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Nativ Nigerian Restaurant

About 5 years ago, I visited Africa. The first part of the trip was to climb Kilimanjaro and that was followed by a safari in the Serengeti. Due to the type of trip this was, food was not really a priority for anything other than keeping me fuelled. Having geared myself up for the trek and imagined all the animals I’d hoped I would see, oddly for me, food didn’t factor into the equation quite as much as it usually would when I travel.

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The Nonsense of Raw Chocolate

Cacao Products - The Nonsense of Raw Chocolate

The Myth As Dorset’s only bean-to-bar, craft chocolatemaker we sell our chocolate online and at fairs. Bean-to-bar means that we make chocolate from the actual, unroasted cacao bean as opposed to buying industrial couverture for re-melting or reconstituting ingredients like cacao powder, cacao butter, etc to create a chocolate. People often ask us if we…

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The Butchers Dog in Wimborne

The Butchers Dog Logo

All over Dorset, bars, micro-pubs and ale houses are providing new options for discovering great beers, ales, lagers and more. There’s something of a revolution taking place right now and one of the most exciting places for those who like to try a new pint is Wimborne.

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More Than Just a Shop – Part Two

Cafe Area

Much More Than A Village Store When I started talking to Karen I didn’t envisage a blog post about a village store could evolve into a two-parter. The thing about this particular store is that there is so much more to it than you’d expect in modern society. This is to a large degree, driven…

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More Than Just a Shop

Fruit and Veg

More Than Just a Shop In the past, few services were more valuable to a rural community than a village store. In recent years many such establishments have been taken over by national chains such as Happy Shopper, One Stop and Londis and with that, we’ve witnessed the disintegration of the personal touch. These stores…

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Spice Of Life – Dorset Chilli Shop

Over the last couple of years, Dorset Chilli Shop has established itself as one of the county’s finest producers and retailers. If you like to kick things up a notch in the kitchen, you won’t find a better choice of spicy sauces anywhere in the UK. They were recently recognised for their efforts when they won ‘Best…

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Monty’s Burger Lounge in Bournemouth

Right Place, Right Time It was by chance that we happened to stumble across Monty’s Burger Lounge on our way back to the car after a slightly less than fulfilling trip into Bournemouth. Sometimes things seem to conspire against you and just when you think the day has been a complete dud, you realise that…

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The Burger Revolution

“Call that a burger?” Several years ago, I gave up on Burgers. Not for health reasons, not because I’d over indulged and wanted a change, but honestly, they were crap. We just didn’t have a clue in this country. I’m not talking about any particular well-known fast food chains – “Here’s my £1, please give…

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Genève Eatery Westbourne

A Great Evening at Genève Eatery Last night I went out for a catch up with a few guys I worked with back in my pre DFN days. We wanted a burger and Genève has been on my radar for a long time. I’m so pleased that I finally got around to going. The Service…

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April’s Product of the Month: Bayside Brownies

You won’t find better brownies anywhere If you like Brownies, you’ll love these. Meet Katy…. Katy is the owner of Bayside Bakery. She bakes her wonderful brownies to order, in her kitchen at home. I ordered mine online using a very simple service and received an email very quickly to say that my brownies were…

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