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VIDEO: Five Things to Do in Prague

Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague tempts travelers with its incredible charm and impressive architecture. The Czech Republic’s capital is …

European Travel

Incest, suicide – and the real reason we should remember Diane Arbus

With her "multivalent" sex life and curious choice of subject, the American photographer was certainly odd – but not half as strange as the picture we've built of her since her death<p>In 1945, Diane Arbus sent a self-portrait to her husband, who had been posted to India during the war. She wasn’t yet …

15 Extremely Underrated Films That Every Movie Buff Needs to See

The brilliant films of the last three decades that have fallen through the cracks of time.<p>There are so many films coming out at any given period that's it's impossible to keep track of them all. That's why we're always on the lookout for those diamonds in the rough, those films that speak to us and …

The 24 Best Websites For Discount Furniture And Decor

Clear eyes, full carts, can't lose.<p>When decorating a new space, it’s important to know which pieces are worth the investment, and which are worth finding for cheap. But let’s be honest ― we’ll take a good deal any day.<p>Thankfully, you don’t have to expend tons of time or energy searching for the …

Eater SF Journal: Bars and Restaurants to Try This Weekend

A few new places to check out this weekend, fresh from the mouths of Eater editors and contributors.<p>August 5<p>  <p>For unpretentious drinks: Lone Palm<p>Sure, you can get more inventive, modern drinks at ABV or Wildhawk nearby. But when you want an excellent, no-frills Manhattan in a 1970s Miami-esque …

San Francisco

11 cool online stores for home decor and high design

Don't spend it all in one place<p>In the age of Amazon, shopping for great design online has never been easier. Here, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite sites offering something special when it comes to home decor and design. From handcrafted artisanal chairs to sleek ceramic objects 3D …

The 27 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016

Here are the books we can't wait to read in 2016! (Ranked in no particular order.)

Best outdoor bars and restaurants in San Francisco

For those gorgeous SF days and nights when being inside just won't do

Paris' Most Secret Streets You Need To Walk

Ah, Paris. From its famous food to the stunning architecture, hell, even its snobby locals, we love pretty much everything about the city (not to sound too American, but have you seen the Eiffel Tower?!).<p>And now there's a guidebook, written by a local journalist, to show us all the hidden nooks and …

How to Make Addictive Flaky Bread—Plus Dips!

The warm, buttery, pull-apart 'flaky bread' at Brooklyn’s Glasserie is versatile and easy to throw together<p>There are certain restaurant dishes that become instant classics, even if the restaurant hasn't been around for long. The flaky bread from Glasserie in Brooklyn is one of those dishes. At the …

6 Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways

Summer's over, but the fun needn't fade -- it's weekend warrior season. Here are eight hotels in six of North America's coolest cities for a quick getaway, from cultural capitals to desert oases.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways<p>Follow Joy Pecknold on Twitter: …

5 NYC Pizza Shops to Check Out Immediately

<i>By Mackenzie Allison for Where</i><p>Whether you call it a pizza, pie or pizza pie, there's no denying New York City is home to some of the best in the country. And while trying to make any "best of" list for restaurants is guaranteed to cause a stir, we're going for it. So with a little help from the …

The 10 Films to See at the 52nd New York Film Festival - PAPER

One of fall's great pleasures -- the exceptional New York film festival at Lincoln Center (September 26-October 12) -- continues with a wildly diverse mix of commercial and foreign fare. This year is one of their strongest yet and while I've seen many of these, there are still a few I cannot wait …

8 Reasons Why Creatives Will Rule The World

Right-brainers, your time has come–this is the age of the creative mind.<p>In the not-too-distant future, creatives will rule the world.<p>I’m not just saying this because I consider myself a creative. The interconnected systems we use to function in business and society, whether in communication, …

Creativity

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

City Halls

Toast to Fall's Cooler Weather with an Autumn Gin Sour

Grand Marnier and orange marmalade make this cocktail perfect for fall.<p>A citrus-and-gin combination is great for summertime sipping. To transition the cocktail to colder weather, add in sweet orange marmalade and Grand Marnier. Shake well and sit back to watch the leaves change.<p>Get the recipe: …

Frittata Sandwich with Olive Salad

4 Servings<p>Lettuce and tomatoes might be classic sandwich stuff, but this herby olive salad brings way more to the table—and it will never wilt.<p>June 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>3/4 cup chopped green olives and/or Kalamata olives<p>1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves<p>2 tablespoons capers<p>2 tablespoons finely …

40 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Recipes That Are NOT Boring

No dry, flavorless chicken here—you'll want to make everything from crispy cutlets to flavorful soups.<p><b>Chicken breast may be everyone's go-to lean protein</b>—but, man, can it be <i>boring</i>. Too often it's an overcooked afterthought, sautéed and tossed into pasta or tumbled over some greens. Nobody likes …

Here are the 15 best short stories you can read at the 'New Yorker'

Now that the <i>New Yorker</i> has opened its paywalled gates for every article since 2007 for the next three months, there’s never been a better time to …

10 Pancake Common Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

How to make pancakes like a short order cook. Just avoid these common mistakes!<p>For many Americans, pancakes evoke a certain kind of nostalgia. People make pancakes because they're delicious, crowd-pleasing, and easy. Well, sort of easy. There are a few crucial mistakes that home chefs commonly make …

11 Must-See Movies at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) kicks off its 57th year tomorrow, and the lineup of quality films and attending celebrities is …

Chicken with Buttered Snap Peas and Tender Lettuces

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 40 min<p>Total Time: 40 min<p>Cooked lettuces? Yes—but barely. When they hit the pan, they’ll pick up flavor from the chicken drippings, gently wilting and taking on the buttery sauce.<p>April 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 tablespoons olive oil<p>1 3½–4-lb. chicken, cut into 10 pieces<p>Kosher salt …

Recipes

7x7 Bay Area

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 …

Cooking

30 Ways to Eat All of the Quinoa!

Yes, it is entirely acceptable to eat quinoa for every meal—these recipes are proof (there are cookies).<p>This little seed is super versatile. Simmer it with coconut milk for breakfast or pack it into a veggie burger for dinner—with this collection of recipes, it's impossible to get bored of quinoa.

Healthy Eating

How to Reheat Leftovers, from Pizza to Pasta to Eggs

Our ultimate guide to reheating leftovers like pizza, rice, chicken, steak, pasta, pancakes, eggs, fish, vegetables, muffins, coffee, tea, pie, and risotto<p>Yesterday, Gawker's <b>Tom Scocca</b> admitted that he had been reheating pizza wrong his entire life. Rather than warming it up in a toaster oven, …

Cooking