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The Upside of Schlepping

201287KN2.jpegI love living in a city and I love walking, but sometimes it feels like the schlepping never ends. I try to remind myself what a fabulous workout I'm getting -- it makes me feel a little more like a badass, and a little less like a pack mule.

The Upside of Schlepping
  Apartment Therapy


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Tips for Choosing Kitchen Tile on a Budget: Going Beyond Subway Tile! — Expert Advice

I am building a new kitchen in the house that my husband and I are renovating, and there is a rather overwhelming array of choices to be made. Tile has been one of those. We're choosing a lot of tile (for baths as well as the kitchen). Subway tile is obviously a terrific and classic choice, and since it can be less than $3/square foot, very economical too. But can inexpensive tile go beyond subway tile? What are some other options for those of us on a strict budget? I took my questions to Kirsty Froelich, the corporate designer of The Tile Shop, a nationwide tile retail chain. Here's some of her advice on choosing tile when you're on a budget. More


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Beer Review: Linchpin White IPA from Green Flash & Founders Brewing Cos. — Beer Sessions

2012-08-03-LynchPinAle-1.jpgThe idea of a white IPA brewed with wheat is an intriguing one. After all, we've done black IPAs, dry-hopped IPAs, double and imperial IPAs, so why not a white IPA? It was only after picking up the bottle that I saw it was a joint project from two of my favorite breweries, Green Flash and Founders. I could hardly wait to get it home. More


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On Eating in Small Towns on the Road: Nostalgia and the Best Fried Chicken Ever

080612-brewery1.jpgThis past week my husband and I had the pleasure of traveling through the Midwest. After checking into a hotel in Keokuk, Iowa we learned that unless you want chain fast food, the pickings were a little slim. We could have gone to the grocery store for meats and veggies, but we were too tired, yet the idea of eating at Sonic was equally depressing. So instead, we asked a local for a recommendation and ended up at a place that made me nostalgic for Sunday dinner at my grandparents' house. More


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Kitchen Before & After: An Outdated Condo Kitchen Goes Glam — Professional Renovation

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Project: Lido Island Residence by Emily LaMarque Studio
Location: Newport Beach, CA

Every once in a while we like to take a look at kitchen renovations done by professional design studios. They're usually more aspirational than achievable for many of us, but they still provide great visual inspiration and ideas. The kitchen you see above once belonged to a couple who, after finding themselves empty-nesters, decided to sell their high-maintenance beachfront home. The Emily LaMarque Design Studio, based in West Hollywood, stripped the kitchen to its studs, knocked down a few walls, and turned the dated design into a glamorous kitchen befitting its covetable waterfront location. More


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What You’re Missing: The Essential Secret Ingredients of 5 Asian Cuisines

Have you ever tried to recreate a Thai, Indian, or Vietnamese dish from a restaurant and just had it... fall flat? Have you ever wondered how to get a Chinese stir-fry to really sing in the kitchen? Every cuisine has its "secret" ingredients — the ones that turn a dish from a weak imitation to the real deal. These are often the ingredients that are a little harder to find, or less familiar to Western cooks. Here are some thoughts on the secret ingredients of five Asian cuisines. More


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