The best cocktails to whip up for brunch

Although drinking booze in the morning was commonplace for much of history, today there are lamentably few situations where it's socially acceptable to drink before noon. There's layovers at the airport. There's tailgating events. But above all else, there's brunch — that magical weekend rite when conventional society is permitted — nay, encouraged — to guzzle as many bottomless mimosas as possible before the 3 p.m. cut off.

The Rise of Living and Working Abroad in a Post-Pandemic World

Until very recently, the idea of working remotely while traveling the world was the stuff of fantasies and Travel & Leisure articles. So-called younger digital nomads were out there, owning multiple passports, taking pilates classes on mountaintops, and posting laptop-by-the-ocean selfies—but they made up a small, enviable niche of the travel market. The novel coronavirus may have changed that. Along with how we shop, socialize, and attend happy hours, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we work—possibly for the better, and probably forever. Now that so many of us are working remotely, employers and employees alike are realizing that a lot of our jobs can be done from anywhere. For a growing number of professionals, the digital lifestyle no longer seems so unattainable.

30+ Veteran-Owned Businesses to Shop and Support

As it turns out, the skills typically honed in military service can be a strong foundation for entrepreneurship. Maybe that’s why veterans start businesses at a higher rate than the rest of the population. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. Data shows that there is around one veteran-owned company for every 10 veterans and veteran-owned companies make up nearly 10% of all small businesses in the U.S. Today, you can find more than 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses (and businesses owned by military spouses) ranging from jewelry shops to coffee roasters to whiskey distilleries. Here are 30+ veteran-owned and military-family-owned businesses to support now and always:

8 of Our Favorite BIPOC Artists and Makers

It would be remiss to write a blog highlighting the work of BIPOC artists without taking a moment to reflect on the events and conversations of the year. Propelled by the momentum of protests following the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fell, the world is protesting, watching, listening, trying, speaking out, making mistakes, and — hopefully — changing.

The 11 Best Gifts to Say "I'm Sorry": A Gift Guide for When You're Really Sorry

Hey, we’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all forgotten our friend’s birthday or eaten a cupcake that didn’t belong to us. We’ve all not fed our neighbor’s fish when we said we would and then blamed its death on the cat and then accidentally ran over the cat with our Mazda 3 hatchback. (Wait, what?) Of course, one apology gift can’t un-eat that cupcake or bring that cat back to life. But a thoughtfully chosen, meaningful one can show your recipient that you are genuinely sorry.

The untold truth of fast food playgrounds

Once upon a time, way back in the '90s, the iPad hadn't been invented yet, Boy Meets World was still on the air, and interior playgrounds at fast food restaurants weren't regarded as foul dens of germs and discarded heroine needles. During this magical age, children frolicked in ball pits and slid down slides in the playscapes of restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King. Meanwhile, their parents chatted nearby, knowing their kids were fenced in and playing someplace "safe."

The One Street Food Dish You Should Try in Each Country

There's a time and a place to eat at Starbucks while traveling abroad: it's after day 49 when you're hungry and lost and they won't give you the WiFi password unless you buy something. The occasional blueberry scone at Starbucks during a moment of weakness aside — travelin' meals are best served street-side, squatting on a plastic chair among locals beneath the cool night air, sipping from a dusty bottle of local lager as a grizzled Australian expat tells you the story of how he lost his left hand to a shark while sea kayaking.

Gym Phrases You Don’t Understand But Are Too Afraid to Ask About

Pop quiz time! Do you know how many reps are in a traditional Tabata circuit? How about the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise? If you couldn’t instantly come up with the answers to these questions, don’t worry—they’ve stumped many a seasoned gymgoer. Whether you’re a brand new member or a seasoned athlete, gym lingo can get confusing. To help demystify this strange new fitness language, the trainers at Blink Fitness have explained five oft-misunderstood workouts:

10 Fiery Gift Ideas for Spicy Food Addicts

Do you know someone who showers their food in Sriracha? Keeps a bottle of Valentina hot sauce in their glove compartment? Gobble down whole jalapenos like marshmallows if they were on an all-marshmallow diet? You may know a spicy food addict. But this is one addiction that cannot be rehabilitated (nor should it — turns out, spicy food is actually pretty good for you). You can’t cure a hot sauce addict of their affliction, but you can win their fiery affection with the right gift.
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