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May
2015
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5 reasons to drink sparkling wine

If you’re a regular reader of Wine and Olives, you’ll know how much I love a glass of wine. Heck, I even decided to name my blog after it. Recently, I’ve been thinking about wine of the sparkling variety and how much more of it I drink than I used to. Once upon a time, it was reserved for celebrations or special occasions but now it’s just par for the course. Come Friday, I’ll open a bottle to celebrate the start of the weekend. When the girls come round for lunch, I’ll crack open some fizz, just because they’re there....
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10
May
2015
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Dark chocolate and whisky truffles, plus a cocktail

All you fellow bloggers out there will know how many different ‘days’ there are. There’s chocolate day, pie day, heck, there’s even days dedicated to different herbs. So it should come as no surprise that there’s a day dedicated to whisky. But it’s very different. It’s so much more than eating a burger and using a certain hash tag. It’s a global celebration of Scotland’s national drink, when lovers of a dram across the world get together on 16 May and host events to celebrate the water of life. It’s otherwise known as World Whisky Day. To do my bit...
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6
May
2015
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Current Netflix finds

I don’t really watch a lot of terrestrial television. Firstly, I don’t think there’s anything that’s worth watching on the box at the moment and secondly I go out a lot. That means I need my viewing to work around me, which is why I love Netflix as much as I do. Late last year, I wrote a post on six Netflix box sets to see you through the winter. Since one of my current favourite things to do is binge watch box series on Netflix, I’m well and truly done with that list, so I thought I’d share the box...
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3
May
2015
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Dinner at The Magnum

Thursday is definitely the new Friday, right? We quite often go out on a Thursday night; it’s almost become the start of our weekend, and last week’s venue of choice was The Magnum. Occupying pride of place on the corner of Albany Street in the New Town, I had always been tempted to try out the food there, but never quite go around to it. So when we were invited along I wasn’t about to say no, and so with much excitement and our ‘hooray for Thursday’ faces on, we went along for what would turn out to be a...
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26
Apr
2015
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Tales from the weekend #6

This weekend has been busy. The sort of busy when Sunday night arrives, you feel like you need another couple of days off just to recover. Not a second was wasted from 5.15pm on Friday night when I had a large glass of red wine in my hand to now, where I’m spending the evening catching up on Game of Thrones – oh how happy I am to have dragons in my life again. Friday night was spent with friends, catching up over a bottle of wine and a lovely dinner at the West Room, followed by another bottle of...
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9
Apr
2015
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Date, hazelnut and cacao nib flapjacks

I always feel a little cheated with flapjacks. They should really be the healthy option, since they’re made of oats, and in my world anything with oats in it is good for you. But they’re not … far from it, in fact. Take the oats out of the equation and you’ve got syrup and butter and loads of it. Frankly, by the time you factor all of this in, you may as well have had the chocolate bar you compromised on in the first place. That is unless you use a few cheats to make your flapjacks the healthy treats...
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