Archive for May, 2015

Top 10 museum cafes and restaurants in Paris

May 3, 2015

Many of Paris’s museum cafes and restaurants now offer a lot more than coffee and cake. You can now expect great food and magnificent art – and some take their cuisine so seriously they merit a visit in their own right Top 10 breakfast spots in Paris The Louvre has 15 eateries. You can have […]

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The foodie traveller on … Singapore’s Peranakan cuisine

May 3, 2015

At Candlenut restaurant, chef Malcolm Lee is preserving the deeply flavourful cooking of his ancestors – long-ago immigrants from China to Singapore When a posse of famous chefs craved a true taste of Singapore while attending the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant awards last February, their hosts took them to the Candlenut. This stark white-walled restaurant […]

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

May 3, 2015

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co was always going to be an easy target. So why did Jay decide to show it some mercy? At the top of the stairs up to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co by London’s Piccadilly is a sign. It reads: “Stupid is as stupid does”. Perhaps I should embrace this as […]

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Crime writer Jeffery Deaver on the unexpected side of New York City

May 3, 2015

Thrilled by Manhattan on a first visit as a young man, the author still relishes New York’s unexpected side, from folk music venues to hole-in-wall diners The concierge’s view of New York I was 25 in 1975 when I first went to Manhattan and was utterly enthralled. I watched the sunrise from the top of […]

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Albion House, Ramsgate, Kent: hotel review

May 3, 2015

This gorgeous new hotel, with original features and a very good restaurant and bar, is putting the seaside town on the map as a weekend destination Well it’s not Whitstable, is it? It’s not even Margate. And lovely Broadstairs, though practically connected, is a 20-minute walk away, around the coast. And yet … people are […]

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Beirut’s bullet-riddled Holiday Inn – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 28

May 3, 2015

The once-plush hotel stands empty as a reminder of the city’s brutal civil war, while the surrounding districts are swept up in glitzy redevelopments Though Lebanon has been swept by a gentrifying and disfiguring development rush, some older monuments still stand tall. Strolling downhill from the Clemenceau neighbourhood for a coffee on the seaside Corniche, […]

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Essaouira for a weekend break? Yes, thanks to a new direct flight

May 3, 2015

The Moroccan town of Essaouira is well-known to watersports fans, but new direct flights from the UK bring more of the rugged coastal province within reach for a romantic break Top 10 B&Bs and riads in Essaouira A donkey brayed outside our window and I woke, fumbling for a light switch before I remembered where […]

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Top 10 hotels in Reykjavik

May 3, 2015

It’s boom time for hotels in Reykjavik as they expand to accommodate the growing numbers of visitors to Iceland – but Scandinavian style and quality is not diminishing as quantity increases Reykjavik is a city experiencing a tourist boom. The capital of Iceland is a popular short-break destination in its own right but with airlines […]

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Polkerris B&B, Montego Bay, Jamaica

May 3, 2015

This relaxed B&B with views over the Caribbean is a world away from the all-inclusive mega-resorts for which Montego Bay is famous Jamaica’s best beach hotels and accommodation on a budget Personally speaking, I’d advise anyone flying to Montego Bay to get out of there as soon as you can. It’s the most touristy, un-Jamaican […]

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Gay businessman apologizes to LGBT community people for ‘fireside chat’ with Ted Cruz

May 3, 2015

Ian Reisner said hosting event for Republican presidential candidate strongly opposed to gay marriage was ‘a terrible mistake’, as thousands boycott his hotels A prominent gay hotelier in New York City has apologized to the gay community for meeting the Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who staunchly opposes same-sex marriage. Ian Reisner said in a […]

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