Portion of Nachos to Share, Fajita, and Glass of Wine Each for Two (£18) or Four (£35) People

Mexico is famous for a few things — the parties, tequilla, Aztecs, oh and how could we forget — fajitas! Join the party and start livin’ fajita loca with this deal from Nachos Mexican Restaurant. • For £18 (up to a £38.35 value) two can enjoy a portion of nachos to share, a fajita each, and a glass of wine each. • For £35 (up to a £76.70 value) four can indulge in the same. • Your chosen fajita will be tossed in onions, peppers, and Mexican spices, before being served on a sizzling plate with soft flour tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, and home-made cheese. • Some dishes incur a surcharge — see fine print for details. • Mariachi your way down to this friendly eatery on Skirving Street. We don’t wanna get jalapeño face but what are you waiting for? Move like a sambero-wearing mouse and click ‘Buy Now’ before this deal is Speedy Gonza-lost. Want more? Check out Nachos Mexican Restaurant on Facebook. Looking to give something special? Discover hundreds of thoughtful, unique presents for everyone on your list — visit our Gift Shop! You can earn Tesco Clubcard points with your eligible LivingSocial purchases! Find out more.


£27 for two course meal with wine for two people – City Centre Location

Bored of cooking and don’t fancy another take away? We’ve found you the perfect solution. It’s time for a night out on the town, where you can relax and unwind while someone else rustles up something delicious for you to tuck into.

Treat someone you love to an evening out at the fantastic Cafe Jazz. As Cardiff’s premiere venue for jazz food and blues, you’ll get the holiday vibe from the moment you step inside. With homemade food whipped up with only the freshest ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious two course meal with wine for two all for just £27. Choose a delicious starter from the à la carte menu followed by you choice of main course each. With live music on select evenings, this is the perfect antidote to boring nights in!


Pizza, Pasta, or Risotto with a Glass of Wine Each for Two (£11.90) or Four (£23.80)

If your thoughts have turned to summer holidays, then get a taste of what’s to come with a meal at A Bari Italian Restaurant. • For £11.90 (up to a £23.80 value) two people will enjoy a pizza, pasta, or risotto dish and a glass of wine each. • For £23.80 (up to a £47.60 value) four people will enjoy the same. • Tuck into a delicious pasta dish such as the marinara with seafood with white wine and cream, or the arrabbiata with pepperoni and olives in a spicy chilli and tomato sauce. • All their pasta is made fresh every day in the restaurant and you can choose between rigatoni, spaghetti, or tagliatelle. • The team at A Bari pride themselves on bringing an authentic taste of Italy to the heart of Newcastle. • Find the restaurant — formerly Damimmos — on Leazes Park Road. Looking to give something special? Discover hundreds of thoughtful, unique presents for everyone on your list — visit our Gift Shop! You can earn Tesco Clubcard points with your eligible LivingSocial purchases! Find out more.


Two-Course Meal for Two with Half a Bottle of Wine and Leisure Pass

Even the keenest of cooks needs a day off every now and again. Make the most of your time out the kitchen and enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labour with a meal at The Regency Hotel. For £29 (up to an £65.30 value) two people will enjoy a two-course meal with wine and a leisure club pass. • Enjoy a main course and your choice of starter or dessert, and a half bottle of wine to share. • Why not start with the treacle and lemon cured salmon with apple purée, or asparagus with feta cheese and crispy bacon? • Mains include pan-fried pork fillet with a mustard crust; duck breast with duck leg sausage rolls, and fondant potato; and bean cassoulet with almond-crusted goat’s cheese. • If you opt for a dessert, then satisfy your sweet tooth with blueberry and white chocolate cheesecake or set vanilla cream with English strawberries and basil shortbread. • Your leisure pass means you can relax with a dip in the pool or work up an appetite in the fully equipped gym. • Please note you must use your leisure pass on the same day as your meal. • The contemporary hotel is ideally situated close to Birmingham, Warwick, and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as many local attractions. Looking to give something special? Discover hundreds of thoughtful, unique presents for everyone on your list — visit our Gift Shop! You can earn Tesco Clubcard points with your eligible LivingSocial purchases! Find out more.


Ivan’s Food and Wine Pairing Secrets

The rules and guidelines for wine and food pairing are subjective and often contradictory. Over the years a lot of rules, basic and not, have been developed. We forgot the golden rule: personal preference is what makes wine work its magic. There is no need to remember pairings between sophisticated dishes and sophisticated wines.

Instead, don’t fall for these 3 myths and you will enjoy wine and food pairings at their best!

Well-known metaphors…

“Red wine with red meat” and “light wines with light dishes”. Heard it before? These are the most known metaphors in food and wine pairing. Indeed, most of the time they work well.

That said, pairing Gamay with a juicy steak won’t show either at their best. An off-dry Pinot Gris will not be the best option for a Chicken Supreme.

Juicy, tasty steak

The message here is simple: these metaphors don’t always work. One of the best ways to avoid these is to think about what king of food is eaten where the wine is produced. For example, Cahors in France is famous for intense Malbec-based wines. This wine is an exceptional pair to the local light trout speciality. Red wine and fish? Who knew.

For best results add Loire wines.

For best results add Loire wines.

The Loire Valley in France is famous for cheese and white wines which go well with them. Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé are superb options to complement delicate goats cheese.

Sweet, sour, bitter and salty…

A little biology lesson from school: our tongue is divided into 4 zones – sweet, sour, bitter and salty. This is not the entire picture. One more taste that our tongue can pick up is umami.

Umami is a taste of glutamates. One of the best ways to describe it is to think of the taste of sushi seaweed. This taste has a great knock on effect on the food and wine pairings. Most of day-to-day foods contain umami. Mushrooms, for example, are umami taste bombs.

To avoid disappointment in pairing wines with umami foods remember this advice:

Umami does not get along with oak flavours. Try to avoid high priced white chardonnays when eating a lot of umami flavor products. Instead, pick lighter wines.

Caution: Do not pair with hot spice or umami.

Caution: Do not pair with hot spice or umami.

Heavily tannic wine is also not good with umami. That’s why older Bordeaux is a popular match with hard cheeses; with time, tannin softens. Try drinking young claret with sweet and sour chicken, though, and you’ll enjoy neither!

Intense fruity wines are also to be avoided with umami. Instead, Alsace Pinot Blanc, Loire Muscadet or Umbria Orvieto will pair with umami dishes at their best.

The sweeter the better…

Many people like to drink fruitier and sweeter styles of wine. Which is, by the way, absolutely fine, just think about a rich German Riesling. Yet, in food and wine pairing sweeter is not better. Sweeter styles of wine are hard to pair and these are definitely not an option for a lamb steak.

If you do enjoy sweeter wines and maybe even like to order a glass of dessert wine, pair it with pudding. They also work well with spicier dishes, such as Thai or Asian. Richer, full-bodied sweet wine also has the body and acidity to complement rich paté.

If you need some tips on food and wine matching, just ask one of our staff in store. Join us for a free in-store wine course and learn all about the mysteries of food and wine matching!

Ivan’s Food and Wine Pairing Secrets

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