Here’s How a Pair of $50 Vintage Bistro Chairs Became the MVPs of My Tiny Apartment

When I first moved into my teensy 350-square-foot Brooklyn studio, my mother gifted me a pair of wooden bistro chairs (similar to this style) that she’d found at a thrift shop in suburban Connecticut. Their total purchase price? $50. These chairs, with their woodsy green coat of paint on the frames and a dark wood finish on the seat, fit my planned apartment color scheme pretty well. I figured that, if nothing else, I could use them as placeholders for other furniture items while I shopped around. After six years with my bistro chairs though, I found that these “placeholders” became indispensable elements of my apartment, both from an aesthetic POV and from a practical position.

What Defines a Beer City, According to Experts

What really defines a “beer city”? What separates a “beer city” from “a city that happens to drink a lot of beer”? Which “beer cities” currently prove most significant in the American drinking landscape, and which cities count as emerging “beer cities to watch”? We consulted expert sources (i.e. brewers and beer bartenders) and collected a list of 10 established beer cities, 4 promising up-and-comers, and the characteristics that give these urban areas plenty of beer cred.

I'm A Food Writer And I Lost My Sense Of Taste To COVID-19

I’ve been writing about the food and beverage world as a freelance journalist for several years, and I’ve now reached the point where my entire livelihood comes from sharing stories about ingredients, culinary techniques, recipes and memorable flavors. And that’s why, after I contracted COVID-19 during the first week of 2021, I felt especially weakened and frightened by the loss of my sense of taste and smell.

10 Healthy Frozen Meals From Trader Joe's That Nutritionists Swear By

Trader Joe’s counts among the most popular grocery stores in the country for excellent reason. The prices are low, the quality is high, the customer service is exceptional and ― according to licensed nutritionists and dietitians ― many of the products sold by this particular chain are both flavorful and healthy. TJ’s frozen meals tend to garner particular accolades, thanks to their flavor, convenience, and the ease with which they fit into a nutritious diet. In a world where many frozen meals are loaded with mysterious hidden calories and ingredients that are impossible to pronounce, nutritionists helped us identify 10 reliably nutritious meals from Trader Joe’s.

Top 3 Wine Resolutions To Keep In 2021

As we all head into 2021 hoping that the 2020 whirlwind will finally subside, and a new, calmer, and safer future will come into view Resolutions in the typical sense seem like somewhat silly endeavors. That said, there’s still plenty of value in changing things up on a small and personal scale–starting with the way we enjoy a glass of vino at the end of a long day (or, if you’re a wine-brunch fan, at the start of one). If you’re ready for some fresh food pairings and modern spins on imbibing norms, then read on for three wine resolutions to kick your 2021 off right.

How To Make A Frozen Coffee Drink That Will Put Starbucks To Shame

There’s a reason the Starbucks Frappuccino became such an iconic treat: Coffee “slushies” hit the elusive sweet spot between indulgence and refreshment. High-falutin’ coffee snobs may feel tempted to dismiss these blended beverages as “not real coffee.” But the longstanding Italian tradition of granita, a dessert made from semi-frozen and shaved espresso, begs to differ. Frozen coffee deserves respect and full, unabashed enjoyment. However, it can be a challenge to whip up a version in a home kitchen that compares with the drinks available at coffee shops. With that in mind, we asked a group of coffee pros for their best frozen coffee-making advice, and they offered up these tips and recipes.
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