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Colombian scrambled eggs with avocado

This is a recipe I picked up in Miami, and it’s now our top-selling breakfast dish.<p>Back in March 2012, when I was working at our sister restaurant Sugarcane, in Midtown Miami, one of the Colombian chefs was making breakfast to aid his tender feeling after quite a heavy night. He told us about a …

Civilization 6 Launch Trailer Is Suitably Epic, As Usual

Civilization VI Launch Trailer Gives Us Chills<p>It’s not long now, folks. Civilization VI drops in just a few days, but Firaxis keeps giving us the …

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

Game of Thrones: the cast's best (and strangest) movies

Watching Game of Thrones, HBO's densely layered, all-consuming fantasy epic, one can easily forget that the actors actually have careers outside of Westeros. Many have thriving film careers – and some can even do comedy and look convincing in contemporary clothes. Here's our pick of the current …

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

South America

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The world's 50 most Instagrammable pools

Swimming Pools

35 beautiful cities you must see in your lifetime

European Travel

Where to Backpack in 2016

Our editors have scoured the globe to bring you the top destinations to visit with a backpack in tow. Whether you're hoping to get the biggest bang for your travel buck or just looking for an epic adventure, we've got you covered.

National Parks

Lemony hasselback potatoes

SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>8 medium roasting potatoes, washed and skins left on<br>• 1 lemon<br>• 8 cloves garlic, skins left on but squashed<br>• 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked<br>• Plenty of good olive oil<br>• Maldon sea salt and black pepper<p>METHOD<p>Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/425F/Gas 7.<p>Place a potato on a chopping board …

Food

10 of the best B&Bs in Europe

Chez Papa, Barcelona<p>This bohemian-looking guesthouse close to the Sagrada Familia has a homey feel. Decorated with flea market finds with tile floors and a woodburning stove for the winter, it’s cosy and welcoming, while the multilingual French owner Hervé is always spot on with his dinner …

European Travel

Simple, seductive supper recipes from southern Italy

Southern Italy is the Italy of our imagination. I grew up visiting an ice-cream parlour with a picture of the Amalfi coast running along one wall. I was sure – at six years old – that such a place couldn’t exist. The sea was such a vividly deep blue, the flowers an intense red.<p>When I eventually got …

The 50 best hotels in Italy for summer

It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, …

12 Reasons Maui Is The Best Island On The Planet

Seriously, TripAdvisor says so.<p>Not all tropical islands are created equal.<p>In fact, according to TripAdvisor's Travelers’ Choice Islands awards, one island puts all others to shame.<p>This year, that island is Maui -- and we can't say we're surprised. Since the 1960's, Hawaii has been America's …

The Genius Pasta-Cooking Trick That Works Better Than Boiling Water

Teaser: There's bacon involved.<p>I had a life-changing pasta moment in the test kitchen last week: I cooked pasta — but I didn't even boil a pot of water. Yep, you heard me. So how did I cook the hard noodles then? In garlicky bacon fat and chicken broth (I know, right?). Here's a step by step:<p><b>1.</b> …

Cooking

Belgian chocolate birthday cake for the Queen

In 2006 Prince Charles hosted a surprise celebration for his mother’s 80th birthday at which guests enjoyed a simple English menu followed by a sumptuous slice of chocolate sponge layered with a Highgrove fruit filling. While you won’t be able to pick Highgrove’s berries to make this cake, it is …

The Record-Breaking Success Of 'Dark Souls 3' Proves It Doesn't Need To Change

<i>Dark Souls III</i> has become the fastest-selling video game in Bandai Namco America Entertainment’s history according to the company.<p>While From Software published the game in Japan, Bandai Namco handled its publication in the West with tremendously favorable results.<p><i>Dark Souls III</i> isn’t just the …

Dark Souls

Deliciously Ella's creamy mango and banana overnight oats

Blitzing mango and banana with ground flaxseed and a splash of almond milk is a delicious way to incorporate fruit into an oaty breakfast<p><b>SERVES</b><br>2<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b> <b><br>For the mango puree:</b><br>1 mango<br>2 ripe bananas<br>1 tbsp ground flaxseed<br>a splash of almond milk (enough to make it blend)<p><b>For the oat mix:</b><br>1 ripe banana<br>⅔ …

Breakfast

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Hospitality

How To Pick A Lock With Just A Hairpin

Editor's Blog Photo credit: NightHawkInLight/YouTubeWe’ve all seen the movies where a lock is poked around with a hairpin and the door miraculously …

A Guide to the Amalfi Coast's Best Eateries

<i>Photo Credit: Sofia Mazzamauro</i><p>What comes to mind when you think of the Amalfi Coast? Sceneries that rival even the best Instagram filters, basking in the sun on a beach? I think about discovering each town through my taste buds by indulging in gelato, pizza, fresh seafood, and of course, adding …

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Potato Hash

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>In my line of work, you end up with lots of leftovers, and lots of leftovers means that I make a lot of hash. I mean, a <i>lot</i> of it. What better way is there to recycle that little hunk of bacon, that half onion, and …

There Is Absolutely No Avoiding 'Console Wars' Between Oculus Rift, Vive and PSVR

The Oculus and Vive have both been officially released, though when they’ll make their way into the homes of those who have ordered them is another story. But there’s no point beating a dead horse about VR’s initial ordering/shipping issues, as I’ve been doing so since you could pre-order the damn …

Without Question, 'Hardcore Henry' Is The Best Video Game Movie Ever Made

From the marketing, it was hard to know exactly what to make of <i>Hardcore Henry</i>. The name sounded pornographic, the concept sounded like a gimmick that would likely cause motion sickness, and it seemed like a somewhat cheap ploy to trick the millions of FPS gamers around the world into setting down …

The HTC Vive Is The Most Fun I've Had With Video Games Since The Original Gameboy

For the last 7 days I’ve been playing virtual reality games that are laughably simple, but I’m having a blast and there’s no sign of this childlike glee wearing off anytime soon. I don’t want to undersell this so let me be crystal clear: my time with the HTC Vive thus far represents the most fun …

Virtual Reality

The Art Of Taking Photos Of Yourself When Traveling Alone

Let's be real, no one is ever too cool for a good picture of yourself during your travels. I'm not a fan of selfies because they never really justify the places I visit because, for starters, you can't even see it. But sometimes, it's quite a challenge to capture the ultimate Instagram photo for …

30 Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Change Your Morning

<i>By: Amanda Jedeikin</i><p>Never skip breakfast again thanks to these fast and easy recipe ideas such as no-bake energy bites, new twists on toast, and impressive egg preparations.<p>When we first solicited submissions for our Recipe by Request column, one of the most surprising findings to come to light was …