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Forget those overpriced flowers and buy champagne

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By Martin Isark
Why is it that when school holidays come around flights & holidays double in price? Why is it when Valentine’s Day nears those romantic roses rocket in price?  Likewise if you are celebrating Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday you’ll find that the price of flowers have soared again! Not very romantic or Christian in my book!

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Tasted: Marks & Spencer Beetroot Crisps

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By Vegan Caroline
An interesting healthier version of the crisp with sweet, tangy, earthy flavours. Read more

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Tasted: M&S Pesto Chickpea Shells

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By Veggie Tom
These calorie counters’ snacks have plenty of crunch – but the powdery pesto flavour is all wrong.

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Martin Isark says If you’ve never tasted tawny port, you’re missing a real treat.

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By Martin Isark
If you have never tasted tawny port, you are missing a real treat. Try a bottle and indulge yourself in the fragrant aromas and rich mouth-filling flavours of red fruits, nuts and spice that are somewhat similar in smell and taste to Amontillado and Oloroso sherry. Read more

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Martin Isark has tasted Madam De Maintenon Rosé Champagne from The Co-operative Food

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Madam De Maintenon Rosé Champagne … should you put a bottle in the trolley or leave it on the shelf? Read more

Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Marks & Spencer 2009 Saint Roman, White Burgundy, France with a barcode scanner app

An extra sip in the right direction for UK drinkers

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Chancellor George Osborne has listened to the drink industry, and cancelled alcohol duty rises and cut beer by 1p a pint, an extra sip in the right direction for UK drinkers. Unfortunately Chancellor,  this won’t be enough to stop the duty-free booze-cruisers or to fill our empty pubs, you’ll need to slash duty far more than mere sip if you want to do that! Read more

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Hey you’ve gotta have bubbles during the Christmas or Hogmanay festivities

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Hey you’ve gotta have bubbles during the Christmas or Hogmanay festivities, but it doesn’t have to be champagne. If you fancy buck’s fizz (champagne and orange juice) or black velvet (champagne and Guinness), you’ll find that a good-quality fizz works just as well, and is a good deal cheaper. Read more

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UK’s Top Ten Supermarkets: How They Rate

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At Number 1 is Waitrose.
Score: 9.5 /10
Price v Value for Money: Waitrose’s own label prices for weekly staples (sliced bread, butter, milk…) are very competitive and often as not will be at a similar level to ones at Sainsbury’s & Tesco. But stray away to the more enticing products at your cost! Read more

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Can I Eat It? UK iPhone App is ready to help the ‘next generation’ of Olympians

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The Olympics are over, but Lord Coe – wants families to take advantage of the legacy left by London 2012.  If you would like your family to be part of the ‘Olympic gold haul in Rio and beyond, you may find your shopping list, for your weekly Usain Bolt-like trolley-dash, requires a bit of a tweak!  The below may help a little with this lifestyle change.

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The Ultimate Eton Mess

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This rain-soaked summer has meant that soft berry fruit grown outdoors is not to going to last in the punnet or the fridge for much longer than a day! Require a quick, spoon- friendly dessert that will use up your soft fruits?  There is none better than an Eton Mess!  Named Eton as it originated from Eton College.   Read more