Monday 21 July 2014

Riverland Diary Bio Farm – your first choice for healthy food

Dear Reader,

It is now already scientifically proved that the qualities of the goat and sheep products are much more superior then the cow products. Less fat, different minerals, different protein which are easily and rapidly digestible the goat’s milk may also have advantages when it comes to allergies containing only trace amounts of an allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1, found in cow’s milk. Goat’s milk casein is more similar to human milk, containing a slightly lower levels of lactose.
Goat’s milk contains 13 percent more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more vitamin A, 134 percent more potassium, and three times more niacin. It is also four times higher in copper. Goat’s milk also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk.

Riverland Diary Bio Farm is the success story of Mr. Vassilis Kiprianou who's name already belongs to the community of Cypriots products. After he graduated the A.T.E.i Thesalonikis Greece University he decided to return to Cyprus to follow his passion. Two years he spend locked inside the Government offices when he realized that his only dream is to work outside on a farm, close to the animals and land. He started on his own small piece of land, succeeding to obtain more then 1.000.000 euro European Funds in order to develop one of most equipped Bio Diary Farm in Cyprus.

 It was a difficult start but his ambition and knowledge helped him make out of Riverland a new Cypriot Brand. His love and dedication to his family being a happy father of 4 kids inspired him to create a new adventure around his special farm. Riverland adventure is the new way of discovering the farm and it's products, where kids and parents can enjoy a day out in the nature, meeting the chickens, goats and sheep, horses and rabbits, practicing archery, horse riding, kayak and climbing. This is how people meet the nature, meet the healthy food and Riverland.
How come not to enjoy the new way of “advertising “ of Mr. Vassilis Kyprianou!

Riverland is specialized in the production of goat and sheep products like Hallomi cheese (Cypriot traditional cheese), feta cheese, Kefir and Airani, Yogurt, vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggs.

Riverland Farm responds to site-specific farming and crop conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. At Riverland synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not used. The animals are free and they are fed using Certified Organic Non GMO products.

The fields are fertilized by the Organic Compost that is made in the farm.
You definitely have to try the products and there is no way you will not going to feel the taste and quality difference.

Back to the nature is the best food choice for your kids health and for you and Riverland Cypriot Products are your best choice.

Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot lizard!
Riverland Dairy Bio Farm

Address: Kampia, Nicosia, Cyprus
Καμπιά, Λευκωσία
Contact person: Vasilis Kiprianou
Phone no: +357 99 592 598

Where you can find the products

Found at the following shops:
Here is a list of stores in which you will find Riverland products all made out of goat or/and sheep milk. ( Kefir, Airani and Yogurt )


Be natural 44C Larnacos Avenue, Aglantzia, 2101
Planet organic 1D,28th October Str.,Engomi, 2414
Bio heaven 175 Grigoris Afxentiou, 2369 Agios Dometios
Alpha Mega Akropoli and Engomi
Metro S/m Ltd - Lakatamias
Ermes Department Store Ltd - Central

LIMASSOL ( Area A ) :

All organic market Kolonakiou 24
Zitrone Omirou str.36B 3095
Limnia F/m Agias Fylaxeos
Sigma Bakery - Ag.Fylaxeos
A.I.Katsikides & Sons Ltd - SYPAL Ltd
P. Panayiotou f/m
Tsiartas S/m - SYPAL Ltd
E & S 65 - Mesa Yitonias
Sigma Bakery - Mesa Yitonias -Makariou
Sigma Bakery - Karavas – Agias Zonis
Andreas Sofocleous s/m
Ermes Department Store Ltd - Olymbia
Alha Mega Limassol
M.I All Organic Shop
Sigma Bakery - Kolonakiou
Petros Neofytou S/m
Sigma Bakery – Yermasoyia -Christaki Kranou
Sigma Bakery – Moutayiakas - Tourist Area
Metro s/m Moutayiaka
P.Karayiannis & Chr. Varnavides Trading Ltd
Niami Food Ltd
Coralli Express s/m
ESEL (Castle)


Sigma Bakery - Nicou Patichi 123 Polemidia
Sigma Bakery – Nicou Patichi 106
Georgios Charalambous Ltd
SYPAL Ltd Bio Spiti Organic Shop
Ermes Department Store - Apollo
Alha Mega E&S Limassol
F/m To Alakati Ltd
Tirkas S/m - SYPAL Ltd
Georgios Lisiotis - SYPAL Ltd
Hatzieyiannis f/m
J.N Pieris S/m Ltd
SYPAL Ltd Stelios Charis S/m Ltd
SYPAL Ltd C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd
Christos Neofytou Kiosk
Christoforou S/m To Proto Ltd
SYPAL Ltd Sigma Bakery - Zakaki
F/m Aletri - SYPAL Ltd
Carrefour-Chris Cash & Carry Ltd - Ditiki Lemesos
Demitris Zakakiotis & Sons Ltd SYPAL Ltd
Sigma Bakery - Makariou Pirosvestiki
Sigma Bakery - 4 Fanaria


Alpha Mega Larnacas
Metro S/m Larnaca
Stelios Andreou S/m Livadia
Kokkinos S/m Paralimni
Metro S/m Paralimni
Best Buy s/m Protaras 1
Best Buy s/m Protaras 2
Best Buy Ay.Napa 1
Best Buy Ay.Napa 2
Best Buy Ay.Napa 3
Best Buy Ay.Napa 4


C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Pissouri
Papamichael airport
Alpha Mega Paphos E
Ermes Department Store – Korivos Paphos
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Kato Paphos
Tsiakkarias F/m No 3
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Paphos
Tsiakkarias F/m No 1
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Chloraca
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Polis
Afrodite S/m
Filippos s/m 1+2

Monday 14 July 2014

Simoni's world of Textile Designs produced in Cyprus

Dear Reader,

Simoni is a 27 years old Cypriot Girl living her dream. She always wanted to do this in her life and she never stopped following her path. After her graduation at the Textile Designs in Middlesex University U.K., she choose to return to Cyprus and starting her own business in 2010. She did not felt overwhelmed by the difficulties of being your own boss, living with a fluctuating income, finding customers, as she just knew that nothing can stop her living her dream, producing unique beautiful hand-bags, shawls, capes, earrings, brooches and rings using her own designed fabrics all Made in Cyprus at Simoni Textile Designs.

Izzy: Dear Simoni, Thank you very much for this opportunity that you gave to me and my readers to find out about your beautiful life experience of producing in Cyprus. You are young and beautiful and very determined! What made you choose this path? What experiences you had in your life that brought you doing what you do?
Simoni Papaefstathiou: I always loved the idea of creating something with my own hands. I love colors and when I took a Foundation Course at Aigaia School of Art and Design – around 19 years old - I realized that textile designs was suitable for me because it included all the things I love: colors, textures and making something unique, from scratch.


Izzy: How did you end up opening your own business? Looking back at your beginnings you believe it was difficult? There was anybody next to you helping you going forward?
S.P: After graduating from university I wanted to create my own brand so I could produce my own hand-woven accessories. In 2010 I succeed making my own brand Simoni Textile Design and with the help of my parents I bought my first loom, which costs more then 9000 euro, to help me start the production. At the beginning it was difficult because it always is when you start something new, but my family was there to support me and to make my dream come true as it still is.

Izzy: What can you tell us about producing your own fabrics? From where do you find your inspiration and how come you had this idea?
S.P.: There is a long process before the final pieces are made.
First I choose a theme, which is my inspiration for each collection. I get inspired from anything around me, and I am always observing for new ideas. I love colors and textures so most of my collections are colorful and textural. I love paying attention to detail, so each collection has a unique feel. Nature is one of my first choice when I am looking for inspiration and Cyprus landscape with it's colors and beauty will always be close to my heart.
I also use lots of traditional patterns to which I like to add little drops of modernism. Cypriot traditions are close to me, as it remind me of my childhood time spend with my grandparents.
After that, I choose the threads I want to use and start making some samples and I choose which are my favorites and I make them into my final pieces. In the mid-time I also design the accessories too and choose what shapes the hand-bags will have.

Izzy: I find a very difficult choice to sell hand-bags as the entire market is just suffocated buy cheap brands produced in various other countries. Is it difficult to sell now in these days? What innovation do you bring to the Cypriot market trough your products?
S.P.: Is difficult to sell, but my brand aims to give to its costumers a piece which is one of a kind. People who want to buy something unique will choose a hand-made product, that can not easily be found in the market because of it's quality, it's material composition and special design... made entirely with love and passion.

Izzy:Can you introduce us your most successful designs and which one is your favorite?
S.P.: Backpack is one of the most successful designs at the moment and it my favorite as well as it is useful for everyday use. You can fit a lot of things inside and it brings some color to your everyday life.

Izzy: Do you believe that Cypriot people should learn more about the products produced it Cyprus and try to promote and prefer them before other products made in other countries?
S.P.: Yes I think Cypriot people should learn more about the products produced in Cyprus and learn to appreciate them more. We should all learn to support each other and promote the Cypriot products because they show a piece of our culture.

Izzy: Dear Simoni, you are very young and despite this you are a person that knows how to take decision in her life. What advise would you give to other youngsters finding themselves at a crossroad in their life? Is it possible to produce in Cyprus? What are your plans for the future?
S.P.:You should always follow your dreams and never give up on what you want to achieve. Beginnings are always hard, but if you try hard enough, at some point you will see your dreams starting to come true.
It is possible to produce in Cyprus but you need to be determined to work hard for it without having a lot of help and sources around you.
In the future I would like to take part in trade-shows abroad and expand my brand in other countries.

Izzy: Thank you again for this opportunity and we wish you lots of success and happiness but before ending this short interview I would like to ask you to write us one thought about your success story.
S.P.: I used to play so many times around my grandmother while she was knitting lovely dresses for us the kids. I was looking at her yarn balls, at the colors, spending hours dreaming with my eyes open. She gave me the pleasure to use my hands, to build something out of nothing, to combine colors, to have the pride that I did something on my own. Maybe I did not realized the impact that I will feel over the years but getting back in time to those cherished moments I feel like I was leaving a dream. I would like to thank to her and to my parents who helped me and were close to me when I need the most.


Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot Lizard!

Simoni Textile Designs

Address: 83, Andrea Avraamides street, 2024, Nicosia, Cyprus
Phone no: 00 357 99 55 99 63
Contact person: Simoni Papaefstathiou

Monday 2 June 2014

Cyherbia Open to Nature

Dear Reader,

Sometimes people surprise you as you do not expect to find them in certain places, doing certain things. I believe everybody likes to meet these people who passed the border of ordinary and they succeed to become somebody with their own strengths. How they did it? Who helped them? Who is behind them? From where do they find that interior force to fight, to smile and to succeed? This was my first feeling when I heard about Mrs. Miranda Tringis, a beautiful woman, a special woman. Why? In my opinion just because she has a Dutch soul and Cypriots products. And yes she puts the stamp on everything she does: "Made in Cyprus".

 Dear Miranda,

Izzy: I am so surprised to find a Dutch women here in the hot Cyprus, and more surprised to find out that you are not only relaxing in the sun, as everybody would do, but also hard working producing a large variety of Cypriots Products. How did you become interested in plants and herbs? Do you enjoy doing this for a living? Are there any rewards?
M.T.: My interest in natural medicine started out of need, when my 4 year old daughter was continually ill with respiratory infections, and each doctor we went to prescribed antibiotics. She then became immune to 2 different types of antibiotics and her immune system was destroyed. So I looked for alternatives, and found that a simple herbal tea (thyme, mint and sage) with local honey, taken at the onset of a cold, could stop the cold from becoming an infection. this encouraged me to learn more about herbs, use them in cooking etc. and all of a sudden the food tasted so much better with herbs! One thing led to another and from starting out with one basil, one rosemary and one thyme plant my husband and I created Cyherbia park with its herb garden, maze and woodland. I studied and got my diploma as a herbalist and did a coarse on organic farming. Now, 12 years on, we have a successful business and what's more important, many satisfied clients who have regained their health with the herbal teas, tinctures and other products we make at Cyherbia. This is the best reward.

Izzy: People now are more and more aware of the necessity of using natural products. We are turning back to nature and lots of your products are helping people to feel better improving their health and life style. What can you tell us about your special products? Are they really helping?
M.T.: I can tell many stories of people who have been helped by our herbal preparations. For instance, a man suffering from arthritis in the knees and hips, walking with the aid of a walking stick and in constant pain, decided to take me at my word when I did a TV presentation on the benefits or rose hip powder for arthritis. He started taking this supplement, started to feel the effect of it after a few weeks like I said he would, and after some months of daily use he threw away his walking stick! He still takes rose hip powder and hardly has any pain. Flexibility in the joints has improved greatly too.
This is just one of the many clients and visitors who have given us positive feedback, about blood pressure management, detoxing, skin problems such as eczema which are effectively treated with herbs, diabetes, you name it. Nature has a healing plant for every ailment.

Izzy: On your website I've noticed you have a large selection of herbs. Why would anybody choose to buy herbs from Cyherbia?
M.T.: At Cyherbia we grow the highest quality organic herbs, we dry them naturally and combine different herbs to make special blends, for instance for diabetes, detoxing, pregnancy, relaxation, energy etc. Our creams, salves and other products with only organic ingredients, no nasty chemicals or anything. The tinctures and extracts take 40 days to make to ensure top quality. We want our products to heal, nourish and restore, so we won't settle for anything less than the best quality. That is why people are satisfied with our products, they do what the label says they do.

Izzy: Sometimes you feel that Cyprus is a small island but still people have less time to travel even "short distances" From Paphos to Avgorou – The place of the unique Cyprus Maze. That is why I was so happy to notice that all of your products can be ordered online. What can you tell us about this system? How does it work and how soon we will have your products in our homes?
M.T.: It is definitely worth your while to take the trip out to Cyherbia for the day, especially with children. They can spend the day doing adventure activities in the maze, woodland and herb garden, activities that will make them enjoy nature and learn in a playful way about the herbs and wildlife of Cyprus. Adults love the tranquility of the park and the relaxing atmosphere in the tea room.
Many of our products are not online, as I keep creating new products and focus more on the actual place rather than the virtual one. As for the products that are online, you can order via email or phone and we send via Akis express, which takes just one day to get to you.

Izzy: Many of us like to treasure small pleasures in our life. One of your products can bring smiles starting early in the morning. What can you tell us about your gorgeous hand soaps? Is it possible to wash your hands using handmade soaps entirely natural?
M.T.: Our soaps are made with goat's milk, grape seed oil and pure essential oils. There is nothing better to put on your skin than that!

Izzy: As a woman I am of course interested in cosmetics. Would you please introduce us to your world of beauty? Which product would you recommend the most?
M.T: That depends on your skin type. We make an organic moisturizing cream with lavender, which is suitable for normal to sensitive skin and especially good for skin with acne and blemishes. Our rose cream is rejuvenating, the essential oil of rose assists in the regeneration of skin cells. This rich cream is suitable for mature skin and combats wrinkles. Our Aloe Vera face cream is for all skin types, it is light and ultra moisturizing, suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.

Izzy: There is any other product that you would like to mention?
M.T.: Our most recent product is a hair growth tonic, made with nettle, gotu kola, bay and rosemary. It strengthens the hair and encourages new growth, tonifying and nourishing the follicles. One very happy 'side effect' of this product is that it increases alertness and concentration, as it also stimulates blood flow to the brain. Win-win!


Izzy: Very often I like watching people's pictures, I like to capture a little drop of their soul, of that moment when they smiled at the camera ... and they looked happy, accomplished. It is just a second of their entire life caught in a smile. This was what happened when I saw one of your pictures with your two daughters. Are any of your daughters enjoying life as you do? Building something for the future? What do you feel regarding your life as a mother and a business woman? It was a happy "melange"?
M.T.: My children are at a stage in their life where they will discover what it is that they want to do, this is something they will discover along the way. I'm glad I was a stay at home mum when they were little, so I spent all of my time with them. Those early years are so important and I'm glad I didn't miss any of it. Now that they are older I can focus more on the goings on at the herb garden, but I'm still there for them in the afternoons. This is why the park is closed in the afternoons on weekdays. My family is and will always be my biggest priority.

Izzy: At the end of this beautiful interview I would like to say: "This is Cyprus. This is your new home where you are building step by step an accomplished life and a Brand - Cyherbia. How do you feel looking around you ? What are your plans for the future?
M.T.: I am very happy with the way things are at the moment. The public has embraced Cyherbia, we've built trust with our clients and visitors all have a great day out when they come to the park. Everything has evolved naturally it seems, step by step. The park will show us along the way what the next step will be.

Thank you very much for this opportunity.

Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot lizard!

Cyherbia – Organic herbs of Cyprus
Address: Avgorou-Ormidia Road
Opening hours: Wed- Fri 9.00-14.00
Sat-Sun 9.00-18.00
Contact pers: Miranda Tringis
Phone no: +357 99 915 443
Online shop: