Browsing All posts tagged under »Wine tasting descriptors«

Rekindling the fire

February 14, 2013


There are times when you can’t get enough of each other, you and the trails … when your grass is green as green can be, the sky the bluest blue, there’s bounce in your every step and you feel like you’re running on air. But then there are also times when you lose that spark, your […]

Sandy toes

January 21, 2013


I first met Emily, the very fit chick behind SUP Yoga at a dinner party end last year.  I immediately fell for her magnetic energy, gorgeous personality and contagious smile. At that time, she was just setting up the UAE’s first SUP Yoga company and I promised I’d be down to give it a shot sooner […]

Motion in months

January 3, 2013


Three days into 2013 and it’s a safe bet that every single reader of this post (and indeed the writer!) is full of positive intentions and excited anticipation to set greater goals this year, to train faster and harder, to sleep earlier, to rise sooner, to listen to niggles, to replace Cosmos with coconut water […]

Meals & miles

December 9, 2012


I picked up a Runners World book the other day called ‘the new runner’ by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield. It’s a great read full of tips and tricks to enable even the most sceptical of runners to discover that running is indeed one of life’s greatest pleasures. The basic message is simple: that anyone […]

Me & my BOSU

May 14, 2012


I continue to be obsessed with the BOSU ball.  Such a great toy to play with in the gym and a piece of equipment that you can’t ever outgrow … you can always improve and there’s so much you can do with it. Every time I’ve been out of town, I look forward to getting […]

After darkness comes dawn

May 5, 2012


Today’s post is dedicated to the very funny, sweet and kind Phillip Wallace aka Fanta Pants thanks to his strawberry blond (wink wink) hair!  Phillip I met in Nepal last year and last weekend we ran together in Lijiang.  Within moments of seeing him again, he said, ‘Tori, the thing about your blog is, it’s […]

Scaling back

February 28, 2012


My cleaner arrived yesterday afternoon and within seconds of entering my flat said … ‘Madam. You’re always so glowing.  You look so beautiful. You’re so relaxed.’ ‘Thank you Cristina’, I replied, thinking what kind words they were to hear. If only, however, the conversation had ended there because she then continued by saying … ‘I […]

When 2 + 2 = 5

January 18, 2012


You now how sometimes, you bring two minds together and suddenly you have the power of three? Or two hearts and together you are an invincible force? In the same vein, certain foods just aren’t right without their perfect counterpart. Peanut butter in my book is just rubbish without jam. Or strawberries without cream. Or […]

Awesome Annapurna

January 4, 2012


So … the Annapurna 100, 70 and 50.  Trail running in Nepal is finally starting to achieve the attention and coverage it deserves but too many of the current races are organised by fancy foreign outfits, catering for rich lycra-clad bankers in the midst of a mid-life crisis and charging registration fees that rival the […]

Sweet elete

July 20, 2011


Anyone who hasn’t escaped Dubai’s summer meltdown is currently spending their days in 45c+ temperatures.  As soon as the sun emerges every morning, the air heats up like an industrial-strength fan-assisted oven and even late into the night, there is little respite. What to do then if you train outdoors … especially if you, like […]

Tori’s two cents

July 8, 2011


The other day I was asked by a magazine to give my top five health, fitness and wellness tips.   Only five I thought?! Ask yourself the same question and you soon realise that this is pretty hard as between living, eating, training, working, wellness and more, day in day out, there are countless tips […]

Workout @ work

June 18, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE As the weather gets hotter it becomes more and more tempting to ditch going out for lunch … ditch any lunchtime activities requiring much energy or outdoor time all together … and opt instead for a desk-delivered gourmet picnic from our local sushi joint. And whilst this may save our spending […]

The Seeds of Change

June 4, 2011


I hear on a daily basis now comments about summer having arrived, about how the temperatures are rising and how drained people feel … and it’s true. It is now extremely hot. And the mid afternoon sun is extremely uncomfortable. But these comments have more often than not been made by fellow expats as they […]

Decadence in Deira

April 10, 2011


Reviewed for Spa Genie …. tough assignment! Ever have the feeling that you’re stuck in a rut?  Weighed down by the pressures of every day life and lacking in energy and vitality to treat every day as your last? Then you need The Spice of Life treatment at the Taj Palace. You will be cleansed […]

Damage limitation

April 10, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE I have spent today with an insatiable appetite for naughty food, a lingering headache and a mouth as dry as the desert. Why? Because yesterday I was at the amazing wedding yesterday of Mary & Mark Patten. Stunning in every sense of the word but under the delightful sunshine, one glass […]

Beauty from Budapest

April 7, 2011


Having fallen in love with Budapest during my trip to Hungary last month, to run the 200km Balaton Supermarathon and then to enjoy the city in all it’s glory with my mum, it seemed only natural that I check out Elche …. Hungary’s finest import in Dubai, in the form of an award-winning beauty salon […]

Feeling subLIME

March 27, 2011


Trialled and reviewed for LIME Spa at Desert Palm was the destination. Utterly subLIME was how I felt when I left. Desert Palm was Dubai’s first boutique hotel and is a delightful antithesis to the bright lights and skyscrapers of the city. Low rise and understated yet effortlessly elegant, the place oozes sophistication and […]

Kick-ass kettlebells

February 21, 2011


On Saturday past, the lovely Emirates Golf Club had a fantastic open day … a Fit Lab. Apart from being an all-round glorious afternoon … perfect setting, beautiful sunshine, lush scents omitting from the new Senasia Spa, bumping into several girlfriends who I don’t see too often and a cool and fun vibe as members […]

Curb the cost of fitness …

February 6, 2011


… and save your cash for Choos! Written for & published on LOVESTYLE There are no shortage of fitness companies in Dubai, with hot classes, hotter offers and hotter still trainers to keep even LOVESTYLE divas on their toes. But what about those of you who are feeling the pinch after the season of gifts […]

InnerFight … can’t fail to excite …

January 26, 2011


I met with the lovely Marcus Smith today … the man behind the super cool and very popular InnerFight concept / website. I’d heard him on the radio recently and was intrigued. He sounded like a male version of me … passionate about health & fitness, committed to supporting others to achieve and succeed, driven […]

tori loves akaru

January 15, 2011


Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a penchant for being pampered, a lust for being a lush. So … last Thursday, the final day of yet another hectic week in the life of Tori, full of work, play, study, running and my newfound obsession with Zumba, I decided to pack myself off […]

Tick that BOX

November 12, 2010


Excerpts from my piece in Men’s Fitness – Nov 10 Random top tips to stay on top in the ring: Food for Fuel At least five meals per day consisting of fist-sized portions Focus on complex carbs, such as sweet potato and wholewheat pasta, protein, good fats (low saturated) and low sugar foods Plenty of […]