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This entry was posted on 1st February 2011 by stuart.
Yesterday, I found myself staring out of the train with my nose pressed to the window like a small child. I was enjoying the countryside whistling by and seeing the green fields give way to the urban sprawl on the way up to Waterloo. The novelty was not in the trip itself as I often use the train from Micheldever Station as no-one in their right mind would drive into London but typically I either go up in the dark evenings for social reasons or the dark mornings for business purposes. It seemed like an age since I had seen the world in daylight. The reason that I was on a strange timetable was that I was going for lunch. Not a stuffy boring business lunch but a full blown, indulgent, extravagant lunch. Regular readers of the Blog will know that while my culinary portfolio is as broad as a scavenging vulture, I am pre-disposed with a love of the two elements vital to the continuation of life itself, namely Rioja and Cheese. For Christmas, Bethan had treated me to a seat at the “Spanish Carnival” table laid on by Berry Brothers & Rudd of St James, London. This my friends was as close to heaven as I wish to get – well at least for a good few years. I was as happy as a pig in sugar!
We were welcomed by a choice of Spanish Sherry or for the less refined French Champagne. I easily slipped into the less refined category on every level. My glass was endlessly filled as we waited to be called to the long thin table in the Berry Brothers cellar. When the masses had gathered we sloshed forward and took our appointed seats, in front of each was no fewer than six glasses. Things were looking rosy, not Rosé, but very rosy.
Our host invited us to try the first two whites which were to accompany our starter of chilli-fried prawns. They were a fabulous, full-flavoured white Rioja and a more delicate Albarino. Both were utterly divine with the Rioja just edging it for me.
Our main course of a selection of pork belly dishes had two magnificent reds for us to compare and contrast and the whole occasion was topped off with a final magnificent Spanish red to ease the passage of a cheese board the size of Thor Heyerdahl’s ocean going raft.
Now, I am not by nature a spiteful chap and I have not bashed away at the keyboard to conjure envy or promote Berry Brothers, there is a purpose to my saliva inducing diatribe. The Spanish Carnival was an opportunity to try some beautiful produce and while there was no hard sell, it was undoubtedly geared to imbibe great satisfaction and promote a subsequent purchase. Those good folk at Berry Brothers have a sales agenda woven through their hospitality. This was trying with style!
Trying is critical to our philosophy at HearingDirect. We may not achieve quite the Trying With Style of Berry Brothers but our aim is to allow people to Try Without Risk. Our Free Delivery and 100% Money Back Guarantee has now enabled our customers to try a variety of our products without risk and due to our online nature, it’s all completely free of the hard sell that some of the high street hearing aid retailers specialise in. So if you wish to try an an amplified telephone which is as loud as a road drill or an extra loud volume alarm clock so you always wake up on time or any of our Hearing Aids, we may not be quite the lip-smacking enjoyment of a Spanish Carnival but we will do our best.
This entry was posted in Opinion on 1st February 2011 by stuart.
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