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Excellent Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

"This is by far the best broccoli cheese soup I have been able to come up with. It's made with a roux, chicken stock, milk, a mix of cheese, and …

A beer-lover's guide to Seattle: the best breweries, taprooms and brewpubs

Cheers! Prost! Cin cin! Beer lovers have plenty of reasons to toast Seattle. With its long-standing flair for technological innovation and foresighted farm-to-table gastronomic ethos, the boldly experimental powerhouse of the 1980s craft beer movement is one of the best places in the US to sink a …

Best outdoor activities in Seattle

In most US metropolises, you have to venture miles outside the city limits to enjoy anything remotely resembling an ‘outdoor’ experience. But, in Seattle, the urban-rural juxtaposition is a little less demarcated. Here are our top picks for outdoor activities in Seattle.<p>Often referred to as the …

Vancouver’s best cheap eats

Vancouver has one of Canada’s juiciest dining scenes. But for every high-end restaurant here, there are dozens of budget alternatives to salivate over – so long as you know where to go.<p>Here’s our taste-tested menu of top cheap eats throughout the city, where mains typically cost little more than …

Spa-aaah! A guide to Bali's best spas and chill-out spots

Whether you’re looking for the royal treatment or a quick rub-down, Bali's spa options are seemingly infinite. Indulgent travellers could easily craft a full itinerary around day spas, and find themselves floating from oiled-up acupressure massage to flower petal baths and mani-pedis.<p>If this sounds …

Russia’s Arctic north: top 10 experiences

Russia’s Arctic north draws adventurers looking for the unvarnished Russia: gritty yet lively northern cities; tranquil, remote villages amid placid lakes; and the incomparable Arctic scenery – the impressive tundra, boundless forests, snow-tipped mountains and the northern lights. The country’s …

Hawaiian day trips: Lana‘i

With its variety of microclimates, multifaceted history and diverse flora and fauna, Hawaii is made for day trips. In just one afternoon, a visitor can hike a rocky pine forest, learn the stories of an isolated colony of Hansen's Disease patients and take in a breezy ocean vista.<p>In this two-part …

Hawaiian day trips: Moloka‘i

With its variety of microclimates, multifaceted history and diverse flora and fauna, Hawaii is made for day trips. In just one afternoon, a visitor can hike a rocky pine forest, learn the stories of an isolated colony of Hansen's Disease patients and then take in a breezy ocean vista.<p>In this …

10 incredible day trips from Vancouver

There's so much to see and do in Vancouver that you might forget to check out what the surrounding area has to offer. A transport hub with great access to the rest of BC, Vancouver is the perfect jumping-off point for day trips into the region. Here are our top 10 escapes from the city.<p>Steveston<p>An …

A food tour of Seattle: the city’s best eats

Seattle is a big city with the food philosophy of a small farm. For proof, dip your finger into the culinary extravaganza of Pike Place Market, a confederation of small-scale growers, hole-in-the-wall bakers, halibut-tossing fishermen, artisan cheese-makers and family-run fruit stalls that sprawls …

Colombia's 'Liquid Rainbow'

During certain months of the year, Colombia’s Caño Cristales turns shades of red, blue, yellow, orange and green in a vibrant natural display that happens nowhere else on Earth.

A craft beer lover's guide to London

In the last 15 years, London has seen incredible growth in its brewing industry from a mere two breweries in 1999 to more than 50 today. Almost all of these new enterprises are small, independent and produce high-quality, innovative styles of beer – an approach to brewing that’s been given the …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

On the craft beer trail in Wellington

It’s one of the coldest days of the year in the New Zealand capital, but I’m in a Wellington brew pub busily zesting a summery selection of plump oranges, knobbly limes and stout grapefruit.<p>Amid the shiny vats of the Fork & Brewer’s compact brewhouse, head brewer Kelly Ryan is carefully …

O'ahu's top surf spots

Haleiwa<p>An unruly, wild, wintertime break that picks up pretty much any north or west swell. A split-peak with a better right, it breaks from two feet to 12 and can either be a lot of fun or one of the scariest places you'll ever surf. The current out of the Haleiwa Harbor's relentless, so make sure …

The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

This shot of #Grindelwald #Switzerland taken by LP Author and Photographer, @bainonbike shows the beautiful North Face of Mount Eiger in all it's glory! To see more great shots by Andrew, check out his site at www.adventurebeforeavarice.com #lp #travel

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

Romantic London: where to take your date at any time of day

Paris might hold the crown of most romantic city in the popular imagination, but London isn't short of sensational spots for a smooch at any time of the day.<p>Hellbent on a romance during your time in London? This advice will help you forgo a predictable date night in favour of a more amorous …

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

Fall foliage tour: the ultimate New England road trip

Touring New England in search of autumn’s changing colors has become so popular that it has sprouted its own subculture of ‘leaf-peepers.’ Immerse yourself in the fall harvest spirit with the ultimate road trip.<p><b>Trip length</b>: 5–7 days; 424 miles (682km)<p><b>Best time to go</b>: late September to</b> …

Hideaway hotels you can't reach by road

Leave your Samsonite above the wardrobe and your car keys on the dresser, you won't be needing either on this trip around some of the planet's more access-challenged accommodation. Travel light, wear sensible shoes, and take some deep breaths...<p>Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Lucerne, Switzerland<p><b>Access:</b> …

North America’s top amusement parks

Nowhere can you find more family-friendly daredevil thrills (and gentler rides) than in the USA and Canada. Here are our 10 favorite amusement and water parks in North America (diplomatically listed in alphabetical order):<p>Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario<p>The first major park in Canada (25 miles …

These Damn Nuts

Folks, these damn nuts have been blocking the blog flow for the last two weeks. I really like the recipe and want to share it but I don’t have much …