Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature

This summer, I’ve planned a very relaxing trip to what is called, an obligatory destination on the Alentejo Coast, in Portugal. Nothing compared to holidays at the busy city of Lisbon and nothing compare to the expensive places in Algarve, full of tourists.



I was searching for a few relaxing days in the sun along with a great gastronomy and while being very closed to nature.


The Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature has gastronomy and culinary as the main attractions, without forgetting the nature, the sports, the nearby ocean and outdoor activities.



It’s located in the heart of the historic city of Santiago do Cacém, and close to desert beaches, my favourite ones.



We’ve stayed in a Twin room furnished with two single beds, a balcony with a view of the castle, free Wi-Fi, a very needed coffee machine and a very elegant bathtub with shower. You can find photos of this room or other types of rooms they have to offer here.


The breakfast was included and no need to explain how delicious it was! From traditional pastries to very fresh fruit and juices, the selection was very varied.


The Santiago Hotel offers several types of cooking lessons, workshops, days with Chef, visits to the local market or even picking vegetables and herbs from the Chef’s garden.

You can visit their free workshops here.

We’ve spent most of the time at the outdoor swimming pool because the weather was really enjoyable and the views of Santiago were very inviting.



My boyfriend and I ended up spending our 3rd anniversary in this beautiful place and we promised that we definitely need to come back for a longer period of time because it really helps recharging our energy.


You can visit the Portugal highlights on my Instagram profile for videos of this amazing place here.


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Vegan Ice Creams| Deliciarte by Wish

When healthy meets delicious the results are AMAZING!

I had the chance to try Deliciarte by Wish new amazing fit rolls this year while on holidays in Portugal.



These ice creams are dairy free, gluten-free and there are so many flavours to choose from! On the photos you can see the pineapple and mint option, the banana one with peanut butter and the delicious strawberry one. I can tell you Nutella, Kitkat and Oreo are also part of the options!



Deliciarte is a very cute bakery that I definitely recommend you to visit if you’re planning to travel to Portugal soon.

They also have breakfast, meals, hot chocolate, pancakes and the list goes on! But if you’re looking for a very healthy option than you should definitely try these ice creams.



Find out how these amazing and healthy ice creams are made by visiting my Instagram where I shared a few videos from my visit – Portugal Highlights


It takes someone with very good skills to do these so you can’t miss these videos!



You can visit Deliciarte By Wish Instagram page here.


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Acai Berries & the Gym| RCR products review

One of the most important parts of a healthy journey is what you decide to put in your body, but also what you decide not to put on it.


Sometimes our diets aren’t ideal because of several reasons, one of the most common ones being the lack of time to cook something healthy. This is where supplements play an important role.

I believe it’s important to do a bit of research before started taking proteins and different sorts of supplements, so that’s what I did before deciding to try RCR Products.

For my first month at the gym, apart from a healthy diet, I’ve been taking Acai Berry antioxidants.

In case you didn’t know, Acai berry is a dark purple berry that is grown on a palm tree found in the amazonian rain forest. The highly nutritious berries have been used by the tribe there for hundreds of years because of their extraordinary health benefits.


Getting enough antioxidants is important for those following a strict training routine. And I feel quite energetic after taking these and all I do is take a capsule 30 minutes before I hit the gym and another capsule 30 minutes after the session.

Keep in mind, these are supplements, so I never replace a meal with it.

The reason why I picked these is because they’re suitable for vegetarians and vegans, they’re dairy-free and gluten-free. Contains no added artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives, soy, sugar, wheat or yeast.

Here are the ingredients:

Acai Berry Powder, Capsule: Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) (Vegetarian), Acai Berry 10:1 Extract, Resveratrol, Grape Seed 10:1 Extract (95%), Pomegranate 12:1 Extract.

The good news is! You can get 10% off at checkout on any RCR Products using my code – TIGER10

So give it a try and let me know how you’re feeling after a few weeks how you feel in the comments below.


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