Lisa Blackman

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Taste Beyond The Tongue

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA

Tardigrades are nearly microscopic animals that can survive the harshest of environments, including outer space.<p>Scientists sequenced their genome and …

Two-week traveller: choose your Central Asia adventure

Once the realm of Silk Road merchants and Great Game spies, the Heavenly Mountains and Black Sand deserts of the 'Stans, as the five countries of Central Asia are affectionately known, have historically been the stuff of epic overland trips taking many months and much bureaucracy.<p>With the region’s …

Central Asia

10 of the best sights in Istanbul

Basilica Cistern<p>The city's most unexpectedly romantic attraction, the Basilica Cistern, offers an insight into the complicated system that once brought drinking water into Istanbul from Thrace (an area of the south-east Balkans now constituting Turkish land n the European mainland, and a chunk of …

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

Photograph: Alamy<p>The park on Petřín Hill.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/4/1441370702781/0be80978-83fc-42e1-9bc0-0bdbd5348219-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>The park on Petřín …

Set Forth on a Train Odyssey in India

Travel<p>See trip details for Western India, one of 30 suggested family trips from National Geographic.<p>India Guide<p>Mumbai Guide<p>More Family Trips<p>Got older kids and willing to travel outside the summer season? One of the best ways to explore Western India is by train. Board the Deccan Odyssey luxury …

Eight must-see spots in Iceland's wild west

Iceland’s tourism boom is bringing planeloads of happy explorers to popular routes like the Golden Circle. Yet just one hour north of Reykjavík, grand West Iceland remains off the beaten track.<p>It unfurls in a spectacular array of ice caves, lava tubes and open sea, while its petite towns offer …

European Travel

Paris’s Best Culinary Walking Tours

In the City of Light, these excursions keep your eyes entirely on the plate.<p>You’re headed to Paris, gastronomic capital of Europe. You loved …

Top 10 Puerto Rico experiences

Puerto Rico is the fodder of many a Caribbean daydream for good reason: this natural jewel box can satisfy the lethargic beach bum, the sunrise rainforest explorer and the budding big-wave surfer – all in a long weekend.<p>Its coral reefs host a riot of tropical fish, its limestone caves in the misty …

Costa Rica’s top five marine adventures

Costa Rica’s thriving forests and abundant wildlife have made it a premier destination for eco-travelers, but the country’s lesser-known offshore environments teem with life and have just as much to set the spine tingling. Sadly, in recent years these underwater habitats have been tainted by …

Central America

12 best locations to see wild whales

Want an incredible whale watching experience? Make sure you're in the right place at the right time with this guide...<p>1. Vancouver Island,</b> …

10 tips for tackling souks

Souks can be fascinating, intoxicating... and daunting. Here's how to navigate your way around – without getting lost or ripped off<p>1. Go with a good …

Royal retreats: 9 incredible palace hotels in India

An insider's guide into the top palace hotels in India, including the best for royal residences, opulent interiors, romantic settings, extravagant architecture, extensive lawned gardens and refined Indian cuisine, in locations including Rajasthan, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Udaipur.<p>Rambagh …

Discovering the Great Blue Hole

When Jacques Cousteau puts a dive site on his Top Ten list, then you know it must be good. That’s what I was reminding myself as I descended along a wall into the depths of the Great Blue Hole, a World Heritage Site off the coast of Belize.<p>So far, it was dark.<p>But suddenly, the wall gave way to a …

Scuba Diving

Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes

8 Servings<p>Cooking the potatoes on a wire rack lets hot air circulate around them, so they get extra crisp.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved<p>½ cup olive oil<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>4 oz. finely grated Parmesan<p>¾ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf …

Lomo al Trapo: The Colombian Technique That Will Change the Way You Grill Beef

Remember that scene at the end of <i>Ghostbusters</i> when the boys in gray crack Sigourney Weaver out of the petrified remains of the ghost dog Zuul? Picture that scene at your next dinner party, but instead of a whip-smart and attractive actress emerging from the carbonized crust, it's a perfectly cooked …

Rhubarb and ginger crumble

This classic crumble is perfect when rhubarb is in season, paired with it's buttery topping and flaked almonds<p>I love this almond crumble topping, with its shortbreadlike fudginess. Putting the ginger into the topping rather than in with the rhubarb works a treat. If you’re not familiar with sweet …

Key lime pie recipe

Inspired by Great British Bake Off to venture into the world of baking - but not sure where to start? Try this simple recipe from last year's runner-up Richard Burr<p>Barely before episode one had faded from the screen, the sixth series of GBBO had created a perfect storm of publicity. Who wouldn’t …

Stay Hydrated with 30 Fruity and Fizzy Summer Drink Recipes

These cocktails—and virgin drinks—show off the best flavors of summer<p><b>It's summer; you need to hydrate!</b> These fresh, fruity drinks are just the ticket. From frosé to a citrusy Paloma to pitchers of non-alcoholic aguas frescas, we've got you covered. If you added a tiny umbrella, no one would …

How to Make a Super Easy Oven-Roasted Fish Without a Recipe

This baked fish could not be easier to make. So make it already!<p><i>Welcome to Cooking Without Recipes, in which we teach you how to make a dish we love, but don’t worry too much about the nitty-gritty details of the recipe, in effort for you to create your own spin. Today…oven-roasted fish with</i> …

How to Make Italian Soda Every Which Way, Without a Recipe

<i>The combination of syrup, ice, seltzer, and cream can be stirred endless ways; all you need are some simple ratios, glasses, and your imagination.</i><p>A few weeks back, my son asked for a glass of juice. This four year old really wanted some juice. I only had a lemon, so I thought I’d make a quick …

Scrambled Eggs, Avocado, and Smoked Salmon on Toast

2 to 4 Servings<p>Active Time: 20 min<p>Total Time: 20 min<p>This open-face sandwich makes a great meal or snack morning, noon, or night.<p>May 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 Tbsp. minced fresh chives, divided<p>2 Tbsp. crème fraîche (optional)<p>6 large eggs<p>2 Tbsp. (1/4 stick) unsalted butter<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground …

Dinner Tonight: Pan con Tomate with Burrata

When tomatoes are in season, you don't want to do too much to them. What's that saying? You don't mess with a good thing? Yeah, that's it. Just look at pan con tomate for proof.<p>The Spanish understand how to do summer right, simply toasting bread and slathering it with grated tomatoes mixed with raw …

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and Chiles

6 Servings<p>Don’t bother trying to divide this fillet into tidy portions. Instead, use a spoon to break it into perfectly imperfect pieces.<p>January 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced<p>1 blood or navel orange, very thinly sliced, seeds removed<p>1 Meyer or regular lemon, very thinly …

10 ideas for adventurous holidays in Iran

Photograph: Paule Seux/Hemis/Corbis<p>Amir Chakhmaq mosque in Yazd.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/28/1440763608338/b55e1353-f97a-4025-8e7d-7d928df74e14-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Paule Seux/Hemis/Corbis<p>Amir Chakhmaq mosque in …

The Perfect Weekend in Delhi

In a country as large as India, it’s somewhat counter-intuitive to position a weekend itinerary anywhere within it. But even if you can only spare a …

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

This Hotel in Bolivia is Made Entirely Out of Salt

Even the tables and chairs.<p>If your travel plans need a little flavor, just add salt.<p>Bolivia’s Hotel Palacio Del Sal—the Salt Palace—lives up to its …

13 adventures in Europe's secret corners

Think you know Europe inside and out? Think again. The continent is better than most at keeping hidden secrets – but you can discover them on these …

Free Things to Do in Taipei

Enjoy Taiwan's energetic capital—packed with elaborate temples and edgy art—without blowing your budget.<p>A densely populated basin surrounded by verdant mountains, Taiwan’s energetic capital is packed with elaborate temples, ancient and edgy art, Chinese memorials, green space, and its celebrated …