Competition: Win a leather passport cover

Competition: Win a leather passport cover

What’s your favourite thing about travelling and holiday time? Do you look forward to walking new city streets, stretching out on a beach with a  Kindle-ful of books, trying out exotic new cuisines or getting an adrenaline rush with high-risk adventures?

I love city breaks and I’m a real beach baby, too. Which made Alicante a great place for a weekend break as it combines the two. The sprawling Spanish city offers a warm welcome, one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, an historic old town, sparkling harbour and wide range of lovely restaurants.

Heavenly San Juan beach in Alicante

Competition: Win a passport cover

Albondigas and Spanish Rose for lunch in the Old Town

I revel in everything about the whole holiday experience, right from the planning stages. Research is part of the joy – and it’s great to have expert help at hand, too. Destination2 specialises in long-haul luxury travel at a range of destinations and at great rates. They compare major airlines, hotels and resorts to find you the best deal.  The perfect way to start making those all-important holiday decisions.

Not sure what you’re looking for from your break? Click here for help in prioritising your needs.

To make your travels easier, today on Eating Covent Garden, there’s a chance to win a stylish passport cover.

The prize

One Undercover Recycled Leather Palm Passport Cover worth £22.25

How to enter

Answer the following question in the comment section of Eating Covent Garden

What country is Alicante in?

A Portugal

B Spain

C Argentina

D Italy

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 2 July 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

Competition: Win a Char-Broil Big Easy barbecue

Competition: Your chance to win a Char-Broil Big Easy barbecue

You’ll no doubt have noticed that I’ve been getting all excited about a new barbecue in my life and trying all sorts of new dishes. Well, I still am, the Big Easy has a lot of tricks up its sleeve – it’s an amazingly versatile piece of cooking equipment.

So I’m thrilled to tell you that you have the opportunity to win one of your very own. Right here on eatingcoventgarden.com

The Char-Broil Big Easy is the UK’s first gas three-in-one barbecue from US barbecue brand leader Char-Broil. It’s gas-fired for convenient cooking and is a smoker, roaster and grill all in one package. It’s perfect for roasts – even for large gatherings as it has the capacity to cook up to 11kgs. And there’s a grill on top, ideal for steaks, chops and salads.

I also love the smoking aspect. You fill the pull-out smoker box with wood chips and while you’re cooking add a smokey flavour at the same time.

Char-Broil Big Easy

The top of the barbecue is perfect for grilling

I’ve created several recipes for you to try on your new Big Easy – should you be the lucky winner – and there’s more to come. Here’s what you can find so far on EatingCoventGarden.

Ideas with Roast chicken

Hot smoked salmon

Roast vegetables

Peri peri chicken legs

Char-Broil Big Easy

Or how about roasting a juicy chicken

You can find out more about the Char-Broil Big Easy by clicking here.

The prize

One Char-Broil Big Easy SRG barbecue with a value of £299.99

Competition: Char-Broil Big Easy

Here’s some inside information on the fabulous Big Easy

How to enter

1 Follow eatingcoventgarden.com by entering your email in the box at the top in the right hand column.

2 When you receive the email (which should be immediately), confirm that you want to subscribe.

3 Like Char-Broil on Facebook by clicking here.

3 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

What three ways can you cook in the versatile Char-Broil Big Easy?

A Boil, roast and fry

B Roast, grill and smoke

C Grill, smoke and boil

D Steam, grill and roast

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 16 July 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

Prize does not include the gas canister.

The editor’s decision is final.

Competition: Win tickets to the Foodies Festival in Blackheath, London

How I love a good food festival. There’s always plenty to taste and a surprising amount to discover. And today I’m giving away five pairs of tickets to the Foodies Festival in London’s Blackheath, one of three in London this summer.

You’ll find a Street Food Avenue where you can feast – I’m heading straight there as I adore street food. You can also learn to bake, watch demos in the Chef’s Theatre, taste wine and listen to live music. There’s even a special area for kids to learn to cook. All while surrounded by loads of delicious foodie choices. One thing’s for sure, no one’s going to go hungry.

The prize

Five pairs of tickets valid for any of the days at the Blackheath Foodies Festival which is on July 7, 8 and 9 2017.

How to enter

1 Follow Foodies Festival on instagram by clicking here.

2 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

How many Foodies Festivals are being held in London this summer?

A Ten

B One

C Three

D Seven

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 25 June 2017 at midnight.

There will be five winners, each winning one pair of tickets.

The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winners will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

Competition: Win a lunch box and wine cooler from Kikkerland

Summer competition

Okay so the sun has come out –  it’s officially summer time and today it’s also  competition time. And I’m giving away the perfect prize for those lazy, hazy picnic days of summer.

I love summer in London. It’s amazing how this magnificent city adopts an alfresco lifestyle – everyone goes a little crazy when the sun comes out! Well, there have been years when that has been a serious rarity. Pavements throng with excited drinkers, barbecues are lit and parks come to life with picnickers.

So I’m very pleased today to be giving away a prize to make your picnicking life better! The Kikkerland wicker print soft lunch box is stylish, lightweight and easily zipped up to keep all your picnic delights safe. And to go with it there’s a matching insulated cooler to make sure you have something chilled to drink while you’re enjoying the sun.

The prize

A Kikkerland wicker print lunch box and wine cooler.

How to enter

1 Follow eatingcoventgarden.com by entering your email in the box at the top in the right hand column.

2 When you receive the email (which should be immediately), confirm that you want to subscribe.

3 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

What does BST stand for?

A Bright sunny temperatures

B British summer time

C Burning strong temperatures

4 Follow Kikkerland on EITHER instagram OR twitter  by clicking on these links.

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 11 June 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

 Find out more about Kikkerland’s great range of products at kikkerlandeu.com


Competition: Win £25-worth of Amazon vouchers

Competition: Your chance to win Amazon vouchers

As summer approaches (at least I hope it’s approaching, it’s definitely on the chilly side at the moment), we’re all thinking about our much-longed-for summer holidays. Wherever I go, one of the greatest holiday joys for me is that that time for totally uninterrupted reading. How I love picking up a book and putting it down (or not) when I want to – or even when it’s finished if it’s that good.

Ever since I learned to read as a small child, a magical world opened up to me. I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. Not so great for my social skills, but hey, I was happy. As such a voracious reader, going on holiday could be something of a challenge. A suitcase full of books can be on the heavy side. Of course that’s no longer a problem with my trusty Kindle which goes everywhere with me and is always packed with potentially exciting reads.

Almost as much as I enjoy the holiday reading, I enjoy making my choices. There’s so much on offer and I obviously have my favourite genres. So to get out of that zone of always reading the same type of book, I try to pick at least one that is set in or near the area I am visiting. Sometimes it’s an almost otherworldly experience, like when I read Room with a View in Florence – it felt a bit like I was living a double life in different centuries.

I generally choose novels rather than factual tomes on the area, though of course this is also a good idea – an easy chance to learn – it all seems so much easier to absorb those facts when you’re sitting in the middle of them.

For great tips on picking your perfect holiday book, click on holidaygems.co.uk

And here’s a taster from my past and present reading lists to inspire you. Can you guess where I’m going on holiday this year?

Plus your chance to win £25 to spend on amazon.co.uk – time to stock up on those summer reads.

If you’re still undecided on where you want to spend some time this summer, have a look at www.holidaygems.co.uk

Some past favourites

Room with a View by E M Forster made Florence seem even more magical.

Competition: win Amazon vouchers

A Long Finish by Michael Dibdin added a touch of adventure (and horror) to my trip to Tuscany

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon made Barcelona seem much more intriguing.

Competition: Win Amazon vouchers

Some ideas for this year

Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

The Boy in the Blue Pyjamas by John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers

The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene

 

The prize

£25 of Amazon vouchers to spend on anything you like on amazon.co.uk

How to enter

1 Follow eatingcoventgarden.com by entering your email in the box at the top in the right hand column.

2 When you receive the email (which should be immediately), confirm that you want to subscribe.

3 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

Which city is Bridget Jones’ Diary mainly set in?

A London

B Madrid

C Hong Kong

D Nairobi

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 21 May 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

Find holiday inspiration by visiting www.holidaygems.co.uk

Competition: Win Brushed Gold Coffee Cups

Win Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleur

Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleur

Add a touch of glamour to your morning coffee

I love a good cup of coffee – it’s something to look forward to at the start of each day – and throughout the day now that I think about it! And today I’m bringing you the chance to make coffee time even more enjoyable with these beautiful brushed gold coffee cups from MiaFleur.

They’re made of stainless steel with a luxury brushed gold finish with glass inserts in a double-walled design that helps keep the coffee warm. The perfect way to add a touch of glamour to every sip!

The prize

A set of two La Cafetiere Brushed Gold Coffee Cups worth £29.95.Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleurHow to enter

1.Answer the following question in the comments section on eatingcoventgarden.com

Complete MiaFleur’s motto, Because life is too short to be ……

A. Bored

B. Minimalist

C. Miserable

D. Dieting

2. Follow MiaFleur on Instagram by clicking here.

3. For an extra entry follow MiaFleur on twitter by clicking here.

Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleur

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 9 April 2017 at midnight.

The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email .

No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

Find out more about MiaFleur’s stunning range of stylish items for the home and garden by clicking here.