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New York, New York… It barely needs an introduction, but now that Frank Sinatra is stuck in your head grinning and clicking in an inviting manner, he and those ‘little town blues’ can be hard to ignore. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best bites, sips and sights of The Big Apple ready for your next trip across the pond.
Food, Glorious Food
Some call it the city that never sleeps. But from personal experience, the city that eats and eats and eats is far more fitting. New York is a culinary playground for the hungry and is forever fusing cuisines, perhaps owing to its diverse demographics. Many gastro mishmashes have made their way to menus – bacon and maple syrup, fried chicken and waffles – you name the questionable combo, they’ve done it (and probably served it on a bed of pancakes with a blob of ice cream).
But New Yorkers aren’t limited to breakfast, lunch and dinner. No, the most important meal of the day is undeniably brunch. The best part about this jolly compromise between breakfast and lunch is that it’s completely acceptable to quaff cocktails like there’s no afternoon, evening or tomorrow, and many brunch joints (such as East Village café Sidewalk) will even serve unlimited refills. From Bellinis to Martinis, the cocktails scene starts flowing at 9am and ends at… well, never. So when you’re feasting on eggs benedict, remember it’d be rude not to invite Bloody Mary along. Read more
Mention the term ‘afternoon tea’ and sweet fancies come to mind; floral doilies, clinking cups and moreish nibbles wheeled on squeaking dessert trolleys. Think again, dahling. Nowadays humble tearooms have evolved into stylish hotspots. Asian fusion, gluten-free, decadent dining and cosy abodes litter London, offering both a unique and customised afternoon tea experience. And as you may expect, choosing between them is difficult. So to help whisk you through the ever-popular pick-me-up, I went to visit the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Covent Garden to see how the British tradition is done best. Read more
To teach or not to teach, that is a question? Here’s another question, what’s in it for you? We often hear stories about the alternative teaching experience, of teaching English, not from the perspective of a regular UK school syllabus, but as a foreign language. The important thing to think about is how a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification can benefit you? Perhaps you’ve seen one of the great TEFL course deal packages on Wowcher.co.uk or you’ve heard about it from a friend. Well here is Wowcher’s guide to the benefits of a TEFL qualification and how it can open doors for you across the world… Read more
At lunch, you choose a new ‘do. You visit Pinterest with a finger clamped in ‘scroll-mode’. Cue streams of pretty haircuts: pixie crops, updos, bob cuts and braids. Tugging at ratty tails, you think, “I could totally pull that off”. Next week you’re in the hairdresser’s chair bound in a black polyester gown, regretting the snap decision, and cursing the day you fell for the charms of the Pin boards. But rash judgements needn’t be bad ones. To help you on your path to ultimate hair vixen, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest hair trends this summer – and which ones are right for you…
Tangled, wet-look waves push the mermaid look to new heights. Spritz locks with leave-in conditioner to hold in moisture, delicately finger curling the front for natural edge. Perfect for those with heart-shaped faces. Read more
Back in our day (sigh), you could give kids a bucket and a stick and they’d happily spend hours re-enacting a jousting competition in the street. These days, if you give them a bucket and a stick, they’ll either cry or work themselves in a frenzy looking for the ‘ON’ button. Hopscotch and British Bulldog have been replaced by Playstations and iPads, and with such a surplus of interactive entertainment, there’s even more pressure on adults to be creative and amuse their little ones this summer holiday. One solution is to lock them in their bedroom with a laptop, give them the Wi-Fi password, slide snacks under the door every few hours and only open the bedroom door at the start of September when term begins. Although tempting, we think we’ve come up with a series of slightly more humane ways to entertain the kids this summer… Read more
Through a tumbling criss-cross of never-ending souks, where slender cats swoop down from stalls, and there’s a roar, and a rattle, and a ring at every corner, you know that here, within the whirring madness, you’ve made it to Marrakech. But the question is, where to explore first?
Learn the lingo, and arm yourself with some nifty Arabic phrases – la shkran translates as no, thank you – that’ll be gold dust in a square filled with persistent sellers. Tempted by the funnel-shaped spices and medicinal Argan oil? Resist the urge, as goods in the square are not government controlled – and are often diluted. For a little extra, you can buy 100% naturally sourced Argan oil straight from the High Atlas Mountains.
Jemaa el-Fnaa, while infamous for its snake charmers and storytellers, is also home to dizzying orange juice stalls. I met a Slovenian tourist who stocked up on three a day for only 12 dirhams (12 MAD-£0.86p). For more fresh food, you can find cheap eateries littered about the bazaars: lively places where local couples and travellers come to chat over the steam of sugared mint tea. On the menu are traditional meat and veg dishes slow-cooked inside piping tagine pots, but you can get anything from a morning coffee to lentil soup here with ease.
You know that festival thing in Spain somewhere with the tomatoes? Well, we think it’s a festival, and we think it’s in Spain. Right? Come on, you’ve seen the pictures a hundred times. Well it actually looks like a hoot, and yes it is a festival. In fact, it might be the the most frantic, ridiculous, delicious and nutritious festival you’ll ever go to… Read more
How green does your garden grow? Whether you have a botanical balcony, wild woodland or a manicured lawn, get inspired by our design ideas for style-conscious spaces and outdoor places…
Beauty in Bloom
Combine luscious greenery with fragrant blooms, creating your own little piece of nirvana. In fact, clever planting can turn any boring space into something rather beautiful. Take the Rattan Hanging Baskets for example, a refined way to display colourful flowers no matter how big or small your outdoor area may be. Tip: Opt for an even number of baskets – when it comes to this look, symmetry is key. Read more
Don’t let this happen to you – check out our guide to spatial awareness!
If you’ve ever struggled to navigate a simple door knob and have a tendency to fall, trip or bump into people, you may be suffering from poor spatial awareness. Angry commuters and involuntary bump n’ grind aside, your surroundings are also at risk of damage from a lack of spatial awareness. While you can’t control the great outdoors, it’s important to keep the space within your four walls safe and free from clutter to avoid further scrapes and collisions. So rather than worrying about elbowing that pregnant lady on the tube in the womb or causing a pile-up on the escalator, we suggest you take a glance at our guide to becoming more spatially aware. Read more