As lock-down continues, it weirdly feels like every day is Sunday. It’s nice in a way, especially on sunny afternoons, where hours seem to absolutely disappear and and you can get on with all those tasks you never seem to have time for (I’m now the proud owner of the most streamlined cupboards you’ve ever seen). Despite the positives, it’s just a bit weird, so in an attempt to keep Friday feeling a bit special, we’re going to be enjoying a bit of a picnic, with some refreshment care of L’Art Du Vin.
One of Scotland’s premier wine suppliers – they work with a selection of incredible restaurants including Michelin-starred establishments and now L’Art Du Vin have launched a home delivery service! Earlier this week, I was the very lucky recipient of two glorious bottles – Fleur de Charlotte and Montepulciano D’Abruzzo.
The home delivery service is perfect if you need to stock up for the next few weeks, and it’s contactless, so you’ll be safe to enjoy your wine too! With over 400 wines to choose from, simply head to the L’Art Du Vin website and select your wines. They have a particularly impressive selection of organic wines, and they were the first Scottish wine merchant to become certified members of the UK Organic Soil Association.
Customers can enjoy around a 2 working day delivery time (perfect for getting prepped for the week) and if you live in Fife or Edinburgh – you’ll get a personal visit from the L’Art Du Vin van!
As if that wasn’t enough, L’Art Du Vin is giving customers a straight 12% discount on all their wines, and orders over £100 benefit from free delivery!
Thank you so much to L’Art Du Vin for my wonderful bottles – to say they’ve made our Friday night special is an understatement!
If you’re keen to enjoy your own bottles, you can find L’Art Du Vin here.
When it comes to healthy habits, there isn’t much better than incorporating a healthy breakfast into your routine. Honestly, I’m not someone who tends to get hungry in the morning, but over the past few months, I’ve been trying to incorporate a healthy morning meal or fruit smoothie to get the day started off right.
One of the easiest and heartiest meals I like to have in the morning is some Greek yoghurt with a little granola. It’s something which takes only seconds to assemble, and it keeps me going until well into the afternoon. To keep things interesting, I love to add a little something each morning – berries, banana, and now I’ve discovered Yacon Viva’s organic Cacao Nibs, they’ve become an integral part of my breakfast routine.
Injecting a great dose of crunch, and an indulgent hit of chocolate, are perfect to add to my granola. The nibs have no added sugar, and they’re completely natural too. Vegan-friendly, as well as gluten free, they also work well on top of smoothies too!
Yacon Viva Cacao Nibs are priced at £9.99 and are available here
Sundays are a day to get everything together and prepare for the week ahead. I’m not sure that there’s any feeling better than heading to bed on a Sunday evening with that to-do list checked off, and all your plans for the week laid out ahead of you. Obviously, at the moment, those plans are more ‘clean out the garage’ than ‘meetings with X or Y’ but hopefully we’re heading towards a little more normalcy (fingers crossed). I’ve definitely been feeling more anxious since March, so I’ve been introducing as many positive habits into my routine as possible, and one of my favourites has to be Pollen’s rather adorable Soothe You CBD Gummies.
Suitable for vegans, each of the 6g gummies contains 60mg CBD, and most importantly, they taste delicious – like real gummy sweets rather than those weird vitamins they give to kids. These ones are soft, sweet and full of flavour – you can choose from Grapefruit & Honey, Cherry & Orange or Strawberry & Citrus, and truly, it’s hard to pick a favourite. Although you can enjoy up to three in a day, I really only felt the need to have one per day to keep me feeling balanced. There’s no after-taste or a hint that these are anything other than a sweet treat, in fact, I loved this starter pack so much, that I went ahead and order the full-sized 30 packet.
Pollen Soothe You Gummies are priced at £35 for 30 and are available here (UK)
Happy Friday! I hope it’s as sunny with you as it is here in Scotland. Truly, I can’t remember a better Spring than the one we’ve had this year. This week in particular has been a scorcher; with bright sunshine and clear blue skies, not to mention rising temperatures, it feels like there’s never been a better time to toast a Friday evening with a rather fabulous Tequila!
Maestro Dobel sent over their Diamante Tequila to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the start of the month, and it’s quickly become a household favourite thanks to the complex notes of caramel, honey and maple. Unlike wine or gin, Tequila doesn’t make me feel sleepy after enjoying a glass, and Maestro Dobel’s Diamante is exceptionally high quality – it was even the world’s first cristalino, multi-aged tequila!
I’ve been loving it served with icy cold soda water and a few squeezes of fresh lime. It’s the most refreshing summer drink, and it makes me feel like I’m somewhere far more exotic than the bottom of the garden. If you fancy something that’s a little more refined, why not try the Maestro Dobel Diamante Black Diamond? Just mix 2 parts Maestro DOBEL Diamante with 1⁄2 part agave syrup and 1⁄2 part fresh lime. Then rim an old-fashioned glass with salt, combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in salted glass and enjoy! You can even add 1⁄4 fresh pomegranate or 20ml pomegranate juice and garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Maestro Dobel Diamante is priced at £48.00 and is available here
I’m not sure about you, but I’m seriously over this whole lockdown period. I know how important it is that we keep everyone as safe as possible, but you can only clear out so many cupboards before it starts to feel a bit dull! Last week though, Edinburgh’s favourite Eteaket brought a real smile to my face with a delivery of their new Positivitea, and I really think it’s just what I needed.
A limited edition, not only is Positivitea absolutely delicious, but 20% of the purchase price is donated to the fabulous Social Bite – an Edinburgh-based charity working to end homelessness in Scotland. This means you can enjoy your morning cuppa knowing you’ve started the day on the positive note!
The tea itself is a blend of green, oolong and white tea, which is then mixed with delicious Dragonfruit pieces, pink pepper, tangy raspberry, blackberry and relaxing chamomile flowers. The result is a tea which is as peppy as it is refreshing. I would never thought to add pepper to tea, but here, it adds a perfect amount of spice.
Like with all Eteaket teas, Positivitea is completely plastic-free and comes in one of the brand’s iconic tubes. To make mornings a bit easier, you can decant a teaspoon of the leaves into one of the brand’s self-fill tea bags, which are also plastic-free!
Eteaket Positivitea is priced at £7.95 a tube, and is available here