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Another fabulous Soho find in London Town! My husband (above) discovered this place and made me walk heavily pregnant as I was, telling me he had to show me something and it would be worth it! BOY WAS IT WORTH the walk!! Paul.A.Young Fine Chocolates is created by Paul Young who is a Chocolatier/Patissiere.  This guy lives and breathes what he does. This is a place for those who love excellent, fine, quality, rich chocolates.  The Classic Fudge Brownie is sinfully the most mouth watering, rich, endorphin releasing chocolate brownie I have had to date! It is made with the finest ingredients and 70% dark chocolate.  The bar that is packaged is quite big and good enough to share, although I must admit each time I ate the whole thing.  If you are looking for a chocolate fix this is the place to go to.

Location:

143 Wardour Street
Soho
London W1F 8WA

 

 

There are lots of things I love and one of them is discovering new places, especially food spots! Walking in Soho, off Wardour St (43 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HG 020 7851 1586) a sign caught my eye and I rushed over to see what the place was about.  The restaurant was buzzing, the concept looked great, and the food was deeeeeeelish!!!!! I defintely recommend this place for a quick fast healthy lunch or dinner. Be sure to have lots of napkins at hand!

About MAOZ:

Maoz Vegetarian is a fast service restaurant serving authentic falafel and freshly made vegetarian food.

When it comes to falafel, we are world experts. For over 20 years, we have been continuously working on perfecting our product to offer the best tasting nutritious meals to our customers worldwide. And we keep on getting better. With more than 15 signature salads and sauces made with the finest ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, we are always on the lookout for the best quality ingredients available.

Why do we call it a vegolution? Well, we’re the perfect combination of nutritious and delicious. But don’t take our word for it. Once you’ve tasted our food, you’ll get it. And you’re always welcome to come back for more…

Ready For A Vegolution?

I am always on the look out for natural remedies and when I came across this one I knew this information just had to be shared word for word.

Below is the exact post from the website www.drmomma.org so I do not take credit for the writing, but I hope you find what she has to say as useful as I did.

The Article:

I’ve recently received a number of inquiries from mothers with concerns related to breastfeeding or c-section healing who may benefit from Castor oil pack therapy. I have used Castor oil pack therapy myself to aid in healing from surgery and when, after 7 months of exclusive breastfeeding and during a time of high stress, I developed a deep and throbbing pain in one breast which lasted for several days. After starting with Castor oil packs, the pain was alleviated quickly and did not return.

Castor oil pack therapy has been used by humans for as long as we have recorded human history. It was seen as the most healing of agents in antiquity. So much, in fact, that ancient Romans came to call the Castor seed plant thePalma Christi, or “the hand of Christ.” Castor oil was viewed as the all-healing agent — almost divine in nature. Whether or not you are one to practice homeopathic or other natural remedies in the 21st century, the results obtained from Castor oil pack therapy typically speak for themselves – even among critics.

Castor oil is extracted from the seed of the Castor oil plant, whose botanical name is ricinus communis. And while it was Edgar Cayce who made Castor oil well known throughout the U.S. in the 20th century, it has a long history of use as a healing agent around the world. The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine published findings that Castor bean seeds, believed to be 4,000 years old, were found in many Egyptian tombs. Historical documents reveal the medicinal use of Castor oil in India, Africa, Greece, Rome, Egypt (for eye infections), China (for induction of childbirth and expulsion of the placenta), Persia (for epilepsy), Southern Europe, and the Americas.

Today Castor oil pack therapy remains an effective source of relief for a number of maladies. It is used for everything: general aches and pains, colds, flu, sciatica, eye infections, c-section healing, mastitis, arthritis, ulcers, and to decrease soreness/irritation/inflammation of almost any body organ – breasts, nipples, fingers, throats, abdomen, uterine cramping, etc. Castor oil pack therapy has been used to increase milk production among lactating women, and it is occasionally used to quickly and effectively heal the umbilicus of newborns, and is regularly used to stop hormone-related hair loss.

Castor oil pack therapy has also been used in the clinical setting for liver and gallbladder complications, abscesses, headaches, appendicitis, epilepsy, hemorrhoids, constipation, intestinal obstructions, hyperactivity, as well as in cases where pregnant women are at high risk of miscarriage.

Women have benefited from Castor oil pack therapy when used to avert breastfeeding issues (such as mastitis, clogged ducts, and general soreness/inflammation), and also to heal from birth (especially beneficial in cases of cesarean section or other healing from surgery). Castor oil has been used to treat ovarian cysts, fibroids, and heavy menstrual cycles.

Dr. Harold J. Reilly (2008) worked with Castor oil pack therapy for 45 years and told of one of his patients who’d been dealing with especially heavy menstrual cycles for 13 years. By the time this woman came to see Reilly, her problem was threatening her career as an opera singer, and had already impacted her home life as a mother and wife. Four leading gynecologists who reviewed her case all recommended surgery – ranging from D&C to total hysterectomy. Instead of surgery, Dr. Reilly put her on a regimen which included castor oil packs four days a week. This woman soon reported, “After the first two nights of the Castor oil packs, the spotting stopped, and this was remarkable, because it was just after my menstrual period, and usually that went on and on. By the end of the week, I sang in a concert and felt fine.”


Directions for Use

1) Always use a high-quality, cold-pressed Castor oil, available in health food stores.

2) Use a cotton or wool flannel cloth that is folded to the correct size (for the location you are using the pack on) and is several layers thick when folded.

3) Pour Castor oil into a pan and soak the cloth in the oil.

4) Wring out the cloth so that it remains wet, but not dripping.

5) Apply the cloth to the area which needs treatment.

6) Cover with plastic (saran wrap or even plastic bags cut open work great) and then apply heat if desired (a hot cloth, heat pack, etc.) to increase penetration of Castor oil. Do not use heat if there is already open infection at the site.

7) If you are resting on a bed or couch, towels can be put down to protect the surface you are relaxing on.

8) After the pack is in place, you can wrap a large towel around the body (if using on the abdomen or breast) or a smaller towel (if using on the throat/head). An ace bandage can be used to hold the pack in place on the arm or leg.

9) The pack should remain in place for 60-90 minutes. So r-e-l-a-x. Breath deep. Listen to soothing music. Meditate. Pray. Watch a feel-good movie. Read a book. Whatever helps you stay calm and just let go of your worries for the hour.

10) After 60-90 minutes, the skin should be cleansed with a baking soda solution: 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 pint water. You can wipe this over the area you treated in the shower (if desired) and shower off.

11) The flannel pack can be re-used several times. Do NOT throw it away. Put it into a ziplock baggie for future uses. It does not need to be rinsed or cleaned. The Castor oil soaked into it is fine to leave as is. Next time, soak again before starting.

12) Repeat these steps daily, or for 4 consecutive days per week (4 days on, 3 days off), until results are obtained.

References

The Oil That Heals (1994) by William McGarey

The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy (2008) by Harold J. Reilley and Ruth Hagy

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years (1985) by Susun S. Weed

This is a slightly older video (with explanation and demonstration). Castor oil pack therapy need not be this cumbersome (you don’t need safety pins, plastic sheets, etc.) but the video will give you another take on the whole process.

 

It’s that time of year to celebrate VINTAGE in it’s all it’s glorious forms; fashion, music, art, design… A great event at Southbank Centre with a line up of events that will feed all your senses.  I missed Vintage at Goodwood last year and I am gutted that I won’t get to make it to Southbank this year either, but I will be looking forward to hearing everyone’s reviews and possibly attending one of next summer’s festivals.

VINTAGE at SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, electro, cabaret, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage at Southbank Centre is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages. For one glamorous weekend we celebrate the music, fashion, film, art , design, and dance from the 1920s to the 1980s (and maybe even a peek at the early ‘90s) that has made Britain the world’s creative and cultural hotbed.

Over the three days, one of the world’s greatest pieces of mid-century architecture is being treated to a 60th birthday suit: Royal Festival Hall will be set dressed like you have never seen it before. The six levels of this great building will be transformed (for the first time) into a multi-venue playground where, over 13 hours per day, pass holders can ‘learn the dances’, enjoy a makeover take in the live performances, exclusive DJ sets, catwalk shows, wonderfully conceived food and cocktails, the cream of the crop vintage retailers and surprises galore. Vintage favourites the Soul CasinoLet it RockThe Torch Club and the Leisure Lounge are amongst the ten nightclubs contained within Royal Festival Hall. New clubs to the Vintage family include The Studio,Prohibition Club , The Bunker Club and the North South Divide.

Additionally, Southbank Centre’s outside spaces host the enormous Vintage Marketplace, hair and make-up parlours, tea parties, creative workshops for all ages, themed bars and restaurants curated by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the Hemingway Design team and a vintage funfair. Featuring vintage favourites such as The Chap Olympiad, ‘Best in Show’ parades and pop-up catwalk shows, prepare for eye candy, brilliantly dressed folk and great music, performance art and design.

This promises to be London’s best looking and most uplifting weekend for many a year so “get yer glad rags on”, shine your dancing shoes, pack your cameras and let’s celebrate everything that’s great about British creativity.

A friend of mine who just had her baby naturally after two cesarian births swore about drinking herbal teas to prepare your body for birthing.  With pregnancy you have to be careful of the types of herbal teas you drink and make sure it is suitable for the trimester you are in (such as raspberry tea life can trigger labour and should only be taken in the last trimester etc..).  You can buy the herbs in bulk and if you have the ingredients prepare your own tea, or you can buy them in tea bag forms.

I came across a great site called Mum Stuff that sell lots of great stuff from pregnancy and beyond.  They have a section where they sell herbal teas and the ones I purchased since I am now in my third trimester are; Organic Third Trimester Tea, Organic Milkmaid Tea and Raspberry Leaf Tea. The benefits of each are listed below each packet. I am looking forward to trying them out.

“Heavenly Brew” as recommended by Pregnancy and Birth Magazine February 2006!

Third Trimester Tea is a blend of organic herbs that helps provide vital vitamins and minerals, benefiting you, your uterus and your breasts during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Uterine tonic herbs like partridge berry and red raspberry leaf have long been used to prepare women for an easier childbirth. It’s also packed with vitamin and mineral-rich herbs such as stinging nettles, alfalfa and oat straw.

Raspberry Leaf has healing and preventative properties which are said to tone the uterus, and improve contractions to facilitate childbirth. Raspberry leaf is also an astringent herb rich in vitamins and minerals important for pregnant women, among them vitamins C, E, A and B complex, and the minerals calcium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium and iron. (Source: Earth Mama Angel Baby).

This tea is intended for use in the third trimester.

Earth Mama Angel Baby’s famous Milkmaid Tea now in easy to use teabags! The organic herbs such as fennel seed, red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle and fenugreek in Milkmaid Tea have long been credited with safely inducing lactation by stimulating breast milk supply for breastfeeding mums. It’s delicious both iced and hot.
There’s more…many of the herbs in this delicious tea also contain vitamins and minerals and are a soothing digestive aid for both breastfeedingmum and her nursing baby.

100% Organic Ingredients: Fenugreek Seed, Fennel Seed, Red Raspberry Leaf, Orange Peel, Nettle Leaf, Spearmint Leaf, Anise Seed, Caraway Seed, Alfalfa Leaf.

Certified organic and certified kosher by EarthKosher.

A fragrant blend of raspberry leaf, natural flavour and real apple pieces combine to make this delicious tea, traditionally valued for its benefits to women in the late stages of pregnancy (from 35 weeks onwards). This Raspberry Leaf Tea is naturally caffeine free.

Raspberry Leaf has healing and preventative properties which are said to tone the uterus, and improve contractions to facilitate childbirth. Raspberry leaf is also an astringent herb rich in vitamins and minerals important for pregnant women, among them vitamins C, E, A and B complex, and the minerals calcium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium and iron. (Source: Earth Mama Angel Baby)

This product should be avoided by those in the early stages of pregnancy.
Each serving delivers 1.0g of Raspberry Leaf. Recommended maximum intake: 3 cups of raspberry leaf tea per day.

Ingredients: Raspberry Leaves, Hibiscus, Blackberry Leaves, Natural Raspberry flavour, Tartric Acid, Rosehips, Raspberries, Apple Pomace.

If you have been flicking through Elle, Vogue  or any other fashion magazine you would have noticed these gorgeous brightly colored neon satchels which is the must have for the summer!! They are hand made in the UK by a company called The Cambridge Satchel Company.  They come in other great colors too and can be personalized with your name or initials.  I just love them … question is do I go for the neon yellow or the purple.. hmmm ….

 

 

 

Walking on Shaftesbury Avenue in London I passed by an interesting looking restaurant that caught my attention.  It wasn’t meal time so I wasn’t hungry but I did pop in and order the tacos since I couldn’t resist trying something.  Once I have had more of their food I will update this post but until then the concept is what I love and what I want to share with you.

About Otarian:

Otarian is based on my passion for, and dream of, a sustainable planet, and this vision is paramount to the concept and implementation of the Otarian philosophy. It is the tangible display of my hope in the intelligence of human kind to understand, accept and adapt to a more sustainable way.

One of the main contributors to global environmental degradation is the livestock industry. The effects of large-scale meat production are wide-spread and impact unsustainably on almost all aspects of the environment whilst creating other economic and social costs. Greenhouse gas emissions, inefficient utilisation of resources, deforestation, water pollution, land degradation, unfair trade, ill health and obesity are just some of these costs. The Otarian menu is completely meat-free, a delicious range of vegetarian options that eliminate the negative effects of livestock production whilst providing nourishment. Otarian serves dishes that travel the globe offering to all food that loves life and the planet.

At Otarian we also focus on evolving sustainably in all aspects of our operations; in particular, our social, economic and environmental endeavours are conceived and implemented with sustainability at their core.

Each and every individual consuming an Otarian meal makes a small but meaningful difference to the planet and all its inhabitants. We know that to save one life is to save a world entire; that one seed holds within the possibility of regenerating all the world’s forests. And even if one Otarian meal saves a kilogram of carbon emissions and grain or a litre of water or oil, imagine the cumulative benefits of Otarian eating! Together we can change the planet’s current trajectory! Otarian’s goal is to provide guests with delicious vegetarian alternatives and, in so doing, to empower them to make a positive impact on the environment one meal at a time. This is why Otarian has undertaken ground breaking research and provided the first ever comprehensive CO2e footprint for every item on our menu. Each person has a role to play, a significant contribution to make and at Otarian we’ve made it easy for you to see exactly how much you are helping life and the planet.

Radhika Oswal

CEO

Here are a few images from their menu:

Otarian’s Edamame and Hummus Wrap

Otarian’s edamame hummus, roasted courgette, lightly steamed carrots, crunchy cucumber, and tender leaf spinach. Freshly prepared in our kitchen

Otarian’s Mushroom Quinoa Burger

Otarian’s mushroom, quinoa, lentil & mixed vegetable patty, oven roasted with our own honey Dijon mayonnaise (egg free), layered with roast mushroom mix, mature cheddar, and garden salad

Vegetable Biryani

Layers of fragrant Indian spiced rice, mixed with vegetables, slow cooked in Otarian’s Biryani gravy, served with our own cucumber yogurt dip

Tandoori mushroom O Paneer Wrap

Mushrooms & paneer, roasted in Indian tandoori spices, wrapped in a tortilla, and grilled while you wait. Served with Otarian’s cucumber yogurt dip

LOCATION:

Restaurant Details

190 Shaftesbury Avenue

LondonWC2H 8JL

T: 020 7240 1058

Opening HoursMon – Fri:11.30 am – 9 pmSat:12 noon – 9 pmSun:Closed

Luxury automotive manufacturer Land Rover is proud to announce its partnership with Emirati Film Director and Producer, Ali F. Mostafa, who will become a brand ambassador for the launch of the much anticipated Range Rover Evoque in the MENA region.  Mostafa is the first Emirati to write, co-produce and direct a multi-lingual feature film made exclusively in Dubai – ‘City of Life’, breaking box office records for an Emirati film.

The exciting collaboration, which kicks off this month, will involve Range Rover working closely with Mostafa to support the launch plans for Evoque, the newest edition to the Range Rover line-up. The Evoque will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient model to date when it goes on sale at the end of the year.

The collaboration with Mostafa is part of the unique global Range Rover Evoque launch strategy to partner with ‘City Shapers’ from the world of fashion, design, music and film, who have helped shape the cities they live in. The campaign, which has touched every corner of the globe from San Paolo to Shanghai, is designed to engage and generate buzz and excitement amongst Evoque target audiences, and communicate the Evoque’s unique urban and stylish credentials.

”Ali Mostafa is a pioneer within the Emirati film industry. Coupled with his unique creativity and style, he is the perfect ambassador for our Evoque launch campaign. We are thrilled to be entering into such an integrated partnership with someone who is so passionate about the city that he grew up in, and has a deep connection with the people living here. The Range Rover Evoque has received an overwhelming response so far and we hope to continue this growing excitement across the region through our partnership with Ali.” said Robin Colgan, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover MENAP.

Dubai-based Mostafa is the first Evoque City Shaper to be selected in the Middle East region. The collaboration will provide a unique level of integration between Range Rover and Mostafa. This will give Mostafa the chance to incorporate his personal creativity and filmmaking expertise into every element of the communications campaign to ensure a fully integrated and truly unique collaboration that engages consumers both on and offline.  As an Evoque ambassador, Ali will also drive his own personalised Range Rover Evoque, make appearances at prestigious events from motor shows to film festivals, and engage in social media activation across his own channels as well as Range Rover’s dedicated sites and blogs.

Ali Mostafa commented “I am honoured to be working with such an iconic brand as Range Rover to communicate the launch of the Evoque in the region. When I heard what Range Rover was doing with the new Evoque, the decision to get involved was straightforward to me on many levels.  As I prepare for the shoot of my next film later this year, I have gladly taken the time to collaborate with Range Rover on this exciting and unique campaign.”

This is the last fair for the summer and there won’t be another until the 11 th of September – so don’t miss out on lots of lovely summer vintage pieces.  There are lots of stallholders who are regular exhibitors and some newer ones who can’t wait to display their great collections of vintage fashions and jewellery.  It is a great place to spend a Sunday and grab a great unique piece!

Where?

The Vintage Fashion Fair is on Sunday 10 July 2011 at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY.

Fair opens at 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Click here for more info

Dubai Confidential is a great website that finds the latest trends in fashion, fitness, beauty, food, bars, travel and exquisite things for women living in the UAE (and their families). They recommend places and products that that they have tried, tested, and genuinely love.

They have a great “Escape” section where they get people who are familiar with a destination and ask them for their travel tips for their readers.  Dubai Confidential picked me to do an “Escape” on Manama, Bahrain.  Here it is below 🙂

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