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Yakutsk, Russia, reached record lows of -83 F, and though there was a sun-drenched high of 101 F, the average summer day hits 25 F. The town has plenty to see, with local breweries, a state circus, an opera and ballet company, and even a museum of cryogenics. Locals warm up with hearty meals (think chicken Kiev, borscht, vareniki dumplings, and horse meat) in the city's Mongolian, Japanese, and Russian restaurants.
Mount McKinley, Alaska
Boasting the highest peak in North America (20,320 feet), Mount McKinley also holds the title of the coldest place on the continent, with temperatures that regularly dip to below -30 F (the weather station posted a record -75 F). Intrepid climbers of Mount McKinley stop in the small town of Talkeetna, where last provisions are purchased and sumptuous last meals are eaten at the Foraker Dining Room, which boasts an award-winning wine list.
Troms has a population of around 68,000 people, who all endure temperatures that only range from -1 F to 40 F all year, and record amounts of snowfall. What's more unique about Troms, though, is that it is home to the midnight sun (pictured, Troms at midnight), the phenomenon that occurs because the sun doesn't fully set between the middle of May and mid-July. Troms also experiencespolar night, which means the sun stays low on the horizon from late November to early January.
The title of the coldest capital city in the world goes to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where the almost-subarctic climate translates into short winter days and average annual temperatures of 27 F for its nearly one million residents. Visitors frequent the 100-year-old monasteries before dining on comfort foods that range from Mongolian dishes (fried mutton and buuz meat dumplings) to familiar Chinese meals like beef with vegetables and rice, and cashew chicken.
Greenland's capital, Nuuk, isn't the coldest part of the country, but it's the coldest part that actually has shops and hotels and a department of tourism. And we think that lows of -20 F and summery average highs of 34 F (the record high was 75 F) are just cold enough, thanks. In the interest of warming up, a local specialty is Greenlandic coffee coffee with heavy pours of whiskey, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and a topping of whipped cream.
International Falls, Minn.
Fighting for most-freezing bragging rights, the small Minnesotan town of International Falls drops to temperatures of -26 F (with a record of 55 F) in the winter. These freezing forecasts gained the town the nickname "Icebox of the Nation," and in an effort to keep the name in International Falls (and not in Fraser, Colo.), the town hosts an annual Ice Box Days festival, featuring frozen turkey bowling, snow sculpting, candlelight skiing, and of course, hot cocoa.
Also called the "Icebox of the Nation," Fraser is International Falls' frozen rival, and its nearly 1,000 residents endure similarly low temperatures in the winter (and the summer: average highs are 50 F). Sitting at the base of the Rocky Mountains, just near the popular ski resort Winter Park, Fraser is often passed over for big skiing opportunities elsewhere, with Devils Thumb Ranch and its fireside dining (think venison tartare, wild mushroom terrine, elk tenderloin) leading the pack.
The largest city in the Yukon, Whitehorse is rarely warmer than 40 F in the middle of the summer — no sunbathing here! Winters get down to record lows of -62 F, though that doesn't seem to deter the cross-country skiers who flock here every year. The food in downtown Whitehorse is rustic, with a dozen cafs and bakeries serving strong coffee and freshly baked goods; they've even got a sushi joint.
25 Betty Crocker-Era Holiday Recipes That We Secretly Love
Food and tradition are two of the most important elements of the holidays, so what better way to celebrate than by breaking out some of the most classic recipes of the '50s, '60s, and '70s? From deviled eggs to chiffon cake, chances are you grew up eating several of these dishes. Best of all, most are easy and cheap to make, too. Here are 25 tried-and-true favorites that it's time to introduce to the next generation.
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Let’s cut to the chase: Nobody likes tough balls. Easy. Don’t overwork the meatball mixture, and make sure to simmer gently.
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Think of a rainy Irish evening and a steaming serving of Irish stew. Ah, comfort. Since no one's traveling these days, create your own pub — and family — favorite. The Spruce Eats shares the dish is traditionally made with lamb, onions and potatoes but personalized with countless additions including carrots, parsnips, turnips, peas or celery. This version includes bacon and bacon fat — and as with many stews, you can make it ahead and serve the next day so the flavors truly meld.
World's Strangest Cold Remedies
Every time Crystal Ramirez comes down with a cold, she thinks of Cancún&mdashand the mouthful of hot peppers she ate there on the advice of a waiter.
&ldquoHe arrived at the table with a bowl of habaneros and asked me to eat a whole one&mdasha cure that his mother taught him as a child,&rdquo says the New York&ndashbased account executive, remembering aMexico trip that saw her sick. Initial tingling turned to &ldquofull-out mouth-burning&rdquo and&mdashafter the eye-watering, nose-running pain&mdasheventual relief.
&ldquoIt didn&rsquot completely cure my cold,&rdquo she says, &ldquobut I could smell the wonderful aromas of the food again.&rdquo Turns out, capsaicin helps thin mucus and clear clogged nasal passages.
Getting a bug while you&rsquore traveling may be a letdown, but it offers one intriguing opportunity: to try a local home remedy, an international answer to good ol&rsquo chicken soup. A few ingredients may seem universal&mdashhot teas, ginger, honey, garlic&mdashwhile others verge on bizarre, such as snail slime, dehydrated lizards, or scratchy coins. All have hundreds of years of tradition behind them.
Of course, quirky remedies aren&rsquot exclusive to other countries. Folk cures in Texas reportedly used to include rubbing beef tallow on your feet or a little cow manure on your chest (which indeed might really open up the sinuses).
So this cold and flu season, stifle those sniffles with a glug of onion juice, then suck on a salted kumquat for your sore throat. Or do as they do in India and regain your strength with a nice warm glass of turmeric milk. Some of these international cold remedies may sound strange, but rest assured, they&rsquore Grandma approved.
Pro move: Save the spicy broth and sprinkle with some chopped cilantro or scallions to sip on later.
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You'll want to "fall" into The Ravenous Pig's Autumn Blossom Punch &mdash Photo courtesy of The Ravenous Pig
At the beloved Winter Park establishment, The Ravenous Pig, rotating menus ensure that only the freshest ingredients are employed. Same goes for the cocktail menu, where punch is so valued, it's a weekly staple.
"Punch is great for those who are in the mood for a good time or celebration but don't know where to start," says Kristian Sirani, Bar Manager. "We rotate our punch bowl every Sunday, keeping things fresh and to introduce new spirits and flavors for those willing to explore."
Bucket List Travel: The Top 50 Places In The World
According to a new survey, Bali is the top bucket list destination in the world.
What's on your travel bucket list? If you're like most people, the more you travel, the more places you add to your bucket list. So when the editors of the website Big 7 Travel announced the list of the world's top 50 bucket list destinations, we stopped in our tracks and started checking off the boxes.
The website surveyed its 1.5 million-strong social audience in order to determine the best bucket list places around the world. According to Sarah Clayton-Lea, head of content with Big 7 Travel, this is the first time the site has assembled this list. "Bucket list travel was a trend that popped up again and again in previous surveys when asking our readers what sort of travel content they most enjoyed consuming," says Clayton-Lea. "So, our curiosity got the better of us and we wanted to know which destinations people are dreaming of for 2019/2020."
The results of the world’s top 50 bucket list destinations include some of the most beautiful places on earth. "White sandy beaches are still a must-visit for many, with vibrant cities also making an appearance on a lot of people’s bucket lists," says Clayton-Lea. Countries with naturally beautiful scenery and world-famous landmarks came out on top: 22% of the destinations on the list have white sandy beaches, while 52% are iconic cities.
The famously colorful Bo Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa.
In the study, Big 7 Travel found that people were also more likely to add a destination to their list if they had seen it on social media, and 33% of people research vacation destinations on their Instagram feed. "With over one-third of our readers saying they look to Instagram for travel inspiration, it makes sense that cities with colorful neighborhoods (such as Cape Town’s Bo Kaap) made the cut," says Clayton-Lea.
Bali topped the list of the 50 most popular bucket list destination on earth, but there were also some unexpected picks. "The top 10 list has a lot of the expected dream destinations, but there are a few surprises on the list: Paro Valley in Bhutan, for example, or Virunga National Park in the Congo," says Clayton-Lea. "I think this shows a great appetite for a need to get off the grid and can only assume that social media (and Netflix, in the case of Virunga!) is responsible for spreading the word of these amazing places."
An interesting factoid uncovered in the study: Most people have an average bucket list of just 11 places, with the hope of visiting seven of those locations during their lifetime. No matter how many places are on your bucket list, this ranking will get you dreaming of places near and far. Read on for the top 50 bucket list destinations in the world and what Big 7 Travel had to say about each one.
Overlooking the jungle on one of Bali's highly Instagrammed swings.
1. Bali, Indonesia: "You’ll find beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. Basically, it’s paradise. It’s likely you’ve seen an image of Bali on social media at least once in the past seven days, as it’s such a popular bucket list destination for 2019."
2. New Orleans: "The lively city known for its street music, festive vibe and a melting pot of French, African and American cultures is well worth the trip. NOLA is a city packed with adventures at every turn and should be on everyone’s must-visit list."
3. Kerry, Ireland:" All the way west in Ireland is one of the country’s most scenic counties. Kerry’s mountains, lakes and coasts are postcard-perfect, and that’s before you add in Killarney National Park. The unique small towns such as Dingle add to its charm."
El Badi Palace in the Marrakesh medina.
4. Marrakesh, Morocco: "This ancient walled city is home to mosques, palaces and lush gardens. It’s known as The Red City thanks to the color of the brick walls surrounding the city. The medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre."
5. Sydney: "Sydney is known around the world as one of the greatest and most iconic cities on the planet. Amazing things to do aren’t hard to find the city has gorgeous beaches, great cafes and world-class entertainment on offer wherever you look."
6. The Maldives: "This tropical nation in the Indian Ocean is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotel resorts, with white sandy beaches, underwater villas and restaurants and bright blue waters."
7. Paris, France: "One of the most iconic cities in the world, Paris tops many people’s bucket lists. You’ll see so many famous landmarks here: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame cathedral—the list is never-ending."
8. Cape Town, South Africa: "Cape Town is a dream location to visit: endless natural beauty and clifftop views, pastel pink neighborhoods and turquoise waters."
9. Dubai, U.A.E.: "The high-flying city of the U.A.E, Dubai is one of the most glamorous destinations you’ll ever visit, and is particularly popular with Big 7 Travel readers."
Sunset In Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
10. Bora Bora, French Polynesia: "Bora Bora is Tahiti's most famous island. How do overwater bungalows and underwater adventures sound to you? To us, it’s everything we could want from a bucket list destination."
11. New York: "New York is one of America’s most exciting states. With charming upstate scenery, world-class cuisine and culture and more things to do than you could fit in one lifetime. The city’s five boroughs all have special features it’s almost impossible to narrow it down"
12. Dubrovnik, Croatia: "As George Bernard Shaw once said, 'Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.' With its winding streets, cliffside beach bars and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is such a popular spot."
Carlton hill in Edinburgh, Scotland.
13. Edinburgh, Scotland: "With the historic Edinburgh castle looming over the city, culture in spades and wonderfully friendly locals, this is one of the world’s greatest city breaks."
14. Rome, Italy: "Whether it’s your first time in Rome or your 50th, the best thing about this city is that you’ll always discover something new each time you stroll the scenic streets."
15. Paro Valley, Bhutan: Paro Valley is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes. Tucked between China and India, Bhutan is a mysterious country that prides itself on sustainable tourism. You’ll find Paro Taktsang here, a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site."
At the Jal Mahal Palace at sunset in Jaipur, India.
16. Jaipur, India: "Jaipur is known as the ‘Pink City’ for its pale terracotta buildings. This was originally done to impress the visiting Prince Albert during his 1876 tour of India by order of the Maharaja (Sawai Ram Singh). Even today, it’s illegal to paint buildings any other color."
17. Waikato, New Zealand: "Waikato, a region in New Zealand’s North Island, is home to massive underground caves, lush rainforest and the buzzy city of Hamilton. But the area’s main attraction? A Middle-earth adventure on the film set of Lord of the Rings. Hobbiton Movie Set still has the original Hobbit holes from the making of the films."
18. Havana, Cuba: "Cuba’s capital is almost 500 years old and a riot of color. Brightly painted buildings and vintage cars make Havana a photogenic dream."
A view of Tokyo Skytree and the city skyline from the Tobu Levant Hotel.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Bloom
19. Tokyo, Japan: "Visiting Tokyo is like visiting the future—flashing neon lights, incredible technology—yet there’s still a rich sense of culture and history."
20. Antarctica: "Earth’s southernmost continent, Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Nowhere else can compare with the extreme remoteness of this snowy place. It’s not an easy trip to make, but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the white wilderness, icy sea kayaking and whale sightings."
21. Vancouver, Canada: "Vancouver is surrounded by water yet close to the mountains and has world-class art, restaurants and heaps of other attractions to keep you entertained."
22. Los Angeles: "In a city with year-round sunshine, glam bars, beaches and hikes, there are endless incredible experiences to enjoy in Los Angeles. It’s no wonder there are almost 5O million ‘LA’ hashtags on Insta."
In Kruger National Park, South Africa.
23. Kruger National Park, South Africa: "The Kruger National Park is a vast space in northeastern South Africa that is home to a huge array of wildlife. The park has safari experiences of all kinds, allowing you the opportunity to escape busy city living and get back to nature."
24. Santorini, Greece: "Santorini is actually a group of islands Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni. Beaches with volcanic black or red sand and clear blue waters make this an ideal holiday spot. With its famous Santorini sunsets, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular bucket list destinations."
25. Moscow, Russia: "Russia’s cosmopolitan capital, Moscow is a beautiful destination to visit in any season. Colorful domes and bell chimes ring out from over 600 churches in the city, and the sense of history is immense. Culture lovers will be impressed with the museums and ballet."
26. Singapore: "Singapore is a small island city-state off southern Malaysia which punches way above its weight on a global level. It’s a modern city with colorful buildings, futuristic bridges and a cloud forest."
London's Westminster Bridge.
27. London, England: "Pretty pink restaurants, futuristic space-age toilets and jungle skyline views are just some of our favorite things about London. And of course, all the classics: Big Ben, red phone boxes and world-class museums and galleries."
28. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: "Rio de Janeiro has always been one of the most iconic cities in the world with instantly recognizable landscapes and landmarks."
29. Petra, Jordan: "The ancient Nabatean city of Petra in southern Jordan is surrounded by beautiful red rocks and steep gorges. The world wonder is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction."
30. Hong Kong: "Famous for its skylines and vibrant food scene, what most people don’t know is that 70% of Hong Kong is mountains and lush parks. Colorful playgrounds and sci-fi apartment blocks give HK an enviable edge."
Beach and sea waves shot from above in Barbados.
31. Barbabos: "Barbados is one of those magical holiday destinations that everybody dreams about visiting. Who wouldn’t put this on their bucket list? Nestled in the south of the Caribbean, it offers stunning beauty and wonderful local culture and is the perfect place to unwind."
32. Amsterdam: "Forget about cliched images of smoke shops and gaudy red lights. From floating flower markets to bohemian neighborhoods, this city has it all."
33. Santiago, Chile: "Santiago is a cosmopolitan city with the very best of Chilean culture art galleries, design shops and handicraft markets, as well as lively Latino nightlife. You’ll stroll through historic neighborhoods with pretty winding streets and charming bars and cafes."
34. Cairo, Egypt: "Cairo is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Sitting on the Nile river with wonderful museums, vibrant culture and friendly locals, it makes for a great holiday."
35. Copenhagen, Denmark: "Copenhagen’s rustic fishing ports, modern graffiti and winding red brick streets are just some of what makes it such a beautiful bucket list destination. It oozes Scandi cool from every corner, with top-notch food, stylish design and an always hip atmosphere."
36. Seoul, Korea: "Seoul is a vibrant metropolis where old-meets-new, with pop culture (K-Pop!) alongside Buddhist temples.
37. Laucala Island Resort, Fiji: "Laucala Island Resort is a private island in Fiji, in absolute paradise. It is one of three small islands off the northeast coast of Taveuni in Fiji. There are coconut trees, a sustainable farm and miles of beach, as well as coral reefs, postcard-perfect beaches and lush rainforest."
38. Providencia, Colombia: "The Colombian island of Providencia is the perfect combination of South America and the Caribbean. It’s best known for Crab Cay: an unspoiled little island where all there is to do is snorkel and lie on the beach."
Photographing Machu Picchu, Peru.
39. Machu Picchu, Peru: "The best way to get here? Arrive at Machu Picchu in style on the 360° Train that will bring you through the Peruvian countryside to the lost city. The wide, panoramic windows are perfect for soaking up the view, plus they serve Pisco Sours on board."
40. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo: "Virunga National Park is one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet and home to the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. It’s full of lush rainforest and has received even more attention since the documentary Virunga."
41. Lisbon, Portugal: "Lisbon, the hilly capital of Portugal, is postcard-perfect with its cobbled streets, pristine waters and local Atlantic beaches."
42. Hanoi, Vietnam: "Hanoi—the capital of Vietnam—is known for its rich history, busy street life and centuries of French, Asian and Chinese influences all blended into one bustling city. It’s a wonderful base from which to explore the North of Vietnam, including Halong Bay and Sapa, while also enjoying the comforts of a modern vibrant city."
A view of Honolulu's Magic Island And Waikiki Beach.
43. Hawaii: "From the hustle and bustle of Oahu to the romance of Maui and off-the-beaten-path adventures on Lanai and Molokai. The Hawaiian Islands are pure paradise. Explore colorful canyons and waterfalls and eat your body weight in fresh poke."
44. Ibiza, Spain: "While you’ll have your fair share of techno club experiences, Ibiza is also one of the most beautiful Spanish islands, with a pretty Old Town and scenic beaches. Spend the day on the beach and the nights in legendary clubs."
45. Beijing, China: "Beijing is China’s political, economic, and cultural center, with six Unesco World Heritage Sites in this city alone. Discover Forbidden City, street food dishes of Peking duck and of course, the Great Wall of China."
46. Budapest, Hungary: "The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a fairytale city in Eastern Europe. The city itself is separated by the 19th-century Chain Bridge that connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest—hence the name Budapest."
Photographing Vernazza in Cinque Terre.
47. Cinque Terre, Italy: "Is there anything prettier than this area of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline? The five towns (Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare) are made for bucket lists."
48. Buenos Aires, Argentina: "Bookstores set in palatial theatres, tango dancing in the streets and brightly painted neighborhoods. These are just some of what makes Buenos Aires so beautiful."
49. Las Vegas: "With the bright lights, party atmosphere and endless things to see and do, it’s no wonder that Las Vegas has become a glittering global tourism destination. Take a chance in the casinos until the early hours or see world-class entertainment."
50: Matterhorn, Switzerland: "The Matterhorn is one of the world’s most iconic peaks—the pyramid-shaped mountain, which is very difficult to climb, is said to be the most-photographed mountain in the world."
I’m a travel and lifestyle authority and a content strategist who works with brands to create powerful storytelling. In this column, "Transformative Travel," I look at
I’m a travel and lifestyle authority and a content strategist who works with brands to create powerful storytelling. In this column, "Transformative Travel," I look at how travel can change women's lives. I profile the doers and the disrupters and cover the trends and the destinations that appeal to women today. I have been writing about travel since the early days of my career, when I started off as a honeymoon editor, even though — ironically — I was single at the time. Since then, I have written for a number of publications, including Food & Wine, Wallpaper and The New York Times. I have been the editor-in-chief of Yahoo Travel, which was named the top online travel magazine under my leadership. Before that, I was deputy editor of Travel & Leisure. Throughout my career, I have appeared regularly on television, including Good Morning America and NBC Today. Journalism is part of my heritage: My great great grandfather was a Civil War correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Follow me on Twitter (@laurabegley) and Instagram (@laurabegleybloom).
8 Best Iced Tea Makers of 2021
Few things say summer like a big ol' pitcher of an iced tea cocktail on the buffet at a backyard barbecue. It's a win-win, really &mdash the refreshing treat is more inspired than an array of sodas, bottled tea, and water, but there's no need to break a sweat when brewing. With the right iced tea maker at your disposal, whipping up a big batch of tea is as easy as 1-2-3.
"Iced tea makers work similarly to coffee makers," says Nicole Papantoniou, senior testing editor in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technologies Lab. "Add tea (loose or in the bag) to the basket and allow hot water to dispense over it and brew into a pitcher filled with ice." Alternatively, iced tea can also be made like cold brew &mdash steeped in cold water for a long period of time. "The benefit of an iced tea maker is being able to make any type you&rsquod like without worrying about added sweeteners, additives, and preservatives," Papantoniou explains.
When shopping for iced tea makers, you have your fair share of choices &mdash namely, electric or non-electric. But not all models function the same way:
- Some electric machines allow you to brew tea directly over ice, while others require you to brew tea in the kettle and then pour over ice. Though bulkier, electric machines make prep a breeze.
- Manual, or non-electric, models operate just like cold brew machines (and are, in fact, interchangeable), requiring hours to adequately steep. These options are more compact and portable, but require much more forethought and patience.
Which type of iced tea maker you choose is largely a matter of personal preference. Either way, if you're in the market, these are the best iced tea makers for home use:
This electric tea maker functions much like a traditional coffee machine &mdash simply place water in the reservoir and add your tea of choice (either loose or bags) in the brew basket. The main difference is you also add ice to the pitcher prior to brewing for up to two quarts of the icy cold treat in just a few minutes.
Short Celebrity Women Who Are 5 Feet, 2 Inches Tall or Under
Shorties, unite! Being on the not-so-tall side may preclude you from going on a few rides at Disney or from reaching that oddly placed kitchen cabinet &mdash you know, the little one above your fridge &mdash but there is nothing wrong with being short, and these short celebrity women would probably agree. While the world of modeling may be overrun with women measuring in at 6 feet or taller, a surprising number of our favorite celebs are decidedly, verifiably short (which, for the purposes of this article, we’re clocking as 5 feet, 2 inches or shorter).
Curious who makes the list? Game of Thrones&lsquo Emilia Clarke is one such badass chick. The Mother of Dragons slays both onscreen and off, and she does so while standing at exactly 5 feet, 2 inches tall. In short, she&rsquos a pint-size powerhouse. And Clarke is far from alone: Awkwafina, Lady Gaga, Kristen Bell, and the Olsen twins all command attention in spite of their small size. Wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin is just 4 feet, 11 inches. Also on the list: Mother-daughter duo Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd, and (not surprisingly): gymnasts Simone Biles and Shawn Johnson East.
Since we typically see these ladies on screen or in our social media feeds and not in real life, we’re often surprised to find out just how petite some of these women are &mdash and on the flip side, super-tall celebs often take us by surprise too (like when we found out Taylor Swift is actually 5 feet, 10 inches tall).
So, who else makes up the list of short female celebrities? These ladies may be small in stature, but they&rsquore definitely not short on personality and talent &mdash read on to see all the female celebs under 5 feet, 2 inches tall.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2014.