Friday, 17 October 2014

Special Offers, Discounts & News - win gourmet breaks, half price fancy dress, 70% off Adidas

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This week I have added new discounts, sales and giveaways, as well as including existing ones, and end dates to make it easier to see which ones may have ended during the current week. If you are running your own giveaway and would like to be added just leave your link in comments below.

Eating Out
Shopping - food
Shopping - home and garden
    Shopping - fashion


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    Thursday, 9 October 2014

    Special Offers, Discounts & News - Giveaways, Voucher Codes & Sales

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    This week's offers, discounts and giveaways :

    Eating Out
    Shopping - food
    Shopping - home and garden
      Shopping - fashion

      Giveaways
      Twitter Parties


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      Thursday, 2 October 2014

      Special Offers, Discounts & News - Chiquito, M&S, Dunelm, Giveaways

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      Here are a few deals and offers spotted on the Internet recently :

      Eating Out

      Shopping

      Giveaways
      Days Out
      • Various nationwide days out with up to 50% off, including 15% at Go Ape, with Kids Pass



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      Friday, 26 September 2014

      Degustabox Surprise Deliveries

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      Degustabox is a monthly subscription service. Once you sign up (you can cancel at any time) you receive a surprise box of goodies every month, for just £12.99 per month. 

      The September box contained the following :

      Burts Lentil Waves - 69p each
      Jordans Simply Granola - £2.69
      Bahlsen Pick Up - £1.69 each
      Crabbies Alcoholic Fruits - £1.50 each
      Carnation Cook With It! - £1.65 each
      Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Mint Thins - £2.50
      Righteous natural dressings - 73p each
      Little Miracles blended organic tea & fruit juice £1.59 each


      (also received a jar of La Vieja Fabrica Seville Orange Marmalade, not listed on the information card)

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      To receive a £3.00 discount when registering enter the code : 4784562 at checkout.

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      Thursday, 4 September 2014

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall

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      What’s for dinner tonight? That’s the usual question people ask as the busy day comes to an end. Looking for a terrific seafood restaurant whilst in Cornwall? You’re in luck as Cornwall is home to a vast array of superb seafood cafes and restaurants selling fresh catches straight from the fishing boats onto the plate.

      The following ten restaurants and cafes were chosen by West Cornwall Cottage Holidays as their favourites in Cornwall. They list (in no particular order) combine a mix of expensive Michelin star rated restaurants for that ‘special occasion’ along with more affordable seafood menus for all the family to enjoy. 


      The Wheel House, Falmouth
      One of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, The Wheel House in Falmouth is a crab and oyster bar hidden down a little side street. You only have to read the hundreds of 5 star trip advisor ratings to see that everyone who dines here loves it. The simple menu consists of crabs, mussels, scallops, prawns. All seafood is local and fresh from the harbour. 

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall

      Wreckers Restaurant, Charlestown
      wreckers.me.uk

      This bistro is a quirky refurbished old boat shed. They use locally caught fish (often caught yards away on the quay) and produce whenever possible in creating their dishes. The menu changes seasonally and daily specials boards always feature a tasty catch of the day.

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall 10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall


      KOTA Restaurant, Porthleven

      kotarestaurant.co.uk

      Kota is known for its organic fish and farm produced seafood. The award winning owner/chef of Kota, Jude Kereama, is known for his wonderful seafood served with a slight Asian flavour. The restaurant also serves over 90 wines from around the world. Kota was recently awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013 – one of just a few in Cornwall.

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall 10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall

      The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
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      No top seafood restaurant list is complete without the world famous chef, Rick Stein who lives in Padstow and opened this restaurant in 1975. This seafood restaurant is known for its international flair and Rick Stein only uses the best fish and seafood in his restaurants often landed right on the doorstep by local fishermen.

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      Squid Ink Restaurant, Looe

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      The Squid Ink Restaurant is located in the historic fishing port of Looe. It is a proud chef owned and operated business since 2008. The restaurant is known for is local fish and terrific seafood dishes. The Squid Ink Restaurant uniquely combines British style cooking, with the tastes of Asia and the Mediterranean.

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall

      The Shack Seafood Restaurant, Falmouth

      theshackfalmouth.co.uk

      The Shack Seafood Restaurant is a shellfish bar located in the busy Events Square of Falmouth. It prides itself on fresh locally caught seafood. Not only do they offer a wide variety of shellfish, but they also have a fresh catch of the day. 

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall

      Porthminster Cafe, St Ives

      porthminstercafe.co.uk

      The award winning Porthminster Café is located right on the stunning Porthminster beach in St Ives, voted one of the best beaches in Europe by Trip Advisor users. The restaurant specialises in local seafood cooked in the flavours of the Mediterranean and Asia regions. The Porthminster’s Monkfish Curry is a real favourite brimming with mild Indonesian styled mussels, prawns, coconut, tamarind and jasmine rice.

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall

      Nathan Outlaw at The St Enodoc Hotel, Rock 

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      The St Enodoc Hotel has two famous seafood restaurants on site. The Outlaw’s Seafood Restaurant is open daily. The Restaurant Nathan Outlaw was named the best seafood restaurant in Britain and is a more formal dining experience. It has been awarded a two Star Michelin rating. Both restaurants pride themselves on the use of local seafood and produce. 

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      Amelies at The Smokehouse, Porthleven

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      The Amelies is another quirky and unique restaurant in Cornwall. By day they are an informal relaxed café. When the sunsets and the tea lights are lit, Amelies is transformed into an intimate dining experience perched on the harbourside.  Like many Cornish seafood restaurants, they prides themselves on fresh seafood. They buy directly from the local fisherman, and turn the catch of the day into unforgettable dishes. 

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall 10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall


      Fifteen Restaurant, Watergate Bay
      fifteencornwall.co.uk
      The Fifteen Restaurant is an upscale restaurant with an Italian flair and amazing views across Watergate bay. The Fifteen uses only seasonal fresh produce and seafood. All profits from the restaurant go to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise. 

      10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall 10 Superb Seafood Restaurants and Cafes in Cornwall


       Guest post by Mark, who isn't that keen on seafood either but he does love living in Cornwall

      Saturday, 31 May 2014

      Food and Wine – the inside scoop

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      One of the most common questions wine experts are asked is “what wine should I serve with this food”. The question is always the same, but the answer can be very, very different, and despite there being very exact answers, the person asking the question rarely cares or allows this to influence their buying decision, preferring to side with their favourites or any bargains on offer in their local wine store or supermarket.
      There is an old “rule of thumb” which states that red wine should be eaten with red meat and cheeses, and that white wine is best suited for white meat and fish. Realistically though, and like most rules of thumb, this isn’t always the case.
      I’ve outlined some basic principles below that you should consider when trying to match wine with food, and given some examples that compliment standard dishes.

      Personal taste
      Matching food and wine effectively, is entirely subjective and dependent on personal taste as much as anything.  Know in advance what you (or your guests) might like and take this into consideration when deciding on your

      Balance & Intensity
      The key is balancing the intensity of flavours within your dish, with the flavours inherent in your wine. Consider the different flavours present in your food, what is dominant and what is subtle, and how can you maintain coherence with your wine choice. For instance, your best match for a sweet and spicy curry might be a fruity new world Rose. The ripe and fruity flavours present in the wine will compliment (rather than contrast) the kick of the spicy curry.

      The most difficult dishes to match are generally those that include eggs, pickles, vinegar and sometimes chillies. Whilst not impossible to match with wine, these flavours tend to completely overpower most wines, but if you carefully experiment, you should be able to find a few interesting combinations that will allow you to enjoy both the wine and the food.

      Fish
      This depends on how complex the dish is, but for simple fish dishes, you want a delicate white wine. If you’re adding in lots of flavours in the form of sauces and seasoning, then this might mean re-thinking your wine choice.

      Chicken
      The meat itself works very well with most wines, but as with the fish, it is dependent on what additional flavours and seasoning you add. The best wine for Chicken and Turkey is probably a Pinot Noir, but also fits well with a white Burgundy or Chardonnay.

      Red Meat
      As we’ve said before, it is generally accepted that red wine goes with red meat, but in reality, there are many red meat meals that work well with white wines. For lamb, you might try Claret, a Spanish red or fuller bodied Merlot.

      Most beef dishes work well with Argentine Malbec or Chilean Merlot, and most pork dishes work well with juicier reds like Beaujolais, and lighter Burgundy. However, pork works best with whites, especially unoaked Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

      Cheese
      There are thousands of different cheeses, and no one wine will work the same for each. For soft cheeses though, a good starting point might be to try a French Pinot Noir, or a mildly oaked white such as Macon Villages. Just bear in mind that the stronger the intensity of the cheese, the bolder and more intense the wine will need to be to cope.
      Hard cheeses seem to work well with reds. New world Shiraz, Chianti Classico and Rioja work well with cheddar, try and match the intensity of the wine with the raw power of the cheese.

      Guest post commissioned by James, who is an amateur wine enthusiast. He loves to spend an evening in front of the fire with a full glass of Malbec.


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