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Podberry Crunchy Pea Snacks

I have to confess that when a colleague said ‘try some of these freeze dried peas, they’re nice and crunchy’ I was not entirely convinced. Fresh peas, tinned peas, mushy peas, frozen peas I can cope with, and enjoy. But ‘freeze dried’? I am ashamed to say I advanced on the proffered bowl cautiously. The […]

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BeNeLux

Belgium on a plate: a restaurant and a book

Some of the best meals we have ever eaten have been in Belgium. Apart from it being a delightful country to explore, it is also a great destination for food lovers.

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A Bustronomic taste of London

The instructions were precise. Please be at Coach Bay 40B on the Victoria Embankment 15 minutes before the departure time of 12.15. To allow contingency time for delayed trains, etc Clare and I agreed to get there well ahead of time. We were; and consequently were there in time to watch, as almost to the […]

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Culture

Dutch Castles and Country Houses

Cheese, yes; Clogs, yes; Tulips, yes; Windmills, yes; Castles – really? Yes, Castles! Castles were not what Anna Hyman had expected to find on a recent visit to The Netherlands – one of her favourite destinations and one she thought she knew quite well. But why should there not be castles in The Netherlands – […]

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WineGB

Wines of Great Britain, aka WineGB, held their annual trade and press tasting event in London on 4 September.

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Europe

Guernsey – a Map, Duke of Richmond and Victor Hugo

The pretty Channel Island of Guernsey, with its lovely beaches, country lanes, association with Victor Hugo and fascinating history proved to be a great choice as a short break destination for Anna Hyman and Joan Brown. Why, I wanted to know, was the splendid St Peter Port hotel where Joan and I had stayed whilst […]