Give yourself an indulgent sweet treat this weekend and check out @Divinodessert at the @BBCGoodFoodShow #food #foodanddrink

Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 12.15.36So who feels like they are in need of a sweet treat this weekend? Thought so… well, Winter may not be the obvious time to try a ice-cream esq desert, but when they’re as yummy as this, its worth a go right?

Following the huge success of Divino’s Celebrazione line of gelato-filled fruit assortment boxes, Divino, maker of premium Italian desserts, is launching its new Indulgenza line of individually packaged gelato-filled fruits (super yum!)

Oh, and incase you were wondering, Divino are the “healthier option” of deserts too… check this out…

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So, who is this team of expert desert makers I hear you ask….!

Divino specializes in crafting handmade, all-natural, fat free, gluten free, and preservative free fruit gelato.  Fruit is hand-picked from Italy’s Amalfi coast, and the pulp is carved out.  The pulp is used to create the gelato, which is then placed back into the fruit skin and frozen.

Previously, Divino has sold the Celebrazione assortment box of award winning fruits: Vesuvian Apricot, Ciaculli Tangerine, Montella Chestnut, and Roman Kiwi.  This weekend, at the BBC Good Food Show at London Olympia, Divino will be launching Indulgenza, single fruits.  Alongside Vesuvian Apricot and Montella Chestnut, new available fruits are, Apulian Peach, Camarosa Strawberry, Sorrento Walnut, and Irpinia Fig.  The assortment box is perfect for sharing, so you can now treat yourself to any fruit of your choice with Indulgenza.  Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 12.11.52

So if you haven’t heard of Divino before, maybe now’s the time to give your tastebuds a treat and check out this delightful dessert!

To find out more visit the Divino website here!

New York on a shoe string – Affordable dining at the Mandarin Oriental’s Asiate restaurant @MO_HOTELS #food #newyork #finedining

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You literally can live the high life in New York for under $50 if you know the right spots to visit; and thanks to a very kind recommendation, we managed to find a hidden gem in a well known luxury.

New York oozes style, money and culture, and for some the dream of visiting the big apple can often remain just that. However, we’ve found a few little gems which will get your mouths watering and keep your bank manager still smiling.

The Mandarin Oriental is the height of luxury, it stands on the corner of Central Park opposite Donald Trumps hotel and soars high into the sky. However, you may just chose to stay in more affordable accommodation elsewhere, which is perfectly fine, but make sure you book in lunch here!

Soaring well above the skyline on the 35th floor is the Asiate restaurant. A pan Asian experience which for us superscrimpers luckily has a Prix Fixe menu (3 courses) for just $35! If you’ve never experienced fine dining before, this is certainly a great place to start. It has excellent service, delicious food and views over central park to die for!

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The attire is smart casual, and that means that after a morning of walking around this amazing city, you can still look glam in your slinky sandals and smart flip flops. You’ll be surrounded by lots of corporate business people who have used this as a location to secure a deal or two, but really you, the tourist are getting the deal breaker. You’ll feel straight like a character out of Sex and the City, and really experiencing what it means to be a high-flying Manhattan native!

IMG_3073For us, the first course consisted of a Ceviche pallet cleanser with a little hint of wasabi and some cuts of oranges and sea food – it was delicious and really set the scene for the culinary delights to come. Following that, you get a choice of pea soup or tuna nicoise salad, which was elegant and not too filling.

The main course has a selection of three dishes, Scallops, which are so rich in flavor that it almost becomes difficult to finish, Black Seabass, which was totally moreish but delivered in the perfect amount, and for those who didn’t want to stray too far from British shores, a lamb cutlet with mashed potato.

Finally you had the choice of two deserts, either a dark devils delight chocolate fondant (which of course we chose!) or an Almond and Rhubarb fondant. The chocolate choice exuded decadence and luxury and was a melt in your mouth experience!IMG_3072

So in terms of a bargain, surprisingly the Mandarin Oriental provided something above and beyond our expectations. This was an experience perfect for a treat, a birthday or just something different to do whilst you’re touring the city. Our one word of caution is to watch out for the additional prices on drinks – a glass of wine, a bottle of water and a cup of tea or coffee to finish your meal, will start to rack up the price point, so if you are watching your wallet be careful of that!

Finally, to ensure that you get one of the breathtaking window seats, make sure you plan ahead – these tables can go months in advance, and sometimes can be given as priority seating to those who are staying at the hotel. So our recommendation is that you specifically request this when making your booking.

For more information on this unique dining experience, click here

Happy Dining!!

 

Get the Bank Holiday off to a sizzling start with this…. @prezzybox #giftideas #mangarden

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So yesterday we found some forward thinking gadgets, and today we’ve found something that is best bought right now…Dont be ashamed of dragging the BBQ out at just the slightest hint of sunshine… that’s just what us Brits do…So, if you want to impress your friends with the latest Man Garden addition, then we would recommend this, the Secret BBQ.

Is it a Pot plant? Or is it a BBQ? Who knows?! But it certainly made us chuckle, and its on sale for this weekend at a bargain price. So go on, visit http://www.prezzybox.com and treat yourself to the ultimate garden addition! We may well do!

The Hot-Pot BBQ costs only £74.25 (UNTIL MAY 31ST) from www.prezzybox.com After May it will be priced at £99.00 Ah… go on, its nearly Summer time right? RIGHT!!

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These gadgets may just change your life #tech #consumertech @firebox

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Now where would we be without our iphone? Probably lost somewhere without the help of Google Maps that’s for sure. Well, it wasn’t too long ago that we all had black and white screens on our phones and the idea of an app was in a galaxy far, far away. How far along have we come?! Its quite scary. We here at Snoochie Boochies, love looking to the future, and when it comes to gadgets, wondering what crazy invention the world will be wearing/using next is super exciting.

So, we thought we’d highlight a couple of gadgets which may look bizarre now, but might just be an essential item in a few short years to come! Oh and we have to say a huge thank you to the awesome and cool Firebox.com that provided us with the inspiration for these pieces (and some of the descriptions!) You can find all of these gadgets on the Firebox website!

1) Bluetooth Gloves

Anyone seen the Total Recall remake with Colin Farrell? Well in that film he has an inbuilt phone in his hand. We’re not quite there yet, but withScreen Shot 2013-05-02 at 09.17.40 this “handy” (sorry) gadget you can almost certainly think you look as cool as him.

The name Bluetooth Gloves doesn’t give much away. ‘Sure’ you might be thinking, ‘they’re gloves that work with a touchscreen, that’s cool’. But prepare yourselves, because we’re through the looking glass here, people.

Not only are these gloves comfy and warm (and totally touch-screen friendly), but they will wirelessly synch with your smartphone, turning your hand into a phone… that’s right. Just pull them on, press the ‘answer’ button and make the classic ‘phone hand’ shape. Now you’re talking.

Utilising an integrated microphone and speaker in the tips of the thumb and little finger, and a control pad on the top, you can communicate without taking your phone out of your pocket.

It’s not quite hands-free, but it still makes answering the phone supremely simple, plus you get to look like you’re having an imaginary conversation.

Talk to the hand.

2) Wine Handbag

Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 09.25.41Yes that box of wine that you remember lugging from one student party to another has come back into fashion…literally. Never be the one who forgot to ‘bring a bottle’ with this handy contraption, and if you’re a fashionista its the (ahem) latest in hi-tech fashion…is it a bag, is it a bottle? No its a wine handbag!

Whether you’re gossiping with the girls during a Sex and the City style night-in, or digging your high-heels out of the mud after a debaucherous delightful day at the races; you’ll always be sipping in style.

With it’s distinctly designer-style, the bag looks like it’s come straight off the catwalk. But rest assured that the wine inside is sourced from the finest French wineries (likely located on some preposterously picturesque estate) and more than matches this high-end Wine Handbag.

Whether Red, White or sparkling Rosé, everyone knows that the finest wine comes in a bag.

 

3) Smartskin iPad Condoms

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You never know when you’ll get lucky… enough to take your iPad to the beach, or on a boat, or cycling in the rain, or driving a rally car, or riding a camel in the desert.

But thanks to the sleek and stretchy Condoms for iPad, you’ll never have to say no to an unexpected bit of iPad excitement again.

Keep them in your wallet for that special situation or emergency occasion, and know that your iPad has protection at a moment’s notice.

NB: iPad and Good Times not included!

 

So there you go, and remember folks this is only the tip of the iceberg. So if you want to be ahead of the game, make sure you head straight to Firefox and get yourself one of the futures must haves 🙂

Happy Shopping!