Archive for December, 2013

Three days in Orange, NSW – travel guide

December 3, 2013

Where to stay, eat and visit on a visit to Orange: a long weekend spent visiting cellar doors, local producers and great restaurants. Find more images on Guardian Australia’s Instagram page Vicky Frost

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Where can you spend Bitcoins? A brief guide

December 3, 2013
Where can you spend Bitcoins? A brief guide

From travelling to Lithuania to eating out in Berlin, here’s a quick roundup of some of the things you can do with the dark-web currency Nungwi Village Accommodation Want to pay your rent with Bitcoin? Not a problem. You just have to be happy to move somewhere you have never wanted to live, or even […]

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The Magdalen Arms: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

December 3, 2013
The Magdalen Arms: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

In the beginning was the word, and the word was pie… Jay finds Oxford’s Magdalen Arms is first class 243 Iffley Road, Oxford (01865 243 159). Meal for two: £70 This is meant to be a review of a place in which to eat. In reality it will end up as a review of the pie […]

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Sichuan Folk: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

December 3, 2013
Sichuan Folk: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Hooked on China’s more robust food styles? Head for east London’s Sichuan Folk – and be quick about it… 32 Hanbury Street, London E1 (020 7247 4735). Meal for two: £70 (cash only) A few years ago I gave a positive review to a Chinese restaurant on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue called Golden Day, where the […]

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Weekend in Valencia: a complete itinerary

December 3, 2013
Weekend in Valencia: a complete itinerary

There’s plenty to sate all appetites in Valencia – it’s brimming with culture, has great bars and restaurants and beautiful stretches of beach to soak up the almost year-round rays Valencia might just be the perfect weekend destination: historic centre; a unique arts and science complex; sandy beach; lots of green space; fantastic food; and […]

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Ring O Bells, Compton Martin, Somerset: hotel review

December 3, 2013
Ring O Bells, Compton Martin, Somerset: hotel review

With fab food and celebrity connections the Ring O Bells has a distinctly modern edge, but crucially, still feels like a proper pub My thanks to a fellow Twitter chatterer for recommending a pub whose website shows Kylie Minogue singing on the bar. Clearly it has a story to tell. A pin-sharp crescent moon has […]

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Hotel TerraVina: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

December 3, 2013
Hotel TerraVina: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

A wine lover’s hideaway in the New Forest, TerraVina promises much but the food is hardly vintage Hotel TerraVina: Woodlands, Netley Marsh, New Forest, Hampshire (02380 293 784). Meal for two: £90-£120 Nobody visiting the Hotel TerraVina could ever forget where they were. They wouldn’t be allowed to. The walls are plastered with cuttings about […]

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Blood soup and maggot cheese – nose-to-tail eating in Sardinia

December 3, 2013
Blood soup and maggot cheese – nose-to-tail eating in Sardinia

After a bloodcurdling dinner in the hills of Sardinia, our adventurous eater tracks down a restaurant serving something even more squirmy Sebastiano brought out the cauldron. He did not speak English but even if he could, he wasn’t going to tell us what we were about to eat. It was a surprise. He was excited. […]

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Zest at JW3: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

December 3, 2013
Zest at JW3: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Jay loves the fat-soaked food of his ancestors. So what’s this – Jewish food that’s both healthy and tasty? Zest at JW3: 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 (020 7433 8955). Meal for two, with drinks and service: £70-£90 Something terrible has happened to my people. They have lost their way. It’s worse even than that […]

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Out of Africa: Brussels’ vibrant Matonge quarter

December 3, 2013
Out of Africa: Brussels’ vibrant Matonge quarter

Established by Congolese migrants, Brussels’ vibrant Matonge area is now a magnet for young Belgians – plus the odd Eurocrat “Smile” reads the sign over the ramshackle shopping centre, where racks of highly flammable vest tops rub shoulders with vats of hair relaxer. “You’re in Matonge.” Tucked incongruously between the plate-glass and concrete of European […]

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