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Forest Man is a short documentary on Jadav Payeng, a man who has, since 1979, been planting trees on a quickly eroding island in the Brahmaputra River in India. Over the years, he has managed to plant a forest bigger than New York’s Central Park. If you’ve got a few minutes, check it out, and follow the film on Facebook here. From: India’s ‘Forest Man’ [vid] // http://ift.tt/1ricR14

Explore Fjord Norway - Trollveggen

Fjord Norway is the actual source of most of the images you likely associate with “Norway” in general. The region runs along the country’s southwestern coast, comprising a dramatic landscape of fjords, mountains, cliffs, and islands, as well as some truly special cultural and culinary centers. For this exciting partnership, Matador dispatched a small crew of our most talented Ambassadors to traverse the region and do what they do best, be that kayaking world-class whitewater, trekking the regions epic trails, or simply photographing scenery that seemed be pushing to new levels just around that next curve in the road. Scroll down to see the stories and media they came back with. To see more articles, photos and videos from this epic destination go to http//:matadornetwork.com

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18 white-hot California restaurants

1. Alma – Ari Taymor (Los Angeles)

Alma used to be a pop-up working out of an abandoned building. Most people drive right by it. But enough people stopped in and realized how incredible and daring Chef Taymor can be to make it permanent. And while it’s still on the upswing — it doesn’t have a sign outside, and the staff locker room happens to be the customer toilet — that hardscrabble chic lends itself well to the hipness of the place.

Zoolander was a prophecy. It helps that the food is so good — a tasting menu of salads, fish, and meat.

2. Night + Market – Kris Yenbamroong (West Hollywood)

Along with Ludo Lefebvre (see #7 below), Kris Yenbamroong is one of the most name-dropped new chefs in Los Angeles. It helps that he’s expanding — Night + Market Song just opened in Silverlake. But he made his name in this original location, whipping up awesome Thai food for the WeHo crowd.

In a town that prides itself on its international cuisines, Night + Market came up fast. There’s some debate over whether the portion sizes he serves are enough, but that just means he leaves people wanting more.

Saison Restaurant

Sungold tomatoes, safflower oil, grilled tomatillo consomme at Saison. Photo: T.Tseng

3. Saison – Joshua Skenes (San Francisco)

When it comes to restaurants, clothes don’t make the man, but they certainly don’t hurt. And Saison knows this, because in this case, it gives the customer a clean view straight at what they’re eating.

The kitchen is open, with an old-timey look of copper pots and a custom wood-burning oven. Giant tanks in the dining room hold the live seafood to be eaten. It’s really just smart business — when the 18-course tasting menu costs $250 per person, people want to know what they’re getting into.

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