February 2017 marks the sixth anniversary of my eating adventures and, as ever, I'm excited about what the coming months will bring for us foodies! In case this is your first visit (if not, welcome back), I'm a 30-something female with a very healthy appetite!...I promise to share with you my experience of each restaurant, café or bar in which I set foot...so, let's go out!


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks

Having recently returned from the other side of the pond, I thought I’d share my view on the latest craze which has divided a nation typically recognised by their outlandish behaviours and above average consumption of sugar….Behold, the super magical, limited edition Unicorn Frappuccino in all its calorific glory!

OK so first a disclaimer – this drink is not available in the UK so if the report that follows will cause an inexplicable yearning for this sweet, creamy, neon-coloured beverage (come on…just admit you’re curious) power-down your device now!

Making its debut in Starbucks* across the US, Canada and Mexico on Wednesday 19 April (and sampled by yours truly that very morning), the Unicorn Frappuccino is marketed only to those who believe…And, as an advocator of all things pink, sparkly, cutesy and kitsch, I figured that (as my mum would so eloquently put it), I’d be in there like swimwear! My Starbucks of choice was situated in the heart of Whistler Village, BC and I couldn’t help but notice how the genuine warmth of the server taking my order cooled ever so slightly upon hearing what I’d opted to indulge in for breakfast! In fact, I almost detected a grimace when I asked if all staff were obligated to try the beverage before unleashing it upon the general public – which they were apparently! That said, my order was prepped and served with a smile in the blink of an eye; the girl responsible for its assembly wryly suggesting that no unicorns had been harmed in its creation– phew, they're very rare you know?!

So what does it taste like and does the flavour magically transform as advertised? Well yes actually! What starts as super-sweet and fruity – think mangoes and gummy bears – ends up tart and almost fizzy – not too dissimilar from the Refreshers you probably had as a kid! (Oh, or Fruit Tart candies if you’re not a Brit…) I actually enjoyed the flavour but as I can’t handle full-fat milk, it was just too creamy. I opted for whip due to aesthetic purposes, plus I assumed (rather naively) that sharing a tall-sized Unicorn Frapp with a friend couldn’t possibly be that heavy…I was wrong! If I had ordered a second (in a moment of madness), I would have asked for a non-fat version, minus the whip – which to be fair, really seems to take all the fun out of it! 

I didn’t detect any colour-changing action; which is also supposed to be part of the drink’s transformation process. Though, I'd suggest that this wasn't necessarily to its detriment given that the psychedelic pink and blue swirls that come into view with every sip is novelty enough in my humble opinion!
But first...Let me take a selfie!
All in all, I believe that this new-found-Frapp is a triumph for Starbucks. Sure, there are haters and I'm sure that the gym-bods of the world were horrified to learn that it can contain as much sugar as three whole Snickers bars! That said, there is no denying that visually, the Unicorn Frappuccino has the wow-factor and that its marketing campaign has been unfathomably reinforced with the unmentionable amount of selfies taken by those desperate to capture that first sickly sip! I jest, the taste was far from unpleasant and had it been less creamy, I would have been able to finish it – which is more than can be said for some people as per the photographic evidence below. Sorry Tate – maybe stick to your Venti Americanos hey?!     
Was it a Yay or a Neighhh for you?!
References:
*https://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages/
The Unicorn Frappuccino is available for a limited time only (while stocks last apparently) so go go go if you want in on the magic! 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Lovett Pies, Cargo 1

The 6th - 12th March marks that lesser known tradition of British Pie Week and it was therefore particularly fitting that I spent last Friday evening with my sleeves rolled up in readiness to get down and dirty at the small yet perfectly formed Lovett Pies container, located at Cargo 1...What I found was comfort food at its finest; served with a smile and for not a lot of dollar. Read on to find out more...

Date and Time: Friday 10 March 2017, 18:30
Name of Establishment: Lovett Pies*
Location: Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf
Reason for Visit: Comfort Food on a budget

What do you do when you're short of cash but in the mood for a right old nosh up? You scour the content of your Wriggle* App of course! This is exactly what my friend and I did on the verge of last weekend's merriment; in order to line our stomachs for the drinks that would inevitably follow. We found that for just under £6, Lovett Pies were offering one of their tasty creations in addition to two sides, gravy or sauce and an optional topping of bacon bits (a meal deal usually priced at £8.50)...we were opting in! Luckily, it wasn't too busy as there is limited seating in this intimately-spaced shipping container...we're talking two tables-for-two and a couple of stools poised alongside a makeshift bar. In light of this, I’d suggest that although the decor may be seen as minimal, (think exposed light bulbs, distressed wood and a neutral colour-scheme), the ambiance sparkles. My dining companion and I were really impressed with the super-friendly server who had been left to run the show - her smiley nature and 'here to help' attitude made for a really warm welcome. Whilst on the subject of warmth, the container itself was an absolute sweat-fest! We had to prop open the door to save ourselves - as well as anyone else in the vicinity - from melting.

The pie selection process was the most difficult aspect of our visit as there are a number on offer - both to eat-in or takeaway. In short, I would have settled for any of the fillings but finally decided to embark on a veggie-friendly foray of sweet potato which had been combined with goats’ cheese, butternut squash, spinach and plum chutney - what a mouthful...and it really was! All the flavours came through deliciously and the sweetness of the chutney offset the twang of the goats’ cheese to perfection. I think adding a side of roasted root vegetables was a rookie error however as, despite tasting great, it doubled the fun in terms of my intake of butternut squash and I found myself getting full very quickly! That said, the second side of bubble n' squeak - which was well seasoned and generously portioned (with an ice cream scoop no less) - was just too good to leave alone and I'm proud to confirm that I saw it through to the bitter end!

My dining companion opted for the seasonal special which constituted an ensemble of venison, smoked bacon and porcini mushrooms. It's fair to say that this was well-received as were the minted mushy peas and the aforementioned 'bubble' (as it's affectionately referred to) that she chose as sides. Generally, we were unanimous in our praise for the pastry which was crisp and well-executed and the gravy; which was of an adequate consistency and applied using the tried and tested method of; ‘say when’…No unsightly sogginess here, thank you! Pies are branded with letters - stencilled in poppy seeds which correspond to what lies within - I enjoyed the novelty that mine sported an 'S' which doubles up as my initial...simple things hey!

Overall, this an establishment that focuses on what it does best. There are no desserts to speak of and the drink menu is ‘soft’, (though lovingly sourced). As a result, you receive top quality fare that has been crafted using top quality ingredients. Furthermore, I enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere that resonates within the Lovett Pies container nearly as much as I enjoyed the food itself. Dining-in really feels like you've popped 'round a friend's house for dins and a natter and although I'm sure that this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, it certainly kept a smile on my face! Incidentally, there is a similar experience to be had a couple of doors up at Corks of Cargo*; where I would fully recommend that you head to in order to follow up your pie with a glass of wine. This is without doubt the best option if, like yours truly, you like to eat and drink...to be merry!

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pinkman's Bakery - Park Street, Bristol

Starting a shiny new job within spitting distance of Bristol's Clifton Triangle has, without doubt, brought about a newfound appreciation of my lunch hour...not to mention the abundance of breakfast breaks and after-work snacks that I've been enjoying on account of the multitude of eateries so suddenly at my disposal. However, it seems that the jewel in the area's somewhat encrusted crown is the multi-foodie-functional 'dough-to' that is Pinkman's Bakery. Offering an array of appropriate edibles by day and wood-fired pizza and cocktail combos by night, this is an establishment that's big on quality bakes and smiley service; adhering to an ethos to ‘embrace the connections between the old and the new’ and thus, an attitude that keeps an eye on the past and an eye to the future. This means that ingredients are carefully sourced in order to craft products with passion and skill. An ambitious aim you might say...But wowee, does Pinkman’s deliver…!

Date and Time: March 2017 (to encapsulate visits past and the inevitable visits to come)
Name of Establishment: Pinkman’s Bakery*
Location: 85 Park Street, Bristol
Reason for Visit: To feed my illustrious addiction to carbs

You know that age-old adage of being as happy as a child in a sweet shop? Well, that was most certainly the sentiment that sprung to mind upon stepping into Pinkman’s for the very first time. Now, I want you to imagine a wide, wooden countertop adorned with row upon row of beautifully arranged bakes; tarts dusted with icing sugar, doughnuts oozing cream and cakes that glisten under spotlights that illuminate an army of showstoppers that would silence Paul Hollywood...well, probably! Add to this; plump buns, filled rolls, crusty flutes studded with hazelnuts and flaky pastries and you’d be close to the dazzling snapshot that I first indulged in on that day. As you stand in line, mid gaze and contemplating where on earth to start, the buttery scent of baking hits you which, coupled with the warm, breezy reception from the oh-so friendly workforce, really makes for a treat to the senses. I also love that the kitchen is open-plan so that you can sit, pretty much amidst the consistent hive of activity; particularly if, like me, you arrive for when the doors open at 7:30am as everything is freshly baked onsite for the day ahead.
Given the frequency of my visits, it would difficult to big-up everything that I’ve sampled to date. To that end, I will talk you through my top two choosings; the cinnamon pastry twist and Pinkman’s signature bake; the sour-dough-nut. The first are distributed like bon-bons from large glass bowls next to the till points but they certainly should not be considered an afterthought. Proving simple yet perfectly executed, the pastry is crisp and flavoursome but not overwhelmingly so which allows the spice of the cinnamon to warm the palate. The second is an absolute must and besides the fact that the overall composition is everything you’d want from a doughnut (and more), the flavours of the fillings - which change regularly - are deliciously on point. If you get the chance, bag yourself either the honeycomb or the mocha but quite frankly, pick a filling that you don’t mind licking from your hands and your face as this is not to be consumed in a ladylike manner...Oh yes, you’re going to get in a right old pickle...you might as well embrace it! There are, of course, healthier options available and the toasty granola that you can add to a self-assembled breakfast bowl is next to try on my list. I also have on good authority that the baked meatballs (available for lunch, dinner or as a pizza topping) are not to be missed; described by a pal as juicy and well-seasoned. Even the toast - priced at £2.50 for three doorstop-sized slices - is absolutely yum. Consequently, I think it’s fair to say that whatever you opt for, you’re on to a winner.
This flute is a beaut
Owing to my coffee habit, I have sampled both the flat white (on many an occasion I might add) and the espresso martini; the latter a snip at only £5. Coffee is sourced from the freehand roasters in Cornwall which makes for a smooth yet rich-tasting brew. If you’re a tea fiend like my beloved, you’ll be interested to know that it derives from Bristol’s Canton Tea Company; another enterprise with a whole lot of heart. What’s more, there are a range of juices and homemade drinks (such as lemonade and iced tea) on offer as well as an ample selection of alcoholic tipples to wash down your pizza - and at prices which won’t break the bank which is arguably rather unusual for this neck of the woods.
Overall, you really can’t beat the community feel that Pinkman’s Bakery has achieved. With ingredients sourced from some of Bristol’s best-loved businesses and the cheerful manner in which you’re greeted and looked after during your visit, you can’t help but harbour a soft spot for this hybrid of traditional baking and contemporary shine. I’m referring to the concept of classic bakes with a twist, influences, (both culinary and cultural) from around the world and the originality required to set Pinkman’s aside from its peers. I now have two favourite bakeries in Bristol….and one of them is Pinkman’s.

References:

Pinkman’s Bakery is open for breakfast from 7:30am - Midday (Monday to Friday and  until 14:00 on weekends). The full menu (including pizza) is available daily from Midday.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Veeno, Bristol

Hold the phone lunchtime lushes and aprés-office party people, I have a newfound fave that offers the best in that winning combination of meat, cheese and wine. It's not a coincidence that I've visited Bristol's branch of Veeno* three times in the space of a week (yes, really) so I think it's high time I shared the reasons for this dedication/obsession (delete as you see fit)....

Date and Time: Erm, shall we just say February 2017?!
Name of Establishment: Veeno
Location: 1 Glass Wharf, Temple Way
Reason for Visit: In no particular order...Meat, cheese and wine!

‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways’…Or, here is my comprehensive list which details Veeno’s most attractive attributes. Enjoy…

- It’s suitably located for the worker bees inhabiting the offices that adorn Temple Quay and thus, Veeno is an ample go-to for a spot of luncheon, a client meeting (if that’s your bag) or after-work drinky-poos - the latter suitably enhanced by the hours of Aperitivo (or, ‘Aperiveeno’ if you will) which means that complimentary nibbles are brought to your table with any drink purchased between 17:00 and 20:00.

- Veeno serves Sicilian wines from the founders' family’s vineyard which dates back four generations. This, along with authentic Italian Spuntini – or, little snacks and appetisers to enhance your tipple – means that the quality of the ingredients is quite simply cracking. To that end, try the Gorgonzola with a touch of the truffle honey and the Salame di Cervo (super tasty air-dried venison) with a glass of the Giumara, Nero d’Avola. So.Good!

- A selection of the restaurant’s most-popular wines and products are available to purchase to take-away. You can also order via Deliveroo* (so I’m told…hurry up and service North Bristol for pity's sake!) or from Veeno’s online store; meaning that you can feed and water yourself from the comfort of your own home. Just don't mention the 'Skinny Prosecco' which is seemingly the most recent string to this venue’s bow and in my opinion, rather too gimmicky to establish itself alongside the finer wines on offer. It may well taste fantastic – containing less residual sugar will ultimately create a drier, perhaps crisper finish - but the cringeworthy name just has to go!

- The lunchtime deal whereby any standard Panini is accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine (or soft drink for the faint-hearted) is an absolute bargain. I mean, a humble fiver for a generously portioned ensemble of Nduja (spicy, spreadable sausage), mozzarella and sundried tomato paté sandwiched within a crisp Piadina, swilled down with the house rosé – a rich, fruity Syrah – is unquestionably a no brainer!

- The service is spot on. You know that fine balance between remaining attentive and becoming invasive? Veeno have it just right. This makes for a comfortable atmosphere; even if you happen to be sitting on your own…I was waiting for a friend, honestly!

- Veeno offer wine tasting sessions for not a lot of dollar. Wine flights start from £10 per person and the classic tasting (priced at just under £20) is made up of six wines which are paired with Spuntini; the sixth a dessert wine to accompany a portion of homemade Tiramisu! You can purchase gift cards too which arguably constitutes the perfect pressie…Hey, isn’t Mother’s Day coming up? (Sorry to ruin the surprise Mama Ros…) Furthermore, sign up to receive news and information as part of the ‘Veeno Club’ and you receive a complimentary tasting on your birthday – I don’t think I’ve ever filled in an online form so quickly!

- The menu is informative and the staff knowledgeable which means that you can be guided towards your perfect combination of meat and cheese, plus, the ideal wine or wines to pair with your spoils. Tasting notes for pretty much everything on the menu really aids the selection process without having to bother the staff with a million and one questions.

- I haven’t got as far as the wine cocktails yet but the Veenopolitan is at the top of my list for the next time I visit (which, let’s face it, will probably be within the next few days!) It mixes that aforementioned house rosé with vodka, peach juice and fresh strawberries – a combination which could fool you into thinking that it’s summer...well, maybe! I’m aware that this isn’t exactly a reason but a menu that includes original cocktails – along with a handful of my absolute faves (yes, Espresso Martini) – is surely a win. 

- Finally, presentation – they say that you taste with your eyes prior to taking the first mouthful and…well…just look at this...

Need I say more...?

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

PIGSTY, Cargo at Wapping Wharf

Cargo at Wapping Wharf* is arguably the city's most exciting new development and as such, I couldn't wait to explore what each converted shipping container had to offer...Starting with a carnivorous luncheon at the novelly-named PIGSTY*. Now, Bristol's burger scene is undoubtedly next-level and thus, there was a high expectation that this newcomer would meet the bar set by its well-established, bap-happy counterparts. However, what we found was a mixed trough of faultless flavour versus questionable service and value for money. Read on to learn more...

Date and time: 11 February 2017, 14:00 approx.
Name of Establishment: PIGSTY
Location: Units 1&2, Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf
Reason for Visit: A late-lunch pig-out!

It was a good day when the three brothers that founded The Jolly Hog brought a restaurant to our fair city that would specialise in all things porky and I figured that it would be an even better day when I'd get to sample its wares. And so, hungrily stepping into the quirky container and shown to the only free table within the suitably intimate space, it wasn't long before silence descended upon our party of four as menus were unfolded and scrutinised. Now, to get the low point of our experience out of the way, I have to say that the server we had was really rather solemn and clearly considered herself too cool to be dealing with the likes of our rabble! I mean, aloof didn’t cut it and a smile would have gone a long way, especially as we would imminently rack up a bill that would set us back well over 60 big ones! As a minimum, she should have written down our order as it was twice delivered to our table incorrectly and without an apology....Not a good start...

Service aside, I have to say that the quality of the fare itself was first rate and the 'Pig Mac' (£9), although a little tepid, was bloody delicious; the slow-roasted BBQ’d pulled pork and cheesy ‘Baconaise’ that topped the pork patty really packing in the flavour in terms of what constituted a juicy, meaty feast of epic proportions. The Hoguettes (£5) too were indulgent and flavoursome whereby that same slow-roasted pork (shoulder to be precise) had been encased within a perfectly crisped crumb. The addition of the restaurant’s seemingly signature sauce – that aforementioned Baconaise - really sealed the deal here and in fact, my only gripe was that I could have done with a couple more…You know those moments when you don’t want what you’re eating to end?...That! I thought that for nine whole pounds, a side of fries would be a standard accompaniment for PIGSTY’s burgers but alas, they were a further £3.50 (or £4.50 if, like me, you have a weakness for sweet potato fries). Instead, the ‘raw slaw’ that was offered received mixed reviews – I considered it well-seasoned and enjoyed that it wasn’t as ‘wet’ as coleslaw had the tendency to be elsewhere but others didn’t appreciate its simplicity and suggested that ultimately, it just didn’t complement the main event.

To wash everything down was to choose from a small yet perfectly formed selection of drinks and although the Craft Ales (‘oh hai, Wiper and True!’) were a tad on the expensive side, I thought that a 125ml glug of the house wine for £3.50 was fair game. I opted for the ‘Pinoso Tinto’ which was pleasingly palatable.  

Overall, I think PIGSTY will be a takeaway affair for me in the future. I have no doubt at all that the thoughtfully-sourced ingredients will constitute a cracking bacon sarnie to enjoy 'on the trott' but I'm not sure that, given the comparable quality elsewhere (and for less spondoolies to boot), that I'd 'sit-in' for a full-on pig-out. Here's hoping that this review doesn't make me too unpopular amongst my fellow foodies and that my next visit to Cargo warrants a more gushing reception.

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Pelico, Bristol

Working outside of Bristol’s City Centre can often mean that when the hour of luncheon is nigh, the options for satisfying those hunger pangs are few and far between. Those working in North Bristol (I’m referring to the likes of Aztec West, UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus and the multitude of establishments that inhabit the nearby business park), have an arguably raw deal – given that succumbing to the University’s rather pricey catering outlets is second to a sweaty power-walk to the closest Sainsbury’s. If you’ve got more than thirty-minutes or a set of wheels at your disposal, you could bag yourself the likes of a McChicken Sandwich, a cheeky Nandos or the best that Costa Coffee has to offer at the Gallagher Retail Park, but if not, you may well be particularly interested in the post that follows…

Date and Time: Friday 20 January 2017, 12:30pm
Name of Service: Pelico, Bristol*
Location: Currently delivers to UWE Bristol (Frenchay Campus), Aztec West, the Bristol Business Park and BS1
Reason for using this Service: Limited lunchtime options

Working for UWE Bristol means that interaction with the student population is commonplace and this, besides provoking a degree of bemusement, (“so you’ve set up a hammock on the VC’s lawn”…“Are flip flops really appropriate footwear for November?”…And so on), the innovation and creativity that they bring to the workplace that I’ve been committed to for the last eleven years is one of the major plus points amidst the day-to-day grind. And, amongst the engineers, architects, music therapists and graphic designers are the Team Entrepreneurship students –  those enrolled upon a course that encourages individuals to build on their business aspirations beyond that of a prototype in order to start-up their own company to generate revenue from us; the general public. Enter Pelico – the brainchild of co-founders Alex and Leyth who have set up a lunchtime distribution service that strive ‘to deliver nutritionally balanced meals that taste great’. And trust me…they really do! For just over a humble fiver, you can order a lunchbox to rival that belonging to your next-desk-neighbour right up until Midday; for same-day delivery. Today (with my newcomer discount of 25% off), I bagged myself a Teriyaki Chicken with Coconut Kale and Broccoli ensemble which was piping hot, packed with flavour and so generously portioned that I actually considered saving a few forkfuls for later, (though this of course, didn’t happen). The alternative option was a veggie-friendly 3-Bean Chilli Burrito with Guacamole which I could have scoffed just as easily. Furthermore, the courier arrived promptly, as per the time slot I had opted for as part of the ordering process and was both smiley and efficient - top marks all round there then!

Pelico’s menu changes every day and you can sign up to one of three 30-day lunch plans which allows you to bulk-buy voucher codes to make each lunchtime delivery (within the forthcoming month) decreasingly expensive based on the number you purchase. Lunches are created from scratch and ingredients are organic and locally-sourced so if supporting independent businesses is your bag (which quite frankly, it should be), this is your best bet for sustenance with soul. I think it’s also notable that, with sustainability at the core of their ethos, Pelico boxes its meals in biodegradable pulp boxes; striving to limit the waste produced and donating any leftovers to Bristol’s homeless. Electric vehicles* are used to deliver meals to UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus, Aztec West, Bristol Business Park and most recently, BS1 meaning that fundamentally, you can feel that you’re doing your bit for the environment whilst having a right old chow down!

In conclusion, I suggest that my first experience of Pelico certainly won’t be my last and I would encourage anyone in their catchment area to follow suit and order yourself a blinder of a lunch. Your taste buds will undoubtedly thank you for it.

References:
*https://www.pelicobristol.co.uk
*www.co-wheels.org.uk   

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Office Pantry

13 January 2017

I’m pretty sure that there’s a snacking culture that exists in each and every office. It is arguably the most detrimental aspect of a workplace to one’s waistline and yet there is a way to combat those ‘tummy grumblings’ without reaching for the Galaxy Counters…Oh, is that just me?! That is, reaching for something that is actually nutritionally worthwhile…Now, healthy snacks are notoriously expensive – anything specialist (sugar-free, vegan-friendly or sans gluten for example) or dare I say it, organic, bumps up the price tag beyond that of the humble Mars Bar which consequently makes for a much less attractive option. Though Office Pantry* have come up with a way to healthify your workplace so that you have an assortment of nibbles at your disposal - on a daily basis - which don’t cost the earth and can be tailored to the tastes of your team…Sourced from British independent food producers and taste-tested by the founding creators’ Grandmothers (yes, really), Office Pantry deliver pallets of high-quality snacks, plus fresh fruit, soft drinks and even team-building tipples, to offices across the South of England. You can opt from a range of packages to accommodate the inhabitants of your office and snacks can work out under £1 each which I reckon is really rather reasonable. Fruit boxes and drinky poos vary in price but jotting down your requirements on the online enquiry form results in a phone call to discuss the finer details pretty much within the hour. I mean, I was seriously impressed that Oli from Office Pantry’s super friendly team gave me a jingle a mere 10  minutes after I pressed send on my request for a ‘snack sample box’. It will come as no surprise that I like to talk about food...a lot and so, the natter that ensued was pretty much the highlight of my afternoon whereby I was both professionally informed of how Office Pantry operates and quizzed about my colleagues’ snacking habits, (biscuits…We like biscuits!) As a result of this, I received my complimentary ‘taster’ portion the very next day which effectively showcased the kind of edibles that would be provided; tasty morsels like mini pesto breadsticks and mixed nuts that kept me fuelled throughout the day, minus the sugar slump that usually hits around mid-afternoon. Other edibles include seeded cereal bars, dried fruit crisps and popcorn – all of which can be requested before Monday’s delivery if there is something specific that tickles your fancy.

My big question was ultimately how offices typically fund this snack-sesh – I mean, I wasn’t going to personally shell out £37 per delivery (which incidentally is the cost of one Snack Pack based on an office of between 10-15 people) to feed my colleagues – sorry guys! Oli explained that although some managers foot the bill for such deliveries, other offices clubbed together to split the cost of what would constitute 37 items designed to last around a week. Others set up an honesty box so that once the direct debit had been settled, individuals could adhere to an itemised price list to pay for their chosen fare, (which, in turn, could pay back the initiator or fund the next delivery). Obviously I’m primarily focussing on snacking here (see aforementioned admission of culinary obsessiveness) but locally-sourced fruit boxes can be purchased from £20 per delivery and milk can be added to orders to make that age-old question of; ‘whose turn is it to get the milk’ a thing of the past. Add bespoke orders of porridge pots (ideal for those inconsiderate people who like to plan meetings over breakfast), alcoholic beverages (Friday wind-down anyone!?) or monthly deliveries of artisanally produced biltong (well, just because) to the mix and you have a company that pretty much covers the gastronomical needs of your workplace.
The folk at Office Pantry report that researchers found we are 62% more likely to get things wrong when in a hungry state which seems to suggest that an office’s productivity depends on snacking. Add to this that there is arguably no better way to unite a team than pouring over a collection of snacks to enjoy as part of a week at the coalface and you’re on to a winner – I thought my loyalty to my bi-weekly Graze box would never waver but step aside, collective consumption is the way forward! Don’t just take my word for it, order your trial box here. You’re welcome!

References:
*https://www.officepantry.co.uk/