Whether you're Oxford or Cambridge, white or dark chocolate, or flowers or champagne (always both), you're sure to find something on the Utterly Inessential Shopping List to make you with you were a millionaire. Not that you'd need us for that...
Which blue are you?
The Official Boot Partner of The Boat Race 2019 is an impressive title and Aigle is an impressive brand. No, you may not be in the Blues boat, but you can certainly fill their boots with your own feet should you wish to.
Top tip: if you don’t have any loyalties (you lucky few) choose your favourite colour.
The thing is, when you leave things to the last minute (especially things which involve the woman who gave you life) you don’t really have the luxury to choose your budget. Your penance is this: an extravagant bouquet that you may have been able to grow and pick yourself if you’d forward-planned and not forgotten about Mother’s Day until this very moment. Add the optional bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, you know she deserves it.
Summer body beware
Not quite into summer but firmly out of winter, those still keeping up their New Years Resolutions are dwindling before the rush to get fit for summer sets in once more. If you’re looking for a tempting last meal, look no further than pink gin truffles, the only flavour which could ever make me turn away from my beloved salted caramel. Fear not; they’re in there too.
Just roll with it
This garden seat, created by 4th generation master craftsman Leo Healy (based in Co. Limerick), bowled me away. Is is essential? No. Is it incredible? Without a doubt.
Harry’s Happy Hour
This week, our wine man with a plan is championing sustainable grapes from Bordeaux. Encouraged by a recent visit to the region that ‘more sustainable practices (abandonment of herbicides, reduction of chemical spraying, apart from copper sulphate) are moving from the fringes into the mainstream’ Harry recommends this ‘underrated’ vintage farmed sustainably in healthier soil to taste ‘fresher and livelier’.
If you purchased our entire shopping list this week you would have spent £3,230.73 and now really, you don’t need two pairs of Boat Race wellies. My address is on the website.