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You can spend weeks and big bucks on a home-improvement project, or you can invest considerably less time and money and end up with just as much satisfaction. One such simple — and useful — project is to set up a mudroom in your home, a...
Los Angeles Times Restaurant CriticCalifornia rarely feels more like California than it does from a window seat at the new Hostaria del Piccolo in Venice, where life's great pageant rolls by. Graying tax attorneys cruise by on Rollerblades, women toss yoga mats into the back of their...
The coincidence was positively delicious. Shortly after Swedish furniture seller Ikea found itself, shall we say, saddle-deep in a saucy mess that featured racier red meat in its Swedish meatballs than you’d normally get from the average...
If you want to get in beach body shape for spring break, don't spare a sagging mattress, especially if you're losing sleep over it. The connection? Recent University of Chicago research concluded that without adequate sleep, fat cells don't properly...
Diana Hamann is anything but puritanical in her views about drinking wine. "I think people should drink it every single day of their lives," says Hamann, who has been teaching wine classes at The Chopping Block in Chicago for nine years. It's in that...
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The Hartford CourantNew Haven has a reputation for its food trucks. Sitting in the shadow of I-95, Long Wharf Drive is one of the bastions of good, cheap meals on wheels. The Nexcalli truck is a standout, not only for its good eats but because it's the only black truck on...
Tags: East Haven, Steaks, Tacos, Onions, Lifestyle and Leisure
Hartford CourantLive theater has played in some offbeat places. But this one’s a doozy. Theatre 4 launches its fourth annual Acting Out. Four regional playwrights take on the same challenge of writing a new 10-minute play that takes place somewhere in the...
Mark Bittman Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m., IKEA, 450 Sargent Drive, New Haven Food is essential. It's basic. You die without it. But we're interested in it beyond mere sustenance. Food and cooking have become key elements of our popular culture...
One of my calling cards as a writer and human being is that through all these years my stock has soared here in Chicago, I have remained a man who sleeps on nothing but a mattress placed directly on the floor. Otherwise known as a “floor mattress.&...
Tags: Soups, Flu, George Clooney, Barack Obama, Lifestyle and Leisure
Last month, the three owners of Eating House and four of their employees pledged their loyalty to the restaurant by having its logo tattooed on their bodies. Forget regretting it down the road. Right now, the crew is celebrating a semi-finalist...
The Hartford CourantI love the new Ford commercial that shows desperate customers asking a gas station attendant if he has any marked-down "day-old gas." I've been tempted to do the same thing myself, because prices at the pump are cutting into my budget — and my...
Tags: Gifts, PayPal, Inc., The Home Depot, Consumers, West Hartford
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