A juicy start
We’re all told about how good fruit juice is for us, and how it can count as one of our five a day. Now you can widen the circle of varieties you’ve tried thanks to Neal’s Yard’s latest venture, the Wild Juicery. Offering nutrient-rich smoothies and snacks (for example, the High Energy Trail Mix contains mulberries, cacao nibs, pau d’arco, and Incan berries, to name just a few ingredients) alongside fresh juices, it sounds like a one-stop shop for Londoners’ health, with guidance on foraging, nutrition, and superfoods also available. The juices available are definitely more creative than any you’ll find in your local supermarket, and include Electrified (which contains, among other things, apple, lime, and aloe vera), and various teas and tinctures are also available (such as rosehip, nettle, hawthorn and honey). While not cheap, with juices starting at £3.20, more valuable is arguably the opportunities this presents to get people off on their own juicing journey and eventually a healthier lifestyle overall. Its location at 16a Neal’s Yard (postcode WC2H 9DP) also means I’ll definitely be visiting soon – it’s just a stone’s throw away from the London hotel that I’ll be staying at in both March and April.
All you need is Love Hearts
Swizzels Matlow are already well-known for their impressive and affordable seasonal collections, and they’ve been equally quick to jump on the Valentine’s bandwagon with their Love Hearts packages. The company has produced 100,000 vintage-style collectable tins that are stuffed to the brim with Love Hearts, at a price of £2.49 for 100g. Giant 108g tubes of the classic sweet are also available for £1, with a bumper pack of 30 standard size tubes on sale for £3. This is just the tip of the iceberg – and those purchasing from http://www.lovehearts.com can claim an additional 15% discount by entering the code LOVE15 at the checkout. I already know who I’ll be sending some to…
Here at FFW we’re already planning our year’s holidays, and it looks to us like BestWineRoutes’ mobile phone app could really help us in fine-tuning the details. Covering wineries worldwide, it also integrates directly with the iPhone’s mapping system to take you straight to your chosen vineyard. With information about over 20,000 wineries, there’s bound to be something for every wine lover, with reviews, pictures and videos really helping you to decide which one(s) to visit. It’s also easy to share your visit with friends thanks to integration with your favourite social networks, and all of this comes for a mere £2.49 – which seems like a bargain to me.
Sleep, don’t weep
In spite of our enjoyment of (nearly) all things alcoholic here at FFW, we all know that alcohol makes us tired and emotional when consumed in excess, but it appears that it can also affect our sleep. Even if a cheeky nightcap helps you to drift off more quickly, it can disturb your slumber later in the night according to the Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research journal. Alcohol reduces rapid eye movement sleep, which is important for concentration, memory and motor skills. The loss of REM sleep also results in you waking during the second half of the night, meaning you get a poorer night’s sleep overall. However, it’s also worth checking into other aspects of your sleep environment, such as the room temperature, the presence of technology and pets, noise levels, bedding quality, and your regular nightly routine (such as what time you go to bed). Look at these things again, and hopefully those who suffer with trying to sleep could be well on the way to wellbeing.
Would you Adam and Eve it?
Treat your loved one (all year round…not just on Valentine’s Day!) with tea at Fortnum and Mason’s in their Diamond Jubilee Tea room with their latest tea, the Adam and Eve Afternoon Tea. As you’d expect, it’s replete with luxury, from the rosé champagne and black forest fondant to the oysters and goat’s cheese cone. However, it also isn’t cheap at £60 per person: but for the right person, and a very special occasion, who knows?
We all love biscuits, but we don’t all love the calories involved. A biscuit cushion by FunkyHoney.co.uk could go some way to giving us the best of both worlds thanks to their stuffed replicas of popular favourites, such as Jammy Dodgers and Custard Creams. My fave is the Party Ring for its most realistic likeness to the real thing. Priced at £17 each, they make a great gift for any biscuit lover, and a sweet treat for yourself. I’m also eyeing up the purse shaped like a Bourbon, and other craftier readers may also enjoy the biscuit-shaped tape-measures. Warning: not suitable for dunking purposes.
Fabulous food in February
Foodies should be looking to hot-foot it to Westfield (London and Stratford City branches) this February to celebrate Food Explorer Month, where lucky shoppers will be treated to demonstrations, competitions, food safaris and special offers. Upload a photo of you enjoying a meal at one of the centres to Instagram, tagging it #FoodExplorer followed by either #WestfieldLondon or #WestfieldStratfordCity. You could win a complimentary meal for two for your next visit. Wahaca is also running an even bigger competition: all visitors to Thomasina Miers’ restaurant could win a culinary trip for two to Mexico! There’s also Kids In The Kitchen workshops for families, and Gennaro Contaldo will be holding demonstrations at Jamie’s Italian at Westfield London. Cocktail masterclasses will be taking place every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm too, proving that there’s really something for everyone. I’d be there if I could 🙂