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May 19, 2015

Korean street food at its best

On The Bab is a Korean street-food restaurant on Old Street in Shoreditch.

With a modern fit-out and friendly and efficient staff, this place is clearly a hit with the locals and gets very busy at peak times.

I opted for a dish called Bibimbab – a bowl of rice, vegetables, and fried egg, mixed with gochujang, and topped with spicy pork.

Really delicious food and a very cool place for a quick bite to eat.

May 16, 2015

Pastor James David Manning's ATLAH World Missionary Church and three other anti-LGBTI organizations have been added to the 2014 list

Four more organizations have been added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-LGBTI hate groups.

Amongst others, the national civil rights group The Southern Poverty Law Centre added ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood to their list.

Run by Pastor James David Manning, the church repeatedly made headlines in 2014; early last year they displayed a sign reading ‘Jesus would stone homos’ and later one saying anyone supporting ‘homos’ should be punished with ‘cancer, HIV, syphilis, stroke, madness, itch, then hell’.

May 11, 2015

'Are you cut?' 'Yep! Into eight pieces' (NSFW language)

Who needs a boyfriend or a hookup when you've got cheesy goodness as a possibility?

A user on Reddit found that out when he got bored one night and created a Grindr profile for the one thing that will give you love guaranteed.

It turns out that pizza does well on the hookup site? Who knew?

Our personal favorites are the responses to 'Are you cut?' and the proposal of marriage.

Beware, NSFW language ahead:

May 1, 2015

#Pizza4Equality was launched to help raise funds for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund

A charitable initiative, inspired as a response to a pizza restaurant that said it would not make pizzas for a gay wedding, has raised over $160,000 in just 26 days.

The #Pizza4Equality campaign was launched by Brooklyn activist, Scott Wooledge.

It was created after news spread about Memories Pizza in Indiana, whose owners said last month that they would not cater for same-sex marriage ceremonies.

April 30, 2015

'I think people like a daddy a little bit'

Andy Cohen has said he has 'no problem' being a silver daddy – a status he shares with best friend Anderson Cooper.

The Real Housewives creator and host of the late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live said he 'thankfully' looks better now at 46 than he ever had.

'I’d rather have it be that than the opposite,' he told Attitude magazine.

April 29, 2015

A dog-friendly lunch destination from a Michelin-starred team in the capital of Sweden

Embracing its nautical surroundings, Oaxen Slip is a large, light-filled space.

With retro furniture and crockery, this is a restaurant that offers family-style dining – shared dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.

It is one of the few restaurants in Sweden that welcomes dogs. The owners are dog-lovers, we met their cuddly pug Betty and it was difficult to resist trying to smuggle her out and take her home.

April 29, 2015

A vibrant but intimate dining option in the dazzling capital of Sweden

Closed for renovations for over a year, Zink Grill is a local favorite that has recently re-opened. We were there on a Saturday night and it was packed with an enthusiastic crowd.

I loved the service here, relaxed, friendly, but still professional.

We kept it simple with a shared platter of charcuterie to start, followed by a grilled meat platter with chops, sausages, pork belly, and white beans in a rich tomato sauce.

A great start to a night out in Stockholm. 

April 23, 2015

'These employees intentionally tried to make me sick'

A gay man has said he was called a 'faggot' by a MacDonald's employee, then given a 'completely raw burger seeping with blood.'

Luis Hernandez, 24, went to a branch of the fast food chain in Puyallup, Washington state around 3.35pm on Sunday (19 April).

The student said as he was ordering, he could hear the manager 'scolding and humiliating' an employee.

'I found that to be completely disrespectful and unprofessional and decided to voice my opinion to the employee that was taking my order,' he told Gay Star News.

April 23, 2015

A stylish and innovative bar serving up what could be the best cocktails in Denmark

Lidkoeb is more than just a bar – it is clearly a labor of love. The building used to be an old pharmacy, surrounded by herb gardens, but when current owners Adeline and Rasmus Shepherd-Lomborg took it over it was derelict and run-down.

It took two years of renovation and restoration before the first floor bar was ready to open, since then they have completed the resurrection of the entire building by also opening a second floor cocktail space, and a top floor whisky bar.

April 23, 2015

The ideal place to sample a modern version of Denmark's traditional open sandwiches

Smørrebrød is the traditional open sandwich of Denmark. Dark, rye bread, topped with herring, shrimp, or anything else that takes your fancy.

Throughout Copenhagen there are numerous cafes and restaurants selling Smørrebrød – locals will quickly point out that some are better than others.

April 23, 2015

Tivoli's newest restaurant offers a huge selection of gourmet Smørrebrød sandwiches

Smørrebrød is one of the traditional foods that the people of Denmark proudly claim as one of their own.

Essentially it is an open sandwich, a slice of dark rye bread – most often topped with herring but increasingly served with all sorts of meat and vegetable combinations.

April 21, 2015

United Ramen on London's Upper Street will satisfy your hunger for quality Japanese food

I was in Islington to see a show at the King's Head Theatre. I needed some easy food but wasn't sure what I felt like – it had been a while since I'd been in this part of town so I wandered around to see what was new, what looked good, and what was taking my fancy.

April 19, 2015

London's East End is where you will find some of the city's best cafes and restaurants

Embassy East is tucked away at the quiet end of Hoxton Street – one of London's cool but edgy parts of town.

This is the perfect cafe to have in your neighborhood. It's a small space with a simple fit-out. The staff are relaxed and friendly. They take their coffee seriously and it's very good. They make awesome breakfasts.

I always opt for the meat and eggs – perfectly poached eggs, sausage, bacon, haggis, and toast.

Free wifi too. It really doesn't get any better than this.

April 19, 2015

The couple found the lost dog in the mountains

A lesbian couple in Washington, United States, helped rescue a starving stray dog they found in the mountains by acting injured.

The couple had heard reports of the dog living in the wilderness at Evans Creek, who was timid and ‘unapproachable’.

They initially approached the dog with food, but repeated attempts to feed him failed.

After hours of trying, they decided on a different approach - by acting injured to show the dog they weren’t a threat.

April 17, 2015

Says he did the world a favor

A white supremacist who admits to killing his gay ex-employer at a North Carolina college has said he feels no remorse and that he had done 'the world a favor.'

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, shot Ron Lane, 44, Monday (13 April) after he was dismissed for too many absenses.

He was arrested the next day while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 16, 2015

Writer/director Tom Shkolnik has created an observational study of finding your way along the unfamiliar path of adulthood

Written and directed by Tom Shkolnik, The Comedian serves up a slice of London life as we follow the misfortunes of struggling comedian Ed (played by Edward Hogg).

Ed is trying to pay the bills with a job he detests, while failing to get his big break in stand-up comedy, and unsuccessfully juggling the affections of his house-mate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski) and his boyfriend Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett).

April 14, 2015

Traditional Italian desserts with inventive and exciting flavor combinations

Archer Street in Soho is one of London's surprisingly interesting streets.

In the midst of the theatres and creative industries, there is Jacob Kenedy's exciting Italian restaurant Bocca Di Lupo, and across the road is its dessert off-shoot Gelupo.

The gelato and sorbet menu changes regularly – my favorites include Fresh Mint Stracciatella; Ricotta & Sour Cherry; and the Caramel & Liquorice. 

April 14, 2015

 Soho is under siege – but this renowned French restaurant, with its opulent menu and spirited crowd, isn't going anywhere

L'Escargot, London's oldest French restaurant located in the heart of Soho, is a desert oasis; a fountain of fabulousness and class amid a sea of impersonal, overpriced fast food joints and dodgy Chinese restaurants.

Here, you'll find buzzing pre and post-theatre-goers dining in excellent spirits, tended to by gorgeously cute cocktail waiters (some of them occasional actors, and maybe future stars), while charismatic managers circulate, greeting this agent or that showbiz stalwart.

April 12, 2015

Probably the best falafel you will find in the UK capital

London's West End can sometimes feel a bit like a food wasteland, endless fast-food outlets and generic chain-store coffee and sandwich places, all designed to make it easy for visitors to the city to part with their money.

Gaby's Deli on Charing Cross Road, next-door to the Wyndham Theatre,  is a notable exception.

This small Jewish deli has been serving up great food for over 40 years.

April 12, 2015

Arguably London's best destination for ice-cream and gelato

New Row in Covent Garden is one of London's coolest streets, and right in the heart of it is one of London's best ice-cream and gelato shops.

La Gelatiera only a small store, but it is serving up traditional italian gelato and mixing it up with some exciting and surprising flavors.

The gelato is made fresh each day in their in-store basement kitchen, and you can see them hard at work through the glass window in the shop floor.

April 10, 2015

Memories Pizza owners found themselves at center of religious freedom debate when they said they wouldn't cater a gay wedding

The O'Connor family has re-opened the doors of Memories Pizza to a full house after being closed for eight days.

'It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,' said owner Kevin O'Connor who with his daughter, Crystal, was at the center of a national controversy over Indiana's controversial religious freedom law.

Crystal O'Connor had said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

April 6, 2015

More than half the total has been raised within the past week

Almost $95,000 has been raised for a florist in the US who refused to supply flowers for a same-sex wedding. 

Barronelle Stutzman, from Washington, was given 60 days to pay a fine of $1,000 (€922) after she refused to sell flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding. The ruling also required the shop to make all of its services available to same-sex couples. 

Back in 2013, Robert Ingersoll - who had bought flowers from Stutzman for years - asked her to provide flowers for his wedding to Curt Freed.

April 5, 2015

The Chinese restaurant that delivers great food with a spectacular view.

Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that The Shard – the tallest building in London – is so tall that spectacular views are guaranteed.

You can pay to go up to the viewing platform, but a much smarter approach is to head to Hutong.

Hutong is a Chinese restaurant on the 33rd floor of The Shard.

It was a Bank Holiday Monday and my friends Ming and Terry were in town from Toronto. I'd booked a table at Hutong for dim sum.

April 4, 2015

'So pitch in for great food, to help a small business and because hate dressed-up as religion makes you sick'

Big Guys Sausage Stand is proud to take LGBTI dollars.

The Berwyn, Illinois (right out of Chicago) sandwich shop has started a GoFundMe campaign titled Non-Bigoted Restaurant Wants Cash.

Store owner Brendan O'Connor was shocked at the flood of donations Memories Pizza has received in the past week.