In no particular order:
Hotel Chocolat; Chocolate Arthouse (Dorset); Lily O’Brien; Droste Pastilles; Italy’s Venchi and Oliva.
We discovered this sparking red wine when touring Saumur and visited their cellars. It is best served cold and is delicious. They also make a white and rose and Majestic sell all three.
For me, when I worked in Hanoi and was taken to a western looking coffee shop I tried coffee from Vietnamese beans (with milk) and thought it the best I had ever tasted. So smooth. My colleague was given a bag of ground coffee to take home and I was really envious but he wouldn’t swap it for the silk scarf I was given.
The Laverstoke Cocktail
We went to the Bombay Sapphire distillery and completed a Masterclass where we made this cocktail and I love it. The recipe is on this link: http://distillery.bombaysapphire.com/cocktails/the-laverstoke
The best ever are sold at The Maltings in Farnham. Of course almond is good for you I tell myself as I eat this humongous croissant!
I always order this from Café Rouge or Cote. However, Cote do a fab tasting salad: tomato, basil and shallot. And I have even asked Café Rouge to stick basil on their tomato salad – which they kindly did…..
Any Lebanese Food
I’m easily pleased when it comes to choosing from a Lebanese Restaurant menu. My favourite option is to choose a number of starters.
Say no more……
Cioccolati Italiani gelato.
Until you’ve tasted it you’ll never believe gelato can be so good.
My favourite is from the Cook range : Moroccan Lamb Tagine. It is the spices that I love with this dish and served with cous cous of course.
Whether it is Stollen, Simnel cake, Neideregger chocolates (chocolate covered marzipan) or treats from Lidl at Christmas time: I love marzipan. I made my own from a Nigel Slater recipe (ground almonds, caster sugar and water) and entered these marzipan fruits in the local village show last year.
Any outside dining with a view
I love to dine outdoors especially where there is a fabulous view like here overlooking Lake Como at the Bellavista Restaurant, Brunate at ‘aperativo time’ (left) or a coffee at Sherringham’s Two Lifeboats (right)