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Ever wondered why Anchor butter tastes so different from Lurpak?

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By Martin Isark
Most shoppers associate butter’s taste by the branded name on the pack, not that it’s a ‘sweet’ or ‘sour’ cream style butter. This brand butter buying works well for the supermarket shopper as most of the big producers stick to one style of butter. Ever wondered why Anchor butter tastes so different from Lurpak? Get to know your style of butter.   Read more

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Tasted: Pinot Noir

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By Martin Isark
If you buy your red burgundy from a top-notch traditional wine merchant or direct from one of Burgundy’s great Pinot Noir producers, then at a price, red burgundy has no equals. Unfortunately though, most red burgundies found at UK’s supermarkets, are at their worst barely drinkable, and at their best, poor value for money. Want to drink some decent Pinot Noir? Go straight to the New Zealand & Aussie shelves. Read more

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Tasted: Palate Pleasing Easter Eggs

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By Martin Isark
Most people want an Easter Egg that looks good and tastes nice. Buy early if you want any of the below as they disappear off the shelf well before Easter Sunday. Read more

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Tasted: White Burgundy

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By Martin Isark
Yes, the grape is chardonnay, but  white burgundy from the Burgundy region in France takes the ubiquitous chardonnay to another level. Read more

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Let them eat sludge!

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By Martin Isark
It makes my blood boil when that saline sludge starts oozing from bacon. Even supposedly good quality bacon! There may be an argument for the bargain basement range on the supermarket shelves, but not for bacon from the overpriced ‘farm shops’ and ‘farmer’s markets’, the traditional butchers and the expensive deli counters.  Any retailer selling this style of bacon is simply saying – let them eat sludge! Read more

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Tasted: La Cheteau Pouilly Fumé Loire France

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By Martin Isark
Want a change from the up-front grassy  gooseberry sauvignon blancs from New Zealand?  Then try this Pouilly Fumé from the Loire, it adds mineral and chalky flavours to its S.B. grape’s herbaceous, grassy and gooseberry notes Read more

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Tasted: Easter Eggs

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By Martin Isark
Most people want an Easter Egg that looks good and tastes nice. Buy early if you want any of the below as they disappear off the shelf well before Easter Sunday. Read more

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Tasted: Eat Water Slim Penne

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By Vegan Caroline
An interesting alternative for those watching their weight but who don’t want to give up pasta. More bite than pasta but neutral enough for the flavours of your chosen sauce to shine through. Read more

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Tasted: Baileys Chocolat Luxe for St Patrick’s Day

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By Martin Isark
Tried Baileys Chocolat Luxe yet? A seriously chocolatey liqueur that delivers choc heaven. Perfect to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with and beyond. Read more

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Tasted: Keogh’s Potato Crisps for St Patrick’s Day

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By Martin Isark
Want something to complement your St Patrick’s Day pint of Guinness? Grab a pack of  Keogh’s Dubliners Irish Cheese & Onion Crisps. Enjoy  Read more