Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps

A pint of lager and a pork pie ( Oops no crisps)
A pint of lager and a pork pie ( Oops no crisps)

Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps is the name of a popular English ‘sitcom’ (situation comedy) set in the North of England.

Generally speaking, a pint of lager and a packet of crisps are by far the most popular English snacks. Personally speaking, the tastiest crisps are cheese and onion flavoured, although my brother prefers smokey bacon; disgusting!!

According to an online poll, the tastiest snack in Spain is a tortilla, but I think someone is pulling my leg as it seems to me that people prefer to eat  fried fish.

Finally, if you want to listen to two people ordering food in a popular curry house in London then click here. How to order food

Food glorious food: Restaurant reviews El Tapy

El TapyI can’t bear cooking, but I am really keen on eating and stuffing my face. I also like sharing information about must-do restaurants in Málaga.

Has anyone tried the top-notch food at El Tapy in the historical centre of Malaga? Well, if not, if I were in your shoes, I would make a plan to go there with your mates; you will definitely not regret it!

The service is second-to-none and the waiters are hot!  As a vegetarian, I have to say I’m bored, bored, bored of Spanish omelettes, honeyed aubergines and a few tomatoes and onions mixed together with enough olive oil to sink a ship.  So I was over the moon to have lots of vegetarian options when I ate at El Tapy the other week.

shoestring budgetMoreover, if you are on a shoestring budget, this is the perfect place as it’s as cheap as chips, especially if you order the ‘daily offer’.  In addition, I had a blast chatting to the owner.

So, how do you write a restaurant review? If you are an Inglés Malaga client, you can check out my sample review in the Downloads section, but it you are not, perhaps you could follow these guidelines: How to Write a Restaurant Review

Finally, in Málaga:

  1. Which restaurants would you recommend to a group of young tourists on a budget?
  2. Which restaurants would you recommend to people who can’t stand children?
  3. Which restaurants are family-friendly?

The big cheese

The big cheese is a colloquial expression used to describe a very important person; for example, the Chief Executive, the Head Teacher, the Prime Minister, or the most important manager or director of a company.  Indeed, David Cameron is the big cheese of the UK as a result of the recent British general elections.

So, what’s your big cheese like? Is he or she a cold fish, or, are they friendly and approachable? Come on spill the beans.

Sweet Smoothies: Is it better to be healthy or is it better to be naughty?

banana smoothieIt’s that time of year again when I become hooked on drinking smoothies and giving my blender a full workout. People wonder if my addiction is connected to being healthy and I have to admit that it isn’t. Although it’s true, I am an active person, I can honestly say that I’m more interested in being naughty than I am in being healthy and eating like a rabbit! So, which side of the fence are you on? Are you a rabbit, or, are you a naughty zebra?

Finally, if you would like to try to make a delicious banana smoothie, check out this website.  In addition, there are loads of different recipes to try if you don’t like bananas.  Or, you could feel inspired and invent your own. Furthermore, if it’s past 4 o’clock in the afternoon, it’s definitely time to add some alcohol to all that healthy fruit.



Fancy a getaway to Ronda?

The word fancy is very common in everyday speech and writing. You will hear it, see it and read it a lot.  It has several meanings depending on the context:

city breakContext A: Questions:

  1. Do you fancy a  cultural city break to Rome or a romantic getaway to Ronda?
  2. Fancy going on a camping trip to Ronda?

Meaning: Would you like to go on a city break or would you like to go to Ronda?

Context B:

  1. I’m hungry. I fancy some banana and walnut cake.
    Meaning: I have the desire to eat cake.

Context C:

  1.  I fancy George Clooney, Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Adam Levine
    Meaning: I wouldn’t kick any of these guys out of my bed.


  1. Where do you fancy going to recharge your batteries?
  2. What do you fancy eating for lunch?
  3. Who do you fancy? And, no, you can’t fancy George Clooney because he’s mine!

To be cheesed off

I am so cheesed off!!

To be cheesed off is an expression which means a person feels cross, angry, upset or annoyed.  For example: The goldfish is cheesed off because living in a bowl is superbly dull. I‘m cheesed off  because the recovery of my broken wrist is so SLOW! Well, truth be told, my emotions might be connected to the fact that I’m really impatient.  What do you think?

Are you cheesed off with work?  Or perhaps, your partner is really getting on your nerves!

Especially – Specially?

Especially or Specially?

This is a favourite question of grammar checkers. Most of the time there is little or no difference between the words especially and specially.

speciallySpecial is a common adjective. Specially is its adverb form. Special means “particular, distinguished in a distinct way, or designed for a particular purpose.” Specially means “particularly, in a distinguishing manner, or for a particular purpose.”

especiallyEspecial is an uncommon adjective. Especially, its adverb form, is much more common. Especial means “exceptional, noteworthy, or particular.” Especially means “exceptionally, in a noteworthy manner, or particularly.”

Please note that in the sense of “particular” or “particularly,” the words mean pretty much the same thing. Often they can be used synonymously. However, if you want to stress the exceptional or noteworthy quality, then especial or especially is a better choice. If you want to stress the distinctive purpose of something, then special or specially is the word you are looking for.

  1. Example: Dictionaries are specially designed to define words as well as improve vocabulary and pronunciation: a distinctive purpose.
  2. Example: Chambers dictionaries are especially effective: noteworthy for their excellence.

To put off doing something

put off doing somethingTo put off doing something means you delay doing it usually for these key factors: too boring, too stressful, too uncomfortable, too time-consuming, too embarrassing, too energetic, too expensive, too difficult.

ProcrastinationIndeed, this week I have put off going to Ikea (too boring), paying some bills (too stressful), doing my accounts (too time-consuming), painting the kitchen skirting board (too messy), making an appointment with the hairdresser (too embarrassing) and buying a wedding gift (yes, it’s true, I do know some people who are the marrying kind).

However, I didn’t put off, checking the results of Leeds United Football Club (boo hoo, as usual, we lost!) booking my flights for an action-packed Easter getaway (fantastic, I have tickets ), catching up with friends (lots of beer and too many delicious snacks), or developing my strategy to kidnap George Clooney.

As I’m sure you will have guessed, to put something off means, you delay doing it usually because you can’t stand doing it.

To not put something off, means, hurrah, you have done it, usually because you are keen on doing it. So,

  1. What have you put off this week?
  2. What didn’t you put off this week?