Looking to host a staff or family party this festive season? We have you covered!

Looking to host a staff or family party this festive season? We have you covered!
Dec 14 2021 Share

Setting up the location for your loved ones or your coworkers comes with a lot of challenges – finding the perfect dishes, the astounding area and… the bookings! So here is a list of possible options for you…

1. Marea 

Kicking off our list is an option in the south of Malta. Marea is all about a chic and lavish experience. 

Dominating in Asian cuisine and a great spot for sushi lovers, it’s got the views and great cocktails to bask in them with. 

Marea also have a live DJ spinning tunes most nights, so it’s a definite certified experience. 

2. Pastrocchio 

Pastrocchio’s hearty portions in a chilled environment offers something for everyone and will leave your taste buds utterly satisfied. 

It’s a central location in Mriehel, offering foodies genuine prices and an entire field of food possibility. 

Whether it’s their Ravioli Prawn and Scallop or their signature Veal Saltimbicca, you won’t be disappointed. 

3. Don Berto 

If a great view of the picturesque grand harbour coupled with a hearty meal is what you’re looking for, then Don Berto definitely has you covered. 

We cannot help but talk about their delicious portions with value for money. But given that we’ll be reuniting with lots of people we care about, Don Berto can cater for huge groups. 


4. A Mano 

Pizza lovers will go crazy at A Mano, given the restaurant’s authentic Italian pizza and even pasta dishes. 

Yet another relaxed environment which captures stunning views of the Grand Harbour. A Mano offers set menus but just looking at their dishes ensures that everyone will leave with a happy stomach. 

5. Cardini 

Last but not least, Cardini is a dessert haven with free parking in Sliema. With prices that don’t break the bank, an experience at Cardini on the Sliema promenade is made even better with their Big Juicy Burgers. 



Cannabis could be made legal today in Malta in European first

Cannabis could be made legal today in Malta in European first
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The last vote on the Cannabis bill will be taken today on 14th December 2021, confirming whether it will be made legal in Malta. The vote will be taken in parliament later this afternoon, with pro-cannabis legislation movement ‘ReLeaf’ announcing that they will be present at Parliament to monitor and provide updates. 

The revolutionary vote was recognised internationally, with news portals such as the Guardian posting how Malta will be legalising cannabis in ‘European first.’ The Bill entails possession of up to seven grams of the drug for those aged over 18 made legal as well as growing up to four cannabis plants at home, with up to 50g of dried product storable. 

The Guardian pointed out how Malta is likely to be followed by reform across Europe in 2022, as Germany recently announced a move to establish a legally regulated market. Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands also announced such goals. 

Reforms Minister told the Guardian that the government did not want to encourage the use of recreational drugs but that there was no evidence of the argument that the use of cannabis was in itself a gateway to harder substances. He also highlighted how the ‘hard-fist’ approach against the use of cannabis was disproportionate and unjust. The Bill was met with considerable disagreement by many groups, with tonight’s vote setting the decision straight. 

For those wondering, the Netherlands, despite being associated with a relaxed attitude towards cannabis use, still technically has possession and trade of cannabis kept illegal. 


Photo Source: Owen Bonnici FB, Business Insider, The Guardian

Vaccines for kids aged 5 to 11 arrive in Malta

Vaccines for kids aged 5 to 11 arrive in Malta
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Health Minister Chris Fearne has announced that Malta took delivery of its first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children on Monday, with the first jabs being administered Tuesday 14th December. 

The Deputy Prime Minister heralded the arrival of the first batch last week, stating during a press conference that the jab will be administered to the 5-11 age group, with vulnerable cases starting first. 

The vaccines will be a third of the normal dose administer to adults, with parents eventually receiving invitations for their children through email or SMS. 

The vaccine for young children was approved on November 25th by the European Medicines Agency, making it the first jab approved for the age group. 


Photo Source: Chris Fearne, AARP

Champions League draw redone after technical problems

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The draw for the Champions League round of 16 matchups had to be done again after a technical problem in the first draw. The mistake teams being made available against supposed unavailable teams like Manchester United who were initially drawn against former group F opponents Villareal. The second draw was held with none of these problems and is said to be fair, albeit some disappointed fans.


Many teams like Real Madrid and Inter who originally drew Benfica and Ajax respectively, will now have to face much tougher opponents in PSG and Liverpool. Real Madrid were obviously disappointed, and are said to be protesting this redone draw citing that redoing the draw was a scandal.

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In their statement UEFA said this “Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.” 

The Round of 16 will consist of these matches Ajax vs Benfica, Inter vs Liverpool, Bayern vs Salzburg, Real Madrid vs PSG, Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid, Juventus vs Villareal, Manchester City vs Sporting and Chelsea vs Lille. Whilst in the UEFA Europa League draw European heavyweight Barcelona and Napoli were drawn against eachother.