What’s not to love about Christmas? The meaning alone is enough for Christians worldwide but then there are all the traditions that go with it. London wouldn’t be the same without the men and women selling piping hot roast chestnuts in small paper bags that burn holes in your pockets and warm your hands against the winter chill. And how about the smell of a living tree in your home? Never mind the fact that there is no such thing as ‘a non-drop tree’ – your Hoover will tell you otherwise for months – the aroma alone is worth it. We love Christmas, I think you can tell.
Imagine being able to spend an entire day at Carluccio’s, testing and tasting all the scrumptious products on offer this year. Well, that is what we and numerous other lucky guests had the opportunity to do on Thursday, 16th July. The team at Carluccio’s allow their guests to arrive at breakfast and leave at supper time so they can spend as little or as long as they like to decide just which specially commissioned products to buy! These can be anything from kitchen essentials and store cupboard staples to products that will make your festive season so much more special and extravagant.
A Christmas favourite is chocolates and fizz so why not buy his Prosecco and Gianduotti, a great bubbly teamed with those delicious Italian treats that are hazlenuts enrobed in chocolate? Or how about one of seven pastas and sauces to tempt your guests? For ‘him and her’ there is a gift set of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Or how about a fourth generation baker who makes an 100-year-old recipe for Tuscan cantucci teamed with a vin santo?
For those, like Caro, who has an unashamedly sweet tooth, there are endless temptations! I don’t know about you, but we are big fans of grissini in this house as a snack or for eating with soup – well Carluccio’s are covered in chocolate for that added bit of decadence! There are clementines in dark chocolate, Italy’s answer to nougat, torrone, and dried figs stuffed with orange peel and walnuts. And if you are a cake lover, don’t despair, you can enjoy some fabulous traditional or chocolate panettone,
those wonderful Piemonte biscuits known as a ‘lady’s kiss’, star-shaped pandoro, Genoese fruit and nut bread, a fruit cake or panforte that follows a recipe from 13th century Siena and the ubiquitous amaretti.
Carluccio hasn’t forgotten the usual Christmas trappings either, so you can purchase an advent calendar with a chocolate behind each door, Christmas crackers, chocolate coins, Christmas tree-shaped white, milk and dark chocolates and lingottini – those dark, dark chocolates with a coffee, amaretto and hazelnut centre. We freely admit it, Carluccio pretty much has the decadent foodie side of Christmas sorted!
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