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

  • 27 Jun 2022

    Take Kopparberg on a Picnic

    Pre-mixed cocktails for summer fun. It’s summer, well, almost. We are planning al fresco gatherings in the garden, days on the beach and picnics in the park. We may have the food planned but drink can be more problematic. Kopparberg is already quite well known for its cider, but now they offer a small selection...

  • 24 Jun 2022

    100 Queen’s Gate Hotel

    Splendid Location. Yes, I am biased, I admit it, but I don’t think there are many better cities in Europe to visit. 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel offers the perfect location for a vacation. The hotel is found just a few minutes’ walk from South Kensington Underground Station. It is served by the District, Circle and...

  • 23 Jun 2022

    Very Hungry Greek

    Who says healthy food has to be boring? Very Hungry Greek – an interesting title for a cookbook. I love Greek food …but wait, this isn’t a recipe book of Greek dishes, but rather a collection of celebrated recipes collated by the aforementioned hungry Greek, and she is called Christina Kynigos. The book offers 100...

  • 22 Jun 2022

    That Noodle Life

    Soulful, Savoury, Spicy, Slurpy. Mike Le and Stephanie Le have penned this enticing volume with its focus on comfort food. That Noodle Life will have even a timid novice home cook reaching for the wok. There are 75 delicious recipes for noodles of all types in That Noodle Life. They include European noodles which we...

  • 20 Jun 2022

    Prepare for Pineapple Day with unique pineapple tequila

    Who knew? There is a day celebrating so many things and on 27 June 2022, if you didn’t know already, it’s Pineapple Day. If you love fine tequilas and need little excuse for cocktail, here’s something to crow about: Rooster Rojo® Smoked Pineapple Tequila Many bartenders are predicting that tequila is the next big trend in cocktails and,...

  • 17 Jun 2022

    Toki from Japan Centre

    Suntori Whisky. Japan Centre brings us another treat. It’s the whisky for which Japan had gained a reputation: this is Toki from the celebrated House of Suntori. It is totally Japanese. Toki is a blend of the spirits from three of the most awarded distilleries in the world. They are Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. The...

  • 16 Jun 2022

    Botanical Shakespeare

    Plants and Poetry. What a fascinating volume! Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright – to give it the full title – is a gift for any gardener or lover of the Bard. We all, I am sure, appreciate sumptuous photography...

  • 14 Jun 2022

    Scottish Magic – the Holy Grass Vodka Platinum Jubilee Fizz

    Celebrate in Royal Style. Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with a newly created cocktail from Holy Grass Vodka. The Platinum Jubilee Fizz delivers #ScottishMagic in a sparkling glorious and victorious drink involving Earl Grey Tea, premium Scottish vodka and Champagne. This sparkles and shimmers as a Royal celebration should. Holy Grass Vodka is handcrafted using, you...

  • 13 Jun 2022

    Cooking alla Giudia

    A Celebration of the Jewish Food of Italy. This delightful volume is a recipe book but also a cultural and historic anthology of the Jewish community in Italy. Cooking alla Giudia is a tribute to that rich and oft-overlooked heritage. There are tantalising recipes here from down the ages. There are Roman deep-fried artichokes. It...

  • 10 Jun 2022

    A Vegan Running Duck!

    Organic and Fairtrade. This Organic Red Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellar Organics in The Western Cape in South Africa has a curious name. It’s ‘Running Duck No Added Sulphur Cabernet Sauvignon’ and it’s 2020 vintage. The wines are named after the flocks of Indian Runner ducks, which act as a natural pesticide. The Estate is managed...

  • 08 Jun 2022

    The Van Life Cookbook

    Recipes for home or away. Recipe books are great, but most of them are written with a proper kitchen in mind. The Van Life Cookbook recognises that not everybody has a fully fitted kitchen and those of us who do don’t have them all the time. These days space is at a premium. If we...

  • 06 Jun 2022

    Rock Rose has Dad Covered

    A touch of #ScottishMagic is the perfect gift for Father’s Day 2022 Conjure up a touch of #ScottishMagic this Father’s Day (Sunday June 19th ). Holy Grass Vodka from Scotland’s most northerly mainland distillery is as old as the ancient River Thurso and as bewitching as the Northern Lights that light the sky above the Caithness coastline where...

  • 03 Jun 2022

    Irie Eats Spicy Jerk Wrap Kit

    Hot at home. This is another convenient and tasty meal kit from Caribbean food specialist Irie Eats. Their Spicy Jerk Wrap Kit is just as memorable as their other offerings. They are not dumbed down in flavour. They present an authentic taste of the sun-kissed islands in one’s own home. This kit could not be...

  • 02 Jun 2022

    Arrogant Frog is in the Pink

    Rosé from Pays d’Oc. The warmer weather threatens to arrive, and our thoughts turn to summer foods and more entertaining than we have done in months… or is it years! Arrogant Frog should be a guest at your table, and he brings Ribet pink Rosé. Even the name raises a smile: Arrogant Frog! The stylish...

  • 31 May 2022

    Meet My Fair Lady in London

    James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, Playful Productions and the English National Opera present LERNER & LOEWE’S MY FAIR LADY Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER Music by FREDERICK LOEWE Directed by BARTLETT SHER New York’s Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed and multi award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe’s much loved MY FAIR LADY will transfer...

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