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Ramekins and Wine – The Perfect Pairing

Ramekins and Wine – The Perfect Pairing

Marrying food and wine This is a delicious concept for wine lovers and for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Ramekins & Wine have constructed the simplest way to appreciate great English wines at home, these being paired with the ideal small bites. Ramekins & Wine would be an outstanding gift for folks…

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Montezuma’s Have Christmas Chocolate-Covered

Montezuma’s Have Christmas Chocolate-Covered

Your favourite chocolate but deliciously festive Wait! What’s that noise? It’s the sound of sleigh bells …or is it the contented munching of some lucky person enjoying a bite of Montezuma’s Christmas goodies? Montezuma’s have plenty of holiday items from which to choose. There is something to suit every taste and one could always consider…

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Vodka Martinis with a difference for Bonfire Night

Vodka Martinis with a difference for Bonfire Night

If you are gathering around the bonfire for 5th November, make it an evening to remember with these two martinis from Holy Grass Vodka. The Toffee Appletini and the Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini both benefit from this award-winning vodka, made by Dunnet Bay Distillers in the UK mainland’s most northerly distillery. This eco-friendly company forages for…

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Rock Rose introduces a Halloween Corpse Reviver 

Rock Rose introduces a Halloween Corpse Reviver 

Don’t allow the children to have all the fun. For Halloween this year, Rock Rose Gin is recommending a spooky version of the classic cocktail, the Corpse Reviver. The original recipe from the 1870s was surpassed in the 1930s by the famous Harry Craddock of the  American Bar at London’s Savoy Hotel whose Corpse Reviver…

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Blue Aurora Ice Wine

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…

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Introducing Rooster Rojo Smoked Pineapple Tequila

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…

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Liberation Cocktails 4-Can Gift Pack

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…

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binary botanical

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…

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Plant-based fish is Moving Mountains®

Plant-based fish is Moving Mountains®

Moving Mountains® launches plant-based fish fillets Well, that was a surprise. Convincing vegan fish! I have been a food product reviewer for the past 17 years and for 15 of those I avoided plant-based anything. I felt so sorry for vegans and vegetarians who were presented with foods that lacked appropriate texture and any taste….

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Rock Rose welcomes the return of 007

Rock Rose welcomes the return of 007

Rock Rose welcomes the return of 007 with a new Vesper Martini The name is Rose. Rock Rose. To celebrate the UK release on 30 September of the keenly awaited James Bond film, No Time To Die, on 30 September, the Scottish distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers, has released a new Vesper Martini elegantly combining its Rock Rose…

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Decorrum Rum

Decorrum Rum

Artful in every way It’s getting on to autumn and we are looking for drinks with pleasing warmth and bold character. Yes, a rum could fit the bill. That would revive memories of sun-kissed beaches, soft Caribbean breezes, the sound of breaking waves – and Manchester rooftops. Perhaps we should do a literary rewind here….

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Montezuma’s – deliciously ethical

Montezuma’s – deliciously ethical

Helen and Simon Pattinson started Montezuma’s in 2000 with just one small chocolate-making machine. From the start a Business Done Properly policy was at the heart of the business and that covers everything from the way they work with suppliers, how much packaging they use, how they dispose of waste, to sourcing ethically produced ingredients….

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Fireheart – Nespresso® Compatible Compostable Pods

Fireheart – Nespresso® Compatible Compostable Pods

A delicious Surprise Here we are again! Somebody sending me Nespresso® Compatible pods. But wait! These are different. These pods are compostable. And there is more – I actually like the Fireheart coffee! It’s probably not a good idea to send a tea drinker coffee to review. I always find it bitter and lacking in…

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Mainbrace – Splicing two rums

Mainbrace – Splicing two rums

Mainbrace: yes, the name conjures visions of pirates and adventures on the high seas. But this particular Mainbrace is a Cornish-based rum brand that was launched in October 2019. The eponymous rum is even more exotic than that beautiful south-west corner of Britain. The brand name of Mainbrace comes from the naval term ‘to splice…

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Lizi’s Granola

Lizi’s Granola

Lizi’s was founded in 2003 with a focus on healthy living and wholesome foods, and to create nutritious cereals that would also be delicious. The original recipes were created by founders Dr Mick Shaw and his wife, Lizi. Lizi’s became the first cereal brand in the UK to measure the Glycaemic Load of their products,…

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Glen Moray – classic single malt

Glen Moray – classic single malt

120 years of Glen Moray whisky Glen Moray in the heart of Speyside has been around for 120 years. It all began in 1897, when the Elgin West Brewery, which had made local ales since 1830 was transformed into the whisky distillery we see today.  The company continued to upgrade its facilities and in the…

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At Home with Romulo

At Home with Romulo

A Finish-at-Home Meal Kit for Two If you are a regular reader (and why wouldn’t you be?) then you will already know that Romulo Café and Restaurant in London is a favourite culinary haunt. But now I can enjoy their outstanding food even when I can’t sit at one of their tables. Yes, I will…

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Diplomático Mantuano – a good mix

Diplomático Mantuano – a good mix

Diplomático Mantuano is appealing even before one lifts the cork. It has shelf presence with an old-fashioned brown glass flask shape and sepia label offering a sketch of a handsome bearded gentleman.  Don Juancho is the man behind the company logo. Don Juan Meléndez (“Don Juancho”) is the inspiration behind Diplomático rums. He was born…

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Itsu crispy seaweed thins with sriracha

Itsu crispy seaweed thins with sriracha

Itsu offers a contemporary take on Asian food, and a bit of inspiration too. These delicate sriracha seaweed thins are made from the same green sheets you would have enjoyed around your sushi, but with additional flavouring. A light snack and healthy too The fresh seaweed is harvested from the crystal-clear waters off the coast…

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Ramen: 50 classic ramen and Asian noodle soups

Ramen: 50 classic ramen and Asian noodle soups

Winner of ‘Best Japanese Cookbook UK’ in Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Ramen: 50 classic ramen and Asian noodle soups has its literary finger on the culinary pulse of restaurant trends. Ramen is a comforting combination of noodles, distinctive and flavourful broth, and various toppings. In its simplest form, ramen includes wheat noodles, a umami-rich soup…

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