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I celebrated Juneteenth with some of America's best black chefs

“How ’bout those biscuits?” chef Brother Luck yelled across the dining room of the illustrious James Beard House. He’d come up from the kitchen after cooking dinner Monday night with three other black chefs from season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Between the second and third courses, Brooklyn-based chef Chris Scott served his famous honey butter biscuits — ones that had won over the judges, as well as fellow contestants, in an episode of the popular food competition series. The Beard House, known f

London’s best pubs have a secret Thai restaurant hidden inside them

By Jessica Furseth At first, there’s nothing about The Kings Arms that suggests it’s anything more than a nice little British pub. I wandered in one night not expecting much more than an after-work drink by Waterloo in South London. It was only when I went to the bar for the second round that I spotted a discreet sign pointing toward the back: Kanchana’s Kitchen. Following its direction, I was thrilled to find the pub open up into a Thai restaurant.

How does the British royal family make money?

By Kaitlin Menza Though it’s not yet over, we have already learned so much from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s foreign tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. Meghan Markle is pregnant! Prince Harry adores baby gifts, particularly stuffed koalas and tiny Uggs! They loved joining an “anti-bad vibes” circle on Bondi Beach in Sydney! And a whole lot of coordination goes into a visit with 76 engagements, multiple flights and careful outfit choices — as does a whole lot of money.

There's now an anti-Trump hotel in Washington, D.C. — meet the woman behind it

By Rachel Tepper Paley Two weeks before its grand opening Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C., Eaton Workshop — an ambitious hybrid concept that spans a hotel, co-working space, cultural hub and wellness center — was already fully booked for the night. The appeal of this property, which held a soft opening in mid-August, is plain at first glance: The lobby is an Instagrammer’s dream, draped in chic wood paneling and luxe velvet furnishings.

The smartest women in restaurants are working together to tackle #MeToo

By Devra Ferst It’s 5 p.m. on Monday at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, and a room full of women — and just a few men — are grouped around long wooden tables next to easel-sized sheets of white paper stuck to brick walls with phrases like “Covenant to end wage gap disparity,” “the makeup of a mentor,” and “empowered kitchens are powerful kitchens,” written in marker.

It's been 10 years since the financial crisis — but I'll never trust a bank again

By Kaitlin Menza The other day I argued with a friend over who had it worse. She graduated college in 2008. “2008 was the year,” she said. I retorted that she’d been able to get a full-time job that halcyon spring of 2008, before the world cracked apart. As an ’09 grad, I’d truly suffered because at the precise moment I entered the workforce, every company I applied to alerted me that hiring was frozen.

How do I ask about parental leave without raising any flags?

By Kaitlin Menza It’s hard to grasp what came first in the conversation — workers crying out for paid parental leave, or politicians identifying it as a bipartisan issue — but every day seems to bring another headline on the topic. In early August, Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill, the Economic Security Act for New Parents, which would allow new parents to borrow from their Social Security benefits to pay for leave.

How to figure out if your new romantic partner is a financial disaster

By Kaitlin Menza Modern dating is grueling enough as it is. After weeks of swiping and awkward messaging, you sit down across from a stranger and spend about 90 minutes assessing: Am I attracted to them? Am I enjoying their company? Do I want to stab them in the hand with a fork? Something you might not be questioning on the first date — but should be — is whether this person has a good credit score.

Is it ethical to eat at a restaurant at the center of a #MeToo accusation?

By Rachel Tepper Paley At 8:45 p.m. on a sweltering Saturday night in early July, the crowd at the Spotted Pig in New York City’s leafy West Village neighborhood appeared at full tilt. Patrons jostled for seats at the moodily lit downstairs bar and a scrum of bodies mobbed the host’s stand. To this onlooker, not much seemed out of place at the perennially popular spot, whose Roquefort-topped bistro burger by chef April Bloomfield has earned cult-like devotion.

Losing Global Entry is way easier than you think. These are 4 common mistakes travelers make

By Laura Ratliff It’s been nearly 10 years since the U.S. Customs and Border Protection introduced the Global Entry program in 2008, to great success. According to the CBP’s 2017 report, the agency enrolled nearly 2 million travelers into the Trusted Traveler programs (which include Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST) in 2017, bringing the total number to 6.8 million. The majority are signed up for Global Entry — considered the agency’s flagship program — and as it gains in popularity, so do the questions around the process, particularly for the growing class of travelers who have had their status denied or revoked.

What happens to a city after it plays host to 'Top Chef'?

By Meredith Heil Much has been made about the “Top Chef effect,” a term that describes how Bravo’s food competition show attracts visitors to its host city and contestants’ hometowns. The show, which has previously highlighted Charleston, New Orleans and Boston, has landed in Colorado — rotating between cities including Denver, Telluride and Boulder, for its newest season, which premiered Thursday, Dec. 7.

4 former employees accuse celebrity chef Johnny Iuzzini of sexual harassment and abuse

By Rachel Tepper Paley One night in 2011, on the gilded first floor of New York’s Trump International Hotel and Tower, a pastry chef labored at her station in the Jean-Georges restaurant. Her boss, pastry chef and emerging TV star Johnny Iuzzini, hovered nearby. Without warning, the pastry chef told Mic, Iuzzini was beside her, his tongue in her ear. Iuzzini repeated the offense “three or four times” on separate occasions, said the pastry chef, who worked under him for nearly two years.

A brief history of the gayest places in America — and how they came to be

By Brandon Presser As a month of international Pride draws to a close, let’s consider for a second the places that proudly fly the rainbow flag year-round, long after the parade confetti has been cleaned up off the streets. From the edge of New England to the recesses of the California desert, America has a constellation of destinations for the queer community, all of which came into being well before it was considered socially acceptable to be out and proud.

A beginner’s guide to maximizing travel points and miles for your next vacation

By Adam Erace In a lyrical French accent, a front desk agent in a dark tailored suit welcomed me to the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and thanked me for my loyalty. I'd never stayed at a Hyatt hotel before, let alone this particular five-star Hyatt hotel. Located in Paris' tony second arrondissement, the current rate for a weekend night is around $1,000. My hotel budget tends to stay in the $250 or less range.

50 Best Places to Travel in 2017

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. While news and global events have a large impact on the places we choose, we also pay attention to cities that are worth revisiting: Philadelphia, in particular, may surprise you with the amount of growth and development it has seen in recent months. North America made a strong showing on this year’s list—more than a quarter of these places are within reach for a long-weekend trip from the United States.
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