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I've lived in New York City my entire life — here are the best places to actually eat

As a kid growing up in New York City, I never ate Happy Meals.<p>Why would I when I could get a great bagel or slice of pizza for the same price?<p>New York has some of the best food in the world. Even neighborhood takeout spots are top-notch eateries that people come from all over to try. So over my …

New York City

Top 10: the best hotels near Westerkerk Quarter, Amsterdam

An expert guide to the best hotels near the Westerkerk Quarter, Amsterdam, including the top places to stay for canal houses, curated modern art exhibitions, canal-side views, gloriously-opulent décor and individually styled bedrooms.<p>Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam<p>Amsterdam, Netherlands<p>9 Telegraph expert …

I've held 1,000 interviews, and I've found only 4 questions truly matter

Hiring the best talent is a massive and never-ending challenge. It's hard to hire your first employee, it's hard to hire your 50th employee, and it's still hard to hire your 500th employee.<p>If you're just starting your company, you may as well get over the fact that you'll likely lose sleep over …

Employment

Richard Barrow in Thailand

10 amazing things you probably didn't know about Amsterdam

Here’s what you do know: Amsterdam has more canals than Venice; that it’s liberal in matters of sex and drugs; that it rains a lot; that everyone cycles; and that some residents live on boats.<p>As Eurostar launches a new service from London to the Dutch capital, here we look at what you probably …

Easy Ottolenghi summer recipes: puddings | Yotam Ottolenghi

Dessert,Fruit,Ice-cream and sorbet,Food & drink,Life and style,Summer food and drink,Chocolate,Cake<p>Make the most of those soft summer fruits (with a little cream and chocolate added for good measure)

Ice Cream

Ten of the best luxury train journeys

Twilight Express Mizukaze Japan<p><b>1)</b> Japans’s newest luxury sleeper train, Twilight Express Mizukaze, is expected to turn heads when it begins its tours of western Japan later this month. The dining car will feature menus by Japan’s leading Michelin-starred chef and the design will draw heavily on Art …

Hostels: The Ones With Best Private Rooms For Grown Ups

All the buzz and budget with a serene place to call your own after<p>Post gap year-life, you might have thought you never wanted to hear the word …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Want pork that packs a punch? These 8 recipes will do the trick.

By Kara Elder<p>, Editorial aide<p>Americans are eating more pork these days. From the Recipe Finder, here are eight ways to prepare it. We’ve got quick weeknight options plus a few slower preparations ideal for a leisurely weekend.<p><i>[One of these 10 quick sauces can rescue a boring plate]</i><p>Cast-Iron Pork …

Cooking

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Revealed: England's cleanest beaches

More than a third of England’s beaches are safe to bathe in, according to the Blue Flag awards, which has deemed 68 of England's beaches to be up to standard this year.<p>The annual status, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, bestows a mark of quality on our shores and indicates …

Beaches

America’s best train journeys, ranked

Sit back and watch the world go by on one of America’s best train journeys. You’ll cross lofty trestles, swoop through long tunnels, snake alongside rivers, and flank canyons — seeing parts of the country accessible only by rail. We compared data from Amtrak, Vacations By Rail and America By Rail, …

Trains

How One Hundred Years of Solitude Became a Classic

When Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous novel was published 50 years ago, it faced a difficult publishing climate and baffled reviews.<p>In 1967, Sudamericana Press published <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i> (<i>Cien años de soledad</i>), a novel written by a little known Colombian author named Gabriel García …

Literature

Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started

Thanks to inspiring and generous teachers on the social media site, my passion for my job has been renewed<p>I’ve been using Twitter for six months and it’s already one of the best career decisions I’ve made.<p>For a while, it seemed that my relationship with teaching was going to be short lived (the …

Social Media

How to have an adventure in Africa: readers' tips

<b>This week's winning entry</b><p><b>Strange but true</b><p>Having driven miles through semi- desert, we came upon a village with an unpronounceable Afrikaans name: Matjiesfontein. What followed was so extraordinary that I wonder if I dreamt it. Were there really two ancient Shell petrol pumps, an old London bus, a …

North-west frontier: mountains, lochs and art in Durness, Scotland

The highlands county of Sutherland is among western Europe’s least-populated areas, with epic vistas of fells, wild coast, and some surprising cultural treats, too<p>An unexpected delight crowns my first day in Durness. Two hours earlier, I had arrived at this doughty little village on the …

Discover the Past in Ireland's Ancient East

Travel<p>Drive through 5,000 years of history to discover Ireland’s rich and storied past.<p>Ireland’s east is a treasure house—sometimes literally so—of ancient sites. It’s a huge area, physically and temporally, taking in 17 counties and more than 5,000 years of history. So, in the words of the …

Budget hotels in Europe: readers’ tips

Our readers’ selection offers great locations – from the heart of Venice to a Pyrenean valley – for beguiling prices<br>• <b>Enter next week’s competition</b><p>Rovereto is a town in the valley of Trentino, which has historically been the path between Italy and northern Europe. <b>Casa del Pittore</b> is on a cobbled …

11 reasons why a trip on the Canal du Midi is one of the world's great journeys

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17 photographs that prove Yorkshire is England's greatest county

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24 of London's most incredible historic pubs

As the Great British Beer Festival continues in London, we reveal our pick of the best historic pubs in the heart of the capital.<p>There are few more quintessentially English experiences than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house, where the walls could tell you stories. London is …

Taj 51: is this London's most underrated hotel?

Okay, so a hotel that’s rated fifth in London on TripAdvisor clearly isn’t completely underrated. But did you recognise the name Taj 51? It’s intriguing that the best-rated five-star London hotels are the ones most people have never heard of. Not the <i>grandes dames</i> like Claridge’s or The Savoy or The …

Becoming a headteacher: four things future leaders need to know

Schools face a struggle to fill top roles, but headship can be immensely rewarding. Our expert explains what it takes to step up<p>For the last 10 years of my 30 years in education, I was a headteacher. I can say without hesitation that it was the most enjoyable and rewarding of the seven jobs I had …

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 …

A Solo Traveler’s Guide on How to Meet People While Traveling

Traveling alone has its perks: You get to do what you want, when you want, discover new and honest things about the world and yourself, and enjoy an …

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Incredibly popular tourist attractions you haven't even heard of

The Key to Writing a Mystery Is Asking the Perfect Question

The veteran author John Rechy discusses the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of the unsolved narrative.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Emma Donoghue,</b> …

The world's best hidden beaches: Trang archipelago, Thailand

While popular Thai destinations such as Koh Samui and Phuket stagger under the weight of development, these southern islands retain a sleepy, tropical charm<p>Framed by jungle-draped limestone karsts, this small but striking bay has serene waters free of riptides, making it safe for families to splash …