We love it. Have done for a couple of years. Why? Think how different cask-conditioned ale tastes to canned lager, freshly squeezed orange juice to juice from a carton and freshly brewed coffee to Nescafé. Need we say more? Fiona B even has a natural wine blog now.
Desserts at Heston’s Dinner
We (rarely, for us) argue about this. Fiona S prefers the Tipsy Cake with spit-roast pineapple, Fiona B, the rose and fennel-spiked Taffety Tart. Neither may have a buttery biscuit base (in-joke for fellow Masterchef fans) but we think they're the best.
A Fiona B obsession rather than a Fiona S one. She loves the spontaneity of them - meeting new people but not in a tedious dinner party-ish way. Her current favourites are Bristol-based Montpelier Basement and James Ramsden’s The Secret Larder.
The Fiat 500
It’s our ultimate car - small, economical and sexy. Even if we had many more thousands to spend, we would choose one of these - in grey, with off-white leather seats and a fold-down roof. Gorg.
Cauliflower and Squid at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social
Even if we go to a restaurant separately we order the same thing. Jason Atherton’s strikingly dramatic black and white starter turns squid into risotto. And who knew cauliflower could taste as good as this?
We know we should make it ourselves but when you have such good bread on the doorstop - in Fiona S’s case from the Bembridge Bakery, in Fiona B’s from Bertinet Kitchen and Hart’s Bakery in Bristol, why would you bother? And it makes the best toast.
Fizzy red wine
Not sparkling shiraz but bone dry, bitter cherry red Lambrusco or red Vinho Verde served almost as cold as a beer. Our new favourite summer tipple.
Life Fitness cross trainer
Fiona S is a bit obsessed. She hates gyms with a passion but needs to pound on an elliptical trainer most days to make room for more food – a strategically placed telly is the key.
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