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Shady Dell, Bisbee, AZ
Think of Lucille Ball in The Long, Long Trailer, and you'll get the picture of the Shady Dell-a vintage aluminum-trailer park revamped into an inn, within the equally throwback town of Bisbee. Choose among nine fully furnished trailers, including a polished shiny 1949 Airstream dubbed the Bridal Suite because it displays black-and-white wedding albums; the 1959 Boles Aero (pictured), with a gold-flecked starburst pattern on its walls; and a tiki bus decked out in Polynesian fantasy. Happy hour here is like a tail-gate party, with new friends and croquet on the artificial-turf patio. The Dell's itty-bitty Dot's Diner is itself worth a trip for burgers, milkshakes, and house-made cherry pie.
The Charlie, West Hollywood, CA
Once upon a time, Charlie Chaplin lived on a compound of storybook English Tudor-style cottages surrounded by flowers and
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The white solid-surface counter in this kids' bath doesn't compete with the strong pattern on the floor.
Mosaic tile counter
Ice blue glass mosaic tiles cover the countertop and extend into a tiled wall that also includes white and ocean blue.
Sleek wall-mounted faucets pour into both sides of a center-sloped double sink
Enameled cast iron sink
Enameled cast iron is a long-lasting, maintenance-free choice for a sink.
Integral concrete sink
Concrete fabricators can get creative with integral sinks, as they aren't limited by standard molds and sizes. In this example, water spills into a reservoir that leads to a pipe under the sink.
Integral porcelain sink
This integral porcelain sink is set on a floating white cabinet and has ample counter space on either end.
Rosy concrete sink
This smaller-than-average rosy pink concrete integral sink works well in a half bath.
Back-to-back floating vanities give each person his or her own space. Deep, wide, wall-mounted sinks make a design statement, and setting them
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Apple Oven Cake
Apple Oven Cake
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 sweet apple such as Fuji, peeled and sliced
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Melt butter in a 12-in. ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, swirling to combine. Add apple and cook until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a blender, whirl together eggs, salt, flour, and milk. Pour egg mixture into pan and bake until puffed and brown, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar.
1/4 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
Freshly ground black pepper
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Tomales Bay, CA
Oysters: Tomales Bay, CA
Just under an hour north of the city lies Point Reyes, a gorgeous seashore that also boasts the Bay Area's lauded oysters. At Tomales Bay Oyster Company, you bring the sides, the drinks and the appetite; they supply picnic supplies, hot sauce, and some of the best oysters you can find.
Fort Collins, CO
Beer: Fort Collins, CO
We said what everyone else says after they first taste New Belgium Brewing's La Folie: This isn't beer! The Flemish-style sour ale, squeezed out in small batches year-round, is aged for up to three years in French oak. The result: an intensely tart brew with a long-lasting dry fruity finish. So much better than beer.
Best time to go: April, for refreshing sour beer and spring skiing.
Beer: Bend, OR
Don't let the skull and crossbones fool you. Up-and-comer Boneyard Beer kegs some of the most balanced beers in the West.
Forget old-school spider plants. A new wave of unusual and dramatic indoor plants are as much decor as they are greenery. Striking shapes, sizes, and colors make them more spectacular than ever.Read More »from 9 Super-Chic Houseplants
Dracaena warneckii 'Jade Jewel'
Foliage: Variegated leaves from compact rosettes that resemble starbursts.
Plant: Shapely and slender as a palm, it grows slowly to 8 feet tall with sturdy, upright canes.
Light: Moderate to bright.
Variegated Ficus decora
Foliage: Big leaves are simply spectacular.
Plant: Indoors, it reaches 10 feets tall. Leaves turn brown or drop if this finicky plant doesn't get what it wants (no drafts, no wet leaves).
The grand dame
Ficus lyrata 'Little Fiddle'
Foliage: Large, leather, nearly violin-shaped leaves.
Plant: This stately plant can reach 20 feet tall. To maintain its size and shape, prune branches in early spring. Feed the plant after pruning; rotate it every few weeks to keep it from leaning.
Light: Moderate to bright.
The climber (at left)
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Sauvignon Blanc: crisp and refreshing
Taste: Tart lemon, grapefruit, melon, and tropicals like passionfruit over a pleasant grassiness and herbal quality.
Pair with: Cheeses, green vegetables, oysters, delicate fish, fresh herbs, mild vinaigrettes, dishes with tangy dairy, pesto.
Try it with: Roasted Artichoke Salad with Lemon and Mint
Cabernet Sauvignon: the king of reds
Taste: Plums, blackberries, and black currant; sometimes violets or rose petals, and often mint, mocha, and eucalyptus or cedar; strong tannins underneath.
Pair with: Well-marbled beef, hearty fowl, spice rubs and sauces, marinades with soy sauce, long-braised stews, pot roast, grilled red meat.
Chardonnay: rich and complex white
Taste: Green apple, pear, melon, creamy lemon, and
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Think yogurt is just sweetened snack cups? The plain full-fat stuff has a beautiful tang and creaminess, and is a revelation as an ingredient
Get: At any grocery story
Try: Add a little salt and mint for a sauce for vegetables or grilled meat. Drain so it's thick and satiny, and you've got labneh. Mix with olive oil and garlic and toss with pasta, or serve with bread for dunking.
Labneh recipe: Line a strainer with cheesecloth and spoon in 32 oz. plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. Set over a deep bowl, cover, and chill 7 to 24 hours to drain. Makes 3 cups. Keeps, chilled, up to 1 week.
A fruity, mildly hot crushed chile with a hint of smokiness. Grown in Syria and Turkey, it's reminiscent of Mexican ancho chile (a good sub).
Get: At gourmet grocery stores
Try: Toss with seafood, ground meat, even fruit salad.
Mint is an herb that wears many hats. It not only delivers a perfect pop of flavor in both sweet and savory dishes but garnishes beautifully in a myriad of different drinks. Do you know your way around this refreshing and easy-to-grow herb? Here are 6 of our favorite varieties.Read More »from 6 Great Mints to Grow
Chocolate: Tastes like a peppermint patty.
It's fun to nibble and good for warm tea-or added to ice cream.
Curly: Has a pleasant fragrance.
The texture is a bit rough for eating, but it's a fun garnish for cold drinks and berried desserts.
Kentucky Colonel: Mild fruity-spearmint flavor.
The Kentucky Colonel is the traditional choice for mojitos and mint julep. It's also good added to lemonade or iced tea for a doubly cool and refreshing kick.
Egyptian: Strong spearmint and fruit fragrance
Egyptian is a good choice for savory dishes like tabbouleh or raita (Indian yogurt salad).
Habek: Musky and rather savory fragrance.
Habek is the ultimate companion to iced tea.
Moroccan: Contains elements of both
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Almond Butter and Smashed Berry Sandwich
1/4 cup fresh or thawed frozen blackberries
1/4 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
2 whole-wheat English muffins, split
2 tablespoons almond butter
Pinch of kosher salt
Smash berries with honey in a small bowl, using a fork.
Toast muffins, then spread each half with almond butter. Sprinkle lightly with the salt.
Transfer berries to muffin bottoms, using a slotted spoon. Set muffin tops in place.
Bunk's Oregon Albacore Tuna Salad
2 cans (5 oz. each) local sustainable albacore tuna
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Mix all ingredients together and serve on toasted whole-wheat bread.
Smoked Salmon Bagel
1 pumpernickel or plain bagel (6 oz.)
2 tablespoons chive cream cheese
1/3 cup thinly
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Aromatic, flamboyant Albariño
Aphrodite had her tools―apples, pomegranates, and a mythical girdle that, legend has it, made her irresistible to men. We reject the girdle in favor of a glass of wine with seductive edibles. A half-dozen oysters, a few almonds, some spicy chiles, and a racy bottle of Western white.
Have a Latin fling
Get cozy with the West's new wave of flamboyantly aromatic, thoroughly romantic Latin grapes. Don't be surprised if you fall in love―especially when you pair them with these aphrodisiac foods.
Almond cake and late-harvest wine
Almonds in ancient Arabian baking might have fueled The Thousand
and One Nights, but we'll settle for just one night and just one pastry: an Italian Almond Cake from Pacific Sourdough company on the Oregon coast ($25; almondcake.com)
Pair it with a wine that, as food editor Margo True says, "puts both arms around the cake"―Beringer's honeyed "Nightingale," a 2005