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Blitzkrieg Hop and More The Ramones Beers

I don’t wanna go down to the basement … unless it’s filled with craft beers themed after The Ramones. Fortunately, an East Village basement bar called Idle Hands (a mere 54 blocks from 53rd and 3rd) really was serving attendees of New York’s first Get Real Beer Week brews celebrating the Queens punk rockers. It’s a [...]

Meatless Monday: Oktoberfest Feast

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving [...]

Smell Like Breakfast All Day With Toast-Scented Perfume

It used to be that perfumes had one singular purpose: To make you smell like a weird amalgamation of musky flowers and your grandmother’s nightstand. Nowadays, however, there are all kinds of ironic fragrances competing for space on your dresser. Some of them even smell like food.  Hold on to your plates, because here is another [...]

What Makes the Perfect Bowl of Ramen

Say sayonara to the instant ramen you had in college. The ramen that has swept the nation in recent years is more complex, dynamic and, quite frankly, much more delicious! Some say the noodle dish originated in China, some say Japan. Regardless, every chef has their own opinion of how to create this traditional Asian comfort [...]

This Restaurant Gives You a Discount to Give Up Your Phone

Smartphones are great. They let us keep in touch with everyone we’ve ever known at all times no matter what. This is also why they are awful. How many times have you tried to socialize only to find everyone around you staring at screens? One restaurant in Beirut is trying to do something about this [...]

How to Throw a Breaking Bad Finale Party

Like so many of its predecessors — Lost, Six Feet Under and The X­-Files, to name a few — Breaking Bad has introduced a cast of characters so intricate, complex and badass that we can’t help rooting for even the most fallible of main characters. As much as we’re mourning the loss of one of [...]

A Kitchen Knife Made From a New Kind of Matter

What is it that NASA does? Sure, they put a man on the moon and consistently do things that us mere mortals could never even imagine, but what have they done for our kitchens? Besides astronaut food, not a whole not. This is about to change, thanks to a series of cutlery created with a [...]

Enter to Win a Family Vacation

To celebrate the new season of  My Grandmother’s Ravioli (premiering Wednesday, October 2, at 8pm ET), Cooking Channel and Amtrak are teaming up to give away a family vacation on one of the company’s unique long-distance trains. The grand prize is 4 round-trip tickets with sleeping accommodations on Amtrak plus $2500 so you can spend [...]

Thirsty Thursday: A Cocktail to Get You Excited About Fall

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, [...]

25 Ways to Use Cardamom

Using spices like cardamom really helps me think outside the box and play with new flavors and cuisines that I normally don’t cook. Cardamom is a staple in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines (try it as a flavoring for coffee or in some mulled wine) and also plays a big part in Swedish cooking, which [...]

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