Tiger Premium Gin*

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Despite what recent posts might suggest, I’m not the world’s biggest drinker. I usually end up as the designated driver on nights out – so you’re more likely to find me nursing a tonic water rather than anything harder. But if I am enjoying a drink, my choice usually tends to be gin and tonic. I love how refreshing they are – and there is nothing better to enjoy on balmy summer evenings! My newest tipple has been Tiger Premium Gin – a ‘Great British Gin’ with a smooth, slightly sweet finish. I’ve been mixing mine with icy cold tonic and a slice of orange – delicious!

Tiger Premium Gin is priced at £37 and is available here

Lunch at BiBimBap Glasgow*

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When it comes to eating out, it’s easy to fall into old habits. We tend to have a clutch of old favourite restaurants which we rotate through every time we go out. The result can be a little same-y, so it’s always fun to have a new spot to visit!

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BiBimBap is one of those places I’ve seen pop up online pretty much constantly since it opened, and I’d been dying to visit. Cute instal-worthy decor and Korean food? Sounds like a match made in heaven! The restaurant itself it a snug little nook right in the centre of town, and during the evening it can get seriously busy, so to beat the crowds we visited for lunch. There was still a buzz about the place, with tables of students and shoppers sharing plates and comparing purchases.

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With a menu filled to the brim with Korean comfort foods, we opted to (over) order a selection and share. Word to the wise – portions here are very generous. The first of the dishes to arrive at the table were the Ya Chae Man Do (£4).

Light and crispy puffs of vegetables served with a soy-based dipping sauce, these were such a great start to the meal. Similar to a Spring Roll, these made a satisfying accompaniment to our drinks, and a tasty starter.

Our vegetable dumplings were soon joined by our order of Dak Go Chi (£4.50) – chicken skewers smothered in a sweet, and sticky sauce. The joy of BiBimBap is that casual manner in which the dishes arrive at the table – just as you’re finishing off one plate, another miraculously appears.

For my ‘main’ dish, I couldn’t resist the signature BiBimBap (£9) – although I asked for mine without egg. A mix of rice, vegetables and pork, it was a spicy, savoury dish which was filled with flavour. Shot through with hunks of Korean favourite kimchi, this is some serious comfort food. Served alongside a bowl of piping hot miso soup, it was an incredibly indulgent lunch!

The final dish to arrive at the table was a Bulgogi Rice Bowl (£9.50). Perhaps the most recognisable of our dishes – beef and kimchi came served with boiled rice and pickled turnip. Covered in toasted sesame seeds, it was a lunch option I wish I could grab daily!

BiBimBap have a killer menu of drinks and cocktails too – so whether you’re after a leisurely lunch or a boozy supper, you can’t go wrong with BiBimBap. You can also find out more about the restaurant here

REMY MARTIN Matt W Moore VSOP limited edition champagne cognac*

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When it comes down to it, I can be a bit of an art geek. I studied Art History at university, and it’s something that I’m still fascinated with. So, when everyday items get a bit of an arty makeover, I’m always keen to see the result. The most recent I’ve come across is Remy Martin, who have partnered with digital artist Matt W Moore to create a limited edition of their Champagne Cognac.

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An absolutely perfect gift for Father’s Day, the special edition means that there are only 60 bottles currently available within the UK. The bottle comes housed in a gloriously colourful box, and the label is splashed with grapevine, leaf and sunburst designs. The box even features a QR code which adds an augmented reality interface to the world around you! Through use of the app, you can add the animated designs to your surroundings to Matt-Moorize your reality. It’s such a cool concept, and it makes the whole experience of enjoying the cognac so immersive.

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So, if your dad is a bit of a design-freak, this special edition of Remy Martin VSOP Champagne is certainly going to go down a treat. The brand recommend that you enjoy it either at room temperature or over ice – and when it looks this good, who could resist?

Remy Martin Matt W Moore VSOP limited edition champagne cognac is priced at £44 per bottle and is available here.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey*

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With Father’s Day fast approaching (it’s this Sunday FYI), it can be hard to find the right gift. The shops might be filled with World Cup knickknacks, novelty socks and funny looking ties, but really, who on earth wants to receive that? Rather than going for something that will be shoved to the back of the nearest drawer, I’m a fan of getting something to be savoured and enjoyed. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey certainly fits the bill. Equal parts style and heritage, I can’t imagine there is a bar cart out there which wouldn’t benefit from a bottle of this being added.

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As someone who isn’t the biggest drinker, buying something like whiskey can feel a little overwhelming, but Woodford Reserve make it incredibly easy to pick a classic. Whiskey has been distilled on the Woodford Reserve estate since 1812, and the Bourbon has been developed to contain over 200 flavour notes. On the nose, notes of cocoa, orange and tobacco are all evident, and the complex flavour composition contains hints of vanilla, toffee, cinnamon and citrus notes.

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Thanks to such a balanced flavour profile, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey can be enjoyed alone or in a cocktail. I particularly like the southern favourite Mint Julep (it’s perfect for summer) or when it gets chillier, a dash of it in Hot Apple Cider is just divine! It’s such a perfect gift for this weekend!

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is priced at £30.50 and is available from Waitrose here.

Edinburgh’s Radisson Blu launches Morning Tea*

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for new places to head to. In Edinburgh, I feel like I have a handful of favourite spots which I rotate through. So, when I need to meet with people it’s always fun to go somewhere new.

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So, when I found out that the Edinburgh Radisson Blu have started serving Morning Tea – it sounded too good to miss! Every Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm you can indulge in a whole host of morning treats, which will get your day going. As well as a great way to treat yourself, it would be a fab way to enjoy a meeting if you’ve got a lot to chat over.

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We kicked off the morning with copious pots of tea, although freshly squeezed juices and coffees are also available. Rather delightfully, the tea comes from the capital’s Eteakat, which is such a lovely Edinburgh touch!

We kicked things off with the bacon rolls, because really, is there ever a better breakfast choice? These were absolutely delicious, and we wolfed them down in record time.

On the same level were a handful of freshly baked goodies – fresh croissants which we smothered in jam, as well as warm chocolate cookies, which were brought home and enjoyed with coffee later in the day.

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There were also fresh pancakes and maple syrup – seriously, can every morning be catered like this?

The middle tier of the Morning Tea was filled with tea classics. Homemade scones, jam and clotted clean were too good to resist, and the fresh berries were a fabulous nod to the upcoming summer season.

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We also had fabulous little parfaits to enjoy – vanilla yoghurts with granola and more chopped berries. This is probably my favourite breakfast to enjoy on a regular morning, so as you can imagine, they were very much hoovered up!

The top tier was, if it was possible, even more indulgent! With freshly baked muffins, and cream-filled Danish Pastries, these were enjoyed with the last of our teas and coffees, with the left overs boxed up to enjoy in the afternoon when we started to feel peckish!
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Served up in the Radison Blu’s stunning Itchycoo bar, their Morning Tea is an absolutely glorious way to start the day!

It’s priced at £40 per couple and to book a table for Morning Tea telephone Radisson Blu on 0131 557 9797 or visit her hotel website here

Prestat Ruby Chocolate Bars*

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So obviously this weekend is all about the Royal Wedding. Whether you’re hosting a glitzy tea party, or you’re simply wishing the couple well, it’s nice to enjoy a bit of a treat alongside a special event. So, I thought it was only right to indulge in Prestat chocolate – they are Royal Warrant Holders after all!

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One of the things I just adore about the brand, is how unfailingly beautiful the packaging always is, and their brand new Ruby Chocolate Bars are no different. Wrapped in whimsical paper dotted with birds of paradise, these bars feel almost too cute to open.

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What’s inside though, is too good to miss! Ruby chocolate is the newest type to gain popularity (as opposed to dark, milk and white varieties) and it’s not only absolutely beautiful, but delicious too! Rather than being overpoweringly sweet and sugary like some white chocolate can be, the ruby version has a distinct sweetness which is balanced out with a gentle sour note.

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As you would expect from a royal chocolatier, Prestat’s Ruby Chocolate is wonderfully indulgent – creamy with a hint of fruitiness, it feels like a perfect option for summer treats! It’s also, obviously beautiful to look at too!

Prestat Ruby Chocolate bars are priced from £1.50 each, and are available here.

Innocent release 3 non-dairy milks*

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Over the past week or so, Scotland has been enjoying the most fabulous weather. Rather than the watery sunshine we normally get, it’s been nothing but bright blue skies, and temperatures well into the teens. In short, it feels like summer, which of course means, like 99% of the population, I’m trying to eat a little healthier.

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Luckily I’m not lactose-intolerant, so it’s not the biggest deal in the world if I grab a latte at Starbucks, which admittedly I do pretty much daily. But I do feel better when when I cut down on the stuff, so when I found out Innocent had released three different non-dairy milks, it felt a bit like fate.

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All three milks are, as you would expect from a brand like Innocent, completely natural. In fact, the almond and oat milks only have three ingredients, whilst the Hazelnut milk has four. I love the fact there are no additives, stabilisers or anything other than what’s absolutely necessary. If you’re a superhuman who makes their own dairy free milks, this means you have one less job to do! Also, important to note in today’s plastic-averse society – the bottles (and caps) are all fully recyclable. So great taste and non-harmful to the environment? Win win!

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The fact that all three are absolutely delicious is a real benefit, and depending on what I’m doing, I tend to pick a milk to suit. For my morning smoothie (I’m not a big breakfast person) I blend frozen strawberries, a banana and almond milk for a blast of Vitamin C first thing. If I’m making a coffee, I have been making my lattes with the hazelnut milk – it lends a subtle nuttiness which is delicious with espresso (and saves a pump of flavoured syrup). If I’m making porridge, I use the oat milk. All three are absolutely delicious, and can be enjoyed both hot and cold, and are great to use for drinks, for cooking and even for baking!

Innocent non-dairy milks are priced at £2 per bottle and they are available at Waitrose.

 

Amazon’s Easter Egg Bundle*

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If you’ve got a lot of family heading over this weekend, it can feel a bit stressful getting all the finishing touches finally complete. Whether you’re swaying over what to serve for your Easter roast, or if there will be enough seats for everyone to gather, Amazon has made it easy to strike the ‘need to buys eggs’ errand off the list.

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They’ve helpfully gathered together three of Cadbury’s most popular eggs together in one ‘Medium’ bundle. The eggs are all the things children love at Easter – Creme Eggs, buttons and Mini Eggs. They’re not overly large either – so they’re perfect if you’re looking to give out a delicious little treat rather than a full on feast!

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Each of the eggs comes packaged up in a branded envelope, and inside you’ll find a purple Cadbury’s egg, as well as a snack pack of chocolate eggs, buttons or a Creme Egg. I love how old school they feel – and I’m sure they will go down a treat this weekend!

Cadbury Medium Easter Egg Bundle, Currently priced at £10.50
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M&S Hand Decorated Hollow Eggs*

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No … don’t worry – the Easter spamming continues (and can you blame me? It’s got to be the cutest holiday) with M&S’s stunning Hand Decorated Hollow Egg Trio. A perfect little addition to any table this weekend, these are both stunning as well as delicious!

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Each egg in the line-up is a different type of chocolate – milk, white and dark, so even the fussiest diners will be accommodated. As you would expect from M&S, these are the yummiest of treats, but I’m also absolutely obsessed with the stunning hand decoration.

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Each of the eggs have been hand-decorated with flashes of colour, making them mini works of art. Clustered together they make an eye-catching arrangement, whilst paced on an individual place setting creates a chic statement. The colours also match up perfectly with my fuzzy little chick decorations, so who could resist?

M&S Hand Decorated Hollow Egg Trio is priced at £5

Is this Easter’s cutest egg? M&S Burrowing Bunny*

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I know I’ve banged on about the best adult Easter eggs, and trust me, I’ll never pass up the opportunity to enjoy a boozy chocolate, but sometimes you just need a bit of cute. It is a holiday full of bunnies and chicks after all, so when I got a glimpse of M&S’s new Easter offering, I couldn’t pass up a chance to get my hands on their Burrowing Bunny Egg.

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This is truly Easter at it’s best – all fluffy fun. Called the ‘Burrowing Bunny’ it’s gloriously cute – with the back end, tail and all, of the Easter Rabbit diving down a warren. I adore the use of chocolate to look like earth, and the white chocolate tail and toes are just adorable.

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The mix of milk, dark and white chocolate should keep even the fussiest eaters happy, but I’m not sure who could break it enough to eat it – it’s just too cute! Rather than dig in, I’m happy (for the moment) for the egg to be the heart of my Easter centrepiece.

M&S Burrowing Bunny is priced at £15 and is available in-store and here.

Prestat Marc de Champagne Truffle Easter Egg*

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It’s Monday, and with under a week to go it’s prime Easter Egg shopping time. I’ve been making my my through my favourites (tough job) and one of the most glamorous eggs I’ve found has been Prestat’s Marc de Champagne Truffle Egg.

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As you might expect from an egg with a Royal Warrant, this is fit for a queen! Packaged in a stunning pink, yellow and golden box, the Marc de Champagne Truffle Egg feels like Easter in a box.

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Inside the box, you’ll find a golden egg nestled deep inside – I just adore the hot pink tissue paper and silk ribbon!

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The joy about an egg as beautiful is this one, is that if you’re giving it as a gift, no wrapping is needed – Prestat have sone all the hard work!

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The egg is a glorious golden orb, and it’s as delicious as it is beautiful. The egg is made up of Prestat’s famous milk chocolate (my favourite) and is pleasingly thick. Breaking with the perfect snap, it tastes deliciously creamy and a shard of it with coffee makes a fabulous afternoon treat.

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Inside though, it manages to get even better – 8 of Prestat’s Marc de Champagne truffles are hidden inside. Rolled in powdered sugar – these are among some of my absolute favourite chocolates ever. The mix of champagne and delicious milk chocolate always feels wonderfully decadent, and Prestat’s have a kick of booze at the end which pushes them firmly into the adult only category. If you’re planning a luxury Easter hamper this weekend, why not pop one of these in? It’s one of my favourites for sure!

Prestat Marc de Champagne Truffle Easter Egg is priced at £17.50 and is available here.