Monday, 28 May 2012

Stowells Light Wine

I’m the youngest of five sisters who went to an all girls’ school so I think I’m quite good at understanding what women want! SO, when I saw a new low calorie wine was available, I thought it was my selfless duty to try it out and see how it tasted...

What with this being a sort of experiment as to whether the low calorie stuff will ever be a realistic replacement to the kind we all know and love, I thought it would be best to recruit an impartial panel of judges.

The Panel

The Wine


The Scores

6/10: Georgia - "The wine was definitely drinkable (it tasted of cranberries!) but a little sweet to have a lot of it. I think if I were to vary it with some normal rosé or white then it would be an excellent guilt-free treat. "

5/10: Jennie - "I'm pretty undecided. I like the idea of it and would probably drink it again, but I don't think I care enough about the calories to pass up on a good wine for this..."
9/10: Melissa - "It doesn't taste 100% the same as normal wine, but it's still very drinkable. For so few calories it definitely appeals over normal wine!"
9/10: Hellie - "Fruity and elegant, the perfect Sunday night tipple."
8/10: Kirstie - "It was really quite tasty, much more so than I imagined - and great as I am really into running so still being able to enjoy wine is a real plus...Deliiiicious"
7/10: Jess - "Nice fruity flavour, suitable for a summer’s afternoon due to the low alcohol content. Slightly on the sweet side for my tastes."
3/10: Millie - "It tastes like adult Ribena. Not the wine for me!"
And me...
7/10 - I like the idea more than I love the wine itself. As well as the calories, the alcohol content is lower so it is kind of perfect for a summer afternoon in the sunshine. Put it like this...I'm not going to pass up a great bottle of wine for Stowells Light version but I definitely think I would buy it again. I would recommend trying it because those who liked it, really liked it! It's love/hate, but if you're a lover, think of all those calories you could be saving, eh?!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sunny Lunch in Kensal Rise

I hate to be one of those people who only talks about the weather, but I can’t help looking out of my window at the intense hail storm and dreaming back to two days ago when I was helping my sister and her fiancé with a spot of gardening and having lunch out in the sunshine. Having had horrible, grey and rainy skies for weeks, we spent the whole weekend moseying around outside and just enjoying life for a bit.

It might have been a little premature of us (being that it was pretty chilly when the clouds came out), but we just couldn’t resist eating outside, having a delicious lunch with lots of treats from l’Angolo deli in Kensal Rise. If you’re ever in the College Road area, you must go in and get some of their humous. My sister’s vegetarian fiancé swears it’s the best he’s had...


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

When Lucy met Graham Coxon

A couple of weeks ago a very exciting thing happened to me. Yup, the title of the post probably gave it away...I got to meet one of my all time heroes, Graham Coxon!

This was literally the highlight of my year so far so please excuse my ‘I think I’m going to explode with happiness’ face in this picture. I think we can see that I was just a little more excited by the whole situation than Graham.

I had a million questions to ask him, but when it came down to it, I was just way too nervous and there was a whole room of people listening  to me talk which made me feel like a right wally. Bar all the obvious questions about the music, I was really hoping I could grill him about some foody things and maybe even get a good restaurant recommendation out of him.
Well this wasn’t to be (because I bottled it) but I thought you fellow Coxon / food fans may like to know what this wonderful rockstar has in his dressing room:

Mini chocolate bars (Maltesers, Milky Ways...)
A big fruit selection
Bread/ toast
Yup, that’s it. At least that’s all I could see without snooping too obviously. If only I’d known, I could have won him over with some delicious, homemade treats. What a wasted opportunity...