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Think Indian food is overly spicy? Think again, says this Vegas chef

A Las Vegas chef wants to teach you all about Indian cuisine, one dish at a time. Tarun Kapoor, the executive chef at Urban Turban, will show you how to make his classic meals at home — and not fear the food’s super-spicy rep.

Kapoor teaches classes every other week at his restaurant, which describes its food as “New Age Indian cuisine.”

Upcoming sessions are scheduled for May 6 and 19, and June 2.

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'I'd rather just chill,' travelers say in survey of vacation habits

Are vacations for kicking back or scrambling to do as much as possible?

Here’s what a 17-nation survey has found:

59% of travelers prefer to relax and unwind during vacation.

35% prefer an active vacation where they do and see a lot of things.

Brazil, South Korea and Japan were the countries most in favor of relaxing vacations.

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After a weekend escape in Santa Maria, the tri-tip will be seared into your memory

Santa Maria is one of those cities I always drive past on my way up north. It doesn’t have the Danish kitsch and buttery-rich pastries of nearby Solvang or the summery vibe of Pismo Beach just up the road. At first glance, Santa Maria doesn’t look like it has much for tourists; its downtown corridor is fairly nondescript, and Broadway, its main drag, is full of bland-looking buildings.

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Explore Louisiana: Guided tour takes you to the Tabasco factory, kayaking in the bayou

Explore the bayous and byways of southern Louisiana on a new four-day tour offered by Gondwana EcoTours.

Guided activities include a swamp boat tour of the Lake Martin wildlife refuge, home to more than 200 species of birds and numerous alligators; a walking tour of Whitney Plantation and its slavery museum; and a kayak tour of Bayou Teche.

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If you're thinking like Trump, these 10 parks and monuments might be totally overrated

President Trump has decided he’d like to go somewhere no president has gone before with our national park system.

Is it a First Family camping trip worthy of its own reality TV show? (Melania cooking over a portable stove. Donald Jr. pitching a tent.) No. The president is thinking about rescinding protections for national monuments set aside by previous presidents.

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For Arbor Day, 6 trees worth hugging and where to find them, including ... Clifton's?