The Gift of Oil Review: September 2017
Started in 2001 by Phil Bianchi, The Gift of Oil, was launched because Phil realised that balsamics and oils in the UK did not match up to the same standards as the offerings in the med. Phil’s passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle emerged after working for an olive oil company based in Athens. Phil visits Portugal, Modena and Sicily several times a year for tastings to discover new innovative infusions, working with the Di Lorenzo, Verrini and Tagliavini families who produce some authentic oils and balsamics. Hence, why The Gift of Oil brand can deliver quality artisan products at affordable prices.
Located in North Manchester, The Gift of Oil premises are a hive of activity, as all products are sampled, bottled, labelled and go through rigorous quality checks, by their dedicated team, to ensure only the best for their discerning food loving customers.
Wild Drinks Review: September 2017
Jonathan Wallington, the fabulous founder of the wonderful Wild drinks brand, has experienced a complex entrepreneurial journey, that has seen both highs and lows, but after a lot of energy, effort and enthusiasm, WILD drinks are here and yes they are wild, as the original idea behind WILD was a ‘Sloe-gasm’! ‘Sloe-gasm’ a mix of champagne and sloe gin came about after Jonathan had a bumper Sloe crop in 2012 on his Dorset farm. Sloes at the ready and several crafty concoctions later Jonathan settled for a Perry base sourced from the North of England, Gin from the Thames distillers, finished off with natural ingredients which are gluten free, suitable for vegans, low in calories, naturally light and made in the UK.
Jonathan has focused on every detail even down to the bottle branding, that has a natural, sophisticated and elegant design, which is synonymous with the quality of the natural spritz drink contained inside. Jonathan has delivered delicious drinks which the discerning drinker can enjoy in the comfort of their own home.
The new Superstar Sloe is scrummy, serve straight up, stick in a straw and it is good to go. A vibrant velvety colour and a warm flavour make this drink perfect to serve on any occasion.
Winner of a 2017 Great Taste Award, The Elderflower Spritz made a lovely lush Elderflower, apple and gin cocktail. Garnish with lemon and apple for refreshing floral and delicate sipper which would be a great addition to any dinner party.
Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine Review: September 2017
Love wine…Hate Hangovers…Want to save on Calories…Yes, Yes and Yes! Well Esiberg alcohol free wine is the answer. Produced the same way as wine, but then cleverly using one of the world’s most advance techniques to remove the alcohol yet keep the same fresh crisp taste. The result an alcohol-free wine with a fraction of the calories of your usual alcoholic vino. Each glass of Eisberg fizzy or still alcohol-free wine is less than 33 calories per 125ml glass in comparison with an alcoholic wine that tops 120 calories plus! Great if you are driving, training, school night drinking or just fancy a refreshing sipper without the booze.
Blogging HQ got ready to enjoy some alcohol-free tipple, as a batch of excellent Eisberg drinks arrived which included Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Rosé and Sparkling Blanc.
Fancy a fizzy berry Bellini brunch, well use the Sparkling Rosé to create a scrummy strawberry and peachy Bellini, finish off with a strawberry and serve with balsamic berries on toasted bread.
Alara Wholefoods Review: September 2017
In 1975 Alex Smith started the company from humble beginnings, having experienced some turbulent times throughout his organic Muesli journey, but Alex’s persistence, dedication and hard work have seen the business thrive and grow. The brands ethos is dedicated to quality, sustainability and giving back to the community. All their products are made in Zero Waste factory a stone throw away from Kings Cross, London. Sourcing local ingredients and where possible supporting organic farmers in the UK.
With a wealth of Experience and expertise, the brand has created high quality bespoke muesli products that do not contain any genetically modified organisms or any of its derivatives, have been certified organic by the Soil Association since 1988 and with JAAC since 1998 an impressively is the only Fair Trade certified cereal manufacturer in the world and the first to certify with the Coeliac Society.
Tideford Organics Soups Review: September 2017
Since 1996 in their Devon Kitchen, Tideford Organics have been creating an innovative range of scrummy soup recipes. Excitingly re-launching in 2016, as the UKs first organic vegan brand, crafting and creating soups that are gluten free, low fat, organic, vegan and with no added sugars. The Tideford Team sent me some super soups in celebration of Organic September. I was excited to review, not just for the obvious taste testing reason, but due to the brands commitment and dedication to support the wellbeing of our environment.
The brands core ethos is that, “a little change can make a big difference” which underpins their ‘Take the Pledge to Eat More Veg’ campaign. Eating less meat improves health and helps our environments health too. The statistics are eyewatering, “The meat + dairy industries use a third of our planet’s fresh water supply” “Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of amazon destruction”, “51% of global greenhouse emissions are due to livestock + their by-products”, “A plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%”, “If everyone had one meat-free day a week it’d be like taking 240 million cars off the road”, “If you skip just one burger you’ll have saved enough energy to charge your iPhone for 4.5 years!”
Breakfast Around the World with BFree Products: September 2017
The brilliant BFree products are allergen free meaning that there is no gluten, dairy, wheat, nuts, egg or soy and they are suitable for vegans too. Low in fat and high in fibre means that they are nutritionally sound – amazing! The clever guys and gals over at BFree have developed a natural recipe and composition that replaces wheat and gluten, that still gives their ‘good for you’ breads the right structure, without affecting the taste.
Another batch of BFree brilliance landed at blogging HQ, that included their Oaty loaf, Plain bagels, Sweet Potato Wraps, Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps, Soft White and Brown Sandwich Loafs. I decided to BFree in the morning and travel the world, sampling some simple, but brilliant BFree Breakfast delights.
Feet firm on British soil why not try a Brilliant British Breakfast. Vegetarian sausages, beans, mushrooms and tomato alongside some tasty toast made with BFree’s scrummy soft White and Brown Sandwich Loafs. At only 70 calories a slice, you can relax and enjoy your guilt free breakfast.
Nut Free Chocolate People Review: September 2017
Founded in 2012, the Nut Free Chocolate people, is a family run organisation with one aim to produce safe chocolate for people with tree nut and peanut allergies. Both Belgian chocolate or Ecuadorian chocolate which is soya free is used to create their chocolatey treats. Also, they use natural flavourings and ingredients wherever they can. Handmade in small batches ensures a high-quality product and finish. Environmentally aware, where possible, the brand source biodegradable and recyclable products.
Miracle Matcha Chocolate Tea Infusions and Altitude Tea Review: September 2017
Miracle Matcha is sourced from the rift Valley in Kenya, as the white tea leaves are grown high within the fertile valley. Miracle Matcha is healthy, convenient, has 100% pure natural ingredients that are suitable for vegans and has been approved by the vegetarian society. It is also Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified, which means that both the environment and the farmers are protected.
Kabuto Vegetarian Noodles Review: September 2017
Kabuto noodles founder Crispin Busk travelled around Australia and Asia and started working within the food industry in his late twenties. Crispin’s venture into the entrepreneurial world has been a mixed journey. 15,000 noodles pots, no customers and with a pregnant wife, Crispin had to take matters into his own hands, by scouting London’s independent retailers to stock his products. From launching his products into Harvey Nicks and throughout several countries worldwide, Crispin continues to see growth and is excited about what the future holds.
Le Petit Ballon Wine Review: September 2017
The Man behind every bottle of Petit Ballon brilliance is Master sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc. Originally from Gers in France, Jean-Michel began his journey of wine discovery here is England studying for five years to become a sommelier. With this duel perspective, Jean-Michel’s expertise and knowledge continued to grow and develop. International acclaim was inevitable for Jean-Michel, by 1990 achieving Master sommelier status, in 1994 becoming the Head Sommelier at the Ritz in Paris and from 2003 – 2006 presiding over the Paris-Île-de-France Sommeliers’ Association. Recognition was achieved, in the US Starwine competition, that brings together the top 60 tasters in the world, where Jean-Michel was recognised as one of the best tasters in the world. Continue reading