Giveaway: Candiasoil Olive Oil

Clean eating has been a way of life for me for the past few months and I wouldn’t be without a really good olive oil to help add flavour to my salads and dressings. I’ve been using Candiasoil for a while now and reviewed it HERE.

Today on the blog you have a double whammy. You can get £1 off Candiasoil in Tesco until the end of October using this voucher or, you can enter the giveaway below to win a 500ml tin of both the Viannos and the Peza variety.

I use Viannos normally as I like the peppery taste. When using it to dress a salad it really doesn’t need any other flavours adding to it. The Peza variety is milder with a fruity taste so would work just as well to jazz up boring leaves with some good flavour.

To enter just complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will close on 28th October 2014 and the winner will be notified on Twitter and via email. Good luck!

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New Look Wine Shop Opens At Selfridges, Exchange Square

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This month has seen the Exchange Square branch of Selfridges first floor wine shop double in size and increase the selection of wines and spirits on offer.

Ready for Christmas you will find a focus on gifting with experts on hand to assist and advise on rare and exotic brands for the people in your life who are the hardest to buy for. In the run up to Christmas you will also be able to take advantage of Bombay Sapphire bottle engraving, I know a few people who would appreciate this!

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With double the amount of vodka, top of the range tequila and mescal brands to name but a few, you will be spoilt for choice. As if that isn’t enough you will also be able to get your fizz loving mitts on the Moet ice party pack, Regal Rouge, 86 Company and Cambridge gin.

Still not convinced? Selfridges Exchange Square wine shop are hosting free spirit tastings in store now mid week. Go and try before you buy, it would be rude not to.

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Fashion: Autumn/Winter 2014 With John Lewis Introducing Their Personal Shopper Service

As Autumn officially hit yesterday, and boy don’t we know it, it is time to think about updating your wardrobe with the latest trends of the season. John Lewis  at the Trafford Centre kicked things off in style (pun intended) with a fashion show last weekend to show their latest range as well as introduce their personal styling service.

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We were introduced to the style profile that the personal styling service completes during the 60 minute consultation. When you book on this session the stylist not only asks your likes and dislikes but also considers your shape, lines (I knew I was right when I have been harping on about your natural waist being the narrowest part of your middle) height and proportions. As well as this they also look at your colours enabling you to leave with a full style profile to help you choose the right shade, fabric and style of outfit for you next time you are out shopping. This service costs £125 but is refunded when you spend over £500. They also offer a complimentary service if you are looking for a specific outfit or the perfect pair of jeans.

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The autumn/winter fashion show kicked off with rhapsody in blue; leather is hot this season but not just in jackets. We’re talking trousers, trims and skirts and, of course, boots. Royal blue is the colour to be seen in this season and pairs so well with the perfect soft leather skirt. I personally couldn’t tear my eyes away from the amazing boots above. I’ve not got any nice boots and these shoe boots are perfect for lengthening my chunky ankles! They are £75 from Miss KG.

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A trend I’m really pleased is still around for autumn and winter is florals. The beautiful Karen Millen skirt above featured with a pretty embellished jumper, just goes to show I’ll get away with wearing my fuller floral dresses by accessorising with some black tights and jewellery!

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Classic cuts were up next and red is certainly the new black this season! The cropped trousers shown above were just beautiful (£79 from French Connection if you were wondering) but unfortunately I’d never get away with wearing them.

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This dress from Hobbs was one of my favourite things from the whole show. I’m dreadful for flared dresses, I must own one in most colours thanks to the flattering fit, and this one is just gorgeous.

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Coats are always a staple in winter but this year this is stepped up a notch with wraps and belted robes to choose from. I have far too many coats but I couldn’t leave John Lewis on Saturday without a pair of these amazing leggings from Mint Velvet. At £15 they are an absolute bargain and pull up so high they certainly pull you in! I need to go back for a black pair before they sell out because, trust me, they will.

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Not surprisingly for the festive party season we have embellishments playing a huge part in this season’s trends. Inspiration is coming from the 1920′s with embellished bags, hair accessories and shoes to go with the Christmas party dresses. This dress is by French Connection who are my first stop when looking for a festive party dress. I have something similar from last year in black!

So there you have it, a season of wearable fashion for most shapes and sizes. Thanks to John Lewis for inviting me to the fashion show, I’m still looking for the perfect pair of jeans at the age of 32 so will definitely be taking advantage of the complimentary express personal stylist service. Surely it’s easier than dragging the other half around for hours?

I was invited to this event by John Lewis as a guest although it was free for anyone to watch/attend. This is an honest view of the seasons trends and not biased in any way.

Forage 2 Glass With Caorunn Gin

I’m a huge fan of Caorunn Gin. I’ve tried more gins than I care to remember (probably lots that I can’t remember to be fair) but the smooth and slightly sweet taste of Carounn (pronounced ka-roon) always has me coming back for more. I wrote about their vintage inspired Martinez event a few months ago where we had a great time trying cocktails from the 1920s. This time we were getting down and dirty; we were going foraging!

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Caorunn gin is made in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands yet there is a place, in deepest darkest Rochdale, where you can find all five of the Celtic botanicals used to make the gin. We were brought there to meet David Winnard; forager extraordinaire and self confessed mushroom addict. For me this was his only downfall! That said his story about how his gran used to pay him to find mushrooms with the price going up to 5p for rare varieties made up for it, how sweet?!

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The rowan berry was one of the first of the botanicals we found in Rochdale and also gives Caorunn its name as Caorunn is celtic for rowan. It is said to protect against witchcraft and enchantment due to the pentagram underneath. The berries are very bitter but this reduces when they are cooked. You can make a fine jelly with them!

We found lots of elder on our trip and I immediately recognised the flowers from around my parent’s house. I’ll be sure to pick some next time I visit! The great thing about this plant is that it yields both flowers and berries. The flowers are incredibly fragrant and can be used to make cordial, jelly or even champagne. The berries are said to contain lots of antioxidants to boost the immune system.

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As you would expect there were lots of berries around with these ones being slightly tart but still perfectly tasty. I never thought to pick them straight off the bush and give them a taste before although we were warned to make sure we picked from knee height. You never know what has been peeing on them!

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The second of the botanicals we discovered is apple. Caorunn use coul blush apples which are crisp and sweet. These little ones weren’t much different!

There were lots of dandelions around and these provide the herbal notes of the gin. Did you know there are 272 sub-species in the UK alone and the leaves can be eaten raw in Spring? I’ll be playing with these at some point, they are everywhere!

 

Next of the botanicals we discovered on our trip was the bog myrtle with its sweet yet slightly spicy smell. I never thought a leaf could smell quite like this! It is a known insect repellent and is used in many brands to fight off the mozzies. This site is the only known place where you can find bog myrtle making it fairly rare in the Greater Manchester area.

A common plant to Greater Manchester and one that grows outside my office is heather. It also happens to be the last of the Celtic botanicals used to make Caorunn! It smells so beautiful with a honey like scent and it changes the look of the moors completely with its purple hue.

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We were brought back to Manchester to dry off (we must have picked one of the wettest days of the year for our trip!) and for a very welcome drink! The wild urban bramble has been designed by the fabulous Elixir and you can buy one from there or Lawn Club. Caorunn gin is mixed with tonic, elderberry syrup and gomme for a sweet yet fruity cocktail. Make sure you go and try one before I destroy their elderberry syrup stock.

I was invited on this press event and was not asked to pay for the trip or my drink. This is an honest and unbiased account of my experience. Make sure you check out David’s amazing wildlife photography too, he has a first class degree in it!

 

Cocktails Launch At The Chop And Ale House, Cheadle

Being a food and drink blogger I have been fortunate enough to drink and dine in some amazing places. Some of these places I would never have known about had it been for my blog and for that I am truly grateful. I have to say though I was incredibly excited when an invite dropped into my inbox for a venue inside a hotel I know really well. The Chop and Ale House  inside The Village Hotel, Cheadle.

I’ve lived in quite a few places but grew up in Cheadle, a village in Stockport. Most of my oldest friends still live there and my family also own a shop on the high street. It is home and I visit often. Unfortunately the bar scene in Cheadle has deteriorated massively over the years. As a teenager there were numerous watering holes with DJs playing allowing us to drink and dance into the early hours. This is no longer a feature and, apart from some decent local pubs, there isn’t really a ‘bar’ in the village now. That is until The Chop and Ale House re-launched a few weeks ago.

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Residents of Cheadle and surrounding areas, you now have somewhere to drink cocktails! I can’t tell you how excited I was. So excited that I went to the event on my own and sat at the bar to sample the delights. I loved the disco ball decorations on the bar and the barrel lighting.

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Whilst the Chop and Ale House is set out like a restaurant there are also areas where you can just grab a drink. The cocktail menu is extensive and, let me tell you, really well put together. They’re not just trying to keep the pub goers happy here, there is something for everyone and if you prove me wrong? Just ask the bar staff and they’ll be happy to whip up something bespoke for you.

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The English Garden (at the top) was lightly fruity yet floral with elderflower and had a real kick from the Hendrick’s gin. Yes you read that right, no Gordon’s here. I could not believe my eyes. Now I have a sweet tooth but the Straight Up Vanilla was too much for me. Marketed as an adult take on a cream soda others lapped them up though, it is nice to have options for all palates especially in a village where there isn’t an array of cocktail bars to try.

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The Kim Sha (at the top) was a favourite of most guests and it isn’t hard to see why. Vodka with peach liqueur, passionfruit syrup. It almost reminded me of a sophisticated take on the Sex on the Beach cocktails I used to drink as a teen. Much more fruity than the sickly sweet drink I used to have though. The frozen strawberry daiquiris were also popular and blended to order.

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As if the cocktail menu wasn’t enough to keep me entertained I also got to sample some of the menu. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the brie with apricot jam but it worked surprisingly well with the slight bitterness of the apricot cutting through the creamy cheese. I didn’t think it needed the bread it was sat on but then I’m not eating much bread at the moment anyway. The butternut squash soup had a lovely kick of spice whilst the lemon tart had the sharp bite that I often miss in this dessert. Not bad for the restaurant within a hotel in a little village.

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I was bid farewell with a rum (they know me too well already) cocktail and a little goodie bag with chocolate and a cocktail mixer, the former I scoffed on the train on the way home. Well I did walk from Gatley train station and any local people will know that IS a long way, ahem.

As a resident of Cheadle I would never have thought to come into the Village Hotel to eat or drink but that has now changed, the samples of the food were promising and the cocktails, well, you must know me by now. If I haven’t got halfway through the menu by the time Christmas arrives there is something wrong.

I attended the launch of the Chop and Ale House as a guest and was not asked to pay for my food or drink. This is a genuinely unbiased review and I can’t wait to drink something other than Gordon’s gin in Cheadle in the future.

An Introduction To Kiehl’s And Their Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

I’m dreadful when it comes to beauty counters. The amount of times I have popped in for something in particular and come out overloaded with bags of products, I don’t want to think about it. In fact I avoid department store beauty counters now, the temptation is just too much. You can imagine I was torn between feeling excited and nervous when Terri mentioned Kiehl’s had asked for beauty bloggers to go and trial some of their products at Selfridges, Trafford Centre.

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The Kiehl’s stand is at the back of the store but stands out due to its very own Mr Bones! The products are quite plain with the same design throughout but simple is sometimes best and does say to me that they know the products work and they don’t need to spend a fortune on packaging to promote their product.

Kiehl’s have a huge celebrity following with household names proclaiming to be regular users of the products and Alanis Morissette designing a limited edition pot for the brand’s ultra facial cream. It’s not hard to see why. The brand has been around since 1851 and still uses the old fashioned aeroplane image as its symbol. Founded as an old-world apothecary in the East Village New York, the brand blends cosmetic and herbal knowledge passed down for generations to bring the best products possible. They are so confident that their products work that they offer a money back guarantee!

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As well as an impressive money back guarantee Kiehl’s also offer a skin consultation as standard as well as encouraging you to take away samples of their products to try before you buy. The little tabs above were placed on my forehead and cheek to determine my skin type. The result wasn’t a surprise; I have combination skin with more oily spots over my cheeks than my forehead.

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Our visit to the Kiehl’s stand was to celebrate the launch of their latest product; hydro-plumping re-texturizing serum concentrate. Made with 15% plant based glycerine it is paraben and fragrance free. The product is designed to help correct signs of age related dehydration whilst plumping the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and a tired looking complexion. It is almost gel like in consistency and glides onto the skin with ease. Immediately after using this product my skin felt softer and smoother. After using for a week my skin looked less tired and my make up glided on much easier. Winner! This product retails at £40 for 50ml so is on the pricier side for a serum but it is well worth it.

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I was also offered some other samples when in store and my favourites are the powerful strength line reducing concentrate and the midnight recovery concentrate. As a woman in her early 30s I do worry about lines and I appreciate this product is probably more suited to those with deeper lines than I have but I found it ironed out the fine lines I already have so well. This little sample tube has lasted so long and it retails at £49 for 50ml which, for a line reducing product, is really quite reasonable compared to others on the market.

I also loved the midnight recovery concentrate for its overnight results. It’s a facial oil like no other delivering a real hit of moisture to dry skin overnight and a radiance that no other product has ever given my skin. I’ll definitely be buying some when my sample runs out! It retails at £36 for 30ml but I still have loads of my sample left as I don’t need to use it every night.

Huge thanks to Terri for the heads up and to the fabulous Kiehl’s staff for an introduction to the range. Make sure you pop in to your nearest outlet for a skin consultation and to try their amazing products, I promise you won’t go back.

I was provided with samples of products from Kiehl’s during my visit. This is an honest review and anyone can obtain these samples when in store. I challenge any other brand to beat their money back guarantee, samples and results of the products.

Guest Post: Gin and Cocktail Fun With Langtons Gin

You can pretty much guarantee I’ll get invited to drink cocktails on a day I’m doing something else. Langtons Gin invited me to sample their gin and some cocktails made with it and guess what, I was booked on my personal training sessions! Emma from http://www.misspond.com selflessly offered to go for me and see what they are all about:

Hi I’m Emma from misspond.com, today I’m guest posting for Keeley and I’m going to talk to you about one of my favourite subjects- gin! The other week I was lucky to meet Craig, a brand ambassador from Langtons Gin. Langton’s caught my eyes a few months ago at the Manchester Gin Festival, mainly because of the mountains on the bottle.

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Craig started by making us a simple gin and tonic, with a slice of lemon (definitely my preference!) and talked to us about the process of making the gin. Langton’s is made in the Lake District and what’s special about it is the water used to make it. The water is sourced from an underground lake and has been filtered through slate, which makes it unbelievably pure.

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The gin is distilled with 11 different botanicals, including citrus peel, bitter almonds, coriander and cinnamon. After which it is seasoned with oak bark, again sourced from the Lake District.  The water is added afterwards, the spirit is distilled four times before this though!

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Craig then made us a martini using Langton’s. I’m not a huge martini fan but it was very well balanced, the citrus notes in the gin really come out in this drink.

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I then got very excited. I am a HUGE fan of sloe and damson gins and Craig surprised us with a small batch Damson gin from Langton’s, which I’d never seen before! The damsons are frozen 3-4 times to get the most from them, but very little sugar is added so it’s quite dry compared to some very over sweet sloe gins you can get. We had the damson gin neat (yum) but also in a cocktail called the Rhubarb Triangle. The gin is shaken with rhubarb syrup and then poured over ice and topped with soda.

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Have you tried Langton’s before? What’s your favourite tipple? Let Keeley and I know in the comments!

MissPond x

Restaurant Review: The Horse and Jockey, Wilmslow

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Last week I jumped in the car and drove out to the Horse and Jockey in Wilmslow. I’ve been to Wilmslow many times as there is a pub crawl my friends love doing. I was surprised I hadn’t heard of the Horse and Jockey before, that is, until I tried to find it! Located on Gravel Road in a very residential area you could almost say it is on the border of Alderley Edge. I did wonde what clientele the pub would be trying to attract in such an affluent yet residential location slightly off the beaten track.

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The Horse and Jockey is everything a country pub should be. A large bar area with groups congregating after work as well as cosy seating areas where you can either grab a quick bite or enjoy a drink with friends. There is also a nice outdoor seating area for sunnier days and a car park for those, like me, who live that bit further afield.

Seated in a booth Rachel and I decided to go for some of the Wilmslow Tapas. I’m a huge fan of Spanish food and incredibly picky when it comes to the different flavour combinations so was interesting to see what the Wilmslow spin on this would be. Head chef Gary Peill has won AA rosettes as well as ‘best gastro pub in the North West’ so I had high hopes for what he could create.

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The menu is fairly simple with the Wilmslow Tapas taking up the most room and some classic dishes including fish and chips, pie of the day and burgers thrown in for the more ravenous. I expected there to be a separate menu for the tapas as a compliment to the menu rather than dominate it. It would have to be good!

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We kicked things off with a pot of bread complete with olive oil and balsamic for dipping as well as some mixed olives. Rachel polished off the bread announcing it was very fresh whilst I dug into the olives that, even though on the small side, had a lovely flavour with a kick of garlic.

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Up next were the chipolata sausages served with HP sauce. The sausages were a little on the dry side and I’m not a fan of anything being served with bottled sauce to be honest but they were ok and a nice idea as a small dish to share.

I was so glad the ‘Spanglish’ potatoes weren’t marketed as being patatas bravas… when they arrived at the table and I checked the menu I was a little worried! As with the chipolatas they were slightly dry but the flavour of the chorizo and black pudding helped the potatoes become a bit more exciting.

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The corned beef pasties were so cute but slightly overdone making them, too, a little dry. The flavour was great though and there was a healthy amount of corned beef filling so slightly less time in the oven and these would have been perfect. A favourite dish of mine was the spicy meatballs which were soft and moist with a lovely punch of chilli and a little grater to top them with parmesan. Perfect for those who like more cheese then others! I smothered mine, naturally being a cheese lover, but it was nice to try them without first.

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The brie fritters were absolutely huge and I have to say I felt slightly overfaced by them at first knowing that Rachel doesn’t like them. I needn’t have been because wow, they were really tasty. A crispy yet fine crumb coated the huge chunks of molten brie whilst the red onion marmalade provided a lovely sweetness to balance the dish out well. I also enjoyed the garlic king prawns with Thai green curry. This is always a dish that can go so wrong but the sauce was just right, a gentle kick at the back of the throat yet still with aromatic flavour. The prawns were soft and juicy with the veggies just cooked so they still had bite. Just lovely.

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Two dishes that arrived that weren’t on the menu was a chicken leg and mini cheese pastries served on ratatouille. I passed the chicken leg over to Rachel who’s verdict was ‘okay but a little dry’. A sauce or glaze would have been a good addition. At first glance I couldn’t work the pastry swirls with ratatouille out at all but it tasted quite good together. The ratatouille tasted fresh whilst the courgette still had bite. The pastries would have been very dry without the sauce but they worked well and I quite liked the dish as a whole.

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Our final dishes of the evening were the calamari served with chilli dipping sauce and the mini fish and chips. Had I not been quick I wouldn’t have got a look in with either of these dishes as Rachel dove in, and she hadn’t tried calamari before! The calamari was beautifully fresh, no rubberiness or chewy texture here. The batter crisp and light, I wanted more but she had the pot and wasn’t giving it up easily. The mini fish and chips was a similar story with soft fish in the centre and a light batter on the outside. The chips were chunky and fluffy on the inside, just the way a good chip should be. A delight and two dishes we will certainly be returning for.

The Horse and Jockey hasn’t been open in this capacity for long but they have big plans and are reaching out to the locals for inspiration. A group of local tradesmen were at the bar when we arrived although they now pop home to change from their work gear before grabbing their pint. I’m told they have been told this isn’t needed but that they felt more comfortable this way! There’s a Sunday roast for weekends, a light bites menu for those who want a chat over lunch as well as a Mad Hatter’s tea party at just £8.95 per person; much cheaper than the same type of affair in the City Centre.

As for the Wilmslow Tapas you can order the dishes for £4.50 each or share 4 for £16 or 8 for £32. There’s also a Thursday steak night! The Horse and Jockey certainly made me miss living in a village and I’ll be back for that steak night, I’m guessing Rachel will be sticking to the fish tapas though.

I was invited to the Horse and Jockey as a guest and wasn’t asked to pay for my food or drinks. This is an honest and unbiased review, as always.

Tea from Natur Boutique

Believe it or not I am not one for a fad. I’ve tried a few diets in my time but have never taken weight loss pills or done these shake diets that appear to be so popular at the moment. Having a personal trainer who knows about nutrition and eating for weight loss helps massively so when Natur Boutique asked if I wanted to try 3 of their teas I made sure I took the research behind them to John Preston for his expert opinion.

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I was sent 3 varieties… Lemongrass and green tea, artichoke and diet tea. Let’s look at the lemongrass and green tea first…

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This tea promises to be a green tea like no other claiming research has now shown that lemongrass also contains anti-oxidants, like green tea, so combining the two provides a whole new level of tea. The green tea element is grown in Vietnam with the help of the local Hmong people who grow Neem plants amongst the tea to help as a natural insect repellent. Delicate buds and young leaves are picked for the best flavours and, due to the altitude the tea is grown at, it grows slower providing a richer flavour.

I personally didn’t need to know all this information but have to say this is a nice tasting green tea. I’m not a huge fan of normal green tea but this has a lovely light citrus taste which takes away the aftertaste I dislike in normal green tea.

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My least favourite tasting of the teas is the artichoke. This claims to be great for Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms, something I have struggled with in the past. It tastes strange especially to a newcomer to herbal teas. A slight liquorice aftertaste means it isn’t completely unpleasant but it certainly isn’t my favourite of the 3 teas. That said, if I get a nasty bout of IBS induced stomach cramps I’ll certainly give this a go.

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Last but not least is the dreadfully named diet tea. It screamed ‘fad’ to me. The research didn’t help either with some of the claims being from tests on high fat fed mice and rats. I am neither a high fat fed mice nor a rat… so why should it help me lose weight? There’s also some research around the effects of green tea consumption and resistance training on the resting metabolic rate in overweight women. This sounds more like it but proves the point that drinking ‘diet’ tea alone will not really help you lose weight. John hated the name but did say there is some good research out there around green tea for supporting a healthy diet and this one contains pineapple, hibiscus and java. As with the lemongrass and green tea I’m all for a drink that tastes better than the regular green tea I usually wince my way through.

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I drank a couple of cups of this tea for a week and did see some weight loss. I lost 3lbs on the scales and also noticed some centimetres had disappeared from my waist and hips. It’s hard to say whether this is down to the tea, my clean eating diet or the resistance training I’m doing at the moment. I did notice I went to pee an awful lot more (sorry, I know this is too much information!) and I felt fuller quickly when eating my lunch after this tea. It actually tastes really good too with a fruity edge from the pineapple once again taking away the aftertaste of the green tea. I’d certainly continue to drink this tea, not because of it’s ‘diet’ claims but for the fact that it tastes so much nicer than normal green tea!

Each of these teas can be purchased at Holland and Barrett and retail at £2.99 for a box of 20 bags. They’re also on the ‘buy one get one half price’ deal at the moment, great value and I’ll be stocking up before it ends!

What is your favourite green tea?

I was sent these teas to review and wasn’t asked to pay for them. As always this is an honest and unbiased review.

International Cheese Awards, Nantwich

When it comes to the countryside I am one of those people who likes to look at it from afar. The thought of going to a festival and getting covered in mud whilst sleeping in a tent fills me with dread. Don’t get me wrong, I like camping. But I have to do it with a proper duvet and an electric hook-up. I went to the Foodies Festival a few months back and that was really muddy, so when invited to the International Cheese Awards as part of the Nantwich Show I was fully expecting to have to go out and buy wellies and a decent pair of waterproof trousers.

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I needn’t have worried. The International Cheese Awards was a very civilised affair held in the biggest marquee I’ve ever seen in my life with raised walkways throughout the rest of the Nantwich Show, perfect! This vast marquee housed over 4400 cheeses from around the world, all hoping to win a prize awarded by some of the biggest names in the food industry. White coats and hair nets were donned and rooms were chilled to keep the cheeses in their prime. The judging went on for most of the morning with us mere mortals peering through plastic curtains to catch a glimpse of the action.

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To keep us entertained we toured the different brands trying their cheese offerings and boy, there were thousands! From the mildest of cheddar to the stinkiest of blue, the sweet novelty factor and even cheeses based around cocktails, they had them all.

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I’m not normally a fan of stilton but this potted version with honey was sublime and the honey sweetened it enough for me to keep going back for more, thanks Cropwell Bishop Creamery for introducing me to this delight.

I nearly wrote the Old Irish Creamery off as being far too ‘novelty’ with their chocolate, curry and wine cheeses but they were actually really good with the curry cheese tasting like chip shop curry sauce, obviously mixed with cheese. They had the novelty factor but in a good way.

Another favourite was the Norweigan Tine Gudbrandsdalen which is a brown cheese with a sweet fudgey caramel taste. So different from anything else on offer but gorgeous and perfect for my sweet tooth.

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The winners were announced after a lovely lunch (you can see the full list here) and we were honoured to witness the admission of new members to the International Cheese Guild. Doesn’t he look dapper in his robes?

The day concluded with an Irish cheese and whiskey pairing hosted by The Little Milk Company. I don’t like whiskey but it turns out, I do like Irish whiskey with cheese! I wonder if the sheer amount of cheese I consumed on the day went to my head?

A great day was had by all and I can’t wait to head back next year, who’s with me?

I was invited to the cheese awards as a guest and wasn’t asked to pay for my ticket. This is an honest account of the day and not biased in any way. Massive thanks to Samantha Bell for the amazing photography

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