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Why I’m going to Nigeria

tinuke in London

After talking about it for well, forever, I’m putting my money where my mouth is and planning a trip to Nigeria for early next year. I haven’t booked flights yet as I’m hoping to convince a group of friends / bloggers / relatives to join me on my quest for a joint self discovery mission. Nigeria is somewhere that I’ve held in a near mystical reverence slash fear from as long as I can remember. It is this unknown entity with many unknown languages, cultures and traditions, all of which I’ve only been able to have small glimpses of through other family and friends but which have never felt have belonged to me. I don’t know if I’ll feel like I belong after the trip but Continue Reading…

Life

Chilli Cool brings authentic Chinese tastes to Bloomsbury

chilli cool chinese restaurant

Blink and you might miss it. Unassuming and off the beaten path of the nearby Euston Road, this Chinese restaurant is a gem in the crown of Bloomsbury. Not swayed by the influx of hipster-cool, overly simplistic three item menus, all organic or tourist touting eateries, Chilli Cool plays to one fundamental strength: a delicious array of authentic Chinese dishes.

If you’re looking for well priced meals in London with generous portion sizes then Chilli Cool’s Szechuan style offerings may be the perfect place to grab a meal with friends and family. We went in a group of around 16 people and were seated around two round tables easily.

The restaurant specialises in traditional hot pot dishes, a popular mode of dining in Northern parts of China. If you fancy a hot pot, there is a separate entrance specially for this, it’s not hard to spot as the wafts of steam floating seductively from the boiling pots on the tables are a great giveaway. For those of you who need more of a clue, it’s the door to the left!

As the restaurant name may suggest, their dishes tend to be on the spicy side so it isn’t for the feint hearted. Even the vegetable side dishes have dried chillies on them…

chilli cool family dining london restaurant

Travel

Restaurante De Castro Elias review

grilled octopus

One of the great things about Lisbon must be their wide selection of top rated restaurants. Going to Restaurante de Castro Elias was certainly one of my highlights from my first weekend trip to Lisbon.

You can choose between the tapas menu or three course meal option. Both options are reasonably priced and offer a range of choices. I went with two Lisboetas, Lisbon natives who had heard of the restaurant and were keen to try it out. Continue Reading…

Travel

Sofitel Libson hotel review

absinthe set Lisbon Sofitel

Located on Avenida da Liberdade, a picturesque tree-lined boulevard, the Sofitel Lisbon is centrally located for exploring Lisbon and taking part in some serious shopping. With shops including Armani, Cartier, Hackett and Chanel also situated on the Avenida, there are plenty of luxury brands to satisfy the high flyers, but being within walking distance to the historic quarter and Barrio Alto, the more bohemian area of Lisbon, The Sofitel Hotel is a great base for those keen to explore all Lisbon has to offer. Continue Reading…