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The 8 Best Travel Purses

When you're traveling and far from the comforts of home, packing and carrying essential items like ID cards, passports, and electronic devices can …

Sewing

A Maine Bucket List: A Mainer's Summer Food Favorites

Summer in Maine can't get much better then lobster, ice cream and fresh blueberries! Check out this list for some of the best places to visit this …

New England

The 8 Best Packable Backpacks to Carry When Traveling

Traveling is one of the best parts of summer. While many of us here at Gear Patrol prefer to take only what fits in a carry-on, sometimes the nature …

Backpacking

Introducing Moon Milk: the Pretty Drink Taking Over Pinterest That Will Help You Sleep

For those who spend most nights tossing and turning, the latest wellness trend taking over our Pinterest boards might be just the thing to help you …

Wellness

Apple has a new app that lets you measure almost anything with your iPhone

Apple is launching a new Measure app in iOS 12 in the next few months that will let you size anything with just your iPhone.<p>You no longer have to go …

Apps

Six of the best aubergine recipes

<b>Sweet miso aubergine (pictured above)</b><p>Prep <b>15 min</b> <br>Cook <b>10 min</b><br>Serves <b>6</b><p><b>400g small-medium aubergines</b>,stem ends trimmed<b><br>1 tbsp sesame oil</b><b><br>2 tbsp brown rice miso</b> <b><br>½ tbsp mirin</b><b><br>½ tbsp sake</b><p>Shave off the sides of the aubergines to make them straight-sided, then cut lengthways into 12mm-thick slabs.<p>Heat a cast-iron …

Recipes

Want Great Ribs? Follow These 5 Easy Steps. — Tips from The Kitchn

Every July I make a giant batch of ribs to celebrate the 4th with my family, but this summer I'm resolving to cook more ribs. Not only because they …

BBQ

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Puglia

Dreamy whitewashed enclaves, quaint fishing villages jutting into the sea, and ancient hilltop settlements hemmed in by protective walls – […]The 10 …

Italy

17 Of The Best Things To Do In Edinburgh, Scotland

After living in Edinburgh for 4 years, I can safely say (without a shadow of a doubt) that the city is amazing! It’s one of those places that has so …

European Travel

9 natural deodorants that will stand up to even your sweatiest workout

Natural deodorant is a product that generally does not have a reputation for being, well, effective. (Ever see the hilarious “Mother’s Sun Deodorant”</i> …

Skin Care

The New Capital of Scandi-Cool: A 4-day Weekend in Oslo

Oslo

17 cult-favorite French pharmacy skin care products you can buy online

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Embryolisse Instagram<p>When I lived in Paris, visitors only ever asked for two things: to see the Eiffel Tower, and to stop by a French …

Skin Care

Portuguese Custard Tarts - Pasteis de Nata Recipe

"These are delicious Portuguese Custard Tarts."<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup milk<p>3 tablespoons cornstarch<p>1/2 vanilla bean<p>1 cup white sugar<p>6 egg yolks<p>1 (17.5 …

Baking

Portuguese Beach Resorts Pique International Interest

Algarve and Cascais are tops for high-end buyers<p>By Laura Whateley<p>Rafael Ascenso, manager of estate agency Porta da Frente, sold homes near Lisbon …

European Travel

3 Lisbon Insiders Share Tips on What to Do in the Portuguese Capital

From secret walks to artworks, here’s where to find the best that the city has to offer<p>By Nancy A. Ruhling<p>Lisbon, which is a center of commerce, …

European Travel

Palm-sized yet Powerful

Small and potent, like a stick of dynamite, the Snarl shouldn’t be taken at face value. With an overall length of 4.3 inches (half of which is the …

Diminutive

Nike Made a Hiking Boot — But It’s Not for Who You’d Think

Nike has long had trail running shoes that many backcountry athletes swear by, but the ACG Ruckel Ridge Go Outside hiking boots are aimed at a …

Shoes

Forget Paris—This Tiny Town Is the Unofficial Food Capital of Europe

As I drift in and out of a jet-lagged haze during our drive from Frankfurt airport to Baiersbronn, a small town in Germany, I'm confused by the …

European Travel

Trend Alert! These Will be the Hottest Paint Colors in 2018

The perfect paint color can transform everything from rooms to moods to the selling price of your home. But figuring out which hue to choose from a …

Home Decorating

The Best Natural Deodorants Are Kind to Your Skin and Your Clothes. Plus, They Actually Work.

You don't need a bunch of harsh chemicals to smell good.<p><i>Welcome to The Esquire Endorsement. Heavily researched. Thoroughly vetted. These picks are the best way to spend your hard-earned cash.</i><p>I am well aware of the stereotypes about smelly dudes who blather on about natural deodorants and how your …

Skin Care

Recipe: Rhubarb Lavender Crisp — Recipes from The Kitchn

Rhubarb is an odd fruit. To begin with, it's actually a vegetable — a vegetable with poisonous leaves. The stalks are crisp and juicy, with a vegetal …

Dessert

Beet Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

<i>If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it's available for both Android and iPhone and has free and</i> …

Green Living

7 of the most scenic biking routes in Europe

For cycling enthusiasts and amateurs alike, Europe offers some of the most scenic biking routes in the world. You can cycle a 1000-year-old …

European Travel

Picos de Europa: Is this jaw-dropping mountain range Spain’s most underrated tourist attraction?

It was a bit Hitchcockian. As I picnicked atop the wind-whipped peak, a chough landed by my feet. I looked away, taking in the panorama from one of …

Hiking

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Having a repertoire of great salad recipes is key. This is a list of many of the best salads I’ve prepared over the years. You’ll see a mix of green …

Food

50+ Painting Ideas That Will Inspire You to Pick Up a Brush Right Now

When it comes to painting, everyone starts out on an even playing field—those that paint well have built their skills over time. Doing so, however, requires patience, and for you to put brush to canvas (or paper) and increase your aptitude stroke by stroke. We’ve seen this happen in a drawing; just …

Digital Art

20 Easy, Breezy Potluck Sides & Salads — Recipes from The Kitchn

You can never ever go wrong with bringing a side dish to a potluck. And now that summer is upon us, fresh and vibrant salads and slaws make the very …

Healthy Eating

9 of the Best Korean Beauty Products You Can Buy on Amazon for $18 or Less

America's fascination with Korean beauty exploded about four years ago and hasn't slowed down since. <b>The Korean industry's innovative formulas, cute</b> …

Skin Care

The Best Grilled Ribs

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Stir together brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, and pepper in a small bowl.<p>Step 2<p>Rub ribs with olive oil, …

BBQ

Recipe: Salt and Vinegar Cucumbers — Recipes from The Kitchn

When you're in need of something crisp and refreshing alongside whatever you're serving — be it grilled shrimp or a roast chicken — let this be your …

Recipes