Archive for February, 2013

Win a pair of Yurbuds Sports Earphones!

February 15, 2013


Yurbuds, maker of the sport earphones guarenteed not to fall out, have teamed up with What’s On 4 Me to offer one lucky winner a pair of these fantastic sport earphones.

Each yurbuds earphone model is designed to contour to the human ear for perfect comfort ergonomics and premium sound quality, even while in motion. The ultimate training accessory, yurbuds are sweat proof, water resistant and provide ambient noise protection allowing outside sounds to be better heard.

When in training, athletes often turn to their music to drive themselves forward; yurbuds are committed to motivating and inspiring all fitness enthusiasts through their earphones. Constantly evolving to meet the needs of every customer, from
the endurance athlete to the more casual user, yurbuds understand that no two ears are the same prompting the company to launch their top ranges in UK, experience the soft silicone and twist-lock technology to ensure a pitch perfect run without the worry of your earphones falling out or hurting.

One lucky What’s On 4 Me fan can win a pair of yurbuds sports earphones.

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SOUP YOUR WAY TO A SENSUOUS VALENTINES NIGHT

February 10, 2013

Anyone who has lovingly prepared food for another knows its potential power. Silky-smooth and sensually-satisfying is the way to go for a hot Valentines night this year and Lobster Bisque is hard to beat, say nutritionist and author, Fiona Kirk.

As far back as the late 1800s, the aphrodisiac powers of seafood were championed, which is easy to understand as it’s got the lot. It is a rich source of iron which increases blood flow to our sex organs, zinc which increases the production of testosterone, the ‘libido lifter’ in both males and females, Omega 3 fats which boost our mood and iodine which makes us feel vivacious and ready for whatever the night might have in store!

This slightly extravagant soup takes a little time to prepare but right from the first spoonful you just know that your efforts were worth it and the rest of the evening is going to take you and your valentine into a very good place.

Lobster Bisque

Enough for 2 with plenty left over for a late night snack!

Steam 2 lobster tails (frozen is fine as long as you defrost them completely), shell side down over a pan of simmering salted water (about a pint and a half) for 8-10 minutes or until the flesh is cooked through but not tough. Remove the lobster, save the water for the stock, take the flesh out with a couple of forks and set aside.

In another fairly large pan, gently sauté the lobster shells in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil for 5 to 6 minutes. Add a couple of large glasses of dry white wine, 24 fluid ounces of chicken stock and the water used for steaming the lobster, bring the whole lot to the boil and keep at a rolling boil until the liquid is reduced by half (takes around 45 minutes).

In the meantime, sauté 1 small fennel bulb, cleaned, trimmed and finely sliced and 4 shallots, peeled and finely chopped in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft and transparent (don’t let them brown). Add 3 medium-sized tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and chopped, 2 tablespoons of white rice, 1 tablespoon tomato puree, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 bay leaf, 1 sprig of thyme and stir until well-mixed.

When the stock is reduced, strain it through a fine sieve, return to a clean pan then slowly stir in the vegetable/herb/spice mix. Bring back to the boil, turn down the heat, add at least 2 tablespoons of brandy (it’s Valentines night after all!) then simmer gently for another 45 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and thyme and liquidise the whole lot (you will probably have to do this in two batches) until velvety-smooth. Return to a clean pan and keep on a very gentle simmer until just before serving (or refrigerate overnight and reheat – gently!)

Just before serving, slice the lobster flesh into bite-sized chunks and add to the soup with a dash of lemon juice and a few tablespoons of double cream, heat through for 5 minutes or slightly longer if you can possibly wait and serve in cups, mugs, bowls or just dig into the pan together with very big spoons!

For more (slightly less extravagant) soup recipes and her 10 day Flab Fighting Soup Diet see nutritionist Fiona Kirk’s eBook Soup Can Make You Thin, £4.99 available through www.souperydupery.com

For more ideas for Valetine’s Day, Slimming and Fitness activities near you see www.whatson4me.co.uk

toptable diners reveal their top 25 most romantic UK restaurants

February 6, 2013

In anticipation of one of the most romantic days of the year, toptable, a leading consumer destination site for restaurant bookings in the UK along with its parent company, OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN), revealed today their diners’ top 25 most romantic restaurants. The list reflects the combined opinions of approximately 400,000 reviews submitted by verified toptable diners for nearly 4,000 restaurants across the UK.

The top 25 shows French cuisine as the hot choice for romance ahead of Valentine’s Day this year, accounting for almost half of the list, while Italian and British are also proving popular romantic cuisines. Despite the growing popularity of Asian food amongst UK diners, there was no room for Chinese, Indian or Thai cuisine in the top 25, with the list consisting entirely of European restaurants.

“Romance can mean very different things to different people but a gorgeous meal, perfect service and warm atmosphere make for an undeniably romantic combination. Each of these restaurants offers a different romantic experience, but all are truly best of class,” said Lucy Taylor, head of restaurant relations at toptable.

“When it comes to Valentine’s Day, the top restaurants fill up quickly so it is always best to book early. However, many diners still wait until the last minute and plenty of availability can be found on toptable.co.uk. Last year, almost 30% of bookings for Valentine’s Day were made on the 13th and 14th February,” she added.

Fred Sirieix, General Manager of Galvin at Windows, which was included on the list commented, “We are obviously delighted to be recognised as one of the most romantic restaurants. It is especially humbling knowing the distinction is based on diner reviews. We strive to create singular experiences for all our guests and when it comes to romance this quality is especially important.”

The top 25 romantic restaurants in the UK are generated from approximately 400,000 reviews collected from verified toptable diners between January 2012 and January 2013. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.

toptable top 25 romantic restaurants in the UK:

Apsley’s A Heinz Beck Restaurant – London, Belgravia

Chapter One – Kent

Chez Bruce – London, Wandsworth

Clos Maggiore – London, Covent Garden

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London, Belgravia

Galvin at Windows – London, Mayfair

Galvin La Chapelle – London, Spitalfields

Gauthier Soho – London, Soho

Kendell’s Bistro –Leeds

L’ortolan – Reading

Petrus– London, Belgravia

Quantus Restaurant & Bar – London, Chiswick

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – London, Chelsea

Roux at The Landau – London, Oxford Circus

Seven Park Place by William Drabble – London, Green Park

The Fat Duck – Bray

The French Table – Surbiton

The Greenhouse – London, Mayfair

The Grill at The Dorchester – London, Marble Arch

The Ledbury – London, Notting Hill

Theo Randall – London, Belgravia

Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham at DUKES LONDON – London, Green Park

Topes – Kent

Trinity – London, Clapham

Viajante – London, Bethnal Green

About toptable Reviews

The toptable reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.  Diners who recently honoured a toptable reservation are invited via email to submit restaurant feedback using an online form. Visitors to toptable can access reviews for thousands of toptable restaurant partners across UK. The toptable reviews program has generated more than 2 million reviews by verified diners in the UK.

For more ideas about how to spend your Valetine’s Day and to wiin great Romantic Prizes see www.whatson4me.co.uk  

New Book And Campaign To Support Fathers And Families Of Those Suffering From Postnatal Depression

February 6, 2013

mark_williamsAfter going through postnatal depression in 2011 with his wife and suffering from depression himself Mark Williams has set up a new charity called “Fathers Reaching Out” which supports fathers and families of those suffering from postnatal depression.

Mark found that while there was support for his wife there was no support for fathers and families and a lack of education, research and awareness about the illness in general.

In January 2012 Mark set up a website called www.fathersreachingout.com as a point of contact for fathers and families and has also published a book on Amazon called “Mark Williams Reaching Out” about his personal experiences of postnatal depression and depression.

Postnatal depression is often a major cause of families breaking up due to the high stress levels it creates and the lack of education or support to combat this. While the mother receives treatment and support the father has to deal with the newborn baby, the partner’s depression and work in isolation.

Mark comments “When I was at my deepest, I didn’t think I could turn to anyone. I was told I had to go on a waiting list for counselling which after sixteen months I am still waiting for the phone call. I went to free counselling through a drink programme, which was the starting point of my recovery.”

tips_bannerHe continues, “Since then in the last 12 months I have turned my life from a negative into a positive, and now feel strongly about helping others in the same situation as me. I was just given medication and that was that, and feel that a simple outreach project could not only save the government money, but stop families from breaking up.”

Mark says “One of best things for depression, that worked for me was structure. Going to the gym is always great, and also exercise classes, as you are more likely to eat healthy foods and meet positive people. Small steps each day will get you to your final goal…depression free. Always remember this is a illness,and you will get better.”

Mark has raised awareness through public speaking to people from the NHS and the mental health charity MIND amongst other resources. Mark has also been asked to appear on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Radio 5 live and other networks. He has many followers and now receives emails from all corners of the world, from professors to people who have been through the experience themselves.

Due to Mark self funding the ‘Fathers Reaching Out’ project and all his hard work in awareness he has been awarded ‘Inspirational Father of the Year’ in Wales, The Welsh selection for the Pride of Britain Awards and was even short listed at the Mind Media Awards hosted by Stephen Fry. He has also had an article published in a journal for health visiting.

Mark hopes to help even more people and take his campaign from strength to strength. He would like help with a project he is starting along side Fathers Reaching Out, which will involve going into shelters for homeless, prisons and other places where people can help others and also better themselves by taking part. Marks aim is also to educate students in schools and employees in companies around the country that they must seek help before it gets to breaking point, like it did to him.

Since speaking out about his illness and the effect of postnatal depression, Mark has been delighted with the results. He has had people who he has known for many years come up to him saying they too have suffered in silence.

banner5Mark notes, “People are more willing to open up when they know that they are talking to someone who has been through the same situation themselves and don’t feel judged. Many people including myself were afraid to seek help, and didn’t know how people would react to the situation. I know this is a illness, that anyone can have in their lifetime as the figures show 1 in 4 will have a mental illness in their lifetime.”

Mark concludes “If we can start talking about this illness called depression, people will be more likely to come forward and seek the help quicker and start the recovery at the earliest point.”

Follow Mark Williams on twitter @fathersreaching or see www.fathersreachingout.com for more about the campaign.

For more support groups and ways to increase your positivity, search www.whatson4me.co.uk for classes and groups near you.


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