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Feather AS-D2 Double Edged All Stainless Safety Razor
Feather AS-D2 Double Edged All Stainless Safety Razor
Offered by The Executive Shaving Company
Price: £170.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, hands down., 25 Aug. 2014
I can only agree with the excellent review which precedes mine. It's a very costly but absolutely superior product, unlikely to be disposed of in a lifetime. Basically, and despite its price which could suggest an "expert" use, it's so forgiving, so easy to use, so smooth, it can be used surely even from absolute beginners in wet shaving ... a "baby razor", if such a thing exists! I use it with Feathers blades, and it perfectly tames even their "infamous" sharpness (but, to say the truth, i've been using Feathers for years, even with vastly inferior razors, and their reputation is absolutely unfounded ... with a minimum of attention, Feather blades are the smoothest blades ever!). An absolute joy to shave with! Just a final remark: forget Astra, Personna (horrid blades IMO), Shark, Merkur .. I have tried them all, and the only blades i found almost on a par with the Feathers are the *excellent* Gillette 7 O'Clock Sharp Edge (the yellow, russian made ones).


VonShef Hamburger Beef Burger Quarter Pounder Maker Mould Press with 100 FREE Discs
VonShef Hamburger Beef Burger Quarter Pounder Maker Mould Press with 100 FREE Discs
Offered by Domu UK
Price: £14.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beware! this is NOT a quarter pounder burger press!, 19 Jun. 2014
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Received just a few days ago my latest order containing this hamburger press. surprise! it is not a quarter pounder, it is the "normal", small version, perfectly identical (not only in its dimension, it seems exactly the same product) to this kitchen craft hamburger maker:
Kitchen Craft Hamburger Maker with 100 Wax Discs.
The problem is that, while kitchen craft correctly lists two models, the normal (linked above) and the quarte pounder (Kitchen Craft Quarter Pounder Hamburger Maker), VonShef has a single model, the quarter pounder ... which is not a quarter pounder. so, "caveat emptor".
(Amazon immediately refunded me, so excellent service on their part as always).


Willie's Black Pearls: Sea salt Caramel 150g
Willie's Black Pearls: Sea salt Caramel 150g
Offered by Urban Merchants, Your Fine Food Supplier
Price: £5.25

2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing ..., 22 April 2014
not bad the salted caramel filling, but the chocolate from this supposedly high quality brand was a disappointment: an unelegant taste, a dominant, rough bitter note with an aggressive, long and unpleasant aftertaste. very disappointed.


Ron Millonario Solera 15 Year Old Rum 70 cl
Ron Millonario Solera 15 Year Old Rum 70 cl
Price: £40.26

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible rum, 29 Jan. 2014
molasses rum, made in peru by an italian-owned label. simply unmissable if you like soleras, spanish style rums. incredibly deep, round, sweet (but not sweetish) taste, with an infinite burnt sugar aftertaste which permeates the whole glass ... it's a pleasure simply to sniff the empty glass :)!
an incomparably better and more complex and elegant rum than even the costlier of zacapas (beats hands down the zacapa XO, really no match here).
(btw, i tried too the XO version at twice the price, but all in all i tend to prefer the 15 reserva for its fuller body. the XO is subtler, of course, with a more alcoholic and lighter nose, but i prefer the heartier roundness of 15 reserva).
unreservedly recommended unless, of course, you're an hardcore fan of the driest of agricoles!


Billy's Farm Organic Ginger and Walnut Spelt Cookies 175 g (Pack of 4)
Billy's Farm Organic Ginger and Walnut Spelt Cookies 175 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £9.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so biscuits in a very good range, 25 Oct. 2013
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before these biscuits, i had already tried the wholemeal spiced, the apple and cranberry, the sesame and the speculoos. so you surely understand i like this brand: good crumbly biscuits, nice texture, absolutely not overloaded with sugar, nice not-too-strong-not-too-pale flavours. but, as written by another reviewer, the ginger and walnut have virtually no taste of ginger in them (only a faint aftertaste, not more than that). absolutely decent, but not unforgettable (and, like the other customer, the biscuits were almost all broken when i received them!)
consider the wholemeal spiced biscuits (really excellent)as a more flavourful option, and the speculoos if you like that kind of crispiness. but anyway, i definitely consider billy's farm's range of an above average quality.


illy Classic Roast Iperespresso Coffee 21 Capsules (Pack of 2, Total 42 Capsules)
illy Classic Roast Iperespresso Coffee 21 Capsules (Pack of 2, Total 42 Capsules)
Price: £18.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best coffee in italy, 28 May 2013
in my official quality of sicilian coffee addict (... well, almost all sicilians are), i can say for sure that illy is the best coffee available today in italy except perhaps for some niche, artisanally producted blends. forget about lavazza and similar, illy is another planet. a flawless arabica blend not too roasted, absolutely not too dark and bitter. recommended; costly but really we're talking quality. and the capsules (but notice: they're compatible only with illy francis & francis machines) are virtually indistinguishable from a good bar espresso. if you want a slightly darker, less foamy drink you'll have, of course, to use the ground blend with a bialetti (and *only* a bialetti) "moka express", the italian "caffettiera": Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 3 Cup


Fast Weigh MS-500-BLK Digital Pocket Scale, 500 by 0.1 G
Fast Weigh MS-500-BLK Digital Pocket Scale, 500 by 0.1 G
Offered by SELECT ELITE
Price: £26.47

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 16 Nov. 2011
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not much to say, really. i'm a tea buff, and purchased it for exactly measuring my tea quantities. works fine, it's very small and compact. good product.


Moka Express (3 cup)
Moka Express (3 cup)
Offered by Moema Espresso
Price: £18.97

272 of 278 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little advise from italy, 31 July 2011
being from italy, I feel entitled to give some advice on coffee making:

1) the moka machine is THE italian way of home coffee brewing; espresso electric machines are beginning to spread, but the "caffettiera" is how we italians typically make coffee.
2) bialetti is commonly known as the best brand on the market.
3) don't heap the coffee too much in the funnel, it should be just a little over the brim of the funnel; leave it fairly loose and above all DON'T press it down.
4) screw tight the top chamber, and always make sure the gum sealing ring is in good conditions - change it 2 or 3 times a year, or when you see it dry and/or cracked.
3) put the caffettiera on LOW heat, lid down.
4) check out the top chamber now and then, if you want, and turn off the heat when you see the coffee's filled the top chamber; but remember that the most important sign the coffee's ready is when you hear the coffee *just beginning to gurgle* in the top chamber. turn off the heat now!
5) before pouring the coffee, stir it gently; actually, i don't know if it's only a legend, but it seems the first coffee out is the stronger, the last out the milder, so stirring it should produce an even mix. anyway, in italy we always stir it before pouring!
that's that!
p.s. - not an italian use, but once in a while i add to the coffee grounds in the funnel just the tip of a spoon of cinnamon, or two o three grains of cardamon, or even a dash of szechuan pepper - nice result; you can experiment with your own spiced coffee ...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to put it simply: best blades around, 2 May 2011
at 50, maybe prey to a bout of nostalgy, i decided to get back to the good old days and purchased a merkur 25c DE safety razor after years of gillette shaving. i won't adventure myself in any metaphysical debate about multiblade shaving vs. old style DE shaving; i want only to add my little advice about the choice of blades. so, to put it simply: i tried astra blades, derby blades and lastly the feather blades. the feather blades resulted *by far* as the best choice of the lot. i'd rate them, well, let's say, as twice as good as the others. you have to be just a little prudent in shaving since they're very sharp, but, sincerely, nothing dramatic: just a light hand and you won't have any problems (actually, i got nicked with astra and derby but not with feather). if you shave with a DE razor, i don't think you should search further. buy the feather blades.


Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Price: £15.26

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully elegant, 28 Mar. 2009
a wonderful, underappreciated recording of bach's monumental achievement.
haugsand plays with an incredible mix of elegance (supremely cultivated, almost snobbish), judicious tempos, subtle, unobtrusive embellishments, and a crystal-clear vision of the overall structure. what a disc!
currently, one of my two favourite goldberg's recordings: if you want a totally free, totally "italianate", almost brash approach, ottavio dantone's goldbergs are an exhilarating choice ... if you want a perfect balance and an elegance that, really, you must hear to believe, than haugsand is your man (or simply listen alternatively to this two great versions!)


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