Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Jockey Club - Salinas - Ibiza

“You have to go there!”  “Honestly, it is a must, make sure you go!”  These were the verbal reviews I had of The Jockey Club before I headed off to Ibiza recently.  So armed with these plaudits, I felt I had to find out for myself if it lived up to its reputation once I landed on the ‘white isle’.
 

 
Set in the resort of Ses Salinas near to Ibiza airport (renown for the island’s salt production), The Jockey Club is a beach bar/restaurant which plays host and offers respite for the ‘beautiful people’ and the celebrities that adorn its beach area and who come and enjoy the chilled out ambience that The Jockey Club provides through its cocktail list, restaurant menu and DJ music.
 
Arriving in early June as I did, I was fortunate not to have to book a table but my understanding was that in the height of season (July/August), booking would be mandatory.  Getting a table for lunch we were shown to a large wooden bench table which we had to ourselves (these are shared in full season so I believe, in order to accommodate everyone).  The prices are not cheap, so take my advice of familiarising yourself with the menu ahead of going so that you are au fait with what to expect.
 
 
 
Appetisers at The Jockey Club
 
 
I was pleased to see that there were a few vegetarian choices on the menu which doesn’t always happen in Spanish restaurants as I’ve found over the years.   I chose the Stuffed Calzone Vegetal which was packed with aubergine, pumpkin, peppers, onion, carrot and cheese served with a side salad costing €19Euros.  The portion was massive!!  A rare situation occurred whereby I gave some to my husband to sample and share, and he agreed, it was delicious.  I was also tempted by the Goat’s Cheese & Strawberry Salad but in the end, I chose the Calzone, feeling that it would be more hearty.  My husband opted for one of the specials of the day which was Beef with Beetroot and Wild Berries – he enjoyed it tremendously (alongside a section of my calzone)!
 
 
 
 
Calzone Vegetal
 
Beef with Beetroot & Wild Berries
 
 
 
Of course, seduced by holiday fever and the mellow atmosphere, my scrumptious calzone was washed down with one of The Jockey Club’s Caipiroska Tropical cocktails which was a welcomed refreshment as the temperature was soaring towards 30 degrees.
 
Jockey Club Cocktail
 
 
 
 
Outside The Jockey Club, you can hire their sun loungers and enjoy the waiter-cocktail service all day as the DJ plays the beats and again, my understanding is that come July, getting a spot either inside or outside of The Jockey Club will be tricky due to its popularity.
 
The Jockey Club lends itself well for all ages with older people present down to small children and provides something for everyone.  I cannot praise it enough and as per what my friends were telling me, I’m saying to you all – “You have to go there!”   
 




Inside The Jockey Club


We had a truly wonderful, relaxing time there rounded off by some sunbathing on Salinas’ golden beach with echoes of the DJ in the background.

Monday, 23 June 2014

On the Go - Lizi's Granola Pouches

           

Lizi's Granola - On the Go Pouches

 
I am rather partial to granola and a while ago, I reviewed Lizi’s Granola brand which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The team at Lizi’s have identified that preparing a granola based breakfast isn’t always practical with the hustle & bustle of daily life.  So they have come up with little pouches called ‘On the Go’ which make the ritual of cereal eating a little more convenient.  So I was interested to see how it would work when I was offered the chance to sample a pouch or two which included Original and Treacle & Pecan flavours.
 
Each pouch contains a standard ‘one person’ portion size of granola which is dusted with lactose-free dried milk, a ready to make cereal that comes with a folded plastic spoon to eat it with.  All that you need to do is add cold water, mix and it is ready to eat.
 
As you may have read in my other posts, I’m not a milk fan so making up a cereal which will turn into a milky mixture isn’t to my preference.  So I decided to eat mine dry (without the added water element) and I offered my family and friends the opportunity to try the pouches with added water.
 
The consensus was that although it took a second to work out how to open the packet, adding the required amount of water was easy to do.  As with the main Lizi’s Granola bags, the pouches possessed a good mix of seeds and a nice level of sweetness with ingredients such as coconut enhancing the flavour but not overpowering it.
 
I tested mine at the weekend as I need to take some breakfast with me whilst attending the Summer Solstice event at Stonehenge.  And although I didn’t add water to it, I just ate it dry, it was a great concept, handy and a  quick way to have breakfast and easy to dispose of afterwards – really good.
 
All in all, a convenient way to enjoy granola on the move (whether that be with hydrated milk or just dry) and with the summer season in full swing, it makes an ideal solution for car journeys, camping, festivals or even to have at work if you’ve not had the chance to eat at home.
 

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Disclosure:  This post was written following kind receipt of Lizi's Granola On the Go pouches samples. This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Provamel - Alternative Milk Drinks

I’m not a ‘milky’ person really  - might have mentioned that before.  Other than in tea and the odd cappuccino, I don’t really drink it.  Just a personal taste thing rather than for any other reason.  So, I always look for ways or products that will help me to embrace all things milk.

The team at Provamel might just have found a fair compromise for me.  Although an established brand already within the plant-based foods sector, they have recently adopted a new look with additions to their product range.

So why use Provamel over conventional cow's milk?  The products are dairy-free so it makes a perfect option for those that may be vegan or lactose intolerant as it promotes itself as a healthy alternative as it is a 100% organic and contains plant-based ingredients.


I was sent two carton samples to try - Oat Milk and Rice Almond.  As mentioned above, not being of the milk persuasion, I asked my family to be part of my testing panel.  So we started with the Oat flavour, which now contains more oats and fibre than previously.  All came back saying that it was delicious, certainly a noticeable difference to cow's milk, but in a good way.  Even trying it myself, I have to say I enjoyed it far more than cow's milk, although I could only sample a small glass due to my preference levels.

The Rice Almond milk, made with organic Italian rice, almonds and blended with spring water and a splash of agave syrup, when tested was a lot sweeter than the Oat Milk with a slight hint of nut (from the almond), although others enjoyed drinking it cold,  I found it was a little too sweet when used with tea or coffee. 



Smoothie drinks I do enjoy.  The combination of fruit with milk makes it far more palatable for me.  So, I made a batch of banana smoothies with both sets of milk.  Enjoying a good few glasses myself, I also made samples using both milk flavours for my work colleagues which in turn went down very well and they all couldn't believe it wasn't cow's milk and were all keen to know more about the brand.

Banana Smoothie


Available in health food stores (including Holland & Barrett), Provamel has a range of products, not just milk but also yoghurts, desserts and custards.  For more details on the range and for recipes, visit www.provamel.co.uk.  I for one, will definitely be making more smoothies going forward, but I will keep them to myself - I won't be as keen to share this time!

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DisclosureThis post was written following kind receipt of Provamel products.  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website.