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Tasting and giving my opinion on an oreo coated doughnut as well as a lemon lime and cucumber sprite that I got at bargain prices I decided to start up a new series called “tasting treats” where I would try out nice nibbles and give my opinions on them as I give them a taste.

Starting off with the oreo doughnut I found myself disappointed that it didn’t have the crispy cookie crumbs coating the doughnut as expected, and the cream filling was so disproportioned compared to the stodgy chocolate flavoured doughnut that the balance didn’t portray the expected flavour or experience of oreo cookies as expected, admittedly I did pay only 11p for both doughnuts at 90% off so there is something to be said that perhaps the short dated nature could have softened the crunch but the fact that there seemed to be none at all suggests that maybe they hadn’t intentionally put crunch into the topping which would have made a big difference to the taste.

This wasn’t the only negative with the doughnut though as the icing on the coating was so thin and lacking that it didn’t feel as much of a premium doughnut as expected and definitely not on level with krispy Kreme doughnuts which have a much better balance, with the doughnuts being lighter and having more of a treat feel with high flavour content, which is what I expected from something like this officially branded oreo but I was highly disappointed to discover differently.

The other bargain I obtained was two 2l bottles of sprite for £1.50, but this was no ordinary sprite, this was lemon lime and CUCUMBER flavoured sprite, yes you heard right cucumber in a carbonated drink. I’ve had cucumber flavoured crisps in a pringles like container before and they were surprisingly alright and again I was pleasantly surprised with the carbonated cucumber flavouring which although being very forthright actually seemed a refreshing taste that worked as a carbonated drink.

I could see why they might have designed a cucumber based sprite having served many pimms cocktails in my time working at a variety of events with alchoholic beverages and these always included usually fresh chopped cucumbers but I can see why having it also inside of the lemonade you might use would be good for depth of flavour progression for cocktails and I would also see how this might make an interesting mixer with other alcoholic beverages as well as being a summer based unique drink to enjoy in the hot weather.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised by the sprite cucumber lemon and lime variety as it did have a strong cucumber taste but after a few sips this fades to the traditional lemon and lime variety which gives an interesting drink on your palate that evolves as you drink it, and would definitely be an interesting weapon to add to your mixer arsenal for any summer events you might have, while the oreo doughnut just proved wholly disappointing, being too stodgy with the chocolate doughnut and a poor balance of flavours lacking the expected crunch of the oreo crumbs on top and just feeling like I would rather have had a fresh standard jam doughnut over it.

With the festive season coming soon you might be wandering what to buy for those close to you and where to go where you won’t see the same old chain stores with the generic products you see every year, maybe this year you’re looking for something a little more meaningful and origonal. Sure you can look online but where would you begin with that, and then you have postage costs to pay on top of that from every different place you see.

What if there was a place where you could see a variety of different products, unusual, specialised, more thoughtful? All under one location, and not only that have a good time in a festive themed environment and really get into the xmas spirit?

The festive gift fair in birmingham may be exactly what you are looking for, promising over 325 different exhibits with shops ranging from well known brands to lesser known and varied gifts, festive food stalls to sample and a selection of entertainment and music (which I would presume to be merry jingles, possibly even xmas kareoke which would be fun, but I couldn’t tell you besides music being promised along side other entertainment) There is plenty on offer to entice you to visit, and the best part is you don’t have to pay shipping for your items.

Key Points

  • Entry will vary between £8.50-£9.50 when booked in advance
  • Open between 9:30 and 5pm from the 21st to the 24th of November (ideal to start the xmas season)
  • “wonderful, unusual and affordable presents”
  • Festive theme and entertainment
  • Eat drink and be merry with festive food and drink to sample and purchase
  • Santa will greet you when you arrive, so yes he has taken time off to come to this event because this will be where xmas begins in birmingham.

I have been provided press access to the event so I will be able to provide a much more in depth review showing the highlights and hidden gems of the event, along with photo’s and video’s from the location to give you an idea what is happening at the event, along with my personal favourites and recommendations as to what to visit and special gift idea’s from the merchants of the event.

I personally think birmingham should advertise this event more as it offers a wider selection than the german food market which takes up the streets in the city center, and beyond that is actually festive and will get people in the christmas spirit ready for the spirit, exploring a whole kingdom of festive stalls and would make a great day out for the family, and not only this it will be a great place to escape the high street and to explore new idea’s and gifts you might not have seen or considered.

If you are interested in seeing it all close up yourself I would recommend you purchase a ticket, available now from http://www.festivegiftfair.co.uk/

In this video I unbox and try my final graze box, as usual signup and use the code to get yourself a free box and the second one half price with £1 for each code used going to charity.

Was watching river cottage earlier today… and he was busy making a lamb curry… no big deal, he decides to taste the curry, puts his spoon in eats from it, talks to the camera, then he proceeds to put the spoon back in his mouth give it a good suck then dip it back into the curry for another taste… And this curry he proceeded to provide to the public at his haloween party thing, I mean if youre cooking for yourself no problem but if youre serving it to other people double dipping is a cardinal sin, everyone will have whittingstall germs from his curry.

I dont think I could ever eat something made by him knowing that, where is the hygiene sense? And if youre going to cook on tv have some intelligence, its bad enough watching all the people cooking with all thier stylish hair loose, no chef hats, no hair nets, I wonder how much of thier food ends up with hair in it? They would need an immense ammount of hair gel or spray to keep thier hair so solid that not even a strand will fall into the food, and hair is supposed to be one of the major food poisoning problems.

On a different note though, it was good to see that cookalong live wasnt rehearsed and gordon ramsey was truly shocked at the start of the program to see a lookalike as one of his cookalongers, and amanda holden desperate for attention crying to gordon why arent you paying attention to me, when live on the webcam his lookalike is off with his wife, what does she expect he’s just seen his wife off round another guys house, of course he’s going to be preoccupied, and with his reaction at the start of the program you know that he didnt know that was coming up.

I also think its quite clever with his invasion of the cooking classes, but fair play to him, rubber prostetics all over your face will make your face hot enough, but in the heat of a kitchen, he must be sweating beyond belief. But it does get to show you what youre paying for with your expensive classes, and you do at least want to get some cooking in if youre paying so much, just being talked to doesnt really do anything for me at least anyway. And that other guy he was talking to who “hates tv chefs” but is one himself lol, its amazing really because if they hated it so much you know they wouldnt go on tv, they love the attention really. But gordon’s a sinner in that respect too, he previousely had a cook book amnesty to burn the cook books, but he releases books himself, but what can you say the worlds hypocritical.

Working for creative events at the NEC the companies acceptable employment policy is that you will be happy to work from 7am no matter where you live up until 4pm with no break and no food, then have 20 minutes (or as long as it takes you to eat a tiny sandwhich a packet of crisps a kitkat and an apple) then have the supervisor come and say youve finished eating get back to work, where you are then expected to work for another 2 hours minimum up to 4 hours, or up to until 10pm or later sometimes on closedown days.

Or course for me to make it there that early I have to wake up at 4am and set out at 5am to make the transportation links to get to the NEC in time for 7am. All the time getting hungrier and lacking the energy to actually do a decent days work, of course I get comments about being one of the best barrista’s they have but it doesn’t matter that I’m being starved and I’m not exactly one of the biggest people in the world far from it, I actually need to keep my energy levels maintained at a reasonable level or I do get highly irritable.

Doing this as a daily job day in day out in the middle of winter being frozen in the mornings even though Im wearing 4 coats on top of things I still catch a cold, being weak from lack of food of course I was bound to get ill, but they don’t consider that so I guess Ill just find somewhere which actually understands that if you want someone to remain well and still do a good job you’ve got to treat them right rather than just a body to fill the space, no wonder I was one of the best workers, I actually made an effort rather than being a spaced out zombie lacking food, or stealing all the cookies to eat.

Besides isn’t it a legal requirement that you get 30 minutes break for 6 hours work, 45 for 7, an hour for over 8 hours work… hmmm I’m pretty sure I only signed out of the 48 hour working week, not all of my legal rights. But hey the law doesn’t care everyone seems to break it even ITC who are supposed to keep your tv clean before 9PM dont care anymore.