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Why Touring Israel Independently Was the Best Decision of My Life

CREDIT: Joan Erakit<p>I made my way onto a bus early one morning at Jerusalem's Davidka Square to participate in a tour that would include the historic Masada, En Gedi and the Dead Sea.<p>Lets double back a few weeks and explain.<p>I had originally arrived in Israel by way of Jordan for an extended …

Travel

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Servings<p>Juicy and delicious, skirt steak cooks quickly for an impromptu BBQ. Serve this with colorful and flavorful Chimichurri Sauce. Watch the step-by-step video here.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 1 1/2-lb. skirt steak (about 1/2' thick), cut it in half crosswise<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>1/2 …

BBQ

Relive the Top 10 Flirtatious Moments Between Julia Roberts and Dave Letterman

Julia Roberts and <i>Late Show</i> host David Letterman have had one of the best flirtations on TV for decades. On Wednesday, May 20, Letterman will retire …

6 Moves for Strong and Toned Abs

Exercise 1 Half-kneeling diagonal chops<p>Come down on your right knee (like you're going to propose), holding a 5- to 10-pound dumbbell with both hands to the outside of your right hip <b>(A)</b>. In one fluid motion, raise the dumbbell across your body and up to the ceiling, just past the outside of your …

6 Ways Frozen Spinach Is Like the Little Black Dress of Food

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved<p>For me, frozen spinach is like the little black dress that goes with …

In Paris, Plans for a Seine Reinvention

Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced an "almost philosophical project" to take the famed river's quayside back from cars.<p>Paris seems to be getting less and less motorist-friendly by the day. Following a set of promises to slash diesel usage, extend lower speed limits and bar polluting cars from the …

Animal Tattoos Obscured with Colorful Glitches by Lesha Lauz

Russian artist Lesha Lauz, aka Alexey, creates colorful tattoos that are fit for our digital age. He combines vibrantly-hued animals and obscures parts of their portraits with pixels. The permanent body art is reminiscent of when an image doesn't load correctly, and it's something we're probably …

Art

Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities and Public Spaces through Placemaking

*For the full report, download UN-Habitat's "Placemaking and the Future of Cities" here.<p>What defines the character of a city is its public space, not …

15 foods you need to start eating immediately that can lower your risk of cancer, diabetes and more

<b>1. Avocado</b><p>Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are low in fructose and rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium, and research …

Sublime Places to Visit in Italy

I was lucky enough to travel to Italy last month for a week of road tripping with<p>my fiancée. Based in <i>Lamole in Chianti</i> in Tuscany, we drove out to a number of sublimely beautiful destinations away from (well mostly) crowds of tourists.<p><b>Le Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera</b><p>Sunbathers enjoy the sun as the …

Italy

Revealing Photos of Skylines and Apartment Windows Capture Solitude of City Life

Living among millions of other people and bumping shoulders on overflowing sidewalks doesn't always equate to a sense of community. Ironically, the most thriving metropolis can create the strongest feelings of isolation. French photographer and graphic artist Floriane de Lassee offers an …

Skyscrapers

Sticky Toffee Banana Cake

5 stars based on 42 votes<p>This warm, comforting cake is a twist on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding — which is not really pudding at …

The Interval Running Workout to Make Time Fly on the Treadmill

We're sure there are some people who truly enjoy their hour-long runs on the treadmill—and more power to ‘em. But for many of us, just the thought of …

Exercise

The Secret Ingredient Your Eggs Have Been Missing

<i>By Matt Duckor</i><p>I tend to not order eggs in restaurants. I'm not one of those food people who despise brunch. In fact, I love it. Can't think of a better way to start Sunday morning. But eggs aren't usually on the order -- I like making them myself at home and really dislike being disappointed by bad …

Eggs

4 Exercises to Lift Your Boobs

Exercise 1 Dumbbell Bench Press<p>Lie faceup on a bench with your arms straight, a dumbbell in each hand <b>(A)</b>. Lower the dumbbells until they’re close to the sides of your chest <b>(B)</b>, then press them back up to the starting position. That's one rep. Do 10 reps, then go to move 2 without rest.<p>Exercise 2 …

Sweet Love and Ginger

Best-Ever Grilled Cheese

After rigorous scientific testing, we've determined that sandwiches sliced in half on a diagonal actually taste better.

Comfort Food

25 Workout Moves Fit People Love To Do

It's not all burpees and planks. OK, it's some burpees and planks. But a bunch of other amazing stuff, too.<p>Quick heads up: These GIFs and videos aren't meant for instructional purposes, just motivation! If you want to try a new move or workout, you should get an all-clear from your doctor, and work …

10 Delicious Barefoot Contessa Recipes

Enjoy these easy and incredible recipes from Ina Garten.<p>Ina Garten knows how to create a memorable feast. From savory beef stew to delicious mac and cheese, you too can wow your guests with these easy recipes from the Barefoot Contessa.

Urbanism

Watch a Video of British Artist Banksy in Gaza

Paul Green—Demotix/Corbis<p>Eddie Keogh—Reuters<p>Nancy Kaszerman—Zumapress/Corbis<p>John Moore—Getty Images<p>Dennis Van …

Streetwear

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

These Important Moments Prove Jon Stewart Is Irreplaceable As Host Of ‘The Daily Show’

We’re still waiting to see who will be the next host of <i>The Daily Show</i>, with the latest news being that Jessica Williams has taken herself out of the running. Of course, whoever gets the job will not have it easy. As the five moments below will attest, Stewart has a major influential force in comedy …

Arms Workouts

7 Workouts For Hot Arms<p>Ready to give everyone arm envy?<p>It’s not like anyone ever <i>liked</i> having arm jiggle, but lately, the dreaded “bingo arm” has become public enemy No. 1: Since 2000, there’s been a <i>major</i> uptick—4,378 percent—in the number of upper arm lift procedures done in the U.S, according to …

Here's How To Avoid One Of The Most Common Life Regrets

Karl Pillemer, a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, has spent the last several years interviewing hundreds of older Americans to systematically collect their practical wisdom.<p>His first book, <i>30 Lessons for Living</i>, synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and …

Happiness