Food review: Tandem Bakery, Hereford.

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Located on the high-street this newly opened café is a real treat! There was freshly baked brownies and coffee cake slices being topped up and a connoisseur array of coffee’s to chose from. Their hot chocolate’s are divine with a distinct flavour. Baguette’s (white or granary) richly filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber; and uniquely flavoured side salads with a Moroccan twist depending what day of the week you pop. All in all highly recommended and a wonderful addition to Hereford’s high-street. Though I do hope in the winter months they enable the option of toasted Panini’s!

Tandem Bakery opened Tuesday 1st September and I visited it for the first time Thursday 3rd for a celebratory lunch because that was the publication date of my latest well-being guide: “How to cure Eczema naturally.”

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Food review: “Superb Salted Peanut Caramel” by The Grown Up Company

There was a display at WHSmith for this new company’s sweet bars. Anything with salted caramel is an immediate grab and buy scenario. This 70g (x2 35g bars) is £1.99. It sells itself as: “Sumptuous salted caramel enveloping a row of peanuts on a bed of peanut praline encased in luxury milk chocolate.”

The taste? No salted caramel flavour and not particularly nutty. In some ways it is an overpriced handmade British feeble version of Reese’s pieces without the punch.

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When a business or brand’s image is predictable and you can simulate in your mind how they drafted their ideas for branding you expect the flavour to be as stated. Why else go out of your way with describing the product as (see quote above on “sumptuous…enveloping a row…” The packaging is trying too hard when they should have tried harder on flavour quality. Merely sweet milk chocolate with a slight nutty caramel taste. Not the decadent and irresistible blend of salted caramel and peanuts. It’s Business ABC’s: improve product, not shelf space.c1 c2

4/10

Food Review: After Dark Gü-Zillionaires’puds.

JpegJpegI have tried Gü’s other cheesecakes in the past so was naturally eager to try this zillionaire one. This time it was on offer 1/3 off at Waitrose at £2. There was salted caramel, mascarpone and ganache. It was yummy but the most dissatisfying layer was the biscuit at the bottom. It was just crumbly biscuit as separated as dry sand rather than the damp sand texture expected of a cheesecake. This was unsatisfying to spoon into because it was all cream cheese and treacle with no crunchy base to boot. Sweet and yummy? Yes. Indulgent, satisfying and rich. No! The inconsistent crumbly biscuit layer denies you of that plunging creamy ‘n’ crunchy togetherness. The verdict: 4/10.

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Chocolate Review: Cadbury’s Top Deck Dairy Milk.

JpegI had to travel all the way into Wales to buy this South African chocolate! The Cadbury’s Top Deck bar is 80gs of a delightful mix of Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate with irresistible white chocolate. A heavenly mix!

Why South Africa you may be wandering? Well it appears this particular bar is produced by Mondelez in South Africa. Although when I was a child these bars were readily available in the UK-my local post office would sell it and I loved it back then. I don’t know what happened but all of sudden it was no where to be seen and it wasn’t until as an adult now I encountered it in the Delicatessen “Wally’s” in Cardiff.

It appears very hard to get but sooo worth it! I have not bought online via amazon though I may need to when I next get a craving for it.

Noticeably this particualr Cadbury’s bar lacks that melt in the mouth quality to UK produced chocolate. There is none of that horrid waxy and artifical texture and flavour of American chcolate like Hershey’s-yuck! Instead it is slower to melt yet creamy and less of that distinct Cadbury’s milk choclate flavour, it does not lean toward being too white chocolatey nor milk chocolate based instead a scrumptious sweetness  that you must indulge your tastebuds in. It is £2.25 per 80g at Wally’s Delicatessen in Cardiff.

I absolutely love Top Deck and always want more so 10/10!