Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Put a Spring in Your Step; the New Season Brings a Wealth of Fresh Design, Travel, Fitness and Food Trends to Break You out of Winter Hibernation

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Put a Spring in Your Step; the New Season Brings a Wealth of Fresh Design, Travel, Fitness and Food Trends to Break You out of Winter Hibernation

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Byline: The Edit by Kate Lough

Just in time for a fantastic Easter weekend of friends, family and food, Jose Pizarro is bringing out his new cookbook, Basque (Hardie Grant, PS25). Inspired by the gastronomic hub San Sebastian - a hot travel tip for 2016 - and beyond, the London-based chef takes you on an intimate and colourfully photographed journey through Northern Spain, sharing riffs on traditional recipes from bite-size morsels known as pinxtos to hearty sharing feasts and moreish puddings.

A standout recipe and favourite of Pizarro's to try is the squid meatballs with saffron and almond sauce (head to standard.co.uk for the full recipe), which is inspired by traditional 'albondigas' found in tapas bars in the region. And his recipe for spinach and goats cheese croquetas will sate anyone with a greed for these nuggets of creamy goodness.

Foodies can also book themselves onto a very stylish cooking course at the new Bourne & Hollingsworth Kitchen (bourneandhollingsworth.com) in Clerkenwell. Designed by British Standard in the brand's winning combination of crisp whites and grass greens, informal classes are taught under the watchful eye of Michelin-starred chef Adam Grey and, of course, B&H's signature draping foliage. It covers all bases from knife skills to bread-making and how to cook the perfect steak.

Tel Aviv is another destination to add to your 2016 bucket list with a slew of design-led hotels, a red hot food scene and Mediterranean beaches. Sure to please juniperloving Londoners, the slick Norman hotel has recently opened the city's first gin bar. The boutique hotel, which opened last December, will be boosting its 1920s vibe with the addition of classics such as Tom Collins and Negronis. Or sip on its own concoction, The Crazy Earle (right): a heady mix of Bombay Sapphire, St Germain elderflower liqueur and lime stirred with homemade Earl Grey syrup, chilli and spices - served straight up.

New York's Soho district is getting an injection of style with the opening of 11 Howard (designhotels.com) in April. The 221-room property has been designed in collaboration with Danish firm Space Copenhagen, which was responsible for the aesthetic behind Michelin-starred restaurant Noma. …

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