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How to make the perfect coffee at home

Covid-19 pandemic has certainly raised a lot of issues in our personal lives and how we must adapt to our brave new world of social distancing and personal health responsibilities. The coverage of the Pandemic has been pretty damning but out of all of this confusion and doubt, the discovery of new interests and home bound pursuits has enabled some of us to appreciate the simpler things in life. One such thing is refining the quality of our consumptions at home to replicate what is missing from our daily lives like that perfect coffee from your local barrister.  But just how do you make that perfect coffee in the comfort of your home?

Dig out that old French coffee press at the back end of your kitchen cupboard. Make sure to give it a proper soak in soapy water first otherwise you will find a musky tang to your taste of coffee.

Select a decent fair trade and versatile coffee in your online shopping order. Something graded at a strength value of at least 4 and that is compatible for French press or cafeterias will do just fine! If you already own a coffee grinder, ordering wholesale beans from fair trade coffee dealers is the best way to ensure an ethical and top quality product.

Of course which type of coffee bean you use if up to your taste preference but for sake of clarity, the Guatemalan Coffee Bean is known for its balance between smooth chocolatey taste and rich acidic bite. This makes for a well-rounded morning pick me up! 

Put the kettle on filled with some filtered tap water preferably. For a full 500ml coffee brew, add 4 heaped spoons of your selected coffee into the French Press pot. Wait for the kettle to boil and then let it rest for 3-4 minutes. Pouring boiling hot water directly onto of your coffee will scald it and result in a burnt taste to the brew.

Fill the water to just below the upper part of the handle and place the lid on top of the pot with the plunging stick fully extended upwards to allow the coffee sieve to sit just above the water line of the brewing coffee. Allow for 7-8 minutes for the coffee to percolate with the hot water. Having a tea towel or even tin foil wrapped around the coffee pot is ensures the water temperature doesn’t reduce significantly, affecting the brewing process.

Meanwhile, pour 2 cm of semi skimmed milk with a light dash of honey and heat in the microwave for 20 secs. This is the optimum amount and time before the milk starts to skin or boil. Briskly whisk with a fork after microwaving to ensure all honey is fully mixed.

Coffee is brewed! Press the plunger gently down and ensure the spout is aligned with the clearway of the lid moulding and pour on top of your heated milk and stir. The perfect cup served at drinking temperature! 

Bethnal Green – London’s Cool Side

Bethnal Green is one of the coolest suburbs you will find in the capital city. Here you’ll be able to discover a diverse local population, swanky shops, traditional pubs and lots of hip looking people swaggering around.

If you book escorts in Bethnal green, here are so awesome ways to spend your time together.

Go Back In Time

If you fancy a trip down memory lane to remember a time in your life when everything was so simple and innocent then you should pay a visit to the V&A Museum of Childhood. You will of course be sharing the museum with lots of kids but it’s a place where you really do get to step back in time. Feel like a kid again when you gaze upon wind up cars, old board games that you’d forgotten about, beautiful dolls houses and the treasured handhelds such as the gameboy. The building itself is something to behold because the architecture is fantastic – it was opened way back in the 1870s and still keeps many of the original designs.

Get Floral

In a big city you can sometimes be forgiven that there are plenty of streets to wander down. The best one for me is Columbia Road which is best known for it’s colourful flower market. Every Sunday the road is a wash with colour and floral aromas. It’s a great place for a date because you can take lots of pictures and if it’s going well buy your date a rose or two. Once you’ve finished the flowers you can check out the clique vintage shops and boutiques.

The Kitty Cafe

The first time I walked past this place I had to do a double take, there really was a kitty in the window! Yes, the shop does have a cat in the window but it is not just any shop. Lady Dinah’s is the first of its kind in London, it serves up traditional English tea with cats to put and keep you company. All of the cats here have been reduced , so take full advantage of this unique experience and book yourself a 90 minute slot. I highly recommend the afternoon tea here, it’s a winner on any date! If that wasn’t impressive enough, Lady Dinah’s is partners with the Luminary Bakery, this awesome place gives opportunities to vulnerable women looking to make a new start.

What are your recommendations for a date in Bethnal Green? I’d love to hear all about your ides, tips and experiences. Just pop your thoughts down in the comment section below.

Great Tips To Save Money On Flights

I love saving money when I am buying things. For some unknown reason I find that saving money on flights is really fulfilling.


I think the explanation for this is because the amount of money you can save is usually over a hundred dollars, in some cases it can be huge! It could also be that special offers and deals are only available for a short space of time, it kind of feels like winning a raffle when you book one in time.


However you explain why it feels so good to save money on flights, here are some really great tips that you should try before you book a flight. They’ve worked for me over the years, so give them a try and let me know how you go.


Check out other airports

A lot of people don’t realise that you can save a few hundred bucks just by choosing to fly out of a different airport. The airport may be a couple of hours away but if it means that you have a few hundred dollars in your wallet it could well be worth your time. The savings apply to both international and domestic routes.


Things to weigh up when choosing different airports are costs that you’ll incur; parking, petrol and time. I personally do not mind traveling an extra hour or two if I save over a hundred dollars per flight, especially when I’m buying tickets for my whole family.


Be flexible

I recently booked a flight with go air for my holiday and found that by changing the date, by a day or two, saved me money. If you use a good search engine it will tell you the different cost per day. You’ll notice that the price of a flight can double from day-to-day.


If you can hold on and change your dates by more than a month you will be able to avoid traveling during peak times, such as school holidays. This is very important when you’re planning to fly overseas.


One-way or return?

On the whole I find that booking a return flight is the cheapest option. However, with the rise of budget airlines these days, they usually sell you 2 one way tickets when you’re booking a return. So it can be beneficial to book each leg with a different airline. Always do a search for 2 one way tickets before confirming the return booking with your airline.


Have you saved money on flights in the past? I would love to hear about your experiences and tips. I think it is great when we, as a travel community, can share what works for us so that others can save money. Just pop your thoughts in the comment section below – I’m looking forward seeing what you have to share.


Will The New Recreational Laws In LA Affect Marijuana Delivery?

With these new recreational laws going into effect, how is it going to change the game? As of right now, the delivery game has been strictly medical cannabis related, despite what type it comes in (edibles, concentrates, etc.), and has had its fair regulations on it. With adult-use marijuana delivery coming into play, we could be seeing an entirely new set of standards on medical delivery as well.


What Does Adult-Use Cannabis Delivery in Los Angeles Mean For Me?


It means a lot of things. For instance, you’ll be seeing a lot more branded delivery vehicles out on the streets, and the industry is going to boom for job seekers. It’s still up for debate how much of a good thing this is (it’s absolutely a step in the right direction, but it’s going to take some getting used to). Industry giants are going to pop up like weeds (pun intended) and corner in on the game, especially with L.A. becoming the newest player.


States like New Hampshire and Alaska are coming through on recreational reform as well, allowing citizens over the age of 21 to purchase recreational marijuana through delivery services. We could be seeing a lot of the same laws from those states being applied to Los Angeles while this trend continues to sprout all across California, and that could be a very good thing.


The country tends to look at Los Angeles for a lot of things; it’s the frontstage for a lot of activist activity, and the introduction of adult-use marijuana delivery services is certainly going to be on the news and front pages for a while. Is the industry going to be affected in L.A.? Absolutely. Is it going to be an all-positive thing? Let’s see how January goes first and go from there.


The best hiking shoes – my advice

There are fewer things that put you in touch with nature quite like a good hike and I have spent at least 2 or 3 weeks each year for the  last 10, on hiking trips around the world. I love to explore anyway and hiking enables you the complete freedom to discover the world around you in a way that car, bike and air travel simply cannot.

I always focus very heavily on what I buy when it comes to my hiking equipment and after many years of making mistakes in terms of what I took with me, I now have this down to a fine art. One such decision that I always find tough, is which hiking shoes to buy and it has only been very recently that I have got this decision just right. If you are in the market for some hiking shoes, here are the most important things that you need to consider before you even look at brands or models.


Picking the size of your hiking shoes is not like when you shop for trainers or boots, where you can give yourself a little leeway, hiking shoes have to be just right. If you allow for space at the front or the sides then your feet will be moving around a great deal as you walk and this means blisters, something which could potentially ruin your trip altogether. If you have hiking shoes which are too tight, you will do terrible damage to your feet and end up with any number of problems. The reason why this is so difficult to gauge is that as you walk, your feet will swell so you must have a little bit of room free to allow for this. Try to find hiking boots which have around 0.5 centimeter of space on each side, this should be enough to give you feet space to swell and avoid them being too loose.


Honestly, unless you are an Instagrammer looking for likes, leave the fashion choices at the door when you are picking your hiking boots. First of all you will usually find that the prettier the boots, the worse that they are and it is far better to focus on practicality rather than fashion. The second point to make is that even if you get some beautiful boots which fit like a glove, they won’t stay beautiful for very long once you hit the mud, dust and water.

Tough Decisions

When you are hiking, your feet are the most important part of the operation and you should look after them at all costs. If you have spent a pretty penny on some comfortable and durable hiking boots, and then after your first hike you realize that they are not suited to you, it is time to sell them. This is not easy to accept but the truth is that you don’t know how good the boots are until you have tested them. If you are not ruthless in this decision, you will only cause yourself more problems in the future.

Spend time on making the right choice and accept that you may not get it right first time.


Why I could live in Costa Rica

Last year I went with some buddies on a surf tour around Costa Rica and I immediately fell in love with the place. I know that this may sound as though I had  good time on my vacation and therefore think I could live there but the truth is that I saw more than enough of how this place works and operates, to believe that I could comfortably set up home there.

There are many ex-pats living throughout Costa Rica, they all seem to be very happy with their decision to move and here is why I think that I could comfortably join them one day.


The biggest draws of the country is the incredible nature which they have on offer and what I loved about it in particular was that it exists everywhere. I know that ‘nature’ exists everywhere but I am talking about incredible and varied natural settings which you find throughout Costa Rica. You don’t have to go very far to find yourself in the thick of the rainforest, surrounded by indigenous wildlife and miles away from the ‘real world’.


The weather here is pretty much always hot and sunny and even though there is a bit of humidity, I could definitely get used to the hot climate here. We did get caught in one rainstorm during our time here and when it rains, it really rains, I think however that the infrequent nature of the rain means that it would never really cause a problem.


The Costa Rican government really do have eco-friendliness on their minds and the country is around 80% efficient, way more than any other country in the world. I am very environmentally conscious myself and I think that this way of life could really be attractive to someone like me. I love the fact that this is something which exists throughout the country and their focus on conservation and bio-diversity is something which makes the country highly appealing.


Not only is this one of the best countries in the world that I have ever surfed in, it is also jam-packed with lots of other activities and for someone like me, this is absolutely perfect. I love the great outdoors and whether I am kayaking, climbing, caving or surfing, these kids of activities really make me happy. I love the wide range of activities that exist here and if I were to live here, I would most certainly spend a lot of my time getting active around the country.


If I were to bring my wife and young child down here I would need to ensure that they would be safe and the crime figures in Costa Rica most definitely suggest that they would be. I have rarely seen or heard about any high crime rates here and I felt extremely safe throughout my time in the country. Sometimes one needs to be a little pragmatic and safety is a high concern for anyone with a family, thankfully this seems like a really safe and secure nation.