Joyful Antidotes

Ramblings on life from a simple girl

Restaurant Review: Play Off

I wasn’t sure up until this very moment whether to write this post or not, but as a burger lover who despairs at the vegetarian options that are sometimes offered, I thought it was worth a mention.


On Saturday, I found myself hungry in Potsdamer Platz while waiting for Mockingjay Part 1 to start. With two shopping centres and many restaurants in the surrounding area, it is not very hard to find something to eat at Potsdamer Platz. However, it can be difficult to find something that good quality and within a reasonable price range. Not taking into account fast food joints, you will find, like many other tourist areas in big cities, there are restaurants which will serve up any old slap for a high price to tourists they know will not return. Read more…

Review: Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness

If I said it here once, I must have said it a hundred times: I have really red and sensitive skin that can be a nightmare to buy products for, especially skin care. That is why I am such an advocate of Clinique and have been wearing their stuff for years. Their redness range works quite well with my skin, although I have realized in the past months that I am better off with a facial wash rather than a cream which requires cotton wool. So, when I saw the Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness, I knew I just had to give it a try.


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A Stroll Through Viktoriapark

I have been living in Berlin for 3 years now so it is safe to say that I am pretty familiar with the city at this stage. Saying that, Berlin encompasses such a huge space that, even after all this time, I am still discovering some new things to see and do. Beautiful Viktoriapark was one such place and I enjoyed a stroll through it last week on a crisp, sunny Sunday that only Berlin can do so well. I could ramble on for miles here reasoning with you why Viktoriapark is a great place to spend a few hours (the view is absolutely amazing for one), but I think a post like this really should leave the pictures do the talking.



It is in very few places that you can enjoy a view of Berlin such as this.

There are very few places where you can enjoy a view of Berlin such as this.

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Quick and Easy Guacamole Recipe

I have a quick little recipe for you today which is one of my favorite things to make – guacamole. I could eat this all day every day and feel every bit as satisfied as if I had an entire feast to divulge in. Once you have the ingredients, it can be easily prepared in less than 10 minutes as a side dish, topping or whatever you like! Read more…

25th Anniversary of the Fall of The Berlin Wall

This weekend, Berlin commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eight thousand white balloons were placed along sixteen kilometres where the wall once stood. The balloons were released into the air at 7pm last night (9th November). I was lucky enough to be standing at Bernauer Straße when this took place. It was a truly magical moment and a reminder that such struggles can someday be overcome. Here are some of my pictures of the weekend.


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Top Winter Lip Care Products

Jack Frost has made Berlin his home for the winter it seems. The friend of hats, scarves and gloves, but the foe of lips. Yes, Jack Frost has well and truly messed up my lips and I don’t believe he has even given a quarter of what he has to offer yet.

I tend to suffer with relatively dry skin anyway, but seem to be able to control it at least on my face throughout the year. My lips are another story. While there are some products which offer some relief and work to prevent an absolute catastrophe, they cannot be completely ‘heeled’ until summer is on its rounds again. I am sure that I am not the only person who suffers with this problem so I thought I would offer my two cents worth regarding which lip products are worth the investment this winter ( I say investment but neither of the products mentioned are expensive). Read more…

Just Another Manic Book Haul

Hi everyone! I am back again with another book haul. These types of posts, along with book reviews, are becoming quite frequent but I just seem to find myself flying through books at the moment. I expect to continue at this speed as the winter nights well and truly kick in and there is nothing better to do than snuggle up at home with a good book.

I have a bit of a strategy I follow when it comes to buying books. As much as I would love to get sucked up in chic lit all the time, I try to balance myself between fiction and non-fiction – it is hard to remember at times just how good a non-fiction book can be. So, when I order, I try to divide my purchases between fiction, non-fiction and classics. This is what I purchased in October! Read more…

Recipe: Red Lentil Soup

The cold weather is coming and it is time to move away from salads as the lunch time staple. At this time of the year I love trying my hand at some tasty soups and red lentil soup is one of my favourites at the moment.

As a pescatarian and a sometimes picky eater, I have to make sure that I get all the nutrients I need, especially as we are entering the months of colds and the flu. Red lentil soup is perfect for this as the lentils are packed full of protein (they are 26% protein in fact). They are also great in working towards good digestive health, increasing energy and stabilizing blood sugar, increasing energy and aiding weight loss.  Read more…

What You Need To Know About Owning A Cavalier King Charles

I have been sitting on this post for a number of weeks now simply because I couldn’t decide how to write the intro. After much pondering, I decided to produce it the same way I would any form of public speaking – short and sweet. So, here it goes.

Let’s begin by giving a little background on this post. Below are a picture of my dogs, Bella and Mona. They are both Cavalier King Charles. Bella is the mother and Mona is her daughter. They are the best dogs in the world. The sad part is that they live in Ireland and I only get to see them twice a year. For those of you who are wondering, because I have been asked this question before, they do remember me when I come home.

Bella is lying on the mat, and Mona on the tiles.

Bella is lying on the mat, and Mona on the tiles.

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Book Review: Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat: Secrets Of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen

I have been on a bit of a healthy eating kick these past few weeks, and have even joined a gym. There have been some ups and downs, and when I say ups and downs, I mean gorging on junk, but all in all, progress has been made.

I also have a bit of an obsession with food. I like to go to restaurants, to try to cook new meals, read food blogs and anything else you can think of in between. I also love Asian cuisine. So, when I saw the book ‘Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat: Secrets Of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen’ by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle , it sent out a shining beacon to me.


When I think back, I see that it was not quite clear to me what exactly I was expecting from this book. Most likely it was some tips I could incorporate to further improve my health and well-being. Instead, what I found was suggestions which I already knew deep down inside. Read more…

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