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

  • 22 Oct 2021

    Blue Aurora Ice Wine

    Blue Aurora was born at Lutton Farm. It’s family-run on the border between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. A lovely part of the country, and the land is evidently perfect for the production of soft fruits. Lutton Farm was originally a livestock and arable farm with a small pick-your-own fruit patch. In 1981, brothers Stephen and James...

  • 21 Oct 2021

    BookBook for Kindle – A Touch of Luxury

    The case for reading Many of us have rediscovered the joy of reading over these past strange months. We leaf through paperbacks but we also appreciate the convenience of a Kindle. The major complaint has always been ‘but it doesn’t feel or look like a real book’. The Twelve South BookBook has the solution to...

  • 20 Oct 2021

    Sloane Place – Dinner with Asian Accents

    Cosy fine dining on Lower Sloane Street My dear reader would have doubtless noticed my previous article on Sloane Place a couple of weeks ago. But this one concentrates on food at this classy yet accessible hotel. Sloane Place is described as a Boutique Hotel and Restaurant. For me at least, its charm is its...

  • 19 Oct 2021

    Introducing Rooster Rojo Smoked Pineapple Tequila

    Step forward, tequila lovers. An innovative variant has just landed in the UK: Rooster Rojo® Smoked Pineapple Tequila. This pineapple infused Anejo tequila is a new addition to the Rooster Rojo range and is really something to crow about. It’s an entirely new way of enjoying tequila as this pioneering variant is the first Smoked Pineapple infused tequila in...

  • 18 Oct 2021

    Liberation Cocktails 4-Can Gift Pack

    Liberate yourself this Christmas with Liberation Cocktails It’s here again! The Season of Goodwill – but I don’t think word had got around yet! It will soon be Christmas with the threat of all that entertaining. And Liberation Cocktails are here to lighten at least the beverage burden in delicious fashion. Liberation Cocktails’ smart and...

  • 15 Oct 2021

    Family Comforts – Rebecca Wilson

    Simple, Heartwarming Food to Enjoy Together Family Comforts reflects how lots of us want to eat today. Those sought-after dishes need to be simple to prepare and they would be, for the most part, quick and practical. No chef skills required nor investment in costly equipment nor, most importantly, expensive ingredients. The dishes here are...

  • 13 Oct 2021

    From Gujarat with Love

    100 Authentic Indian Vegetarian Recipes Author Vina Patel now lives in the US although she was born and grew up in Gujarat in India. She therefore has a perspective on which authentic Gujarati recipes will work for an international audience as well as natives of the subcontinent. The foods of this west-coast region are traditionally...

  • 11 Oct 2021

    British museum – Troy: beauty and heroism

    British Museum and Sketchfab collaborate for the first time on a touring exhibition A British Museum Spotlight Loan  Troy: beauty and heroism § Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, Reading (till 12 December 2021) § Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey (10 February – 8 May 2022) § The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum (19 May –...

  • 08 Oct 2021

    Gastro Obscura

     A Food Adventurer’s Guide This truly is a real food-lover’s treasury. By ‘food lover’ I mean those who sincerely love food rather than just the latest restaurant, and are excited by the prospect of new flavours. Gastro Obscura will be bedtime reading for so many of us, although it’s such a culinary page turner it’s...

  • 07 Oct 2021

    Feast Your Eyes on Food

    A Food Encyclopedia of More Than 1,000 Delicious Things to Eat This large-format book is fully illustrated with delightful watercolours of, as it says in the subtitle, more than 1000 food items. It’s not a recipe book but rather a sumptuous compendium of ingredients and dishes. Feast Your Eyes on Food would be a welcome...

  • 05 Oct 2021

    binary botanical

    Beer for Wine Lovers binary botanical beers are somewhat unique. Truth to tell, I was not expecting to enjoy a beer which was designed to appeal to wine-lovers. Manipulations of a successful format often don’t work. But I was surprised… pleasantly surprised! With just half the calories and alcohol of wine, sugar-free and vegan, binary...

  • 04 Oct 2021

    Byron loves Chicken

    Byron Burger – New Chicken options Byron was founded in 2007 by Tom Byng and Head Chef Fred Smith. They have created a signature range of satisfying and rather impressive burgers. They have remained solid in these rather troubled times and still offer those quality beefy temptations to loyal followers. But the company moves with...

  • 01 Oct 2021

    Sloane Place – Stay in Style

    Boutique and Beautiful on Lower Sloane Street What a gem! I would say ‘hidden gem’ but it is a surprisingly popular corner of one of the smartest areas in London. Sloane Place is a hotel which deserves many happy returns. Situated just off Sloane Square, Sloane Place is a boutique hotel and café bar offering...

  • 29 Sep 2021

    Nordic Family Kitchen

     Scandinavian Seasonal Home Cooking We love that Nordic style. The elegant simplicity. The balance and clarity of lines. That covers architecture, home design, and food as well. Nordic Family Kitchen offers a delicious slice of imagination, and all using ingredients which are readily available in your local supermarket. The dishes here are fresh looking and,...

  • 27 Sep 2021

    Great London Pubs – Liquid History

    An illustrated guide to London’s best pubs by John Warland London is a wonderful city. Perhaps I am somewhat biased as I am a Londoner. Ask any tourist of drinking age where they would most like to go, and the list is predictable: The Tower of London, Harrods and a pub. London pubs are steeped...

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