Monthly Archives: November 2012

Coffee in the city

Like millions (perhaps billions) of people around the world, I love coffee. Like millions of people around the world, I probably drink too much. Living in Spain is a coffee lover’s dream, as the quality of coffee available everywhere from tiny bars and petrol stations is perfect. Fresh, strong, perfectly brewed, consistent and incredibly cheap.

The only fault I can find isn’t even concerning the coffee, it’s the UHT milk. It has a distinctive taste that can’t be overlooked, fresh milk is always better. Of course, this is merely a matter of opinion! Since the coffee is so good here, it would be nearly impossible (and pointless) to review the best place to get coffee here, since the answer is everywhere.

Being a Dublin native, we don’t experience the same luxury (Although we do have plenty of other things to offer!). Dublin coffee is expensive and watered down in many places, but we do have a few treasures.

I created a website for a college assignment featuring some of the best coffee houses in Dublin. Here’s the link if you’re interested.

Happy Sunday!

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Avocado, the fruitful fruit.

There is no denying it. Avocados are delicious and satisfying, not to mention highly addictive. It’s a glorious thing to find enjoyment in something that’s incredibly good for you, without holding your nose and swallowing it down. (Cabbage, I’m looking at you.)

This magical fruit is like nature’s butter, with a long list of health benefits thrown in for good measure. Avocado contains over 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B and C and E, copper, phosphorus, iron, and potassium. These little guys help lower cholesterol, promote eye health, maintain a healthy heart, contain anti-aging properties, aid nutrient absorption, make skin and hair glow…so on and so forth.

On the topic of shiny hair, there are countless websites that post about using avocados in a homemade hair mask to do just that…and it really, truly works! Over at Lauren Conrad & Co.’s ‘The Beauty Department’, they posted a simple recipe that can be followed by anyone, which only takes a couple of minutes, half a ripe avocado and some olive oil. You can find the post here.

Here are a few extra tips not mentioned in many posts online that might help when applying your mask, from personal experience:

  • It goes without saying that you need a whisk to make this mask. Just make sure there are no lumps whatsoever in your mixture as not only will it get caught in your hair no matter how much you try to scrub it out, it will also get stuck in your shower drain!

 

  • If you have very fine hair, don’t do the mask before a night out. The olive oil weighs it down and it will be difficult to style afterward.

 

  • If you plan on leaving it in for some time and washing it out later, make sure you cover your shoulders if you have sensitive skin. Although avocado is a super fruit, it does irritate skin and make it itchy/red.

 

  • Wrapping your hair in an old t-shirt works a lot better than a shower cap. Shower caps are normally made of plastic, and get hot, soft and slightly melty when you blast them with a hairdryer. Stick to the t-shirt and you’ll get better results.

Enjoy your mirror shine hair!

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