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A letter to Santa!

Nov 10

It’s nearly Christmas, and Royal Mail want to make sure that your letter to Santa Claus gets to him. Father Christmas himself has written to them personally he’s as excited about Christmas as we are! Please remember, as Santa says: get your letter posted by Friday 8 December.

Dear boys and girls,

Christmas is a very exciting but busy time for me: the elves are making toys, the reindeer are practising their sleigh runs, and I’m busy preparing my list of who’s been good this year.

I need to let the elves know what to make so to

Moz the Monster

John Lewis Christmas Advert

Nov 10

John Lewis’ Christmas adverts have become the annual media moment of the festive seasons, and this year is no exception – meet Moz the Monster….

“Joe befriends a noisy Monster – Moz – under his bed but the two have so much fun together that he can’t get to sleep, leaving him tired by day. For Christmas Joe receives a gift to help him finally get a good night’s sleep.”

John Lewis

Over the past decade the iconic store have given us  Monty the Penguin, the 

Christmas Day Santa

November 9th – Cardiff’s Christmas Kick Off

Nov 09

Christmas 2017

With the nights drawing in and the chill in the air, many of us may have been aware that Christmas is just around the corner however as of today Cardiff announces Christmas is here!

If you take a trip to the city centre today, you’ll find the festivities in full swing.

Christmas Visit Santa with his beautiful Cairngorm Reindeer as they rest in their pen on the bottom of St Mary Street for</a></p>
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Cocktails at Christmas

Christmas Party Cocktails & Canapés – Part One

Oct 26

Christmas Party Cocktails & Canapés

Although Christmas dinner is considered the main event, it often compromises most of your time. Whilst you’re slaving away at the stove, the sound of merrymaking can be made out amidst the clatter and chaos of the kitchen. Although these are the sounds that should fill the house at Christmas, you can’t

Mojito by Rey del Mojiito, Raimon Social Club Barcelona
Mojito by Rey del Mojiito, Raimon Social Club Barcelona
help but feel a flush of envy

Christmas Gifts

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.

Oct 13

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” —Pierre Corneille Christmas is a special time, a time when gifts are at the top of our priority lists and imagination is at its peak – so just how beneficial is gift giving during the festive period, both for you and the recipient? Is it always important to give? The answer must be yes, particularly when you take the time and trouble to buy special and thoughtful surprises for friends, family and colleagues alike. Whilst it feels good to be on the receiving end, there’s a fantastic feeling of self-gratification when

Brussel Sprouts

Christmas Dinners that we’ve grown to love…

Oct 11

One phenomenon of the Christmas dinner (besides the pig in blanket) is its capability to change depending on whose hands it’s crafted in. Despite being constructed of the same components, somehow each home holds its own flavour – from the attributes of the gravy to the adornments on the Brussel sprouts. Crisp and fluffy roast potatoes, sausage meat stuffing and sharp cranberry sauce, it’s all the same – is it not? And although home cooks may share their culinary secrets, these are ideas merely borrowed, never replicated, making each Christmas dinner unique.

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Christmas at Mocka

What makes a ‘jolly holiday’?

Oct 04

Excluding the Scrooges among us, it’s known as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ and with Christmas fast approaching many of us will have begun strategising how to spend the festive season. Undoubtedly it can also be the most stressful time of the year – from decking the halls to finding the perfect present, cultivating a Christmas is enough to make the best of us crack! So this year, ensure you take some time for yourself to enjoy the festive season. No matter how your Christmas countdown concludes, we’ve an array of ideas to ensure Christmas in Cardiff 2017

Panettone at Porro Cardiff

Has the Christmas cake fallen out of fashion?

Sep 26

With three months to go….

the Christmas connoisseurs among us will know in order to be perfectly prepared for Christmas, now is the time to get planning. With your sloe berries a’brewing next on the list is the classic Christmas cake. This traditional treat requires a frequent tipple, commanding constant care on the run up to Christmas – however this effort doesn’t quite equate for the inevitable waste come the end of December. It would seem that the Christmas cake has fallen out of fashion as its Italian counterpart Panettone is taking centre stage. To get a piece of the

Gin Range at the Potted Pig

Secrets of Sloe Gin from the depths of The Potted Pig

Sep 19

a Guide from The Potted Pig

Sloe Gin Start with slow berries on a blackthorn bush
Sloe gin is made from ripe sloes, which are traditionally picked after the first frost of winter (late October to early November in the northern hemisphere). Each sloe is pricked, traditionally with a thorn taken from the blackthorn bush on which they grow.
Ruby in colour and ripe cherries on the nose, with warm blackberries and heavy rose on the palate –finishing with rich lychee, leaving you with a lingering balance of

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