Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 24 Apr 2019

    British Museum- largest exhibition of manga outside Japan

    Manga マンガ -till 26 August 2019 Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery The British Museum presents the largest exhibition of manga ever held outside of Japan. Manga are Japanese comic books or graphic novels with a twist, serialised in magazines and read by a global audience. A multi-billion-pound business that embraces anime and gaming, manga are a global...

  • 22 Apr 2019

    Bayou Bar Hurricane Cocktail

    Bayou Bar, the first permanent offering from London’s renowned Street Food Union team launched earlier this year is serving up a carefully selected small but perfectly formed range of cocktails in tribute to their New Orleans inspired roots. The drinks menu, created by the team’s mixologist Toby Steinberg, delivers authentic drinks like The Hurricane, The...

  • 19 Apr 2019

    Old Hopking Dark Rum

    Many, in the past, viewed Aldi as something of bargain basement supermarket, but that perception is changing. Yes, they sport attractive price tags on their goods but that, at least in my experience of the spirits department, doesn’t indicate a lowering of standards – just the price. Old Hopking Dark Rum is another Aldi gem....

  • 17 Apr 2019

    Madeira’s Still-living History

    The 15th century saw the dawn of the Age of Discovery, a time when European powers began exploring the world to find new lands and new opportunities. Portugal was in the vanguard of this drive, sailing southwards in their case down the west coast of Africa. So it wasn’t long (1419 to be precise) before...

  • 15 Apr 2019

    Bellucci Amaretto from ALDI

    Here we are again! Visiting the spirits department of Aldi. This store has made a name for itself by offering groceries at a lower price than some of their larger competitors. They are now becoming justifiably celebrated for their beverages, and they are not putting a foot wrong – at least from the review samples...

  • 14 Apr 2019

    Lee Kum Kee and Gizzi Erskine’s Chicken

    Soy Roast Chicken by Gizzi Erskine Gizzi Erskine presented several cooking programmes and cookery features for ITV1’s This Morning, contributed to Healthy Food Guide magazine and appeared on Sky1’s Taste. She has published Kitchen Magic and her latest book, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts, is a best-seller. Here Gizzi turns her attention to Lee Kum...

  • 12 Apr 2019

    Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad

    Outrigger Phuket is perhaps one of the friendliest luxury resorts one would hope to find. It combines both Thai hospitality and style. But food is often the cornerstone of any good vacation, and Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad ensures guests don’t go home disappointed. Tastes are diverse yet Chef Roberto has skilfully presented an...

  • 10 Apr 2019

    Nordés is the first Atlantic Galician Gin

    I first met Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin a few years ago. I was dashing through an airport returning from a stay in this unique region of Spain. No, it wasn’t a purchase made after lingering research, but it turned out to be a wonderful choice. It was several weeks before I even opened the bottle,...

  • 08 Apr 2019

    Black Pig Cocktail

    The Black Pig is a cocktail for lovers of those drinks that shout aniseed. The Vodka tastes of berries but both Sambuca and Pernot offer distinct non-fruit flavours of fennel-like herbs.   Ingredients Black Liquorice Sambuca 25ml Pernod 25ml Eristoff Black Vodka 25ml   Method   Put all the ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and...

  • 05 Apr 2019

    Topaz Blue Premium Gin by Aldi

    Aldi have done it again! Topaz Blue Premium Gin is perhaps one of the best Premium gins around considering its very attractive price point. Its blue-backed bottle has shelf appeal and is rather reminiscent of another gin with a similar azure hue. Aldi say, ‘Topaz small-batch, hand-crafted superior gin is a testament to the passion...

  • 03 Apr 2019

    Ion8 Leak-Proof Travel Mug/Flask

    Ion8 Leak-Proof Travel Mug/Flask, Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel, 360ml / 12oz, Red Drink bottles are trending. We all want to enjoy the well-known health benefits of hydration at any time of year. A flask or mug needs to be durable, portable, attractive and practical. Ion8 stainless steel Leak-Proof Travel Mug is one of the better...

  • 01 Apr 2019

    Madeira wine – a sweet tour

    For a small island in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira has a big reputation for the sweeter things in life: its history includes sugar, wine, and ‘honey’ – well, a Madeiran interpretation thereof. We’ll discuss the first and the last of these elsewhere, but it’s the story of wine on the island that...

  • 30 Mar 2019

    itsu Chilli Miso – soup and more

    We might think we know all about Japanese food. It’s sushi, isn’t it? In fact there is a dish that is eaten more often than that aforementioned raw fish and rice, and that is miso soup – and one can enjoy that at almost every meal in Japan, including breakfast. Miso, the central ingredient to...

  • 28 Mar 2019

    Freewheeling along the Voie Bressane

    A modern-day adventure in step with today’s tastes, cycling tourism is the latest thing in travel. In order to welcome an ever-growing number of enthusiasts, Burgundy-Franche-Comté has put the wheels in motion in an attempt to reinvigorate its vast network of cycling trails and dream up some new itineraries. This is true for the Voie...

  • 26 Mar 2019

    Lee Kum Kee and Ken Hom’s Spicy Aubergines

    Ken Hom’s Braised Spicy Aubergines Lee Kum Kee have some of the best Chinese ingredients available in the UK. Celebrated Chef Ken Hom takes advantage of these in this recipe for Spicy Aubergines. Delicious! Ingredients 450g (1 lb) aubergines 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Premium Dark Soy Sauce 1 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Chilli Garlic...

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