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Mondaine Ladies Analogue strap watch
Mondaine Ladies Analogue strap watch
Offered by SolarCosa
Price: £133.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 6 Sept. 2014
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Really well built and classic but modern watch. Had for a couple of years and never had any problems. Have had to replace the strap which is expensive for the branded one but worth it.


Kuhn Rikon Piranha Y Peeler, Red
Kuhn Rikon Piranha Y Peeler, Red
Price: £5.55

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great peeler, 6 Sept. 2014
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Superb brand. Didn't realise the peeler had "teeth" but this is great on tough skinned veg. Had for over a year and still sharp.


PURE TEMPUS-1S, Luxury DAB/FM Clock Radio - Cherry
PURE TEMPUS-1S, Luxury DAB/FM Clock Radio - Cherry

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Sept. 2014
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Had this for a few years now and it's still going strong. Well built and great sound.


Tales From Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks
Tales From Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 6 Sept. 2014
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Adore these series of books. Fox's Socks is particularly good! Toddler always comes back to this one!


Tales From Acorn Wood: Three lift-the-flap stories
Tales From Acorn Wood: Three lift-the-flap stories
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely stories, 6 Sept. 2014
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Fabulous book. Toddler has loved this for over a year. Great series of books and enjoyable to read.


Galt Toys 6 Finger Paints Washable
Galt Toys 6 Finger Paints Washable
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Colours not great., 6 Sept. 2014
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Good price but paint a very strange gloopy consistency and colours transparent so finished pictures very washed out. Does wash off hands and clothes very easily though. Would be fine for messy play.


Tidlo Magnetic Fishing Fun
Tidlo Magnetic Fishing Fun
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet toy, 6 Sept. 2014
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Very nice, well made toy. 2.5yo keeps going back to it.


Mobilo Kit For Groups 120 Parts - PW52
Mobilo Kit For Groups 120 Parts - PW52
Offered by Start2Play
Price: £36.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless toy, 6 Sept. 2014
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Quite expensive but one of those toys that are indestructible and grows with the child. Makes a change from other construction toys.


Kitchen Basics Spiral Vegetable Slicer - Stainless Steel Vegetable Spiralizer with Quality Sharp Japanese Blades - 2 Julienne Sizes / Design vegetable stir-fries or pasta dishes / Decorate serving dishes
Kitchen Basics Spiral Vegetable Slicer - Stainless Steel Vegetable Spiralizer with Quality Sharp Japanese Blades - 2 Julienne Sizes / Design vegetable stir-fries or pasta dishes / Decorate serving dishes
Offered by Gideon Direct
Price: £19.95

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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 6 Sept. 2014
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Absolutely useless too. Vegetables get stuck in the core of the tool, then do not cut. Unless very firm, veg mushes up rather than cuts. Total pig to wash too..sent back!


Vanilla Salt
Vanilla Salt
by Ada Parellada
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.78

4.0 out of 5 stars light-hearted, enjoyable read., 11 Aug. 2014
Based in Barcelona, Vanilla Salt is essentially the story of a stormy Catalan chef who's personality and attitude is killing his formerly popular restaurant. He desperately needs help, even if he resist it at every opportunity by forcing staff to leave or refusing advice from everyone around him. Then a mysterious Canadian cook starts work in his ill-fated restaurant who changes everything about his life.

I was grabbed pretty quickly, with food bloggers, food critics, social media and mention of one of my favourite films of all time, Big Night all featuring in the first few chapters. Also, the real draw of this book is that it has actually been written by a chef, admittedly not one I've heard of before, but her description of cooking and food is so detailed and vivid, you can sometimes taste it. Something that anyone short of being a professional chef probably wouldn't have managed so well. You can also extract quite a few tips in there like thickening sauces with fried bread and ground almonds. Bonus.

I did like chef Alex and thought his character was well created. Passionate, disillusioned, stubborn, arrogant and blinded by his own talent yet incredibly vulnerable underneath the tattoos and aggression. I think we all know one of those chefs! His resistance to use any ingredients who have their culinary origins in America - barbarian food as he calls it - made me laugh out loud although the real reason for his hatred turns out to be far deeper than just being a difficult chef.

Annette, the Canadian, was portrayed to swing wildly from being savvy and well-informed to naive and a tad foolish which made it difficult to gel with her and she did irritate me in places, but this could have been her poor grasp of Catalan which made her come across as a little simple.

As for the plot, it made for an easy read and heart-warming in places although I found the story's pace was a little jumpy toward the end and some of what happened just a little too farcical and thin skinned. It was interesting to read a book that has not only traditional food critics, but social media and blogging strongly dictate the success or failure of restaurants as quite a strong theme

All in all I enjoyed it. Vanilla Salt is light-hearted and definitely something to throw in the beach bag this summer.


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