Monday, January 4, 2010

Two of my favourite things.

I guess it's the time of year, or maybe I just feel indulgent, but recently I had the pleasure of acquiring two of my favourite things. perfume and Cheesecake, and not always in that order!

Last year, when I was in Swansea, I visited Govinda's Restaurant in Swansea. What a delight that turned out to be. First impressions was that it was very clean, the decor a bit like a canteen, lots of white and metal. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was simply amazing! The Restaurant is vegetarian, but has plenty of vegan options. They serve mainly Indian styled food, which was delicious, aromatic and not too spicy. The real treat came when we selected our dessert. They had Lemon Vegan Cheesecake. Wonderful.
A quick trip to the loo was worth it too, as the toilets were spotless, I've
 never seen such clean premises. While we were at the restaurant, one of the waiters mentioned that they  were bringing out their own line of cheesecake to be sold at Holland and Barratt (I guess he could see how thrilled we were with their cheesecake!). Which brings me onto the next item Cheesecake found in Holland and Barratt -

Now I don't know if this is the one they were talking about, but it's vegan and delicious. I have only seen it in strawberry flavour, which is fab, as I love strawberries. It is sold frozen, so once defrosted eat it! I eat half of one earlier - I just couldn't stop- well actually, I didn't want to stop, you know how it goes - 'just one more piece', looking at the calorie load on the box, i managed to consume about 900+ calories in one go! oops! luckily I'm not on a diet! Moderation is not my strongest point. the cheesecake has a tasty biscuity bottom, and was sweet, strawberry flavoured and creamy tasting. a real treat.

Wonder how long the other half of it will last!

 My other treat was this sumptuous fragrance by L'Occitane. A quick read on their website FAQ under "are L'Occitane products vegan products" -
"Yes, since we do not use any animal products or by-products, except for beehive products such as honey or royal jelly."  also  "Ever since the company was created in 1976, we have chosen not to test our products on animals. As a reflection of this approach, we have never used products of animal origin, with the exception of beehive products (honey, royal jelly, propolis) and we were among the first to indicate this commitment in writing on our products."
Which actually means NO, but many of their products are suitable for vegans, although not all. The bee ingredients are in the minority, and easy to avoid.
The sell online, and also have nationwide stores. Their shops are a delightful experience, with friendly staff, and testers to try out. They have a wonderful range of perfumes, each splendid and different.

I chose one of my favourite scents - Rose.
I comes in two sizes, of course I chose the largest :).
The Eau De Toilette 75ml.
The description on their website says it much better than I ever could, it reads:
"The delicate freshness of a bouquet of roses, the velvety softness of petals kissed with dew. 
Provence holds many secrets and legends of which the passer-by is often unaware.
The daughters of the Count of Forcalquier were as beautiful as the roses they cherished - the Grasse rose, the Bulgarian rose, the Moroccan rose and the Turkish rose. Each one of these daughters married a king, and so it was that Marguerite, Eleonore, Sancie and Beatrix became the four Queens of Forcalquier. 

Their favourite roses are blended together, concentrated in the 4 Reines Eau de Toilette, a fresh, delicate and velvety scent."

How I love to treat myself - I know I'm worth it ;)

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