The Last Word

The Last Word with Portia Woods, founder, Toast The Coast Food Tours & Experiences

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
Just over two years and it changes month by month.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
After the school run, it’s a game of priorities as every self-employed entrepreneur will know. It could be anything from talking to tour buyers, connecting with NI hotels, networking with tourism and hospitality, designing a new tour, visiting new places or, on a day dedicated to a visitor, it will be showcasing the Causeway Coastal Route on tour from Belfast to Bushmills with delicious local food tasting plates and drinks with the chance for visitors to meet great local people, hear about our food heritage, a few light stories and of course the stunning scenery.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Waitress in Altos Restaurant from age 16, and it was the best first job ever, learning customer service from day one, learning all about food way back then and perfecting the patience to open Champagne.

ENTERTAINMENT:
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Line of Duty
FAVOURITE FILM: How to Marry a Millionaire
ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:  Between the Lines, Runabay
FAVOURITE BAND: Snow Patrol
LAST BOOK READ: The Tiger Who Came to Tea
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: David Attenborough

SOCIAL:
FAVOURITE FOOD: BBQ Glenarm Organic Salmon with my homemade marinade
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Ballylagan Organic Farm Tea Rooms
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Hampton by Hilton London Docklands
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: Mary McBride’s Cushendun
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD: Ballintoy Secret Beach
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Festival (best one so far Dalriada Glenarm 2019 & camping in a 1973 orange VW Campervan)
LAST HOLIDAY: Venice

DRINKS:
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK:Irish coffee
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK:Ginger ale
BEER OR CIDER: No thanks
WHITE OR RED WINE: White wine
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Bushmills Whiskey
GIN OR VODKA: Gin
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Bubbly

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?Marilyn Monroe, one of my great grandparents, David Attenborough and Freddie Mercury.
ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Mascara
WHO WOULD PLAY ME IN A MOVIE? Maggie Gyllenhaal(I’ve been told).
WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?Organic horticulturist.
FAVOURITE QUOTE?“If you get stuck, draw with a different pen.” Paul Arden
INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?My two daughters and their energy to learn and see new things.
MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I’VE LEARNT?Let people waste their own time; my time is too valuable.

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