PARANGA & WATER BISCUIT | DINING AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL

If you have been reading my blog posts lately, you would have noticed that the majority of this month and last month's posts have been mostly food related. There is no denying that I love good food and good wine while traveling and therefore I have had to share these wonderful dining experiences with you all!
Recently, I traveled to Malta and stayed in a beautiful suite at the Intercontinental located at St Julian's Bay. Click here to read all about my stay there.
Today's post is all about the two fine dining restaurants located at the Intercontinental. Although, the hotel has six restaurants on site, these two restaurants are their fine dining restaurants.
When in St Julian's and wanting to indulge a little more than usual, I would highly recommend having lunch or dinner at Paranga. Paranga is located on the water's edge at Intercontinental's private beach. YES, the Intercontinental Malta has it's own private beach which is exclusive for their guests only! Every night Paranga extends the restaurant onto the beach where you can either enjoy sun downers on the beach or have dinner with your feet in the sand. This totally is my ideal romantic setting!
We were accompanied by the charming Stephen Coppini, managing director of Leisure at the Intercontinental, we had the pleasure of having a lunch at Paranga where the chef spoilt our taste buds with the best seafood lunch I have had in a long time. 
For starters we enjoyed a delicious seafood platter consisting of prawns, squid heads, calamari and octopus, just the way it was prepared was delicious and mouthwatering.
For main we indulged in a 3-way fish meal consisting of crispy prepared rockfish, grilled line fish with a unique dressing as well as a sea bass complimenting the fresh flavours.
The wine pairing was outstanding! We enjoyed a crisp Grand Vin De Hauteville, superior Maltese Wine from the Delicata winery. 
Last, but never least, is dessert. Gosh, I have the biggest sweettooth and thankfully Paranga satisfied this with an amazing dessert platter consisting of 3 traditional Italian  desserts. On the platter we had tiramisu soaked in amaretto and coffee as well as an almond and orange blossom water peanut tart with caramel and stracciatella ice cream .... sensational!
 
 
 
 
 
The next day we had an enjoyable lunch at the Waterbiscuit.
The Water biscuit has an all day breakfast menu, a lunch menu and an exclusive dinner menu where dinner is served in the upstairs section of the restaurant, which has been tastefully decorated. I enjoyed a lovely salmon Cesar salad, with a divine dressing, sprinkled with crispy bacon bits.
We also enjoyed a lovely risotto with crispy pork, oyster mushrooms, broad beans and pecorino emulsion. With an all day dining menu one can order breakfast any time of the day and so a typical Eggs Benedict, with poached eggs served on top of the unique maltese muffin, was to also be ordered for us to indulge in.
The Waterbiscuit is the perfect alternative restaurant to the average mundane.
 
 
All in all the meals were lovely and a perfect spot for lunch. Whether you are staying at the Intercontinental or not, I recommend that you have lunch or dinner at either Paranga or the Waterbiscuit or even both!

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TC
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TOP 5 SKIN CARE PRODUCTS | KIEHLS UPDATE

Kiehls change your skin
Back again with a Kiehl’s review update on the Change Your Skin campaign that I have been a part of. 
If you have not read my first blog post about the Kiehl’s Change your Skin Campaign, I suggest you first go and read it before you carry on reading this post. 
I have never had a problem with my skin before, but recently I have been having a few breakouts here and there, however since I started using these Kiehl’s products my skin immediately started clearing up. Not only were my blemishes disappearing but my skin was brighter and definitely felt more rejuvenated.
I love a foam based cleaners, for some reason it makes my skin feel even more clean (I don’t know why, it must be a mind set). The Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing foam wash is gel based, however when mixed with water is turns into this amazing smelling creamy foam, which is so soft on your skin. This cleanser is for normal to oily skin types that removes any blocked pores leaving your skin soft and smooth. The reason I really enjoy using this cleanser is because when I am finished washing my face, it does not leave my skin feeling dry and rough like that of other cleansers I have used before. Let me know if you have felt this way before with face wash that has left your skin feeling so dry after washing your face. 
As I mentioned in my previous post (link here), the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is by far one of the best moisturizers I have ever used. If you follow me on Instagram (link here), you would have seen that I am always promoting how important it is to look after your skin. By this I mean, not only washing your face and removing all your make up properly, but also applying sunscreen and moisturizer on your face and body. Now with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, you don’t need to first apply sunscreen and then a moisturizer. The Kiehl’s Facial Cream contains both a moisturizer and a sunscreen with an SPF 30 in it. I really could not be happier with this product! 
Let’s talk about eye cream! Somedays, I genuinely do not feel like wearing makeup but, I hate bags and dark circles under my eyes. Thankfully, since I have been using Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, my dark circles and baggy eyes have disappeared. I apply this treatment at night and sleep with it on over night. By the morning my eyes have lifted, making them feel fresh and bright. The concentrated avocado oil used in the eye cream, deeply penetrates into the skin without migrating into the eye or irritating this delicate area. I think it has magic powers, as I swear I am starting to look younger again! (YAY)
Speaking of magic, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is magic is a blue bottle. This concentrate oil is applied at night replenishing your skin that my morning it has visibly restored the appearance of your skin. I swear by this oil! I apply about 2-3 drops into my hands and then rub it gently into my skin.  
Lastly, although not a part of the Change Your Skin Campaign, I do highly recommend Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol- Free Toner. This toner has a fast-acting serum in it which quickly diminishes any dark spots and evens your skin tone and complexion.  Once again, magic in a bottle. With Calendula herbal extracts, it gently cleanses the skin and soothes any irritated skin. 
Kiehls skin care
To shop any of these products, click here.
For more information, head on over to my previous Kiehl’s blog post
Lastly, for daily skincare tips and tricks, head on over to my Instagram page.

TC
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INTERCONTINENTAL MALTA | PANORAMIC SUITE

What a warm welcome from the wonderful staff at Intercontinental Malta. I haven't stayed at a hotel like this in a long time where I can most certainly say that the staff members are outstanding! Not only are they so well trained and knowledgeable but they are also very polite, friendly and welcoming.
Our week long stay at the Intercontinental was a wonderful experience. If you are looking for accommodation in Malta and wanting that extra touch when it comes to service, accommodation and experience, then I, without a doubt, would recommend staying at the Intercontinental Malta.
The suites on the 17th and 18th floor as well as the Sky Beach on the 19th floor have just recently opened and the exclusivity that this part of the hotel offers is phenomenal. We had the pleasure of staying in the Panaromic Suite on the 17th floor. As we arrived at the suite, the team at Intercontinental, kindly sent up a beautiful bottle of Moët and Chandon as well as a personalized card with local Maltese salts.
Daily breakfast is served in the club lounge for all guests staying in the suites. Offering a delicious array of continental dishes as well as an a la carte menu, where they serve a scrumptious Eggs Benedict .
Between 14:00 and 16:00 everyday, we were treated to high tea at the club lounge, where the head chef would present delicious cakes and sandwiches. Thereafter at 17:30, we'd enjoy sundowners and canapés outside on the terrace. From bottomless champagne to ice cold aperol spritz, it was the perfect way to end each day! 
The extra amenities that the Intercontinental suites offer, is well worth the stay. Besides the fantastic all day wining and dining, suite guests are welcomed to their own private infinity pool area on the 19th floor at the Sky Beach that has a 360 degree view and over looks the beautiful Mediterranean Sea! 
From fine dining to casual eating, there are 6 restaurants located at the Intercontinental Malta, which gives guests a variety to choose from. (scroll down to carry on reading..)
Once again the stay was phenomenal! For
More pictures on my stay at intercontinental Malta, head on over to my Instagram page.

Stay tuned for my next blog post on Paranga and Water biscuit, the two fine dining restaurants located at the Intercontinental. 

TC
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CUTE CAFE IN MALTA | ONE80 CAFE

Located inside LOFT, this quaint little Cafe really reminds of the Tasha's Cafes that we have in South Africa and Dubai. Before I begin, if you want to know more about LOFT, head on over to my previous post, so you can get a better understanding of what it is all about. 

If you are looking for a place that offers light meals in and around the Naxxar area, then I would really recommend grabbing a bite to eat at One80 Cafe. The Cafe offers a small but adequate menu, with breakfast dishes, lunch dishes and an amazing selection of the most decadent cakes.

For lunch we started off with a delicious Greek quinoa salad and then moved onto a creamy leek and chicken pie garnished with a side salad as well as a scrumptious roasted butternut pasta. 

What I love most about One80 Cafe is that they offer a selection of delicious cakes which are vegan friendly and gluten free. For dessert, we indulged in a delicious vegan and gluten free blueberry cheesecake and a double chocolate mousse cake that was out of this world. 

Once you have finished eating, I highly recommend taking a stroll through LOFT, the interior design store where the Cafe is located inside!
TC
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LOFT MALTA | INTERIOR DESIGN PARADISE

An interior boutique store like no other!
LOFT, located in the heart of the quiant town of Naxxar, Malta, is an interior designer and architect's paradise. 
There are many things to see and do in Malta, but I must say this is a location I'd highly recommend stopping at. If you are a creative like me or an architect looking for the perfect interior finish then LOFT is the perfect place to be inspired, network with the design staff and get your hands on the many one of a kind collectables that the store has to offer. The hip atmosphere that LOFT has brought about in a small yet practical way, really lets the creative mind escape reality and become inspired. Owned by the lovely Josette Schembri Vella, she has perfected the art of the finer things in life with her talented team.
Most of the pieces that you can find at LOFT have been personally picked out by Josette and imported from various nordic countries. From lighting to fabrics and specialised home accessories, LOFT has it all! Specifically designed and customised for your home and living space, the team at LOFT design, advise, select and install the perfect interior that you desire. 
One of my favourite collectables that LOFT has to offer, is their bi-yearly Temple Magazine. A luxury magazine that is published twice a year, enriched with magnificent photography, inspiration and insightful information on not only LOFT, but also showcases the best of the best that the beautiful Maltese Islands have to offer and is the perfect insight to the luxury life that Malta holds. Just to add, should you be looking for the ultimate luxury experience when visiting Malta, I do recommend booking your trip with Temple Concierge, a sister company of LOFT.
For more information head on over to their website or follow them on Instagram @loftmalta
Stay posted this week for my post on One80 Cafe, the cutest Cafe in Malta and conveniently located inside LOFT building.

TC
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GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT IN MALTA | THE HARBOUR CLUB


Good food and wine is an important part of the Maltese culture, therefore we had to stop by The Harbour Club.
A restaurant with a breathtaking view overlooking the old town of Valletta, The Harbour Club is the perfect location for a romantic dining experience. 
Once again the team and I were fortunate enough to experience this quaint little restaurant that is filled with a rich history. 
For starters we had the pleasure of indulging in three wonderfully curated dishes. First, was a delightfully fresh Tuna tartar marinated in olive and black pepper, topped with cherry tomatoes, buttermilk and basil cream sauce. This dish was absolutely outstanding. 
Secondly, was a delicious traditional Maltese  "Nanna's messed up Aljotta soup" consisting  of mussels, clams and a variety of vegetables in a creamy soup. 
Thirdly, was a tasty acquerello risotto with green asparagus aged pecorino cheese and crispy guanciale. 
For our main course we had a wonderfully prepared milk fed veal sirloin served with a cashew nut pureé, dehydrated grapes topped with cashew nuts.  
We also opted for the calamari and octopus dish served with squid ink.
Our last main was a seared tuna steak dish accompanied with rolled stir fry vegetables and crispy potato cuts.
Food without wine is like a day without sunshine right? As we are in Malta, we decided to pair our food with a traditional Maltese wine, Chardonnay  "ISIS." With delectable fruity notes that enhanced the overall dishes that we had selected, this wine was fantastic. 

There is no doubt about it that The Harbour Club, knows how to treat their guests with 5 star service.
  If you're visiting Malta, I highly recommend adding this restaurant onto your list!

TC
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TOP ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN MALTA | CIBO


Finally we have arrived in Malta!

If you've been keeping up with my Instagram stories you would have seen that I have been indulging in some delicious cuisine here in Malta.
Our first stop was at Cibo, an Italian restaurant like no other! Located in the heart of Sliema, we were warmly welcomed by Jean Paul Testa, managing director of Cibo and Testa Catering Concepts Co Ltd.
For our first course, head chef, Daniele D'Apice, served us an amazing salmon risotto. I haven't always been a fan of risotto but I have to admit this salmon risotto was absolutely outstanding. The salmon was not over cooked and served medium rare (which I absolutely love), combined with the rich flavours of caviar, chili and crusted Parmesan cheese.
Paired with an Italian Chardonnay wine, Principato, this dish was nothing but divine and the risotto complimented the salmon so well.
For our second course, we enjoyed a casual pizza. Traditional Italian pizza is honestly my favorite and there is no doubt about it that Cibo has perfected the art of making authentic Italian pizzas! The pizza base was made with the unique Cibo dough and topped with the freshest ingredients. Once again paired with the wonderful Italian Principato, Chardonnay.
Although, we had the option of enjoying a third course, the famous Cibo ribs, which comes highly recommended, we could not squeeze it in!
In saying so, there is always space for dessert right?
For dessert we popped across the road to French Affaire, the sister Cafe of Cibo, where we enjoyed iced coffee and some decadent cakes. Ordering a mille-feuille, a lemon cheese cake and a caramel and pistachio Mille-feuille, we really enjoyed over-indulging in these fresh and delicious cakes.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed this experience and highly recommend Cibo as part of your dining experience when visiting Malta.
For more on my Malta trip, head on over to my Instagram!

TC
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