The Gift of Life

Death is never an easy subject to get around. Last month the motorsport world was once again hit by tragedy, IndyCar and ex-F1 British driver Justin Wilson lost his life weeks after his thirty seventh birthday. On Monday 24th August 2015, Wilson succumbed to his injuries and altruistically gave his organs to six people, saving their lives. Each year, people die while waiting for a … Continue reading The Gift of Life

Why travel to Japan? – In search of Japan with Tableau

After welcoming sushi, Zen gardens and judo into our lives, we are now turning our attention to the country itself. Curious about the culture, customs and traditions of the far-eastern end of the Silk Road, the international tourist is evolving. The taste for difference and uniqueness is taking us farther away, tempted by the world apart that is Japan. Click on the image and discover Japan! Continue reading Why travel to Japan? – In search of Japan with Tableau

Why such decadent Infatuation with shoes?

Shoes, marvellous shoes… Affordable diamonds that adorn our feet! Gone are the days when a crystal shoe was the most wanted item in a girl’s wardrobe. The delicate Cinderella crystal shoe is no more! Now we gaze upon ‘pieces of art’ with an extensive palette of colours and materials that may include crystals, feathers or even red soles.  Names such: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and … Continue reading Why such decadent Infatuation with shoes?

When life throws you egg whites, make sweet meringue kisses

My favourite way of using egg white leftovers – meringue kisses! Ingredients: 4 large eggs (egg whites) at room temperature 115g icing sugar 115g caster sugar Preparation: Preheat the oven at 100C for a fan oven or 110C for a conventional Line two baking trays with a non-stick liner or parchment paper Beat the egg whites on medium speed with an electric mixer until the … Continue reading When life throws you egg whites, make sweet meringue kisses

Stylish, elegant and cost-effective: Afternoon tea party

Last week in mid-conversation with a friend, she tells me that although being excited with her baby girl christening, she is now stuck for ideas on what kind of event to host. ‘Something sophisticated, personal and with a difference’ – she continues, ‘Any ideas? It could be a good subject for your Blog, what to do you think?’ ‘An afternoon tea, you can’t go wrong!’ … Continue reading Stylish, elegant and cost-effective: Afternoon tea party

Sweets and Cocktails – Madeira style

Do Madeirans have a sweet tooth? Nooooooo….. We don’t even eat many sweets! Our diet is a healthy Mediterranean diet, with fruit, vegetables, grilled meat/ fish and olive oil to drizzle our salads. Sometimes we do enjoy our queijada, nikita, poncha, pudim de maracujá , licorzinho de morango ou ginginha. But who doesn’t?!  Who doesn’t?! – My nanna would say, while shaking the ‘occasional’ Bola de … Continue reading Sweets and Cocktails – Madeira style

Madeira cuisine – A paradox of lush simplicity and magnificent flavour!

The colour, texture and culinary simplicity of Madeira’s gastronomy can be an overwhelming experience for the island first-timer. A palette of unforgettable dishes and tastes allows you to experience the island as a Madeiran does. As a Madeiran you will love the island not only for its flowers, wine and landscapes but also for the bolo do caco (traditional bread – shard cake), espetada (meat … Continue reading Madeira cuisine – A paradox of lush simplicity and magnificent flavour!

Just Paris

And they lived happily ever after! A damsel in distress, a valiant prince charming and a breathtaking kiss; these are the intents of how love should be. Disney has taught us that happy endings and unconditional love is possible. A love that is expressed in music, heroic acts, strolls through enchanted landscapes and carving of initials in the trees. So, when we find the one … Continue reading Just Paris