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Why drink more beer? It’s good for you!

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Well, just consider that when we touch the cold bottle from the fridge or over the bar counter, we listen to the carbon dioxide that is released while the beer’s foam develops, we see the amber color of the beer poured into our glass, we smell the aromatic substances that come from the snatch block and of course we taste the distinct bitter beer taste that is associated with the contained acids and wooden taste of tannins.

Enjoying a beer on a hot day watching our favorite sports games and cooking barbeque is one of the traditions beer has become famous worldwide for.

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Feeling blue ? Johnny Walker Blue Label that is…

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Handcrafted Lacquer Presentation Case

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}nd for smoothness, few can beat Johnnie Walker Blue Label, an inspired blend of the world’s rarest and most expensive whiskies, which have been chosen at the peak of their perfection, some having been aged in oak for at least 50 years!

A few of the distilleries that produced these casks are no longer in existence, making these whiskies totally irreplaceable and totally unique from bottle to bottle.

So next time you find yourself at Changi Airport’s new Terminal 3, keep your eyes open for the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Handcrafted Lacquer Presentation Case.

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bluelabel

April 6, 2016

Having a (Pure) Blonde Moment?

There was once a time when Men judged each other by the amount of heavy beer they were able to drink. Now the talk around the bar is all about who can get the best deal on Crossfit training in Los Angeles to battle the beer bloat and keep their waistline in check. Of course, you can have it both ways – the taste of beer without the bloat. We’ve put together our top list of the best tasting low-carb beers.

Let’s Start With Some Flavor

For some, the bitter taste of beer is just what they’re looking for to finish off a hard day at work, however, it isn’t for everyone. Coming to the table with more of a sweet taste is Abita Purple Haze. With the inclusion of real raspberries which are added post-filtration, this low-carb (11g) beer comes with a fruity aroma. Don’t believe there are real raspberries? Check your bottle, many have been known to arrive with visible fruit pulp.

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April 6, 2016

Having a (Pure) Blonde Moment?

There was once a time when Men judged each other by the amount of heavy beer they were able to drink. Now the talk around the bar is all about who can get the best deal on Crossfit training in Los Angeles to battle the beer bloat and keep their waistline in check. Of course, you can have it both ways – the taste of beer without the bloat. We’ve put together our top list of the best tasting low-carb beers.

Let’s Start With Some Flavor

For some, the bitter taste of beer is just what they’re looking for to finish off a hard day at work, however, it isn’t for everyone. Coming to the table with more of a sweet taste is Abita Purple Haze. With the inclusion of real raspberries which are added post-filtration, this low-carb (11g) beer comes with a fruity aroma. Don’t believe there are real raspberries? Check your bottle, many have been known to arrive with visible fruit pulp.

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internet

December 27, 2015

The revolution of the internet

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The internet has changed our life so much that in many ways it is unrecognisable from before. It is truly enriching our lives now and many people don’t realise how much of an impact it has on our day to day lives. Read on to find out more about the positive impact the internet is changing our lives.

Shopping and travel

Shopping and travel are two things that have totally transformed due to the influence of the internet. Gone are the days when your travel agent would organise travel for you, you can do it yourself using travel sites or even using Groupon vouchers.

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October 31, 2015

Marketing on The Cheap!

The options for businesses to market to prospects and existing customers have exploded in a few short years. Traditional television commercials, newspapers and magazines, outdoor advertising and billboards as well as digital media are all options for today’s businesses.  This can be a dizzying array of choices.  Bottom line, they can all be expensive mistakes.  The goal of marketing is to target your message, define your brand and draw customers to your business.  If your company does not have the luxury of a huge marketing department with a limitless budget, online marketing is rapidly becoming the marketing vehicle of choice.  Today, more than 70% of consumers go online to find goods, services and restaurants in their area.  

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Champions from the lighter side of Hungarian Wine

February 18, 2013

Champions from the lighter side of Hungarian Wine

Champions from the lighter side of Hungarian WineFolks, I am a committed lover of reds. I do appreciate other wines, but rarely choose them save to properly complement a meal when entertaining others. When alone or not suggesting anything, well… I break convention to favor my tastes. However, that predilection was sorely tested recently during the debut wine tasting at Kempinski’s BORterasz (which will be reviewed in due course). The jury at this trial of my tastes? None other than the offerings of Légli, 2010’s Hungarian Winemaker of the Year, and 2008’s Winemaker of the Winemakers, St. Andrea.

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coffee

February 14, 2013

Coffee (I love You.)

Coffee is embedded in to our system of life so much now, that it is one of, if not THE most widely traded commodity in the world.

But how well do we know the history of coffee? This caffeine addict went to find out. It is widely believed that the Ethiopians of the fifth century first realised the rejuvenating and energy properties of coffee… the Oromo people. In the ninth-century, a spurious goatherd by the name of Kaldi first discovered coffee… at least that’s the story… or one story.

Kaldis’ name did not appear in writing until around the mid 1600’s. If the story is true, then it does stand to reason that coffee spread from Ethiopia through to the Yemen and Egypt and with Egypt being at that time, a major country and spread further from there.

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Elsa's Café Amstedam

December 31, 2012

Elsa’s Cafe Amsterdam

Elsa's Café Amstedam

A large pub-restaurant in the south-eastern outskirts of the centre with a nice roomy terrace on a busy main road. In principle the clients are locals and regulars, but at dinnertime the public comes from further away. There are few other eating-places of any standing in the area and the food at Elsas is pretty good and of a reasonable price. The kitchen is solid and offers mainly European dishes. On draught: Amstel, McChouffe, and their own brew.

— Elsa’s Café, Middenweg 73, Amsterdam, 1098 AE, +31 20 668 50 10, www.elsascafe.nl

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Café Kalkhoven Amsterdam

December 24, 2012

Café Kalkhoven

 Café Kalkhoven Amsterdam

A hundred metres from the Anne Frank House, directly opposite the ‘Old Wester’ church, you can imagine you’re in a very large Dutch living room, but the 12-stool bar with the enormous stock of liquor behind it do not really fit. Along with some ten others it is Amsterdam’s oldest pub. The furniture is in a pre-war style. The large mezzanine has plenty of room for a coffee with the newspaper or a simple lunch.

— Kalkhoven, Prinsengracht 283, Amsterdam, 1016 GW, +31 20 6248649, www.cafekalkhoven.nl

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December 21, 2012

Bourbon Street bar

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This is probably the best live music bar in Amsterdam – this place is hot! There are no two ways about it – if you want to see some good bands play a great little venue, this is where you need to be. Bourbon Street is classified as a blues and jazz café with music seven days a week.

An evening here may start out with a three piece band and end up with 7 people on stage jamming – thats precisely what Bourbon Street is all about: fun and unpredictability. Bourbon Street has a twenties-feel and great ambience – it has style and all in all, it is just a great night out. Have a look for yourself.

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Cafe Hoppe Amsterdam

December 17, 2012

Cafe Hoppe

 Cafe Hoppe Amsterdam

For the more serious drinking the bar on right has mainly standing room with a few small tables for the very tired. Coffee and a tosti may brought to you through the connecting door to the rear. Very little has changed here in the last 200 years except for the computer the barman uses for his bookkeeping. There are ash-trays, but most clients drop their ash on the sand on the floor.

Anyone who is anyone in Amsterdam may be seen here. It is said that even Queen Beatrix and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander drop in for the occasional beer. There is no music to disturb the ongoing chat about politics, cars, acquaintances and other important topics. There is Amstel beer on draught and many more exotic beers in bottles (Guinness, Carlsberg). Do not forget to try at least one tiny glass of Wees Old Geneva. Apart from the tosti you may have a warm meat ball, a cup of soup or a baguette with cheese or ham.

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De Heeren van Aemstel Amstedam

December 14, 2012

De Heeren van Aemstel

De Heeren van Aemstel Amstedam

This is a really nice bar located just off Rembrandtplein. Very popular with the large student community in Amsterdam, but the live music and nice atmosphere mean this place is fun to visit for just about everyone.

De Heeren van Aemstel is billed as a jazz cafe, but the bands that play here are diverse and there is live music to be enjoyed every single night. The interior is nice and spacious with some neat touches, and you can even have a decent meal. A meal will cost you about NLG 25(EUR 11.3) and its the usual chicken satay and salads that we’ve come to expect from this sort of cafe.

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Kanis en Meiland Amstedam

December 10, 2012

Kanis en Meiland

Kanis en Meiland Amstedam

Visited by people with boats and yuppies with their small families. Roomy, with quiet music and friendly female service. The pub has been given precedence over the restaurant recently. The terrace to the east is large has a view of a peculiar mixture of boats and ships: windjammers, barges, tugs, yachts and so on.

There is an old pool table and an exhibition of bird skulls. They serve apple pie with your coffee, and for lunch there are rolls with a large range of cheeses and meats and also a soup-of-the-day. The draught beer is Heineken and a white beer, along with a limited range of bottled beer. The red and white house wines are pleasant. The previously extensive menu has been changed into a broad range of delicious tapas.

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Rooie Nelis Amsterdam

December 7, 2012

Rooie Nelis Amsterdam

Rooie Nelis Amsterdam

Located in the Jordaan, which is famous for its bars and love of music, this place is part of the city’s folklore. They even have a picture of a young Queen Beatrix giving this fine establishment a visit. Rooie translates as red, the hair colour of the original owner. The same colour is used to full effect in the interior, giving this place a very bright (if slightly disturbing) look. Frequented by all sorts of clientele, students in particular seem very fond of this place. No ‘real food? is available, although you can get a few simple snacks. The beer is an average price and disabled access is available.

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Karpershoek Amsterdam

December 3, 2012

Karpershoek

Karpershoek Amsterdam

At that time it was probably a shippers’ pub, but after the Central Station was built, it has become a resting place for tired travellers, locals and tourists. The interior is ‘brown’ and the furniture old and simple.

The bar has no stools and the large table in the centre is often used for esoteric local card games loudly commented upon by many kibitzers. It is a good thing theres no music. The range of snacks is reasonably limited, but they have Heineken on draught.

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Café Nol Amstedam

November 29, 2012

Café Nol

Café Nol Amstedam

You haven’t seen kitsch until you’ve paid this place a visit. The Jordaan is a neighbourhood famous for many things, but when it comes to kitsch it has no equals. This authentic bar shows of all the best and worst of what it means to be a ‘Jordanees’.

— Café Nol, Westerstraat 1091015 LX Amsterdam, +31 (0) 20 62 45 380, www.cafenolamsterdam.nl
Schumich Café Amstedam

November 26, 2012

Schumich Café

Schumich Café Amstedam

This old brown pub always welcomes everyone and many make good use of this hospitality. Still the clientele is mostly made up of regulars, amongst which shopkeepers and their employees after a busy day.

They constitute a better source of information about this lively quarter offering lots of fun and games, than does the official Tourist Information on the Station square. To accompany the drinks there are the usual snacks. Disabled access is available.

— Schumich Café, Near Centraal Station, Singel 6, Amsterdam, 1013 GA, +31 20 622 00 02,
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