Category: Health – Food | Drink | Exercise

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

sleep and wine

Sleep and wine, cheese and sleep….I covered the latter a while back. Now, what do I want to discuss about wine. One of my “New Year Resolutions” is to drink less alcohol, particular wine. Why? Because it is healthier and I should rather go the gym or for a walk to relax. However, after 10 days of not drinking, I really fancied a glass of wine. Mainly because I read my wine magazine and therefore thought I should have a glass. The first night I had a glass and didn’t sleep well. The next one I had a glass and a half (honestly) and thought the next day that I felt as if I was hangover? Wow, I thought, there must be a reason for it. Is it the food I had or the wine? Now, this morning, after quite a lot of food and half a bottle of wine, I feel fine. And, I did sleep ok but not as long as I would have if I had not been drinking. Summary: I drink and don’t feel like I sleep better but cope with less sleep. I don’t drink and sleep better but can sleep longer. Why is that?

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Lakeland Kitchen Shop

Yes, call me an shop-aholic. I love shopping if I am in the right mood, and there are a few shops I love going to. One of them is Lakeland. You ever been there. It is awesome. They have all the kitchen gadgets and useful stuff you need. At the weekend I bought some microwaveable dishes. Cool! Other shops I always need to go into are Tchibo but they are closing down in the UK (that is what I heard anyway). Shame. Going to their website they now have a European domain “.eu” rather than .co.uk. Not very search engine friendly but if they really withdraw their shops from the high streets, then fair enough I guess. So these are my shop secrets. Lakeland is still my favourite. I love kitchen gadgets and love cooking. Although, tonight I rather go for some noodles, cannot be bothered cooking really. Sunday I suppose. Oh, and before I forget. Lidl is another shop I used to like. Working against a lower profit margin than most UK supermarkets, they are opening shops everywhere at the moment. And, I used to love their weekly offers which you buy because you think that one day they

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all readers. Let’s start this year’s blogging with last year’s “final supper” 🙂 I treated my wife and myself to a nice French restaurant trip, Chez Bruce. A nice little place just off Wandsworth Common Train station. We only got to know it as we have been to its sister restaurant La Trompette a couple of times. The latter serves amazing food in a very posh atmosphere. Chez Bruce is similar. The atmosphere, maybe because it was NYE, was not as posh but quite relaxed. My wife was sure that the person on the next table was an actor from a soap opera, however I was astonished by really really good food and drink. Since Jenny did not drink, I tried Canadian but Bordeaux style red wine and a Shiraz Viognier from Australia. Both wines were excellent. Starters were Artichoke soup for Jenny and Salmon parcel for myself. Followed by goats cheese mousse and white sausage (German style Weisswurst). The 3rd course was sea bass for me which was excellent, whilst my wife prefered the beef which was absolutely astonishingly in taste, and since she could not eat so much, I finished it off. Awesome! We

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Espresso

After some time with my cafetiere and coffee bean grinder, I decided it is time after all to get an expresso machine. My old one to use on the stove is nice but too inconvenient if I fancy a quick espresso. After a quick online search and various shops I found a range of espresso machines from £20-£1,000. Since I did not know how often I would use it and how much I am going to like it, and, due to the space restriction, I chose the following: It is a De’Longhi Bar 14 Café Treviso espresso cappuccino maker and it does the job well. If I like it, then there is a choice of better models for next year. Gaggia Dualit I keep you posted, no doubt.

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Why garlic is good for you!

Stricken down with a flu/cold or whatever bug it is – making me feel that bad that I had to stay off work. I don’t like to be off work, particularly as it was the first time in 12 months I had to take a day off sick. However, a lot of people say that garlic is good for you. I was always wondering why although I use it as my home remedy. My wife does not like it though 🙂 There is an article at this site and it says that garlic supports the killer cells, the ones attacking the incoming virus. And, garlic helps reducing the bad cholestorol. Overall, very very healthy. They say that garlic can even help you with weight loss. However, similar to alcohol it is absorbed by the stomach, e.g. it makes you feel rather sick if you have too much. Really like alcohol then, isn’t it? So, now we know 🙂

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Indian Tapas – Spanish Tapas

Just to add to my restaurant review. I went back to this Indian Tapas bar in Soho, Imli, again. Needless to say that it was good, again, and that I recommend it. However, things I did notice: – the chicken meat seems to be from the bone rather than fillet chicken – water glasses from Ikea 🙂 – wine glasses weren’t really wine glasses, more of a water glass, e.g. does not help the aroma at all Your chance to try some Indian food with little effort, e.g. just order it like tapas, share it with some friends and see how it goes. You like it, order more, you don’t like it, don’t order it again. Tapas principle, isn’t it? Btw, if you are in Soho, London, there is allegedly the best Spanish Tapas Bar outside Spain there too: Cafe Espana. I did not feel well after eating there although the food was good.

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Nepalese cuisine

I went with a friend of mine to a Nepalese restaurant in London, close to Euston Station. Great Nepalese Nepal is not the biggest country, however seems to be really nice. My friend visited it and people seem to be really nice. Definitely a country that is on my list, as it is so close to Tibet, maybe I can combine the two? Anyhow, I have to say that the starter, Momo, a dumpling filled with minced meat, reminded me of a Chinese starter. The main course, garlic chili chicken with naan bread, reminded me more of the Indian/Bangladeshi kitchen. It tasted fabulous and the wine on offer was better than at my local Indian. Definitely a plus. Also, it might be to note that the food seems lighter, e.g. not as heavy as a classic Indian dish. Very friendly service and definitely recommended.

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customer service again – fitness first last

Hello, I wrote about fitness first’s customer service before. Now, I decided to leave them and join my local council gym. It is cheaper, closer and it upgraded all the gym equipment. After the last hassle of changing between clubs my contract got “officially renewed” although I have been with fitness first for quite some time. Now I have to wait for the minimum period to be over to cancel the membership, and have to see an adviser to cancel my membership too. That is what I did today. And, I was positively surprised. I had to sign another form that says I want to cancel and not take the opportunity to sign up for some free stuff if I decided to stay. Got a temporary card and can use the gym until end of the year. Not too bad. Will then join the council gym, Beckenham Spa, for £13/month less and it is about 10 minutes closer to home. What else I want. Happy days?! Only problem: the time to use the gym 🙂 Have a good weekend Volker

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coffee ?!

Most of you know that I am a fetish when it comes to coffee. Only selected beans, nicely ground in my own mill, fresh for a brew in my cafetiere. I tried cutting down on coffee lately and made some progress. However, today I saw a nice coffee at Waitrose from Taylor of Harrogate. It is called Hot Lava Java! Strenght 6!! They even suggest on their website that you can calm down with a decaffeinated coffee… Some of us require more than a gentle nudge to get started in the morning. Others need a boost to see them through a big night. Perfect for work or play, Hot Lava Java is a powerhouse blend, made for those who love their coffee rich and dark, with an intense caffeine kick. We combine full-flavoured arabica beans from Java with Indian robusta beans famed for their high caffeine content, then roast them dangerously dark for an explosion of flavour that erupts on the tongue. Overdone it on the caffeine? Wind down a little with our caffeine free blend Decaffé, proof that you don’t have to choose between good health and great taste. Definitely worth trying. I enjoy it…however, problem is that is

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Tannat Grape

Hello, Just as the weekend is approaching, I tasted a new grape variety yesterday, Tannat. Actually an old grape, but the first time I tasted it. I was at a wine tasting I can highly recommend. Very knowledgeable presenter and great people. Guess I am off to Waitrose in my lunch break for a bottle of Madiran, although they used to stock a Tannat from Uruguay.

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