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Garangers Restaurant Bar, London 14/10/2004

Garangers - A great place to eat

Garangers Restaurant Bar, London Well one word for this restaurant - fantastic! I took my girlfriend here after reading after a recommendation from a friend and I have to say I was not dissappointed. As soon as we walked in the door the atmosphere was cool and relaxed and we were greeted immediately by friendly staff and, even though I missed my booking, we were quickly seated in comfortable leather chairs by the window. The restaurant manages to feel classy but at the same time not at all pretentious, quite an achievement I think. We both had the crispy medditeranean tart with grilled vegetables to start. The vegetables themselves were perfectly cooked and melted in the mouth, however the pastry base did seem to be a little over done, which was a shame because it was coated in delicious caramelised onions which would have worked very well. For main I had the tuna steak and my girlfriend the lamb shank. The tuna was absolutely to die for as were the roasted peppers and onions that sat very well presented next to it. The lamb was also enjoyed, but the highlight was the rissotto in which it lay... buttery, light and delicately flavoured. The portions did not look particularly large, but I think that the large modern looking plates were the reason for this because I was so full I could not eat a dessert!!! An overall excellent experience with great food, excellent and attentive service and a brilliant atmosphere (even though it was quite quiet for a Friday night). The bill came to a ...

Blossom Hill Red 05/09/2004

Blossom Hill - Soft Fruity Red

Blossom Hill Red Now I'm no wine buff, so this review will be a simple, honest and to the point review of this wicked wine! I only started enjoying red wine over the past 6 months and have been on a quest to find one that did not a) make my head explode and b) give me a hangover from hell. One day browsing the ample wine shelves of Tesco I spotted this little gem. The description on the front is nice and straight forward (Soft Fruity California Red Wine) and hints towards what you can expect inside. The overview on the back label by a Blossom Hill winemaker is great too and doesn't reek of pretensious 'wine expert' babble. It reads: "Blossom Hill Red is soft and mellow with red berry fruit aromas" I snapped it up for a mere £3.49, along with a couple of other bottles that turned out to be so revolting I won't mention them! Upon opening I was pleased to see a REAL CORK!! So many wines have those horrible plastic / rubber stoppers which, while I'm sure don't detract from the taste, take away the quality feel of a wine. The red berry aroma, that I had read and salivated about only half an hour before hand, hit me the moment I popped the cork - it was great to get a fruity aroma rather than one of spicy malt vinegar! I poured myself a large glass and prepared myself for a great taste experience - and I wasn't dissapointed. The wine has a rich red appearance, lighter than many other reds I have tried. The first taste was fabulous; luscious, juicy raspberry, blackcurrant and ...

Flymo EHT 420 05/09/2004

Flymo EHT420

Flymo EHT 420 I recently purchased this product and thus far have been very impressed with its performance. The EHT 420 has the following key features: - 42cm blade length - 400 watt motor - 16mm cutting thickness This Flymo product comes in the trademark bright orange colour and has a nice ergonomic design, comfortable to hold and use. Price wise (£32) this product is mid-range but has the feel of a more expensive trimmer. Starting out was easy - an easy-to-understand instruction and safety guide, and a simple to fit 'click-in' safety guard to protect your eyes from flying debris. The cable on this model is massive! People with a small garden probably won't need an extension lead at all. As with most trimmers the Flymo requires two levers to be squeezed in order to activate the blades, this being for safety. The top lever on the HT420 is the only thing that lets this product down - it feels slightly poor quality (creaky) and feels like it could be broken if mistakedly grasped instead of the handle. Upon first use I was very impressed at the low vibration of this trimmer, I have used products in the past which have left my hands numb. The blade length is ideal for medium / large sized hedges and bushes. The best thing though is the 16mm cutting blades; they sliced through thick and tough branches with ease and left a nice neat finish. All in all this is a very good quality product and I don't think a better machine is avalable for the money. It is widely ...
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