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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.

April 4, 2015

Quality food and local produce in northern Norway

Tromsø is known as the capital of the Arctic – surrounded by spectacular fjords and mountains, throughout the years this has been the gateway for expeditions into the Arctic regions.

Built on the trapping and fishing industries, Tromsø has traditionally been a wealthy city – often described as 'the Paris of the north'.

Biffhuset is a primarily a steak restaurant. A solid, dependable choice for quality food from quality local produce.

April 4, 2015

A seafood restaurant serving up the finest local produce from northern Norway.

Tromsø is known as the capital of the Arctic – surrounded by spectacular fjords and mountains, throughout the years this has been the gateway for expeditions into the Arctic regions.

Built on the trapping and fishing industries, Tromsø has traditionally been a wealthy city – often described as 'the Paris of the north'.

April 4, 2015

Hearty local food in a restaurant that celebrates the region's history

Narvik is one of the key towns in northern Norway.

As a result of the Gulf Stream weather pattern, it is a major port that is ice-free during the winter months. 

It was for this reason that it was selected as the harbor from which Sweden would export the iron ore mined from nearby Kiruna.

April 4, 2015

Former View co-host: If finances were tough, 'we might have a potluck, we have bring your own chili'

Rosie O'Donnell, whose observations regularly made news during her recent stint on The View, was back in the spotlight this week weighing in on the news.

In a town hall-style conversation with gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile this week, O'Donnell pointed out the irony of an Indiana pizzeria becoming the epicenter of that state's 'religious freedom' law debate.

'Gays were going to cater their wedding with pizza? Not even lesbians would do that,' O'Donnell said.

April 3, 2015

Nearly 16,000 people donated in less than two days

A pizzeria that closed after refusing to cater gay weddings has received nearly $500,000 in donations in less than two days.

The O’Connor family, who own Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, made headlines after they told local reporters that they would refuse to deliver pizzas to a gay wedding due to their religious beliefs.

Under a now-fixed 'religious freedom' law, turning away LGBTI customers would have been legal in the state.

April 3, 2015

Crystal O'Connor: 'We have to accept them, and we just ask they accept us'

Flush with nearly $800,000 in donations from supporters, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, aren't through talking about gay people.

'God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying Him,' Crystal O'Connor tells Fox News.

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

April 1, 2015

Family who own restaurant says they now have the right to refuse service

The family behind an Indiana pizzeria has said the new law allows them to refuse service to gay couples.

Crystal O'Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, said their Christian beliefs mean they will not cater a same-sex couple's wedding.

'If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no,' O'Connor told WBND.

'That's a lifestyle that you choose,' Kevin O'Connor, her father, added.

April 1, 2015

Vietnamese street food reimagined as a chic banquet of taste and aroma in the heart of London’s famous Soho district – fused together by quirky top chef Bobby Chinn

Strolling in from the neon-lit streets of Soho, the House of Ho welcomes you to a contemporary den hidden away from the glow of this cosmopolitan thoroughfare renowned for its distinct nightlife, café culture and historical LGBTI watering holes.

A homely welcome and a swift coat-check later we were sitting at our table, swathed in low mood lighting and subtle elements of décor that indicated the traditional yet refined undertones of the culinary experience to come – and an experience it was.

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.

March 25, 2015

CEO's email to bar owner states 'Sadly, homosexuals are not part of our target audience'

A German drinks start-up is at the center of a shitstorm after refusing to sell their new lemonade to a gay bar because homosexuals are ‘not their target audience.’

TMW Kern GmbH, looking to advertise their new lemonade called Phantasia, initially sent an offer to Boots Westernbar, a gay bar in the south German town of Stuttgart.

Boots placed an order, but when the start-up found out that they would be delivering their drink to a gay bar they retracted the offer.

March 14, 2015

One of London's busiest train stations has some great restaurants right on its doorstep.

One of the dilemmas of living in London is that the city is so big that you can never know it all. You get to know the area where you live, the area where you work, your favorite hangouts in different places, but if for some reason you find yourself in a part of town where you don't normally go, it's almost being dropped in a completely different city with no point of reference and no familiar landmarks.