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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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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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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: 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: Chenin Blanc from South Africa & Loire

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By Martin Isark
Chenin Blanc? Not as well-known as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, but there is no question that when it’s grown in the best vineyards and produced by first-rate winemakers, Chenin Blanc is on the top table!  Read more

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Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia

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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: Essential Waitrose Egg Lasagne Fresh Pasta Sheets

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By Savvy-shopper Anne.
Most supermarket-own-branded fresh egg pasta is of excellent quality, but if you want a pack that delivers restaurant quality? Waitrose & Marks & Spencer’s are the ones to buy.  Read more

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Tasted: Veggie Red Wine from Italy

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By Martin Isark
Araldica Corsini Barbaresco? 
A richly flavoured Italian red wine that’s good enough to complement your best home-cooked food! Your wine savvy mates will love it too.

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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