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Lily O’Brien’s Caramel Jewels Collection

Lily O’Brien’s Caramel Jewels Collection

Irish-flavoured chocolates These really are little gems. Anyone who loves caramel will appreciate these beautifully crafted and delicious chocs from a lady called Lily. Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates are made by a real O’Brien, although actually a Mary. It all started as a mini enterprise launched from her Kildare kitchen in 1992. The new chocolate box…

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Crunchy Chicken (or Pork) with Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs

Crunchy Chicken (or Pork) with Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs

The trick is to present moist meat with plenty of flavour and crunch It seems like anything fried in breadcrumbs is a winner with the whole family. The trick is to present moist meat with plenty of flavour and crunch. Yutaka Panko breadcrumbs certainly help with texture – sealing in those delicious juices and seasonings….

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Mezcal Amores review

Mezcal Amores review

In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight rather than being mixed as part of a cocktail Mezcal? Isn’t that a brand of tequila? No – they are slightly different beverages but with great similarities in both taste and production methods. Tequila and mezcal are made from agave which grows in many parts of Mexico. Most…

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Japanese Curry – traditionally cubed

Japanese Curry – traditionally cubed

We might think that Japanese curry is a new invention. Perhaps Japanese tourists discovered the recipe for curry on recent trips to the Subcontinent. But, no! It’s a tradition adopted from the British Navy and has been popular for a century or so. If one visits Japan and has the opportunity to stroll around a…

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Alhambra Reserva 1925

Alhambra Reserva 1925

Independently-owned Alhambra Beers, a celebrated brewery in Spain, was founded in 1925 and is named after the Alhambra Palace in its home town of Granada. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is the foremost artisan beer of the Alhambra Company and expresses its tradition and quality. One might not know too much about beer but the first impression…

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Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France

Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France

Les Grands Chais de France Group is a company based in the Northern Vosges region of France. It’s run by the Helfrich family.  When Joseph Helfrich founded the winery in 1979 he made the decision to sell Cognac and brandy around the world – wine followed soon after.  Les Grands Chais de France Group is…

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Parlay Ultra Black Rum

Parlay Ultra Black Rum

The label uses a strong old gold and black design which sets well on the inky dark spirit in the tall slim bottle. The artwork is embossed and tactile and excites the expectation of a taste of something a bit different. There is the story of the name ‘Parlay’ emblazoned on the back and it’s…

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Massucco Wines

Massucco Wines

For many years Loris Massucco has been working hard, supported by the experience of several generations of family wine makers, to create his new, innovative wines. All over the world, wine producers are constantly competing when it comes to promoting and selling their wines, and what makes the difference all too often is price, at…

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Ozeki Dry Sake

Ozeki Dry Sake

If we are new to sake we will likely be looking for a mild flavour and a light sake. Yes, sake does indeed have a different taste profile from wine, but Japan’s national beverage is distinctive, complex and can be rewarding to those who appreciate its layers and balance. I found Ozeki Dry Sake particularly…

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Shirataki Shuzo Atoaji Kiriri Uonuma Junmai Sake

Shirataki Shuzo Atoaji Kiriri Uonuma Junmai Sake

Fresh-tasting, dry and elegant! The quality junmai sake, made in Uonuma City in Niigata, is a pure sake made of just 100% Japanese rice polished to 65% of its original size. The key ingredients are water and koji mould, which turns the starch in the rice to the sugars necessary for fermentation. With about 90…

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Onikoroshi Honjozo Sake

Onikoroshi Honjozo Sake

Try a chilled glass with your preferred evening snacks Founded around 1720 in Takayama Hida in Japan, Oita Shuzo brewery has been producing sake ever since. This is a beautiful region with several noteworthy breweries. It comes alive in winter, which is the sake-brewing season in Japan. In the Edo era sweet sake was more…

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