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    Fitness First Cover Shoot

    Having shared my journey of self discovery, building a business and weight loss with you all here (or if you’ve never read it – check out my story via this link here) you will all know that being outdoors, taking photos and trying to spread positive vibes is what I am all about.

    So when the team from Fitness First approached me about sharing bits of my journey, I knew it would be a fun day! Not to mention I got to share the day with some extremely talented individuals and learn about their stories too!

    You can head to the web version on the Fitness First website here.

    Behind the scenes: Fitness First Magazine

    Kx

    Who doesn’t love the smell of roasted garlic coming from the oven?!

    Ahhh the good old Roasted Garlic Hummus, something that is permanently in my fridge. I am a chronic snacker. Working from home has its pros and cons… and to be honest, I am not sure which category to put my snacking habits into. On the plus side, if I get myself organised with my prep and plan my meals, I have a foolproof way of staying on track with eating healthy nutritious meals all day long. One of my biggest issues I find it when I am in and out of meetings, no time to grab lunch or a reasonably healthy snack, and the 3pm hunger slump hits. Look out hangry Krumble. Now, this doesn’t happen all too often, I am human, things happen, meetings get rescheduled and it just can’t be avoided.

    What I look for in a ‘snack’ is something that is low GI, reasonably high in protein, I will feel full but not bloated and most of all something that I will enjoy eating. I am a firm believer that if something isn’t pleasant to eat, your brain will play tricks on you and your satisfaction level is pretty low.

    This Roasted Garlic Hummus is one of my favourite little snacks. This recipe is vegan, dairy free, extremely low GI, high in protein (from the chickpeas) and packed full nutritious ingredients that will help you feel good from the inside. So next time you are grabbing that store bought hummus from the supermarket, pick up your phone, get this ingredient list out and whip up a big batch, I promise you it is so much more rewarding!

    Hummus isn’t just a dip thing (although give me some green beans, celery and some carrot and I am set), I love making a tahini hummus dressing, a poached chicken hummus salad (think asparagus, ribboned zucchini, cucumber, pine nuts, rocket, pomegranate), the list goes on and on and on!

    Roasted Garlic Hummus

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Total Time: 25 minutes

    Ingredients


    • 1 whole bud of garlic

    • 1 teaspoon tahini

    • 1/4 cup extra virgin / cold press olive oil

    • 1 can organic chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

    • 2 lemons (juice of 2, rind of 1/2)

    • Pinch of sea salt & cracked pepper

    • 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil

    • 1 tablespoons water

    Instructions


    • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Roast the garlic cloves (whole and unpeeled) with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil for 15-20 minutes.

    • Once cooked, let it cool down, then squeeze the garlic out of the skin into a food processor

    • Combine garlic with half of the lemon juice, tahini, rind, salt/pepper, chickpeas and blitz until just combined.

    • Slowly add the flaxseed oil and olive oil until you reach your desired consistency (add the water if you want a super silky smooth finish). Taste, and season with lemon and if needed more salt and pepper.

    http://krumbled.com/roasted-garlic-hummus/

    What is your favourite dip to make? How else do you like to make your hummus? Leave your comments below and let me know what else you’d like me to make!

    Kx

    “Enjoy bang for your buck at the conveniently located Island Pacific Hotel, The old town of Hong Kong is just at your doorstep, so make sure you get out and explore it!”

    Island Pacific Lobby

    The Island Pacific Hotel (click here) offers travellers a conveniently positioned 3 star hotel which is only 10 minutes away from the Hong Kong Express Station, 5 minutes to Say Ying Pun MTR station and a 15 minute journey to Macau Ferry Terminal.

    Check’n In

    One of the main selling points for me was the location. Having just arrived into Hong Kong and seeing all the development and gentrification of the city, I wanted to experience the old, authentic parts of Hong Kong. Located further west of the island in Sheung Wan, the neighbourhood has maintained the look and feel of timeworn Hong Kong. Many of the street vendors still sell traditional Cantonese products, such as the many, many different types of dried seafood.

    Exploring Some Of Old Hong Kong

    Unfortunately in saying that, there is still a lot dried shark fin floating around these shops. Which is such a shame to see because of the inhumane way of harvesting it. Our guide Yan did say that the government was trying to outlaw this, which I guess is a positive but until it’s actually implemented, it’s just a nice thought.

    The Room

    We were in the harbour view room, the room was dated but substantial. It had all of the necessary amenities and fittings required for a pleasant business stay. The room had a standard bathroom (fit with shower and bath tub) along with a floor to ceiling mirror and a large vanity.

    The room was spacious enough to spread out, and have a little setup for a working space ( if this isn’t enough, the business lounge has plenty of room with a lovely harbour or building view).

    Food & Beverage

    The buffet at Centre Street Kitchen provides you a host of food options that are both healthy and delicious.

    Pool & Gym

    The Island Pacific offers guests the use of the outdoor pool, gym and business centre and a free shuttle bus service to the city.

    The Island Pacific's Outdoor Pool

    Pros:

    • Value for money
    • Lovely view with large windows
    • Business Centre

    Cons:

    • A little basic in some areas (Sino group is starting renovations in the near future and with the Olympian and Pottinger under their belt I’m excited to see what they have in store)
    Couple Floors Up

    Overall:

    The Island Pacific is a great hotel if you want a good affordable hotel (Hong Kong Standards) in the center of one of Hong Kong’s most untouched, authentic and cultural spots.

    Island Pacific
    152 Connaught Rd
    Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
    +85221311188

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at the Island Pacific was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
    Have you stayed at Island Pacific before? What do you think? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.

    “The Olympian Hotel is a great option to unwind, just outside the manic speed of busy Hong Kong”

    The Olympian Foyer

    A luxurious boutique hotel located in West Kowloon, The Olympian Hotel Hong Kong (click here) is within walking distance of the Olympic MTR station and the Olympian City shopping centre.

    Plush Velvet Furnishings & Floral Displays

    Check’n In

    Walking through the hotel, I felt as if I was one of the only guests there. With 3.3m high ceilings and larger then usual hallways on only 1 floor, we casually made our way down to our suite, passing by the gym and self-service laundry (that was a big plus for us).

    3.3m Ceilings

    The Olympian has been specifically built to maximize space for guests travelling to Hong Kong on longer than usual visits. Recently opening in March 2016 and with only 32 rooms to its’ name, The Olympians’ guests are afforded the luxury of a lot of additional living space to really stretch out in. With the limited amount of rooms on offer, a certain level of personalization comes along with it, which might not be found in the larger hotels.

    The Room

    Entering our room, immediately the sheer size of the room comes to mind, It’s enormous (for Hong Kong standards), equipped with a kitchen, (another unusual thing for Hong Kong), a seperate living area, a spacious bathroom and large bedroom with walk-in wardrobe. The stone bathroom had dual basins, bathtub, and a three-meter high rain shower (great to relax in after a long day walking around)

    The View From The Room

    Food & Beverage

    Each room has a fully functioning kitchenette and there is a common area for a la carte breakfast and refreshments in the mornings.

    Amenities

    Embracing the contemporary residence concept, the boutique hotel boasted a small gym, business center, kitchen area along with a self-service laundry area. The hotel is purpose built to be a ‘home away from home’ suitable for those who are after a mid to long-term stay in Hong Kong. Washing machines and driers are a great added bonus (there is also standard laundry service that is offered through the concierge team).

    Office Space At The Olympian

    Pros:

    • Self service laundry area
    • Spaciousness of the room
    • Rain shower
    • Personalized stay

    Cons:

    • Not in the heart of HK
    • View is a little lackluster
    • Small gym
    Sophisticated Style With An Oriental Touch

    Overall:

    The Olympian Hotel is a wonderfully spacious hotel which caters towards those that are looking for an extremely personalized mid to long-term stay.

    The Olympian Hotel
    18 Hoi Fai Rd
    Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
    +852 3199 8888

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at the Olympian was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
    Have you stayed at The Olympian Hong Kong before? What did you think about the room size? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.