The Paradiso Art Hotel – Ibiza

 

The Paradiso is the 5th, and newest instalment of the Concept Hotel Group based here in Ibiza,  having opened on June 6th this year!

‘Instagrammable’ hotels are now ‘a thing’ and the Paradiso is most definitely that! With a candyfloss pink exterior and a bright and welcoming, friendly reception area, the hotel feels like a hit from the minute you step inside and the perfect location for all those cool holiday selfies.

With two spacious swimming pools either side of the bar area and their own café (Andy’s), you’ll have everything you need in one vicinity, perfect for a lazy day around the pool.

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Offering 60 relaxing rooms, two large pools and spacious outside dining and bar areas, The Paradiso feels like the perfect getaway for the creative and youthful (by age or at heart).

The adult only hotel located in the Bay of San Antonio is only 10 minutes by water taxi to San Antonio itself where you can enjoy the bustling town full of restaurants, shops, bars and the famous sunset strip!

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The quirky venue also boats a glass walled bedroom named ‘The Zero Suite Project’ where you can actually spend the night for free, if you don’t mind everyone watching you that is! You also have to call for availability in advance.  https://paradisoibiza.com/zero-suite-project/

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Many events are held at The Paradiso including outdoor cinema nights and 80’s parties. Perfect for those looking for an alternative side to Ibiza’s nightlife.

 

Whether you’re recovering from the night before or preparing for the day ahead, their restaurant offers a wide selection of fresh breakfasts which will kick start your morning right!

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The Paradiso’s rooms are modern, fresh and very inviting with each one being named after a famous artist. It really is the perfect place to unwind whilst you’re on the island.

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To check available dates please visit https://paradisoibiza.com/bookings/

Defected Eden Ibiza Opening Party 2018

Defected Eden Ibiza Opening Party 2018

Defected returned with an almighty bang last night to Eden, and it was an electronic whirlwind from start to finish.

Legendary founder Simon Dunmore played an eargasmic set at the sold out event alongside his protégé and talented artist in her own right, DJ Sam Divine which marks the start of their 21 week residency that graces Eden’s dancefloors every Sunday until the first week of October. Continue reading “Defected Eden Ibiza Opening Party 2018”

5 ways to cure your Ibiza hangover productively

The two words ‘Party’ and ‘Ibiza’ blend blissfully together, kind of like like Strawberries and Cream.

Hangovers however go together like Chalk and Cheese. And nobody likes that.

At home we sit in bed the next day (or 3 if you’re over a certain age like myself) and think about our life choices and how we really shouldn’t have had that 7th Tequila shot, or danced on the table. But what do you do when you’re on holiday? Continue reading “5 ways to cure your Ibiza hangover productively”

Formentera The gem of the Baleàric Islands – April 2018

Formentera the Caribbean of the Balearics

I love Formentera. I have never been to the Caribbean, but it is dubbed the ‘Caribbean of The Med’ and it’s clear to see why. With stunning turquoise waters, pure white sandy beaches, stretches of sea salt laden ‘glittering’ pathways perfect for bike riding and a view to die for, Formentera really is a gem in its own right.

It’s not the first time I’ve visited, and it most certainly wont be the last. Continue reading “Formentera The gem of the Baleàric Islands – April 2018”

Lockside Camden – Tex Mex Heaven

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I love Camden. It’s trendy, funky and full of the weird and wonderful.

It has changed drastically over the last 15 years since I’ve been going out there. Pop up street food stalls and huts have become the staple of the Lock, with a range of cuisines available from all over the world.

I’m a big fan of TexMex food. I like the fusion between Mexico & America with all of their spices, sauces and flavours. It’s one of my favourites!

When I eat I like to sit down, relax and enjoy my food. Standing up squashed between hundreds of people is perfect for ‘food on the go’ but I’m more of a chilled out, take your time kind of foodie. Plus I need room to put the food in my mouth!

Lockside Camden is a well established eat-in restaurant and bar. Perfect for me to relax. Located on the upper walkway inside The Lock, it been open since 2005 and had a refurbishment in January of this year.

With a large outside area overlooking the Lock, it’s great during the warmer months. The perfect spot to enjoy food and a few drinks while you watch the world go by.

Most recently they’ve branched upon a fresh TexMex theme with their ‘Evil Twin’ brand delivering fresh, authentic food bursting with flavour from their creative kitchen.

The chefs are energetic, enthusiastic and bubbly. Just what you want from this type of area.

We sat down at the back of the restaurant after ordering our drinks from the bar. Nattering away about what a fantastic location it was and checking out the quirky artwork on the walls.

From framed cans of craft beer,  to an image of Grime artist D Double E dressed as the (Newham) General (If you know you know). It’s eclectic and unique. There’s even an image of a pair of Reebok Classics which were the fashion staple of street wear when I was growing up, those and Air Force 1’s were my favourites!

Within a very reasonable time our food arrived!
A wooden serving board packed with a fabulous array of foods arrived at our table and we tucked straight in!
5 Hour “Hell Yeah” Pork Belly Tacos with
Kimchi & Guac, corn tortilla
Hot Butter & Siracha Wings
Jalapeño Poppers, Chipotle Aioli, spring Onions
Nacho’s smothered in Queso

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The Pork belly was AMAZING! Cooked just right, the juicy flavours just melted in my mouth!

The wings? I love a wing and these were by far some of the best I’ve ever tasted!

Jalapeño Poppers are no doubt going to have a kick about them and these were kickin’ for all the right reasons! Very moreish.

And finally the cheesy Nachos…YES, just YES!

The food is tasty, fresh and bursting in flavours and the Kimchi & Guac tortilla was by far my favourite!

 

They also do some fantastic looking Burgers too!

The vibe is edgy yet chilled, the food is delicious and the drinks are cold. What more could you want from an afternoon in Camden Town?

 

 

75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, London · NW1 8AF

Tel: 020 7284 0007

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 1am
Friday 12 noon – 3am
Saturday 10am – 3am
Sunday 10am – 1am

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Bru Coffee & Gelato – Walthamstow, London

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Brü Coffee & Gelato – Walthamstow

So on Friday I visited a brand new coffee & dessert restaurant in Walthamstow, East London called Brü.
Don’t be fooled by the name though. According to the manager and business partner Imran, the majority of his customers assume it’s a Scandinavian owned company simply because of the ‘ü’ in the Brü. It is in fact as simple as I thought, it means brew. Being a northern born company (Leicester), the word brew is widely used when referring to tea or coffee, and the two dots above the ‘u’? It’s simply a smiley face!
Imran has a lot of knowledge of the Brü brand, and rightly so. He has worked closely with the owner (his cousin) Hamza to build the company into not one, not two but three venues with it’s third being right here in my home town of Walthamstow.

 

Their first Brü opened in Leicester three years ago. Specialising in cakes, desserts, ice creams, coffee, tea, sorbets and treats that would even make Willy Wonka himself jealous. Their popularity grew which enabled them to open their second venue in Harrow, North West London a year ago.
Two months ago Brü descended upon Walthamstow in all it’s flavoursome glory and has been a popular favourite with newcomers and locals ever since. Many of whom return on a weekly, and sometimes daily basis which shows that the business is very focused on community relations. They have even been featured in some local publications including The Village E17 listing of the best places to visit in Walthamstow!

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From the second I entered I felt a very warm atmosphere. Happy staff, and even happier customers. I took a seat with my friend and after a short wait, Imran came along with a tray for us. On this tray were hot chocolate drinks, one white and one classic. I should have tried this straight away, but as usual I was too busy nattering so I only got to taste it once it had cooled down. It was still good! I love a hot chocolate.

Next up came the best bit, desserts!
As soon as I looked at the menu I knew I wanted to try the Strawbella Waffle. This mouthwatering dish was filled with Nutella chocolate, topped with Belgian Chocolate, fresh Strawberries and whipped cream. It was beyond amazing. Crispy waffles mixed with melting chocolate, and the cream? A perfect combination! Ideally it was meant to be shared between myself and my friend, but I think I had the majority of it. I’m sorry (I’m not really) but it was just too good in my opinion!


Onto the Cookie Butter Waffle dish. With a filling of Biscoff caramelised cookie spread, drizzled with sauce and topped with a Belgian Speculoos Biscuit, this dish along with the Strawbella are their two most popular options at Brü, and I can see why! Apart from it sticking to the inside of my mouth which was obviously to do with the fact that I shouldn’t have put that much into my mouth in the first place, it was faultless. A thick texture, which is soothed by the cream on the side! Simply scrumptious!

 

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You have to have a serious sweet tooth, or be in need of a major sugar rush to fully appreciate what I had, as the dishes are extremely rich but simply fantastic none the less.

Unlike a lot of dessert venues, Brü caters for those who suffer from allergies. With a range of tasty options available, suitable for everyone, including gluten free varieties, Oatmeal Milk, and eggless cakes. They’re also a Halal eatery. Even their Marshmallows are Halal, perfect for hot Chocolate drinkers this coming winter!

You’d be mistaken for thinking that Brü offers a basic Tea and Coffee selection. That in fact couldn’t be further from the truth. Imran explained to us that they keep all their loose leaf teas in jars on the main counter. The staff are always on hand to explain these wonderful ingredients to you, ensuring you get one that’s perfect for you. A varied option for every palate.

Now I’m not a big tea drinker. I’ve never actually had a cup of typical English tea in my life. The look and smell has always been enough to make me cringe. Brü however doesn’t offer a generic assortment. And this, is a great thing!
I was introduced to a number of choices including Cinnamon Spice, and Fresh Lemon & Ginger before settling on their home made ‘Vanilla Chai’ (decaf) tea.
Strong scents of Cinnamon, Ginger and of course Vanilla came through as soon as I poured it into the cup. I actually ended up having three cups as it was that good! I got a big, gorgeous waft of ‘Christmas’ and ‘winter’ and ‘cosy nights in’ from this drink. It really tasted beautiful!

The decor is what I would class as Retro. An uncluttered, natural design with lots of creative lighting ideas, bookcases and relaxed seating.

The main visible focus of the venue is of course their Ice Cream and Sorbet selection counter. Situated on the right as soon as you walk in, it’s filled with a range of bright colours, flavours and styles….a haven for Ice Cream lovers. I was offered to try some but I literally couldn’t eat any more which was a disappointment because I was eyeing up their Pistachio option as soon as I walked through the door. But I will be back!

Brü is a great place, I see it being very popular with families and kids due to their excellent choice of afters (or before’s if you can’t wait). Whats even better is that their prices are so affordable it’s actually tempting to buy extra just for the sake of it. I however cannot afford another inch on the hips so I won’t do that, but you catch my drift!

Their Tea’s range from £2-£3 and their Waffle dishes are only £3.95! You cannot get better than that on price, and the quality of ingredients can be tasted in every mouthful.
Whats even better is that all their Waffles, Sorbets, Ice Creams etc are made at their production centre in Leicester and delivered to Walthamstow every week!
Brü also sells Sandwiches, Panini’s, Cookies, Sundae’s, non- alcoholic Mojito’s and so much more!


I would thoroughly recommend Brü if you’re in the area. They open at 7am every day and close at 11pm so you really have no excuse not to pop in and try something delicious out!

Bru can be found at: 223 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9PP

Tel: 020 8521 0203

 

 

Pivaz Brentwood – A new level of luxury to Essex

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So after much anticipation, Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant Pivaz have finally opened their third venue in the famous town of Brentwood, Essex.
The Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Will Russell officially opened Pivaz last Friday with a traditional ‘cutting the the ribbon’ to welcome a beautiful new addition to the area.

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The family owned business have seriously upped their game in terms of decor and size, with Pivaz Brentwood being their biggest venture yet. If you think their Epping restaurant is amazing then you have to check this one out!

The incredible eatery boasts two spacious floors filled with glamorously plush furniture and lighting, excellent cocktails and mouthwatering, authentic cuisine straight from the motherland. A number of the restaurant’s chefs have even moved over from Turkey, especially to join the ever growing Pivaz team!

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It’s been open less than a week and it’s doors have already welcomed a few homegrown favourites from the cast of The Only Way is Essex!
Gemma Collins attended the opening night with friends, along with Ex On The Beach star Jordan Wright who enjoyed an evening of drinks, food and live music from Flamenco guitarist Leo Alma.

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Essex boy and Model Zak Smith also dined at the affluent eatery on Friday night as well as a number of popular influencers and bloggers!

Since the opening, the lovely Gemma Collins has returned, this time with Megan McKenna, Pete Wicks & Amber Turner from The Only Way is Essex in tow to enjoy everything that the tasty new venue has to offer!

 

TOWIE Cast – Pete Wicks, Amber Turner & Gemma Collins

It seems that Pivaz Brentwood has already made it onto the map and it’s rightly deserved. The amount of time spent on somewhere that was originally meant to open in December has paid off in such an fantastic way.

Pivaz is great for romantic nights out, dining with friends & family and is the perfect spot for hosting spectacular parties!

Why not try for yourself?

 

For reservations call 01277204379 today!

92 Brentwood High St, Essex, CM14 4AP

 

 

Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant – London

 

Walthamstow Village is like a world of it’s own, located just a few minutes walk from the main overground and underground stations, Orford Saloon is within easy reach from all over London if you’re a fan of authentic Spanish food.

 

The restaurant is located on Orford Road,  and boasts it’s own deli next door.

Spanish food has always been a firm favourite so it’s always nice to have a genuine place to eat when we’re away from Ibiza.

 

Rich in its flavours from The Med, this is the number one go-to spot for your Tapas and Paella fix!

 

Food:

  • Pollo Canario (Skewered Chicken breast in a spicy Canarian sauce)
  • Calamares rebozados (Squid rings)
  • Langostinos a la parrilla (Grilled king Prawns)
  • Champinones con Chorizo (Sautéed Mushrooms with Chorizo)
  • Chuletas de cordero a la parrilla (Flame grilled Lamb cutlets)
  • Bread & Alioli

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Bread and Alioli is a very bad but very good combination. Bad because it’s so addictive but good because well, it tastes amazing. That kept us going while the dishes were prepared.

The squid sizes were very generous indeed! 6 Portions and cooked exactly how they should be.

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The Grilled King Prawns tasted amazing. Bubbling away in their juices and the heat from cooking, they tasted fresh and again, a pretty generous serving!

The Lamb cutlets came away from the bone with ease and tasted divine. Beautifully tender and cooked medium-rare.

Chorizo & Mushroom’s go perfectly together and this was no exception and the skewered Chicken breast topped the whole experience off wonderfully.

 

We would thoroughly recommend Orford Saloon if you’re in need of genuine Spanish food and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Orford Saloon is situated on 32 Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9NJ – 0208 503 6542

Their opening times are a little sporadic so ‘popping in’ can end in disappointment if you don’t know their hours.

 

It opens from 6pm Monday-Thursday, 12pm-3pm Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm and then 6pm-10.30pm, Sunday they open from 10am-3pm and then 6pm-9.30pm

Popaball

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So I’m sure you’ve seen the hype on Twitter recently about the sparkly new products from Newcastle based company, Popaball.

They specialise drinks accessories which can be added to Prosecco, Vodka Champagne, Cocktails, Mocktails & more!

Being a Prosecco fan myself I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Stockist’s Lakeland kindly sent me a sample pot of Rose ‘Gold shimmer to try, and the results were fabulous!

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“Great for Summer”

Last week I visited one of the restaurants Market for and tried it out on the diners!

 

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It advises you of how much Prosecco to put in the glass before sprinkling the shimmer inside. Me being me I decided to fill the glass most of the way beforehand, which resulted in an explosion of liquid all over the restaurant floor! This of course only applies when using a fizzy liquid.

The second attempt was much more subtle. Filling the glass one third of the way I then sprinkled half a teaspoon into the bubbles.

Stirring the concoction into the glass, the results became quickly visible.

The previously original yellow colour of the Prosecco swiftly turned into a glimmering pinkish delight. This then changed between a pretty pink & gold colour quite rapidly, swirling up and down inside the glass.

The shimmer adds a sweet touch to the original taste of the drink so it wasn’t altered too much. The product is more for look than taste but it sure looked pretty!

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Already a new favourite for upcoming Summer weddings I think Popaball will do extremely well this year!

Perfect for BBQ’s and ladies nights, it really is a beautiful product. I actually sat and watched it for a while, becoming hypnotised by the stunning colours blending into each other before getting two of the lovely guests to try it out!

It’s safe to say the ladies loved it too!

Popaball have a range of sparkly products to choose from! Perfect for your special event or cosy night in with friends!

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From gift sets to single items, Popaball have the perfect choice for your party!
I’m thinking a huge Vodka and Lemonade punchbowl in the summer, with a handsome sprinkling of shimmer. Perfect!

You can check out their range via their website by visiting http://www.popaball.co.uk