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The best places in Florida away from the crowds: readers’ tips

It’s not all showy spectacle, queues, rides and golf in the Sunshine State: historic sites, glorious gardens, quiet beaches and Biff’s burger joint also feature<p>Winning tip: Cult park near Cape Coral<p>Near the small town of Estero, about 12 miles from Cape Coral, is beautiful Koreshan state park, …

Japanese Gardens

15 IKEA Cabinet Reviews from Real People Who Know

A beautiful, functional, new kitchen is a wonderful thing. The act of renovating a kitchen? Maybe not so much. It's a job that causes even the …

What is Chrome 'Site Isolation' and how does it keep me safe?

Chrome's Site Isolation feature is a brand new way to keep your web session more secure, but you'll need to enable it.<p>The web is a scary place. There …

Aldi’s New Vegan and Vegetarian Product Line Sounds Awesome

Aldi is a great place to go for inexpensive groceries and produce, and this year they've made a lot of customers very happy by introducing a …

This Small Device Could Silence the Maddening Symptoms of Tinnitus

Millions of Americans suffer from a medical condition known as tinnitus, a disorder that can be so tormenting that it makes Edgar Allen Poe’s …

The new 2018 coin designs to be released by the Royal Mint - including the £2 Dr Frankenstein

The story of Dr Frankenstein and his cursed monster is celebrated in a new set of coins.<p>A £2 issue will mark the 200-year anniversary of the novel by …

Peaks and froths: five wild UK walks with a classic pub

The best winter hikes end up in a warm, cosy pub. The author of Wild Pub Walks picks five glorious trails that will end in beers<p>Crickhowell, Powys<p><b>Pub</b> The Bear<b><br>Start/finish</b> Bear Hotel, Crickhowell,<br>Google map reference<b><br>Distance</b> 11.8 miles<b><br>Duration</b> 5–7 hours<b><br>OS map</b> Explorer OL13<p>It’s not hard to see how …

Weight Watchers' new program has 200 'zero-points' foods you can eat as much as you want — including eggs

Dieting can feel like torture in a country that came up with the Crunchwrap Supreme.<p>In comparison to whizzing through a drive-through for an inexpensive meal, many dieters have to measure and track every item they eat or drink. And a lot of healthy food isn't cheap.<p>With that in mind, Weight …

Nutrition

Great Scott: walking Scotland’s Rob Roy Way

Sir Walter Scott’s account of the lawless life of Rob Roy was published 200 years ago. And today, hikers can follow in his cattle-rustling footsteps on a footpath across central Scotland<p>Hero, thief, extortioner, loyal Jacobite, traitor or Scotland’s very own Robin Hood. Any of these epithets can be …

The 50 best Christmas wines for 2017

Observer Food Monthly’s selection of the best bottles from high street bargains to the top of the range<p>White wines under £10<p><b>De Bortoli DB Family Reserve Botrytis Semillon</b>, New South Wales, Australia 2013 (£6.98, 37.5cl, Asda)<br>Making use of all this firm’s expertise with “nobly rotten” late-harvested …

What I Wish I Knew Before My First Sourdough: 7 Tips from 7 Experts

I am still quite a novice when it comes to baking sourdough bread, but fortunately I have lots of friends and books to consult. Community goes hand …

Bread

GoPro bravely sacrifices itself to capture first-person view of being devoured by lava

Not many people have been swallowed up by lava and survived — in fact, the number has to be somewhere around zero, if I had to guess — and the same …

Videography

The 5 Most Important Things for Amazing Mac and Cheese

Of all the comfort foods that exist in this world, it's hard to beat macaroni and cheese. What's not to love about noodles bathed in a rich, creamy, …

Cooking

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Yoga

5 Ingenious Budget Pantries Created with IKEA Storage Basics

Want more kitchen storage, without breaking the bank? Do you dream of organized shelving and a perfectly posh pantry? Well, you're in luck. Gone are …

Storage Ideas

Seven Amazing British Rock Albums From A Golden Era Of 1999

<i>Just a bunch of old albums that were amazing back when? Nah, there’s more to these sets than that. Every one of these albums, of Mike Diver’s uni</i> …

Best tonic water taste test

Our mission: to find the best original Indian tonic water available in the UK. Here are the results of our expert taste test, and you'll be surprised …

Best ever vegetarian burgers

Check out our top 12 veggie burgers this weekend from a mouth watering cajun black bean burger to our truffled mushroom burger.<p><i>We’ve complied a list</i> …

7 Truly Gorgeous Día de los Muertos Makeup Ideas

The best tutorials, all in once place.<p>October 31 is upon us, which means it's nearly time to celebrate Día de los Muertos. But know what it's not …

Meet Our 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year

Sergio Tapiro has been photographing volcanoes for 15 years, but this was a "once-in-a-lifetime" shot.<p>On a cold December night in 2015, Sergio Tapiro dragged his sleeping bag, camera, and tripod outside and lay underneath the cloudless expanse. Eight miles away, the molten sea beneath Mount Colima …

Geology

'Keeping Grandpa alive': the internet's photographic treasure hunt

After finding his grandfather’s old travel photos, Australian David Tomkins used the public’s help to track down exactly where they were shot. Now his attempt to retrace Grandpa’s steps is nearing its conclusion • Tap or click on the photos to see then and now<p>From the moment he discovered a box of …

Sixt took me for a ride over car hire cover

It failed to include even basic insurance in its headline price, leaving me liable for up to €24,000<p><b>For the second year in a row, I recently hired a car with Sixt (via the Kayak price comparison site) for six days in Corsica costing €146 (£129). Essentially, my complaint is that it hid a major</b> …

Writing

NASA needs your help for the upcoming full solar eclipse in the U.S.

Getting a job at NASA is no walk in the park, but contributing to its upcoming science experiment could be just that easy. While we can’t all be …

5 of Britain’s most unique campsites

From the grapevine fields of Devon to the fringes of the Cairngorm mountains, here are five prime and original places to pitch your tent, while …

New England

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Step 1<p>Preheat The Oven<p>Preheat the oven to 150ºC.<p>Step 2<p>Make The Base Mix<p>Combine the water and both sugars in a small saucepan. Bring it to the boil …

13 Useful Apps for Off the Grid Adventures

These wifi-free apps were designed with remote areas in mind.<p>Though purists may say nothing can replace a printed topographic map, the world’s leading smartphone apps are getting close. Technology is making it easier than ever to get lost in an adventure without getting lost in the wilderness, and …

Apps

100 best nonfiction books: No 74 – Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa by Mungo Park (1799)

The Scottish explorer’s account of his heroic one-man search for the river Niger was a contemporary bestseller and a huge influence on Conrad, Melville and Hemingway<p>Mungo Park’s <i>Travels</i> is a classic of English exploration literature – a contemporary bestseller whose influence lingered throughout the …

10 best speciality coffee shops in Ireland

Check out the best coffee shops in Ireland, from speciality coffee shops in Dublin and the best cafes in Belfast, to Cork's best places to get …

The Fascinating Photographic Process That Makes Changes In the Air Visible to the Naked Eye

In a fascinating episode of Veritasium, host Derek Muller explains the science behind Schlieren imaging, the specific process by which those things …