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Contents Editor`s Letter

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Travel & Culture Villa Amalfi Tulum Competition Restaurants in Tulum

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Fashion, Health & Beauty This seasons lippy’s Homemade facial toner Blogger Spotlight Elearia Luxury Leather Bags M&S sleep cream New family member

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Food & Drink Chicken Chimi in the Oven Beer Margaritas Cauliflower rice

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Conradi Small Business Advice The importance of Logo Design 36 .......................................................................................................

Home & Garden Mays Gardening Tips

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Classified Adverts

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Editor`s Letter We’ve had a few lovely warm days and the weather tricked us into believing summer had arrived, this only seemed to happen as I left the UK for some strange reason. I can’t really moan as I’ve had a fabulous month of April. I visited Tulum Mexico for the first time and stayed at the superb privately owned Villa Amalfi Tulum. Read all about it on pg 8. I sampled some wonderful food and drinks and we’ve a couple of recipes to share with you to try, check out pg 30 & 31. Read all about this seasons lippie’s on pg 19 and how to make your own rosemary facial toner at home on pg 20-21. Enter our competition, we’re giving away an Italian leather luxury handbag from Elearia see pg13, visit our website, below the image of Elearia Luxury Leather Bag there’s a link for your name and contact details good luck! Follow me on Instagram for more competitions and give aways @Maxine.tasker. You can always download the lastest magazine online, the links on the website home page www.southcountymagazine.co.uk

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Travel & Culture Villa Amalfi Tulum p.8-11 | Great Restaurants in Tulum p. 14-15

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TRAVEL AND CULTURE VILLA AMALFI

VILLA AMALFI Tulum My first experience of Mexico and I fell in love with the place the moment I arrived. 8 | May 2017

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was invited to stay at Villa Amalfi in Tulum, this exquisite villa is situated on Aldea Zama a new complex, being referred to as the New Tulum.

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own unique visions within the larger community and the owners of this property have certainly put their heart and soul into this villa.

The property has bikes available for you to use which I feel this is a perfect way to travel around, a car really isn’t required. If you development in Tulum, wish to explore further a Mexico. Located less field taxis are really quite than one hour south of Playa del Carmen and two reasonable and you can always cycle out of the hours from the Cancun International Airport, this complex and park your project offers a variety of bike. residential, commercial, Tulum has so much to where developers are offer one of the greatest permitted to create their May 2017 | 9


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TRAVEL AND CULTURE VILLA AMALFI

attraction there is the Tulum Ruins a short bike ride away and well worth a visit. Built on a bluff facing the rising sun, this ruin site is the only Maya settlement located on the beaches of the Caribbean. The views continue to be described as spectacular as millions of people visit this Maya ruin in the Riviera Maya. We spent the morning wandering around the ruins and enjoying the views. It can get quite busy I would suggest visiting in the morning. Villa Amalfi Tulum what can I say about this place honestly it is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed at, the design is amazing

and the owners have spent so much time on every tiny detail, the colours flow from the outside of the property inside. Even down to the towels and the tea towels. As daft as that may seem these tiny intricate details make you feel as if you really are in paradise.

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VILLA AMALFI TRAVEL AND CULTURE

The location is perfect!

Villa Amalfi Tulum is a spacious detached property which you could plot up in for the duration of your stay as it has everything you would need, washing machine dryer,TV Sky cooker, microwave or if you are feeling lavish you can even arrange for a private chef to come in and cook for you for the evening. southcountymagazine.co.uk

Chef Vidal cooked for us two evenings during our stay and brings everything including the wine he feels compliments your meal. He prepares cooks and even cleans up after himself now thats what I call a result. The outside eating area gives the property a homely feel, making it the perfect location for lunch around the pool or a romantic evening meal under the stars. The location is perfect just far enough away from Tulum its self giving you

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the peace and tranquility of jungle life. I found the ideal spot to work first thing in the morning when everyone was still asleep up on the fabulous veranda, I could watch the sun rise and listen to the birds in the jungle singing their dawn chorus. This place most certainly had the wow factor for me and I can’t wait to return when the complex is a little more established. Visit villaamalfitulum.com

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Situated just outside the Market town of Westerham on the Kent/ Surrey Borders - close to Biggin Hill Airport, Chartwell, Hever Castle and Down House. We offer quality food, drink and lodging in comfortable and pleasant surroundings! www.thebakeryrestaurant.com

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TEMPLE BAR HOTEL DUBLIN

Nestled in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, this is one of the most popular destinations for shopping trips and seasonal breaks. www.templebarhotel.com

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Set on 65 acres of gardens, this 1901 Italian Renaissance-style manor house overlooks the River Thames. www.danesfieldhouse.co.uk

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Competition! This month we are giving one of our lucky readers the chance to win a beautiful leather bag from ELEARIA. This stunning bag is made in Italy from only the best leather. To enter all you have to do is to visit out website www.southcountymagazine.co.uk and click on the link. We will message the winner on 30th May. Good Luck!

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TRAVEL & CULTURE RESTAURANTS IN TULUM

Two Fabulous Restaurants in Tulum Posada Margarita is a rustic Italian gem owned by a cool young Italian couple. The concise menu features homemade pastas, fresh vegetables, and charcuterie and the white-washed patio is basically an invitation to spend hours sipping wine. This is a shabby-chic picturesque dream on the beach, this little Italian place is so cute and romantic, and 14 | May 2017

it’s completely open and right on the beach. It has the best Italian food in the city. Fresh fish in lemon and olive oil paired with a huge mason jar of fresh squeezed green juice is just one of my favourites. The chef is always willing to talk you through the tasty menu (fresh fish, pizza, pasta), and we came back twice during our stay. You will need to book, as it

is always full. They have an extensive wine menu and the atmosphere was lovely.

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and spicy salads taste even better with a cold michelada, and the views are splendid.

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The restaurant is also a hot spot at dinner, though I find Tulum winds strong at night and prefer to eat here in the day (followed by a nap on the beach). For those seeking a home base in this quieter part of town, Mezzanine is also a hotel.

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THIS SEASONS LIPPY’S HEALTH & BEAUTY

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FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY ROSEMARY TONER

Homemade Facial Toner With Rosemary

A quick and easy recipe for making your own homemade rosemary facial toner. It is an incredibly easy process and only takes 5 minutes. INGREDIENTS 2 cups of water 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 20 | May 2017

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METHOD Combine water and rosemary in a small pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer, until reduced by half. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain through a fine strainer, and add apple cider vinegar. Store in a reusable container I picked mine up from Superdrug. WHY IT WORKS Rosemary is rich in vital nutrients, including iron, calcium, and antioxidants. It may help prevent signs of ageing, treat acne, and prevent infection. It also has aromatic properties that may soothe and rejuvenate. Apple cider vinegar helps battle acne, and may help reduce age spots. The two combined leaves you with a fresh, radiant glow!

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Does it work? The cream came up trumps in consumer trials with 71% of women agreeing their skin appeared transformed after just two weeks, which suggests many of them agree with the claim it “makes you look like you’ve had eight hours sleep (even when you haven’t).” The bad news is theres a waitlist. So add this to your beauty shopping list as soon as you can get your hands on it and try for yourself. May 2017 | 27


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INTRODUCING A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY One of the thorniest issues a pet owner may face is introducing another dog or puppy into the family and boy do I know about it. We have had a Shih Tzu Louis from a puppy and he is 3 years old this October. I had been toying with the idea of another for well over a year and my son decided he was going to take it upon himself to get a new puppy. Fantastic idea I thought at the time but it has been harder than I had first thought. My dog who has had the house and

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family to himself may be resenting having to share his family’s attention. The initial meeting went well but as the first week went on things began to take a little turn for the worse. Before introducing our new puppy, I tried to take away all items he may feel protective of slowly. A couple of favorite toys and his bones, as these he tends to react aggressively to when strangers are in the house. We made the puppy his own bed, in his own crate given both dogs

their own space. For the first week it seemed to be going well a few times Louis the older dog would snap at the new addition and it seemed that he was putting him in his place, but there have been a few occasions when Louis seems quite upset and put out. After a lot of research on-line I found that there’s conflicting ideas of what should and should not be done, so I decided we would give a monthly review of how things are going with us. Wish us luck!

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Food & Drink Chicken chimi p.30 | Beer Margaritas p.30 |Cauliflower rice p. 32-33

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FOOD & DRINK CHICKEN CHIMI RECIPE

Chicken Chimi in the Oven ”A fragrant, spicy chicken mixture is rolled up in flour tortillas and baked. This is a fabulous recipe! Serve with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.” INGREDIENTS: • • • • • • • • •

4 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic 2 cups salsa 3 tbsp water 1/4 cup chilli powder 1/2 tspground cumin 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 pound cooked, shredded chicken breast meat • 1 cup refried beans • 6 (10 inch) flour tortillas

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Preheat oven to 220 degrees Lightly grease a medium baking dish. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in salsa and water. Season with chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. Return mixture to the saucepan, stir in the chicken, and cook until heated through. Spoon an equal amount of refried beans down center of each tortilla and top with equal amounts of the chicken mixture. Fold tortillas over the filling, and secure with toothpicks. Arrange seam-side down in the prepared baking dish, and brush with the remaining olive oil. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, turning every 5 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

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BEER MARGARITAS RECIPE FOOD & DRINK

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BEER MARGARITAS RECIPE

These refreshing Beer Margaritas have only 3 ingredients and taste way better than any bottled mix I have tried in the UK. For me, the best balance of flavors and the closest to an actual margarita came from equal proportions of all three.

INGREDIENTS • beer • tequila gold or silver tequila • limeade concentrate. • Pour equal parts into a glass and garnish with lime • Easy !

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FOOD & DRINK CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPE

Cauliflower Rice RECIPE

WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT CAULIFLOWER RICE? Well this one of those easy swaps if you lose the rice you can save your carb allowance for the fun stuff. Crammed with more nutrients than I have space to mention and with just 25 calories per 100g (compared with about 140 calories per 100g cooked white rice), this new grain-free grain is cropping up as a highly popular rice alternative. No longer is the vegetable restricted to the smelly and soggy cauliflower cheese of the 80’s. It has undergone a health-enhancing transformation, the result of which should satisfy even the most avid of rice addicts. I first had it at my daughters and I am now hooked. 1 large cauliflower could serve four people, though with fewer calories and much more dietary fibre than rice, there’s no harm in having an extra large portion. This doesn’t just need to play the role of the unassuming side dish; it also works well as a rice replacement in a biryani.

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CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPE FOOD & DRINK

INGREDIENTS •

1 cauliflower, leaves removed

Sea salt

Black pepper

A splash of double cream (optional, but worth it)

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METHOD The key to disguising the cauliflower is to grate it finely, I find the fine side of a box grater gives the best result. In a deep frying pan or sauté pan, heat a little oil over a medium heat. Add the grated cauliflower with generous pinches of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until the cauliflower is cooked through and has lost its raw taste. Stir through a splash of cream (if using), and serve.

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SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE

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The importance of Logo Design Logos are seen as the face of any business, the first thing customers see when they research your company online, or when they see your vehicles out on the road. An absolute necessity of any modern business. We speak to Creative FX, a car wrapping and vehicle signage company based in Bromley to find out all you need to know about Logos… Creative FX say “A well-designed logo is a representation of your company, who you are, what you are & how you generally work as a business. As humans, we make judgements on people all the time, even when we barely know anything about them, this is similar to how we view a business and it all starts with the logo, a reflection of your company’s personality & values.” WHAT TIPS DO CREATIVE FX HAVE WITH REGARDS TO LOGO DESIGN?

Something to focus on when getting your logo designed is memorability, will people remember my logo? Will they recognise my logo? One of the best tips when it comes down to design is to stay simple, southcountymagazine.co.uk

anything over-will soon be forgotten – Take the sportswear company, Nike for example, the simple ‘Tick’ i known worldwide, there are no crazy colours or patterns.

comfortable in, and watch the whole process take place in front of your eyes!

Colour is extremely important, some say it’s the most important aspect of a logo. A golden rule to remember is Some business’ only print in black and white, you must make sure your logo is easily-recognised when the colour is removed.

Now that you have the perfect logo and you’re happy with everything, it’s time to get it out there. You want as many people to see this logo as possible – it’s the final piece of your marketing puzzle! Advertising is of course, a fantastic way to gain recognition. One of the most cost effective forms of advertising is through vehicle signage. You don’t have to own a van, this can be done on any vehicle… Even bicycles! Installing vinyl onto a company vehicle is a fairly quick process, at Creative FX they will design, manufacture and install your signage all inhouse. You can opt for a simple logo, website and phone number design, or take the extra step and partially/fully wrap your vehicle. Or anything inbetween! It’s estimated around 3000 people per hour will see your commercial vehicle on the roads… You can’t miss out on that marketing opportunity!

Your logo should be adaptable – from fascia’s, to letter-heads, to business cards, your logo will be there so it must be designed to sit comfortably wherever it may be placed. (Don’t worry, Creative FX can help with that!) HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DESIGN A BRAND-NEW LOGO?

The design process should be fairly simple – At Creative FX we have an in-house designer who can work off a simple brief. Arriving with a basic idea of what you would like is always a great help, whether that be a certain colour, font, image etc... We have a design studio for you to make yourself

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