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The best city breaks in Germany: readers’ travel tips

Riesling and Romans, baroque and bratwurst … our tipsters point to alluring cities from Bavaria to the Hanseatic northern ports – but sidestepping Berlin – taking in great food, museums, spas and bars • Submit a readers’ travel tip for next week<p><b>Winning tip:</b> <b>Augsburg</b><p>One of Bavaria’s oldest cities, …

European Travel

Bologna city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

The opening of a foodie theme park will further elevate Bologna’s reputation as Italy’s culinary capital but the city has plenty more to offer, including superb art, music and medieval architecture<p>Europe’s oldest university town (it was founded in 1088) has been a haven for intellectuals and …

Italy

Budapest city guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, were separate cities until 1873, and they retain their own distinct identities, the former run through with ancient history, the latter noisier, earthier and more cosmopolitan. In Buda …

European Travel

Elena Ferrante's Naples – a photo essay

Lenù and Lila, the fictional protagonists of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, forge their friendship in a deprived area of Naples, just east of the cacophonous central station. The books follow the girls’ fraught relationship as they navigate the distinct social and economic divides of the city, …

Italy

20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 4

Anissa Helou’s stuffed mussels – midye dolmasi<p>If there were one street food I could take with me to a desert island, it would have to be stuffed mussels. I remember the first time I visited Istanbul in the mid 1970s, I stayed at the Pera Palace, still in its faded glory, spending my mornings in …

Ice Cream

20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 2

Claudia Roden’s bell peppers stuffed with rice, raisins and pine nuts – zeytinyağli biber dolmasi<p>This is the classic Turkish rice filling for vegetables to be served cold. Choose plump bell peppers that can stand on their base. I prefer to use red peppers because they are sweeter and for the …

Onions

20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 1

Claudia Roden’s aubergine slices with pomegranate, yogurt and tahini – batinjan bil rumman wal laban<p>The dressing of pomegranate molasses and vinegar gives the aubergine slices a sweet-and-sour flavour. Serve them hot or cold, with the yogurt topping at room temperature.<p>Serves 6<b><br>aubergines</b> 4</b> …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 3

Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich’s chicken pastilla<p>Serve this with a big plate of orange slices and rocket drizzled in lemon juice and olive oil, and with great pride.<p>To serve 4 shameless or 6 polite guests<b><br>chicken thighs</b> 6, with skin and bones (about 800g)<b><br>salt</b> 1 tsp, plus 1 tsp<b><br>pepper</b> 1 tsp<b><br>pitted</b> …

Middle East

Europe’s hidden coasts: the Deep Mani, Greece

Few tourists venture beyond the Mani’s spectacular Diros caves, but further south lies a dramatic coastline of sleepy fishing coves and fortified villages<p>More hidden coasts: France | Portugal | Spain | Italy<p>The Mani, the central southern prong of mainland Greece, is divided into two halves. The …

European Travel

Greece on a budget: locals' tips on where to stay and eat

Still in the midst of its debt crisis, the notion of UK travellers on a budget in Greece might induce some black humour from locals, but tourists can help the economy – and save a few euros themselves<p>Greece’s debt crisis rumbles on, making it harder for locals to go on holiday. But with 27 million …

Travel

10 of the best beach bars in Greece

Tinos Surf Lessons, Tinos, Cyclades<p>From modest beginnings as a few friends who learned to catch the waves at <b>Kolibithra</b> beach, Tinos Surf Lessons has become a scene. Yiannis Vidalis and his crew have made something fun and friendly at the surf school that is also chic – a VW campervan converted into …

Athens

Lisbon city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Portugal’s capital is bursting with culture and great places to eat, stay and party – and it’s the cheapest city break destination in western Europe<p>Assemble a city-break destination from a wishlist of components and you get Lisbon: a wide glittering river, limpid skies, steep cobbled streets, …

European Travel

These are the best places to find affordable art online

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Saatchi Art Instagram<p>How you decorate your walls (or how you don't) can immediately impact the feel of a room. Artwork is an easy way …

Do kimchi and other fermented foods give you more fizz?

When something makes it into the everyday story of country folk that is The Archers, it’s safe to say that it has gone mainstream. So, hearing Tom Archer’s plans for a kefir empire was all the proof I needed that, as he said: “Fermented foods are the future!” As ever, where Gwyneth Paltrow leads, …

Wellness

How to make perfect mayonnaise

Commercially produced mayonnaise bears about as much resemblance to the homemade sauce of the same name as instant coffee does to a single-estate espresso pre-treated by civet cats. It's like an oven chip, or a jar of pesto – perfectly acceptable when needs must, as long as no one's pretending it's …

10 of the best public gardens in Italy

With the Grandi Giardini Italiani – the country’s largest network of gardens – celebrating its 20th anniversary, founder Judith Wade selects her favourites<p>Barberini Garden, Castel Gandolfo, near Rome<p>The pope’s summer palace, Castel Gandolfo has only recently been opened to garden lovers. The …

Italy

10 of the best restaurants near Rome’s major attractions

Eating near the Eternal City’s famous landmarks needn’t mean tourist menus and pricey pizza. These handy trattorias and wine bars will still leave some change for the Trevi fountain<p>VATICAN MUSEUMS<br>Be.Re.<p>Carb-load at Be.Re. before a visit to the Vatican Museums, the largest and most physically …

Italy

Vogue's London Ice Cream Guide

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Rachel Roddy’s recipe for minestrone soup with regional variations

You probably don’t need a whole tin of plum tomatoes for today’s recipe: half will do. You might be tempted to put them all in, reasoning that you are making a big panful, and you don’t want another half tin of something hanging around the fridge, being pushed further and further in until it …

Food Preservation

10 of the best market restaurants in Barcelona

The restaurants and stalls around Barcelona’s markets use fresh produce, often direct from the vendors – and are some of the best places to eat in the city<p>You’ve not really done Barcelona until you’ve ticked off a Gaudí or two, had some average tapas, watched stag and hen parties messily collide in …

Extreme Sports

Page turners: Yotam Ottolenghi's favourite recipes from his first book

My first cookbook is being reissued next week, with a shiny new red cover, a few design updates and new recipe introductions. Looking back on the original, published eight years ago, it feels like only yesterday that Sami Tamimi and I spent every Friday night serving up a feast for friends to test …

Food Preservation

12 of the best summer salads from the UK’s top cooks

Last-minute grilled salad<b>:</b> Neil Rankin<p>Because barbecues aren’t only for big slabs of meat or fish. To make the puffed rice, just deep-fry raw wild rice for a few seconds in 180C oil, then drain. Serves six to eight.<p><b>2 fennel bulbs, one left whole, the other thinly sliced</b><b><br>3 courgettes, thickly sliced</b> …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Ten commandments of Italian cooking

When I was asked to write The 10 Commandments For Making Good Italian Food, I felt God had an easier job to do. What, indeed, are they? And how to define them? Are they so important as to be termed “commandments”? After thinking – and munching – it over for a few days, I decided on the following 10 …

Italian Food

Never mind the BBC – here's 20 years of top Guardian recipes

The culinary world was left reeling by the prospect of the BBC mothballing its online recipes. But never fear: our archives have more than enough to whet readers’ appetites from Nigel (Slater) to Nigella<p>Recipes. They’re seldom controversial. The section of a newspaper, magazine or website devoted …

Recipes

How to make the perfect leek and potato soup

The perfect soup for this time of year. Leeks are one of the few British greens available as we plunge into the so-called “hungry gap” between seasons, and bring with them a welcome freshness after all those earthily flavoured root veg. This version is no chilly, continental vichyssoise, but an …

Potatoes

Jancis Robinson's new book aims to turn amateur oenologists into wine experts in 24 hours

It's Friday night and I'm in the basement kitchen of the wine critic Jancis Robinson, sampling wines with the woman herself. Wine bottles of all …

Istanbul: readers’ travel tips

Getting your history fix underground or finding the best hammam in Istanbul; coffee you could stand your spoon in or an early morning swim with locals in the Bosphorus. Readers share their tips on the best way to experience the Turkish capital<p>• Istanbul city guide: what to see and where to eat, …

Istanbul city guide: essential sights, and where to eat, drink and stay

Beyond the mosques and palaces, Turkey’s cultural capital has lots to fill a city break, from neighbourhood tours and art galleries to a chic ‘hole in the wall’ cafe, stylish B&Bs and cocktail bars<p>Our Istanbul: readers’ tips<p><b>What to do</b><p><b>Istanbulite tours</b><br>The delightful Eda Sökmen specialises in …

Vienna city guide: what to do, plus the best cafes, restaurants and hotels

For a perfect winter break, you need more than just a schmaltzy Christmas market. With its atmospheric coffee shops, opulent museums and galleries, food markets and a revitalised underground music scene, Vienna is a city that comes into its own in the colder months.<p>Until 1918 it was capital of that …

10 of the best ways to enjoy Barcelona … on a budget

Savour the Catalan capital by avoiding the pricey and the touristy in favour of favourite local hangouts, from outdoor cinema to great beaches and vermut bars<p>Take in the view<p>Barcelona street life is irresistible, but sometimes you want to rise above the crowds. A ride in the cable car across the …

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