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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Events: London New years Day Parade: The theme for 2013 is 'Hats Off to London - Celebration Capital of the World'"

Miss Obleas: Events:

Performing at London New Years Day Parade !! 

The Parade starts at 11.45am on Piccadilly at the junction with Berkeley Street  outside the Ritz Hotel and finishes around 3pm at Parliament Street.

1st January 2013 will be the 27th Anniversary of the New Year's Day Parade

 The Parade route is - Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.

More than 10,000 performers representing 20 countries world-wide will assemble for the 2013 Parade.

More than half a million are expected to pack London's  famous streets to see this fantastic spectacular as it weaves its way along the 2 mile route.

3 hours of Live Satellite Coverage will be beamed around the world. Major broadcasters such as the BBC, CNN, Fox news, SKY and CBS are expected to cover the event.

The 2013 Parade will be filled with marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, acrobats, kites and much more!

The stars of the show will be the 33 stunning london Borough entries from across the Capital

Check out the LNYDP website and see us there !! :) 

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Review : Latin American Gastronomic Fair at the Bolivar Hall - London

Typical Mexican Food,  Mole, tamales..

Latin American Food in London has been increasing in popularity amongst not only Latin people, but people from Europe and around the world,they seem very keen when it comes to Latin Food. Specially in a very multicultural city, there is always an opportunity to try the Latin American cuisine.

And its even better to have a sample of food from around Latin America under one roof! Therefore there was an event the second this year, (1st one taking place at Kensington, please see other post) . This time The Bolivar Hall was the venue who hold the Latin American gastronomic fair.   

The Bolivar Hall, in central London, an excellent location near Warren Street, is always having different latin American events happening, form live Music, exhibitions, dance shows, etc.
The Bolivar Hall
A variety of different Latin American countries where present at the Gastronomic Fair, from the popular Mexican cuisine, food form Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Nicaragua and Bolivia.

Argentinian Empanadas

Venezuelan Food ! from Mi cocina es tuya

Food from Panama

Food from Ecuador

A selection of Chilean desserts

The Bolivian food Stand
The Bolivian stand soon sol out of Saltenas, which proved very popular amongst everyone at the event. also other traditional dishes were sold, as well as mocochinchi, the drink that also sold out.

food from Nicaragua
The event was well received by the public, many enjoyed the food, the drinks the desserts, and also the performance from the Bolivian group " Bolivian Heritage", we danced Morenada, and the public really enjoy it, we thank you the organizers at the Bolivar Hall, and we are sure to see them next year!

Bolivian heritage dancers ( Video courtesy of the Bolivian Embassy in UK ) 

Resumen: Bolivia brilla en el WTM en Londres y sale en la portada de la revista oficial del evento!

El WTM, el evento mas importante en el sector turistico, se dio cita cuatro dias en el centro de exhibitiones Excel en Londres, del 5 al 8 de Noviembre.

Bolivia, Con el Viciministerio de Turismo, y la campania "Bolivia te espera", en los cuatro dias de la exhibicion, presento a varias parejas con diferentes trajes tipicos del pais asi mismo invitando a las personas a probar el delicioso mate de coca, productos alimenticios de quinoa, etc. Que fueron muy bien recividos por el publico, que mostro mucho interes en querer saber mas acerca de los productos y porsupuesto mostro bastante interes en querer conocer Bolivia.

Con el traje tipico de Cullawada.

Bolivia pudo mostrar diferentes trajes tipicos, como de Cullawada, Morenada, Caporales, de bailes Orientales, Chacarera, Tinkus, entre otros. y los mismos trajes llamaron la atencion del publico, Pudimos presentar un poco del baile de : Morenada:

   Los bailes fueron muy bien acogidos por el publico,que se animaban a bailar con nosotras ( video 1)

Diferentes paises latinoamericanos tambien mostraron diferentes trajes tipicos e inclusive musica en vivo tambien, como Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador y Brasil, que tuvo tambien gran exito al promocionarse turisticamente como uno de los anfritiones del Mundial, que se dara cita en el proximo 2014.

Aparte de los paises Latinoamericanos, tambien los otros paises pudieron mostrar lo mejor de ellos e invitar a visitar lugares increibles, fue un placer poder ser parte del evento y al mismo tiempo descubrir el mundo bajo un solo techo ! 
con los amigos mexicanos, en el ultimo dia del evento.

Colombia deleito al publico con su musica contagiosa.

Bolivia pudo formar aun mas parte del evento, y fue protagonista en la portada de la revista oficial del evento en el tercer dia! Un gran placer y al mismo tiempo fue increible ! ver la portada y poder representar al pais a un gran nivel , en el evento turistico mas importante... 

Bolivia en la portada de la revista oficial del evento .
 Ha sido un placer poder participar y con cada presentacion en la cual participamos, nos une mas a lo mas importante, lo que somos, aunque estando lejos del pais, podemos de algun modo tenerlo cerca, y representarlo y poder mostrar lo mejor de el... y cuando me preguntan el porque de lo que bailo, cual es el motivo? mi respuesta es sencilla : para que el publico se enamore de Bolivia :) 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

...::: FREE DONUTS in London!! Yes free!! My favourite flavour Mexican Chocolate ;)

Yes I couldn't believe it either, but Electric donuts are treating us to free donuts for three days starting tomorrow, when they open at 8am !!

Their flavours include my favourite Mexican chocolate other flavours : berry trifle, maple bourbon, bergamot orange, ginger chew, among others as well as the classic chocolate and vanilla. The menu is set to change weekly !!

So for the next three days if you fancy a donut or a couple for FREE !! ( who wouldn't ;) ) head down to portobello rd.

Wed. 28th - Fri. 30th Nov. From 8am until they run out!!
Electric Donuts, 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Review : Latin American Gastronomic Fair in London

In October ... London had an opportunity to experience and taste the flavours of Latin America, charities from the South american countries, gather together under one roof, to have a taste of the exotic dishes, desserts, drinks from Latin America.

In two roms, one for crafts and music, and the other for food, drinks and also music.

The Bolivian Food Stand , with delicious food !!

Bolivia, took part with the charity " Friends of Bolivia " having the food stall and also the crafts stall. Las Saltenas from the Friends of Bolivia Stand, proved to be popular, and soon were sold out, as well as having the popular bolivian beer : Pacena. and many different other dishes.

As well as that We ( my friend Angela and myself Lindsey from "Bolivian Heritage" group) took part. With our costumes we were helping the craft and food stall, also we were letting the other countries' stands and all the other people know about the bolivian food, as we walked along the place. Also we were quite lucky enough to be able to perform a dance from Bolivia called : Morenada. in front of such an amazing and welcoming crowd, which was enjoying all the other performances and having a great time ! 

The place was packed with loads of people, who clearly enjoyed the food, the music, and the atmosphere was lovely. For us another oportunity to show and share our culture through dance and chatting to people, they clearly wanted to take a little memory with them by taking pictures with us.

It was a very nice event at a very nice venue, and now we are really looking forward to next years' event , and hope that you too can come next year and enjoy the magic from Latin American under one roof, and dont forget to visit the Bolivian Stand, see you next year ! :)   

Monday, 22 October 2012

..::: The restaurant "Lima London" wins The Best New Latin American Restaurant !! :::..

"Lima London" has won the Time Out Eating and Drinking Award for the Best new Latin American Restaurant !!!

And they are thrilled to have won !! I haven't had the chance to go to the restaurant yet, but it would be on my "things to do " list when I go to London ...

Peruvian food it's becoming more popular now days in London and its proven in the list of the runners up.. Most of the finalist were Peruvian restaurants ...

It's also nice to know that Latin American restaurants are being awarded.

I'm looking forward to go and try the food from, not only the wining restaurant, but the finalists too.

More Latin American things to discover in London !!

And congratulations to the restaurant Lima London .. Looking forward to go and visit sometime soon !! :)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

..:::Delicious Bolivian Food at the Latin American Gastronomic Fair this Saturday, don't miss it !! ;) :::...

Miss Obleas: Events

I'm looking forward to this !! The Bolvian stand (friends of Bolivia) will be offering delicious Bolivian dishes, and my favourite Salteñas !! which I totally recommend !! I've try a few from restaurants in London, but nothing can compare to this ones !! It just brings me back to La Paz- Bolivia , Dont miss the opportunity to come and try the food, at the Bolvian Stand, we'll see you there !!

The Gastronomic Fair will take place on Saturday 20th October 2012
at Kensington Town Hall, Horton Street, London W8 7NX FROM 12:00- 6:30 pm 

Nearest Tube Station High Street Kensington
Adults £5.00 
Under 16s £3.00 
Under 5s Free

Thursday, 11 October 2012

..::: Charity Sale/Event in St.Albans. Helping children In Cochabamba Bolivia :::..

Miss Obleas: Events:

    Amanecer was set up in 1981 to provide a homes and a new beginnings for the abandoned, abused and orphaned street children of Cochabamba, Bolivia. 
    A lady from St. Albans once volunteered with the charity and helped the children in Cochabamba, and I'm happy to be helping this Saturday at the charity event, she is organising, as part of Bolivian Heritage Group. 
    Saturday 13th from 10am-1pm 
    at SS Albans & Stephen Church ( Parish Hall ) 
    Beaconsfield Rd, St Albans, AL1 3RB

            Good Quality baby and toddler clothing and toys will be on sale in the Parish Hall. Also there'll be 
            some sweet treats, cupcakes, etc, and I hope to perform a Bolivian traditional dance :) 
            All proceeds will go to the Amancer charity , working with street children in Bolivia and also 
            the South African Charity. 

            Its free to enter so please come along. 

...:::"Go pink for October" : Zumba on Fire !! not to worry we will be at the Fire Station ! ;) :::...

Come and join us for this very special hour and a half hour Charity Zumba session in St Albans Fire Station as part of the Breakthrough for Cancer "go pink for October" campaign. This years zumbathon aims to be even bigger and better than last year. Our hosts this time are the fabulous Red Watch who will be Zumbaing along side us, provided they are not needed elsewhere of course ! 

Its happening this:                     Saturday 13th Of October from 3pm - 4:30pm 

at:                                            St. Albans Fire Station, London Road, St. Albans. 

There will be fire related zumba music, cake stall, ruffle, and more !!!

All the money raised goes to support research into breast cancer. Last year we raised around £2000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign and this year we hope to do the same for the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Hope to see you there !! dance, and for a very good cause !! 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

::: London Cocktail Week :: Free Cocktail night this thursday at Selfridges ! Cocktails from around the world !! :::

Celebrate London Cocktail Week at Selfridges enjoy a free Cocktail night on Thursday 11 October, complete with cocktails from around the world.
See the free tasting schedule and pay us a visit at the Wineshop and Foodhall throughout London Cocktail Week:
Thursday 11 October
Cocktail Night (Wineshop) 6-8:30pm

Featuring cocktails from around the world including Mezcals, Naga Chilli Vodka, Sacred Gin, Diplomatico, Uluvka, Kraken, Monkey Shoulder, Koko Kanu, plus sampling Mr. Trotter’s Pork Scratchings and Joe & Seph’s gourmet savoury popcorn. What's more, you can enter our competition to win a Magnum of premium Uluvka Vodka worth £120.

more info :

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

...::: It's London Cocktail week !! What a better reason to make cocktails !! :::...

It's London Cocktail week, so why not make your cocktails. I'm certainly trying !! and I'm sharing some of the recipes of some of the cocktails Ive done so far :)
Miss Obleas: Cocktail Recipes:

  Pineapple Mojito  
A fruity take on the original, this time using pineapple to create a lovely sweet flavour.
6 Mint leaves, plus an extra spring to decorate
4 Pineapple chunks, plus a wedge to decorate
2 teaspoons soft light brown sugar
Ice cubes
Crushed ice
2 Measures golden rum, such as Havana Club
Pineapple Juice, to top up

Put the mint leaves, pineapple chunks and sugar into a cocktail shaker and muddle together. Half fill the shaker with ice cubes and fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add the rum to the shaker and shake until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain over the ice in the glass. Top up with pineapple juice and stir. Decorate with a pineapple wedge a mint spring and serve.

Enjoy ! :)

Monday, 8 October 2012

St Albans Food And Drink Festival Finale: Review: from a local consumer...

I lived in St Albans for the past 13 years, I love when the local community gets together outdoors and everyone shares and gets together, as well as discovering, what St. Albans and surroundings has to offer, from local shops, restaurants, organic food, wines, sweet treats, music, etc. And The Food and Drink Festival is an excellent experience to do so, I always look forward to it, specially the finale, there is something new each year, and luckily the weather on sunday was good !

Bar Meze 
 With different stalls in St.Peters Street I started my journey and discovered the first stalls of food !! the first being Bar Meze "The cuisine of Cyprus" offering many meaty dishes, and I wanted to start with something sweet so I couldnt help but to stop at the cupcake stall, "Yummy Mummys Cakes" from Harpenden, I couldnt make my mind up on which cupcake to choose !! They kindly gave me a mini one to try, and after a while I made up my mind , I chose the tiramisu cupcake, and it was delicius!!!

Yummy Mummys Cupcakes !! and my delicious tiramisu cupcake on the front :) 

 So I carry on along St. Peters Street, to find more stalls of restaurants, mini food vans, and something that cought my eye, a Japanese stall, which I havent seen before, they were selling sushi and curry, and wanted to try the sushi, it looked  really nice, I tried the teriaky Chiken sushi, which was delicious. I had to come back for more later!!

The Japanese Stall !! and the delicious Sushi 

A taste of the Caribbean , with the Caribbean food stall 

St. Michaels Manor hotel popular sweet treats 
Walking down the street, no one could resist but to stop at the St. Michaels Manor Hotel stall, as they had some eye catching mini desserts on their table, which they were decorating right there !! They look so delicious, and after a while they were giving them for free !! as a nice treat , and they were delicious!! from the typical english scones, cream and jam and the crowd really enjoyed them, I certainly did !! totally delicious !!

The Bake house ! with more sweet treats :)

Local produce, organic produce !!
There were also stalls from local pubs and restaurants, Carluccio, the Peahen, Nandos! and others, there were so much food to choose from as well as some wine tasting , and some local produce, organic vegetables and homemade treats , which I found out at Sweet Lily's Stall, they were selling homemade jams, chutneys, cakes, cupcakes... which look and tasted delicious.

Sweet Lily and their sweet treats from jams to chutneys 

People enjoying the festival :)

People enjoy the different stalls, and the live shows from the different restaurants which show some kitchen techniques, and entertained the crowd..
live shows and live radio 

The delicious sushi , which I came back for !! 

I finally had to go back to the Japanese stall and get more sushi !! And I can't wait for the next year's festival, looking forward to more events happening in St. Albans :)