There is nothing better than a nice glass of wine, great conversation and some bar snacks. But drinking and snacking can add up to a lot of unwanted calories, so order carefully next time.

A serving of potato chips (20 to be exact) can cost you 150 calories.
One cup of Trail Mix has a whopping 693 calories!!
Thank goodness this tasty snack only has seven calories per serving. . . Olives
And a serving of wasabi nuts has 168 calories.


Chinese New Year celebrations have just finished – and it also marks the largest migration of people in the world (passenger trips will exceed 3.2 billion in China) – so it sounds like a few people deserve a drink! Here is a Chinese New Year drink that is always a winner for anytime of year.

Red Lotus Cocktail
A distinct flavor of lychee liqueur is accented with the lighter taste of cranberry – sweet and delicately refreshing
•1 1/2 oz vodka
•1 1/2 oz Lichido Liqueur
•1 oz cranberry juice

1.Pour the vodka, Lichido and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2.Shake well.
3.Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass filled with ice.



Detox is over so drinks on the roof anyone? When you are next ordering a cocktail, here are a few of the world’s best rooftop bars you may want to try if you get the chance (and I have been lucky enough to visit most of them)

THE STRAND HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY – Features a lounge on the 21st floor with a retractable glass roof and a bird’s eye view of the Empire State Building. It w…as designed by Lydia Marks, set designer for “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

FOUR SEASONS, MUMBAI – Aer is Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar offers panoramic city and sea views and an endless ceiling of sky and stars, creating an atmosphere that redefines the notion of freedom.

VUE BAR, SHANGHAI – Located at Hyatt on the Bund with spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong, it even has a whirlpool on the terrace.

VERTIGO, BANGKOK – On the rooftop of the 61-story Banyan Tree Hotel, is named for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller. The bar is sculpted with escalated platforms and low walls to ensure an outstanding 360-degree panorama of the city.

ROOF, CHICAGO – The 7,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space on the 27th floor of the Wit Hotel is moody and sleek. One corner features a seven-foot double-sided glass fireplace through which partygoers can gaze upon the Chicago skyline.

MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE – A 3-acre tropical oasis set atop the three hotel towers with 250 trees, a massive observation deck and an infinity swimming pool. Fear not drinkers, mixed in with all of those amenities are plenty of restaurants and bars offering views of the South China Sea, Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline.


Need to detox and kick start February? Here is a healthy option for a Thursday night to get you feeling well again. It will boost your immune system, rebuild red blood cells and help flush out your kidneys

1/4 pineapple
1/2 stick celery
2 green apples
1 inch chunck of cucumber
1 handful of spinach leaves
1/4 lime
ice cubes
Juice all the fruit and then add ice and mix in a blender.

Bottoms up!


Work parties are great, but here are some top tips to avoid a drunken haze of waking up next to Gary from finance the next morning, or remembering telling your male boss he would look much better if he just lost 20kgs!!

1. Do make an effort – leave early and go to the hairdressers to dazzle your fellow work colleagues with a great hair style. Be brave and wear that red lipstick, but avoid low cut or mini dresses that leave little to the imagination
2. Pace yourself if you are drinking – remember water is your friend, not just wine!
3. Don’t tell your boss any of the following – you hate them, you love them, you want to be them or that you fancy them. And don’t ask for a pay rise either (and avoid him/her if you have drunk too much)
4. Show up to work on time the next day if the party is on a school night.

Follow those tips, and you should keep your job!