Rumour Has It….Cape Verde

As usual, I spent a lot of time scouring reviews and reading up on this destination well before my holiday.

Funny how two people can go to the exact same place, experience the same things and come away with opposing points of view on how good or bad it was.

This time I thought I’d do a post comparing my experiences with some of the feedback left by tourists over various online travel review sites/forums.

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1. Rumour has it, Cape Verde is very windy in the winter months!

This is truer than I had imagined. It can get super windy and many drinks (even in glasses) were blown over. Gusts of wind can be pretty strong so hold onto your hats and drinks, especially when you’re on the beach. On a more positive note, the weather makes it ideal for kite flying, and surfing which are popular Sal.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still hot during the day, despite the wind.

Locals told us that from around May  to November the wind subsides and temperatures are extremely hot – too hot for many transient tourism workers, who pack up and go back to their home countries and return in the cooler winter months.

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Kite Beach

2. Rumour has it, getting through the airport is a long and chaotic process!

Well, coming into Sal was a breeze really, ‘no stress’, but chaos kicked in on the way home. It may all sound funny now, but at the time – not really!

The airport is currently undergoing extensive renovations which are set to look great once finished, and some parts of the current space is out of use due to works; in its present state  the airport is very small and over crowded in the departures area, with very few seats.

Automatic doors leading customers in and out of the departure lounge would stop working at random, leaving passengers baffled and trying to prise the doors open from both sides . (Imagine missing your flight because the automatic doors refused to open !!) Thankfully they were a bit like London tube trains and opened with a bit of force.

Our flight was delayed but no information came up on the departure screens until it was nearly an hour late (and even then there was no acknowledgement of the delay);  then they decided to switch the boarding gate, just to add to the confusion and frustration  – again without any announcement or communication. We then queued at the gate and waited for what felt like another 30 mins while staff at the gates continued to ‘not tell anyone what was going on’ and fuss amongst themselves and their computers.

Once boarding passes were eventually checked, the entire plane’s worth of passengers (myself included) were led outside amidst loud plane engines and left to stand out there for another 20 mins or so, outdoors in the baking sun. Again, no communication.

Following this, we were then instructed to make a 10 min walk across the hot tarmac to board our plane (it was the furthest plane away from the departure gates – while passengers for planes closer to the departure gates were driven to their planes in an airport bus – go figure!). 

There was no sign or word from a TUI rep throughout any of this ordeal.

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3. Rumour has it, the food in Cape Verde isn’t great!

The food is not terrible, I’m not sure what people were expecting. You can get pretty much whatever food you want, there are plenty of eateries in Santa Maria catering to all different tourist tastes and fish is a popular choice given the amount of fishing that takes place in Sal.

Above is Cape Verde’s traditional dish, which I tried in Espargos during an island tour of Sal, but failed to finish as it was a very large serving – it’s a bit like a soup/broth with a mix of different meat and veg, it tasted nice.

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This is the first restaurant you see when you walk into the beach from the taxi rank in the shopping area of Santa Maria

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Back in the hotel  – food was in abundance with something for everyone, as you would expect in a big all inclusive, to be fair. Perhaps some hotel food is better than others.

4. Rumour has it, hotel staff (across many of the Sal resorts) are rude and seemingly poorly trained in customer service!

On the whole the staff were very polite, I did not experience any significant rudeness. You will usually get the odd bad apple in any hotel but I have no complaints  really. One particular member of staff seemed to have a very laid back attitude to things, as though life was one big joke, not to be taken ‘too seriously’ – even when reception staff had checked the wrong people into the wrong rooms, put the wrong number of people in the wrong rooms and then almost sent the wrong luggage to the wrong rooms (bear in mind the rooms were on second floor levels with no lifts and across more than one block within a huge resort)….despite several attempts to point out and explain their errors they still didn’t get it right on their databases.

It is true that some of the staff do not speak much English, and this may account for ‘misinterpreted’ poor service when communication is a little strained.

5. Rumour has it, rain is very rare in Cape Verde!

Well it didn’t rain once while I was there and locals confirmed that rain is certainly a very rare thing here; this is also evident from the dry arid landscapes, with very little vegetation.

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A lot of the presentation grass lawns (in hotels and the botanical gardens etc, are flown in from other countries).

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6. Rumour has it, Cape Verde is the new caribbean!

Well firstly, Cape Verde does’t present as a caribbean equivalent – it doesn’t have the same atmosphere at all, instead it is more of a dessert land, barren and vast with some huge wide beaches that are dominated by surfers. Cape Verde is beautiful in its own unique way with a ‘wild wild west’ landscape coupled with white beaches.

The beach in Santa Maria is the prettiest and most popular for swimming – the water looks more tropical blue than the waters along the hotel strip.

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7. Rumour has it, Cape Verde doesn’t really have its own unique culture!

Maybe people think this because it doesn’t seem to fit into a nice little box. Cape Verde is very mixed in terms of language, heritage, skin complexions and the majority of the population are younger (20s/30s) apparently.

For me my first cultural impressions were:

  • The people are a little more laid back  – which is often the case in hotter climates, the sun relaxes and slows you down
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  • Water sports and surf culture is a big deal and the must-have for children is a surf board, not a scooter (child scooters are still the rage in the UK)!
  • Local people love the water and beach life
  • People live a simple life, and are very grateful for your custom – people are relatively low income. One of the hotel bar staff said she earns 300 euro per month, and that living with extended families is the only way for many to survive/progress financially
  • The people are visually, a very diverse mix of races, including european and african and american which has influenced the creole culture of the native population.
  • Church is central to family life
  • Vibrant bright and colourful is the way
  • Poverty is visible in terms of corrigated shanty towns vs concrete houses

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8. Rumour has it, you’ll get cold in the evenings and need a jumper, despite high temperatures during the day!

This is an understatement in Feb/March. Make sure you take warm jumpers/coat for the evening. Tights and boots will not feel wrong in the evening wind. I found myself ordering hot chocolate while watching evening hotel shows because if was cold. Make sure you at least have some sort of thick wrap to throw over your shoulders.

Bikini by day, jumper by night, many people were wearing their coats.

I had been looking forward to sitting out on my balcony late into the night enjoying the warmth and exotic noises, gazing up at the starry sky while sipping something icy cold – but nope. This did not happen, my sliding doors were securely shut every night with the heating on (yes heating) at night.

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9. Rumour has it, there’s not much to do in Cape Verde!

Depends how you look at it.

If you want to immerse yourself in very non-pretentious, authentic, rustic local life at its simplest, then you won’t tire of Cape Verde (as long as you prise yourself away from the hotels). You won’t get the thrills of Las Vegas (though I did spot a casino on the way into town).

  • There are a few good island tours – if you go by quad bike or four by four, prepare to be windswept and dusty – go for the mini bus/coach option if you want shelter
  • Again, you will be in heaven for water sports and kite flying in the winter months
  • Beach bums will also be in heaven – beaches are wide and vast so no fighting over a sunbathing spot
  • The main town of Santa Maria and its beach are buzzing with colour/local people/fishermen/women/boats/divers/surfers/beach life/restaurants and souvenir shopping SAM_1799

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Rumour has it, you’d better not forget any essentials when you’re packing as prices are through the roof over there (e.g. €9 for shower gel)!

The rumours were true in the hotel shop at least. €8 for shower gel below.

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Barbados: Yellow Bird Hotel

I’m a stickler for reviews, Trip Adviser etc…and was really impressed with the overwhelming positive feedback on this hotel.

Furthermore, it’s very reasonably priced in comparison to the big east/west coast, all-inclusive resorts.

If you’re on a tight budget, or want to claw back more money for spending, you could easily spend your entire holiday using this (or similar) hotel as your base.

Alternatively, mix it up to get a taste different parts of the island.

Whether you can afford it or not, all inclusive deals do not always give you best value for money. If you’re in an area with plenty of local places to eat, why not put more of your money in the hands of local businesses and sample more of the culture, cuisine and community of the country you are visiting?

This was my first time ‘not’ staying in a big ‘all inclusive’ style hotel and, well, sometimes less really is more!

St Lawrence Gap isn’t short of restaurants and street food vendors every evening so – if you’re planning to self-cater/cook I’d avoid the main mini market in the Gap (pretty overpriced)  – there are bigger and better priced supermarkets a bus ride away toward Bridgetown.

Anyway, back to the Yellow Bird.

My top things about this hotel

  1. Location, location, location!!  Right at the start of St Lawrence Gap
  2. A short bus ride into Bridgetown
  3. A short drive from Oistins
  4. Great for people watching!
  5. Beautiful balcony views, and stunning sunsets
  6. Small and family run (a nice contrast from being in a giant hotel with hundreds of people)
  7. Fully equipped kitchen and clean modern decor
  8. Relatively more affordable than the bigger hotels on the west coast

Tip: if you’re planning on self catering – head up to one of the bigger supermarkets (rather than the small one’s in St Lawrence Gap, the bigger supermarkets will give you more for your money!

The staff here were all very helpful and friendly – though I must point out the lovely ‘Sonia’ who maintained our rooms with smiles and helpful advice along the way, never too busy to stop and say hello  – even when she was tired and working beyond her normal hours in order to support the business and guests during an unexpected ‘water cut’ – carrying large heavy containers of water up to guests rooms…..that’s another story, anyway – a huge and heartfelt thank you Sonia.

Any downsides – not really 😊

Rooms are on three  upper floors but there are no lifts – the hotel staff were strong enough to carry my baggage up the stairs, but I still felt bad because my cases normally feel like they’re full of bricks!

I would highly recommend Yellow Bird and would certainly stay there again.

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Delicious breakfasts, flying fish is always on the menu!

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We booked on to all our excursions from the very friendly reception desk staff – they’re also really good at recommending things to do, as they’ve sampled most it themselves! The staff were very honest  – e.g. about new excursions that they hadn’t tried yet – rather than just trying in vain to get you to book – much appreciated.

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Early in the morning seemed like the best time to go for a swim here, as the tide is out and you can wade quite far out in the shallow waters.
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10 days straight and I never once grew tired of the view from my room and the sunsets are priceless.

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Quick Supermarket Trip, Barbados

A short walk from St Lawrence Gap…..

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‘Mark Down Madness!!!’

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I drank endless amounts of Sorrel and was a bit disappointed that in most of the restaurant/eateries we went to, they didn’t have and mauby.
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I never knew there was any such thing as coconut flour until I saw this!
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Didn’t really fancy walking back to the Gap in the heat with bags to carry!

Wild Thing! Barbados

At one with nature

It was like walking through a scene in a fairytale.

Monkey’s swinging all over the place, various animals wandering around you as you take in everything the reserve has to offer.

Please watch your step, and don’t tread on any passing turtles like I almost did, they are everywhere, and will gladly walk up to you and nudge your nice white pumps before stepping right onto them, leaving you with a lovely muddy footprint as they go off on their merry way.

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What about snakes?

Yes there are snakes.

No they do not roam around freely, they are kept in sealed enclosures,  along with the crocodiles so relax!

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Freedom

Sadly, there were some beautiful birds locked in cages for our viewing, unable to fly freely.

Feeding time

This was the most memorable part of this visit.

You absolutely must make your way to the feeding point for the allocated time, 2pm to be exact – this is the main highlight.

Now as far as I know, animals don’t wear watches or read clocks, but they all instinctively knew when it was feeding time and began to make their way through the reserve and congregate around the designated feeding spot in anticipation.

Diners included, deer, tortoise, turkeys, monkeys, hens, peacocks and a few other species – quite a gathering.

It was like so sort of non-discriminatory animal food convention.

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Enjoy the show

There are benches dotted around the feeding area, so you can sit and observe at close range. You may even find a monkey decides to sit beside you, assuming the seat isn’t already taken.

Again, if you don’t manage to get a seat, please be careful not to step on anyone (animal or human) around you and don’t touch the monkey’s tails – they hate that.

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Dinner is served

Once the food is dropped off by wheelbarrow, a surreal feeding frenzy begins.

All the animals, despite their differences, dine together peacefully in a remarkably civilised and unified way.

Well almost.

Mind your table manners

The monkeys can be a bit cheeky, scratching at the deer to get them to move out of the way when they ‘unintentionally’ block the monkey’s access to the food. The monkeys just want to get at the buffet – they don’t scratch maliciously to draw blood, just enough to make the deer jump and move out of the way.

Monkeys also like to use the tortoise shells as a dinner table seat.

The deer have a habit of stuffing way too much food in their mouths and then struggle to chew, as may well be the case with some of humankind!

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Serenity

As I watch this dinning experience, I can’t help but notice the silence, except for the sounds of food being chewed before me.

This was definitely one of the highlights of my stay in Barbados, and is one not to be missed. I’d recommend doing this visit through ‘Glory Tours’, which will cover a range of attractions in one round trip.

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Catch Of The Day: Friday Night at Oistins Fish Fry

Oistins is a fishing village in Christ Church, Barbados (not far from St Lawrence Gap).

Oistins fish fry is an absolute must, especially when you’re in Barbados for the first time.

The food may not be free but you pay nothing for the music and atmosphere.

The vibe here is buzzing, with music and smells of cooked food in the air.

Locals and tourists flock down for a night out.

Just keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain, as deep/broad puddles and sloppy sand pathways will surely follow.

The main stage is the largest, (where lots of people ran for shelter during the downpour) and attracts street dancers and the larger crowds.

There are smaller stage/dance areas, such as the line dancing calypso set, which spilled outside with dancers and spectators alike.

You will find rows of huts all serving a range of cooked fish dishes for you to choose from.

Open fire grills are flaming brightly while smokey barbecue aromas waft through the air.

Craft and souvenir stalls are also dotted around in case you fancy a bit of shopping, and there will be a spot for the domino players, who play with the kind of enthusiasm I would expect to be reserved for an Olympic feat or world cup final!

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Grab a fish supper
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The crowd starts to build around the main stage
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Some serious dominos action going on in this section

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Officers grabbing some dinner
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There’s a calypso party going on in here!

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Deep puddles after the rain

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Barbados: St Lawrence Gap is Where it’s at?

Anyone who knows anything about Barbados will be familiar with all the hype surrounding St Lawrence Gap.

Party scene

Clubs

Bars

Restaurants

Nightlife

Street vendors

All things touristy

Down to earth

Affordable hotels

Lively vibe

Dover beach

Close to Oistins and Bridgetown

It just wouldn’t be right not to spend at least a few nights in the thick of St Lawrence Gap, it’s the opposite of the quiet (expensive) resort laden west coast.

The Gap is most lively on a Saturday night.

Taxis never cease to drop off revellers at the top of the Gap each evening.

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If you want a quiet night with a cup of cocoa, don’t go to St Lawrence Gap!

That said, before holidaying in Barbados I had read a lot of reviews/comments about St Lawrence Gap from various websites and social media. A lot of people seemed to be saying the Gap isn’t as lively as it was in its hay day.

However, it is still lively enough!

While we staying up on the West coast for a while, a beach seller (who claimed to be a distant relative of Rihanna) warned us to be careful when going to St Lawrence Gap; she talked about the rise in crime and how she didn’t think it was as safe as it used to be.

Thankfully, we encountered no trouble whilst staying at St Lawrence Gap, and I guess trouble can happen anywhere these days.

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The calm before the crowd

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At the top of the Gap, opposite the Yellow Bird Hotel, you will see a lovely ocean front dotted with fishing boats, and frequented by fishermen – who clean and sell their catch on a morning (and evening).

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Another Not So Warm Welcome in Grenada, St George.

So we decided to eat like the locals and pop into a restaurant/cafe in the hustle and bustle of St George.

Sample some local cuisine I thought, give some custom to local businesses (who you’d think would appreciate it more than your bigger more flourishing hotel empires), surely this couldn’t go horribly wrong.

Surely not.

Well sadly it did, and disturbingly so.

This is the place we chose to grab some lunch:

 “Deyna’s Tasty Foods”

With a brandishing of all that they ‘specialise’ in!!

I hasten to say, customer service, good manners and basic human kindness are definitely not one of their specialities.

Never in my life, have I encountered such disgusting face to face customer service in any place of business or delivery of a public service, anywhere in the world.

Never.

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Upon reaching the counter to pay for my purchase, I began to reckon up what the cost would be in US dollars (prices were in Eastern Caribbean dollars but I wanted to use up my US currency as my travels were taking me to islands that would all accept US dollars; I was still getting my head around the conversions). During this time, a local gentleman in the queue beside me began to helpfully advise me on roughly what the US dollar amount would be for my purchase.

How nice, I thought.

The local people are friendly and helpful.

At this very moment, the man behind the counter at the till (who I would describe as an elderly looking man with a balding head – seated at the till) interjected abruptly and said to the kind gentleman ” no no no, let her waste her money” quote, unquote.

This felt like a swift stab in the back.

Bear in mind that there were other people in the queue all witnessing and listening to this outburst.

The man’s scathing comment felt like an outright attack.

I felt discriminated against for being a tourist/foreigner.

I was stunned and speechless (which I can assure you is not in my usual nature).

I still cannot believe what just happened.

You are a business that relies on customers and a nation that needs tourism to boost your economy and this is how you treat them.

Coupled with The unwelcoming experience upon arriving in Grenada which I described in a previous blog, I was beginning to wish hard for the end of my stay on the island, regretting the money spent to holiday in Grenada and looking forward to never setting foot on that island ever again.

Not that it makes any difference, but parts of my family are of largely Grenadian decent, and I’m sure it would have broken my Grenadian grandparents’ hearts (God rest their souls) to hear me tell them that my very first visit to the Islands was overshadowed by what I have described above.

As cliche as it sounds, negative first impressions do leave a mark – as much as you might try to brush it off.

Going back to this incident, a group of people who had been on the same flight (and whom I’d witnessed in the immigration queue receiving the not so friendly welcome of the immigration ladies described earlier) happened to come into the very same restaurant just after my ordeal. What a coincidence!

I told them what I had experienced and we reflected on how disappointing the Grenadian welcome had been so far overall.

We also agreed not to let these experiences ruin or holiday – which I willed myself to try not to do.

I’m a firm believer in being open about things like this  – if bullies are not exposed they will continue to think their behaviour is acceptable, and drag down the reputations of decent people along with them. 

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Jerk Fish? Little Ochie, Jamaica!

Little Ochie is a little chill-spot in Mandeville, Jamaica where you can chill by the beach front, watch the waves and sample some freshly caught sea food by this locally run eatery.

 

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This way to Little Ochie!
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Sorting out the last catch of the day, birds gather in hope of an easy supper

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On the menu
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Spoilt for choice
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Preparation out the back, cleaning the fish
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Rustic kitchens, where the magic happens!

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Sit under the shade and listen to the waves
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Little girl selling freshly picked plums
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CD seller

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The waves are quite rough, perfect for an afternoon of sea gazing

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Quick Pizza? Not So Fast.

It may be known as fast food but pizza actually takes up a heck of a lot of your time to make from scratch.

By the time you make the dough, knead it, leave it to sit and double in size (approx 45 mins), come back and roll it out, chop/prepare all your toppings, dress the pizza, place in the oven and then clean up – you could be looking at put to two hours. Yep!

I should add, that cleaning up work tops after the mess of kneading dough with yeast and water can be quite an ordeal (better to do it in a big bowl to start with).

Perhaps pizza isn’t the best choice of ‘home cooked cuisine’ if you have guests around while you’re preparing the food, not the most dignified image for your kitchen.

There are plenty of pizza recipes online if you’re feeling the urge to have a go, but just be sure to give yourself plenty of time…..

Coconut Oil 38 Thrifty Uses

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Pictures: Virgin Coconut Oil (Bought from Holland & Barratt, buy one get one half price)

Since I started using coconut oil I haven’t  looked back – it’s a great all-rounder, making it very good value for money.

The number of things it can do seems endless, but here are a few to get you thinking:

Removes stubborn make up

Conditions and strengthens hair, aids hair growth

Scalp moisturiser and treats dandruff

Body moisturiser

Deodorises skin

Ink remover

Lubricates door hinges

Treats cuts/soars inside the mouth

Breath freshener

Healthier cooking oil – no hydrogenated fats (fry, roast, bake)

Lighter alternative to butter (great for baking)

Aids digestion

Rub into cuticles  – strengthens nails

Makes a great massage oil

Removes rust

Anti-fungal

Relief from food poisoning

Shaving legs (I still prefer a soapy lather)

Softens cuticles

Helps to clean teeth, whitening properties

Can act as an insect repellent

Improves blood flow

Nappy rash treatment

Heartburn relief

Holds antibacterial, antioxident and anti inflammatory properties (great for cuts, rash, itching, bites, stings  etc)

Under eye wrinkle reduction

Reduces frizz on hair

Softens bath water

Contains lauric acid – which boosts the immune system – also found in breast milk

Prevents stretch marks

Fights cold sores

Helps rid dogs from fleas

Polishes wood and metal

Polishes shoes (leather)

Treats/prevents head lice

Treats constipation (take a table spoon each morning on an empty stomach until relieved)

Eases arthritis

Eases a dry throat

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La Petite Auberge: Traditional French Restaurant

La Petite Auberge Islington.

Delicious food that doesn’t disappoint. Maybe next time I’ll try the frogs legs!

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Tourette de légumes grilles

Tower of marinated grilled aubergine, courgettes & halloumi
Served on bread with saffron and roosted pepper dressing

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Champignons de Paris farcis

Mushrooms filled with garlic butter, topped with breadcrumbs, parsley & cheese

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Filet de Cabilleau Rôti

Baked cod fillet with sun dried tomato and cream sauce. Served with leek and potato mash

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Jarret d’agneau rôti

Roasted lamb shank cooked in Port, honey, balsamic vinegar & button onions, served with mash potatoes

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Crêpe aux Pommes

Grated apple with cinnamon, sugar, served with ice cream

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Chiquito: A Mexican Favourite

As a lover of spicy food, you cannot fail to find something you like at Chiquito, and there is always plenty of hot sauce on hand if you need a little extra bite!!

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Cantina Muchrooms

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Peri Peri Chicken Fajitas
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Sweet Potato Fries (dee-lish)
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Spiced Coconut Salmon and Cod (quite mild)
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Appleberry and Mock-Jito Mocktails

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A Salmon Supper

Being rich in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids (which keep your cholesterol and blood pressure levels down, help eye, brain and nerve function), salmon has quite a few note worthy credentials including:

  • It’s a healthier alternative to red meat
  • Protein rich
  • Salmon is rich in a range of vitamins include in D, E, A and B6, Zinc and iron
  • Protects skin against sun-burn due to anti-inflammatory properties
  • Offers protection against some cancers
  • Helps keep cholesterol and blood pressure levels down
  • Helps prevent heart disease
  • Contributes to good eye health
  • Reduces tendencies for depression
  • Improves the immune system
  • Great for bone health
  • Men who eat healthy diets rich in fish – have been shown to produce stronger sperm

Salmon (like fish in general) is quick and easy to cook

All of this is great news if you can get your hands on ‘Wild Salmon’ as opposed to farmed salmon that has been subject to all sorts of harmful chemicals, genetically modifying conditions and deprived of natural nutrients in their diet. e.g. you get four times the amount of vitamin D in wild salmon compared to farmed (from what I’ve read).

The obvious downside with salmon meat is cost, it’s hardly a thrifty dish now is it!

Out and About Around Borough Market

Borough market has been known for being one of the biggest food markets in London, with a history behind it dating back to medieval times.

Opposite London Bridge Station, the market looks like a large modern green house at first glance, however you can rest assured that there is indeed a sprawling market place tucked neatly inside.

Scents of cooked meats waft through the air whilst your eyes are bombarded with various cheese, bread, and delicacy stalls – surrounded by eager foodies.

Wines, french themed produce, oysters from Essex, and fresh fish are few of the highlights.

There is a slight maze-like feel to the place, with various side streets taking you off to discover hidden stalls, restaurants and eateries.

Within minutes you can wander over to the River Thames front, for a pub lunch, and walk along some of the surrounding (cobbled and medieval looking) streets, soaking up various places of interest nearby.

Photos below from a Sunday afternoon.

 

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Nutribullet: What’s all the fuss about?

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I bought my Nutribullet during the time of the mad rush when all the main retailers were sold out, it was a crazy fiasco, but I’m sure that’s all calmed down now.

Like most people, I was drawn in by the strong advertising campaign, promoting a healthier/more nutritious lifestyle.

I have no regrets. It’s a fabulous kitchen gadget and well worth investing in.

 

 

A few selling points for me:

  • It looks nice (stylish/smooth/not bulky and mechanical)
  • It takes up very little space (I leave it on the kitchen counter all the time)
  • It juices, blends and grinds in record time
  • It’s very easy to use
  • It’s very very easy to rinse clean
  • The jugs are dishwasher safe
  • It’s handy when cooking and you want to ‘blast’ something quickly in a small jug (not a big almighty juicer or food processor)
  • It’s great for blending down pulses/beans, with hardly any mess, which I regularly use to thicken sauces

 

 

A few tips:

  1. You don’t need to shake it, just let it do the work.
  2. Remember to turn the power switch off at the mains whilst dis/connecting the jug (there is no on/off switch on the Nutribullet).
  3. Rinse the blade piece “immediately” after easy use , everything rinses straight off.
  4. Remember to add water to your jug before blending into a liquid – otherwise you’ll end up with a thick paste. If you’re blasting to make a drink, add ice cold water or fruit juice.
  5. It’s great for making a soup

 

I’m one of those people who hates to throw the box away, straight away – but it’s been 6 months now so maybe it’s ok to let go!!

Strawberry, banana, pineapple, peach, peach, mango: next time I’ll add pineapple juice instead of water.

 

Conference pear, cucumber, kiwi, spinach, almonds: green fruit and veg seem to work well together, taste-wise.

 

Cashew nuts, banana, almonds, pistachios: this was really nice and creamy.

 

Apple, spinach, kiwi, brocoli