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Judith Lewis

Blogs about chocolate, runs an integrated digital consultancy, and is co-ordinator for London Girl Geek Dinners

Judith Lewis judges the EU, US, MENA and UK Search Awards as well as being the coordinator for London Girl Geek Dinners. She is a specialist online marketer with skills in SEO, PPC, social media marketing as well as other digital marketing techniques. She runs a digital marketing consultancy which keeps businesses growing online. Passionate about chocolate, Judith has been judging the Academy of Chocolate Awards and the International Chocolate Awards for a number of years. Specialising mainly in chocolate, Judith also blogs about spirits, wine and travel. Besides chocolate, Judith is passionate about technology and volunteers with London Girl Geek Dinners. London Girl Geek Dinners works to inspire women to get in to, and stay in, computing and all geeky pursuits. After all to be geeky is to be intelligent, have passion for a subject and to know that subject in depth. It’s not at all about being better than others, or about gender, race, religion or anything else. The long term vision of these events is to bring Geek (or if necessary Girl Geek) Dinners into schools, colleges and universities around the world to encourage people to embrace their passion for something like technology and to explore what they can do with it. Judith comes from a very technical background, having gotten online in Toronto, Canada in 1986. She has been working in search and online marketing since 1996. She teaches courses on Social Media Marketing, Beginner and Advanced SEO, and Paid Search, helping companies train their staff to either do the work in-house or manage their agencies better. Judith is a founding Modern Muse, has written for SEO Chicks, Centaur’s “Technology Weekly”, and Mostly About Chocolate among other publications. She speaks at various conferences around the world and can often be found in airport lounges, working.

Why You Should Go For A Weekend Break In Lausanne, Switzerland Now

I fell in love with Switzerland when I had a crush on a boy in school whose parents were Swiss. I think I still do have a crush on Switzerland... More recently I spoke at a conference in Montreaux and learned all about Swiss wines and the Swiss wine-growing regions, taking time to visit vineyards.
01/09/2017 12:44 BST

Why I've Binned All My Eau de Toilette - and You Should Too

Fragrance is something that is often as individual as you are, reacting with your unique skin chemistry to create a uniquely you scent. It is part of any woman's wardrobe, with fragrances for the day, evening, summer, winter, and all-day depending on their notes. However lurking in many women's boudoirs is something that I believe should be banished immediately - eau de toilette.
21/08/2017 14:27 BST

How Is Chocolate Made And What Are Cocoa Beans Really?

The four main non-GM types of cacao are: Criollo, Trinitario (a hybrid), Forastero and Aribia Nacional. It is, of course, more complex however for now we'll stick to the basics. The most difficult to farm is the Criollo with its beautiful flavour but low disease resistance.
10/07/2017 13:33 BST

Forget Dubai - For Family Friendly Sun Choose Sharjah

Dubai is often lauded as the friendliest emirate for westerners in the UAE but as anyone with a family or a desire to sunbathe knows, there is little space and sky-high prices, making a family visit to Dubai out of reach for many people. I'm here to show you why I've fallen in love with Sharjah as a vacation spot for families.
26/10/2016 15:01 BST

Is a Pastry Chef the Right Person to Reinvent Cacao Fermentation Methods?

Pierre Herme has added to the knowledge we have about chocolate making, as well as enriching the diversity of types of chocolate available. It's still an experiment but hopefully by working directly with farmers, more chocolate makers will use the established body of experimentation and build on it. Perhaps Marou will be next to experiment with fermentation with fruit?
12/07/2016 12:38 BST

Matching Wine or Beer to Your Picnic This Summer

Think about what you are packing in your basket and think about getting creative with your wine. Instead of choosing your food first and then your wine why not think about choosing your beer and wine first and then match your foods up with the drinks you are taking with you. Also remember water of course, and drink responsibly so you can enjoy the while picnic season.
27/06/2016 15:34 BST

E is for Easter and Ethical Chocolate

Cheap Easter chocolate often comes at a price, but do you know what that price really is? In the Ivory Coast children are being sold into slavery or kidnapped to work on cocoa plantations because of our insatiable desire for cheap sweet stuff. While it may be more costly, choosing child slave labour free chocolate helps farmers, children and if often tastier too.
23/03/2016 11:45 GMT

Taking a Mini-Break in Mechelen - Off the Beaten Track

When it comes to Belgium, the most common place to visit seems to be Brussels. I'm going to try and convince you to take a train 30min north of Brussels into Flanders to visit Mechelen for a day (or two) and fall in love with it like I did.
29/02/2016 13:01 GMT

New Season Wines at Li Veli Shine a Light on 2013 and 2012 Vintages

It annoys me sometimes that I know that in 2014 Italy had a disastrous wine harvest and that many vineyards lost most of their crop. I am not a wine snob but it helps to know the highs and lows of areas you drink wines from - not every year but the best and worst will help you make choices.
25/01/2016 11:00 GMT

Ten Vineyards You Must Visit in the Next Five Years

I am not a wine snob but enjoy drinking nice reds, and love learning more about what I'm drinking. There is no better way than visiting a vineyard and staying among the vines to really learn about wine. I've visited Switzerland, Bulgaria, Spain and more and have gathered my top picks of vineyards you must visit (and so must I)!
06/01/2016 15:11 GMT

Paris in a Hurry - Patisserie and Chocolate Perfection

Ah Paris - whether you are there for an hour, a day or a week there is just something about Paris that is magical. I've often had only a few hours or just barely a day to enjoy the delights of Paris and so to help others choose the best places to visit with limited time I've put together an outline of one such flying visit to the delightful Parisian streets.
09/09/2015 12:17 BST

Berlin - The Chocolate, the Cake and the Cookies

Within about a five minute walk of both hotels is Bunte Schokowelt or Ritter Sport World. I could have spent ages here in the café alone with their Ritter Sport inspired pastries and cakes. You'll find this venue by looking for the brightly coloured flags.
03/08/2015 20:09 BST