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Mirabeau en Provence on the Go

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Award-winning, innovative rosé winemaker, Mirabeau-en-Provence, have launched its rosé in a slimline can (£3.49, Waitrose), aptly named “Pret-a-Porter” Prêt-a-Porter is a very convenient way to enjoy your favourite dry rosé from Provence. These delightful cans are perfect for picnics, going to the beach, poolside, and other places where glass isn’t a good idea. Quality rosé to go!

A pretty pale pink Rosé, which immediately charms you with its nose of small red summer fruits of cherry, raspberry and hints of apricot. The taste profile is balanced, delicately fruity, with a lovely dry freshness.

Picture Perfect Picnics

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As the days get longer, the weather warmer and we embrace the great outdoors, our thoughts turn to picnics, parks and al fresco eating with friends and family. Carluccio’s perennially popular picnics are back, including new for this year, a totally plant-powered offering. Take to the park, a family outing, outdoor festival or concert – in fact, any al fresco spot you can find.

Both the Classic and Plant Power picnics are filled to the brim with delicious, freshly prepared Italian dishes, made from recipes adhering to Antonio Carluccio’s ‘MOF MOF’ food philosophy, minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour.

From freshly baked focaccia and antipasto through to seasonal salads and Polpette di Fagioli – vegan bean balls with chickpea and aubergine purée, each picnic serves two, and is priced at £45. Pick-up your ready-made Italian feast in its chic, reusable Carluccio’s cool bag from your local restaurant and, to avoid disappointment on those super sunny days, order in advance.

Why not also add one of the great regional Italian wines on offer, available to pick up from the deli along with your picnic.

Enjoy fresh tastes and good times with Carluccio’s this summer – CIAO!

www.carluccios.com/picnics

Saints & Sinners

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The opulent yet informal Café L’oscar have launched its first Afternoon Tea, offering guests an array of sweet and savoury treats. Following the Saint & Sinner theme of the upstairs cocktail menu at The Baptist Bar, the tea remains in keeping with the quirky and expert food and beverage offerings throughout L’oscar hotel.

To start, guests can enjoy Religieuse buns followed by sandwiches filled with the likes of Devilled chicken and Poached salmon, virgin olive oil and beetroot bread. For the sweet treats, delicacies include Adam and Eve’s pudding, Devil’s food cake and Saint Nectaire and blood orange cheesecake, followed by traditional scones with cream and jam. Guests can choose whether to become a saint or sinner with their crucial drink choice. Saints are offered an extensive tea selection, featuring Jasmine Silver and Wild Rooibos, bringing the price of the tea to £38. Sinners, however, are offered indulgent tea-based cocktails, including Charon au champagne with Rooibos tea infused Ketel one, blood orange and champagne and Eden Pomona with Lemon verbena infused Ketel one, rhubarb and apple juice, plum bitters, bringing the price to £60 including three cocktails.

www.loscar.com

Alcoholic Tea – This Summer’s Latest Drink

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Move over pink gin and Pimm’s, alcoholic teas are here and are set to be the new Summer drinks craze. Served chilled or over ice, the vegan-friendly alcoholic teas from British brand NOVELTEA are summer in a glass, the perfect accompaniment to a backyard barbecue or picnicking in the great outdoors and are the world’s first ready-to-drink alcoholic teas.

Priced at £24.99 and ranging from a quintessentially British combination of Earl Grey and gin, to an exotic pairing of Moroccan green mint tea and white rum, to Chinese Oolong tea and Scotch whisky, NOVELTEA offers a refreshing twist to your afternoon tipple. Tea with spirit.

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