The Au Cheval cheeseburger has transcended being a mere meal and become a proudly sought-after merit badge that foodies flock to earn by Instagramming (and, ultimately, eating) in a feverish quest-to-consume akin to Dominique Ansel’s cronut, Darren Wong’s raindrop cake or Keizo Shimamoto’s ramen burger.

So needless to say, when I was asked to untangle the hype from the reality of the Au Cheval burger, I jumped at the chance.

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Move over, Neil Patrick Harris: we’re vying for Oscar Host of the Year. Armed with these effervescent cocktail recipes, our Academy Awards party is going to pop! 
Inspired by the Best Picture nominees, the mixologists at New York City hotspot The Roof pooled their cocktail expertise with their love of film to create some truly show stopping sips.

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“California is credited with culinary innovation and forward-thinking, especially here in the Bay Area,” Centerplate head chef Santana Diaz tells InStyle. “The deviation from the norm is what makes our menu options unique.”

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The star of the spread is a dressed-up comfort food staple: raisin bread grilled cheese. Layered with gorgonzola, mascarpone, and Asian pears, the appetizer appears at the party every year for one reason: it’s Elton’s favorite.

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“You’re lucky because these are the best scrambled eggs in the world, and like all good recipes, it’s a family one,” McKellen says. “It comes from my stepmother, Gladys.”

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Great news, apartment dwellers: The latest gardening trend doesn’t require a yard! The enchanting kokedamas only need a semi-sunny spot and a little love to thrive.

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To help you achieve optimal levels of cuddling, we found the most beautiful blankets around to keep you lovebirds warm and cozy through the spring.

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