Something For The Weekend

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2000 Langhorne Creek Brothers in Arms Shiraz
Tesco Rosé Champagne Brut

Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson

Carol Birch finds mirth among the myths in these updated tales from the Ancient World

Sailing: Luxury loo takes pride of place in a minimalist environment

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Street Food - Eat and run

Every city has its own style of street food - from crepes to quesadillas. Annie Bell tours the world by taste and brings the fast food flavours home

Podium: We can't carry on generating this much rubbish

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eating in; Slippery customers

Noodles come in so many guises that few know what to do with which type. Here, in this exclusive extract from his new book, Terry Durack offers salvation for the noodle-confused

Drink: Do you really have the time to pause, down chopsticks and meditatively sample your wine?

I CALL it the Night of the Long Chopsticks. On the Saturday evening in question, when there was no one else in the house to object or suffer, I turned the kitchen into a food-and-wine matching laboratory. First step: make loads of noodles similar to those that Terry Durack proposes. OK, they were not identical to Terry's. This was a Saturday night, after all, and professional dedication could only take me so far. But the ingredients were there, and so was the crucial aspect of noodleness: soothing, slithering slurpability. On the food front, this was an entirely successful experience.

Food & Drink: Bites AROUND CAMBRIDGE

Queens Head, Newton, Cambridgeshire (01223 870436). Daily lunch and dinner. Call it basic, or beautifully simple, the food at this untitivated pub with beams inside is the best of its type, even if it doesn't constitute three courses. Home-made soup in a mug, roast beef sandwiches - each for pounds 2.10. In the evening there are plates of beef or smoked salmon. Drink Adnams indoors or out on the green opposite.

Food and Drink: Weekend Cook 10: Chilli Noodle Salad With Prawns Serves two. Total time: 15 minutes

THERE IS an Asian cafe called Wok Wok just close enough to me for lunch. They make a fine noodle salad with crispy shreds of chicken and lots of chilli. But curiously, for all its Nineties aspirations, the salad comes arranged Seventies-style on a necklace of Little Gem lettuce leaves.

Books: Days of rolling Rizlas

Powder by Kevin Sampson Cape pounds 10

Travel: Good morning, Vietnam

Noodles, stew, rice: in Vietnam, your first meal of the day is a feast that will take you through to sunset.

Eating in: Go like the tapas

It's much more fun to whip up dozens of dazzling little treats than to sweat over a formal dinner, says Michael Bateman

Restaurants: Bites A gallop round Liverpool's eateries, from Becher's Brook to Mersey Blue

Becher's Brook 29a Hope Street, Liverpool (0151 707 0005). Mon- Fri lunch and dinner, Sat dinner. Probably the most expensive restaurant in Liverpool, certainly one of, if not the, best - although the Georgian townhouse close to the Everyman theatre looks not much smarter than a wine bar. Come prepared for an exceptional meal of truly original and informed dishes. The menu makes tantalising reading; slow, loving cooking has real depth and diversity, as in double beef consomme with morel tortellinis; lamb breast stuffed with hearts and sweetbreads, tarragon and balsamic vinegar sauce; seabream on broccoli and Parmesan mousse; warm bramble clafoutis with rosehip ice cream. pounds 30 a head without drink, but the lunch and pre-theatre menu has starters and puds for pounds 4, mains for pounds 8.

The Joys Of Modern Life: 33. Pot Noodles

THE POT Noodle has an image problem. It's not an aspirational snack. You imagine them spilt amid the needles and vomit on a junkie's living-room carpet. Or left half-eaten by some bachelor's bedside, abandoned on top of a pile of dog-eared copies of Razzle. Or piling up in the wire basket of some friendless individual in the queue behind you in Tesco, making you feel all cosy and superior about your organic kumquats and family pack of part-baked croissants.

Eating out: Anything but Hackneyed

Viet Hoa; 70-72 Kingsland Road, London E2. Tel: 0171 729 8293. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon-3.30pm and from 5.30-11.30pm. Average price for dinner, pounds 11 per person. Visa and Mastercard accepted
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