WITH Britain in the clutches of a serious cold snap, homeowners face the risk of drama in the pipe department.Here’s what to do if you’re struggling with frozen pipes this winter, and how you can protect your home against sub-zero temperatures.Frozen water pipes can burst and cause major problems if they aren’t dealt with straight away.The first sign of a frozen blockage will be if you turn on the tap and no water – or just a trickle – comes out.First off, you need to shut off the water to the tap or, to be safe, to your entire home, while leaving the tap open.If you can, follow the pipe back from the tap to where it runs through cold areas, looking out for parts of the pipe which are bulging or have frost or ice on the outside.An exposed frozen pipe can be thawed easily enough, but remember to start at the tap and work back towards the frozen area so trapped water can flow out.You can use a hair dryer on a low setting to deal with the freeze, or try … [Read more...] about Frozen water pipes? Here’s what to do if your pipes freeze and how to thaw them if they’re underground or in a wall
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MICHEL Roux Jr is known for being a two-star Michelin chef at the London restaurant Le Gavroche.The former Masterchef judge and talented chef has been on Channel 4's Tried and Tasted. But what do we know about the star? Here's the details...Roux Jr is a 56-year-old chef who has made his mark as a chef in London and beyond.He was born in Kent, before attending the private Emanuel School in Battersea in London.After leaving school at the age of 16, he did an apprentice in Paris, before getting a job as a commis de cuisine at Le Gavroche.He's done several TV appearances, including being a judge on Masterchef, featuring on Hell's Kitchen and BBC Two's Food and Drink alongside Kate Goodman.He runs two restaurants, Le Gavroche and Roux - both in London.His fine dining restaurant Le Gavroche has a net worth of £2.9million, according to Company Check.The Mayfair restaurant in London charges £212 for its fixed price menu - meaning the 13 per cent service … [Read more...] about Who is Michel Roux Jr, what’s his net worth and where are Le Gavroche and Roux restaurants in London?
THE burger market in Ireland has grown massively over the last few years – and standards are constantly on the rise.The only downside of this? There simply isn’t time to try them all.But you’ve got to start somewhere, so here’s our list of 23 of the best burger joints in the land in no particular order.Bunsen Burger, Dublin – Wexford Street, East Essex Street, South Anne Street, Cork – French Church StreetBunsen promises “straight up burgers”, and they don’t lie.When you can fit your entire menu on a business card and still be out the door all day everyday, you’re doing something right.Wowburger, Dublin – The Workman’s Club, Mary’s Bar and RanelaghWith three locations across the capital, including two in popular bars, Wowburger is fast becoming a firm favourite with Dublin punters.All toppings are free and you make your choices as you order so no picking off those bits you don’t like.Coqbull, Cork and … [Read more...] about 23 of the best burgers in Ireland – the nation’s favourite burger menus you simply have to try
A SPRAWLING country manor, a waterside inn, and a chic dining room in Birmingham are three of Britain’s best restaurants – according to TripAdvisor.The reviewing company has just revealed its 2016 Travellers’ Choice Restaurants.There was strong competition from Spain, France, Italy, the United States and even Brazil – but three UK restaurants managed to make the cut for the world’s top 10, more than any other country.They were Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxfordshire, Michel and Alan Roux’s three Michelin starred Waterside Inn, in Maidenhaid, and chic modern eatery Adam’s, in Birmingham, which also holds a Michelin star.Blanc’s restaurant was voted the fourth best in the world, as well as the best in Britain. Britain's top 10:Blanc said: “I am thrilled that we have been awarded such a wonderful accolade – it is a credit to my restaurant director, Mourad Ben … [Read more...] about Where are the best restaurants in the world and which ones are in the UK?
THERE would be no animosity between Willian and Christian Benteke as the two were spotted at the Novikov restaurant in London.The pair came face-to-face with each other at Selhurst Park earlier on in the day on Saturday when the Blues came out on top.A Diego Costa goal proved to be the difference in the game on a foggy afternoon in South Norwood, but the two attackers put the result behind them as they headed off into Mayfair. Keep up to date with ALL the Chelsea and Crystal Palace news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentary.Willian was seen with his wife Vanessa Martins, while Benteke was all smiles despite coming out second in the London derby.The Novikov restaurant is no stranger to celebrities, with Justin Bieber, Usain Bolt and Charlie Sheen all guests recently at the restaurant and bar.Chelsea equalled a club record 11 straight Premier League wins with their victory over Alan Pardew's side, and they now close on Arsenal's … [Read more...] about Chelsea star Willian spotted with Saturday’s opponent Christian Benteke as both head out to Novikov restaurant in London
THE Northern Lights are a highpoint on many a bucket list.I had seen an aurora before but that was no holiday.In 1991 I was an 18-year-old conscript serving on a Missile Torpedo Boat in the Royal Norwegian Navy.All Norwegian men — and women now — have to do at least a year's national service.I spent mine in Tromsø, with possibly too much responsibility for a gun that could destroy a small town. Olasvern, our base, was dug deep into a mountainside, with miles of tunnelling, bunks for hundreds of sailors and a dry dock which could hold several boats.It closed down in 2009 and is currently leased to state-owned Russian research institutes. God knows what they are getting up to in there. I didn't see anyone go in or come out on my homecoming visit — but I would be willing to bet they could see us.All this mystery, only three-anda-half hours from Gatwick. But despite its remote aura, the Arctic is very easy to get to.A 20-minute bus ride will take you from the airport … [Read more...] about Experience the Northern Lights in Norway
FORGET snail porridge and edible flowers, at the “best restaurant in the world” you can dine on POISON.Having polished off the first eight dishes of the 11-course taster menu at The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, Seb the waiter tells me my first dessert contains cyanide.The damson and kernel parfait, which resembles an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich and tastes like Bakewell tart, is made using crushed damson stones, which contain the deadly acid.And if you survive that, there is hogweed to follow, Britain’s most toxic plant, which causes a rash and blisters when touched. Staff have to wear gloves to collect it.Seb jokes that they have a “revolving door of chefs” at the village pub, which last week was named the best restaurant in the world in an annual poll of TripAdvisor users.Of course, in this setting, both dishes are perfectly safe — and taste sensational.The Michelin-starred pub, which is full until … [Read more...] about Forget the snail porridge in this award-winning eatery – why not dine on cyanide?
A BRITISH pub has been crowned the best restaurant in the world - the first UK winner since records began.The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, beat Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir and French outfit Maison Lameloise.The gong was awarded based on TripAdvisor customer reviews over the past year.It’s the first time a British restaurant has won the title since the awards began in 2012.The Black Swan is run by the UK’s youngest Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, 28, and his brother James.Their grub includes squid dressed in horseradish juice, Texel lamb with turnip and mint and cake from chicory root.Tommy said: “It’s a huge honour to win this award, but what makes it really special is that it’s been awarded because of feedback from our customers.”Spanish eatery Martin Berasategui, which held the title since 2015, was finally knocked off its perch into fifth. … [Read more...] about Black Swan pub in North Yorkshire has been crowned the best restaurant in the world
A BERLIN museum has revealed a model of the underground bunker where Hitler spent his last days as well as a recreation of the office where he committed suicide.His Second World War hideout has gone on display in a former air-raid shelter just a short distance from the real bunker, which has been demolished.The model is only open to viewers who go on the museum’s guided tour, including looking around the shelter which was only supposed to house 3,500 people but housed 12,000 by the end of the war.The museum has also recreated Hitler’s office, the room where he shot himself in 1945.The room has a picture of Hitler’s hero, Frederick the Great of Prussia, on the wall and also shows the sofa where Adolf Hitler was found dead with his mistress Eva Braun.Some feel that the exhibition is in bad taste, criticising the museum for what they suggest is “showmanship”.But Curator Wieland Giebel insists the Story Bunker is not the “Hitler Show”.Hitler moved … [Read more...] about Berlin museum reveals scale model of the underground bunker where Hitler spent his final days
Six people were found shot dead in a Chinese restaurant in the town of Sittensen in the early hours of Monday, but a two-year-old girl managed to survive. A seventh victim died on Tuesday in the hospital, dashing the police's hopes of finding out more from him about the crime. Klaus von Lampe All of the victims were of Asian origin and apparently worked in the Lin Yue restaurant; two may have been the owners. Their bodies were found tied up in different rooms of the restaurant. Police are questioning diners who were in the restaurant earlier in the evening on Sunday. The motive for the killings was unclear, police said. There was no evidence that the restaurant had been the target of blackmail and there was no history of Chinese mafia activity in Lower Saxony , the state where the restaurant is situated. Federal investigators are now working on the case. DW-WORLD.DE spoke with Klaus von Lampe of the department of criminology at the Free … [Read more...] about “It’s Easy to Enter the Illegal Market in Germany”