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The Goring Grocer – UK’s Best Deli

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By Martin Isark
I rocked-up to Goring on Thames, and found UK’s best Deli. The Goring Grocer!

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Martin’s tasted British Polo Gin made from Sugar Beet

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted 42.7%,Quadruple Distilled, Hand Crafted Small Batch Polo Gin made from sugar beet! Read more

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Valentine’s Day? Leave the Roses & Buy Champagne

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By Martin Isark
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! Read more

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Our Martin Gives an Insiders Guide to Champagne & Fizz

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By Martin Isark
If fizz is on your must buy list this Christmas… then my champagne & fizz jargon demystified… is a must read:      Read more

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Martin’s Tasted Lidl’s Cashew Nuts

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Lid’s Cashew Nuts!

Lidl, the cheap as chips ‘no frills’ supermarket does not score well if you are looking for Waitrose or Sainsbury’s-type standard of fitting or presentation on your trolley trundle, but their  Alesto roasted & salted cashew nuts packed in a ‘baked bean’-like tin  is a product that’s worth making a special detour for. They may have an equal somewhere in the world – but you won’t find better in a UK supermarket.  Check them out! Read more

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Martin’s Tasted Aero Bubbles Peppermint

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Aero Peppermint Bubbles … should you put a pack in the trolley or leave it on the shelf? Read more

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Martin’s Tasted Sloe & Plum Gin

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By Martin Isark
Gin has now overtaken vodka as the cool drink, but what about the fruit infused versions like sloe and plum? Read more

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Chancellor Puts Tax on Water…

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By Martin Isark
Sugar Tax on water-based soft drinks will certainly help the Chancellor, George Osborne rake in a bit of extra cash. But I very much doubt it will address the obesity problem… that will only come when consumers stop drinking large quantities of sugary drinks. Read more

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Tasted: Heston’s Cherry Bakewell Hot Cross Buns

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Heston’s  Cherry Bakewell Hot Cross Buns, should you put them in the trolley or leave them on the shelf? Read more

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Recipe for making your own ginger beer plant

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By Martin Isark
When I was small, bottles of home-made ginger beer lined the pantry shelves –  and the thirst quenching pleasure of its peppery ginger notes still lingers on. Today, the supermarket shelves are loaded with various styles and brands of ginger beer, but nothing gets close to the satisfaction of making your own from a ginger beer plant. Read more