Kyoto of stone-paved streets, traditional architecture, and tiled roofs you traveled so far to find. Three narrow streets by famous Kiyomizu Temple …

Japan

Claire Ptak’s recipes for honey chocolate cake and almond macaroons

I like honey in my tea and on my granola at breakfast, but I don’t usually reach for it as a way to sweeten my baking. The flavour of honey can change with baking and I don’t always like the way it goes. This week’s recipes, however, capture everything I love about honey – its unctuous texture, its …

Dessert

9 Journal Apps to Help You Slay Your 2017 Goals

To say we’re a *tad* obsessed with paper journals might be a little bit of an understatement. But as much as we love our precious diaries, carrying around our everyday journal, bullet journal, fitness journal and gratitude journal can sometimes leave our bag feeling more like a high-school backpack …

Apps

Chocolate and pistachio torte

This classic, flourless dark chocolate torte has enough depth and richness to satisfy any chocolate lover while being light enough to justify a second helping. That’s win-win in my book. Pistachio nuts are prized in Iran and their natural sweetness works wonders with dark chocolate. Here, they are …

A recipe for rum-walnut chocolate chip pie, plus how to make perfect whipped cream

A little rum, a little vanilla, brown sugar, walnuts and no shortage of chocolate — all wrapped up in a buttery pie crust. What's not to love? The recipe, from Cold Spring Tavern in Santa Barbara, is one of our favorite pies, perfect served warm with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. You can find …

How To Make French Toast: The Video

<b>Dry out the bread:</b> Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 285°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a wire rack on …

Breakfast

Where to travel every month of the year

In order to help plan your next trip, we consulted Lonely Planet's "Where to Go When" guide, which acts as a trip planner for every month of the year.<p>The guide provides 30 recommendations for each month of the year based on unmissable events, as well as which places are cheapest or have the best …

European Travel

How to Make Creamy Soup with No Cream at All

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10 First Date Ideas That Are So Much Better Than Grabbing A Drink

Dating fatigue is real. Especially when you’re going to the same old bars, having the same old drinks. That’s why dating experts recommend keeping the first meetup interesting, if for no other reason than to have a fun evening.<p>“Don’t just go to your default bar,” dating and relationship expert …

Relationships

Recipe: No-Bake Apple Cinnamon Snack Bites

Rich in fiber and protein, these delicious snacks will leave you feeling full with just one bite. The dates and apple give you fiber, while the …

Food

15 Home Organizing Mini-Tasks You Can Tackle in 15 Minutes

Okay, so you've got a few minutes before the newest episode of your favorite show comes on—how do you spend it? You could flip through the channels …

Minimalism

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Apps

How the World's Best Bar Makes the Perfect Irish Coffee

When you’re relaxing at home, there’s nothing quite like an Irish coffee to get your day started. Here’s how the recently-awarded best bar in the …

Roasted Banana and Nutella S'mores Bruschetta - Picky Palate

Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta<p>So, what is a Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta? Think…..puffed melty marshmallows, warm …

Iceland & What I Wish I Had Known Before Going - Part 1

<b>WOW Air is definitely a discount airline.</b> I knew that when I booked the flight and had to pay for carry-on luggage, but there is something that I …

European Travel

12 of the most exclusive experiences in Japan

Steeped in tradition and culture, Japan is a country with lots to offer—especially when it comes to one-of-kind experiences. From forging your own …

Japan

The do's and don'ts: the garden edition

Having a garden is a very relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors by yourself or with friends and family. But it rarely comes at a cheap cost because …

4 simple cauliflower bites recipes that will seriously make your mouth water

Cauliflower, we feel confident saying, is the new kale. The white, cabbagey-brocolli-esque veggie is incredibly versatile and packed with vitamin C, …

We're Obsessed With This No-Bake Dessert Recipe

Baking can be very intimidating, even for experienced cooks. The world of making sweets and breads seems to be in a league of its own. That's why I …