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In this Thursday, July 20, 2017 photo, the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern snaps a cell phone photo of chicken kebabs, far left, a dish composed of organ meats, center, and a goat dish called katakat at Kababish, a Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi takeout food shop in the Jackson Heights section of New York. Zimmern says, "I purposely set out to make a show that's entertaining," he said. "At the same time I try to be very thoughtful and thought-provoking and I try to educate and I take the cultural lessons of the show very, very, very seriously." A new show, "The Zimmern List," debuts early 2018 showcasing his favorite places, "where I actually go when the cameras aren't rolling." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Zimmern: Bizarre Foods host on new show, travel tips, addiction hope

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods," thinks he's misunderstood. He says he's known as "fat guy runs around world, eats bugs," but adds, "I don't think I've eaten a bug or an organ in 'Bizarre Foods' in years." "I purposely set out to make a show ...

Despite workplace innovations, some (laughable) resistance exists

Some people go to yoga class to relax. I go to OfficeMax. I’m not really sure why, but a visit to the office supply store can be strangely soothing. All those color-coded binders and elaborate planners line up before me like willing foot soldiers in the War Against Disorganization. It’s ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Best inexpensive skin care products

How shocked was I? Speechless. But somehow, I gathered enough strength to respond, “There’s no way!” I did a quick search only to discover it was no typo at all. 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Cream retails for $1,095 on Amazon. All I can say is at that price, it better contain a ...

NYC to at-home pet boarders: Legally, you’re in the doghouse

NEW YORK (AP) — Fur is flying over pet-sitting in New York City, where regulators are sniffing around apps that connect owners with people who take animals into their homes for pay. Health regulators are trying to reinforce a longstanding rule against the practice, a leading app is pushing ...

College tours stir God-on-campus thoughts

Last weekend, my youngest daughter and I toured two of the handful of colleges she’s hoping to visit by fall. Of the two parochial and two public universities we’ve explored so far, each offers attributes and amenities I couldn’t have dreamed of during my own college days. ...

In this July 18, 2017 photo, imagining specialist Erin McClintic works in the lab at Phototronics in Winnetka, Ill., digitizing and archiving a shoebox of customer photographs, right. (Phototronics via AP)

Is your home drowning in old photos? Organizers offer tips

Take a survey of your home, and consider all the spots where you have old photos. Perhaps you'll find baby pictures in albums in the living room, vacation snaps in tattered envelopes tucked into a bookshelf, milestone moments in old frames, and older relatives' fading photos in dusty boxes in ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: A feel-good vacation does you and others a lot of good

So, how are those summer vacation plans coming? If things aren’t looking so good for you to get away from home this year, it’s probably not because you don’t have the time. According to a survey by Harris Interactive the American worker left an average of 9.2 days of vacation unused ...

Decorating project really takes the cake

It was going to be the perfect summertime confection. When I was invited to a summer potluck, I decided to bring something spectacular. After all, I had just helped decorate cookies for my brother’s wedding, which had received worldwide acclaim (or, at least, reception-wide acclaim from the ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Lighting that makes a statement

Creative new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art. "Designs are now not only a source of light, but a distinctive feature of an interior design," says New York architect West ...

Paint it forward: Sending positive vibes on painted rocks

When Leslie Hall came across a rock painted with the words "Kind Soul," she had just finished a chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. The rock, which she found in a grocery store parking lot, offered some comfort. It was a random act of kindness that made her smile. A few days later, when ...

A vacant White House job: first pet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically ambitious pups and kittens: Put your resumes aside. The job of first pet — an enviable White House gig with luxurious live-in privileges, after-hours access to the president and guaranteed positive press coverage — is not currently available. That's ...

Tips: Take better photos of your garden and wildlife

So the garden you planted or enjoy each day is flowering. Birds and animals are busy in your yard or neighborhood. And you'd love to capture all this natural beauty in photos. It's so easy these days to pull out a phone and take pictures of anything anytime, but a little time and thought can ...

Revelers run in front of Cebada Gago fighting bulls during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Pamplona’s festival, the fiesta of a lifetime

fter I first started covering the San Fermin running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain for The Associated Press, the same sense of anticipation haunts me on the eve of July 6. The night before the launching of the "Chupinazo" rocket that kick-starts the festival is always one of ...

The real America refers to many versions Homegrown Hollywood:

I’ve always loved the Fourth of July. Growing up in my small town, the Fourth meant three-legged races, watching the parade on Main Street and covering my ears during fireworks. Eating corn on the cob in my flag shirt with butter dripping down my face, I remember feeling so grateful I ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: You can have your smashed avocado and a house, too

I love a good story, especially one that goes viral for some unknown reason, setting off a media firestorm. On a recent episode of the Australian “60 Minutes,” real estate mogul and self-avowed millionaire Tim Gurner casually suggested that the reason some millennials cannot afford to ...

Dolley Madison: the White House’s first power hostess

Sometimes, thoughtful decor, elegant tableware and gracious entertaining can come together into something truly powerful. An exhibit in New York argues that Dolley Madison's prodigious domestic, social and political talents helped define and unite a fledgling nation. Madison was the first ...

Met exhibit looks at Japan’s fine craft of bamboo basketry

NEW YORK (AP) — Bamboo is getting attention these days as a versatile and sustainable material for housewares, so the timing is good for a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit that explores Japan's ancient craft of basketry. "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection" is devoted to ...

Minding Our Elders: Broken heart may hasten death of spouse

Dear Carol: I read one of your articles which said that you had lost both your parents in quick succession so I identify with you. I live in the UK. In early March, I lost my father, aged 92. He didn't want anyone with him when he passed away. Then, exactly two months later, my mother, aged ...

Survey: 4 in 10 US adults have experienced online harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey says a whopping 41 percent of U.S. adults have experienced online harassment, ranging from offensive name-calling to stalking and sexual harassment. That's up from 35 percent in 2014. The Pew Research Center said Tuesday that 66 percent of respondents have ...

Zzzzzz: Sleep gadgets adjust if you’re restless — or snoring

NEW YORK (AP) — Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night's sleep. Some specialized businesses are making gadgets that promise ...