Category: Health – Food | Drink | Exercise

This is a “health” category that includes anything related to health topics in general, food, drink and exercise.

Jazz, Cigars and a nice Steak

Hello, I was confident I have mentioned the Boisdale before in my restaurant reviews for London. But could not find it. So here we go, we have been for the 3rd time last weekend: The Boisdale in Belgravia, established as a cigar and food place – and drinks of course – still has a terrace where you can smoke fine cigars. I guess the “gentleman’s club” atmosphere combined with Jazz, an extensive and expensive selection of whiskys from around the world plus a fine selection of cigars make this place just special. And, if you have a look at their food menu, this Scottish Cuisine restaurant serves an amazing selection of good food, nice fish and my favourite: plain steak! So there is not much more to say. Amazing, highly recommended restaurant. If you go for steak and a nice bottle of wine, e.g. the Tannat grape from Uruguay, then make sure you take enough money. For the food itself it is not a bargain place but the atmosphere really does pay off! Enjoy.

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Lent

Ok. I have thought a lot about what I should be giving up for lent and if I should give anything up at all. To be fair, I keep thinking why should I give anything up at all? It is my life and I am not Christian and there is no need to show good will, because I have shown good will over the last few weeks since I started posting about it. For the last 15 days, I have not eaten any chocolate. That means, I will continue to do so until 11th of April. Coffee is a different thing and I will refuse to give it up. However, for the last 15 days I have restricted myself to only about 2 mugs a day. I will continue to control my coffee intake. What about alcohol? This would be the easiest to give up IF we didn’t live in a society where you feel obliged to have a drink most times you go to a pub. Whilst this is sad, I vow that for the next 40 days I will not drink Mondays-Thursdays unless there are functions or social events where I can almost not avoid drinking. So what

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Managing Stress (2)

I want to complete the story about managing stress which I started on Wednesday. How do we cope and manage stress so it does not affect our health nor our life style? I guess one thing is the perception and your internal attitude towards things. E.g. researchers still speak about negative and positive stress and some say that the latter should actually help us, similar to exercise. But the majority of articles say that it does not matter how you perceive stress, as in general it cannot be good for you. However, if you think positive, you will be able to generate less stress. E.g. you cramp up less and you have less physical tension. That will help you to think clearly and get less wound up. Exercise and hobbies – you remember in my last post I was writing about them. Yes, you need this all important time for yourself. You need that time and ideally combine it with a relaxing hobby, e.g. walking the dog or exercising. The latter combination would be best as e.g. exercising reduces your blood pressure combating heart diseases and if it helps you to reduce stress, it is a powerful healthy combination. Wow,

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Managing Stress (1)

You might have guessed. I keep talking about stressful days, times at work and my love for work for a while. On the other hand I am talking about how much I love it. Contradiction? NO! I love what I am doing and how much I am doing of it but I often get carried away and forget all about work life balance. But, I noticed that some days stress can get to me. Some days more than others and I thought, what is missing in my life that has been there before? – exercise – hobbies Overall, it comes down to my hobbies being what I love most: work at my main job and cb consulting, working on my blogs and websites. Excercis: yes, I have neglected it too long and have to get back to a routine. And, I will! Not only did I start Tai Chi, but I also started going back to the gym. First once a week and I want to increase it to twice a week. As they say, the ant cannot eat the elephant in a day, it needs to have a bite at a time. Be patient Volker! My friend at Balamadana

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Tai Chi (1)

Hello, I have written that I started a Tai Chi Course in Beckenham, London. Why did I do that? I don’t do enough exercise, I don’t have the time to meditate and sit still without guidance and generally speaking, I am just too busy to do anything else but joining a taught class. Since I don’t like contact sports much, e.g. I tried boxing once but didn’t like it, I decided to go for a gentle martial arts form that allows me to meditate, exercise and use it in terms of personal development too. How did I find my Tai Chi class? Easy, google it and you will find a Tai Chi Finder for the UK. From there you will quite quickly find out that there are many Tai Chi classes and that you can find one near by very easily. So I joined the Tai Chi Europe classes from the Hine Tai Chi School. In respect to martial arts, Tai Chi relies on sensitivity to the opponent’s movements, working on the basis of attacking the center of gravity from the opponent. Getting them off their feet rather than trying to hurt them. So it is really a gentle way

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New addition to my Whisky collection

Yes, I could not resist today. I bought myself a nice bottle of Ardbeg whisky which was long overdue in my small collection. The Whisky Exchange at London Borough Market, description, has one of the best collection of whiskys in London! Uigeadail A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at cask strength.It`s an earthy whisky with a bit of spice – a marriage of Ardbeg from bourbon barrel and sherry butt which gives a sweet and smokey finish to this malt at 54.2%. Uigeadail is the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows and you can suck up the Islay landscape with a dram of this fine whisky. Winner of World Whisky of The Year title in Jim Murray`s 2009 Whisky Bible. Wow, isn’t that a beauty to describe an award winning whisky. And, it tastes lovely sweetish, peaty and a smooth aftertaste. Definitely a whisky to share in this cold weather.

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food and drink

I bought the first issue of Jamie Oliver the other day. Mainly because I thought it was a bargain, getting so many food recipe ideas for only a couple of quid. And, a year’s subscription only costs £30/year or something like that. Cooking has become a hobby but I notice more and more that the more complex the dishes become, the less likely I am interested in cooking. Mainly because I am just not a person that likes attention to detail, the nitty gritty stuff. That is why I most probably fail in DIY, would never make a good cook, cannot be an artist and will not be able to ever sit down and do nothing. As far as I remember I always had “ants in my pants”. Anyhow, I wanted to catch up on some food and drink stuff I read in Jamie’s magazine. Honestly, I was more interested in the Whisky section. Jamie wrote about a Whisky from Islay called “Sheep Dip” and another one called “Pig’s nose“. Weird names for a Whisky I thought. They even have a Facebook Group. For £15 you can try both Whiskys from the Jamie Oliver Shop (no surprise here) or you

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