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Inside the 'co-working retreats' where digital nomads travel the world to work and party


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More Americans are working remotely than ever before. With a little help from a new tourism startup, some of these digital nomads are waking up in private villas in Bali, snacking on fruits from the local market, and bathing in outdoor showers before starting the workday.

Unsettled, founded in 2016, curates 30-day co-working retreats around the world for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and people transitioning between careers. The company promises a productive work environment set in paradise, where participants can break from their routine, find new perspectives, and form authentic professional relationships.

We spoke with Michael Youngblood, a serial entrepreneur and cofounder of Unsettled, on why co-working travel experiences offer something that traditional co-working spaces can't.

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A "co-working retreat" sounds like a vacation made by millennials for millennials — like the grown-up version of study abroad. But that's not the intention, Youngblood says.

Unsettled was built on the belief that the best experiences are the ones you are a full participant in. "You have to collaborate, you have to create. You have to connect with people. You have to contribute," Youngblood says.

He says these "Four C's" — which he co-opted from an old professor — help people become more fulfilled in all aspects of life, from spirituality to professional development.

In 2013, Youngblood was living in Washington, DC, running his own creative agency. "My biggest and only client was MIT, so I was doing work for them. But I had never stepped foot on the campus before," Youngblood says. He started to feel isolated without an office to work in.

Around that time, he put feelers out through social media to see if any friends wanted to take an extended trip where they would work and adventure on the weekends in Bali, an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, beaches, and coral reefs. He expected five or six friends to join in. Instead, 42 friends and friends of friends agreed to go.

It was an "ah ha" moment for Youngblood. "I wasn't making money off it, but at the same time, I was like, '$82,000 in revenue for an idea I came up with two weeks ago?'"

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I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app


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The bill for brunch comes, and silence falls over the table. I've been there.

At 26, I've lived with 10 roommates at different times in my life. Splitting the bill — for brunch, utilities, rent, the movies, and everything in between — was a consistent pain point throughout these relationships.

Then I found Splitwise.

Splitwise is a free tool for friends and roommates to track bills and other shared expenses. The tool, which has been available for several years, tallies who paid what and sends reminders at the end of the month to settle debts.

Here's why I'm obsessed.

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I discovered Splitwise when I moved into an apartment with three male roommates. We shared the cost of pretty much everything, from furniture to takeout from Wingstop.

This is the home page of Splitwise. It shows you a tally of who owes what. (I no longer live with the roomies, so my home page is sparse.) Currently, I'm in the hole for $94.

Selecting the Groups icon at the bottom of the screen brings up a list of the groups I'm involved in. We gave them fun names, like my celebrity-couple name, "Krylia."

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This app listens into conversations to work out how many times women are interrupted by men



To celebrate International Women's Day, on March 8, ad agency BETC Sao Paulo has created "Woman Interrupted," an app which listens to conversations and tracks how often women are interrupted by men.

After installing the app, users are prompted to record their voice, allowing the user to be recognized. The app then runs in the background, using the microphone to analyze conversations and identify interruptions in real time.

The app just counts the number of interruptions, no conversation is saved, the ad agency says. In some US states it is illegal to record conversations without prior consent of all parties being recorded.

The inspiration for the app came from on of the US presidential debate in September, during which Hillary Clinton was interrupted by Donald Trump 51 times (she interrupted him 17 times).

The video introducing the app (watch it in full below) features other famous "manterruptions" including Kanye West's 2009 VMA "imma let you finish" interruption of Taylor Swift and James Corden cutting Adele's Brit Awards speech short in 2012.

To begin with, the app will focus on the workplace environment. Men can also use the app as a self-help tool to see how many times they've interrupted their female colleagues.

In a press release, Gal Barradas, co-CEO of BETC Sao Paulo, said: "We, women, struggle every day to get our space in the workplace and the right to express ourselves. When we get there, Manterrupting reduces our participation."

In the future, BETC will launch a dashboard allowing people to visualize interruptions in real time and compare the number of interruptions across different countries.

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The top 7 international destinations to visit while the dollar is strong



Knowing how to time your vacation well and take advantage of favorable exchange rates can save you quite a bit of cash. 

Money magazine just announced the winners of its second Best in Travel Awards, which used data-driven methodology to determine the best international destinations for American travelers to visit this year.

The editors considered the 230 most popular travel destinations overseas, based on the amount of hotel nights booked and plane tickets bought, as well as the volume of online searches.

The list is ranked by the overall cost to visit, the number of high-quality amenities, and the drop in year-over-year hotel prices, airfares, and exchange rates. Only one international winner was chosen per global region.

From Asia to Europe, these are the top seven destinations to get the most bang for your buck.


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7. New Delhi, India — According to Money, flights to New Delhi have dropped by almost 12% in the past year, and a return ticket will cost you $740 on average. It's home to the historic "Red Fort" and is only a three-hour drive to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. If you hire a private driver to help you explore, it will only cost you $100 a day, according to Money.

Source: Money

6. Marrakesh, Morocco — A week-long trip for two will cost around $3,364, according to Money's analysis. Hotel prices have dropped 8% this year, and the average airfare is below $1,000, so you'll have more money to spend on its vibrant markets and sampling a traditional Hammam massage.

Source: Money

5. Paris, France — With the US dollar strong against the Euro right now, a trip to this glamorous European capital is much more affordable than usual. Average airfares were $740 in 2016 and hotel rates dropped almost 7%, according to Money. Visit some of the city's most prized attractions, like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame de Paris, or spend the day shopping in the Marais district.

Source: Money

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Shoe manufacturing may come back to America, but the jobs may not


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American manufacturing is in the spotlight again, and with it comes a renewed focus on where the clothing we put on our bodies is being made.

One subset with an increasing focus is shoes — specifically, sneakers. The number of sneakers that are imported is staggering. Approximately 99% of all shoes sold in America are made elsewhere due to the labor-intensive process that shoe-making requires and the high cost of labor in the US.

However, the landscape for the apparel industry has changed, and the influence of fast fashion lingers. Brands like Nike and Adidas are looking for ways to bring their products to market faster than manufacturing in Asia allows. 

The solution, then, is to reshore American manufacturing, but find somewhere to cut costs. Since the largest cost is labor, cutting down the workforce significantly would be prudent. Enter automation. Essentially, shoe manufacturing is already on its way back to the US, but the manufacturing jobs may not come along with it.

For example, Adidas is building a "speedfactory" in Atlanta that will allow it to manufacture some 50,000 shoes in 2017, with aspirations to eventually make up to 500,000 a year.

"It's a drop in the bucket," Matt Powell, an analyst at NPD, told Bloomberg. "I don't see a day where we'll be making shoes in the US at a commercial scale."

As it stands at the opening, the factory will employ only about 160 people on the floor. But while actual manufacturing jobs may not come back, that doesn't mean all hope is lost for a net increase in jobs stateside.

Distribution, sales, marketing, retail, and delivery are all sectors that would need to support the factory's output, Michael Raphael, founder of Under Armour-affiliated 3D-services company Direct Dimensions, told Bloomberg.

"You will also have a whole supply chain that has to feed this," he told Bloomberg.

For many of the larger companies, the faster supply chain and the lavish praise that would surely be administered by the current president might be tempting enough to reshore their shoe manufacturing with heavy automation. But don't expect it to happen tomorrow.

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53 photos of Russia's decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union


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In 1991, Boris Yeltsin stood atop a tank in front of the parliament building in Moscow and called on the people to resist the communist hardliners in the August coup.

Several months later, at the end of the year, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, leaving Yeltsin as the president of Russia.

Fast forward to December 31, 1999: Yeltsin grabbed the world by surprise once again when he resigned during a live televised address.

In between those shock events, Russia went through an enormous economic, social, and political transition as the state tried to adjust to the global economy following the dissolution of the USSR. During that tumultuous decade, Russia was also involved in two Chechen Wars and was slammed by a financial crisis in 1998.

We put together 53 archived photographs from Reuters and AP of Russia's 1990s. (Most of the captions are from Reuters or AP, lightly edited for clarity or additional background information.)

Thousands of Muscovites march to Red Square carrying a giant Russian tricolor white, blue, and red flag, celebrating the failure of the three-day hard line Communist coup attempt in Moscow, August 22, 1991.

Two free marketeers display their goods at the central market in Petropavlovsk, the capital city of the far eastern peninsula of Kamchatka, March 1993.

In 1993, there was conflict between Yeltsin and the parliament, which ultimately resulted in the use of force. In October, Yeltsin ordered troops to seize parliament from opponents. In the photo below, a Russian tank leaves its post in front of the Moscow's White House building on October 5.

Source: BBC, BBC, New York Times

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30 pictures that take you inside the luxurious homes of the super rich


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We've given you a glimpse into the fabulous lives of the super rich— and noted some of the outrageous things they can buy with their billions — but perhaps more representative of their extravagant lives are their lavish homes.

Thanks to CNBC's show "Secret Lives of the Super Rich,"and Luxury Listing's new Instagram account, we get a peek into how the super rich live. 

We sorted through CNBC's Instagram account, @cnbcsuperrich and @luxlistingsnyc, and gathered pictures of some of the poshest homes out there.

Dare to dream!

This is an update of a post originally published by Kathleen Elkins.

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Their penthouses look like something from the future.

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There's no need to travel to the real Arc de Triomphe when your patio looks like this.

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If the infinity pool or Jacuzzi get boring, the Atlantic is just a few strides away.

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There may be a third pillar of physical fitness beyond diet and exercise


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Most of us know that to be healthy, we need to eat well and exercise.

But focusing on just those two things may not be enough, according to a theory investigated (and experienced) by journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney in his recent book "What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength."

This theory suggests that, along with diet and exercise, our bodies might need environmental stress (like exposure to cold and hot temperatures), if we're to reach our full potential. Humans had no air conditioning or heating to help protect us from extreme conditions for most of our existence, after all.

The logic behind this idea is similar to explanations for why we need to eat healthy food and work out. Nature is brutal and we evolved to survive in a harsh world, but now modern technology shields us from those physical challenges. 

We're built to move and run; being sedentary leads to higher incidences of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes — many of the most common causes of death in the modern world. And our bodies thrive when we eat natural foods similar to what we'd be able to grow and find in the wild; they experience negative consequences when we consume too many processed materials. We seek out sugar and fat because of their high caloric content, but those foods have become so accessible that we're eating in more unhealthy ways. 

The idea behind environmental conditioning is the same, as Carney describes it:

"Anatomically modern humans have lived on the planet for almost 200,000 years. That means your office-mate who sits on a rolling chair behind fluorescent lights all day has pretty much the same basic body as the prehistoric caveman who made spear points out of flint to hunt antelope. To get from there to here humans faced countless challenges as we fled predators, froze in snowstorms, sought shelter from the rain, hunted and gathered our food, and continued breathing despite suffocating heat. Until very recently there was never time a when comfort could be taken for granted — there was always a balance between the effort we expended and the downtime we earned. For the bulk of that time we managed these feats without even a shred of what anyone today would consider modern technology. Instead, we had to be strong to survive."

And though our newfound ability to live in comfort is pleasurable, Carney thinks it may not be healthy. "With no challenge to overcome, frontier to press, or threat to flee from, the humans of this millennium are overstuffed, overheated, and understimulated," he writes.

There are some important caveats to that opinion, of course. Modern technology helps us avoid freezing to death in winter, and allows us to remain productive through the hottest days of summer.

But there are others who think that many of our current struggles with physical and mental health have to do with the ease of modern life. Anxiety, for example, is one of the most common mental health issues people face now, but some researchers think it may be an evolutionary adaptation that has gone out of control. Anxiety can be part of our "fight or flight" response, which helps keep us alive in dangerous situations. Because we no longer fear predators and other threats, however, it can kick in when we have to give a speech or ask someone out. 

What doesn't kill us Scott CarneyIn his book, Carney investigates the idea that incorporating some environmental challenges back into our lives could lead to health benefits. He embarks on a journey to see if "environmental conditioning" — guided by the Dutchman Wim Hof, who goes by the nickname "Iceman" — can help him unlock new levels of fitness.

Hof is an advocate for (and practitioner of) a method of physical transformation that combines environmental exposure, mostly in the cold, with conscious breathing techniques to try to gain more control over naturally involuntary physical reactions. He claims that doing so can not only strengthen the body in ways that go beyond what exercise can achieve, but also that these sorts of techniques can help people heal from injuries and diseases.

It's hard to know how much to buy into Hof's theory. One the one hand, it's appealing to those of us who believe that an almost-always comfortable life is probably not physically challenging enough. And it does seem to have some observed health benefits — Carney relates a series of anecdotes in which students of the Wim Hof method experience relief from injuries or symptoms of Parkinson's and Crohn's disease. Some scientific studies have even independently verified a few claims that Hof makes, including that a method of cold immersion and conscious breathing can give people some ability to voluntarily activate or suppress their immune system.

At the same time, it's possible that all or some of the pain and symptom relief that Hof's trainees have experienced is due to the placebo effect, something Carney readily acknowledges.


It's also worth noting that some of the things Hof has done (swimming in icy water, for example) have almost killed him and have killed other people who tried to replicate his feats. Carney's book begins with a serious disclaimer that warns readers not to attempt these methods without the approval of a doctor and without serious training and preparation. Even then, it says "readers must be aware that these practices are inherently dangerous and could result in grave harm or death."

Danger aside, athletes like legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, who Carney trains with while embarking on his investigation, cite Hof's methods as influential. And there's promising data that suggests cold exposure could play a role in weight loss and help counteract the effects of diabetes

The idea that it's possible to gain control over seemingly involuntary physical responses isn't limited to Hof's work — people like open water swimmer Lewis Pugh and certain monks have also been found to exercise some control over their internal body temperature, a seemingly superhuman ability.

Whether those skills can be taught and learned is the question. Hof thinks so, and though Carney leaves room for skepticism, he seems convinced, too.

"If you've been wrapped up in a thermogenic cocoon for your whole life, then your nervous system is aching for input," he writes. "All you need to do is get a little bit outside of your comfort zone and try something out of the ordinary. Try finding comfort in the cold."

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Whole Foods recalls more cheeses from the creamery responsible for products linked to 2 deaths (WFM)


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Whole Foods is expanding its recall of products from a creamery linked to two food-poisoning deaths to include more stores. 

The grocery chain is pulling soft cheeses made with raw, unpasteurized milk by Vulto Creamery from eight more stores in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, the FDA announced on Monday.

Whole Foods had already pulled soft Vulto cheeses from nine stores in the Northeast after a listeria outbreak in the creamery's cheese was linked to two deaths and six illnesses. Vulto has recalled eight types of soft, raw-milk cheeses since the outbreak was first reported in early March. 

Raw milk cheeses are unpasteurized, meaning that they do not go through a sterilization process intended to kill bacteria. Typically, that isn't a concern, especially if cheeses are aged for at least 60 days. However, when the raw cheeses are soft — as in the case of the Vulto Creamery outbreak — they may not have been aged for long enough to kill bacteria such as listeria and salmonella. 

"If you purchased these products, do not eat them," reported the Food Poisoning Bulletin. "Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged container so other people and animals can’t eat them, or take them or your receipt back to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution." 

Listeria symptoms, such as high fever, stiffness, and nausea, typically appear a few days to a few weeks after eating the contaminated item. Usually, healthy individuals are only affected in the short term, but infections can be fatal for young children, elderly people, and pregnant women.

SEE ALSO: Food-poisoning expert reveals 6 foods he refuses to eat

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The 25 most popular Irish pubs in America, according to Foursquare


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St. Patrick's Day is around the corner, and so is your chance to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland and all things Irish. What better way to do it than in an Irish pub with a pint of Guinness?

For those who can't make the trip over to Ireland, Foursquare has carefully curated a list of the best Irish pubs in the US, according to customer reviews.

The winners were selected based on data taken from Foursquare City Guide, which takes into account its users' likes, saves, tip sentiment, and its "proprietary hotness score."

So if you're looking for a tipple on March 17, these are good places to start.

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25. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant (Atlanta, Georgia)

273 Buckhead Avenue, Atlanta, GA

Fadó takes St. Patrick's Day very seriously and is hosting two celebrations this year: one that took place on March 11 and the other coming up on March 17. Tickets cost $20 per day, which gives you access to the live music and pop-up beer tents. 

On a normal day, Fadó is a great place to go to watch sports, drink beer, or enjoy one of its signature Moscow Mule cocktails. 

24. McGonigel's Mucky Duck (Houston, Texas)

2425 Norfolk Street, Houston, TX

A popular live music venue, McGonigel's is also famous for its fish & chips and shepherd's pie – traditional meals from the UK. You can't buy liquor here, but it's a good place to come for a pint of Guinness or a glass of wine. 

23. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub (Brookhaven, Georgia)

705 Town Boulevard NE, Brookhaven, GA

On March 17, Olde Blind Dog Brookhaven, located in a suburb of Atlanta, will be hosting an indoor/outdoor party with live music, food, and liquor. It's known for having an eclectic menu with dishes like bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potato), fish tacos, and curry. 

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Here's what to wear when it's freezing and style truly doesn't matter


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It's important for guys to have their priorities straight.

And when it's a blizzard outside, those priorities are simple: warmth first, and style way down the list.

Your first priority when it's snowing outside should always be to bundle up, first and foremost.

Many guys think they're tough enough to get away with a lighter jacket. Not so. Nature will always win.

So forget the fact that your warmest gloves and hat don't match, that your wool coat is more stylish than your parka, and that your snow boots are a bit clunky.

It's most important to be warm and remain safe. The best way to combat blizzard conditions is to have a warm and trusty down parka. These jackets aren't necessarily about looking good. You just need to stay as warm as possible.

All the best brands like Canada Goose, The North Face, and Patagonia make fantastic parkas that will keep you warm anywhere south of the Arctic Circle.

Patagonia parka

Now you know why we called it a winter essential.

SEE ALSO: 15 things every guy needs for winter

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Customers flooded grocery stores to prep for Winter Storm Stella — but the blizzard means a 'nails-in-the-coffin' day for retail (WFM)


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This week's blizzard warnings guaranteed long grocery lines in the Northeast.

However, the crowds at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods don't mean that retailers are welcoming the snow. 

On Monday evening, as much of the East Coast prepared to hunker down for a potential "weather bomb" in the form of Winter Storm Stella, customers flocked to grocery stores. 

Then, as they waited in lines that stretched out the door, shoppers took to social media to complain about the consequences of the pre-blizzard magnetic draw of grocery stores such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. 

 Soon, many shelves were stripped of their inventory. 

However, sold-out shelves at grocery stores don't necessarily make snow days a win for the wider retail industry, as the cold weather encourages shoppers to stay inside instead of venturing out to shop. 

Blizzards like Stella "are nails-in-the-coffin days for bricks and mortar" retailers, Carl Quintanilla tweeted Tuesday, quoting fellow CNBC reporter Jim Cramer. 

In 2015, weeks of snow in the Massachusetts area resulted in a 24% drop in sales from late January to late February, according to a study by Boston University. At retailers and restaurants, sales fell nearly 50%. 

Pedestrians make their way along a snow covered street during a winter snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts in this file photo taken on February 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Even one day of intense snow can hurt businesses. A single-day snow storm-induced shutdown can cost $152 million in lost retail sales in New York, according to an IHS Global Insight study. 

However, while $152 million may seem like a disastrously large figure, this week's blizzard is unlikely to impact sales all that much in the long-term.

"Winter storms are normal. They happen every year," Ryan Sweet, director of real-time economics at Moody's Analytics, told Forbes in 2016. "Unless it is significantly stronger than anticipated, the economic costs are going to be very, very small. It is going to give people more of a headache than it is going to cost them economically."

Changes in weather patterns hurt companies in countless ways. They can influence the growth of certain ingredients, result in more volatile sales, and force customers to adjust their buying habits, for example, convincing them to purchase fewer coffees and parkas during a warm winter.

However, a one-day snow storm like Stella isn't going to make or break a business — even if it does result in one day of explosive sales for grocers that's followed by a day of empty stores for retailers.

SEE ALSO: A massive snowstorm is blowing through New York City — here's how it will affect your commute

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Inside San Francisco's 'Hack Temple,' where technology is a religion


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Startup life can be a religious experience for those immersed in it. A shared passion brings people from all walks of life together. They evangelize their technologies.

A Russian angel investor wants to give people passionate about startups a real-life a place of worship.

Pavel Cherkashin, a former executive at Adobe and Microsoft, and his new venture capital firm GVA Capital, are converting a 104-year-old church in San Francisco into an event center and accelerator for international startup founders. It's called the Hack Temple.

"It's time to build new religions around what we really believe in, technology," Cherkashin writes in his manifesto.

Let's take a look inside.

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"If I were to start a religion, I'd start The Church Of Hacktism," Cherkashin wrote in a playful essay in January.

The Hack Temple is an event center and startup accelerator located in San Francisco.

Last November, GVA Capital bought the former Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, built in 1912, for $7 million. For nearly 80 years, it served as a place of worship for Spanish-speaking immigrants.

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Obama has awesome taste in restaurants — here are some of the best places he has eaten at in New York City


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The Obamas know where to dine out, especially when it comes to New York City. 

In the past few months alone, they've been hitting some of the trendiest spots around town, fully living up to their reputation of having great taste in restaurants. 

From trying out farm-to-table grub in Greenwich Village, to hitting old school Italian joints in Nolita, here's a look at some of the best restaurants they've visited in New York. 

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Cosme (Flatiron)

35 East 21st Street

This upscale Mexican restaurant is one of the trendiest places to eat in New York right now. Business Insider editor Emily Cohn witnessed Barack and Michelle Obama's visit firsthand last year, after almost being turned away by police and told to "find somewhere else to eat." Grub Street reported that the Obamas ate tuna tostadas, blue shrimp, burrata, and the famous duck carnitas, which cost $89 to share. 

Carbone (Greenwich Village)

181 Thompson Street

This high-end Italian restaurant has become a favorite of the Obamas, according to Eater. It's no surprise, given that Carbone has a Michelin star and a reputation for being one of the best places to eat Italian food in the city. The spicy rigatoni vodka is the dish you can't miss.

Upland (Gramercy Park)

345 Park Avenue South

Upland has a laid-back modern Italian menu crafted by its Californian chef, Justin Smillie. The Obamas lunched in the private dining room downstairs with U2 singer Bono on March 10. They walked out to a standing ovation, Eater reported

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4 steps to throwing a successful dinner party, according to the CEO of a foodie site with 8 million readers


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Before launching Tasting Table, a foodie site with an audience of 8 million readers, CEO Geoff Bartakovics worked in the world of finance as a business manager in fixed income trading at UBS.

But even though he spent seven years in banking, his true passion has always been food. Author of the upcoming book "Tasting Table: Cooking with Friends" and a cook since he was just nine, Bartakovics knows a thing or two about how to please a hungry group of guests.  

We recently visited Bartakovics' New York City home, a delightful two-story, one-bedroom apartment that's situated in an old carriage house in Soho. We learned a lot about one of his favorite hobbies: hosting dinner and cocktail parties.

Here are his best hosting tips.

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Overshare on the details beforehand.

Bartakovics said that guests can sometimes feel uneasy when they first arrive if they weren't given the important details of the evening.

"Err on the side of oversharing with an invitation that clarifies who's invited — your friend and a guest, or just your friend? The dress code — come as you are, or dress for success? And, a signal that this is a dinner party, not a casual stop-by," Bartakovics said.

Be politely bossy until the evening gets going.

While people generally don't like being told what to do, there is an exception for when they've first arrived at a dinner event that has unfamiliar faces. 

"Put everyone at ease when they arrive by taking their coats and sending them straight to the bar you laid out for easy self-service. Let them know that they should help themselves to the cheese and salumi platter while you wait for the rest of the guests and that you'll sit for dinner around 9," Bartakovics said.

He also suggests seating placement cards so guests don't hover around the table uncomfortably while they're trying to find a seat.

Do the heavy lifting.

When it comes to serving the food, even the simplest preparation can help encourage guests to dive into a dish.

For the appetizers, such as a meat and cheese platter be sure they're already cut. "I always cut into most of the cheese and meats on a platter to encourage folks to get going and demonstrate how to keep helping themselves," Bartakovics said.

If you're serving dinner family-style, be sure that dishes aren't too heavy so that they can be easily passed around the table. "Divide large dishes into two bowls if necessary," he said.    


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A San Francisco real-estate developer wants to house the homeless in towers of stackable 'micro-units'


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As many as 1,200 people are living on the streets of Berkeley, California, and the city has long been out of beds for them.

Panoramic Interests, a San Francisco real-estate developer, wants to help end the street-living epidemic by converting shipping-container-like modules into new micro-apartments where homeless people can live.

The developer envisions a 100-unit residence that looks like a traditional apartment building, inside and out. It's made up of 160-square-foot, move-in-ready containers called MicroPads that are stacked on top of one another.

In February, the Berkeley City Council passed an initiative to install 100 micro-units on city-owned land that would serve as housing for seniors, people with disabilities, and Berkeley natives who have lost their homes. The city has yet to select a developer or design, but Panoramic Interests wants in.

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Business Insider toured a prototype MicroPad in 2016. The module was small, but it contained all the necessities.

The kitchen includes a food-prep area, fridge, stovetop, and microwave oven. A storage bed and an armoire provide plenty of space for stashing belongings during the day, while the desk has shelves for personal goods.

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The Bay Area is home to dozens of shelters, but most of them lack private bathrooms.

Patrick Kennedy, the owner of Panoramic Interests, told Business Insider that the close quarters in the average homeless shelter create tension among residents. The micro-apartments, in contrast, may prevent conflict by offering a modicum of privacy, including private bathrooms.

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Kennedy says the apartments aren't actual shipping containers, though they arrive in the Port of Oakland atop a container ship. The MicroPads are taller, include steel reinforcements around the openings, and have a sealing that prevents pests and water from getting in.

Berkeley City Council member Ben Bartlett toured a MicroPad months before submitting the Step Up Housing Initiative for a vote, Kennedy said. Kennedy said he hopes the MicroPad helped inspired Bartlett.

The Berkeley City Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Silicon Valley's favorite diet has techies eating lots of fat


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Geoffrey Woo likes to start the day with a plate of eggs, cheese, and avocado. It might not sound as if Woo — cofounder and CEO of "cognitive enhancement" supplements startup Nootrobox— is dieting.

But he subscribes to an increasingly popular diet — the ketosis or "keto" diet — that he hopes will help him live longer and better. It has especially gained traction among Silicon Valley's biohackers, who often experiment with diet and medical devices in a DIY approach to biology.

The high-fat, low-carb diet turns the body into a fat-burning machine. When you turn off access to glucose, a primary fuel source derived from eating carbohydrates, the body taps into its own fat stores for energy.

Here's why health nuts, from Silicon Valley to fashion runways, are saying yes to fat.

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The keto diet has been called the "holy grail of good health and weight loss" by some doctors and bloggers.

Sources: Nootrobox, GreenMedInfo.com

On the flip side, it's a nutritionist's nightmare, according to Scientific American. The keto diet completely reorganizes the building blocks of the food pyramid as outlined by the USDA.

A strict keto diet cuts back carb consumption to 20 or 30 grams a day, which is about the number of carbohydrates in one small apple.

Source: Time

On the keto plan, it's all about healthy fats.

"You'd want healthy fats to account for about 80% of your calories, and protein around 20%," Dr. Eric Westman, director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at Duke University, told Time.

By comparison, Americans, on average, get about 50% of their calories from carbs, 15% from protein, and 30% from fat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Foods like avocado, butter, coconut oil, eggs, and fish high in omega-3 fats — such as salmon, albacore tuna, and sardines — are bountiful sources of healthy fats.

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15 'health foods' you're better off avoiding


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We're all familiar with them — foods that we think are healthy because we heard about them on the news or from a health-conscious friend.

And no matter how much we may dislike them, we keep buying them because we think they're good for us.

Take swapping dairy milk for almond milk. Is liquid from nuts really nutritionally superior to milk from a cow? Or splurging on Himalayan sea salt. Healthy habit or a bit of nonsense?

We asked Andy Bellatti— a registered dietitian and the cofounder of Dietitians for Professional Integrity— for advice about which "health foods" are actually not worth eating.

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Nearly half of American adults take vitamins every day. Yet decades' worth of research hasn't found any justification for this pill-popping habit.

We do need small amounts of vitamins to survive, of course — without vitamins such as A, C, and E, for example, we'd have a hard time turning food into energy, and could develop conditions like rickets or scurvy. But research shows we get more than enough of these substances from what we eat, so there's no need for a pill.

Almond butter

Everything from Gwyneth Paltrow's daily breakfast smoothie to the grocery store around the corner now seems to have almond butter, but the stuff is incredibly pricey. We asked Bellatti whether there's any reason to use almond butter instead of plain old peanut butter, which is about four times less expensive.

"It can just be peanut butter!" Bellatti said. "If the only ingredients are peanuts and salt, that totally works. It's still going to have your protein, healthy fats, and vitamin E."


When you juice fresh fruits and veggies, you remove their fiber, the key ingredient that keeps you feeling full and satisfied until your next meal.

What you keep is the sugar. In the short term, a high-sugar, low-protein diet means hunger pangs, mood swings, and low energy. In the long term, you can lose muscle mass, since muscles rely on protein.

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