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A perfect weekend in Barcelona

Two days in Barcelona can only ever be a teaser of what it has to offer, so bear in mind that this a subjective grab-bag of highlights, spanning ancient and modern and packaged into a geographically convenient, eminently walkable, weekend tour. It is also all-weather, but in high summer you might …

Top 10 unique hotels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's canal-ribboned cityscape, quirky Dutch design, innovative architecture, and inherent practicality and sense of humour give rise to some amazing places to stay throughout the Netherlands' capital, from watercraft to a water tower and even a crane. Skip run-of-the-mill digs in favour of …

The best places to eat tapas in Barcelona

Not quite a snack, not quite a meal, the tapa is all about sociability, whether that involves ordering a parade of little dishes to share over a bottle of wine and a long chat or whether your objective is a much more civilised version of the bar crawl.<p>Catalans have never really embraced the …

First time Amsterdam: top tips for your first visit to the Dutch capital

Golden Age canals lined by gabled houses, candlelit cafes, whirring bicycles, lush parks, monumental museums, colourful markets, diverse dining, quirky shopping and legendary nightlife make the free-spirited Dutch capital one of Europe's great cities. With so much on offer it can be overwhelming …

The Barcelona bar-hop: the city's best places to drink

Barcelona is a great city for bar-hopping. Should you feel like sipping a beer in an enchanted forest surrounded by wood-nymphs; if mid-week karaoke watched over by images of the Virgin Mary appeals, or if pink cava and sausage butties are your idea of the breakfast of champions, we bring you glad …

Top 10 Berlin experiences

Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit, poised to mesmerise anyone keen to connect with its vibrant culture, bold architecture, global food, intense parties and easy-going vibe. Whether your tastes run to posh or punk, you can sate them in the German capital. Here are ten things to …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

How to Make a Cheesy, Crispy, Perfect Batch of Homemade Nachos

Homemade nachos are a thing of beauty—unless they turn into a soggy mess. Here's how to make the most of any chips-and-melted-cheese situation.<p>When it comes to homemade versions of our favorite bar food, nachos are pretty easy to whip up. But there's a world of difference between …

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Why You Should Start Prepping for the Super Bowl Right Now

The key to throwing a Super Bowl party you can actually enjoy: prep now, and leave just a few things to do before kickoff.<p>The key to throwing a Super Bowl party you can actually enjoy? Do your shopping today, prep a couple of items a day over the rest of the week, and pull everything together just …

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47 Meaty Super Bowl Snacks You'll Want on Game Day

From chicken wings to meatballs to fajitas, here are 47 satisfyingly meaty snacks for your Super Bowl party.<p>Chicken wings are just the beginning of finger-friendly meaty Super Bowl snacks. Sure, there's the old standby, ribs, and the dip-able pigs in a blanket. But expand your horizon, football …

50 Cheesy Parmesan Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything In-Between

We love Parmesan cheese on everything. Especially these recipes.<p><b>When it's nutty-salty-cheesy you're after</b>, only Parmesan will do. We'll eat just about anything with Parm, but these 50 recipes are particularly good.

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Malvinas Argentinas, la comunidad que logró frenar a Monsanto, el gigante de los transgénicos

<b>Malvinas Argentinas es el nombre de una pequeña localidad rural ubicada en el centro de Córdoba, en el corazón sojero de Argentina.</b><p>Hasta hace poco era conocida principalmente por ser un suburbio de la capital provincial.<p>Pero en los últimos dos años este poblado de 12.000 habitantes cobró fama …