Archive For February 2020

Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum from ALDI

Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum from ALDI

Many, in the past, viewed ALDI as something of a 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 of the price. Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum is another…

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Brockmans Gin helps shake up Mother’s Day

Brockmans Gin helps shake up Mother’s Day

A gift Idea from Brockmans   Gin used to be known as ‘mother’s ruin’. We now know that possibly the best way to spoil your mother on Mother’s Day (22 March 2020) is to buy a stylish bottle of gin – or help her shake up a great cocktail. Brockmans is a 40% ABV gin…

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Wild and Game Pies

Wild and Game Pies

Yes, I love cooking, but I don’t want to be chained to the range when time doesn’t allow. There are plenty of pre-prepared foods out there to take some of the strain from our hectic lives, but it’s important to seek out the best quality – the foods that are as good as one would…

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Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp is the capital of the Belgian province of Flanders. It is one of the most populous cities in Belgium, although the old city centre gives the impression of a much smaller and more intimate town. It is about 40 kilometres north of Brussels, and only 15 kilometres from the border with The Netherlands. The…

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China – A Cookbook

China – A Cookbook

  Here is a real winner of a cookbook from Lorenz Books, and it would make the perfect gift for any Chinese food lover! China – A Cookbook is a large and imposing tome which oozes quality. The red cover is emblazoned with a golden dragon and what could be more appropriate for this Chinese…

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White Chocolate Coconut Truffles – recipe

White Chocolate Coconut Truffles – recipe

These White Chocolate Coconut Truffles are delicious and a bit different from the usual dark chocolate truffles to follow a fine dinner. A tray of both would be rather smart, though. For Christmas a garnish of dried cranberries would be beautiful. For Easter perhaps top with an edible violet. The coconut element makes these a…

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Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia

Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia

Saturday 8 February – Sunday 8 March 2020   Kew’s first ever orchid festival themed on the country of Indonesia • Dazzling displays inspired by Indonesia’s wildlife and plant diversity •  The festival will showcase Kew’s vital science work in Indonesia to protect biodiversity •  Indonesian music, dance and food during half term and after-hours…

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Miyako Sushi Restaurant at Andaz Hotel

Miyako Sushi Restaurant at Andaz Hotel

Oh, deep Japanese food-loving joy. I think I have found my perfect Japanese restaurant in London! It’s called Miyako! It’s near both mainline and Underground stations and is a little gem. All of that with a fine chef and food to match, at a price that won’t make one’s eyes water! Miyako’s Head Chef Kosei…

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San Floriano Prosecco from ALDI

San Floriano Prosecco from ALDI

Get your skates on. This San Floriano Prosecco from ALDI is on offer and when it’s gone, it’s gone! Many of us are looking for the perfect bottle of sparkling wine to share with someone special or a prospective partner for St. Valentine’s Day.  ALDI’s San Floriano Prosecco DOC is now just £4.99 and that…

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Happy Valentines from Lily O’Brien’s

Happy Valentines from Lily O’Brien’s

Where did the time go? The Christmas tree pine needles are still stuck in the carpet and now the next special event is on one’s near horizon. Yes, it’s soon to be St. Valentine’s Day! Lily O’Brien’s have quality chocolates that could solve the gift-giving dilemma: the Chocolate Desserts Collection. This indulgent box of perfectly…

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