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How to make the perfect martini

Martini

It is the quintessential cocktail. But for a recipe involving just two ingredients, the debate over its correct preparation is endless. Vodka or gin? How wet? How cold? Shaken or stirred? And should you ever use salt?

How to make the perfect kale crisps

Kale Chips

The only good thing to come out of the kale cult madness are these crunchy, salty, deliciously rich crisps (or chips). But should you use curly kale or black? Deep-fried or baked? And which seasoning goes best?

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The Oyster Shed, London Bridge

My first job as a new arrival in London was at BZW – the venerable and illustrious predecessor of Barclays Capital that had its offices in Tower Hill and London Bridge. And although I was based at Royal Mint Court, we spent a lot of time at the London Bridge office on Angel Lane - for work and pleasure, as it happened.

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Why piping-hot food leaves me cold

Gone are the days when a lack of central heating and a fear of salmonella meant food had to be served at thermonuclear temperatures. But does that superheat enhance flavour and appetite, or merely leave your soft palate raw and wounded?

Chana Masala

How to make the perfect chana masala

Whether eaten as a snack, main meal or even for breakfast, this tangy chickpea curry is arguably the most popular vegetarian dish in India. But should you used dried pulses or tinned, add or omit fresh coriander – and can you really eat it with pasta and parmesan?

Drinking Your Way from Wharf to City

While the DLR might be the quicker and more efficient way to get from Canary Wharf into the City, the current outbreak of summer lends itself to taking a more leisurely route: walk from Canary Wharf to the City and you are never far from a beautiful riverside drinking hole.

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Warning: Slow-Moving Pub

Driving through downtown Minneapolis on a Sunday at noon revealed a few things: no one seems to actually live downtown. And the baseball fans have all gone home. But not all of the partiers. Not the ones on the moving bar heading north on 2nd Avenue.

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