Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance

Is defined as the inability to digest and metabolize lactose, a sugar found in milk. This inability is due to a deficiency of the enzyme lactase located in the small intestine. The partially digested lactose will pass to the large intestine and can cause some of the following symptoms: pain, bloating, diarrhea, etc. Sensibility to lactose varies from person to person, some will feel the effects immediately with small quantities while others will have a higher threshold making it harder to diagnose.

There are two types of lactose intolerance:

  1. Primary, which is hereditary or genetic and is usually diagnosed at birth
  2. Secondary, the most common, can be caused by a temporary intestinal damage usually due to a previous gastroenteritis attack.

There is no cure for the first one, so products containing lactose will always have to be avoided. The secondary type however is transitory and treatable and can be diagnosed through a simple blood test.

Main products containing lactose include milk, chocolate, yoghurt, butter, cheese and cream. However there are many other less obvious products that may contain lactose such as bread, potato chips (frozen and as snacks), stock, cold meats such as ham, bacon, turkey; so it is always important to read the labels. Depending on the degree of your lactose intolerance you can test these products and see how they affect you. Luckily, as awareness increases, many new lactose free products have become available in supermarkets in the last few years, making living with lactose intolerance a bit easier.

Personal Chefs and Catering in Gibraltar

Personal Chefs and Catering in Gibraltar

Due to the demand of corporate dining, Bravura will soon expand into Gibraltar. This move has come after existing clients in Sotogrande that are CEO´s on the rock have expressed the lack of caterers looking to focus on smaller parties of higher caliber. Bravura will mainly focus on the corporate sector delivering quality working lunches and client entertainment parties as well as offering their core business of Personal Chef Services.

 

The service for residence in Gibraltar will also be offered.

Puratapa – Torreguadiaro, Sotogrande

Puratapa – Torreguadiaro, Sotogrande

Puratapa is one of the latest restaurants to open in Torreguadiaro just minutes from Sotogrande. This trendy eatery is delivering tasty tapas from around the world and is well presented using nice slates and glasses. There is a wide range of International tapas to choose from such as Tuna Sashimi, Pumpkin Carpaccio with Roquefort and Prawns in Filo with Romesco Sauce as well as Montaditos (mini sandwiches) and the Old Skool classics like Ensaladilla Rusa. The wines on the menu are also very good and well priced. We got there at 8pm on a Saturday evening and where lucky enough to grab the last table and by 9pm, it was choke-a-block inside and out until 11pm so booking is advised or get there early. Diners are between Spanish, English and Gibraltarian so Puratapa has a good mix of people which adds to the environment! Definitely worth a visit if your in the surrounding area. Per head you should expect to spend around €18 and up to eat comfortably with house wines.

In-House Holiday Chef, Benahavis – Marbella – Sotogrande.

Bravura offer their In-house Chef Service for visitors renting a property on the Coast ante time Of year. We offer a range of packages from the occasional barbecue lunch or dinner, dining al fresco to a full time service to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. This luxury service will be an ideal treat for your partner while abroad to get the most out of your holiday.

For further infomation please contact us.

 

In-House Holiday Chef, Benahavis – Marbella – Sotogrande.

Tickets and Lolita Restaurants Barcelona

Tickets is one of Barcelona´s latest foodies hangouts but you will struggle to get in. After visiting Barcelona recently and knowingly not a hope in getting a reservation in El Bulli before it closes in July I looked on-line and found Tickets from Ferran Adria. When I read in one of the reviews that they were too busy to accept bookings it was great news so we headed down to Poble Sec early to beat the crowds. Unfortunately we were informed at the door that it is bookings only and the next available date is in August.

 

Conveniently enough, 100 meters away is the restaurant that used to be Albert Adriá´s, Lolita.  Here you will find, apart from a queue, freshly created tapas made to order. There were some great bites to be had in this place. Some of the plates sampled were cured Wagyu which was good but nothing sensational, but I had high expectations for the acclaimed “wagyu”. A must try was their croquettes, made with squid and its ink in panko crumbs.   Also, the truffled honey and yoghurt salmon pulga was fantastic. Make sure to accompany your tapas with a Catalunyan cava.   The restaurant is very casual,there is only one actual table, the rest is a large bar with only stools to sit on.  Prices are reasonable, two people comfortably eating with a bottle of cava for 30 euros a person.  Overall a nice way to spend your evening in Barcelona.

 

Tickets and Lolita Restaurants Barcelona