Archive for October, 2013

Philadelphia’s food and restaurant renaissance

October 3, 2013
Philadelphia’s food and restaurant renaissance

The cradle of America is being reborn as a food destination. Acclaimed New York chefs are relocating to Philadelphia, and the historic Italian diners face some spicy competition On July 4 1776, the founding fathers of America gathered in Philadelphia to declare their independence from (no offence, English readers) the tyranny of English rule. You […]

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Top 10 restaurants, cafes and diners in Baltimore

October 3, 2013
Top 10 restaurants, cafes and diners in Baltimore

Famous crab cakes, schnitzels and classic steaks accompany lovingly made micro-beers at Baltimore’s waterfront restaurants, family-run bistros and neighbourhood bars Jack’s Bistro If husband and wife Ted Stelzenmuller and Christie Smertycha were just nice, I wouldn’t tell anyone to bother with Jack’s Bistro, but chef Stelzenmuller unleashed a Thai mussels dish this year that made […]

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Top 10 restaurants, cafes and diners in Maine

October 3, 2013
Top 10 restaurants, cafes and diners in Maine

The area’s famous for great lobster and other fishy delights but has much, much more to offer such as top Japanese noodles, a class food truck, sublime sandwiches, curry to die for and good old-fashioned steak Miyake, Portland Impeccable sushi is a really a thing of splendour, and it can take a lifetime, or longer, […]

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Crab Manor, Thirsk, North Yorkshire: B&B review

October 3, 2013
Crab Manor, Thirsk, North Yorkshire: B&B review

The idea behind this eccentric country house hotel is that you can visit the world’s most glamorous boltholes – the Ritz, Raffles – without leaving rural Yorkshire Fake That, the Clone Roses, AC/ DC-UK, we’re familiar with tribute bands but a tribute hotel? That is the premise at Crab Manor, whose 17 rooms are themed in […]

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Kerala’s top 10 budget beach hotels, homestays and guesthouses

October 3, 2013
Kerala’s top 10 budget beach hotels, homestays and guesthouses

Whether you’re looking for inner peace or just want to laze on some of India’s best beaches, you can stay in style without breaking the bank on Kerala’s beautiful coast Bohemian Masala, Varkala beach Budget accommodation doesn’t get much better than this. Bohemian Masala offers an imaginative alternative to the somewhat homogenised options on Varkala […]

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Top 10 hotels, guesthouses and villas in Tobago

October 3, 2013
Top 10 hotels, guesthouses and villas in Tobago

From a lush rainforest retreat to beachside boutique hotel, Tobago offers a fine range of friendly yet striking places to stay Kariwak Village Holistic Haven, Crown Point  Kariwak is a tranquil foodie’s paradise, down a quiet lane but less than a mile from the airport. Canadian-born owner Cynthia Clovis has been cooking here for the past 31 […]

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Top 10 hotels and guesthouses in St Kitts

October 3, 2013
Top 10 hotels and guesthouses in St Kitts

There will soon be no shortage of large, luxury hotels on the island, but for a more Kittitian experience, there are smaller places to stay with a typically friendly welcome Sugar Bay Club Suites and Hotel, Frigate Bay Simple, clean and friendly, Sugar Bay Club is in the Frigate Bay area, close to St Kitts Golf […]

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I’ve worked for 25 years in hotel security in Hollywood – any questions? | Scott Barbour

October 3, 2013
I’ve worked for 25 years in hotel security in Hollywood – any questions? | Scott Barbour

One Direction stayed at the hotel for a week. We had several hundred teen girls trying to gain access to the guest floors Scott Barbour has worked and overseen security at luxury hotels in Hollywood for 25 years. He’s seen plenty of NBA players, boy bands and actors. He’s opening up about life behind the […]

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We Thomas Cooked it – and got the trots

October 3, 2013
We Thomas Cooked it – and got the trots

Hotel in Egypt was filthy and food made us sick – but Thomas Cook has offered us ‘insultingly low’ compensation My girlfriend and I went on a two-week all-inclusive Thomas Cook holiday to the Oriental Resort Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, at a cost of more than £600 each. Shortly after our arrival […]

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Open-plan bathrooms: the ultimate hotel horror?

October 3, 2013
Open-plan bathrooms: the ultimate hotel horror?

It’s a growing trend in luxury hotels, but how would you feel about spending a romantic weekend in a hotel room where the bath, shower and even the toilet, were on display? Is there anything worse? Think of it as the drip-drip effect of interior design. What started as a trend for freestanding roll-top baths […]

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