Some of you may have been wondering where I was the past weeks, while other probably do not give a hoot. Nevertheless, if you choose to carry on reading this post, you will find out what I was up to.
This is the anticlimactic part for those of you who have made it to the second paragraph – I was on holidays. No surprise there in July. I was in London for just under a week, and spent a week at home in Berlin with my sister and her boyfriend. The activities carried out in the last two weeks were enough to keep me away from Joyful Antidotes, but were also enough to provide me with fresh meat to post here. So let’s get started with some snippets from my time in London! Continue reading →
If there was one brand I was dying to throw my money on when I got to London, it was Rimmel. Berlin can satisfy my cosmetic needs in so many ways, but on the Rimmel front it really leaves me down. Sigh. I guess it gives me something to look forward to buying when I go on trips to London and back to Ireland though. Anyway, less of the moaning and on to the good stuff: the Volume Flash Scandaleyes Mascara.
Beauty blogs. We read them for reviews on makeup, shampoos, perfumes and all other delights that leave us looking and smelling better. But like every topic in life, we as humans don’t like to get down to the reality of an issue. Today my friends, I am going there. I am going to talk about the not so glamorous topic of deodorant.
Let’s face it, we all sweat. Some worse than others, and all of us that bit worse during the summer. Human nature cannot be argued with at times, but we do have ways to fight against it. Deodorant! Without getting into too much gruesome detail, I looked for quite some time to find a deodorant suitable for me. Nivea, Dove, Adidas – none of them left me feeling with that wonderful dry feeling they promised. That was until I found Sure!
When I decided to cut meat out of my diet worry circulated amongst others. Would I be able to stay healthy? How would I get my protein and iron? Admittedly, this was a fact which worried me also, and which led to my decision to become a pescatarian rather than a vegetarian. I was also known for being a fussy eater in my younger years, and even at a later stage in life. I guess until it became embarrassing to leave vegetables behind on the plate. I didn’t even eat pizza until I was 16 and that is one of the greatest junk foods alive! Nevertheless, approximately one and a half years into my new lifestyle choice, I am healthy and enjoying my new widespread taste palate. Some people are shocked to see the types of foods I eat now and I am proud to have turned my eating habits around. I know I am not alone in regards to restricted eating and thought I would share some tips with you as to how I expanded my food horizons. Continue reading →
I am a sucker for a good burger and a cartload of fries. Whenever I am in need of some comfort (also hangover) food, this is exactly what I go for. When I first moved to Berlin it was rather difficult, in my opinion, to find a burger and fries which really hit the spot. It can be even more difficult to find a burger joint that do a decent veggie burger, that is, one that is not a soggy, greasy mess. It is hard to convince people that a vegetarian burger is worthy of the status when lumps of carrots and peas in a bun is your only defense. All that is changing now though and Berlin is becoming a burger heaven.
I have a list of burger places that I want to try because I am a nerd in certain ways. Yesterday, I ticked Tommi’s Burger Joint off my list. The vast number of good reviews, and its closeness to where I live, had put this place on my want list since the day it opened. I was also attracted to its old school McDonald’s menu. As you can see from the picture below, there are not many options on offer at Tommi’s. This is not a problem though as what is lacking in choice, is made up for more than enough by the quality of the food.
This is not a picture of the Berlin menu. However, the prices are more or less the same. The Berlin menu can be viewed at http://burgerjoint.de/. Photo via FlickrCC.
Friday the 13th is a day which fills many people with dread. Not me however. I was born on the 13th, not a Friday, but still on a date that most people consider unlucky. The ‘luck of the Irish’ keeps me balanced though no major disasters yet, tip wood (I never said I wasn’t totally superstitious). But on Friday the 13th, 2014, a certain type of fear was bubbling up inside me; the fear that The Fault In Our Stars movie would not be as good as the book.
If you haven’t heard of The Fault In Our Stars by now you must be on another planet and I refuse to support your ignorance so you must go and find a synopsis yourself. Any TFIOS fanatics who have found me, welcome. I will save you the anticipation of waiting until the end of the post to let you know that it was truly awesome and totally in tune with the book. Continue reading →
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
For that simple reason, I cannot be without a book in my life. Even if they rustle up emotions in me that have me mourning a character as deeply as if they had been a living, breathing person. Luckily, they can also instill feelings inside me that I can take on the world. I just need to find the right book.
Usually, I just read any book which comes my way. Sometimes they are recommendations, and other times they are books I have been longing to read for ages. Other times they are found in the bargain baskets of local bookshops. While the latter is a good option economically, it can also result in wasting my time turning the pages of truly awful books. So, when the time came a few weeks ago to restock my library, I took the time to really think about what I wanted to read. I had been making a list of books which had caught my attention, and choose selectively from this long list of titles. Others where beauties I just happened to stumble by. The bookworm inside me cannot wait to get stuck into these, but first, for my fellow reading enthusiasts, a haul! Continue reading →
Those who know me are probably sick and tired of me moaning about clothes. In fact, I have done it on here a couple of times too. I did that post where I grieved over being too old for the clothes in Forever 21, for instance. I also wrote a number of posts where I bragged how I was going to find a new style and change my wardrobe, but of course, none of that never happened.
Last year I read ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin (check the archives for a series of posts about it). One thing Gretchen suggests is getting rid of any clothes which no longer fit, of that you haven’t worn in ages, and are likely to never wear again. At that time, I did get rid of some clothes. I guess I am a hoarder at heart though because there were many ill-fitting and/or old pieces that I just could not let go of. The psychologist inside me reckons that one other reason behind this is that I was attaching these close to memories and a different version of myself. However, the past is the past and will never become the future again. This means it is time to let go of the old me and embrace the person I have become. One way I doing this is by dumping a lot of clothes out. Continue reading →
When my time in Berlin is over (if that ever happens) one thing I will be forever thankful for is how it has allowed me to become more open to other cultures. I used to think I knew a lot about other cultures when I still lived in Ireland, but in reality I was quite ignorant. Not that there is anything wrong with loving your own culture and being content in what it offers, I think I was just too immersed in Ireland and being Irish.
A few years before I left was when many Eastern Europeans and African nationals began moving to Ireland. I worked with some lovely people from these countries and thought my friendliness and the few off questions about their homeland was enough. Not really when they tried so hard to fit in with us. As much as we probably hate to admit it, we are Europeans now. It has its ups and downs I am sure some will argue, but it has opened up many doors for us in the sense of learning more about our neighbours, their customs and traditions. This is a great opportunity for those who have the interest.
Food is pretty much a recurring theme on this blog at this stage. I am surprised really that it hasn’t been the dominant topic on here much sooner as I am CONSTANTLY thinking of food. I am one of those people who are eating dinner in the evening and thinking about what to eat the next day. One of my most favourite (and saddest) games is to look up the menus of restaurants I may potentially go to and decide what I would choose from the menu. Luckily I will not bore you with the results of such a weird pastime here, nor will I share with you any cooking attempts or disasters. Instead I see this post as an emotional outreach to my fellow Irish expats. This post will be dedicated to the foods I miss from home.
Recently I came to the conclusion that I don’t really miss food from home anymore. But I was wrong. I do. Not all of it but quite a number of things. Luckily I have a wonderful friend named Helen who was able to come to Berlin with a few treats, namely Lucozade, Tayto and mushy peas, to tide me through until I return home in August to restock. Find the wonderful Helen over at: www.anseo-a-mhuinteoir.com. You can buy Tayto online (here) but the delivery price can be a bit steep and it is only from the Northern Ireland factory. I thought you could buy them from the Republic but I cannot see this option online anymore. Correct me if I am wrong and send me the link!
You just can’t live your life without a stinky bag of cheese and onion Tayto once in a while.