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Chicken and vegetables stir-fry

A few weeks ago, we got a wok. I know, so 2002!  But hey, we are usually late to all the parties. So during the last rainy weekends we’ve been experimenting with some recipes and we have finally created our own. It’s delicious, quite healthy and low in carbohydrates, so you won’t feel guilty eating a nice chocolatey pudding afterwards (the purpose of all our low in carbohydrates recipes). You will need: 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces 1 big red pepper, finely sliced 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 small head of broccoli, cut into small florets Lots of mushrooms, finely sliced 2 spring onions, finely sliced 2 cloves of garlic 2 red chillies, finely sliced Extra virgin olive oil Sesame oil Soya sauce Salt Fresh coriander (to taste) Heat one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in your wok. Season the chicken with a pinch of salt, then add to the wok and stir-fry until it’s golden. Remove from the wok and reserve. Now heat one tablespoon of extra virgin olive …

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Beauty basics

Even though we love discovering new beauty products, there are a bunch of items that we’ve been using for years. We are extremely loyal to them and while we love watching You Tube videos or Instagram mini-tutorials about fascinating, new beauty launches, the truth is that we always go back to our basics. In fact, we bet that every woman has her beauty basics, those no one talks about, those products that aren’t fancy but give her that special scent that identifies her, that beautiful shine in her hair or the softness of her skin. Those little things that make us… us. In my case, that’s the Irresistibly Smooth Nivea body lotion, the light blue one as I always call it. It has changed its name and packing during the last few years but the lotions is always the same: lighter than the original Nivea body lotion and softer, with a warmer scent. In fact, that’s the scent most people identifies me with. It’s great for dry skin and its non greasy formula makes it fantastic …

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Moodboard: Tallinn

We probably shouldn’t say this, since this is (partially) a travel blog, but this year doesn’t look very promising travel-wise. You can say that life has gotten in the way of our exploring plans and we are in a travel limbo. We hope we can squeeze some weekend getaways in our schedule, though. The main problem that we face when planning weekends away is transport. Since there are not many direct flights available from/to our city, the possibilities for a quick weekend away are very limited. And before you ask us: what about trains? No, German trains are not an option. We love travelling by train as long as it’s not German. So when you have just a few destinations to choose from, you start thinking about places you’d never thought of before. Like Tallinn, for instance. And since there is a direct flight to Tallinn that makes a Friday to Sunday trip possible, we are seriously considering give it a go this Spring. Have you ever visited Tallinn? If you have, tips and recommendations …

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The slow-paced weekend guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is fun, real fun. It’s a city to enjoy on foot up and down those beautiful hills that instantly put you in a good mood in spite of the usually terrible weather. The charming at day but enveloped in mystery at night cobblestone streets are full of history, there is a fantastic place to grab a drink or a bite in almost every corner and the city has a terrific cultural life. Squeezing all that Edinburgh has to offer in a couple of days could be difficult (and stressful), so take it easy, try to focus on having a good time and follow these tips to enjoy a wonderful slow-paced weekend in Edinburgh.    HOW TO GET THERE The Edinburgh airport is perfectly connected to the city by bus and tram. The tram takes a little bit longer and cost a tad more but the ride is smoother. Whatever you choose you won’t need more than half an hour to be in Princess Street with the Old Town standing majestically to your right and …

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10 Instagram accounts to follow if you love Copenhagen

This time of the year is a wonderful moment to visit Copenhagen. It may sound strange but this is the best season to experience the über famous hygge at its best. The city is quiet and extremely cold, but the dusty pastel colours of the buildings and the candle lights shining in almost every window make the atmosphere almost magical. There is also a very important reason to plan a Copenhagen getaway before the Spring comes: the black kale with fried egg and sorrel at Geist. We’ve mentioned it a few times already, we know, but allow us to insist: it’s absolutely delicious. So in case you dare to visit Copenhagen in Winter or if, like us, you are charmed by this city, here you have 10 Instagram accounts to follow and discover the best places to eat, see and visit. @conpenhagenblible: gorgeous landscapes and top views @copenhagenart: for artsy shots of the city @livefromcopenhagen: cool everyday life in Copenhagen @copenhagenurbanadventures: small and private tours to discover the city as a local @madaboutcopenhagen: beautiful stories …

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Only You Atocha, Madrid

Last Summer we had the pleasure to stay at the extremely beautiful Only You Boutique hotel in Madrid (read our review here). We really loved the service, the decor and the location, so when we found out that they were opening a new hotel in Madrid we were intriged and decided to book a couple of nights at Only You Atocha last December. Spoiler alert: it’s fantastic.   The style of both hotels is completely different yet the attention to detail is equally outstanding. Only You Boutique is sophisticated, calm and offers a flawless atmosphere, while Only You Atocha feels more masculine, cosmopolitan  and spirited. The vibe is clearly inspired in New York, in fact during this year they will open different pop-ups in the hotel (restaurants, cocktail bars etc) to bring the Big Apple closer to Madrid.   The big lobby is one of the things we loved the most: as soon as you enter the hotel you can feel the relax vibes and the lively (not noisy) character of the hotel. You will …

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The slow-paced weekend guide to Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of those postcard perfect little villages that comes in to your mind whenever you think about Christmas, Winter wonderlands or romcoms that take place in charming mountain retreats. But actually Cortina d’Ampezzo is better than all that because it’s real:  the chalets, the light green pointed bell tower, the twisting mountain roads surrounded by green meadows and dense woods, those impressive, magnificent mountains that border the landscape… We live the whole year waiting for that first crisp, pine scented, invigorating deep breath that we take the moment we arrive.   HOW TO GET THERE Cortina is located a two hour car ride away from Venice Airport. Remember to book your seat on the right side of the plane to see the majestic Venice from your window. If a thick matted wool like fog doesn’t interfere with your landing, that is. Once in Venice, you can take the Cortina Express or de ATVO regional buses. Both have a very convenient stop at Venice airport. You can always rent a car (the roads are …

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Top gourmet moments 2016

This year we’ve had pretty amazing meals: we’ve gone back to our favourite restaurants, like Geist in Copenhagen or Vista in Portimao, we’ve discovered new places, like The Dogs in Edinburgh and we’ve cooked some remarkable recipes that are now on repeat in our kitchen. We love food so we can’t finish the year without a compilation of our favourite gourmet moments. We started the year with the unbelievably good black kale with fried egg and sorrel at Geist, in Copenhagen. If you need a reason to visit Copenhagen in Winter, there you have it.   We discovered a great pizza place in London, Homeslice. Maybe our favourite pizza in London?  Perfect to share with friends and located in the heart of Neil’s Yard. The whole menu at Vista restaurant deserves a visit to Portimao. Oh, and the cauliflower cream of the room service at Belavista Hotel (home to the Vista restaurant) is one of the best dishes we’ve ever eaten! In July we devoured the best paella in the world at La Pepica, in …

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Top travel moments 2016

The year is coming to an end and it’s time to look back. Instead of making a compilation of our trips this year, we wanted to revisit those special moments that we’ve experienced. Those instants, minutes or tiny lapses of time when we forgot everything else and felt truly happy. The feelings that are worth the trouble, the reasons why travel heals your soul… The moment we entered our cosy apartment in Copenhagen after a whole day of exploring in January. That satisfaction of discovering new places and being awfully but happily tired with red, burning ears from the freezing wind. The moment we saw the most wonderfully starry sky in Mallorca, which took us completely by surprise and made us remember, both with joy and sadness, those who were not with us anymore. The moment we couldn’t stop laughing during our walk on the Thames Path with our friends after a wonderful brunch in a local cafe. We catched our breath, looked up and saw a wonderful view of the city on one side …

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Afternoon tea at The Howard, Edinburgh

We love everything British, but Afternoon Tea really deserves a honourable mention. All kind of treats, sweet and savoury, served in beautiful china together with a comforting hot beverage and surrounded by a cosy atmopshere? That is heaven in our books. We’ve already shared with you our wonderful stay at The Howard Hotel in Edinburgh, but we wanted to dedicate a special post to the lovely Afternoon tea we enjoyed in the drawing room of the hotel. With only 14 places available, this Afternoon Tea is an absolutely relaxing, unique, memorable experience. Like everything in this hotel, the menu was traditional but had a few twists that made it even more delicious. Surrounded by tartan, served by the lovely team of butlers of The Howard, with a wonderful soundtrack which included the theme song of Downton Abbey (they got me right at that moment) we enjoyed one of the most relaxing afternoons we’ve had in a very long time. We found the selection of sandwiches and savoury treats particularly delicate and enticing. Our favourites were the …