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Pivoting Your Brand: What is Cooking Travel Talks?

Pivoting your brand was and still is essential to many travel content creators. Many of us can agree that during this pandemic we have had to think and find new ways of travelling.

This was and still has been a very difficult time for travel content creators. Cancelled and delayed trips, not being able to travel has really weighed in on many of us. As a travel blogger, everyone knows and understands how much I LOVE to explore the world. So what does one do when you are not able to travel and visualise the world? 

You pivot. 

Instead of surrendering to uncertainty, I decided to create my own way of travelling and experiencing the world and this had to be through food. I have always enjoyed trying new food, especially when travelling so it only made sense for me to tie food and travel together and it is why and how the Cooking and Travel Talks live show began.  

What is Cooking Travel Talks?

Cooking Travel Talks is a live show via Instagram. During the one hour segment, I cook a dish from around the world and encourage others to join in with me by sharing the ingredients. The idea is simple. I want to take my viewers through a journey to taste and learn about a destination around the world in less than an hour. 

So far we have learnt and tasted to make a dish in the following destinations:

  • Nigeria – Suya
  • Asia – Salt and Pepper Prawns 
  • Singapore – Nasi Goreng 
  • Jamaica – Saltfish Fritters
  • Latin America – Arepas, Plantain with Mango Salsa and Black Beans 
  • Barbados – Bajan Bread and Butter Pudding with Vanilla Rum Custard 

If you have missed the lives head over to my Instagram and you will be able to make and taste these dishes yourself.

There is no right or wrong way on how to pivot, but while you are here I wanted to share a few tips on how to pivot your brand/s. 

1. What are your passions?

I remember being at my first ever travel conference at WITSummit and Lola Akinmade giving a speech on discovering our true passion for travel. At the time I wasn’t sure why I really enjoyed travelling, I knew that I loved to experience the culture and explore. The idea of escape was something that dawned on me a lot but it wasn’t the right answer.

The idea was to find my true passion and answer the question – Why do I love to travel? Lola explained that finding our true passion for travel would enable me to discover my niche. At the time I didn’t know the answer when I was asked, which truly annoyed me – lol! It only took a whole lockdown for me to discover that one of my other passions and love for travelling was tasting and discovering new foods. 

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Use this time to find and discover new ways of experiencing travel without actually travelling. #CookingTravelTalks 

2. Listen to your audience when pivoting

During the lockdown, it was much easier to speak to your audiences – through various social media tools (Twitter, Instagram being my personal faves).

When a close friend of mine suggested to me to go ahead with food and travel thing I didn’t know where to start. The first response was for me to put in in prayer and write in my journal about it. I then decided to ask relevant questions to my audience. This helped me decide how to strategise my new project. I asked simple questions such as, how often, what dishes and the time I should do my live. Asking these questions was extremely helpful not only did it give me the tools to make the right decision in developing my new pivot – Cooking Travel Talks but it also let me know what my audience was looking for. Now that I have finished season 1 I plan to gain feedback from my audience. 

Find ways to engage and listen to your audience. After all, they are the most important people when trying to pivot your brand. #CookingTravelTalks 

3. Don’t be afraid to learn something new 

For those of you that have been watching my Instagram lives, I am sure you can tell I do not come from a food background nor do I have any qualification in this area. And if I am even more honest I haven’t always been the most confident person in the kitchen. I didn’t allow this to stop me. Every time I bring someone on to my live I not only learn about a new dish and a bit about the destination but most importantly I learn new techniques of how to cook when I’m in the kitchen. 

Feel the Fear and do it anyway. #CookingTravelTalks 

4. Be prepared to pivot again 

Although we are slowly coming out of the so-called ‘lockdown stage’ we are still in unprecedented times and none of us really know what lies ahead. Even though MyBreakingViews has technically pivoted, it doesn’t mean this will be it. I am still constantly thinking of new ways of how I can make Cooking Travel Talks better and more appealing to my audience.  

I have many ideas already which I have jotted down. Some of them include purchasing tools such as lighting and a camera, but honestly, I have other plans for my new project and I can’t wait to grow with you on this! Take out a journal and write down what you love and what you would like to do with your brand. 

Continue to pivot even when you have already pivoted. There is nothing wrong with change. #CookingTravelTalks 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you are still figuring out how to pivot your brand send me an email info@mybreakingviews.com. Two heads are better than one and we might think of something mindblowing. 

Otherwise, stay tuned as I will be sharing short write-ups of the destinations I have tasted! Oh, and did I mention there will be a Cooking and Travel Talks Season 2! Hahaha yes, stay tuned! 

Below I have shared some of the dishes my audience have made with me.

Have you pivoted your brand? Do you have any tips you can share? Leave in the comments below.

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Where to clothes shop for your holidays…

I can’t remember the last time I shopped for my holidays. Can you?

In a few weeks, a few countries are now opening their borders and we will be able to start travelling again. I have been meaning to write a post on holiday shopping for a while (as requested). Please see below a list of retailers where you can shop for your holidays.

Pretty Little Thing

I like Pretty Little Thing (PLT). The clothes are reasonable and if you’re like me – don’t like wearing the same thing too many times (I am trying to grow out of that habit) then it’s a good place to shop. They also have the next day delivery so when I am shopping for a holiday, I usually bulk buy a load of holiday clothes.  

The only thing with PLT is that their prices reflect their quality sometimes. When I was at Coachella (2018), I went crazy with PLT and bought into their festival wear, wore a pair of their shorts and can you believe they broke on me!   

Zara

I do love me some Zara. My friend has always said if you’re not a big fan of big labels – Zara is the place for you. Zara has pretty good quality and their sales! Let’s just say the sales are on another level.  

The only thing I dislike about Zara is their website. The models are always bending all over the place so I find it difficult to see the full outfit properly. I would say the website, in general, is not overall friendly.  

Oasis/ Warehouse

If you like lots of floral prints and bright bold colours this is the place for you. Anytime I get a chance to shop in Oasis or Warehouse I am so excited. I put these two retail shops together because, for me, they are quite similar. Another good thing about this place is that they have a good website which is presented with good modelling. 

My problem with these shops they don’t seem to have any of retail shops anywhere close to other retail stores. 

N.B Both Oasis and Warehouse are currently rebranding.

Primark

I know there may be some people that might read this and turn the nose up! haha! But honestly, I do love a good old buy at Primark AKA as P-Unit. I like Primak for basics, you know vest, socks etc. And to be honest with you they do have a few stylish items of clothing. As I mentioned before if you are someone that doesn’t like wearing the same thing twice and you want to shop for your holiday. Primark is the place to go – the clothes are very reasonable too! 

The thing I can’t stand about Primark is that the shop is a complete mess! It is like sitting in a teenager’s messy room! To avoid the mess I usually write a list of things I want to buy and go at the crack of dawn when everything is nicely folded.  

ASOS

Asos saved me for my only holiday shop I was able to do this year! Hahaha! Asos has such a great selection of clothing and they even collaborate with so many other brands that you can select from. They also have a tool that allows you to be notified when an item has been restoked. It’s how I got my ski-clothing!

Only think about ASOS is they only are online! I would love for them to have an actual store. 

ISawItFirst

I recently stumbled onto ISAWITFIRST on my holiday shopping last year and decided to buy a few items. Again, another reasonable online store for holiday shopping. 

I can’t say much about them as I have purchased a few bits and bobs. However, what I will say is, they don’t seem to have a huge selection to choose from it all looks to me like it is tailored for college students – sorry! 

And there you have it a few places to shop for your holidays. I am always discovering new retailers to shop for my holidays, so do regularly check back for updates. 

It’s time we start getting ready to shop for our holidays…. do you have any plans to shop for a holiday. What about yourselves where do you enjoy shopping for your holidays? 

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Cooking & Travel Talks: How to Make Nigerian Suya

Last week I had my first Cooking and Travel and Talks Live where I made suya. I have to say despite all the nerves I think it went very well. I shared stories of when I have visited Nigeria, had the afrobeats in the background and engaged with all my audience. All in all, it was an hour of just good vibes. 

What is Suya?

I would say that Suya is a spicy meat skewer, like an English Kebab (but spicey and sexier). It originates from the North of Nigeria and is a popular dish in the West of Africa. Suya is usually thinly sliced meat marinated in various spices and then grilled or barbecued. The dish is served with extra helpings of dried pepper mixed with tomatoes and sliced onions in a newspaper.

I was impressed to see how many people joined in with me to cook on my first live! Many people missed the first live and have asked for the recipe, so I have jotted down the ingredients and instructions with some clips of the live on how to make suya. 

When did I first have Suya?

Believe it or not, the first time I tried Nigerian Suya was when I was a vegetarian. Yes, some vegetarian. I travelled to Nigeria as an adult and was constantly looked down on for not eating meat, but for some reason, I was swayed by the smells of Suya and ever since I never went back again.

Ingredients you need for Nigerian Suya

  • 1kg Beef or chicken
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 2tsp Salt
  • 2 Maggie Cubes
  • 2tsp  Garlic Salt
  • 15 Wooden Skewers
  • 2 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • 3tsp Oil

You can buy your suya spice (suya pepper) in an African food store. I would always suggest washing and seasoning your meat with paprika, salt Maggie and garlic salt overnight. Below you can watch how I prep to make my suya.

The next day… 

First things first:

  •  Pre-heat your grill for about 180 degrees Celsius (375 Fahrenheit)
  • Soak your wooden skewers in cold water (this ensures that the sticks do not burn during the roasting of the Suya)
  • Add your oil and massage into your meat (this ensures that the meat doesn’t burn during roasting). 
  1. You may want to cut your meat if it’s too big. I would suggest to cut them into small pieces so that when you thread them on the sticks, they will not flap too much.
  2. You will then need to thread the fillets of beef onto the skewer sticks.

  1. Add your suya pepper/mix into a wide dish and dab the threaded fillets of beef into the spice so that the beef takes up as much of the spice as possible. Note: If you’re not keen on spice only add a little bit.  
  2. Place all the now spiced beef onto the oven rack and put in the grill to roast. As you will see in the clip below.
  1. You will then need to twist your meet regularly to ensure it doesn’t burn. The meat should take around 20-30 minutes to cook but do bear in mind that this depends on how thick your beef meet is.  
  2. While your suya is roasting, cut your onions and tomatoes and place them into the newspaper. 
  3. Remove meat from sticks and add to the newspaper
  4. Finish off with adding some more suya spice to the meal and enjoy! 
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Below are some pictures of people that cooked with me on my first Cooking and Travel Talks Live! I would like to thank everyone that joined in and cooked with me!

I hope you enjoy your suya – if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me! And if you would like to cook with me on my next live then follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing what I will be cooking next!

Reads: How to Make Your Own Quarantine Brunch – Blog Brew Collab

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How To Avoid A Holiday Giveaway Scam!

Scam! Yes, it has happened to me! I am not pleased to admit it, but I would be lying if I said it didn’t happen. As I’m constantly on the socials, I enter myself into several giveaways. So, when I entered for this giveaway scam to the Canary Islands with flights, accommodations and spending money included I couldn’t say no. I mean who would?  

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I mean it looks pretty legit right?

The giveaway was supposed to be with CrystalTravel.uk – or at least I thought it was. The account had over 10.8k followers so I couldn’t believe I thought it was legit. I didn’t realise people still bought followers!

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All I had to do was tag my travel buddy, which to me was super easy. I, of course, tagged my babe and within a few days, I was sent a DM that I had won a prize to Tenerife for 10 days with £500 spending money! I mean I was over the moon I hardly ever win anything!  

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The DM sent to me to say congrats
I was fully gassed!

Your girl was already and planning her hairstyle and outfits she was going to take on this getaway. I quickly sent a message to my partner to let him know about the good news!

CrystalTravel was asking me for some personal information.  They asked me to send a picture of my passport and a picture of myself titled Crystal Travel. I was so excited to go I didn’t even consider that this might be a scam! Why would it be? 

I sent a copy of my passport despite ALL my work colleagues telling me to calm down and not too! In my head, I thought these guys don’t want me to be great! Of course, I am going to send what they have requested! It didn’t take long before I came back to earth. It was getting weird where they were sending me some bizarre responses, so I started asking questions.  

I went over to their official website, which they added to the bio of the fake account and messaged their online chat service.  They quickly informed me that it was a scam! WTF! A SCAM!! I couldn’t believe that I HAD JUST SENT OVER MY DETAILS AND THIS WAS ALL A SCAM!  

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is this a scam?

This was heart-breaking.  All those outfits I was planning had gone out the window in literally seconds.  

Short-lived, but I learnt a few things that I think you should know about them too. Below are three things to ask yourself before passing any details.

1. Don’t send any details to scammers  

To be honest with you it was extremely stupid of me to send over my passport details to these fraudsters.  I already knew that they didn’t need me to send passport picture to book a flight, but I think my excitement got the better of me and I just went with it.  

Don’t get like me and get so excited that you forget that there are scammers out there. And just because you would never do something like this to anyone doesn’t mean these people don’t exist.  

2. If you do send info contact the police and report the fraud  

You will need to contact the police and report that you have been scammed. You can report fraud in the UK via this link.

This protects you if anything goes wrong and your identity is used. You might also want to contact your banks etc. to let them know to watch out for any weird activity.  

3. Be careful of urgent deadlines  

When I was sent the message that I had won the giveaway they demanded I sent everything quickly. Nothing needs to be done immediately.  So, if you’re being asked to hit a deadline, something dodgy is probably going on. 

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions  

In my case, I noticed that when I began to ask questions, i.e. go on the official website and ask about the giveaway I learnt it was a fraud. Once they got what they needed, I then noticed the Instagram account blocked me. Ask questions from the very beginning that way you can avoid scammers.  

Either way, there are scammers everywhere and sometimes they can get even the best of people. Cough cough, me.

What about yourself have you ever experienced something similar? Let me know in the comments below *no judgements*  

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Laser Hair Removal Changed How I Travel

As a female traveller, you always have a list of things you need to do before you go on a trip. Mine usually involves new hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, nails and pedicure and more etc. If you are travelling and want zero body hair then you need to read this blog post because you might decide to actually consider hair removal.  And if you’re like me, one of those tasks is getting rid of body hair. I used to do this through professional waxing until someone showed me the light – laser hair removal.

After a while, I decided to go ahead with the laser treatment, and I have to say I can’t believe I let it take me so long to get it DONE! In total my treatment with Pulse Light Clinic cost me £638 with a discount! This was for underarms and full Hollywood. I’ve already had 5 sessions and can’t believe it took me so long to get it done! Even with 3 more sessions to go and being under the quarantine I still have no hair!

There are a number of things you should know before considering laser hair removal and I am here to tell you…  

7 things to know about laser hair removal

 Laser Hair removal can be painful  

I think this is the first question people ask me. I will be honest with you. Laser hair removal is not painful. BUT… it can depend on what you usually do for hair removal. If you regularly wax then you will be able to handle this easily. If you are someone that shaves then this might be a bit more painful than usual.

For a couple of days after treatment, the affected skin may become red and tender. Many people describe the sensation as similar to a sunburn. The process itself, however, is typically not painful. 

The treatments session can go quite quick  

All of my sessions have been extremely short. Before your session, you are advised to shave the areas for laser. Once you are in it’s usually a wipe down and a quick zap of about 20 minutes. With Pulse Light, this includes a good old chat with the dermatologist.  

You can’t be in the sun during treatment  

Yes, this is true. Staying away from the sun as travellers can be quite difficult. This won’t work if you’re receiving treatment. You will need to avoid sunbathing or sun exposure as much as possible before and after treatments.   

Laser Hair removal means you will need to shave the areas off 

I mentioned already that you are advised to shave the areas that are to be treated. This at the beginning was difficult for me because I’ve always had a fear of ingrown hairs. However, since I’ve been receiving laser hair removal. I have noticed that I don’t have this problem.

What are the side effects of laser hair removal? 

I have to be honest and say that there are a few side effects which can appear after laser hair removal treatment. I’ve experienced some of those side effects, one of them is a constant burn and redness. You can also experience other common side effects such as crusting, a change in skin colour or possible skin infection. Anyone that is experiencing lasting side effects should consult their dermatologist immediately!  

Does laser hair removal last for life? 

I’ve now done 5 sessions of laser hair removal and so far so good! I can’t say that I won’t ever see hair again, but at least I’ve not seen any for a long time. What I do know is this, hair removal treatment can significantly reduce hair growth. After my first treatment, I noticed that my hair was a lot finer and I hardly noticed any hair.  

I’ve paid for eight-session, of which I hope to achieve more of a permanent result. I will have to do a blog post for when I finish my treatment.  

It works on all the skin types  

At a younger age, I was told that I wasn’t able to receive laser hair treatment due to the pigment into my skin. Times have changed where all skin types are easily managed. Your hair now just needs to be dark enough to be read by the laser.  

And there we have it, a few things you need to know before getting your laser hair removal treatment. There are a number of different hair centre’s you can choose from. If you want to know mine then please have a look a Pulse Light Clinic get a free consultation and if you refer a friend you both get £30 off!  

Hope this helped you and you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask away my email is: info@mybreakingviews.com  

Now you’ve read my post would you consider getting laser hair removal? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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A Beginners Guide: 11 Things You Must Know Before Going Skiing

Skiing was a very new experience. This year I vowed to try out new things when travelling. Although I’m unable to travel at the moment. I like to be grateful for being able to try out skiing with the WindCollective and MountNoireLdn in 2020! Yes! For those of you that don’t already know, I took a quick flight, earlier this year and went skiing in Bulgaria. Read – Bulgaria Bansko: My First Ski Weekend Trip

I’ve been meaning to write a post on the things I learnt on my ski weekend trip, but with everything happening right now. I must admit it’s been quite difficult to write about travel let alone about anything else. Below is a general list of things you must know before going skiing for the first time.

11 Things You Must Know Before Going Skiing

1. It is ok to FALL when skiing!

It took me a while to accept it. I was quite adamant that I couldn’t fall while skiing. I mean how does one fall looking cute? I learnt on this trip that even the professionals fall from time to time… so yeah it is ok to fall and trust me I did on several occasions too. People who aren’t afraid of falling over get to grips with skiing faster! So please don’t be discouraged.

2. Protect your eyes and skin

Please take this serious! Like, please! You may not feel the sun because of the white snow, but chances are being that high up you will need to protect your eyes and skin. Get yourself some goggles and good sun protection.

3. Get your body ready for skiing

I would suggest doing some exercises a few weeks before going skiing. When you are skiing you are constantly using your thighs, so it might be painful if you’ve never worked out to just jump on the skies. Try working out your muscles. Anything like squats, cardio would be a good shout!

4. Get yourself the correct ski clothing

I’m sure I don’t need to spell this out to you. It’s so crucial for you to purchase correct clothing when going skiing. I would suggest, Tog24, Sports Direct for the thermal underlayer, coats etc. And then if you wanna look super cute Asos and Topshop lol! Also, don’t forget your ski socks!

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My Ski Outfit for Day 1

5. Renting ski equipment

If you’re hiring ski boots, which you should if you’ve never skied before, (just because of the price) be sure to wear thick socks when you try your boots. They usually make the bindings looser for beginners, meaning the skis pop off easier if and when you fall over. The length of your skis and poles depends on your height and weight, so worth knowing this info.

P.S. There are usually lots of people collecting and dropping off ski hire at the same time, so be prepared for queues and a bit of hanging around.

6. Apres-ski what is it?

Skiing usually slows down between 4 and 5 pm. This is when everyone heads back into town and enjoy “après-ski”, which is basically a well-deserved drink for working so hard all day! There is sometimes live music and DJ – well there was when I was there!

7. Hunger and dehydration

You will constantly be super hungry and dehydrated so have some water with you and some snacks – protein snacks all of that. It will be needed – trust me.

8. Lessons for skiing

Yes as a beginner I would advise having a few lessons. The lessons are there to show you the technique and build your confidence. I had two sessions both started in the morning around 10 am and finished just after lunchtime.

9. Correct skiing footwear

You will need sensible footwear when going skiing. This shouldn’t be so difficult. I would suggest Uggs or walking boots and if you’re like me get yourself some moon boots. I am also selling mine on Depop. So have a look. P.S. I only wore them for a few hours.

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Ski Boots

10. Consider wearing a helmet

You may want to get yourself a helmet. I personally didn’t because I knew I would be easy on the slopes – haha no I think if you’re a beginner you won’t be sliding down any big slopes – hopefully not anyways.

11. Skiing is FUN!

Remember it’s your first time and skiing is supposed to be fun and therapeutic once you get the hang of it. I have to say, I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s nice to try out something new! And I will defo be going again with more lessons of course!

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And there you have it! 11 Things you must know before going skiing. What about you when was the last time you tried out something new?

Do you have anything you want to share for first time skiers? Drop your comments below!

I would like to give a special thanks Tog24 for gifting me with my skiwear! Guys check them out they stuff is actually amazing. 

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