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The environmental conversation has taken on new tones and topics since it was first unveiled or gained real prominence in the early 2000s. Back then, switching off your lights as you leave the room, never leaving your television on standby mode or recycling seemed to be the big new solutions to climate change, a worrying process that has contributed to the recent wildfires in Australia and contributed to 2019 being the second hottest year on record.


Nowadays this conversation, while also supported by that previous advice, has taken on a new priority as solutions are more important than ever to find. In a world where everyone seems to have an opinion on Greta Thunberg or where it seems as though this conversation can be stunted as soon as it starts, like anything, each person trying to make healthier decisions can allow for positive trends to take place.

In the following advice you'll hear some encouraging insights that may help us all do our bit to prevent climate change, and maybe even slow down the degradation of our wonderful natural environment. So here are three pieces of advice to help the environment...

Driving Hybrid Or Electric Vehicles

In the UK, 'zero-emission' cars will be the standard by 2040, in an intensive effort to reduce unnecessary pollution. But there's no reason to wait until that point until you can start making healthier choices when purchasing a new vehicle. Electric and hybrid vehicles are coming into their own, providing exceptional design and incredible cost-effectiveness. The New Vauxhall Grandland X HYBRID4 is perhaps one of the most pressing examples of how new engineering can provide a worthwhile driving experience without causing an intensive impact on the environment. Remaining aware of your options is always a good idea, so if you are looking for a new car in the near future it is definitely worth considering the impact it will have on the environment.

Reducing Your Meat Consumption

Vegan products, such as Impossible Burger or Gregg's vegan sausage roll have taken up the headlines in recent months, perhaps because they break convention so dramatically. But there's no reason for people to feel forced into the vegan diet, as is often a point of contention. Just swapping out a few ingredients from your usual weekly dietary consumption for plant-based alternatives can help you do your bit. For instance, purchasing vegan mayo might be your first step, as it's becoming more and more commonplace on our shelves. The more people do this, the less the harmful environmental impact the agricultural industry can have.

Spread Awareness

You needn't become a frightful bore only talking about the environment to your friends and nothing else, but it can't hurt to mention that you're making certain decisions, or why you are, or to share your opinions on climate changes and how much of an effect is it having worldwide. The more awareness can spread, the healthier the conversation around climate change will be.

With this advice, I hope you can make a few changes to help our lovely planet!

*This is a collaboration post.

Three Ways To Help The Environment | AD

The environmental conversation has taken on new tones and topics since it was first unveiled or gained real prominence in the early 2000s. Back then, switching off your lights as you leave the room, never leaving your television on standby mode or recycling seemed to be the big new solutions to climate change, a worrying process that has contributed to the recent wildfires in Australia and contributed to 2019 being the second hottest year on record.


Nowadays this conversation, while also supported by that previous advice, has taken on a new priority as solutions are more important than ever to find. In a world where everyone seems to have an opinion on Greta Thunberg or where it seems as though this conversation can be stunted as soon as it starts, like anything, each person trying to make healthier decisions can allow for positive trends to take place.

In the following advice you'll hear some encouraging insights that may help us all do our bit to prevent climate change, and maybe even slow down the degradation of our wonderful natural environment. So here are three pieces of advice to help the environment...

Driving Hybrid Or Electric Vehicles

In the UK, 'zero-emission' cars will be the standard by 2040, in an intensive effort to reduce unnecessary pollution. But there's no reason to wait until that point until you can start making healthier choices when purchasing a new vehicle. Electric and hybrid vehicles are coming into their own, providing exceptional design and incredible cost-effectiveness. The New Vauxhall Grandland X HYBRID4 is perhaps one of the most pressing examples of how new engineering can provide a worthwhile driving experience without causing an intensive impact on the environment. Remaining aware of your options is always a good idea, so if you are looking for a new car in the near future it is definitely worth considering the impact it will have on the environment.

Reducing Your Meat Consumption

Vegan products, such as Impossible Burger or Gregg's vegan sausage roll have taken up the headlines in recent months, perhaps because they break convention so dramatically. But there's no reason for people to feel forced into the vegan diet, as is often a point of contention. Just swapping out a few ingredients from your usual weekly dietary consumption for plant-based alternatives can help you do your bit. For instance, purchasing vegan mayo might be your first step, as it's becoming more and more commonplace on our shelves. The more people do this, the less the harmful environmental impact the agricultural industry can have.

Spread Awareness

You needn't become a frightful bore only talking about the environment to your friends and nothing else, but it can't hurt to mention that you're making certain decisions, or why you are, or to share your opinions on climate changes and how much of an effect is it having worldwide. The more awareness can spread, the healthier the conversation around climate change will be.

With this advice, I hope you can make a few changes to help our lovely planet!

*This is a collaboration post.
Fancy some spice this season? In this blog post I am going to share with you a super tasty, easy and affordable recipe with Schwartz's Fajita Seasoning. This seasoning is a brilliant cupboard staple that can be used in your weekly meals such as pasta bakes, stews, chicken kebabs and of course fajitas. A little life saver to add some spice to any dish!


I decided to pair these delicious fajitas sweet potato wedges with a vegan aioli dip. These wedges make a super easy meal on their own, or a perfect side with some protein and veg for a balanced dinner. I make these fajita wedges all the time at university as they make such a quick meal, and the dip adds a little extra yumminess if you're feeling extra fruity.


Fajita Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients

Sweet Potatoes
Olive Oil

• Method

Heat your oven to 180C.

Wash the sweet potatoes, peel off their skin and then cut them into wedges.

Place the wedges into a large bowl and cover the wedges in olive oil and several shakes of the Schwartz's Fajita Seasoning.

Once the wedges are fully covered, place them on to a baking tray and put them into the oven for about 25 - 35 minutes. Turn the wedges over during the cooking.

Take them out when they are golden and crispy! Now they are ready to enjoy.


Vegan Aioli

• Ingredients

3 tbsp Aquafaba [liquid drained from a can of chickpeas]
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp Salt
200ml Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 Crushed Cloves Of Garlic

• Method 

Add the aquafaba, vinegar, mustard and salt in a bowl and blend using an electric whisk.

Whilst keeping the whisk going add slowly the oil making sure it is fully combined.

Continue to blend until the mixture turns into a mayonnaise-like consistency.

Mix in the lemon juice and garlic.

Et voila!


These spicy fajita wedges taste and with a dip in the aioli oooh it's amazing, so I would certainly recommend giving this vegan aioli a try too. 

*Schwartz have sent me this product for review, but all views expressed are my own.

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Spicy Fajita Wedges & Vegan Aioli Recipe | AD

Fancy some spice this season? In this blog post I am going to share with you a super tasty, easy and affordable recipe with Schwartz's Fajita Seasoning. This seasoning is a brilliant cupboard staple that can be used in your weekly meals such as pasta bakes, stews, chicken kebabs and of course fajitas. A little life saver to add some spice to any dish!


I decided to pair these delicious fajitas sweet potato wedges with a vegan aioli dip. These wedges make a super easy meal on their own, or a perfect side with some protein and veg for a balanced dinner. I make these fajita wedges all the time at university as they make such a quick meal, and the dip adds a little extra yumminess if you're feeling extra fruity.


Fajita Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients

Sweet Potatoes
Olive Oil

• Method

Heat your oven to 180C.

Wash the sweet potatoes, peel off their skin and then cut them into wedges.

Place the wedges into a large bowl and cover the wedges in olive oil and several shakes of the Schwartz's Fajita Seasoning.

Once the wedges are fully covered, place them on to a baking tray and put them into the oven for about 25 - 35 minutes. Turn the wedges over during the cooking.

Take them out when they are golden and crispy! Now they are ready to enjoy.


Vegan Aioli

• Ingredients

3 tbsp Aquafaba [liquid drained from a can of chickpeas]
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp Salt
200ml Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 Crushed Cloves Of Garlic

• Method 

Add the aquafaba, vinegar, mustard and salt in a bowl and blend using an electric whisk.

Whilst keeping the whisk going add slowly the oil making sure it is fully combined.

Continue to blend until the mixture turns into a mayonnaise-like consistency.

Mix in the lemon juice and garlic.

Et voila!


These spicy fajita wedges taste and with a dip in the aioli oooh it's amazing, so I would certainly recommend giving this vegan aioli a try too. 

*Schwartz have sent me this product for review, but all views expressed are my own.

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Ibiza is known for it's lively Hippy Markets bursting with colourful clothing, beautiful jewellery, delicious food and so much more. When I visited Ibiza this summer, I visited two wonderful Hippy Markets; Las Dalias and Punta Arabi Market.


Las Dalias

The most popular Hippy Market in Ibiza; Las Dalias is located in San Carlos. It has such an exciting atmosphere. The market features over 200 market stalls that sell all sorts of wonderful items including beauty products, clothes, jewellery, antiques, home décor and many more. There also lots of opportunities for food and the most delicious mojitos where a DJ is playing throughout the day.

Every Saturday April to October 10am - 8pm

Las Dalias also put on summer night markets to enjoy some twinkly lights, live music with a lively night-time atmosphere.


We arrived at Las Dalias in the bright Ibiza sunshine and headed into the market. There were so many beautiful items for sale. We also decided to have lunch in Las Dalias Restaurant. The restaurant offered some delicious fresh food and was situated in the heart of the market underneath vines with a relaxed atmosphere.















Punta Arabi Market

Punta Arabi is the oldest and biggest Hippy Market in Ibiza located in Es Cana. There are plenty of stalls selling all sorts of unique clothing, pretty jewellery and other handcrafted items. There is also live music performances dotted around the market, and some delicious food areas. The food areas sell amazing Spanish paella and super refreshing fruit juice - just what you need after walking around the market in the Ibiza sun!

Every Wednesday April to October 10am - 8pm


We arrived at Punta Arabi around lunchtime and headed to the food area for some delicious paella and fresh juice. Situated in the centre, there was such a lively atmosphere and the food and drinks were wonderful. After our lunch we headed around the colourful and vibrant market.






If you're planning a visit to Ibiza, I would certainly recommend adding a Hippy Market to your itinerary list. If you're which one to add to your activity plans then I slightly preferred Las Dalias as the restaurants and bars were lovely, and I felt there were more variety of across the stalls there. Overall the Hippy Markets are the most wonderful and vibrant markets I have ever been to and definitely worth a visit.

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Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

Ibiza's Hippy Markets | Las Dalias & Punta Arabí

Ibiza is known for it's lively Hippy Markets bursting with colourful clothing, beautiful jewellery, delicious food and so much more. When I visited Ibiza this summer, I visited two wonderful Hippy Markets; Las Dalias and Punta Arabi Market.


Las Dalias

The most popular Hippy Market in Ibiza; Las Dalias is located in San Carlos. It has such an exciting atmosphere. The market features over 200 market stalls that sell all sorts of wonderful items including beauty products, clothes, jewellery, antiques, home décor and many more. There also lots of opportunities for food and the most delicious mojitos where a DJ is playing throughout the day.

Every Saturday April to October 10am - 8pm

Las Dalias also put on summer night markets to enjoy some twinkly lights, live music with a lively night-time atmosphere.


We arrived at Las Dalias in the bright Ibiza sunshine and headed into the market. There were so many beautiful items for sale. We also decided to have lunch in Las Dalias Restaurant. The restaurant offered some delicious fresh food and was situated in the heart of the market underneath vines with a relaxed atmosphere.















Punta Arabi Market

Punta Arabi is the oldest and biggest Hippy Market in Ibiza located in Es Cana. There are plenty of stalls selling all sorts of unique clothing, pretty jewellery and other handcrafted items. There is also live music performances dotted around the market, and some delicious food areas. The food areas sell amazing Spanish paella and super refreshing fruit juice - just what you need after walking around the market in the Ibiza sun!

Every Wednesday April to October 10am - 8pm


We arrived at Punta Arabi around lunchtime and headed to the food area for some delicious paella and fresh juice. Situated in the centre, there was such a lively atmosphere and the food and drinks were wonderful. After our lunch we headed around the colourful and vibrant market.






If you're planning a visit to Ibiza, I would certainly recommend adding a Hippy Market to your itinerary list. If you're which one to add to your activity plans then I slightly preferred Las Dalias as the restaurants and bars were lovely, and I felt there were more variety of across the stalls there. Overall the Hippy Markets are the most wonderful and vibrant markets I have ever been to and definitely worth a visit.

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"We focus our energy on making two products the absolute best they can be without any other distractions. We're obsessed with refining our techniques to specialise in the simplicity of our mono-product offering... We craft prime burgers and serve wild, fresh Atlantic lobsters."
- Burger & Lobster


Along the West India Quay in Canary Wharf is a delicious restaurant called Burger & Lobster. A place that specialises in the most delicious burger and lobster dishes, as well as some wonderful cocktails and mocktails.


The menu doesn't have a huge selection of dishes to choose from, however as the name suggests, Burger & Lobster specialises on two main meals - burgers and lobsters. I opted for the B&L Burger with fries.

B&L Burger
5oz beef patty topped with grilled lobster meat, brie, truffle and tarragon mayo, fennel and Chinese cabbage.

Fries
Our classic B&L fries


It was the first time I had tasted lobster and it was so delicious. The burger tasted absolutely amazing too, and it is clear that Burger & Lobster have spent time perfecting the dishes that they offer.


For a drink, I had a Lobster Martini.

Lobster Martini
Absolut vodka, rose, pineapple, vanilla, passionfruit, pomegranate, lime, fizz

Inside the restaurant was cosy and chilled. There is also an outside seating area which would be lovely in the summer, however it was raining the evening we visited (typical) so we stayed nice and dry inside.


I would definitely recommend a visit to Burger & Lobster. It's not the place for you if you're after a larger variety of choice, or a cheap and cheerful burger - however if you're after some deliciously prepared lobster or burgers as a treat then I would highly recommend it.

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Burger & Lobster | Canary Wharf, London

"We focus our energy on making two products the absolute best they can be without any other distractions. We're obsessed with refining our techniques to specialise in the simplicity of our mono-product offering... We craft prime burgers and serve wild, fresh Atlantic lobsters."
- Burger & Lobster


Along the West India Quay in Canary Wharf is a delicious restaurant called Burger & Lobster. A place that specialises in the most delicious burger and lobster dishes, as well as some wonderful cocktails and mocktails.


The menu doesn't have a huge selection of dishes to choose from, however as the name suggests, Burger & Lobster specialises on two main meals - burgers and lobsters. I opted for the B&L Burger with fries.

B&L Burger
5oz beef patty topped with grilled lobster meat, brie, truffle and tarragon mayo, fennel and Chinese cabbage.

Fries
Our classic B&L fries


It was the first time I had tasted lobster and it was so delicious. The burger tasted absolutely amazing too, and it is clear that Burger & Lobster have spent time perfecting the dishes that they offer.


For a drink, I had a Lobster Martini.

Lobster Martini
Absolut vodka, rose, pineapple, vanilla, passionfruit, pomegranate, lime, fizz

Inside the restaurant was cosy and chilled. There is also an outside seating area which would be lovely in the summer, however it was raining the evening we visited (typical) so we stayed nice and dry inside.


I would definitely recommend a visit to Burger & Lobster. It's not the place for you if you're after a larger variety of choice, or a cheap and cheerful burger - however if you're after some deliciously prepared lobster or burgers as a treat then I would highly recommend it.

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The Jacaranda Lounge is located at the bay of Es Canar. It's a unique and beautiful experience that includes a wonderful outdoor terrace, an gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by Balinese beds. In addition a private beach with sun loungers, luxury sofas and oriental gazebos. 


Koh Samui is an amazing thai restaurant that is located in the Jacaranda Lounge, and I ate a delicious meal in such a beautiful location...


Situated on the edge of the sea in Es Canar in Ibiza is Koh Samui Thai Restaurant. Whilst I was staying in Es Canar, the Koh Samui Thai Restaurant was my favourite place to eat because the experience was amazing and the food was delicious.


We sat down at a table right next to the crystal blue seas of Ibiza, and we had wonderful panoramic views of the shoreline. The interior of the restaurant was so white and pretty with oriental parasols, twinkly lights and lit candles. We arrived for dinner at the perfect time for sunset and it was so beautiful.


The menu was filled with so many delicious Thai dishes to choose from. We ordered some Prawn Crackers and Sweet Chilli Sauce to start. Then for my main, I opted for a Thai Red Curry with Jasmine Rice. The presentation was lovely, and the curry was so light, spicy and delicious. To drink, I chose their Mango Mojito. The mojito is super refreshing, sweet, fruity and delicious!





The service was so friendly and attentive, and as the evening went on the restaurant turned into a bar and we enjoyed some yum cocktails around the pool and beside the sea listening to the DJ there, and then headed to their other bar where there was some live music to listen to while sitting next to the sea. 


The Jacaranda Lounge is such a lovely experience. If you're ever staying near Es Canar in Ibiza, I would 100% recommend spending an evening at The Jacaranda Lounge for delicious food, amazing cocktails, a wonderful atmosphere, and great music.

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Es Canar, Ibiza

The Jacaranda Lounge | Es Canar, Ibiza

The Jacaranda Lounge is located at the bay of Es Canar. It's a unique and beautiful experience that includes a wonderful outdoor terrace, an gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by Balinese beds. In addition a private beach with sun loungers, luxury sofas and oriental gazebos. 


Koh Samui is an amazing thai restaurant that is located in the Jacaranda Lounge, and I ate a delicious meal in such a beautiful location...


Situated on the edge of the sea in Es Canar in Ibiza is Koh Samui Thai Restaurant. Whilst I was staying in Es Canar, the Koh Samui Thai Restaurant was my favourite place to eat because the experience was amazing and the food was delicious.


We sat down at a table right next to the crystal blue seas of Ibiza, and we had wonderful panoramic views of the shoreline. The interior of the restaurant was so white and pretty with oriental parasols, twinkly lights and lit candles. We arrived for dinner at the perfect time for sunset and it was so beautiful.


The menu was filled with so many delicious Thai dishes to choose from. We ordered some Prawn Crackers and Sweet Chilli Sauce to start. Then for my main, I opted for a Thai Red Curry with Jasmine Rice. The presentation was lovely, and the curry was so light, spicy and delicious. To drink, I chose their Mango Mojito. The mojito is super refreshing, sweet, fruity and delicious!





The service was so friendly and attentive, and as the evening went on the restaurant turned into a bar and we enjoyed some yum cocktails around the pool and beside the sea listening to the DJ there, and then headed to their other bar where there was some live music to listen to while sitting next to the sea. 


The Jacaranda Lounge is such a lovely experience. If you're ever staying near Es Canar in Ibiza, I would 100% recommend spending an evening at The Jacaranda Lounge for delicious food, amazing cocktails, a wonderful atmosphere, and great music.

x


"An escape from the everyday, The Sipping Room specialises in thoughtful, inspired menus, locally sourced ingredients, and innovative, handcrafted cocktails. Retreat from the world while you enjoy our unrivalled service in the most welcoming environment. Our stylish outdoor terrace provides the perfect alfresco respite throughout the seasons."


Located in the beautiful urban jungle of Canary Wharf is a rustic haven called The Sipping Room. A bar and restaurant that provides a delicious range of wonderful dishes as well as a full menu filled with cocktails and botanicals, all at a very affordable price!



I headed to The Sipping Room last week to celebrate my mum accepting a new job in the area! We met outside the restaurant, and we walked through the beautiful floral terrace that had super cute sparkly lights hanging from the parasols and wild flowers dotted between the tables. We continued to walk inside where the atmosphere was super cosy yet still lively. We sat down and looked at the menu...



The menu is filled with so many different, delicious choices! I opted for a Buttermilk Chicken Burger because I was feeling super hungry, and the other reason (and probably the main reason tbh) was because I really wanted to try their Roman Fries! My meal was so so delicious.

Buttermilk Chicken Burger
Chipotle mayonnaise & chips

Roman Fries
Parmesan, truffle & rosemary



I mean how amazinggg do these look!?
The name 'The Sipping Room' suggests that it would be rude not to sip on some cocktails while you're there! The Sipping Room has a huge collection of cocktails and different drinks for you to try. Throughout the evening I tried four cocktails, and they were all so refreshing, sweet and delicious!

Pink Daisy
Belsazar Rose, elderflower cordial, grapefruit bitters & tonic

Hibiscus
Roku gin, lemon, hibiscus syrup & prosecco

Dragon Queen
Snow Queen vodka, lemon, dragon fruit syrup & egg white

French Martini
Ciroc black raspberry vodka, pineapple, gomme & raspberry




It's embarrassing how long it took me to realise that the sauce on top of this cocktail spelt out 'Sip' hahaha...
The service was so friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere of the bar in the evening was great! The music was great and it has a lively but relaxed vibe. I would certainly return to The Sipping Room as I had such a wonderful evening, in a beautiful location, with delicious food and drink, and all for an affordable price (especially for London...).


Yes, even the toilets are cute!
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The Sipping Room | Canary Wharf, London

"An escape from the everyday, The Sipping Room specialises in thoughtful, inspired menus, locally sourced ingredients, and innovative, handcrafted cocktails. Retreat from the world while you enjoy our unrivalled service in the most welcoming environment. Our stylish outdoor terrace provides the perfect alfresco respite throughout the seasons."


Located in the beautiful urban jungle of Canary Wharf is a rustic haven called The Sipping Room. A bar and restaurant that provides a delicious range of wonderful dishes as well as a full menu filled with cocktails and botanicals, all at a very affordable price!



I headed to The Sipping Room last week to celebrate my mum accepting a new job in the area! We met outside the restaurant, and we walked through the beautiful floral terrace that had super cute sparkly lights hanging from the parasols and wild flowers dotted between the tables. We continued to walk inside where the atmosphere was super cosy yet still lively. We sat down and looked at the menu...



The menu is filled with so many different, delicious choices! I opted for a Buttermilk Chicken Burger because I was feeling super hungry, and the other reason (and probably the main reason tbh) was because I really wanted to try their Roman Fries! My meal was so so delicious.

Buttermilk Chicken Burger
Chipotle mayonnaise & chips

Roman Fries
Parmesan, truffle & rosemary



I mean how amazinggg do these look!?
The name 'The Sipping Room' suggests that it would be rude not to sip on some cocktails while you're there! The Sipping Room has a huge collection of cocktails and different drinks for you to try. Throughout the evening I tried four cocktails, and they were all so refreshing, sweet and delicious!

Pink Daisy
Belsazar Rose, elderflower cordial, grapefruit bitters & tonic

Hibiscus
Roku gin, lemon, hibiscus syrup & prosecco

Dragon Queen
Snow Queen vodka, lemon, dragon fruit syrup & egg white

French Martini
Ciroc black raspberry vodka, pineapple, gomme & raspberry




It's embarrassing how long it took me to realise that the sauce on top of this cocktail spelt out 'Sip' hahaha...
The service was so friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere of the bar in the evening was great! The music was great and it has a lively but relaxed vibe. I would certainly return to The Sipping Room as I had such a wonderful evening, in a beautiful location, with delicious food and drink, and all for an affordable price (especially for London...).


Yes, even the toilets are cute!
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