• The DIY meal kits to buy from your favourite restaurants during lockdown
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    The DIY meal kits to buy from your favourite restaurants during lockdown

    We’re now in our seventh week of lockdown and you may be missing life’s simple pleasures, like going out to your favourite restaurant.Eating home-cooked meals all the time isn’t quite the same and we’re starting to lose interest in our own culinary repertoire, it has to be said. And sometimes, we just cannot be bothered and instead find ourselves craving a dish from a local hotspot.

  • Dine-in takeaway: Support your favourite fine dining restaurant
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    Dine-in takeaway: Support your favourite fine dining restaurant

    Restaurants and the hospitality industry have been hit hard by lockdown measures, and many have introduced delivery services to help them survive.Let’s face it, we’re all getting tired of our own cooking after countless weeks into being stuck at home, and a takeaway satisfies our cravings for flavoursome food from our favourite eateries.

  • World Chocolate Day: The treats you need to celebrate
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    World Chocolate Day: The treats you need to celebrate

    World Chocolate Day – celebrated on 7 July – indulges one of the world's favourite treats and marks the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550. Until this point, chocolate was only known to natives in Mexico and parts of central and south America.As much as we love chocolate, it is worth remembering that it frequently contains problematic ingredients, such as palm oil, which is one of the biggest contributors to deforestation, and cocoa, which is an industry fraught with modern slavery (in 2015, research found that more than 2.26 million children were working in cocoa farms in Ghana and Côtes d'Ivoire) and it often comes packaged in layers of non-recyclable plastic as well as foil.

  • World Chocolate Day: 10 best ethical chocolate brands that go the extra mile
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    World Chocolate Day: 10 best ethical chocolate brands that go the extra mile

    For thousands of smallholder producers around the world, the Fairtrade minimum price is a safety net that supports the unfairly paid at the bottom of the supply chain.Farmers who benefit are paid a fair price that is set based on a consultative process with workers and traders to ensure the sum covers what it costs to grow their crop.

  • 13 best plastic free tea bags to make your brew better for the planet
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    13 best plastic free tea bags to make your brew better for the planet

    You might think tea bags are just simply paper and tea, and that of course they decompose, and that you’re doing your bit by putting them in your home food waste to compost.But, you’re wrong – unless you use plastic free tea bags, that is.

  • 11 best gifts for teachers they will actually want
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    11 best gifts for teachers they will actually want

    It’s safe to say that this final term has certainly been different for pupils, parents and teachers alike. And while the idea of present buying can seem like an insurmountable task – particularly if you’ve spent many weeks home schooling – let’s not ignore that good teachers deserve an end of term treat to thank them for all of their efforts.To help alleviate some parent admin pressure we’ve been on the hunt for the best teacher gifts around.

  • 4th of July: The best American foods you can buy and recipes for staple dishes
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    4th of July: The best American foods you can buy and recipes for staple dishes

    As Americans fire up the grill for fourth of July celebrations, we've decided to get in on the action by finding the best stateside foods to buy in the UK.Head across the pond this weekend, figuratively of course, and whip up dishes and desserts that will satisfy your taste buds.

  • 10 best cocktail recipe books for creating tantalizing tinctures
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    10 best cocktail recipe books for creating tantalizing tinctures

    Who doesn’t love a cocktail? Whether it’s a jug of Pimm’s at your summer barbecue, an after-dinner martini garnished with an all-important olive or a retro snowball at Christmas, there’s a drink for every occasion.And the market is certainly booming, especially with the continued rise in popularity of gin, plus a renewed interest in spirits such as vermouth and Campari (negroni, we’re looking at you!).

  • 12 best Greek wines that you shouldn't overlook this summer
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    12 best Greek wines that you shouldn't overlook this summer

    When we think of old world wine, France, Italy and Spain probably spring to mind long before Greece does.However, this is a country that has been producing outstanding wine for centuries.

  • Plastic Free July: 8 best reusable lunchboxes that will help you reduce waste
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    Plastic Free July: 8 best reusable lunchboxes that will help you reduce waste

    There’s nothing quite as frustrating as lunch envy, especially when you covet the lunch box as well as its contents.With the money spent on grab-and-go lunches at an all-time high, and single-use lunch packaging continuing to wreak havoc on the planet, it really is high time you invested in a reusable lunch box or two – if you haven’t done so already.

  • 6 best balsamic vinegars to always have on hand in your cupboard
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    6 best balsamic vinegars to always have on hand in your cupboard

    A great balsamic vinegar is a true store-cupboard staple – best kept on standby, ready to spruce up sauces and swirl over starters.But with so many on offer, at such staggeringly different price points – how do you know the best one to buy? Before even tasting balsamic vinegar you’ll be able to glean a lot of information, just from looking at the ingredients and the label.

  • 9 best tequilas that are made for sipping not slamming
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    9 best tequilas that are made for sipping not slamming

    If your experience with tequila so far has been with a wedge of lime and a lick of salt – stop what you’re doing and think again.Tequila may feel like a pretty stiff drink to serve neat, however, with an average 40% ABV, it’s no stronger than other sipping spirits, like, whisky.

  • 11 best vodkas: Smooth spirits to sip neat or mix in a cocktail
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    11 best vodkas: Smooth spirits to sip neat or mix in a cocktail

    The mixologist’s favourite, a good vodka is the backbone of any home bar, so it’s important to make it one to remember... for all the right reasons.Vodka is versatile – it's delicious served chilled and drunk neat as the Russians do, or over ice with a slice of lemon, or in a wide variety of cocktails. As such, we think it’s about time vodka shakes off its reputation as a bland, flavourless spirit.

  • Asda's three new gins are based on the sweets of your childhood
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    Asda's three new gins are based on the sweets of your childhood

    Now all we need is the sunFrom Cosmopolitan

  • Vineyards across the country to support now
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    Vineyards across the country to support now

    English vineyards have, like most hospitality businesses, been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.Tours and tasting sessions have been put on hold and many wineries are relying on online orders for businesses to survive.

  • World Martini Day: Everything you need to celebrate
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    World Martini Day: Everything you need to celebrate

    It's time to raise a glass to one of the world's most popular cocktails, as 19 June marks World Martini Day.The much-loved drink is made by mixing vodka (or gin) with dry white vermouth, ice and added garnishes, such as lemon zest or olives.

  • National Beer Day: Everything you need to bring the pub to you
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    National Beer Day: Everything you need to bring the pub to you

    Beer lovers listen up. National Beer Day, also known as Beer Day Britain, is coming up on 15 June, an annual occasion to celebrate the drink by raising a glass to one of the nations’ favourite alcoholic drinks.It first began in 2015, created by Jane Peyton, a beer sommelier, drinks educators, broadcaster and author and each year it encourages brewers, pubs, beer retailers and beer drinkers to celebrate however they like.

  • Coronavirus: What are the supermarket opening times?
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    Coronavirus: What are the supermarket opening times?

    As the government lockdown looks set to continue, supermarkets are one of the few places that remain open in order to keep people fed as normal.If you’re unable to leave the house and are classed as being part of the vulnerable group, you’ll be able to find all the information on supermarket delivery slots here.

  • Which supermarkets have delivery slots available?
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    Which supermarkets have delivery slots available?

    New government measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus from 1 June have eased to dictate to allow groups of up to six people to meet in private gardens “provided those from different households continue to stick to social distancing rules” by staying 2m apart.However, food shopping at supermarkets remains under strict social-distancing measures to limit crowding and physical contact between staff and customers.

  • 10 best sakes of all styles to inspire your inner koji connoisseur
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    10 best sakes of all styles to inspire your inner koji connoisseur

    For the western palate, sake’s unique mix of sweet and fruity, floral flavours with savoury hints of soy can be a challenging experience, but get to know this highly-prized, rice-based booze and you’ll discover a drink spanning a huge flavour spectrum, and one that is almost unrivalled in its food pairing abilities.Before we plunge headlong into the wonderful world of sake though, it’s worth getting to grips with the basics.

  • 11 best cheese subscription boxes: Get artisan produce delivered straight to your door
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    11 best cheese subscription boxes: Get artisan produce delivered straight to your door

    Despite supermarket sales booming, the previously thriving artisan cheese industry has had a really tough time of late.With the hospitality industry shutting down, virtually overnight, cheesemakers have had no choice but to throw thousands of litres of milk down the drain and give cheese away for free, with many reporting up to a 90 per cent of lost sales.

  • The ultimate BBQ guide: Everything you need for dining alfresco
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    The ultimate BBQ guide: Everything you need for dining alfresco

    The weather is heating up and that means it's time to dust off the barbecue for some alfresco dining.On 28 May, the prime minister Boris Johnson announced that groups of up to six people from different households will be able to meet outdoors, or in a garden, in England from Monday 1 June, as long as households stay two metres apart.

  • Missing your barista coffee fix? Here's everything you need to make it at home
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    Missing your barista coffee fix? Here's everything you need to make it at home

    For many of us, the day starts with a steaming cup of coffee. Whether you’re looking for a caffeine boost or simply enjoy the taste, it’s a helping hand to keep fatigue at bay.As the lockdown means coffee shops are out of reach for most, you may be craving your usual order of a flat white or Americano from your favourite café.

  • 11 best pre-mixed canned cocktails that bring the bar to you during lockdown
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    11 best pre-mixed canned cocktails that bring the bar to you during lockdown

    Do you have a can-do attitude? You’ve come to the right place.Many of us are well-accustomed to the gin in a tin (with Fleabag and Hot Priest doing their bit to make this a national obsession), and pre-made cocktails are nothing new – but the market has, up to a point, been dominated by low-quality, mass-produced versions of our favourite drinks. Cheap and quite possibly cheerful, yes, comparable to what bartenders (we miss you) produce, no.

  • BUY ONLINE: 13 types of mangoes you should try this summer
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    BUY ONLINE: 13 types of mangoes you should try this summer

    It’s the end of May, and due to the lockdown, if you have not been able to savour the glorious mango for any reason, there are some great online sites that deliver these yummy fruits straight to your doorstep.