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The Popularity of River Cruising

The Popularity of River Cruising

The Popularity of River Cruising People love to “get away from it all”, and just thinking about well-deserved holidays to sunnier climates tends to make it all worthwhile. One vacation that’s as popular today as it has ever been is to take to the water […]

The Tastiest Mexican Cuisine

The Tastiest Mexican Cuisine

The Tastiest Mexican Cuisine If you can’t get enough of Mexican food like me, you’ll know it to be some of the tastiest – and sometimes fieriest – food you’ll experience.  I love to share a Mexican themed meal with my family and friends and […]

Travel Insurance should be compulsory

Travel Insurance should be compulsory

 

There is nothing more rewarding or relaxing than spending two weeks on holiday with your partner, spouse or family. It makes all those extra hours working worthwhile, to know that you are going to spend quality time with your loved ones.

I am one of those people that takes a few days to snap out of my work day routine and to properly relax. My family always comment on it, but every holiday I have been on with my loved ones, has been a joy. I guess I am very lucky, my children and my wife are great fun to be with. We rarely argue about anything, just happy to go with the flow and do what ever takes our fancy. From lounging by the pool, to hiking coastal paths, or experiencing the local cuisine.

I find it very hard therefore to understand, why anyone would want to try and sabotage, such lifetime experiences, by not taking out travel insurance. We all venture to foreign countries, not expecting anything untoward to happen (maybe an hour or two flight delay is normal!), but that is the reason any sensible person takes out insurance in the first place, to protect against the unexpected.

I have read astounding figures, that 4 in 10 holidaymakers venture abroad without any or the correct travel insurance. I could not fathom spending several thousand pounds on a wonderful experience, and not spend maybe another fifty or one hundred pounds on insuring that experience, doesn’t leave me in a large financial hole.

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Not only is it irresponsible, but it is completely selfish, especially if you are endangering other people, including your own family. Imagine if one of your children suffered an injury and you didn’t have travel insurance. You couldn’t afford the best treatment, you couldn’t afford to get them home again. How would you live with yourself?

Cost just isn’t an excuse. There are so many different providers to choose from. You can visit many different comparison websites or visit the travel insurer website direct. This large amount of competition keeps the price of cover down. In fact I would be surprised if travel insurance is actually profitable, once claims, management expenses and commission plus Insurance Premium tax has been removed.

You could be forgiven for not understanding travel insurance. It is undoubtedly a complicated product. There are so many different sections and types of cover.

On the flip side there is a wealth of information on the internet explaining the different types of cover, expert ratings, and customer reviews. Sorting through the crap, does take a bit of time, but knowing what you need and the amount you need to cover does help the situation. Some policies offer high sums insured and to cover everything, but the premiums are a bit high, others offer little cover and have some heavy exclusions, but the premiums are very cheap. It is definitely a balancing act between cost and cover.

The other area which can be a problem is where you suffer from a pre-existing medical condition. If you suffer or suffered from an illness or disease, you have a duty to tell the Insurer about it. Maybe you feel embarrassed to talk to an anonymous person about your condition and so don’t bother declaring it.

The good news is that there are many insurance companies who allow you to include conditions online, without the need to speak to anyone. Their quotation systems are geared up to asking you relevant questions connected to your condition and you can walk away fully covered, without ever having spoken to anyone.

When you go on holiday, do everyone a service and, insure yourself and your family against the unforeseen. If you don’t I would be in favour of making travel insurance a compulsory purchase.

 

The Tasty Side of New York City: Salad Bars

The Tasty Side of New York City: Salad Bars

The Tasty Side of New York City: Salad Bars Living in or even visiting New York is a fast paced life filled with little time to do anything else, especially cooking. We all know about the big American fast food chains from hamburgers and French […]

The Real Treat Of A Backyard BBQ: Watermelon Ice Dessert

The Real Treat Of A Backyard BBQ: Watermelon Ice Dessert

Summer. The span of three months were pools are packed, the sun is shining and the beach is the only place you want to be. While the beach is always the best place to be to experience the views of an ocean or the indescribable […]

The Best Coffee in Cape Town

The Best Coffee in Cape Town

Coffee is one of the most loved drinks in the world. It kick-starts your day and is a beacon of sanity somewhere between all the madness. There’s nothing like opening that bag of ground coffee, the smell of roasting beans, or a fresh pot on the brew. Below are a few places where you will find combinations of the best food and more importantly, quality coffee, in the Mother City of Cape Town. So just where do you go to find the best coffee in capetown?

Everybody loves coffee in Cape Town.

Everybody loves coffee in Cape Town.

Truth: Vengeance, Resurrection and Donde’s Chaos are some of the best blends on offer at Truth. Its industrial look fused with modern décor makes sitting there a moment of magic. The coffee shop provides visitors with free Wi-Fi which is perfect for the lunch-time browse or the mid-morning meeting, making it a great place for networking, mixing and mingling.

Prestwich Memorial | 1 Somerset Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 2945

Giovanni’s Deli World: One of the longest standing family-run coffee hangouts in the city with great day time snacking and outstanding quality coffee. Styled to the typical pavement café and fashioned around the ideal coffee house blending with the perfect Italian deli. Cappuccinos, espressos and fantastic food combined with an awesome atmosphere makes Giovanni’s an incredible little place to be.

103 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 6893

Knead: With the original overlooking Muizenberg beach and attracting all the locals from the area, running at all the big festivals and with branches around the city at Wembley Square, Kloof Street, Gardens and Newlands, Knead has become rather famous. Great coffee and fantastic baked goods, brilliant food and the friendly service never fail to please.

Surfer’s Corner, Beach Road | Muizenberg | +27 (0)21 788 2909

Coffee, ahh it’s what’s it’s all about!

Coffee, ahh it’s what’s it’s all about!

Caturra Coffee: Caturra was established in 1994 and has become a popular and well-known brand of coffee beans; this little treasure of a shop is the local home of this fabulous bean. The finest beans are brought in from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Costa Rica and Zambia offering the coffee connoisseurs the absolute best of the best. Caturra Coffee is now supplied to more than 2 500 restaurants, hotels and coffee shops in Southern Africa. Caturra’s slogan is “Coffee is sometimes needed and other times wanted.”

14th Avenue | Maitland | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 593 1199

Deluxe Coffeeworks: Here, the finest coffee beans are imported from around the world and are roasted to absolute perfection every time. Located in the heart of the city centre, next to Mandela Rhodes Hotel, with the hustle and bustle adding to the ambiance, it is the perfect lunch time stop accompanied by good music and fabulous food. Their beans are all roasted on site, so buy a bag and take the best of Deluxe Coffeeworks home with you.

25 Church Street | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0)72 903 0319

Rcaffè Coffee Shop: The recently greened and environmentally friendly Rcaffè is all about good food and great coffee. And Capetonians just love good coffee, they simply won’t settle for anything less. The Rcaffè Coffee Shop is inspired by Arcaffè, which is a chain of coffee shops overseas. Sit at the one of the window based coffee bars and watch as the world walks by on Long Street, it is without a doubt one of the best people watching locations in the city. The fireplace is the perfect addition on those typical rainy days in winter, so snuggle up with a good cuppa.

138 Long Street | City Bowl

Skinny Legs & All: Everything at Skinny Legs & All is locally sourced with a focus on healthy food and fresh produce, making up some awesome food from French toast to superb soups, delicious baked goods and gorgeous cheeses, open sandwiches with the choice of sourdough bread or rye. Aside from freshly squeezed juices, brilliantly blended smoothies and teas, you will find the finest coffee. In case you’re wondering, the name ‘Skinny Legs and All’ comes from the book by Tom Robbins.

70 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 5403

The Sidewalk Café: Warmly referred to as the ‘pavement special’ of Madame Zingara’s family, the Sidewalk Café is a popular, vivacious and unique hangout with a great vibe that not only offers fantastic food and a fully stocked bar, but some of the best coffee in town. The staff and owners know the regulars by name and the service remains outstanding, even after all these years. With free Wi-Fi together with the constant stream of locals and visitors to the area pouring through the doors it’s a great option for an afternoon chill session.

33 Derry Street | Vredehoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 2839

Jacqueline Freer Author Bio:

Jacqueline Freer is a freelance writer who enjoys researching and presenting information related to including and adventures throughout the African Continent.

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Top Five Summer Salads

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Beef Korma Recipe – The Spicy Asian Style

Beef Korma Recipe – The Spicy Asian Style

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 Beef Korma Recipe – The Spicy Asian Style

 

Beef can be cooked in many different styles. This beef korma recipe is mouth-watering and a treat for the taste buds. It’s a definite hit with people of all ages! and Cooks get ready to impress your loved ones!

Things You will need:

 

  • 500g Beef
  • 2tbsp Oil
  • 1tbsp Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 1tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1tbsp Finely chopped onions
  • 4tbsp Yoghurt
  • 2tbsp Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1tsp Chopped green chillies
  • 1tbsp Garam Masala (Alternative 1tbsp coriander powder)
  • 1tsp Chilli powder
  • 1tsp pepper powder
  • 1/4tsp turmeric powder
  • 1tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tomatoes (Take some hot water and place the tomatoes for 15mins)
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 4tbsp Margarine

 

Method

 

  1. Clean the beef and cut it into medium-sized pieces. Not too big.
  2. Add the salt to the beef and leave for 30mins.
  3. Keep a pan on low fire. Once it is heated add the margarine and then add the marinated beef to this pan. Let the beef fry for 10mins or until the beef turns light brown, stirring the beef once in a while. Remove the beef from fire once it’s done.
  4. Now remove the beef pieces from the pan. Place the pan back on fire without washing. This is to retain the beef flavour.
  5. Add oil to the pan and when it gets heated add the garlic, ginger and onions to it and sauté for about a minute.
  6. To this you now add the fried beef.
  7. Add the yoghurt, boiled tomatoes, green chillies, garam masala, chilli powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder and mix well.
  8. To this add about 1 cup water and leave to boil for 30 minutes on medium fire. Add more water if necessary.
  9. When the beef is cooked well add the coriander leaves and tomato paste. Leave to cook for 5 mins or until gravy has a thick consistency. Add salt if necessary.
  10. Serve Beef Korma!

 

Enjoy this famous Indian recipe and let us know your experience by leaving your comments below!

 

About the Author: Ifaza Iftikar is a mum blogger from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She shares her thoughts, ideas, , inspirational articles and works of art in . Check out her blog to learn about motherhood!

South African Corn Chowder

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