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Everything's Better With Bacon

Recipe: Trout with Bacon Brussels Sprouts

San Francisco chef Timmy Malloy takes the catch of the day and prepares it with fresh, local, seasonal produce.

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City of Pies

An Early Look at the New York Pizza Project

The New York Pizza Project is the combined effort of five locals investigating the dwindling subculture of pizza parlors in the city. They shared some of their photos with us and talked about what pizza still means to New York City.

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Visiting Brooklyn's Di Fara

A 50 Year Tradition in Pizza

One Wednesday afternoon, a couple of us decided to trek over to one of New York City’s favorite eateries across the river in Midwood, Brooklyn: Di Fara Pizza.

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It's Time for a Mischief Night in Craft Beer

The Pumpkin Beer Problem

Back in 2011 The Atlantic reported on “The Divisive Pumpkin Ale”, alleging that the style had become synonymous with increasingly stale and overdone flavors. This is still the (very subjective) argument for people who loathe the stuff. But more and more brewers and beer enthusiasts argue beyond taste: they say that some pumpkin beer practices are bad for consumers and craft beer in general.

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Learning the way of the climb

Postcard: Learning to Climb in the Gunks

2:00 p.m. EDT | New Paltz, NY — I’ve never met a more playful group of people than rock climbers. The experienced ones seem to have the best sense of humor when they’re standing on the edge of a cliff.

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Valhalla, I Am Coming

Unrelenting Weather and Endless Beauty in Iceland

Iceland exists as if out of the mind of a science fiction writer — not in the futuristic sense, but as some timeless place, where the elements that created the earth meet the people who harness its power. It is perhaps the most exotic place on Earth. And it’s only a five-hour flight from Manhattan.

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The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth — and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here’s a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

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Instead of Gatorade and Gu, Chianti and Lardo

Postcard: Roadside Assistance, Italian Style

1:00 p.m. CEST | Gaiole in Chianti, Italy — Actually, we’re something like 30 miles outside Gaiole in Chianti. Jeff‘s seat tube keeps falling, which makes sense because we’re riding pre-1987 road racing bikes as L’Eroica requires, and the mechanic had reamed his tube (the bike’s) something serious to get the seat post into it yesterday.

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On the Dance floor at Kuli Alma

A Crazy, Hazy Night in Tel Aviv’s Vibrant Club Scene

Blazing Beats, art house-inspired visual projections and a cocaine-like liquor: a night inside Kuli Alma, Tel Aviv’s newest nightlife hotspot.

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Exploring an Unwelcoming Gem

Exploring the Harsh Beauty of the Cascades

The North Cascades aren’t exactly user friendly. There are no drive-up views for the minivan crowd. Plush lodges and charming hamlets are few and far between. Rangers usually spend a lot of time telling you what a miserable time you’ll have if you put yourself at the mercy of the park’s capricious and violent weather. But with some grit and serious sweat, adventurers who press through those barriers reap major rewards. Photographer Chris Burkard covered our own recent trip.

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The Joys of Driving A 27-Foot Hotdog

We drove the Wienermobile, and it was awesome.

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Social Times at a Unique Resort in the Chilean Andes

At Portillo, Ski Season Begins in June

Snow was the last thing on anyone’s mind back home, but there I was in mid-August in Portillo, Chile, adjusting my goggles and cranking down my boot buckles.

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Don't Leave Home Without It

10 Flasks for Every Type of Sipper

Use a flask wisely and you’ll have a great hint of lawless confidence; the look of wonder in your buddies’ eyes as you swig your just-so-uncouth booze will be all the sweeter. (Smokier, if it’s Balvenie 18.) These ones deserve a place in your coat pocket.

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A City That's More Than a Mile High

72 Hours in Denver

Denver isn’t just good breakfast and a gateway to good pow — or America’s favorite city with legalized marijuana. It’s also a hotbed of killer dining, host to a booming culture scene, and a new destination for startups and venture capital. 300 days of sunshine a year, green space around every turn (parks, that is), and proximity to said slopes doesn’t hurt either. Our local expert weighs in with the latest installment of 72 Hours.

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What to pack for the adventure of a lifetime

Essentials for a South African Winter Safari

Traveling too much of Africa is intimidating. Years of headlines, let alone the complications of getting there, are foreboding enough. But South Africa has come to establish itself as a gateway to the larger continent for travelers around the world. When packing for a South African safari, versatility is key; here’s everything you’ll need.

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The lesser-known safari destination that's not to be missed

Photo Essay: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Witnessing a million wildebeest migrating from the southern Serengeti to Kenya’s Masa Mara reserve looks just as incredible in the flesh as it does in HD on Planet Earth. But to assume it’s the only real way to take in the circle of life on the great African continent is a rookie mistake — as four days spent on safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa made viciously clear.

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Break Boat

Surviving the Rolex Big Boat Series

The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by participants as the “Break Boat Series” for the toll it takes on boats and crews over four days of racing. GP’s Jason Heaton braved San Francisco Bay’s gusty winds and waves for a firsthand account.

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Your last iced coffee of the season

What We’re Drinking: Espresso and Tonic

The objective of most post-Starbucks coffee shops has been an almost authoritarian pursuit of purity. But it seems we’re turning a corner. This summer the Kaffe Tonic, a mixture of espresso and Fever Tree tonic served over ice at Saint Frank Coffee in San Francisco, caught on.

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Update your food pyramid

Cream of the Crop: The Best American Fruit Beers

Fruit beers have long been the redheaded stepchildren of the beer world. But now American brewers are using more complex bases — stouts, brown ales, rye ales and barleywines among others — and taking cues from the Belgians, those oldest of fruit beer brewers, to harness the nation’s harvest, from pumpkins to pluots. These are the best fruit beers of their labor.

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Deals this good don't last long.

Don’t Miss Out on Marriott Rewards FlashPerks

It’s time to get more from your travels. The Marriott Rewards FlashPerks program is an exclusive service for Marriott Rewards members that offers great deals on memorable hotels, merchandise and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Learn more or sign up today.

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Mystery in the Deep Jungle

Road Notes: Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Nearly 200 miles north of Guatemala City, in the rainforest, lie the remains of the ancient city Tikal, the capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of the Maya civilization. GP contributor Will McGough headed south for a visit.

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Greens for the People

America’s 20 Best Municipal Golf Courses

The muni is an American embodiment of democracy, like the library and the public park: a golf course run by the city.

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Levi Leipheimer's 10 Favorite Routes

Cycling California Wine Country with a Local Pro

Levi Leipheimer is a diviner of pain and suffering par excellence — a bike race organizer. We asked him to cull his dark arts and assemble 10 rides in the scenic, relaxing and overall pleasant area that is Northern California’s wine country. Enjoy responsibly.

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Not your average wine country tour

Photo Essay: Cycling in Sonoma County, CA

Whether you want to vineyard hop on a tandem or get on your Pinarello and crush 100 miles in a day, Sonoma County is a land flowing with milk and honey.

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A Visual Guide to Spiciness and Flavor

A Cautious Man’s Guide to Hot Peppers

Some chili peppers are more sweet than spicy, better suited to date night than a chest-beating contest with the boys. To learn more about the tamer varieties, we took a walk to the Chelsea Fruit Market. These are ones that interest us and our admittedly fragile tastebuds.

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Craft Hot Sauces Come Into Their Own

Five Best Hot Sauces from the Pacific Northwest

The stateside culture of craft hot sauce has had a slow-burn response to veteran heavyweights like Tabasco and Texas Pete, which sacrifice flavor for heat. Enthusiasts today are gazing toward the Pacific Northwest, where artisans are using the quality and abundance of fresh, local ingredients to produce wildly diverse newcomers to our country’s cabinet of hot sauces. We tried five of the best.

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Everyone Loves the Hefe

Drink Your Wheaties: The Best American Wheat Beers

If you associate wheat beer with Blue Moon and a slice of orange, this is your primer to the world of American brewers doing something more with their wheat malt. They’re adding aromatic hops. They’re open fermenting. They’re cultivating a beer that’s front-palate friendly with a full finish. These ten are perfect examples.

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Beware of the dark side

Highland Park’s Dark Offering Takes Aim at New Fans

We review Highland Park’s latest edition to their core lineup of single malts, Dark Origins, which is defined by a high percentage of double first fill sherry casks and a peatiness yet unheard of from the brand.

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Pat LaFrieda explains how it works

Like Intense Beef Flavor? Dry Aging Is For You

When it comes to aging meat, you need to talk to the beef cognoscenti, and Pat LaFrieda is a card-carrying member: butchery goes back more than 100 years in his family. He shared this excerpt from his new book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know.

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Pat's Backcountry Beverages Supplies Passable Camp Beer and Excellent Soda

For Happy Hour in the Backcountry, Just Add Water

Leave it to an Alaskan to invent a new way to drink alcohol outdoors. Pat Tatera, the founder of Pat’s Backcountry Beverages, developed a system for carrying concentrated forms of both alcohol and soda into the wild for hikers to make their own carbonated beverages in minutes with the help of stream water and small carbonation pouches.