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The British Open golf tournament is a feast of fashionable men's sweaters


British Open Sweaters

The 144th Open Championship — more commonly referred to as the British Open — is underway in Scotland, at the Old Course at St. Andrews, one of the most famous tracks on the planet.

There's an old saying that goes "no wind, no rain, no golf," and that's certainly set to be the case over the next four days in the birthplace of the game: windy, cool, periodically wet.

That means a jarring sight for Americans watching the tournament from the comfort of summer: sweaters. Lots of sweaters.

Golf is a sport that can be played in bad weather, when it's chilly. So sweaters are an indispensable part of the wardrobe of any gentleman who hopes to stylishly enjoy the game. Like so much else in menswear these days, a trim and fitted look is the way to go. Masters and US Open champ Jordan Spieth and top-10 player Dustin Johnson are both at St. Andrews (Spieth gunning for the third leg of the Grand Slam) and both are rocking their sweaters to perfection.

Spieth's Under Armour version is a tad less snug than Johnson's Adidas number, but that's consistent with the overall style that each man favors. Speith always looks neat, but not too pumped. Johnson, on the other hand, favors a snug aesthetic.

Notice that both guys have gone for a subdued palette. Golf fashion for men is shifting away from some of the louder patterns and colors we've seen in recent years, an homage to the wild and crazy 1970s, toward more of a 1960s Arnold Palmer vibe. 

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This food subscription service lets you try food from all over the world without actually having to travel anywhere


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If you've ever wished there was a way to enjoy your favorite foreign food without actually having to travel somewhere to get it, here's your answer: Try The World.

A food subscription service that aims to help people "discover the world through food," Try The World is ideal for someone who doesn't have the time and/or the means to travel, but enjoys trying cuisine from all over.

The company was started by Kat Vorotova and David Foulta, who met in New York and were both passionate about food and traveling.

Vorotova and Foulta wanted to be able to recreate the culinary experiences they had abroad when they were back at home, so they came up with Try The World.

Here's how it works:

Subscribers sign up to receive a box full of 6-7 gourmet food items from a different country every two months.

The boxes are curated by well-known, expert chefs from that country, and come with a description of the food items, how to use them, and also a guide to traditions and recipes native to that country.

Users can either sign up for a bi-monthly subscription for $39 per box, a semi-annual subscription for $35 per box, or an annual subscription for $33 per box.

Try The World Founders

Since users don't get to choose which country they'd like to receive a box from, Try The World describes the experience as "embarking on a blind tour of the world's food." 

The company has a featured box which they advertise on their website that changes every two months, so if users aren't interested in the current box, they can always check back a couple months down the line.

Right now the featured box is a selection of foods from Argentina put together by chef Adolfo Suaya, the founder of a chain of Argentine restaurants, as well as multiple Hollywood restaurants.

Here's a picture of some of the items in the Argentina box. Try The World notes that not every box will necessarily have the exact same items, since it can be hard to source large amounts of certain foods.

Try The World Argentina Box

Here's an example of a breakfast made from the foods in the Argentine box. There's toasted brioche bread topped with ricotta, Malbec honey, and slices of Dulcor Dulce de Membrillo (jelly made from the pulp of the quince fruit).

Try The World Argentina Box Breakfast

Here's one version of the Paris box.

Try The World Paris Box

And here's another version of the same box. The above version seems more savory compared to the version below, which seems more sweet.

Try The World Paris Box 2

While users can't make a large, elaborate meal from the items in the boxes alone, the ingredients can be used — with additional food items — to help make a more authentic foreign meal.

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Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale



Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it's cooked.

The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon?

According to Oregon State researcher Chris Langdon, his team started growing the new strain while trying to find a good food source for edible sea snails, or abalone, a very popular food in many parts of Asia. The strain is a new type of red algae that normally grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines.

But Langdon realized he had his hands on something with a lot more potential when his colleague Chuck Toombs visited his office and caught a glimpse of the growing seaweed. Toombs said he thought the bacon-seaweed had "the potential for a new industry for Oregon," he told Oregon State in a press release.

Toombs then began working with the university's Food Innovation Center, which created a range of foods with the seaweed as its main ingredient.

Irish Moss and Pepper DulseLangdon said no US companies grow red algae for people to eat, but the seaweed had been consumed by people in northern Europe for centuries.

"This stuff is pretty amazing," Langdon told OSU. "When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it's a pretty strong bacon flavor."

Though no analysis has been done yet to find out whether commercializing the bacon-seaweed would be practical, the team thinks the vegan and vegetarian markets may be interested. Toombs' MBA students are hard at work on a marketing plan for a new line of specialty foods.

Some red algae is sold in the US now, but it is a different strain from the one harvested at OSU. Langdon says he is growing about 20 to 30 pounds of the stuff a week, but he plans to more than triple the production.

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My life has not been the same since I started using this amazing meditation app



Like many stressed out New Yorkers, I'm on a desperate and ongoing quest to silence the voice in my head.

It has a lot to say.

I need to work harder, I need to do laundry tonight, I need to be more polite, I can't forget to bring my lunch to work tomorrow, when does the next 'Avengers' movie come out? Remember to say hi to the doorman next time you're being rude, what do my coworkers think of me? I hope it's warm out later because I forgot to bring a jacket ...

You get the idea.

Life is full of stress, and very often, the source of that stress is our own minds endlessly taunting us. But after all these years, how do you stop it?

You probably can't, but you can certainly manage it. And when you do, your life can change in lots of little, wonderful ways.

I've started meditating on my own each day now. But it didn't start that way. It started with a simple iPhone app called "Buddhify." It uses guided meditations tailored to whatever situation or location you're in. I still use it often even while meditating on my own.

This app is completely awesome. And the key is in its compassionate delivery.

Think of it as on demand meditations for every part of your day. I love it.

Here's the extremely simple way it works:

Let's say you're on a train on the way to work, and you want to clear your mind to prepare for the day. You put on your headphones, open the app, and see this handy wheel:


Each of these little slivers of the pie represent the part of your day or event you need the meditation for. For example, you could select "feeling stressed," "walking in the city," "work break," "difficult emotions," or in our current example, "traveling."

Once you click a category, you'll get four or five options of different meditations you can do and their title. It also tells you how long they are. Some are four minutes, some are 15, some are in between. There's a great range here depending on how much time you want to spend on the meditation.


After that you see this:


Then it's all about sitting back, relaxing, and pressing play.

I really love this app. The people that lead the meditations are fantastic— each voice is compassionate, modern, and even a little amusing at times in all the right ways. I've used Buddhify on the train, walking in the street, and just sitting cross legged on my living room carpet.

One of my favorite meditations is a 7-minute guided walk down the street. It's called "Zap." The wonderful voice leading the meditation leads you through a fun exercise in what's called loving kindness meditation.

You simply walk down the street, and as you see people, you "zap" them with kind words ("may you be well, may you be happy"). Maybe it sounds silly, maybe it sounds stupid, maybe you think you don't need it.

All I can say is that I've found it's the moments in my life when I've dared to try something new and out of my comfort zone that I've really grown.

It's only a couple bucks and is available on both Android and iOS. I can't recommend it enough. Buddhify will revolutionize your day if you let it.

Here's the official video:


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A private island in South Florida just sold for $10 million less than its $24.5 million list price


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An island paradise off the coast of Florida just sold for $14.5 million to a former teacher turned entrepreneur and his wife.

With 104 acres of pristine wilderness and 3.5 miles of oceanfront, the island is a certifiable semi-tropical paradise. It also has a four-bedroom Spanish villa-style home on it, built in 1928.

Though the asking price was $24.5 million, the owners were looking to move quickly and all serious offers were considered. This led to the $14.5 million final selling price.

The new owners are Mark Pentecost, a former teacher and homemaker turned entrepreneur, and his wife Cindy.

Michael Saunders and Company handled the listing. 

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An entire mass of land in South Florida called Little Bokeelia Island is up for sale.

The island covers 104 acres.

It sits near regular "Bokeelia island", which is itself very close to the much larger Pine Island. All the islands sit off the west coast of Florida, near the metropolitan area of Fort Myers.

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The 10 best amusement parks in the United States, according to travelers


Disneyland Park Anaheim

TripAdvisor just released its Travelers' Choice awards for the top 10 amusement parks in the United States. 

The results are based on millions of reviews from travelers over a 12-month period. 

From Orlando's Discover Cove amusement park, where you can snorkel with tropical fish and interact with dolphins, to Anaheim's Disneyland Park, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, here are the 10 US amusement parks travelers chose as their favorite. 

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10. SeaWorld Orlando: Orlando, Florida

9. Cedar Point Amusement Park: Sandusky, Ohio

8. Disney's Animal Kingdom: Orlando, Florida

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The best men's watches at every price point


Rolex Submariner

My first watch was a two-tone Seiko with a quartz movement, a mineral crystal face and a solid link stainless steel bracelet– and I loved it, not only for its crisp silver case with the gold bezel, the dark matte grey dial with the day/date window, but because it symbolized a coming of age for me.

I wasn’t wearing a digital watch or even a plastic camp watch anymore. It was real metal and it made me feel grown up.

I wore it every day and then later passed it on to a good friend who was just getting into watches.

My next watch was an Oris TT1 Chronograph, a beast of a watch — and it was a Swiss automatic. My very first. It was another major milestone for me after getting a coveted job in the telecommunications industry. My next watch was easily a few notches up, an Omega Seamaster Professional Automatic that I’d fallen in love with in a magazine with Pierce Brosnan sporting it as the next 007.

That was twenty years ago, and I still have it.

Then came a stunning Omega Railmaster Automatic Co-Axial from my wife on our wedding day. What the next watch will be remains a mystery, but I have my eye on an IWC Pilot Chronograph. Maybe for my 50th birthday.

That may not be your path along the progression of timepieces in your life, but it’s almost inevitable that if you’re serious about wristwatches, you’ll find yourself upgrading every so often because your watch sensibilities change and grow as you get older and as you get wiser about what watch brands have to offer.

We’ve selected the progression of timepieces, explaining why each brand commands a certain price point. And we provide fine examples in each brand, from the bottom tier all the way to the top.

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Timex $25+

Timex had always been about value, rather than aesthetics — at least until recently. Timex really made its wristwatch presence known in the 1980s and has never looked back, improving its reputation with hypersuccessful lines like Ironman, Expedition and Intelligent Quartz.

What’s great about Timex as a starter watch is that you don’t have to invest much, with classics like their Camper Watch and Weekender costing well under $50 and even higher end pieces like the Intelligent Quartz Flyback Chronograph for less than $200. Both watches have a handsome design and won’t steer you wrong when you’re just starting out as a budding watch lover.

Timex Weekender, $31

Seiko $50+

If there’s one brand that captures value, reliability and longevity, it’s certainly Japanese watch powerhouse, Seiko. They literally have hundreds of styles including sport, casual, dress, and diving watches.

Though the casual observer might think Seiko watches are cheap due to their Japanese origin, they’re one of the most beloved brands in the industry due to quality, reliability and extreme value. Every watch guy should own at least one Seiko in his lifetime, preferably one of their spectacular automatic divers.

Seiko Diver, $180

Invicta $75+

Okay, so Invicta makes way too many different kinds of watches, with designs and pricing that can often be confusing to the uninitiated. Plus, they plug their wares on the Home Shopping Network like over-eager peddlers at a flea market. But in their massive selection, there are gems worth paying for.

In fact, it’s easy to get a sub-$200 timepiece with a Japanese automatic movement and sapphire crystal. That’s a real bargain, given that you get features that show up on watches costing twice the price or more. The conservative dive watch styles are derivative from their far more expensive Swiss counterparts, but in models like the Pro Diver Automatic and the Ocean Ghost II, no one will fault you for your taste. It’s a solid upgrade over sub $100 models from brands like Timex and Casio. Just stay with their simpler styles, and you won’t go wrong.

Invicta Diver, $78

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I'm obsessed with this fiendishly difficult app that separates real musicians from wannabes


Last Friday, a fellow music-nut friend of mine sent me a link to an iPhone app based on composer Steve Reich's "Clapping Music."

I've become totally obsessed with beating it. Anybody who's played music or thinks they've got pretty good rhythm should check it out and see how musical you actually are.

Reich is a minimalist composer from New York City who's been composing for decades now. His best known work is "Music for 18 Musicians," which some people (like me) think is incredible and other people (my wife) compare to surgery. Like a lot of his music, it features simple rhythms that shift slightly over time, so the notes separate and then eventually come back together. It's mesmerizing, sort of like watching two windshield wipers beat at slightly different speeds.

"Clapping Music" is the same way. It's meant to be performed by two musicians. The app tests whether you could be one of those musicians.

You start by tapping the screen with the beat. The dots on the screen represent when you're supposed to clap; the circles are where you rest. Pretty simple:


Then it changes. The audio keeps playing the original beat, but the dots on the screen have all moved one spot to the right. So you're tapping the same rhythm as before, but starting one "tap" later.

While the original keeps playing!

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If you fall too far off beat, the game is over.

Now, if you're an experienced musician, you should be able to make the transition by reading the "music" even as you're listening to the other performer playing.

But the rhythms are so weird and uncommon that it's really hard.

Then it changes again. And again. Finally, after taking you through 12 transitions — with the rhythm moving one spot each time — you go back to the original rhythm. It's all over in less than four minutes. 

The really fun part: If you're able to complete the game in "Hard" mode, you can submit your high score to the London Sinfionetta by email for a chance to attend a workshop on the piece with professional percussionists. The best will be chosen to perform the piece live on August 1.

I won't be there. I was able to get through the "Easy" level after about 20 tries, but haven't made it more than 7 transitions through the "Medium" level, and I'm an utter failure in "Hard" mode.

Here's how the music is supposed to sound.


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Learn this beginner-friendly coding language that's used by sites like Google and Dropbox


fd4910c15ea823aa20ec51431f1e6b2b2d4c2bde_main_hero_imageWhether web development is your calling or web developers' six-figure salaries are, coding is an undeniably great skill to have on your resume. Individuals who can speak computer languages fluently are in high demand in today's job market.

Take Python, for example: It is the programming language of choice at Google, Dropbox and Pinterest. It's also very beginner-friendly if you're considering switching careers. 

The Pure Python Hacker Bundle teaches you Python from the ground up and takes you step-by-step through topics, like building geolocators to find local restaurants and writing automated scripts to test the functionality of a software system.

The six courses are the real world, hands-on experience you'll need to create your own user-friendly apps. Right now, the bundle's over 45 hours of in-depth instruction is just $49. 

Pure Python Hacker Bundle, $49 (originally $454), available at Stack Commerce.[89% off]


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11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreigners


Japan is know for its complex rules of social behavior.

There are specific rules to follow at the dinner table, good practices for giving and receiving gifts, and even different slippers to wear in different rooms of a home. 

To help you navigate through the intricacies of Japanese customs, we’ve created a list of some things to expect when traveling to the country.

Check it out below.

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Switching to a very thin wallet made my life much better


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A while back, I benched my old wallet and replaced it with a svelte new model crafted by artisans right here in the USA.

It was a decision that has made me spectacularly happy. It's the little things in life, obviously.

In fact, the slim wallet continues to delight me each and every day. It gives me joy.

Backstory: I was a card-case-and-moneyclip guy for years. Card case in back pocket, moneyclip in front. But eventually, the card case fell apart.

It matched the moneyclip (both were from Coach and were gifts from my Mom), so rather than getting a new one, I decided to go with a more durable type of material and an old-school design.

I had a Quicksilver surfer wallet in a drawer: billfold style, with card slots, two sleeves for currency, and a see-thru ID window. Made of plastic with a cool graphic on the outside. I gave it a shot, vowing I'd never let it get bulked up to Costanza dimensions. But I failed, although that failure was offset by numerous nice comments about the wallet from random strangers (Nice work, Quicksilver designers!). 

Costanza Wallet

Then Dennis Green, our Lifestyle reporter here at Business Insider, gave me leather card case made by Corter, a leather company based in New England (they'd sent Dennis the wallet to try out, and it's actually a good deal at $52). I decided to give it a whirl, reducing what I carry to exactly what would fit in the thing. That would be my driver's license, a debit card, a credit card, two ID passes to get into BI's offices and my apartment, and about $20 cash.

As I said earlier, the results have been delightful.

Mind you, when I went the card case route before, I knew that it was more comfortable to carry than a traditional billfold. But that was back in the days before iPhones. I wound up overstuffing it. And yes, I know my new "wallet" is a card case. I'm generalizing a bit here — the point being that thinner is always better.

Anyway, the Corter card case is 100% not overstuffed. And it's already begun to take on a pleasing patina, after being toted around for only about two weeks. The rough-hewn topstitching may not be for everyone, but the case looks good and is suitable for for all but very dressy or formal occasions. The subdued dimensions are what matter.

I feel that you can't go wrong in your life if you lighten your load. You don't need 12 pairs of shoes. Two pairs of jeans is enough. You can get by with one watch (or no watch, although that's not something I would do). I have essentially one tie and no suit (I have two, but I almost never wear them). One pair of sunglasses in just fine. There's a lot to be said for lightweighting a life. You rediscover speed and freedom. Everyone has burdens. Your wallet shouldn't be one of them, gentlemen!

Now when I take out my wallet, I am reminded of a successful shift to discipline. OK, sure, I don't have my US Chess Federation membership card handy. at all times, just in case a wandering Grandmaster demands my credentials. I have no place to stash receipts. I can't carry stamps around anymore. It's hard to keep $100 in cash on hand. 

But the discipline I describe is that of thinking ahead. If I need any of those things, I can get them. But I'm not going to pack them at all times. 

I highly recommend doing what I did. Not exactly life changing. But you will feel better. And you won't be sitting on a big old uncomfortable wallet anymore! Your lower back will thank you.

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Bonobos is opening stores in cities — but you can't actually take any of the clothes home



A new kind store has opened on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Well, it's not really a store because you can't actually leave with anything.

Bonobos, a popular menswear e-tailer, calls this new shopping destination a "guideshop." Including the NYC outpost, there are 17 of these concept stores scattered around the country. 

How it works 

Though you can't walk out with any merchandise, you can place an order and have it shipped to you for free, just like if you ordered from the Bonobos website. It's basically a showroom for clothing.

The plus side to the guideshop is that Bonobos can keep all of its sizes, colors, fits, and fabrics in stock at all times for you to try on. There's only one of each item variation on the showroom floor, but because of that there's enough room to carry every single item that Bonobos sells at once. The two-floor shop separates formal wear and casual wear, with formal taking the top floor.

Upscale service and appointment-shopping 

If this sounds a bit complicated, don't worry: As soon as you walk into the 4,000-square-foot store, one of Bonobos' helpful employees (called guides) will appear and explain everything. They'll also help you find exactly what you're looking for, whether it takes 30 minutes, an hour, or however long you need. You can even book an appointment to make sure you get in and out and receive all the assistance you need. 

More to come 

Bonobos decided to open its fleet of guideshops in response to digital customers who wanted to try items on before buying. The startup, which recently raised $55 million in investments, plans to open three more guideshops before the end of 2015, growing its stable to a total of 20 locations. 

Check out this video from Elite Daily to get a closer look at the Bonobos guideshop experience. 



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30 incredible beaches every surfer should visit in their lifetime


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Riding the waves near a picturesque beach is a rush, whether you're a professional surfer, a beginner, or simply observing the sport. 

All around the world are magnificent beaches that have become known in the surfing community thanks to their massive swells, amazing landscapes, and array of surf competitions. 

From Morocco's Taghazout Beach, where you can ride a camel straight to the beach, to Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline, known for hosting some of the biggest swells in the world, here are 30 beaches every surfer should check off their bucket list.

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Australia’s Bondi Beach, located 4 miles east of the Sydney central business district, has a name which translates to “water breaking over rocks” and has attracted surfers since it opened the world’s first surf lifesaving club in 1907.

Source: CNN

Another popular beach for surfing in Australia is Bells Beach, located on the southern coast of Victoria. The beach attracts some of the top surfers to compete at the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition in March, and its high cliffs provide a stunning backdrop to enjoy while riding its large swells that come in from the Southern Ocean.

Source: Telegraph

Bali’s most surfed beach is Kuta Beach, in Kuta. The beach is where surfing originally began in Bali, and is a good location for beginner surfers and expert surfers alike.

Source: Telegraph

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17 Disneyland Easter eggs you never knew existed


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Disneyland turns 60 on July 17th. And for all its fandom and overexposure, the fabled theme park is still full of secrets. Of course, we're talking about Easter eggs.

Easter eggs are those hidden treasures and blasts from the past that are peppered throughout rides and attractions. They're like candy for Disney superfans. 

Often Disneyland Easter eggs are relics of old rides where new ones have sprung up — but make no mistake, every "coincidence" is intentional. The park prides itself on hiding Easter eggs in plain sight. 

Keep scrolling to see 17 of Disneyland's coolest Easter eggs. 

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Tarzan's Treehouse in Adventureland has a phonograph that quietly plays the "Swisskapolka," the theme song of the old Swiss Family Treehouse that stood before it.

Also in Tarzan's Treehouse, someone snuck in Mrs. Potts and Chip from "Beauty and the Beast."

You'll notice that every popcorn turner throughout the park features a different character — and they change by season. Pictured below is the Rocketeer at a Tomorrowland popcorn stand.

Oogie Boogie cranks the popcorn turner near the Haunted Mansion at Halloween, and Santa turns the kernels on Main Street around the holidays. 

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15 ways to eat healthy on a budget


CRO_Health_Pantry_Musts_07 15 copyDeciding what to eat for dinner and pulling together all of the ingredients to make it can be a challenge on busy weeknights.

What’s even more challenging is trying to make those meals healthy.

For starters, filling your cart with fresh, nutritious groceries isn’t cheap. So with the help of some of our favorite nutrition pros, we’ve come up with a shopping list of foods and seasonings that can make healthy cooking easier on you and your wallet.

Stock up on these 15 low-cost staples and you’ll always have the ingredients for a nutritious dinner, says Jackie Topol, a registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist in New York.

Long-keeping and versatile, all of the foods are great as is or as part of an easy-to-prepare recipe.

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Peanut butter

Think of it as a protein-packed go-to seasoning for sweet and savory dishes. Stir a little into a stew, curry, or soup (pumpkin or butternut squash is a natural), or blend with vinegar, oil, and a little soy sauce to make a quick Asian-inspired salad dressing or dip for vegetables and grilled meats.

Its rich, nutty depth can also perk up a smoothie, pancake batter, and even cake frosting.

What to buy: 

To avoid added sugars and heart-unhealthy hydrogenated fats, look for a peanut butter with the simplest, shortest ingredients list. Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter, for example, lists only peanuts and salt.

Make it yummy: 

To make Topol’s dessert quesadilla, spread PB onto a whole-wheat flour tortilla, then top with sliced berries and chocolate chips. Top with another tortilla and heat through in a lightly greased skillet. Cut into wedges and serve.

Refried beans

Plain or spiced up with a little salsa, they make a quick side, a taco filling, or a hearty dip for veggie or tortilla chips. Their neutral flavor means that you can slip a few spoonfuls into soups, stews, and tomato sauce to boost fiber and protein, says Holly Clegg, author of the “Trim & Terrific” cookbook series (hollyclegg.com).

What to buy: 

Look for fat-free versions. And if you can find them, choose beans in Tetra Pak containers or buy them frozen to minimize your exposure to bisphenol A, a chemical used in can linings that is linked to diabetes and other health problems. Some companies claim that their cans are BPA-free, but the jury is still out on materials used to replace it.

Make it yummy: 

Serve your eggs with a side of refried beans instead of toast. “The extra protein and fiber has staying power to make you feel full longer,” Topol says.

Rolled oats

Think of oats as healthier, fiber-rich bread crumbs. You can scatter them on top of casseroles for a little crunch, or blend them into meatballs and meatloaf.

Oats also make yummy toppings for fruit crumbles and cobblers, and a
few spoonfuls stirred into muffin and pancake batters add a hearty texture and a healthy whole-grain boost. Topol likes to grind oats in a food processor and use them to coat fish fillets and chicken before sautéeing. Or whirl some oats into smoothies to thicken them up.

What to buy: 

Instead of instant, go for old-fashioned oats, which stay with you longer.

Make it yummy: 

Topol’s “no-bake energy bites” (shown below) are a mix of rolled oats with a little nut butter, dried fruit, chocolate bits, ground flaxseed, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Simply shape the mixture into balls.

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Young people need to learn how to drive stick shift cars


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It seems that almost every other week, there’s a story about a car theft, only to have the thief stall and run away because they didn’t know how to drive a manual transmission.

This happens so hilariously frequently that I feel as if car thieves should open up a school for stick shift driving to prevent themselves from getting busted.

But that’s neither here nor there. The important thing to take away from all of this is just how few people know how to drive a stick.

Manuals are dying, we know this.

Every journalistic website has beaten this topic to death.

The plain and simple fact is that automakers are killing the manual because customers don’t want them. Why don’t they want them?

Well, it’s most likely because the majority of the car driving population does not know how to drive one.

And, I honestly believe that if someone doesn’t at least know how to drive a manual transmission, they should not have a driver’s license.

Now, I’m not saying everyone must have a manual. Automatic transmissions are great for certain things, and I’m an advocate of the automatic for the daily grind, as riding the clutch all day in stop-and-go traffic is hateful. So owning an automatic isn’t the issue. The issue is with people who only know how to drive an automatic. It’s making them worse drivers.

Understanding how a transmission works, how it shifts through gears to keep the power to the wheels, is essential to understanding how a car works. And if you know how a car works, fundamentally, you have more respect for it and drive it with more care and attention. Nowadays, for most people, especially youths, driving is the last thing they’re paying attention to while behind the wheel. It’s mostly texting, Snapchatting and taking selfies. But that wouldn’t be possible if there was a gear lever in their hand that needed to be shifted around.

BMWThe need for responsible driving is gone in today’s young drivers, because they can just slap the lever into D and mindlessly be on their way, listening to Justin Bieber, or whatever they listen to. It’s madness that that level of irresponsibility is allowed while behind the wheel, where lives can be lost if someone isn’t careful enough. And it’s all because when young people are learning to drive, they never learn to drive stick, so the need to respect the vehicle’s mechanics isn’t nearly as present.

I’m not saying that everyone needs to drive a manual or else they don’t respect a car, but they at least need to know how. I’ve been saying for years now that the driving test needs to be revamped completely. One of my revisions would be that every student driver must learn on a manual. Fleets of old beat up Honda Accord manuals should be at every testing facility for teenagers to learn on. This way, they can respect what an automatic does if they choose to drive one after, that it isn’t just a perpetual motion machine that just goes onward when it’s in Drive. And, it’s quite possible that most teens would actually enjoy driving a manual transmission more, and choose to buy a car fitted with one. This would increase manual transmission demand, therefor forcing automakers to give us more, on top of making people better drivers. Win, win.

I don’t know if learning to drive stick would actually help our teens these days, who more respect their smartphone than their two-ton vehicle, which can become a death machine if handled improperly. But it would definitely be a start. The only downside is that more people would have the ability to steal your car.

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The right way to pack for camping trips — according to a pro



Now is the perfect time of year to enjoy The Great Outdoors. If you ask Nasahn Sheppard, the divisional VP of product design at REI, a recreation company specializing in sports and outdoor gear, he’ll say there’s never really a bad time of year to go on a camping trip with your friends or family — weather permitting.

To that end, we enlisted Sheppard to assemble a packing list anyone can refer to in preparation for a camping trip.

"Before setting out on purchasing camping gear, you want to ask yourself a few simple questions. That way, you can set your sights on what’s going to make this the best possible camping trip for you and your group," Sheppard told us. "The basic conversation [my family and I] always have is: Where are we going? What is the weather going to be like? What are we eating? What kind of activities do we want to do while we’re there?" Sheppard, his wife, and two daughters are regular campers, and he has packing for their trips down to a science.

Below, he’s sharing 10 packing essentials you’ll want to have at your campsite — whether it’s your first time out or you’re a seasoned adventurer looking to explore the activity further. 

The Tent

9f3d9f1f aa6c 4cec 81ba 5f803e522a86"Purchasing a tent designed to meet your individual camping preference is pretty crucial, but not as daunting a task as it may first appear with the variety of brands and designs out there," says Sheppard. "Pick out a tent that offers the space and design features you would be comfortable in for the activities in which you plan to use it."

Sheppard's personal favorite are the REI Half Dome series tents: "They’re lightweight, super sturdy, easy to assemble and roomy. I can tell you personally, if the weather turns south, you’ll stay warm and dry all night long in a Half Dome tent. On the flip side, when you luck out with a clear summer night and can remove the rain fly, the roof of the Half Dome is nearly all screen making it great for stargazing."


The Camp Chair

4ce3ac1a 15cf 4ee3 b088 7dbac11562e9"I like to make the campsite feel like home," Sheppard told us. "Little touches like stringing lights from the trees, laying a tablecloth over the camp table, draping a comfy hammock between two trees can go a long way for the added ambiance."

The experienced camper is also a big fan of the evrgrn Campfire Rocker. "It’s a super versatile product and a really comfortable chair," he told us. "The lightweight, durable, and portable rocker folds up and stores easily in its included carrying case. When it’s dirty just take the cover off, throw it in the washing machine, and it’ll come out looking brand new."


The Collapsible Table

41JygEOapCLSheppard suggests purchasing camping gear that has multiple uses. "A foldable, lightweight picnic table is something you can keep in your car and take everywhere. I’ve taken it to campsites, concerts and music festivals, and summer picnics with friends and family."


The Cooler

871cf365 7c16 48d8 a268 aba7ee54ebc0Without access to a refrigerator or freezer for a few days, you're probably wondering how you'll keep your food and drinks cold. Sheppard recommends the YETI Hopper 30 Cooler. "All YETI coolers are made to be almost indestructible, keep things super cold, and are built for a lifetime of use. The Hopper 30 actually will keep ice frozen for multiple days." Problem solved. 


The Portable Kitchen

c8adc16a 5fa4 4fac 86ab b93129f67563"Most people think when you go camping you have to suffer with food, or eat only dehydrated foods," Sheppard says. "But, with a set-up like the REI Camp Kitchen, you have can let you culinary imagination go wild."

"So much of camping is centered on food and the social aspect of it — when we’re camping with friends, mealtime becomes an outdoor dinner party. This setup (pictured here) has dedicated space for your camp stove and storage for cookware, and is designed to easily assemble and break down."


The Cookware

440"I like to take advantage of the campfire during mealtime and would say that I’ve mastered homemade mac-and-cheese," the pro camper told us. "I’ll do a fair amount of prepping beforehand, throwing everything into something like the Lodge Logic Dutch Oven. Come mealtime, I stick the Dutch oven directly in the hot coal to cook. It’s quick, easy, only requires one pot, and usually leaves enough for leftovers at lunch the next day. My family and I recently picked blackberries at a grove nearby the campsite, brought dough, and made a blackberry cobbler in the same Dutch oven."


The Portable Sound System

speaker"Having a little bit of music at your campsite goes a long way — a portable speaker has become a staple in my camping kit," Sheppard told us. "I need something portable, compact, durable, and waterproof; I don’t want to worry about accidentally knocking it off a table or forgetting it out in the rain." To that end, he suggests the ECOXBT Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, which offers great sound quality and is completely waterproof.


The Power Source

d85d452d c50d 4ebd bb8a 1a19ac00216d"Brands are integrating technology into product design more than ever, offering added efficiency, function, and activity that enhance the joy of camping. Because of this, an efficient power source almost always comes in handy," explains Sheppard. Goal Zero makes a solar-powered, waterproof, rugged, and durable option (pictured here). "I like the versatility of this one. It fits on a backpack for on-the-go charging to power a built-in flashlight and four AA batteries, and has a USB port for external devices. You have to be self-sufficient at the campsite and having your own power source is essential for both safety and function." This is particularly important if you're someone whose phone doubles as a camera."


The Solar-Powered Lantern

8121p sNcqL._SL1500_"For a lightweight and compact option, the evrgrn Lowboy Lantern is my go-to," recommends Sheppard. "It’s incredibly durable, essentially crush-proof, and gives off a soft, warm glow that lets you keep the good times going long after sunset. While most brands offer something like three brightness-settings, the Lowboy Lantern hangs from a built-in loop and has an infinite dimmer to give the exact ambiance you want. I also love knowing that I can throw it in with the rest of my gear and not have to worry about it breaking." Another great and affordable option? The Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern, which costs $15.


The Citronella Candle

81kQJRioIBL._SL1500_"Don’t forget the citronella candles – they’re key!" says Sheppard.


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This map shows how much of New York could be buried underwater in 200 years


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Take a lot of pictures of New York City, because your ancestors might not be seeing much of it.

What was once known as Lower Manhattan will be absorbed into the sea; Coney Island will become Coney Sandbar; and you won't be able to fly out of any of the region's three major airports — because planes obviously can't land on flooded runways.

That's according to a map built by Climate Central with recent data published by Science magazine. 

The map shows the permanent effects of what 20 feet of water would do to America's shorelines. This 20-foot rise may happen if the planet warms by two degrees Celsius, which, according to Climate Central, could "possibly" happen as early as the year 2200. For some persepective, two degrees Celsius is the target number for limiting global warming in current climate negotiations.

In the dangerously-close-to-sea-level New York City area, this kind of rise in sea level will lead to the disappearance of large swaths of land in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

Lower Manhattan will be mostly underwater, especially the East Village, the West Village, Tribeca, and almost all of Chelsea. For Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and large portions of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant will meet a soggy fate. In Queens, all of Long Island City and a large western portion of Astoria will be underwater.

In southern Brooklyn and Queens, Coney Island, the Rockaways, and many other seaside neighborhoods won't survive.

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Western Harlem will be spared, but much of Eastern Harlem won't.

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All three of the area's major airports (Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia International Airport, and JFK International Airport) will be underwater if the seas rise 20 feet.


As Curbed notes, this would result in the displacement of at least 1.8 million people. Click here to see the rest of the map.

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23 crazy facts about Disneyland


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Disneyland turns 60 today.

When the Anaheim, California, park first opened on July 17th in 1955, it was a mere fraction of the size it is today.

Since then, the park has inspired a number of legends and myths.

Some are true and some aren't.

In honor of the anniversary, we combed through the myths and legends to find the actual facts about Disneyland that will surprise you the most.

1. According to thisdayindisneyhistory.com, Disneyland originally opened on Sunday, July 17th, 1955 with a total of 18 attractions. The park now has 51 attractions (not including the attractions in Disney California Adventure Park).

2. When the park opened, admission was $1, according to PBS. It's now $99.

3. As of 2014, the park had welcomed almost 700 million guests since opening, according to Disneyland PR.

4. All the plants in the Tomorrowland attraction are edible.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion

5. According to Disney-pal.com, the park's haunted mansion has a pet cemetery. It's hidden on the mansion's side lawn — a place that guests rarely see. The cemetery is fake; pets aren't actually buried there, and the inscriptions on the grave stones are meant to be funny.

6. Both Steve Martin and Michelle Pfeiffer used to work at Disneyland before making it big in Hollywood. Pfeiffer was Alice in Wonderland and Martin was a magician, according to Mental Floss.

7. Over 84 million Mickey Mouse ears have been sold since Disneyland opened, making the ears the most popular Disneyland souvenir of all time.

Girl wearing Mickey Mouse Ears

8. Oscar Martinez, who now works at the Carnation Cafe, is Disneyland's longest-serving cast member. He started working at the park in December of 1956.

9. According to "Things To Do At Disneyland 2013," the facade of the building that makes up the It's A Small World ride is covered completely in gold leaf— ie real gold.

10. There's a small basketball court inside of Disneyland's Matterhorn. It's only for employees to use though.

11. According to Justdisney.com, it only took a year to build the park.


12. Walt Disney had his own private — and secret — apartment above the fire department on Main Street. The apartment is still there today, and the light in the window is supposed to symbolize Walt's presence.

13. Disneyland's monorail opened for the first time on June 14, 1959. At that time, it was the first daily operating monorail system in the Western hemisphere, according to Disneyland's social media director, Erin Glover.

14. According to the LA Times, there are around 200 feral cats that roam the park — mostly at night — which help to get rid of rodents.

15. According to the book "Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies" by Jason Surrell, the skeletons used in the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride were real skeletons taken from UCLA's medical center.

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Disneyland

16. Up until 2000, Disneyland employees weren't allowed to have mustaches. Beards, colored hair, and certain piercings are still banned though, the LA Times reported.

17. Disneyland's announcer, Bill Rodgers, and California Park Adventure's announcer Camille Dixon are married.

18. Disneyland's Clubb 33 — which used to be the secret place where Walt Disney hosted important people — is the only place in the park that serves alcohol, according to LA Weekly.

Disneyland Club 33

19. Walt Disney and his wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a party on the Mark Twain Riverboat shortly before the park opened.

20. According to IMDB, while visitors wait in line for the Star Tours ride, an announcement addresses passenger "Mr. Egroeg Sacul," which is George Lucas — the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises — spelled backwards.

21. A time capsule was buried in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle on July 17th, 1995, for the park's 40th anniversary. The time capsule will be opened 50 years from when it was buried — on July 17th, 2045, according to Ogelthorpe Univeristy.

Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland

22. According to IMDB, Thurl Ravenscroft, who was the voice of Tony the Tiger in Frosted Flake commericals and who sang the famous "you're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" song, is the voice for many attractions in Disneyland, including the Mark Twain river boat, the monorail, the Haunted Mansion, and it's a small world.

23. According to OC Weekly, Disneyland employees use the term "code V" to communicate that someone has thrown up in the park.

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