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Sealions Launches Accessible Vitamin Range

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New UK health and wellness pure-play ecommerce brand, Sealions, part of SUPREME PLC, is launching with a brand-new line of vitamin range and wellness supplements for all ages and stages of life. Sealions is focused on providing a top-quality range of wellness products that won’t break the bank, offering a year’s supply of vitamins for £5 across a selected range. At nearly 70% cheaper than some of the leading wellness brands, Sealions offers affordable, low prices across all its products; only available at

Sealions is leading the way for an environmentally conscious future, with a mission to look after the planet, all packaging is completely plastic free. The first-class supplement brand is revolutionising the way customers can now buy vitamins in bulk, spearheading a sustainable movement in the health and wellness sector and not adding to the single use plastic waste issue from monthly tubs.

New to market, Sealions has invested £500k marketing spend into above the line media – focusing on TV and radio. Sealions new TV commercial will be broadcast from Monday 19th July.

“At Sealions we’re committed to offering an accessible vitamin brand for customers, where they can invest in their health and wellbeing at affordable prices. We’re the most sustainable brand in the market that’s offering vitamins at incredible prices but produced and delivered completely plastic free. We want to make quality vitamins accessible for everyone,” said SUPREME PLC Managing Director Sandy Chadha.

At a time when the health of the nation has never been so vital, Sealions has created a strong, expert-quality range of vitamin and wellness supplements.

A boost of life for every day, Sealions’ core range includes; Vitamin D3 (1000iu), which is essential to help strengthen bones and muscles, boost immunity and increase mood; Vitamin C (200mg), supports immunity, protects cells, boosts collagen and keeps bones, tissue and organs healthy; Multivitamin + Iron, with a hectic lifestyle it’s not always possible to get everything you need from our daily food – making Sealions’ Multivitamin + Iron a one-stop shop for essential vitamins; Omega-3 Fish Oil and Cod Liver Oil – both rich in omega-3 fatty acids, contributing to normal brain and eye development.

Sealions provides for the family, from toddlers to teenagers and adults of all ages – with dedicated vitamin ranges for women, men and children, including a Pregnancy Multivitamin, Multivitamin for Men and a Multivitamin for Kids that’s tropical tasting and chewable. All cleverly packaged into plastic-free pouches, with daily single servings and available in various pack sizes from £5. Sealions provide exceptional quality products, guaranteeing first-rate ingredients that are safe for all the family.

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NIO Cocktails Launches Limited-Edition Rebel Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail Collection for Father’s Day

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The UK’s leading cocktail letterbox delivery company, NIO Cocktails, has launched a new limited-edition bourbon whiskey cocktail box, in collaboration with Rebel Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, just in time for Father’s Day, 20th June 2021. Available exclusively from

The box includes four expertly crafted whiskey cocktails inspired by the rebellious spirit of Rebel Bourbon, who, in 1849, pioneered the wheat-based bourbon recipe defying the preferred rye mash bill process, popular in Kentucky at the time. The perfect gift for brazenly bold, adventurous dad’s this Father’s Day:

  • Espression 100ml, 28.8%: A play on words of the well-loved Espresso Martini, Espression is a decadent pairing of Rebel Bourbon, smoked almond liqueur, coffee, and bittersweet vermouth – perfect for slow digestif sipping.
  • Tenacious 100ml, 27.4%: If your dad is a sake fan, he’ll love this unique pairing of smooth Rebel Bourbon mixed with spicy Rebel Straight Rye and hearty Oloroso sherry, perfectly blended with dry Umeshu (a Japanese plum wine) and banana liqueur – an unforgettable flavour explosion inspired by East Asian cuisine.
  • Explorer 100ml, 28.4%: A fruity infusion of fig and cherry, combined with smooth Rebel Bourbon, botanical rich Rosso vermouth and a dash of balsamic vinegar for a slightly bitter finish.
  • Pioneer 100ml, 32.3%: A true adventure in flavour, pioneer is a compendium of tastes from across the globe, with notes of crimson saffron, cumin seeds and pink pepper, rounded out with vermouth Bianco. Pair it with an Italian antipasto board of cured meats and cheeses for a taste of la bella vita.

“We’re delighted to be working with Rebel Bourbon and their award-winning original whiskey on this collection. We wanted to celebrate the rebel attitude of bravery, freedom of expression, and a pioneering spirit by telling a story through flavour innovation. Each of the four cocktails has a unique yet balanced profile, taking you on an exploration of flavours from across the world, creating new cocktail experiences. These cocktails embody creativity and are perfect for anyone brave and bold enough to try something new, with a cocktail to suit every palate,” said NIO Cocktails master mixologist Patrick Pistolesi.

To enjoy your cocktails at home, simply fill a glass with ice, shake the cocktail pouch, tear the corner, pour and enjoy!

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8 Clever Ways To Use Leftover Wine

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Wine oxidizes immediately after opening, leading to a drink with faded color and diminished potency. The shelf life varies depending mainly on the kind of wine you’re using. It’s also dependent on its dryness or sweetness. Red wine generally holds up longer than white wine, and older varieties outlast young ones, so it’s best to consume your wines following such orders. Younger wines last approximately a week, while older wines last up to weeks. However, there are exceptions. Dessert wines and port wine can last even a year after opening. 

An occasion is most often than not, incomplete without wine. People also love having chilled wine on summer days to cool off. Yet no matter how popular the drink is at parties, there’s still a good chance you’ll have some leftovers once your guests leave. And if you don’t want to drink these leftovers right away, there are some other ways to save them for other uses. 

There are a few ways to use leftover wine that doesn’t involve pouring it directly into the sink. 

Use Red Wine To Make Tie-Dye Shirts

Tie-dye shirts are making a comeback, and these are incredibly colorful and cozy shirts and hoodies dyed effortlessly to perfection. Did you know that you can use wine to dye fabrics? You can follow the steps below for fashionable wine-dyed apparel: 

  • Use rubber bands to hold a white cotton garment into place by twisting and tying it. 
  • Once the leftover wine has been poured into a huge pot, heat it to a boil and turn it off right after. 
  • Take some pieces of clothing (shirt or any plain-colored apparel will do) and put them in the wine slowly. Stir the mixture once in a while and let it sit for about four hours in total. Note that when you steep them longer, the colors become darker.  
  • Put the clothes on a clean baking sheet after removing and wringing them out. 
  • Check on your clothes every 10 minutes and place them in an oven with a temperature of 170°F. Keep them there for about 30 minutes to dry off. 
  • Once the clothes have dried completely, wash them in warm water to eliminate dye residue.

Use Wine To Tenderize Meat

Cooking red meat in red wine is commonplace. There’s nothing like an excellent pan-seared steak that’s moist and juicy. However, wine is not just for beef and red meat. You can also pour light red or white wine, crushed garlic, and other spices and herbs into your chicken dish for two hours to marinate and flavor it. Grill or pan-fry the meat with the marinade and salt to taste – you’ll be surprised at how flavorful your new dish will be! 

Pour Some White Wine In Reheating Pasta 

When heating pasta in the microwave, you may notice that one side is overcooked and the other is not heated thoroughly. The next time you make leftover pasta, do not use the microwave. Use a pan and a glass of white wine instead. You can get more information here on the kind of white wine best used for each dish. 

When reheating pasta, lift the lid to cook off the alcohol and steam the pasta. This will ensure that the pasta is heated evenly. But be aware that wine is acidic, so changing salt levels might be required before serving. Sprinkle some herbs and spices to make your pasta more flavorful.

8 Clever Ways To Use Leftover Wine

Create A Variety Of Sauces 

You can enhance your homemade tomato sauce by adding red wine for flavor complexity. The recipe calls for pouring and combining a few canned tomatoes into a pan, shreds of bay leaves or basil, garlic, fresh onions, some olive oil, and a drop of red wine. After simmering the ingredients, you are left with a delicious sauce for various meals. 

A homemade vinaigrette can also be enhanced by pouring in red or white wine. Drizzle the vinaigrette on a tasty side salad by mixing wine, olive oil, herbs, and seasonings. 

Sweet sauce may also be made from boiled leftover red wine with sugar and a cinnamon stick. You’ll be amazed at the fruity and syrupy sauce afterward. You may use this to complement scoops of ice cream, plain cheesecake, summer berries, fresh fruit slices, and even plain whipped cream.

Prepare Homemade Red Wine Vinegar 

Every kitchen should have a good-tasting vinegar to be used for hearty meals and dishes for the family. A lot of things taste better when they are homemade, especially red wine vinegar. To make wine vinegar, fill three parts of a mason jar with red wine, and one part should comprise plain vinegar. Close the jar tight and leave it for about a month to age and ferment. You can use the end product for salad dressing or marinades so that your wine doesn’t go to waste. 

Turn Wine Into Ice Cubes 

Wine is not always difficult to purchase and use as an ingredient for cooking, especially when bought online. However, sometimes, you’d only need a small amount, which means you’ll be left with plenty of leftovers. It is, therefore, the best idea to freeze wine ice cubes. 

Due to the summer heat, the ice cubes in your drink will easily melt, resulting in a diluted, stale beverage. Keep leftover wine (or wine cocktails) cold and flavorful by freezing it in the form of cubes. Place one or two tablespoons of wine into each part of the ice cube tray. Once the cubes are frozen, put them inside a sealable plastic bag. You can store them for up to three months in the freezer. 

Make Red Wine Jelly  

Did you know that you can create gelatins with your leftover wine? This unique summer dessert transforms ripe blackberries and full-bodied red wine into a sensational experience in your mouth. You can even add in other ingredients like mint leaves or berries. 

Add White Wine In Seafood Dishes 

Finally, if you’re hosting a seafood night, steamed mussels and shrimp scampi are made even more delicious with white wine due to its high acidity. Usually, either a Sauvignon Blanc or white Bordeaux will give your seafood dish justice, but using a Pinot Grigio will also work wonders.


These are some of the many clever ways you can do to save your leftover wine. Not only does it save you money, but it also lets you enhance the flavors of your recipes, concoct unique sauces and marinades, and even create stunning clothes using the tie-dye process. You can do a lot of things with leftover wine and these are just some of them. Feel free to explore the wonders of wine in your kitchen.

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How to Get Into the Spring Mood

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The warm weather and daffodils in spring can boost your mood. However, a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise and clean home are also essential in achieving your spring aura. 

Spring cleaning can drastically reduce your stress levels. 40% of us think spring cleaning makes us look forward to the season ahead. Start decluttering and eating healthy now so you are prepared for a brilliant spring season. 

Here are a few tips on how to get started. 

Recharge your body

Try going outside for a walk or run to boost your endorphin levels. A brisk walk in the fresh air can make you feel more awake and productive. Remember to stop and smell the daffodils. 

If you lack the motivation to stay active, take your dog or chat with a friend while walking. Stay entertained and squeeze in some social time before your working day begins.

A sedentary lifestyle is quite common in the winter months. However, this can result in stagnant liver energy, irritability, frustration, depression, headaches and worsened menstrual cramps. No, thank you! Doing some light exercise can significantly improve your mental and physical health.

Prepare your home and body

Spring cleaning can make you excited about your wardrobe again. Take all of your clothes out, dust your drawers, and remove any items you don’t wear anymore. Donate your old clothes to the charity shop, sell them on eBay or other app for this purpose, or recycle them in a clothing bin. Once you have decluttered, consider refreshing your wardrobe with new women’s tops and light jackets. Colourful clothing might add a little pep in your step! 

Foods to boost your mood

Eat your way to happiness this spring with a healthy balanced diet. It’s all about maximising vitamins and endorphins this season.

Add strawberries and oranges to your breakfast bowl for a slice of vitamin C. The antioxidants in berries can decrease symptoms of depression.

If you fancy a slightly sweeter treat, opt for dark chocolate covered almonds. Nuts are high in omega 3, and they decrease your dopamine levels to make you feel calm and balanced. 

Eat asparagus for a hit of tryptophan and serotonin. Serotonin can improve your mood, digestion and sleep – what’s not to love? 

However, make sure you don’t go too crazy on the cold raw foods. Slowly shift the balance throughout the warmer months to maintain stable digestion. Sauteed greens and warm ginger root is the perfect transition dish.

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Virginia’s Most-Awarded Whisky Announces UK Launch

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Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has announced January 2021 as the UK launch for Roundstone Rye; Virginia’s most-awarded whisky receiving over one hundred awards and accolades.

In Loudoun County, in the north of Virginia, lush plains and meandering rivers work their way down rolling hills from snow-peaked mountains to Purcellville where Catoctin Creek Distilling Company sits on Main Street. This is the home to Virginia’s most-awarded whisky that embodies the very essence of the birthplace of American whisky of 1607.

The craft distillery made a name for itself as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County to open since Prohibition and respects their incredible history by using pre-Prohibition methods to create their award winning whisky. This small-scale pre-Prohibition distillation method of using home-sized pot stills, local grain and family recipes, has benefited from the incorporation of modern knowledge and technology resulting in over one hundred awards and accolades for their Roundstone Rye.

UK consumers will be able to purchase Roundstone Rye in the three editions of 80 Proof, Distiller’s Edition 92 Proof and Cask Proof from ten retailers including Masters of Malt, The Whisky Exchange and Native Spirits priced from £37 (rrp).

Roundstone Rye has a delicious woody taste, with notes of caramel, rich butter toffee, with a hint of lemon in the nose. Ageing in new charred white oak casks gives the whisky the smooth woody note and a true grain character of a traditional American rye whisky. It is superb in Manhattans or your favourite rye whisky cocktails as well as superb for sipping.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is inviting those not taking part in Dry January to join them to celebrate the inaugural Rye January to mark the UK launch and their strong links to Prohibition. From January consumers are invited to a virtual Virginia via the Catoctin Creek website through specially filmed guided tastings, a potted history of Virginia, Rye, and the Prohibition, a virtual tour of the distillery or enjoying a sip while listening to a curated #RyeJanuary Spotify playlist.

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How to Keep Your Body and Mind Healthy Over Winter

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Winter can take its toll most years, but this year it’s set to be much harder. With cancelled Christmas parties and tight restrictions around seeing family on Christmas day, there’s no better time for you to start taking care of your mind and body. Not only will you look better, but you’ll feel better too.


Exercise doesn’t have to take place in a gym, especially if you’re still feeling anxious around heading to crowded places. Even if you’re short on time, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after a quick 10-minute workout. Whether you do body-weight exercises in the house or go for a brisk walk, committing to just 10 minutes a day will have a positive impact on your body and your mind. 

Beauty routines

Just because we’re not seeing as many people face-to-face as we normally would, you can still pamper yourself. Whether you invest in a pair of hairdressing clippers or hair dye, face masks or face oils, having a beauty routine in place is a great way to have some guilt-free you-time. This could be once a week where you paint your nails, or once a month when you give yourself a facial, maybe you treat yourself by going to the hairdressers for a quick trim. Whatever you choose, having a beauty routine that feels like a treat can transform your mood. 

Healthy Eating

It can be tempting in winter to hide away and eat quick and easy convenience food, but your body and your self-esteem won’t thank you for it in the long run. Cooking hearty healthy foods that are vitamin, mineral, fat, and protein rich will have your mind and body working as they should. If you’re new to cooking commit to trying one new recipe a week, and come spring you’ll have plenty of new dishes that are perfect for hosting dinner parties. 

Keep talking

As tempting as it might be to hide away in winter, it’s important to keep talking to loved ones. With nearly half of us working from home, it could be days before we speak to anyone in person, so schedule in some time to Facetime your nearest and dearest. This year why not write to all your loved ones and include a Christmas catch-up letter. Just getting your thoughts down on paper can be cathartic, and you may find a new love in writing letters. 

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How Buying Good Quality Meat Benefits Your Health

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It seems that most people enjoy eating meat. Not only does it give the body the protein that it needs, but it tastes delicious too. People usually consume meat daily from breakfast to dinner. With that in mind, it’s only smart that people eat good quality meat as much as possible to get the energy they need.

Listed below are the benefits of good quality meat which you can get in the market or online shops like Grutto:

Happy Source, Healthy Meat

When the animal that you’re consuming meat from lived in a stressful environment, expect that the animal was sickly at all times. Expect unhealthy meat from an unhappy source too. Sickly animals were likely given antibiotics to make them healthy again. While they can return to becoming healthy, the fact that they’ve consumed antibiotics can harm your gut microbiome. Consuming meat with antibiotics regularly can be very unhealthy, especially in large quantities.

Free from Pesticides

High dosages of pesticides that help to keep the animals’ food from pests are present in grass and grains. While pesticides sustain the animals’ food supply, it can contribute to an unhealthy animal which will produce unhealthy meat. When you purchase quality meat, you can be sure that you’re not consuming pesticides into your body. These chemicals contribute to the development of insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome, and diabetes. Also, pesticides serve as neurotoxins that can bring about migraines, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s.

Grass-Fed Is Good For You

Grass-fed meat is best quality meat as the animal doesn’t consume food that is processed. With that in mind, grass-fed meat has excellent nutritional value compared with meat from animals given feeds or grass with pesticides. Listed below are the benefits of consuming grass-fed meat to your health:

  • Contains Fewer Calories
    One of the benefits that you could get from consuming grass-fed meat is that it contains fewer calories, which are highly ideal if you’re trying to lose weight and get more protein into your body.
  • Has More Healthy Fats
    Grass-fed meat contains more omega-3 fatty acids that are responsible for helping you lower blood pressure; cope with depression; promote focus; reduce the chances of heart attack, cardiac arrest, and stroke; and lower triglycerides, to name a few.
  • Helps to Fight Off Cancer
    Grass-fed meat contains a fair amount of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which is responsible for fighting off cancer. What makes CLA unique is that it’s the only anti-cancer nutrient you could get from dairy and beef.
  • Helps to Replenish Electrolytes
    When you’re into the keto diet, you might encounter keto flu wherein your body is having difficulty adjusting to the low-carb diet as it usually uses carbohydrates as your source of energy. Ketu flu can happen when you can’t get back the electrolytes flushed out of your body. Luckily, grass-fed meat contains the three essential electrolytes that your body needs, such as potassium, magnesium, and sodium. Consuming grass-fed meat will help to replenish electrolytes lost because of your keto diet.

How To Choose Good Quality Meat

Now that you’re aware of the benefits that good quality meat provides to your body, a question still persists: How to spot one? Below is a quick guide on how to choose good quality meat:

  • Check the Color – The most basic thing that you need to learn when buying meat is checking the color. The meat should be white or light pink without any green tint in the joints. Avoid meat that is dark brown or purple as it means that it’s an old animal, or the meat is about to go bad. Also, avoid meat with discoloration as it’s a sign that the meat wasn’t handled properly.
  • Look for Food Safety Standards – Before you purchase your meat, it’s ideal that you check if it passed the food safety standards which ensure that it’s entirely safe and healthy to consume.
  • Check the Firmness – When you lightly poke the meat, it should return to its original shape. This will guarantee that the meat is fresh.
  • Check the Smell – One obvious factor that you should consider when purchasing meat is to check the odor. Ensure that it doesn’t contain any foul-smelling scent as it could be a sign that the meat is no longer fresh.

Buying quality meat can be tricky. But, when you do it right, you can see the benefits it can give to your body. Buying quality meat as a gift, moreover, is more reason to ensure that you do your shopping right. Make sure that you refrain from purchasing at shops that don’t guarantee food safety.

Consuming quality meat is highly beneficial for your body. To get superior meat quality, you should always know how to shop for one so that your purchase will be worth every penny. Taste, quality, and nutritional benefits are good things to spend your money on.

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Best Independent Restaurants to Support in St Albans

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With restaurants and pubs that serve food now able to open again in Hertfordshire, St Albans’ independent restaurants are hoping for a festive surge of customers hungry to dine out again. 

Travelling across tiers is permitted under the government guidelines, so you don’t have to live in the area to visit these delightful restaurants. 

Why not make a night of it? Travelling to St Albans via train is pain-free, making it easier than ever to leave the car at home. 

With the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting the hospitality industry, we have rounded up our top independent restaurants to support in St Albans this winter. 

From fine dining through to street food, our selection of the city offers a vast array of international cuisines to suit every craving. 

Tantalising Turkish tapas at Tabure

“Paylasmak Sevmektir” – to share is to love, is the motto at Tabure, St Albans, and they live up to it. 

Every dish that the team create has been designed to share with people you love. From traditional Turkish meze including fava humus, smoked aubergine babganus and chilli tabak to roasted saffron cauliflower and beetroot kisir. 

Elegant dishes are served in a contemporary setting imbibed with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere that keeps its customers returning time and again.

Authentic Italian delights at L’Italiana

For the last 13 years, the team at L’Italiana have been serving hearty Italian cuisine in an elegant environment to the people of St Albans. 

Their menu is packed with classic dishes like bruschetta, prosciutto and melone, fresh pasta, risotto and pizza. For the meat lovers, L’Italiana is renowned for its steak offering and those in search of a good tipple won’t be disappointed by the wine list either. 

Sustainable fine dining at Lussmann’s

Award-winning Lussmann’s has been a mainstay of the St Albans dining scene since 2004 and has delighted residents and visitors alike with its fresh and sustainable seafood and wild-game dishes. 

From venison and wild rabbit to cod cheek and confit duck leg, Lussmann’s menu provides classic cooking with an international spin. 

Smokehouse specialties at Craft & Cleaver

With craft beer on tap and BBQ staples cooking in the kitchen, Craft & Cleaver is a quintessential neighbourhood restaurant and bar. 

The main menu is packed full of smokehouse delights like baby back ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Cocktail lovers will delight in classics such as margaritas or the inspired grilled pineapple mai tai.

Mouth-watering Moroccan meals at Little Marrakech

For an authentic taste of Moroccan cuisine, look no further than Little Marrakech

From traditional tagines to delicious meze, the deep flavours of north Africa are bought to life in every mouthful at this delightful local restaurant.

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What to Serve at an Engagement Party

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The question has been asked, and the answer’s yes. You’ve gotten an engagement ring that you’re happy with, and you want to party! It’s time to start thinking about food.

An engagement party can be a tricky thing to plan for. Ideally, you’ll only have one engagement party in your life – but the celebration might have already taken a backseat to your wedding plans. You won’t have the luxury of tradition to fall back on, but you’ll still want to put on something special enough to mark the occasion. Let’s take a look at a few sure-fire crowd-pleasers that are easy to serve.

For starters and mains

Bruschetta is a classic Italian starter that’s easy to throw together. If you don’t feel like making the bread yourself, then you might go for something store-bought – it’s the toppings that’ll really make a difference. You might go for the classic combination of basil and tomato, or you might go for salmon and hollandaise sauce. 

Stuffed mushrooms are a great way to get plenty of flavour into a neat-and-tidy package. They’re bold enough to soak up more intense cheese and pine-but flavours, but they’re more suited to a sit-down plate than the miniature toast-bites we’ve already mentioned.

Antipasti is a traditional starter – it’s the stuff that arrives before the meal, literally. Traditionally, it comprises a platter of olives, cheeses, breads and dried deli meats. The advantage here is that it’s easy to prepare well in advance, and to serve cold. 

For Dessert

After you’ve gotten through the meal, it’s time to maintain the same high standards. Too often, desert is a mere afterthought – but this is a special occasion, so it’s worth pushing the desert that little bit further.

That needn’t mean making things difficult, however. Chocolate-coated strawberries are a great and easy solution. Simply take the freshest strawberries you can find, and dunk them in some tempered chocolate. If you want something communal, might go for a chocolate fondue instead. Either dunk strawberries, or dunk marshmallows. You don’t need a special fondue kit to make it happen, but it certainly helps.

If you’d prefer something a little sharper and more impressive, then you might go for berry tartlets. Pick something seasonable, and make sure that you apply a dusting of fine sugar.

To Drink

To tie everything together, you’ll want to serve some extra-special booze. This might mean champagne punch, mimosas, or it might mean learning a few classic cocktails. Present your guests with a menu, and make their favourites between courses. Vodka martinis are easy to put together, as are cosmopolitans. Don’t skimp on the ingredients – a cheap vodka will make for a tasteless vodka martini. If you have guests who don’t drink (or have to drive), then make sure they aren’t an afterthought – get some non-alcoholic cocktails stocked up for them, too.

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Places to Enjoy the Taste of Italy in London

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Italian cuisine is renowned across the world for being some of the most fragrant, eclectic and decadent, so it’s no small wonder that it’s the food many of us turn to when we’re looking for a little comfort. However, as so many of us have been unable to enjoy a proper holiday this year, we have been forced to miss out on some of the more authentic dining experiences which we would have otherwise normally enjoyed.

Italian food is a firm favourite for a reason and some restaurants in London could come a close second to the real deal. So, while you might not be able to enjoy an escorted tour of Italy this year, you might be able to at least enjoy some authentic flavours. So, without further ado, here are some of our favourites.

Artusi in Peckham – If you don’t want anything too fancy and are content with something low key but almost perfect then Artusi provides the kind of local cuisine you’d find on the streets of Florence. If crispy ox tongues, roasted sprouts and homemade ricotta sound like your cup of vino then you’re on to a winner here right in the heart of Only Fools and Horses territory.

Popolo in Shoreditch – A small plate restaurant that brings the emphasis of fine dining to the average Joe, this is a foodies dream that’s all about the fusion and the creativity. Chef Jon Lawson is a bit of a visionary, so we won’t spoil the surprise any further.

Arthur Hoopers in Borough Market – Borough Market is one of the most iconic locations in the city and while this famous contemporary restaurant might sound defiantly English on the surface, don’t be fooled. Italian tapas is the order of the day here with small plates including the finest cured meats, succulent cheeses and spicy fresh nduja sausage.

Via Emilia in Hoxton – A decidedly modern restaurant with bags of character, Via Emilia is all about the fresh pasta and gnocchi. It’s quite affordable too and has a wonderful atmosphere. One of the most popular and approachable Italian restaurants in London.

Bocca Di Lupo in Soho – If you happen to find yourself in the glitzier part of Soho then you might be tempted to stumble into Bocca di Lupo. And we certainly wouldn’t blame you. This is artisanal Italian cooking at its very best with a menu that’s always changing and celebrates the unique regional aspects of the cuisine. And that’s before we even mention the cocktails!

River Cafe in Hammersmith – For those with a more refined palate, this Michelin-starred restaurant sits overlooking the River Thames and is all about the raw ingredients. The food here is surprisingly simple, given the price, but it’s probably going to be amongst the best you’ve ever put between your lips. The wines, meanwhile, are simply out of this world.

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