How I Became a Barry’s Bootcamp Hell Week Survivor

  This blog post is for anyone thinking about joining Barry’s Bootcamp classes, Hell Week, or simply interested in how I got on! If you already know what it is, feel free to skip through the beginning part straight to why I signed up and…

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Adventures of Lara Croft: Argentina Survival

Activities, such as trekking, rafting, or rock climbing are great fun on holiday. In a previous post Top 5 Things to Do in Mendoza I recommend spending at least a day doing an activity. Past holidays I’ve quad-biked over the Egyptian desert. Swum with huge sea turtles…

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What to Pack for Mykonos

  Mykonos is a place of extremes. The sun is hot, the wind and nights are cool. Local boutiques and souvenir stores sit alongside Louis Vuitton and Chanel shops. Some beaches are empty and quiet while others are throwing the party of your life. If…

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Top Five Things to Do in Mendoza

  Now that you have your hotel sorted (see A Perfect Vineyard Stay in Argentina) what to do? Of course, the number one thing to do in Mendoza is a wine tasting tour. However, the region also has a number of other activities to help…

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Awesome Ideas for Friday Nights in London

  It’s Friday! And if you’re a Londoner, chances are… you already have plans! Also likely, is that you made them over a week ago, whereas another percentage of you locked that baby in a month ago. What’s going on? I don’t need to tell…

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A Perfect Vineyard Stay in Argentina

  Finca Adalgisa: Vineyard Hotel Finca Adalgisa is located in a little town called Chacras de Coria in Lujan de Cuyo. Lujan de Cuyo is considered the heart of Mendoza wine country. The vineyards are among the oldest compared to Uco Valley, a popular but newer…

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How to Choose Wine

  What I look for when choosing wine Gone are the days of “second up from the top” or bottom of the menu, depending on your budget. While there remains a lot of mysticism about wine – and rightfully so, it takes opening one to…

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Things I Learned on My Barcelona Hen Do

  I recently returned from my hen do in Barcelona. Despite having five of the coolest bridesmaids that ever lived, we caused more mayhem than the guys from The Hangover, minus the drugs and tiger. Forget Bridezilla, I was Bridam Neeson. But what happens in…

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INTERVIEW: Anastasia | Love From Cyprus

  Introducing Anastasia, the third #girlboss in my interview series into the lives and drives of up and coming entrepreneurs. Each month I talk to people who are carving out their own paths in life, boss of their own business or creative venture.    …

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Avartana: The Best Restaurant in Chennai?

  The Newest Restaurant inside the ITC Grand Chola I had the privilege of being one of the first to try Avartana in its first week of opening. The concept is South Indian fine dining served European style, taking inspiration from the cooking and presentation…

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Sri Lanka Part II: Two Week Itinerary

  Sri Lanka in Two Weeks Until recently Sri Lanka was not really on my radar, which now feels like a major oversight. The island is incredible. Pristine beaches, waterfalls, tea plantation highlands, ancient and colonial cities, temples, wildlife, safari…     Sri Lanka needs to be explored.…

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Sri Lanka Part I: Weekend Trip

  Last month I spent two weeks in India with my fiancé and his two colleagues. Since we were staying in Chennai, about an hour’s flight from Sri Lanka, we figured we absolutely must go that weekend. I drew up three plans for the team:   Option…

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INTERVIEW: Erika Alvarez of Koua | Mexzik

  Bringing Mexico to the World Each month I’m interviewing rising stars, entrepreneurs in different industries and sectors to share their inspiring stories as well as help us understand what it takes to carve your own path in life. Last month we heard from the Collyer…

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Sunday Lunch at Herodion Hotel, Athens

y k Locally-sourced Contemporary Greek Food at the Herodion Hotel The Herodion Hotel sits right at the foot of the Acropolis. It has two award-winning restaurants run by the same kitchen: the popular summer rooftop bar and restaurant Point A and the ground-floor restaurant Atrium,…

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So what does Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon taste like?

While looking at Banksy’s latest artwork or a Rothko painting, did you ever think to yourself and wonder what it must taste like? The Rosewood’s Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins had just this thought, as he carefully selected five modern artists and their works to represent his afternoon tea desserts.

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A Carousel of Creativity on Baker Street

The concept behind Carousel is that no two days are ever the same. They describe their venue as ‘a revolving creative hub’, where you can experience anything from fine dining to life drawing, terrarium making or spoon carving, film screenings, music, comedy, and much more.

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INTERVIEW: The Collyer Twins

  A look inside: Social Influencers Miss Portmanteau teamed up with the beautiful Collyer Twins to talk blogging and social media success. They explain what it’s like breaking into the social media world, taking us through some key challenges, career highlights and what’s next in store. The…

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Truffles 101: Top Ten Facts You Should Know

  What the truffle? What do you know about truffles? Most people don’t know much at all. For example, did you know that dogs are used instead of pigs in truffle hunting because it is much safer? Oh yes, it is far easier to remove…

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How to Roast Chicken Like a Genius

  The Simplest Roast Chicken Roasting a chicken could not be more straightforward. Whether you follow the packet instructions or how your mother taught you, it will go something like this: preheat the oven, marinate the bird, roast for said time, rest and carve. Or so I…

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Athens: Balthazar Restaurant and Bar

Balthazar is among my top picks for dinner and drinks in Athens, serving modern Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese twist inside a beautiful mansion house since 1973. The house opens year-round, with a stunning garden open during the summer.

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Bougain Villa: Mykonos Summer House in Agios Ioannis

  Miss Portmanteau brings you an exclusive opportunity to book the perfect Mykonos villa for your summer vacation. Bougain Villa re-opened for bookings in June 2017 following a major renovation to upgrade the property to today’s luxury standards.   Property Highlights: 3 bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms, sleeps…

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