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New in the Shop: Beautiful Book Quotes Become Clever Illustrations

Evan Robertson of Obvious State takes meaningful quotes from famous authors and illustrates them in an incredibly clever way. What's interesting about each illustration is that sometimes you have to sit and stare at the piece for a few seconds until you finally see the hidden message.<p>For the one …

Posters

The 25 most popular travel destinations in the world

Millions of TripAdvisor users weighed in and voted for their top travel destinations around the world.<p>For the first time, travelers ranked Marrakech, Morocco, as the top travel destination in the world. Last year, it ranked at No. 6. And while perennial favorites like Paris and Rome made the list, …

Cape Town

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler's life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding …

Swimming Pools

Decadent Recipes To Gorge On Before You Start Your New Year's Resolutions

The new year is knocking at the door, and with it, those hasty New Year's resolutions to put down the ice cream and eat well this year. We're big fans of healthy eating here at HuffPost Taste, but we're also devoted dessert-lovers, mac and cheese maniacs and straight-up nacho freaks. We love our …

Music: new talent for 2015

On the eve of the BBC Music Sound of 2015 poll, the Observer’s music critics pick out the young contenders set to grab next year by the horns<p>While the rest of the world is looking forward to Christmas and perhaps thinking back over the highlights of 2014, in the relentlessly forward-looking world …

15 Under-the-Radar Vacation Destinations

The world is full of destinations on the well-trodden path, where the number of visitors seems to go up every year and the crowds can sometimes feel endless. Don't you want to go somewhere different for a change? No matter what corner of the globe you look at, there are plenty of overlooked …

Travel Guides

How To Tip When Traveling Around The World

There is nothing more vexing than trying to figure out who to tip, how much, and when--especially when you're in a foreign country. You'll come face to face with employees at airports and train stations, hotels and bed and breakfasts, restaurants and cafés. Do you have to tip everyone? What about …

Hospitality

Architizer

10 Recipes to Satisfy Your Scientifically Justified Gut Cravings for Chocolate

According to a new study, there might be such a thing as gut cravings.<p>According to a new study, there might be such a thing as gut cravings. We’ll …

Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze

10 Servings<p>“The great thing about this cake? It's not fussy. You can just pour the glaze over and it sets. Done.” —Rick Mast<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>Cake<p>1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan<p>⅓ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan<p>8 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at …

Dessert

The 21 Most Spectacular Lakes on Earth

Summertime's almost here and that mean's we'll be strapping on the swim trunks in no time. This year, why not ditch the beach for head for one of these breathtaking lakes instead. We've gone through the tips and photos from the minube travel community to find these 21 drops of pure, unadulterated …

New Zealand

How to Make Frangipane Tarts

<i>Every other Friday, Yossy Arefi from Apt. 2B Baking Co. shares dessert projects that demand a little extra time and effort. Because your weekends should always be sweet.</i><p><i>Today: Make a crust and some filling, top it with your favorite seasonal fruit, and you've got fancy-looking frangipane …

Comoros Islands: tropical charm off the beaten path

Here’s a challenge for you: could you place the Comoros Islands on a map?<p>Named after the Arabic word for ‘moon’, <i>Qamar</i>, this poetically named but little-known archipelago is located between Madagascar and Mozambique.<p>It was an important trading post for Arab, Persian, African and European traders …

East Africa

4 Asian Cold Noodle Dishes

Asian noodle salads are lighter, brighter, and bolder than the pasta salads you grew up eating—the perfect dishes to bring to a summer barbecue.<p>Asian noodle salads are lighter, brighter, and bolder than the pasta salads you grew up eating. In other words, they're the perfect dish to bring to a …

Cooking

Cake Slideshow

Any way you slice it, cake is the perfect dessert. From cupcakes to layer cake, here are 30 fabulous recipes for treats big and small<p>Any way you slice it, cake is the perfect dessert. From cupcakes to layer cake, here are 30 fabulous recipes for treats big and small

Dessert

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: The effortlessly sexy dessert you can stir together from your pantry (+ the olive oil cake that will ruin you for all others).</i><p>Does anyone really want a fancy, …

This Valentine's, Take In These 10 Take-Out Recipes

You already know going out on Valentine's Day is a bad idea. You'll be sandwiched between overly affectionate newlyweds, awkward couples making the Valentine's leap a bit too early, and, worst of all, single people who "don't care about Hallmark holidays and damn it, they have just as much a right …

26 Ways To Cook Dinner For Your Favorite Vegetarian

Roses are red, violets are blue, your vegetarian partner doesn't eat meat, and tonight, neither do you!

Food

360° Visual Stories Cut into Paper Books by Yusuke Oono | Colossal

<p>This fun set of paper books was created by Japanese graphic designer and architect Yusuke Oono who conceived the idea as a clever way to illustrate …

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

Chilly Day? Make Spicy, Pan-Roasted Chicken with Chickpeas

This easy, spicy chicken thigh dinner is an ideal meal for a chilly winter night.<p><i>Hallelujah, the weekend is in sight, and you need a no-brainer dinner tonight. Quick Main Thursday has you covered.</i><p>There are so many reasons we love to make chicken thighs for weeknight dinners. First off: There are so …

Cooking

15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Stone Age

Beautifully Intimate X-Ray Portraits of Different Couples

Artists Saiko Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi have taken photos of couples to an entirely new level with these incredibly intimate <i>X-Ray Portraits</i>. The two student artists used CT scans and X-ray machines to document pairs of people within very close proximity. The skeletons seem cold and lonely, yet the …

Loneliness

4 Places to Go Before You Have Kids

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Danielle Contray, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Having kids doesn't mean you can never travel again, of course. Yet once you've gone from packing a suitcase and two carry-ons to dealing with travel cribs, car seats, strollers, and diaper bags (not to mention …

Travel

One More Mabry Mill

5 Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime

As a travel writer since 1997, I have visited 100 countries, and I make 20 to 30 trips a year. I am always being asked where in the world I'd most like to go. In this post, I'm going to reveal the five destinations I'd love to visit, or re-visit, before I die. This includes, of course, the biggie …

Vietnam War

This Is The Place To Be If You're Sick Of Everything

The holidays are rapidly approaching, so we're offering you a bit of an escape route. If a few minutes (or days) of solitude is what you're looking for, head off to your own private island getaway on Motu Teta in Rangiroa, French Polynesia.<p>The Rangiroa atoll, the second largest in the world, …

21 Of The Best Things That Ever Happened In A Restaurant

Four Zagat stars for BEING THE BOMB DIGGITY.

37 Buttermilk Recipes for Every Meal From Breakfast to Dessert

Buttermilk is a magical ingredient. These recipes are proof.<p><b>Buttermilk is a magical ingredient.</b> It transforms meats into melt-in-your-mouth masterpieces and baked goods into springy, moist confections. It gives tang and texture to dressings, ice creams, and custards. And, of course, it's the …

Cooking

The Top 10 Marvels of the Modern World

When we think about the wonders of the world, evocative images of ancient structures in Rome, Giza, Peru, or Southeast Asia typically come to mind. And while the ancient wonders of the world are indeed spectacular, this most recent millennium also has its fair share of jaw-dropping testaments to …

European Travel