An Eater’s Guide to the Connecticut Shoreline

A peaceful, warm-weather getaway still exists in Connecticut, on a 100-mile stretch of shoreline running from Greenwich in the west to Mystic in the east. Compared to other seaside retreats, the crowds are a little thinner, the air a little clearer, and the fresh-caught clams a little, well, fresher. Just an hour or two on MetroNorth from Grand Central Station, or the same by car from Boston or Providence, the Connecticut shore does draw in its fair share of visitors for public beaches, golf courses, vineyards and breweries, and B&Bs. Growing up in the beachfront town of Madison, I’d roll my eyes in typical teenage fashion when the “summer people” would start trickling into town after Memorial Day. But the return of these seasonal invaders also signaled a season of fun, from Good Humor ice cream trucks to roasting clams over beach bonfires — and there were never so many visitors that they killed the humble beach town vibe.

How I Learned To Love My Insulin Pump

By any objective standards, the insulin pump is an amazing invention. A mechanical device that can pump insulin directly into a diabetic’s body in place of a properly-working pancreas, it provides many diabetic users with a sense of normalcy. It's incredible, it's miraculous…but for much of my own experience as a diabetic, it felt like a neon sign drawing unwanted attention (and sympathy) to a disease I didn’t know how to accept.

If You Love the Wines of Bordeaux, It’s Time to Give The Texas Hill Country a Try

American drinkers who love the flavors and textures of southern French wines but also want to support domestic wineries — and save a bit of cash in the process — just might find their new favorites in the Texas Hill Country, a rapidly growing group of American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) producing bottles that bear many appealing similarities to Bordeaux and Rhône wines, while still embracing and showcasing their own unique characteristics.

Let One Of The Internet's Coolest Bartenders Help Set Up Your Home Bar

Cocktail expert and beloved Instagram influencer Elliott Clark of Apartment Bartender passionately believes that beverage creation is for everyone, and he tells us that “learning how to create a great drink experience in the comfort of your own home is very doable, very rewarding, and you don’t need a lot to get started.” Read on for Clark’s roundup of the must-have items for the aspiring home bartender, all of which will fit handily into even the smallest studio apartment.

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.
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