July 18, 2017

A first timer's food guide to New York


Visiting New York City for the first time can be extremely overwhelming to say the least; there is just so much to do, see and eat in this incredible city.

You can literally find anything in New York, from dumplings to donuts, and everything in between! In a city with this much choice, it's usually best to visit with some sort of game plan: this ensures that you not only get a table at the more popular restaurants, but you can also budget and plan around your food schedule. Trust me, there's nothing as frustrating as settling for a mediocre meal because you are just frustrated and resorting to the easiest, quickest option. Here's a list of a few tried and tested food spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you have some places you would like to add to this list, please let me know! I'm always down to try something new.

Last updated July, 2017.

Boqueria

  • Spanish tapas paired with amazing wines
  • Great for: Dinner, small groups and for sharing
  • Price point: Mid-high

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Butcher's Daughter

  • Fresh, delicious vegetarian good in a beautiful setting
  • Great for: Breakfast
  • Price point: Mid- High range


Chelsea Market

  • A labyrinth of food from around the world. They have deals for happy hour from 5-7pm.
  • Great for: Any time of day! Drinks, snack, hangover cures.
  • Price point: Low to high


Eataly

  • Huge Italian market with everything from fresh pasta, to delicious wines and gelato.
  • Great for: any time of day, especially your birthdays (they have the most awesome birthday t-shirts!)
  • Price point: Low to high



Fette Sau BBQ 

  • Southern style BBQ meets German love of meat (Don't bring your vegetarian friends here)
  • Great for: Lunch, dinner, curing hangovers
  • Price point: Mid range


Flex Mussels

  • 23 sauces to choose from including Bangkok and Italiano
  • Great for: Dinner
  • Price point: Mid range


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Friend of a Farmer

  • Delicious, homestyle food
  • Great for: Breakfast, lunch, brunch
  • Price point: Mid range


Momofuko

  • Order the pork belly and mushroom steamed buns. You can thank me later.
  • Great for: Dinner
  • Price point: Mid range


Ipuddo

  • Delicious ramen
  • Also a great option if Momofuko is a long wait
  • Great for: Dinner
  • Price point: Low to Mid range

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Oddfellows

  • Some of the best ice cream I've ever tried, with new flavours every week.
  • Great for: all day, every day sweetness.
  • Price point: Low (ish)


Pizza Beach

  • You can't leave a pizza option off of a New York food list!
  • Toppings range from simple to quirky
  • Good for: Dinner, brunch
  • Price point: Mid range


Russ and Daughters Cafe

  • Jewish deli in the Lower East side with the most amazing smoked fish dishes. 
  • Great for: Breakfast, lunch, date with your grandma.
  • Price point: High but worth the treat.



Do you have anything you think I should add to this list? Please let me know!
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June 15, 2017

Global Shapers Youth Forum


A national Youth Forum set for June 28th will gather nearly 200 young people from various youth organisations to discuss the youth perspectives on the Barbados economy. 

The Forum, a free event be hosted between 9.30 am - 12.30pm, June 28th at Olympus Theatres, organised by the Global Shapers Bridgetown Hub, will offer young people an opportunity to voice their opinions, share ideas, and think together about what they can do to improve the current situation in Barbados.

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June 13, 2017

Island Diaries: Surprise Soiree at Sea


Tuesday was one of those days when you feel super grateful to live in paradise: bubbles, boats and an afternoon spent with great company, all thanks to my good friend Sam's boyfriend Mark, who organised the entire thing!
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June 9, 2017

Sustainable Travel Tips


During the Sustainable Travel Summit hosted by Immersion Magazine, Randy Durband, CEO of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) listed a few practical tips on how to be a more sustainable traveller.


The sustainable travel summit was a great even that brought sustainably minded individuals and organisations together from all over the world. Randy's discussion highlighted many interesting points, some of which I had hear before and others which really made me think about the impact I have when I travel. I really look forward to more events from Immersion Travel Magazine!



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June 1, 2017

Sustainable Travel Summit



I'm participating in Immersion Travel Magazine's The Sustainable Travel Summit which is starting today and runs until June 4th!

The Summit explores sustainable travel from the inside out, exploring topics such as learning about what sustainable travel really is, how to create a low-impact itinerary, why sustainable travel matters and keeping things authentic.

Join in to the live feed here.

The Sustainable Travel Summit is free to attend, but you need to sign up to get updates, sneak previews, special content and a goody bag full of treats that will get you started on your next trip, as well as discounts from sustainable travel companies. 

This even is supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
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May 27, 2017

5 great reasons to visit Barbados this summer


From parties to rallies and performing arts to lower prices and mud parties, there's quite a lot going on in this little island in the coming months, so I've put together this list of 5 great reasons to visit Barbados this summer:

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May 19, 2017

European Film Festival | Barbados


There's a European Film Festival taking place in Barbados next week and I'm super excited about it! Since moving home a few years ago, I've always been on the look out for different things to do on this wee little island, and surprisingly, there is always so much going on, you just need to know where to look for certain events. The European Film Festival has been taking place for 9 years now, and it always features a wide range of independent, documentary and feature films.
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May 12, 2017

Guest Post: Best-hidden gems in Barbados


Royal Westmoreland asked a couple of bloggers who have visited Barbados or are lucky enough to call it home, to talk about some of the best-hidden gems around the island. One of my favourite 'gems' is watching the racehorses swim in Carlisle Bay. Is there anything else you would add to this list? Check out their post here.
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May 11, 2017

Shark Diving | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico


She was so beautiful; graceful and inquisitive, yet reserved and kept her distance. We were in her space, yet she give us enough room to feel comfortable. I felt incredibly relaxed, yet in total awe of this magnificent creature gliding next to us. Not quite what I expected to feel as I chilled at the bottom of the ocean with a 10 ft long and roughly 100 lbs pregnant, female bull shark in Mexico.

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