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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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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Top 20 Amazing Asian Movies to Watch

  Asia has one of the most exciting film industries in the world. However, as an English speaker, we’re much more exposed to movies coming out of Hollywood than we are Bollywood. Really good foreign films are also harder to find because we’re less familiar…

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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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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 Handle Valentine’s Day

A word to the wise: Make Valentine’s Day memorable, because chances are, it will be remembered. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s together or your sixth, casually dating or totally single, here’s some advice on how to handle the day of love.

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5 Kinds of Online Man Caves

Ladies, ever wondered what websites men visit? From the disgusting to the totally weird to the downright hilarious, my inside man George reveals where men really go on the internet.

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(Christmas) Party Like a Swede

  Glögg Christmas is celebrated across many different cultures in different ways. This is a little story about my time at a Swedish Christmas party in Portugal. A few Fridays ago I was having one of those days. Mum to the rescue, she came to…

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TV Series: Top 20

  Miss Portmanteau’s Top Picks From fantasy dragons to horror zombies, big-time drug traffickers to small-time suburban mom pushers. Friends old and new, series both made up and true. Out of over 100 TV Series that I’ve watched and enjoyed, this is my Top 20.    …

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Game: Settlers of Catan

Bring. It. On. The festive season is almost in full-swing with appetites to venture outside fast approaching the temperature: zero. Consumption of food and alcohol is on the rise, in parallel with body-fat percentages, whatever you must do to stay warm. Forgotten relatives are now…

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New Fashion Brand: CLEONICE

  Made to Fit, Made in Lisbon Founded in 2016, CLEONICE explores the relationship between clothes and identity, seeking to empower women through fashion and design. The brand celebrates individuality with on-trend outfits tailored to fit your unique shape and style. CLEONICE uses high-quality fabrics…

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I Heart Broad City

  Yassss Queen! Broad City is the hilarious kick-ass show from Comedy Central created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. The show really is one-of-a-kind at the moment. Comparisons have been made, although each one ends with, “but Broad City is way better.”…

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The Couples Christmas Gift Guide

  The “Snog, Marry, Avoid” of Christmas Gifts Christmas gift shopping for your significant other can be a real nightmare. Just when you’ve nailed it one year, next Christmas comes around, looks you in the eye and says “show me what you got.” And it…

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King’s Quest Adventure Game

The new release of King’s Quest is a great game to play as a couple, as it’s more about putting your heads together than control over the remote. Great for people both with or without gaming experience, the gameplay is easy, but the puzzles can be tricky.

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Have you Watched Power on Netflix?

8.1/10 on IMDB (2014-)   Power is one of my top TV series obsessions produced by 50 Cent, available on Netflix. You have to check out Power, a friend said to me. You can thank me later. Well here’s me thanking you, Xenofon! The show revolves around the life,…

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The Evolution of Sushi

  Sushi Worldwide Ever since the 80s (the best decade ever), the popularity and accessibility of sushi exploded around the world from London to Lagos. Largely as a result of restauranteurs seeking higher margins but also clientele seeking something more exotic. Sushi can now be eaten…

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Fukuzumiro: Ryokan Stay the Japanese Way

  Ryokan: a Traditional Japanese Inn A stay at a ryokan should be on every itinerary of first-time visitors to Japan. It’s not a gimmick and very popular with Japanese and Western tourists alike. Ryokan’s are typically found outside city centres in scenic locations and near…

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