25
Jun
2015
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The John Lewis clearance sale: what to buy

I have always been a fan of John Lewis, but over the past few months our relationship has developed and I’d go as far as to say that we have become lovers. Its lure is impossible to ignore, especially when you consider I can see the five floors of temptation from my desk window. My new job has catapulted me into a land where a visit to that famous partnership has become a daily lunchtime ritual. But today was different; the clearance sale has started, and rather than stare longingly at a host items that would make my desk prettier,...
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14
Jun
2015
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Running a half marathon: the good, the bad and the tasty

As you know, I ran my first half marathon two weeks ago. It was amazing yet scary, exhilarating yet exhausting. I never imagined that running 23km would stir up quite so many emotions, but it did. If I’m being completely honest, I’m not a natural runner. I would describe myself as more of a plodder; I literally pound the pavements without any semblance of grace, as fellow runners pass me by with their gazelle-like movements, clocking up twice the miles that I do in half the time. But despite all of this, I’m still glad I did it, so much...
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2
Jun
2015
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The burger, the smoothie and the half marathon

Burgers, smoothies and half marathons. Three very different things that shouldn’t normally go together but they did for me last weekend as I took on the Edinburgh Half Marathon. It was a great day, made all the better by the burger, chips, haggis bon bons and beer that were my post run reward. My diet was literally a game of two halves at the weekend – super healthy before the half marathon and super unhealthy afterwards – check out that burger and the chorizo meatballs on toast. I hasten to add these weren’t consumed on the same day; I don’t...
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28
May
2015
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Afternoon tea at Colonnades

I have always been a firm believer that afternoon tea is one of the nicest things you can do. There’s something about it that sparks a sense of occasion; maybe it’s down to the Champagne or the sugar rush that comes with so much cake, but whatever it is, it’s one of my favourite things to do and last Thursday, I’m pretty sure I experienced the best there is. Afternoon tea now has a lot to live up to thanks to Colonnades. Taking up residence in Edinburgh’s stunning Signet Library, Colonnades has set its bar about as high as it...
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14
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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