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3 Reasons To Visit Beautiful Bordeaux

I recently had the absolute pleasure of spending a week in Bordeaux in the South West of France. It did not disappoint me and I wanted to share a few reasons why you should head to Bordeaux for your next trip. Aside from being affordable to get to and having a range of accommodation solutions it is less than 2 hours away from London.

The Wine

Bordeaux is renowned for its wines and vineyards. There is an air of sophistication around the region and yet it is still so down to earth and accessible. There is none of the elitist sentiment that might make some people feel uncomfortable about visiting a wine region or learning about wine. I visited a beautiful vineyard called Chateau Pape Clement which hosts a range of vineyard tours. You can also find wine at a varity of prices to suit all budgets in wine shops, bistrots and restaurants.  I would highly recommend that you visit La Cite du Vin which is an interactive wine museum and is worth spending at least half a day in. You will learn the history of wine and even get a chance to taste some wine. Whether you love wine or simply want to learn more about wine Bordeaux is the place for you.

Wine in the vaults at Pape Clement

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La Cite Du Vin

At La Cite du Vin

The Food

There is such a wide variety of food to choose from in Bordeaux. It is a diverse and welcoming city so you will find cuisine from across the globe, not just French cuisine and there is something to suit all tastes. I would encourage you to explore the variety of restaurants near Rue Sainte-Catherine (a major shopping area), if you use that as your central location point you can wander around the backstreets of the city and pick and choose. I would also recommend that you try one of Bordeaux’s famous “Canelés de Bordeaux” which are small cakes filled with rum and vanilla interior enclosed with a caramelised shell.

Canelé de Bordeaux in the park

Oyster in Bordeaux

Oyster in Bordeaux

creperie

Crepe from a local creperie

Thai food in Pitaya

Pad Thai on the streets of Bordeaux

The Sights

There is just so much to see, you don’t even have to know the history of the city to appreciate the beauty of the city. Just wander around and pause to enjoy your surroundings. From the beautiful buildings to the gorgeous public park there is something for everyone. I would definitely recommend that you take the public transport river boat to explore the length of the River Garonne.

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Park in Bordeaux

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There is so much to do in and around Bordeaux. A weeks travel card is less than £12 (at time of publishing) and you can use it on the tram, bus and boat. The weather was great, travelling between April-October you will find really warm/hot conditions. The city is also in a great geographical location, only a few hours drive from Spain, the Pyrenes Mountains are nearby for those who like to ski and you have the sea less than one hour away perfect for beach lovers and there is also a Lake in Bordeaux for those of you who are water babies.

Book yourself a trip to Bordeaux, keep your mind open and explore this treasure of a place and I am sure you will have an amazing time.

The Bothy

The Bothy Brings A New Style of Riverside Dining and Drinks To Canary Wharf

Drake & Morgan’s most anticipated bar-restaurant, The Bothy has launched in West India Quay, Canary Wharf and brings with it a new style of dining and drinks to East London. Whether you’re looking for an alfresco lunch, to unwind after work or kick-start the weekend in style, The Bothy. Althought British Summers aren’t always predicitable it’s good to know that there will be a new venue at which to soak up some rays and enjoy drinks from what has been tagged as London’s largest terrace bar, complete with the summer’s drink du jour – the frosé, wine slushie.

Spread over two floors, The Bothy is housed in a Grade II listed wharf warehouse and is filled with original features including dark timbers, flagstone flooring and structural steel beams, but it’s the small things that set this bar apart from its counterparts. Carefully curated touches echo Drake & Morgan’s unique style: contemporary furniture, soft caramel details, feature candelabras and eye-catching artwork all set an inviting tone for business breakfasts, laid-back lunches and post-work cocktails.

The Bothy’s extensive menu is smart and sophisticated with stylish small plates like broad bean and ricotta on toast with lemon and mint, main courses such as half roast chicken with chimichurri and a range of superfood salads, but it’s far from sanctimonious. The Bothy also serves up loaded wagyu burgers, buttermilk chicken and steaks. There’s also an extensive brunch menu complete with classic Full English (or Full Veggie); avocado on sourdough with chilli and poached eggs; and buttermilk chicken waffle with avocado, sour cream, jalapeno and chilli maple syrup. The menu sounds delicious and we’re sure it will bring pleasure and delight to everyone who walks through the doors! We can’t wait to visit!

The Bothy

The Bothy

16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London, E14 4AX

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Mr Lee’s Noodles – Healthy Gourmet Noodles In A Cup

Review by Lola Agondogo-Hegba

Mr Lee’s noodles come in 6 flavours, in both meat and the vegetable varieties:

  • Hong Kong Street Beef
  • Tai Chi Chicken
  • Dragon Fire Mushroom
  • Penang Chicken Curry Laksa
  • Shaolin Monk Vegetable
  • Warrior Fighting Shrimp

Mr Lee's Noodles

Each pot is generously filled with noodles, meat, seafood or vegetables, I only had to add water to prepare the soup. The noodles are translucent, rice noodles,  which I had never eaten before.

In terms of preparation: You might want to try to cook the noodles for a little more time than suggested otherwise they will taste a bit “al dente”. I had to leave the noddles to soak for little longer then the recommended 3 minutes, I allowed the noodles to soak for 4-5 minutes in boiling water in order to soften the noodles.


In terms of taste: The rice noodles don’t really have a taste without being prepared properly because all the flavour is in the soup so make sure you combine the noodles thoroughly.  The soup is not fatty or oily at all which is great although I found that it lacked a little bit of salt (although in health terms this is good thing). The soup is rich and packed full of vegetables which is great! The next time I eat my Mr Lee’s Noodle I might add a touch of soy sauce to give the soup a little more of an authentic Asian taste which I felt it lacked. That being said my favourite flavour was the Penang Chicken Curry Laksa which was really wholesome and the spices made up for the lack of salt.

Mr Lee's Noodles Mr Lee's Noodles

In terms of health: The noodles are high in nutrients as they use freeze-dried ingredients instead of the more popular (cheaper) dehydrated option. They have absolutely no artificial preservatives, additives, colours, flavours or MSG. The noodles are also one of the lowest in salt, saturated fats and calories cup noodles in the market which explains why I could taste the lack of salt and why I am aware that it is a much healthier ready meal alternative.

Mr Lee’s noodles are overall a good tasty meal with generous size portions, easy to make and exceptionally healthy for all the family. Mr Lee’s Noodles has been selected as the only food & beverage business to be listed in the new multi-government initiative “Your Parent Guide” which is given to new parents in 2017. There are 16 pages out of the 80 page guide dedicated to healthy eating and exclusively lists Mr Lee’s as the ideal meal for parents when tired or stressed due to their low sugar and salt content, and no additives – http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/ad61bf2a#/ad61bf2a/50.

For stockist information and where to buy: https://www.mrleesnoodles.com/noodles/