THE VERGE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019

As the end of 2019 approaches, it’s a good time to think back and reflect on the year that was and to think about the friends, family, and co-workers in our lives who we are grateful and thankful to have. While it can be difficult to find a way to express that sentiment with a gift — which is why they say it’s the thought that counts — you still want to make sure you give them something good and not, like, rock hard fruit cake. That’s why we convene the…

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A Complete Guide To Making Perfect Burgers At Home

When it comes to burgers, the world’s your oyster; that’s why you can make anything, from avocado and bacon burgers to potato tikki burgers. No matter which burger floats your boat though, there’s something vividly satisfying about taking a bite of the moist meat, the salty cheese, the soft white bun, and the crisp-as-a-wafer lettuce leaf. One of North America’s most famous exports to the world, its very first mention appeared on a Delmonico’s menu in 1834, in New York. This wasn’t quite the burger we know today, but something quite similar.…

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Know Your Pasta Sauces: The Ultimate Guide

If you happen to be a pasta lover but often get confused between the myriad varieties of sauces out there, then this article will come quite handy to you. Pastas are an essential part of the Italian cuisine. They taste  the best when paired with different types of sauces as they add flavour and aroma to the final dish. Almost all the sauces are quite different from each other in terms of colour, taste and texture. This article will help you out in understanding these sauces a little better so…

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Can’t Decide What To Have? Here’s Your Guide To Portuguese Food

Whenever you think of Portuguese cuisine, you automatically associate it with the spices that it offers. Piri piri and black pepper are two of the most famous spices in Portuguese cuisine. It has a base of olive oil, which is used both for cooking and flavouring food. The blend of these exotic flavours can dish out some of the most mouth-watering delicacies which are quite drool-worthy. Famous for its seafood, the country has the highest fish consumption in Europe and fourth among the world. Almost all the dishes here are seasoned…

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Uttarakhand Food: A Beginner’s Guide to the Cuisines of Kumaon and Garhwal

In an old wooden house in Bhatoli, a small village a few kilometres away from Mussoorie, Kiran, the sarpanch’s young daughter-in-law is cooking us breakfast. Bhatoli is a relatively prosperous village. The villagers here largely depend on the maize they grow for food and fodder. Yet, the food here-as in all regions of Uttaranchal-remains simple, basic fare. Whatever is locally grown is consumed: There is no complex spicing, no rich ingredients and even the feasts are relatively simple. It is ironical then that so much of what has been part of the…

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Nagaland Food: A Beginner’s Guide to this Northeast Indian Cuisine

When it comes to food, there are so many endearing qualities about the Nagas. And I particularly love my Naga friends for many culinary reasons. In their company, one gets to eat really yummy food. Nagas are hospitable and they are known for their large heartedness. Land up in any Naga home – back in Nagaland or, in any metro cities where they are increasingly making a presence, they will manifest their hospitality on the table so much so that it’s hard to resist not over eating. They can cook a…

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The Ultimate Black Friday Gift Guide: Fashion-Forward Holiday Shopping for Less

Black Friday is the one time of the year when it’s entirely acceptable, if not mandatory, to buy a big-ticket holiday gift at a fraction of the full retail price. The annual shopping marathon never fails to inspire hoards of impassioned bargain hunters in search of a seriously major deal, but then again, perhaps nothing can compare to the payoff that comes with sourcing the perfect present for that certain style-conscious someone, or even yourself (because, hey, you’re worth it). The best way to focus your sights, and by extension…

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Being a scout or guide shields you from anxiety and mood disorders: Study

As well as knowing how to tie knots, read a map, put up a tent and start a fire, a new study reveals that being in the scouts or guides during childhood also prepares your mind for the future.Researchers at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow led by Chris Dibben analyzed data from almost 10,000 people from the UK born in 1958. They discovered that those that had been in either the Boy Scouts or the Girl Guides as children (28% of the sample) were less likely (by as much…

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