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top 10 regions

Need inspiration for your travels in 2014? These 10 regions have captivated our travel experts with their natural beauty and cultural riches.<p>1. Sikkim, India<p><b>Green is the colour</b><p>A bird's-eye view over Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, India. Image by Image Source / Getty Images.<p>Picking up national accolades …

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Jack Monroe's frozen yoghurt recipe

I first made these berry desserts with foraged blackberries and a few things from the fridge, but any berries will do. You can often get bags of mixed frozen berries far cheaper than their fresh counterparts, which are perfect for this simple dessert.<p><b>(Makes 4 ramekins or lolly moulds)</b> <i>34p a</b> …

Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in central London

Eating out in London doesn't have to leave your wallet empty. Updating his last budget eats guide to central London, Tony Naylor discovers that, particularly in and around Soho, the capital is home to a thriving, affordable casual dining scene<p>Koshari Street<p>Koshari is an Egyptian snack food, a warm …

Ten delightfully different Christmas markets in Europe

From Alpine summits to the coast of Cornwall, we've tiptoed off the well-trodden Christmas market trail to bring you ten of our European favourites for a festive shop.<p><b>Schloss Hellbrunn</b><b>‏, Austria</b><p>Christmas markets glitter all over Austria come advent, but few are as magical as this one held at …

European Travel

'Tis the season to be jolly - and nothing says jolly more than a visit to a Christmas market. The concept of this rather magical experience started in Germany as early as the Middle Ages, when traders gathered to sell their goods before the bleak

'Tis the season to be jolly - and nothing says jolly more than a visit to a Christmas market. The concept of this rather magical experience started …

5 Reasons the Philippines Is So Disaster Prone

Warm ocean waters, low-lying coasts, and poverty help explain what makes disasters like Super Typhoon Haiyan dangerous in the Philippines.<p><b>The unofficial death toll for Super Typhoon Haiyan is expected to exceed 10,000 people in the Philippines, but the country is no stranger to catastrophic natural</b> …

Food wonderlands of the world

Step into a delicious reality with these fantastic food fantasylands, a dreamy world of candy apples, whirling spices and chocolate chip cookie dough.<p>Step into a delicious reality with these fantastic food fantasylands, a dreamy world of candy apples, whirling spices and chocolate chip cookie dough.<p>…

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Sea-salted chocolate and pecan tart recipe

For National Chocolate Week, chocolatier Paul A Young shares his gorgeous recipe for chocolate and pecan tart<p>Definitely one for a special dinner party. With its sophisticated, sweet chocolate pastry crust, unctuous ganache filling, and caramelised salted pecans, this tart will stop all conversation …

11 Recipes That Will Change How You Cook Forever

You might think you make these 11 basic recipes well, but we have some game-changing tips that will make them even better<p>We admit it: There are some things we still don't know how to make. But there are also things that people think they make well that they actually completely ruin. Like scrambled …

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25 Takeout Recipes You Should Know How to Make at Home

From shrimp fried rice to spicy tuna rolls, 16 classic take-out dishes you can make at home<p><b>Nothing beats vegging out on the couch</b> with a carton of fried rice from your local Chinese joint, but you don't have to order in to eat takeout classics. Check out our greatest "takeout" hits, and delete the …

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Ten of the world's weirdest restaurants: http://gu.com/p/3jhbc/fb A new Moscow restaurant staffed entirely by sets of twins is an odd concept, but that's nothing compared to some of the bizarre eateries in other parts of the world. Dinner on the loo, anyone? Have you come across a weird restaurant? Tell us about it here: http://gu.com/p/3jhbc/fb Photograph: Alamy

Indian weddings: the art of the feast

An Indian wedding would be nothing without food, and yet more food<p>The word for paradise is derived from the Old Persian <i>pairi diz</i>, or walled garden. Looking at the Mughal garden at Samode Bagh hotel near Jaipur in northern India, a haven of green compared to the dusty ochre streets of Samode village …

Global cities revisited

IN 1991, Saskia Sassen, a sociologist, wrote her most famous work, “The Global City”. It argued that large, technologically advanced urban areas …

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The geography of taste: how our food preferences are formed

We might think we love food from far-flung lands, but most of it is tailored to suit our tastes. If you could only ever eat one cuisine again, which would you choose?<p>Italian, then Indian, followed by Vietnamese? I've never been any good at picking favourites. I'm a mood-driven soul and having my …