Whether you're buying for a friend, family member or yourself - these are this year's best Christmas 2018 hampers.
For some, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a glass of bubbly, and with prosecco being many people’s tipple of choice, it was only a matter of time until major retailers cottoned on. Now, Aldi has done just that by launching a six-litre bottle of prosecco, which is the equivalent to eight regular-sized bottles. The bottle, named Methuselah of Giotti Spumante Prosecco, costs £79.99, which works out as £1.66 per glass.
Ever wondered why Christmas pudding is known as plum pudding, despite its lack of plums? The cider and sherry keeps things on the stronger side – all the better for it, in our opinion, but one to avoid if you wince at too much liquor.
While quitting smoking and regularly exercising is sensible advice to reduce your risk of cancer, the NHS also advises eating a vegetable-rich diet to safeguard your health. Fibre is not only important for regular bowel movements, but it can also improve cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels and can help to prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer. Not only is fibre handy for digestive issues, it can also help you to feel fuller for longer, curbing the cravings for seconds or thirds of Christmas pudding, if you’re trying watch your waistline.
Being a vegan might mean going dairy-free, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on cheese. Whether you're looking for options made from soya, nut or coconut, there are more options than ever before, with some created for Christmas. While hard vegan cheeses have been on the market for years, a truly indulgent cream cheese has been tougher for crafters to handle.
Researchers, who conducted a study for private jet charter company Stratos Jets, which was seen by The Sun, interviewed 119 flight attendants to find out some of the worst things they’ve done while on a duty on a plane. Interestingly, over 35% of cabin crew admitted that they had watered down passengers’ drinks. 74.8% of flight attendants also revealed that they had refused service to an intoxicated passenger on a flight.
If you aren’t a whisky enthusiast, you could be forgiven for thinking that whisky glasses don't matter. One of the most prevalent and respected glasses in the world of whisky is the Glencairn. Designed to maximise the reception of smell and taste while being comfortable to handle, this mouth blown crystal glass provides unparalleled value for money.
Science tells us the goal, not just for digestive health but our overall physical and mental health, is an abundant and diverse microbiome – a gut filled with a large number and variety of ‘friendly bacteria’. How best to achieve it? ‘Avoid processed and sugary foods and eat a diverse, whole-food diet, rich in plant foods to feed those microbes,’ says Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat (W&N, £8.99). While it might be tempting to look at the amount and variety of bacteria each claim to contain, Professor Spector stresses this isn’t always key. ‘Just look for billions rather than millions of colony-forming units (CFUs) on the label, to maximise the amount that makes it to the gut,’ he suggests.
Real ale organisation CAMRA runs a prestigious Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition so we asked Nick Boley, CAMRA’s National Director responsible for running the award, what defines the category: “Winter beers are much better suited to a colder climate. Much darker in colour, ranging from a deep amber to a rich black, winter beers will have a distinctively festival flavourings, including notes of dark fruit, roasted barley, chocolate, coffee and bitter hops.
Standard mint tea just doesn’t cut out, while rosehip, orange blossom and fairy dust, say, just doesn’t sound like something you’d want to drink. It was a close call between Niche’s Sleep and T2’s Spiced Apple Chai tea, although the former won us over in the end.