EuroThai – Patong Phuket – £

Service was a little slow but we was seated quickly with drinks, dispute the small restaurant been so busy. We had stopped for a late lunch (14:00) after traveling from Bangkok.

We orders the Pad see eew with pork, pad Thai with chicken. Both was extremely tasty with the noodles on the pad see eew been thicker than I have had in Thailand but really went well with the dish.

For both dishes and 2 bottles of coke the bill came to 340baht which seemed very reasonable for a tasty meal.

Overall, great price, lovely tasting food but a little slow on the service it is 4 out of 5 but it is well worth a visit.

Smooth Curry – Bangkok – ££££

On our first night in Bangkok, after 16 hours of travel, walking 10 miles we had very little energy to walk around looking for some where to eat we headed to trip advisor for a suggestion which was close to our hotel.

Smooth Curry came with some excellent reviews and was quite close to our hotel, so we made the short walk. Based in a hotel, you have to take a lift and head to the end of the corridor (past Silk Road).

It is quite small but decorated nicely, the staff are friendly and attentive, the service is very good. The food is amazing, we was give a lovely prawn dish and for starters we had the mix starter sampler which came spring rolls, fish cake, chicken all of which are great.

For the main course we had the beef shin massamen which was wonderful and a chicken dish with a coating of deep fired prawn, shrimp coating which was very different from anything I have had before and I loved it.

We ordered a mixed Thai style rice as well which brought another layer to the meal. After all that we couldn’t eat any desert.

For a starters, 2 mains with rice, 2 glasses of wine, 1 beer with service charge cost just over 3000 bhat. Overall my wife and I enjoyed the meal, the service was excellent.

 

Gringos Huddersfield

In 2016 my wife and I headed to Gingos Mexican and smokehouse in Huddersfield, we hadn’t booked but they was able to find us a table even thought it was quite busy.

My starter was a Taco with a Chrispy taco shell which was ok, the guacamole was a little disappointing as it was not fresh and tasted like long life jar guacamole.

For my my main I had a nachos with mixed meats (some smoked) which again was only let down by the Guacamole and the sour cream.

Overall the food was ok, the staff did a good job. The atmosphere is nice but with a tin roof it echos the noise.

For me, it was ok and would get a 3 out of 5

 

Kimera Koffee

I love coffee !!! no …. I really love coffee … often too much. I have a full-time management job, I own a Martial art academy with over 30 active fighters so days are long and my good friend coffee gets me through the day.

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But … I tend to find that my reliance on the wonderful warm lovely bringer of energy and alertness can at time leave me with feeling cloudy and struggle to sleep.

I am currently preparing for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in which I have 6 weeks to cut 14kg, these means: –
1. Increased Energy expenditure (Training)
2. Decrease in Calorie intake (Diet)
3. Increase recovery time to deal with training stress (Sleep, Ice baths, etc.)

Typically, I would supplement points 1 (Training) and 2 (diet) with a large amount of coffee, but there are no free rides. Drink a lot of the coffee negatively effected my sleeping patterns, this had a waterfall effect on my training and performance.

I have played with the supplement Alpha Brain which is a nootropic from Onnit, which helps brain function but I did not see a big difference. I have not written it off but I need to do some more testing and this is where Kimera Koffee comes in.

I came across Kimera Koffee from Gary Tonnon, he is currently sponsored by them and I really enjoy his style of grappling. Kimera Koffee (yes, it is spelt with a K) is coffee with Nootropics!!! Hooray! Something I love (coffee) with something I want to test (Nootropics)

So how am I going to use this coffee? The Dolce Diet seems to be the best diet for me to make weight for competition, and as part of this diet, I have coffee for Breakfast and Lunch (Dinner if you’re from Yorkshire). This is normally a bit of a struggle to go down to just 2 cups of coffee a day, as I need my caffeine hit every couple of hours.

Taste – I tried both types of the coffee and I have come to the conclusion that I may have broken my taste buds with level 6 strength coffee for the last 6 months. What I found is over a couple of days and only having 2 coffees a day, the flavour came through I found both the medium and dark roast smooth and I found it easy to drink with or with out stevia.

Effect – As I have mentioned … I was expecting a crash in focus and energy levels but I didn’t, I felt like I had a good level of focus throughout the day without the foggy feeling.
With regards to the Nootropics, I did feel more “Switched on” which was interesting. I have some real challenges both at work and with my Martial team, but I have felt a little more levelled to work and think through the challenges. Kimera coffee has peaked my interest again in Nootropics, because I have felt the effects/seen an improvement in focus.

Overall – Money talks … and I have gone and bought another 2 bags, I like the taste, I am sleeping better without crashing through the day and I have seen an improvement in my focus.

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Tappino’s in Cleckheaton

My Wife and I really enjoy Aldos and for some time we have been really looking forward to trying out Tappinos which is owned and operated by the same people. I could not count how many meals we have had at Aldos, Birthdays, Family meals and this has also been the venue for many romantic meals with my wife.


Because of the great food and service at Aldos it is a very popular and busy restaurant with a great buzz. Tappinos is very different, we was able to book with out any problems, the decor of the restaurant was very rustic with a quieter buzz than than its bigger brother Aldos.

Tappinos server “Italian Tapas” which is a fantastic idea, my wife and tried to do the Tapas idea with starters at Aldos once, we ordered 5 starter dishes on one of our visits which lead to staff moving us to a larger table and 2 rather full belly’s.


The staff are very friendly and deliver great service, top this with some fantastic food … we my have found our new favourite restaurant in Cleckheaton. Our meal for 2 people for 6 dishes, 2 deserts, 1 bottle of wine and a Beer came to around £80 which seemed pretty reasonable.

Film – Double Dragon 

Like many popular games … a film was created … you lucky … lucky people… but remember it’s not just a game

Double Dragon started out as an Arcade Machine which has taken more 10 pence peices from me than any other game in my miss spent youth. It also came out on some of there earlier consoles and computers and it is safe to say it was one of my favourite games and probably one of the reason I got involved in martial arts.

The film was release in 1994 and no one has ever heard of it ….. so it brilliant. The legend of the Double dragon is based around 2 medallion’s, a king had to scarifies himself to create a medallion …..

“WHAT THE F£@K! … How the hell does that work”

  1. Stop yelling at me, I didn’t make the film.
  2. I don’t know … or care just go with the story.

… any way 1 medallion has powers over the body and the other over the soul.
We are introduced to this arse hole below, he explains he how the medallion had been hide so they could not used for EVIL !!!!!  Guess what, the dude with the blond high top hair in a big office is the bad guy! Classic 80’s brilliance

Our 2 hero’s live in a post apocalyptic time, with weird karate tourneyments and curfues. I think films like the “The Purge” have clearly been inspired by this master piece, if you are caught outside after curfues your life is at risk.

So with out giving too much away … an adventure begins, They make some friends, suffer a loss, they meet a girl and karate fights which is fantastic !

We also learn a great life lesson around taking questionable drugs … remember kids play fair or you will send up looking like a hemorrhoid.

In this film we learn some fantastic life lesson and the banter is top notch so don’t waist your time with Netflix or Sky TV, get your self over to Youtube and investing your future.

 

Film – Skew (Horror)

Starts of with the usual “young people getting together for a road trip” and there is always one guy filming to capture the adventures that is about to go down.

We start our trip with 2 guys and one girl … “Blair witch did this you arse holes !!!!” I hear you cry … But wait … The girl in the Blair witch film didn’t wear blue vulurler pants like my gran … The lead lady in this film does … So in the first couple of minutes we can make the following assumptions

1. There was no budget, the women owned the pants.

2. There was very little budget for clothes so they had to shop in a flee market/car boot.


So do we press on and watch this … I am a Yorkshire man and despite how bad it is I am watching it as I have spent money. Also the plane movies are really limited. With out giving too much away, the film is Cam based (Blair witch style … Again remember the pants … It’s not Blair Witch). There is a couple of things that bugged me from the off with this film.

There is a weird noise that happens, like a little boom (similar to Paranormal Activity) which I thought would mean something is about to happen … But they use it in bits it does not belong. The acting isn’t great … But we knew that was going to happen because of the blue pants and some of it might be down to the script been little clunky.

It is about 30 mins in things start happening, and there is a pretty good scene which is jumpy…. There are 2 jumpy bits … That’s it.

Overall this film was Poor … If I hadn’t been stuck on a Thomas Cook flight I would of turned it off.

Riu Touareg – Cape Verde

After a busy and rough few months my wife and I got the credit card then started looking for a break in March. Our options for a week with specific datas we could fly out narrowed our options ot Cyprus or Cape Verde.

Although we love Cyprus but the weather (temperature) of an African destination help us press the button on the Riu Touareg booking.

Tip 1 – The plane is very small and does not offer entertainment/films so load up iPads and podcasts. The seats are quite tight. I am 5’10 and I wish I had booked the extra leg room.

The check in was very smooth, there was lots of staff to help get people through quickly. The staff are freindly and they offer to take your suitcase directly to the room. We choose to take our own as I read on Trip Advisor it can be quicker to take their own.

We booked the adult only section, the room was clean with a mini bar which is filled every 2 days. You get 2 beers, 3 large bottles of water and 6 bottles of pop. In our room we had a 4 large bottles spirits (whiskey, rum, vodka, brandy) … it is pretty cheap stuff but it was nice to see.

We stayed mainly by the adults only pool, we tended to grab a sun bed just away from the pool, there was lots of room. We went to the main pool once and the music and staff trying to get people involved in activities, that was not for us. The adult only bar has a champagne day on a Tuesday and Friday at 12:00 with some dancing and some really nice live music.

Food at the buffet was nice (but not amazing) there is a good amount choice, the buffet experience was not the best, people rushing around, bumping into me and often quite rude. The specialist restruants were nice, my faviorte was the African restruant followed closely by the gourmet (adults only) restruant. Some of the servers are very good, some are just ok, we always tried to stay in the areas with the better servers.

The entitainment is a little 1st stage of the X-Factor, there is a difference theme every night some of it is good … some a little comical but still fun to watch.

Around the complex there is nothing but goats, so if you want to adventure out you will either need to book a taxi or go on an organised trip. The sea is very very rough and there was a red flag every day, so we did not swim in the sea.

There are cats about but if you leave them alone they won’t pester you, if you like cats they are freindly. Apparently the cats keep the grounds free of mice and cockroaches which i really like.

Overall the facilities are clean and well maintained, the staff is very friendly and helpful. We both enjoyed our holiday, we didn’t want to travel or do trips, we wanted the be feed, watered and to lay down.

On trip advisor I will give this 4 out of 5.