All posts tagged: coffee

PS Lambis Giveaway and 50% Discount!

You may have seen my previous posts about PS Lambis, a London-based Cypriot company selling the most wonderful olive oil, honey and coffee. If you haven’t read these posts yet, please do, they’re some of my favourites and very close to my heart. As I explained in these posts, the company was set up by the Lambis family in memory of their father, Pambos.      And this week, to mark what would have been his birthday, PS Lambis are giving a whopping 50% off all of their products online. Visit the store here and use the code BRTHDAY15. I really can’t stress how high quality and delicious their products are, so it’s a fantastic offer. And even better, they have kindly given me one of each of their olive oil, honey and coffee products (worth over £40) to give away as a competition prize to one lucky winner! Here’s how to enter: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share this post. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. Instagram: Follow me on …

Özerlat Turkish Coffee – A Taste of Home

When I was a teenager in Cyprus, from the age of about 15 to 18, I used to waitress a few evenings a week after school and over the weekend. My first waitressing job was at a traditional Cypriot taverna which holds a lot of memories for me, called Vatouthkia. I must get round to writing a dedicated post about it soon. When you go out for a meal in Cyprus, no matter how hot it is, it always ends with a coffee! Either a simple nescafe (usually reserved for the tourists!) or ‘proper’ Greek coffee; sketo (without sugar) metrio (medium) or glyko (sweet). And one of my tasks at Vatouthkia was to make this coffee. Pretty daunting, when it has to be just right, and you’re serving it to the locals who know exactly how it should be done. And it isn’t just a case of putting some in a cup and adding hot water – it’s brewed in a small pot over heat, and stirred until just right. It’s strong but the flavour …

‘The World’s Most Expensive Food’ Series – TV Review

When I first wrote this blog post last week (14th May 2015), I only thought I’d write about the first episode of the series. I figured that would give a good overview of what the programme is about, and the message it was trying to get across. After watching the second episode last night, it turns out I was very much mistaken, so I felt compelled to update my blog post. If you scroll down, you’ll find my views on Episode Two. Episode One – 13th May 2o15 Last night I was out an event but I saw lots of friends on Facebook and Twitter talking about a new programme on Channel 4, ‘The World’s Most Expensive Food‘. Some of them really seemed to be up in arms about it. So I had to watch it when I got home!  ‘The World’s Most Expensive Food’ is a new series which covers different areas of luxury food products each episode. I expected it to be all about caviar and truffle. And while these items were or …

Coffee on the Go!

My morning indulgence is my small skinny cappuccino on the way into work – I don’t get one every day, for the sake of my bank balance, but I would if I could! So when I was given the opportunity to try out the new Emmi CAFFÈ LATTE range, I was keen to find out if this could be a more affordable, practical way of getting my morning caffeine fix. I tried the CAFFÈ LATTE Espresso and the Espresso Zero. The former has three large shots of espresso, with fresh Swiss milk and roasted Arabica coffee beans. And the latter is the UK’s only iced coffee that isn’t sweet, containing no lactose and no added sugar.     They are available in massive 370ml bottles (£1.99), which is too much for me to drink in one go (although Tim had no trouble polishing it off!), but the espresso zero is also available in a smaller 230ml size (£1.35), which is perfect for me to take to work, either walking or taking the bus. Obviously the difference …

Swapping Morning Coffee For Bubble Tea

Earlier this week, I was invited to visit a brand new bubble tea shop in Shoreditch, quite literally a stone’s throw from my office. I’ve been known to go well out of my way for bubble tea and up until now, had been walking 15 minutes to Boxpark to get my fix. But luckily Chatime have come to my rescue! Tim joined me for this tea tasting session but as much as we both enjoy bubble tea, our experience of it had been mostly limited to fruit teas with tapioca – I was keen to learn more about what this new place had to offer. We were very lucky to have Allen Du from Chatime spent over half an hour with the two of us, talking us through the various types of teas available and putting some together for us to try.     There are five different types of tea to choose from (in three sizes) – Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, Fresh Tea, Mousse and Tea Latte. Each of these can be customised with …

Baking Focaccia with Cypriot ΟΣΟ Olive Oil

A couple of weeks ago, a London-based company called P S Lambis started following me on Twitter. The name caught my attention, clearly looking very Cypriot, having grown up in Cyprus myself. The second I visited their website, I was in love with their products and everything their business stood for. Landing on the homepage, with a looped video of a Cypriot hillside landscape, I was transported back home. P S Lambis was set up by the Lambis family in memory of their father, Pambos, and the company produces olive oil, honey and coffee, (all made in Cyprus) under the brand ‘ΟΣΟ’ (OSO). In Greek this means ‘as long’ or ‘as much’. All of these products played a key role in the life of Pambos Lambis. The company’s website has a ‘stories’ section written in a script form, re-enacting moments of his life that explain why these food items were so important to him.  ‘The Journey‘ especially brought a tear to my eye. I related to this through my own family’s comings and goings from Cyprus, …