Alcohol-free spirits, turkish feasting, organic clothing and fruit deliveries!

APRIL 2017

As the title of this blog suggests, we’ve got a rather eclectic mix for this week’s Word of Mouth Wednesday. The theme? Urm, there isn’t one really. Instead, I’ve featured a handful of businesses and brands that have crossed my path in the last week. They made it onto my ‘something to share’ list so who better to share with, than you lovely ladies reading this blog. Anyhow, enough chattering on. Let’s begin…

Dressing to impress with ethical children’s wear from Booganic

Last year I bought a dress for my daughter from organic children’s wear company Booganic. I actually bought a size too big (on purpose) and finally she’s grown into it, so it got an outing this weekend. Unusually for my ‘knows her own mind’ toddler she was willing and happy to be wearing the dress…both can be rarities! She loved that the dress is reversible (as do I) giving the choice between a pretty floral pattern or a striking flamingo print. [Pictures at the bottom of the post.] The dress is no longer for sale but if you visit the Booganic website you’ll find their latest beautiful collection of clothing for babies, boys and girls (mostly available in sizes up to 7 years).

If you’ve not heard of them before, Booganic is on a mission to bring you ethical, affordable and organic children’s clothes. Booganic was founded by a St Albans based mother who is passionate about ethically produced clothing that is not only on-trend, but also kind to the skin and to the environment. Booganic offer free of charge delivery within the UK (no minimum spend required). Follow the Booganic Facebook page to see when new clothes are added to the collection and to hear about discount codes. Happy shopping.

Next day fruit delivery from Sparshotts

We get through fruit at some speed in our house. I never seem to order enough when I do my Ocado shop and when I’ve used the likes of Abel & Cole I wasn’t wowed by the amount and selection in their fruit boxes. So, I decided to give local company, Sparshott Fruiterers, a try. Sparshotts is a small, family run business that has been trading since 1935. They deliver fruit and vegetables to restaurants and pubs but in recent years started to offer a delivery service to local homes as well.

On the Sparshotts website you’ll find 4 pre-selected boxes – a fruit box £26, a juicing box £18, a large fruit and vegetable box £27.50, and a smaller version of this for £16. You can also build your own box including fruit, vegetables, herbs, salad, and dairy. There is no contract or need to commit to a weekly box. You just order as and when you wish, and choose delivery on a day that suits you. Order before 8pm and you can usually receive your order the next day (Monday – Friday). Delivery is free for orders over £20.

The produce isn’t organic or locally grown but it is of a high quality and you’re supporting a local business. My box usually arrives about 8am along with a paper print-out of the included items and quantities. Pictures below of the fruit box I received. I like it. It saves me lugging bags of heavy fruit home from the supermarket and the Sparshotts produce has been fresher and tastier than that which I’ve had from my online shop. Check Sparshotts out the next time you need to stock up on your fruit and veg.

Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits

On one of our regular trips to The Hare & Hounds pub, I was discussing my current no drinking status and to my delight I discovered they have Seedlip alcohol-free spirits on their shelves. Created by Ben, the founder of Seedlip, these booze-free tipples are the world’s first copper pot distilled, non-alcoholic spirits.  Sugar and sweetener free with no artificial flavours, Seedlip currently have two spirits on the market:

– Spice 94: described as earthy and woody made with the favours of all spice, cardamom, oak and citrus
– Garden 108: described as herbal and floral using the flavours of peas, hay, spearmint, rosemary and thyme.

Designed to be drunk with tonic, you can pretend you’re having a large G&T or the Seedlip website has some serving suggestions if you want to mix it up and make a mocktail.

As well as being sold at The Hare & Hounds, you’ll find it across London – there’s a list of stockists on the Seedlip website or you can buy it from them direct. It’s not cheap though at £27.99 a bottle, you’d think it had alcohol in for that price so maybe just one for a gift or special occasion.

Turkish delights at Tabure

A few days ago I met a friend for dinner at Tabure. I’ve been a few times now and always enjoy it. Run by a talented husband and wife team, Tabure serves modern Turkish cuisine in a small plate sharing style. The main menu is divided into meze, fish, meat and vegetable dishes with the idea being you order 2-3 per person and then share them around the table. Don’t forget to leave some room for dessert too. On Sundays from midday they offer a special Turkish feast menu priced at 2 courses for £23 or 3 courses for £27. There’s a cocktail list and wines can be ordered in 125/250/500mls as well as by the bottle.

You’ll find a mix of both groups and couples soaking up the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Service is good; attentive without being overbearing. They’ll also tell you if they think you’re ordering too much food. Add it to your list if you haven’t made it there yet. You’ll need to reserve a table though as it gets booked up quickly. The good news is if you can’t get a table at the St Albans restaurant, you can soon try their new Berkhamsted branch which is due to open in May. Follow the Tabure Facebook page to keep up to date with its progress.

That’s it for today.

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