Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My favourite morning green juice

I have recently cut meat out of my diet totally as a challenge to see if it made me feel better. It did and still does. But one of the withdrawals of cutting meat out of your diet totally is that you need to ensure you are still getting all of your daily nutrients but from a different source. Iron deficiency is something that is quite common in women in their 20's and 30's (thanks periods) and can be counteracted by eating a portion of red meat, maybe once a week. Now I needed to find the same amount of iron but not from meat.

When I first told people I was cutting meat out of my diet completely the usual scaremongering started, "Oh you won't get enough iron, you'll become anaemic" is something I heard surprisingly more than once. Initially I ignored these comments and ploughed through, feeling full of energy for the first few weeks but then my energy levels started to wain, and I started to think the critics were right. Needless to say I wasn't going to give up, I hadn't felt so good in myself in ages, so I started thinking. One idea I came up with was juicing. I had tried juicing before with a big old bulky juicer, but the hassle of cleaning it every single time I used it usually meant I was cleaning for longer than I was juicing so as you can imagine that habit didn't last long. I had taken green juice before in the form of Amazing Grass Superfood powder and I can hands down say it is one of the main things that helped me get through my Masters, it gave me so much energy, so  I knew juicing could work for me.

So I bought a Nutribullet. My idea was if I could make sure I was getting as many nutrients as possible first thing, then I had to benefit from it. I stocked up on loads of fruit and vegetables, mainly greens and started to play around with recipes. My juice has now replaced my breakfast and I drink it first thing on an empty stomach. I believe that this helps the goodies assimilate into your bloodstream (or wherever they need to go) much faster than taking it after food. It is important to ensure that you have a balance of fruit and vegetable in your juice, as the sugar from fruit juice can damage your teeth.

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

> 2 handfuls of washed spinach
> 1 green apple
> 1/2 cucumber
> 1 cup of coconut water

Add one if you want
>> 1 kiwi
>> 1 pear
>> 1 banana
>> 125g blueberries

Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Dublin

If you are one of the over 100,000 visitors coming from all around the world to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Dublin or if you are Irish and are looking to celebrate St Patrick's Day by doing something different, then you are in the right place. I have compiled a list of some really cool events that are taking place in Dublin over St Patrick's weekend. Now traditionally people associate St. Patrick's Day with a lot of alcohol being consumed throughout the day but for me this is only part of St. Patrick's Day. Yes St. Patrick's Day is the time to celebrate being Irish but it is also a time to celebrate our culture and history.

So first things first, The Parade.

The Parade starts at midday in Parnell Square and continues down O'Connell Street, over O'Connell bridge, up Westmoreland Street, across College Green continuing along Dame Street, Lord Edward Street, turning onto Nicholas Street and ending at St Patrick's Cathedral. So if you are anywhere along this route, you will see the parade but bear in mind the parade is very long and will last a couple of hours from start to finish. The parade route gets very busy so you might want to get your space early.

Celebrating St Patricks Day at the Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse are celebrating St Patrick's Day from March 16th-20th, with a daily ceili, food, marching bands and live music topped off with a pint of the black stuff.

GAA All-Ireland Club Championship Finals

If you are inviting Ireland especially for St Patrick's Day, you might want to take the opportunity to see our national sports in all their glory at GAA Headquarters. crokepark.ie/match-day

Visit the President

On Saturday March 19th, there will be free guided tours of the Presidents residence, Aras an Uachtarain in the Phoenix Park. Tickets are free and are issued on a first come first served basis. http://www.phoenixpark.ie/visitorcentre/

See the Plough & The Stars

When Sean O'Caseys play was first performed in the Abbey Theatre in 1926 there were riots. Now returning to the Abbey Theatre 90 years later to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising when it was set. http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/the-plough-and-the-stars-2016/

Follow in St. Patrick's Footsteps

Take a walking tour around Dublin to discover the truth behind St.Patrick. This tour finishes in the beautiful St. Patricks Cathederal. http://www.walkingtours.ie/en_GB/

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hotel Review: Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

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Recently I was lucky enough to be able to stay in the Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi for a couple of nights. When I realised my flight from Bangkok to Dublin would be stopping in Abu Dhabi, I just had to take full advantage of this opportunity and squeeze in a 2 night stay at the Viceroy. The Yas Viceroy has been on my "Must Stay" list since my last trip to Abu Dhabi in 2012. The hotel is obviously located on the renowned Yas Island and straddles the Formula 1 race track so for an F1 lover like me it was a must.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Track View
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The Viceroy hotel group is very well renowned for giving five star service and having beautiful decor in some of the most lustworthy locations in the world. Their instagram account will make you want to book a vacation asap.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Spa View
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Yas Viceroy is located less than 10 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi airport so you can skip the expensive chauffeured cars at the arrivals area and grab a cab instead if you wish. The island itself has a water park, Ferrari world, a mall and a beach. There is a shuttle service that runs continuous loops of the island so getting around to any of these areas is very easy, with the shuttle bus collecting and dropping at the door to Yas Viceroy.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Pool
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The main attraction for me at the Yas Viceroy aside from the F1 track was the instagram worthy pool, this is where you will spend most of your time at the hotel as it is so hot in Abu Dhabi! The pool itself is so nice and the food is amazing so there really is no reason to leave! We mixed our days between the pool and the mall so it was a perfect stopover on our trip. We didn't go to the waterpark or Ferrari World as I felt they were just to expensive and I was pretty tired from our travelling in Thailand so I really just wanted a couple of days in Abu Dhabi to relax before coming home.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
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The hotel rooms are so nice and are so big compared to what we are used to having in Europe or the US. Our hotel room overlooked the racetrack but you can have a view overlooking the Marina either which is right beside the hotel. The hotel rooms are luxury and from the minute I stepped into ours I just relaxed. The beds are huge and so comfy and the bathroom is so big and nice which is something I love having! The shower is amazing which is important because you will be showering 2/3 times a day in the heat.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Lounge
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We didn't eat in the hotel during the evenings so I cannot comment on that but the quality of breakfast was unbelievable, there was a buffet featuring food from all across the world which made me really happy :) I could vary what I ate depending on how I felt that morning, they had cold pressed juices which I loved for the quality. I also ate at the pool which was simple food, I think I had a sandwich and fries, but was made from high quality ingredients so it was delicious and hugely filling. This is why I did not eat at the hotel during the evening as I did not need to eat again!

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi at night
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I would recommend staying here to anyone who wants to chill in Abu Dhabi for a few days in luxury. I will definitely be making an excuse to have stopovers in Abu Dhabi from now on.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Get an Extra 20% off Net-a-Porter Sale

Net-A-Porter's sale will be ending any day soon but by entering EXTRA20 at the checkout you can get an extra 20% off sale items marked 'Sale Must-Have'. The sale is pretty good as it is but with the extra 20% discount, you can get dome real bargains. I am all about trainers at the minute so I have picked my top sale picks but you need to move quickly as sizes are moving so fast at these low prices.

Pro Model Vintage Delux suede-trimmed leather sneakers

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Primo Court leopard-print suede high-top sneakers

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Air Force 1 Ultra Force cutout leather sneakers

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Chuck Taylor All Star printed canvas high-top sneakers

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Free 5.0 mesh sneakers

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Nike Air Pegasus 83 suede and printed shell sneakers

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Blazer perforated suede high-top sneakers

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Internationalist suede, leather and mesh sneakers

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All images credits: NetAPorter.com

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentines Getaway...Copenhagen

Last week we looked at Amsterdam as an alternative destination for a romantic weekend, this week we are looking at....


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Copenhagen is the perfect city for a foodie weekend away for two. Home to Noma, twice Michelin star restaurant and named "Best Restaurant in the World" four times, Copenhagen has become a must visit destination on the gastro map for any foodie. This laid-back city is perfect to explore on two feet with your other half.

Image: HotelAlexandra.dk

Sleep in Scandinavian Chic in Hotel Alexandra. Located in the centre of Copenhagen, this eco-friendly hotel features organic mini-bars in every room. HotelAlexandra.dk.

Enjoy a Sweet Treat at Summerbird, Copenhagens most luxurious chocolaterie. It is renowned for making the most decadent version of Copenhagens favourite treat, the flΓΈdeballe, made with marzipan and Grand Cru chocolate. Summerbird.dk

Get there: Copenhagen airport is served by many major international airlines including AerLingus.com, AirItalia.com, AirFrance.com, AirBerlin.com, BritishAirways.com, Easyjet.com, Ryanair.com, Emirates.com, KLM.com, SingaporeAirlines.com