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Food & Drink

The Breakfast Taco

The Breakfast Taco

Hill Country's Elizabeth Karmel shows us how it's done

Sometimes you wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. Other times you open your eyes just wide enough to watch Game of Thrones in bed for seven hours.

Either way, breakfast tacos fuel your daily goals. In today’s In the Kitchen video, Hill Country’s Elizabeth Karmel shows us how to make them.

Using ingredients like avocado, pimiento cheese (which we also have the recipe for), and hot sauce, it’s obvious Karmel is in the right business. If you’ve never been to her Texas-inspired restaurants in NYC, they are, in a word, amazebrilldelishawesome.

Karmel’s taking a brisket version of her masterpiece on the road this Saturday night as part of the Austin Food & Wine Festival’s Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown. If you’re in ATX, you. must. go.

Just don’t brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack beforehand.

For more information on Karmel, go to hillcountryny.com. Hungry for more? Check out our videos on fish tacos with Sam Talbot, burgers with Daniel Boulud, and ginger cookies with Michael Chernow. Learn more about the fest online at austinfoodandwinefestival.com.

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Holiday

How to Pose for a Picture

How to Pose for a Picture

Expert Tips for Looking Good in Photos

Shiny forehead, freak grimace, bulging eyes — you’ve got an uncanny ability to ruin a photo. And thanks to Facebook tagging, the entire world can witness your awkward mugging until the end of time.

You could avoid cameras altogether. Or you could just watch today’s video, with its simple tips for looking great in pictures.

Our expert, Sardi Klein, longtime NYC photographer and professor at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt, has seen it all, from mothers of the bride who peer skyward to avoid double chins to businessmen whose phony smiles turn head shots into mug shots.

Follow her advice, and the next time someone tags you in a photo, you might just share instead of hide.


Is there something you want to learn to do? Submit ideas to easydoesit@dailycandy.com.

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How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun

How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Tonight will probably be filled with bad decisions (that last glass of champers, for starters).

Ring in 2011 with at least a little dignity by avoiding the drunken late-night ponytail. You can stay classy all night long with the perfect messy bun, courtesy of NYC’s Fox & Boy salon (and one of our favorite how-to videos of the year).

Because even if you want to be a hot mess, your hair doesn’t have to be.

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Food & Drink

Throw a Successful Dinner Party

Throw a Successful Dinner Party

Dinner Smarties

At your last mealtime gathering, you did everything right: big, pricey steaks; fancy-schmancy china; stimulating conversation cards (what’s your animal soul mate?!).

No wonder the whole thing was so awkward.

Next time, take a cue from Tamara Reynolds and Zora O’Neill, the hilarious Astoria-based hostesses with the mostest behind Forking Fantastic: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party.

In today’s video, the gals, who’ve been hosting wildly popular Sunday night shindigs for six years, walk us through dinner party faux pas — and they’re not what you’d expect (the tips or the ladies).

You’ll feel so inspired, you’ll start planning another soiree immediately.

Just don’t bring your sexy panda friend.


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