I always thought homemade pretzels were time-consuming, impossible to master, and a headache. No thank you, I can’t be bothered. But this homemade pretzel recipe will take you less time than getting a fancy manicure. It’s so simple, you’ll wonder why pretzel-making seemed hard before. There’s no mixer required and all the ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now.  So go ahead-- twist it, sister!Total Time: 30 ... Read More
Chanel Reynolds of Seattle, WA, never got around to doing any estate-planning—after all, she and her husband José were young and super-healthy. So when José was killed while bicycling near their home, Reynolds found herself drowning in confusion, grief, and unexpected paperwork. For three years, she wrangled insurance documents and muddled her way through probate court battles. Her lack of planning was typical—a recent poll found that 61 ... Read More
  The Food Film Fest is one of the oddest and most fun movie events in the game. The conceit is (fairly) simple: the audience watches a series of short films on some element of food culture, and as each dish is introduced on screen, servers distribute tasting plates of the same dish to all the viewers. And after each screening, a party is held where the theme food is served (along with a whole lot of relevant-themed beer and cocktails, of course). The events, ... Read More
Originating in the 17th century, literary salons were once the perfect training ground for aspiring authors, helping them improve their writing by getting feedback and criticism from the greats. (If you made it into Gertrude Stein’s super-elite salon in 1920s Paris, you were definitely hot shit.) Now, many lit lovers are organizing readings to connect with their communities. These salons, which are often free, erase the gap between audience and ... Read More
Dawn Maestas loves tattoos, but she loves getting rid of them even more. The 42-year-old laser tattoo-removal specialist’s two passions in life—her career and fighting domestic violence—collided one day when she received an unusual call at her Albuquerque, NM, office: a girl had been kidnapped by her abusive partner and was forcibly tattooed multiple times with his name. Could Maestas help? She could, and she did. An abuse survivor herself, ... Read More
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