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Where Were These 10 Famous Dishes Invented? Their Origins Are All in Dispute

Food fight!

Few things inspire national and civic pride the way a signature food or beverage does. So, it stands to reason, nothing inspires long-standing rivalries the way some other jerk country or city claiming they invented your point of civic or national pride does. From postcard writing campaigns to legal battles, these disputes (and even mysteries) all have one thing in common—they’ll leave you craving an egg cream like you wouldn’t believe.

Where Can You Travel? What’s Open? What’s Closed? Here’s the Current Status for All 50 States

The states are starting to reopen. But is it wise to venture out?

[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that originally ran on May 19.] Disclaimer: This is meant to be a general overview of how each state is reopening. It is not intended to provide every last detail regarding guidelines and restrictions; please refer to the government website of each state for specifics. In addition, please remember that even if a state has been given the green light for a category of businesses to reopen, individual businesses may choose to remain closed. As such, please be sure to contact each business or site before visiting to ensure that it is open. As the United States begins to relax its shelter-in-place orders and some emerge from their homes, many are counting the days when we can get back out there and travel, even if it’s by car to a neighboring community or state. But as we know, a very different landscape awaits out there than the one we left earlier this winter at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. There are things travelers must consider that we never did before, including social distancing and personal sanitization. The big question is: Is it safe to travel in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pretty clear in its stance. It’s recommended that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential. Social distancing still needs to be practiced, especially if you are in a higher risk category or an older adult. You shouldn’t travel if you feel sick, or travel with someone who is sick. And you need to protect yourself and others by knowing how to prevent the virus from spreading.  Perhaps the most hopeful advice comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to him, summer travel “can be in the cards.” He urges caution, since we risk COVID-19 spreading rapidly if proper precautions are not taken. “When infections start to rear their heads again,” he says, “we have to put in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contact trace, and make sure we don’t have those spikes we have now.” As long as we’re aware that “getting back to normal is not like a light switch that you turn on and off,” he says, we should be able to get back to some sort of normalcy. So the answer is: We’re not quite there yet. The best thing to do is pay attention to the several-phase reopening plans that each state has developed, outlining when hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, outdoor areas, etc., should be open for business and what precautions they must take. Some states are freer than others—and that’s something to consider. Do you really want to be on a beach where social distancing guidelines aren’t being maintained? It’s a whole new world that we’ll be navigating, literally. The guidelines are fast-changing and it’s hard to keep up, but here’s where they stand today, state by state.                        

Trader Joe’s Frozen Foods, Ranked

Gourmet food from the microwave?

On nights when the last thing you want to do is measure, dice, and season, there’s a place you can go. Trader Joe’s has achieved a cult following because they offer unbeatable produce, prices, and convenience—we’re talking aisle after aisle of frozen meals so divine you’ll feel comfortable passing them off as your own. While we might ideally like to be eating our way around the world, for now, we’ll have to simply eat our way through the Trader Joe’s freezers that contain everything from their fan-favorite orange chicken to the ready-in-minutes gnocchi. We’re trying the top-rated frozen meals from this cult-favorite grocery store and ranking them, because knowing where to find an under-$5, microwavable chicken tikka masala that’s also appetizing is important. These 10 dishes are the best of the best.

The Mythological Origins of 9 Natural Wonders

Meet the gods, giants, and ambulatory volcanoes behind your favorite works of nature.

Plate tectonics, erosion, termites. These scientific explanations for how mountains, volcanoes, and their ilk are created are all well and good, but where’s the drama? What about the less accurate but more exciting explanations for some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders? If you like your origin stories with a little more narrative flair, discover the myths and legends that explain how these natural wonders came to be.