Category: Health – Food | Drink | Exercise

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

Vineyard visit – Denbies Surrey

Hello All, What a successful Sunday. We went off to the Surrey country side to visit the Denbies vineyard. I wrote about the visit to a Kentish vineyard earlier this year. I find it amazing to find good white and rose wines in England and also nice sparkling wines. Denbies is the biggest vineyard in England and is a lovely site. The restaurant offers a great view over the vineyard and great food too. Overall, definitely worth a Sunday afternoon. If the weather is nice, you can walk over 10 miles around the estate if you would like to. As a result of our visit, we decided to grow our own wines. We got some planks, a “growing wall” and two wine plants. The results can be seen here: Please note the happy wife in the background πŸ˜‰ Well, I guess it is back to work tomorrow. Have a good one, Volker

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Restaurant Review – Mello

I wanted to add some more restaurant reviews. This one is for Mello, a restaurant in Beckenham. We went there last night, four of us, and I have to say, this award winning place is amazing. The interior is not as posh as you would expect it to be. Too much pink for my liking with some nice warm coloured pictures/decoration to brighten it up. The setting is great with crystal glasses. The service is friendly and attentive as well as knowledgeable about the wine. Since the four of us could not decide which wine to choose, we just got 2 bottles, 2 for 2. The Chianti Classico was medium dry (as suggested) and less typical of a Chianti Classico. The Echeverria Merlot was just perfect for a Chilean Merlot; I am quite curious to try the Echeverria Cabernet Sauvignon which I bought in Harrods yesterday. Harrods has a fabulous wine selection, however, for my liking, too much on the Bordeaux/French side of things. So much about the wine. The pre-starter was a mushroom soup, homemade of course, and absolutely delicious, very creamy. As chosen starters we had: Poached pear & blue cheese salad with rocket leaves & walnut dressing

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pedometer – week in Spain

Now, I wanted to keep you updated on the pedometer successes. After one week the following results are shown: Wednesday last week on a trip around an old town in Spain: 15,770 steps. Thursday last week, another trip around a town in Spain: 13,956 steps. Friday last week, another trip around a town and the first night of the fiesta: 12,582 steps. Saturday, 12,243 and Sunday only 8,896 steps – maybe too long of a siesta πŸ™‚ It picked up again the next day and even yesterday where I mostly travelled on the plane, I got over 10,000 steps, which is the goal. Not sure if I keep it up but I believe in London it should not be a problem. The pedometer really is addictive, you look at it, it encourages you to reach the 10,000 steps a day and you feel good about it. Now, all I have to change is eating too much, e.g. 10,000 steps do not burn 10,000 calories πŸ˜‰ I keep you posted. Volker

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Spain, summer and a week off

Yes, I have been away. Whilst probably not too many people noticed it, I have been to Spain for almost a week. I wrote some blog entries in advance so you ain’t getting bored. Let me start with Spain. We flew down with Easyjet to Madrid, hired a car from Hertz (sorry, really recommend Hertz) and drove up to a place called A Coruna from where we flew back last night. Clickair does a fantastic low cost flight from there to Heathrow. From Madrid we drove up to Segovia, a lovely little town with an amazing aquaduct with a lovely little succulent pig to eat. Nice Rioja wine and a high food bill. Our hotel/hostel, chosen by a good Spanish friend, was decent and good enough for a night. We had a lovely evening in the old city and from there started early morning to Astorga, our 2nd stop. So, leaving the town of Segovia around 11 in the morning with a slightly heavy head, we drove to Salamanca where, besides a nice cathedral, you can find a frog on a skull at the old university building. Very interesting. From there we drove north to Astorga and slept in a

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Weight loss, Amazon, Pedometers and the walk…

This post is related to a few different topics. First things first. Like so many out there it is time for me to shed some weight after I initially lost a few kilos prior to my wedding. See post last year. We now have this excellent book about weight loss, the weight loss bible which we ordered at Amazon UK. Reading this book I needed to get a pedometer. Really, I am obsessed to make my 10,000 steps a day. To do that, supposedly, is as good as moderate exercise. No more gym, just walking, up the escalators of the tube, down the stairs, around the park, up the stairs in the office, no more lifts… So, before I thought which one to buy, I found one at Google….actually, Matt Cutt was blogging about an Omron Pedometer that comes with a software! Wow, I thought. If the guys from Google use it, then I should have one (no, I am not obsessed with Matt’s blog but like reading about his gadgets!). A quick look to Amazon UK gave me this result. None available with Software. Never mind, I thought, why not order it from Germany? Amazon Germany gives you this

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Sushi in London

I keep saying that for months….I wanted to write something about my most favourite places in London. First of all, I have been living in London for almost 4 years, a little bit outside, about 20 minutes to Victoria on the train. After the first few months London got to me and I thought of leaving this city. I mentioned before that this feeling went and then I started loving London. With my most favourite place being around 6 pm (depending on the season), just when the sun disappears (can you tell it was autumn), I like to sit in the little hexagonal shaped pub diagonal across from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. A good pint with a good friend and I forget all my sorrows. Anyhow, today I want to speak about Sushi in London. There are many places, like the chains of Wasabi, Itsu, Yo Sushi – but there is one little place in Soho N. introduced me to a few years back: Hi Sushi. The best bit is downstairs where you sit on the floor with your legs going “into the floor”. Imagine a low table, about 3-5 inches off the ground and you sit on the

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FASTING

What is fasting? Wikipedia and an alternative medicine site explains it in very good detail, also with all the religious background. More interesting is the question I was asked at work “why do you fast”? Sure, first of all it is time to lose some weight. But the likelihood of putting on more afterwards is there and therefore my main motivation is not to shed some pounds. Would be nice though. I do not go months without food or drink but go for a 3 day fast. First day only water, 2nd day only fruit juices and water, 3rd day only vegetable juices and water. A friend recommended that to me. “In natural medicine, fasting is seen as a way of cleansing the body of toxins, dead or diseased tissues, and giving the gastro-intestinal system a rest. Such fasts are either water-only, or consist of fruit and vegetable juices.”, Wikipedia Hopefully that sums it up better than I could. It gives you rest, it takes up energy, it cleans your body and get rid of all the “crap” in your body. You can achieve a detox also by changing your diet which I did already and will continue to do.

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