Monday, September 24, 2018

Book Blast: Dying for a Drink by Amelia Baker - Win a $25 Gift Card

Title: Dying for a Drink
Author: Amelia Baker
Publisher: AuthorHouse UK
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

Dying for a Drink is a true story of the chaos and hurt caused by an alcoholic. The author, telling her own story, writes of time spent in multiple rehabs, both in the United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia. She writes in the hope that her story will encourage other alcoholics and addicts (which can be anybody addicted to anything)—that they will see in their own stories the similarities rather than the differences. The memoir depicts her rapid decline after she crossed the ‘invisible line’ and shows how her loved ones were devastated by her behaviour—and how they lived in fear that this disease would lead to her death. It chronicles, too, her sense of freedom and surrender and hope amid the sobriety from which she is sharing her journey and the beginnings of relationships repaired, with both loved ones and self.


The author is a fifty-two-year-old woman suffering from a chronic, progressive, and often fatal disease. She’s battled alcoholism for twelve years and has been medically detoxed eleven times, eight in rehabs and three in hospital. Six of these detoxes happened since moving from Australia to a small village in South Wales, United Kingdom. Alcoholism has torn her family apart, and she was finally brought to her knees at the end of the year before she undertook the writing of this memoir—after leaving her third 28-day rehab in England. She had to surrender and is now free of alcohol and drugs. She’s been married twice. Her first husband was her soul mate. Together, they have two beautiful children—a son, twenty-three at the time of this writing, and a daughter, twenty. She lived in Australia for over twenty years and was a stay-at-home mum. Devastated by the breakdown of her first marriage, and on the rebound, she married a man she’d met in AA. This second marriage went horribly wrong. He picked up drink and drugs shortly after they were married and he abused her to the point of an AVO (apprehended violence order) being put in place following his arrest. She moved back to the United Kingdom twenty months before starting her memoir, as both her kids were studying in Edinburgh. She decided to write Dying for a Drink in the hope it would give other alcoholics and addicts hope. She wishes to remain anonymous, as she has bared her soul and shared in these pages all the ‘horrors’ of her drinking.


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Top Thai Dishes to Try While Visiting the Country

The Top Thai Dishes to Try While Visiting the Country

Have you recently booked a first-time trip to the exotic and beautiful destination of
Thailand? Thailand offers tourists all kinds of fabulous and memorable experiences
such as its stunning and pristine beaches, its lively city of Bangkok where you can do
everything from taking in a festival to getting a Bangkok tattoo, its unique architecture,
warm climate, friendly culture, and a huge list of must-see attractions. However, when
it comes to the stand-out features of Thailand, its cuisine is right there at the top of the
Thai Curry, Green Curry, Curry, Chili, Hot, Spicy
Thai cuisine is something that is celebrated all around the world and is known for its dishes
that, make use of local ingredients, are full of flavor, and are bursting with color. If you happen
to love spicy dishes, then Thailand will really have you covered.
In order to help you navigate the local menus and ensure you sample all the standout dishes,
here’s a look at the top dishes you’ll want to try while visiting Thailand.

Pad Thai

Just about anyone who knows the basics about Thai cuisine is familiar with pad Thai. The
name means stir-fried noodles, but it's so much more than that. Often it will contain chicken,
vegetables, and/or seafood. If you aren't a fan of super spicy dishes, you'll appreciate the fact
that pad Thai tends to be more sweet and sour rather than spicy.
For the true authentic experience, be sure to try it from the street vendors or local restaurants.
You’ll get a truer sense of the dish.

Spring Rolls

When it comes to a staple dish that you will find at just about any vendor or restaurant in Thailand,
spring rolls are right near the top of the list. What's great about spring rolls is that they are light
enough that you can have them as a snack, or you can order a few and enjoy them as a full meal.
Look for a vendor that makes them fresh in front of you for a more flavorful roll. Again, this isn’t
a particularly spicy dish, so it can be that perfect starter food before you get into the really spicy

Tom Yum Goong - Spicy Shrimp Soup

Once you're ready for something a bit spicier, then the Tom Yum Goong dish is an absolute must.
This is spicy shrimp soup and is absolutely filled with flavor. Just be warned, this soup has a kick.
Key ingredients in the soup include mushrooms, fresh prawns, chili, lemongrass, kaffier lime leaves,
galangal, shallots, fish sauce, lime juice, and coconut cream if requested.

Som Tam - Spicy Green Papaya Salad

A great way to sample fresh, crisp, local ingredients is to opt for a salad, but the Som Tam salad
is like nothing you've likely sampled before. This salad contains peanuts, shredded green papaya, dried shrimp,
carrots, tomatoes, fish sauce, and runner beans among other ingredients. Just as the name implies, this
one is very spicy.

Eating Your Way through Thailand

One thing is for sure, a visit to Thailand guarantees you an incredible number of dishes to sample,
each with its own unique take on local flavors and ingredients.