Rock-climbing, off-roading and a visit to a Roman gold mine (from Porto)

My Greenway Tours, run by Eduardo Mata together with a business associate, and which, on Tripadvisor, ranks #21 out of 133 tours to do in Porto (the other ones mainly being about food/wine, or tours of the town), invited BSqB to come with them on a one-day outdoor adventure tour while I was visiting Porto (Portugal) last week. My wife, who is writing this blog with me, only joined the following day, so I was accompanied by an old German friend of mine, who spent the whole week with me as my fellow blogger and as part of our customary boyz-only annual celebration of madness. I grew up in a small town at the doorstep of the Bavarian Alps and have done my fair share of outdoor adventures in the mountains, but this was an absolute blast! Eduardo also grew up in the mountains, and clearly was more serious about […]

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Finally – The Diet that Actually Works, yes, Really

After having tried to lose weight again and again over the past ten years and after having failed each time, either losing no weight at all or gaining all the lost kg’s and sometimes more back in no time, I’ve set out on a new diet three weeks ago, which was recommended to me by several friends and work colleagues. The program is not limited to dieting and the nutrition side of things, but also involves a personalised exercise program tailored to the respective individual needs and accommodating a busy work life, where necessary.      It sets out with a detailed questionnaire that will enable the trainer to determine the best programme for the candidate. If your answers leave any doubt that you’re fully committed, then the game stops here and you’re being sent back to KFC to order your next family meal for one. If you pass this barrier, […]

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Chai – India’s best invention since the Kamasutra

We had been aware of all the hype about Chai in recent years, but in our minds it was a Starbucks business idea and hipster BS, so we never really got into the whole vibe. Only recently have we started to make an effort in trying to find the best Chais or masala teas (masala means spiced and chai means tea in Hindi and originates from the Persian Chay, which originated from the Chinese word Chá) in London. Chai is basically a black tea with milk (and usually vast amounts of sugar) that is infused with pretty much any combination of ‘Indian’ flavours such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anis, ground ginger, whole peppers, fennel seeds, and crushed dried chilli peppers, you name it. Our favourite combination just involves the first four of them, sometimes we add nutmeg, turmeric, vanilla, cumin or caraway.      Especially now, with X-mas approaching rapidly, […]

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Ginger Plants – Yum and Good for You

We’ve been great fans of ginger, turmeric and cardamom for as long as we can think back. We love the taste of these roots and their enormous health effects. All three are from the family of ginger plants. Cardamom is from the seeds of the Cardamom plant, ginger and turmeric are both roots. The plants are widely used in India and other parts of Asia. Most recipes we know do not involve combinations of the three (or two of the) spices, but contain just one of the three. We find ourselves occasionally combining ginger and turmeric for some Asian chicken dishes, and ginger and cardamom for masala teas or when baking.       My personal favourite is ginger. I literally can’t imagine life without it. Once a week or so I buy a whole kilogram of ginger at the corner store (some of the Costcutter corner stores have top quality […]

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Barefoot Running – Be Sure to Have the Right Shoes

Stefan here, I’m one half of Berkeley Square Barbarian. I enjoy running. Always did. Always will. I want to be buried with my running shoes on. With no athletic ambition to beat a personal best (I ran the London Marathon in over five hours and often take nearly two hours for a half), mainly because it’s so much joy, clears the mind, allows you to be outdoors and explore your surroundings. The more mileage I put on, the more also with a view of staying fit and healthy. From the age of twenty onwards, and with interruptions of up to a year here and there, I usually did at least three or four 10k runs per week in my spare time and literally couldn’t imagine life without it. However, a few years ago I started to struggle with severe back pain, so bad that I sometimes found it hard to […]

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