Walked into my local Waitrose to buy some yoghurt. Ended up finding (and buying) not one, but two, of my favourite splash-out-because-it’s-worth-it products on discount:
Belazu Balsamic Vinegar of Modena – 25% off – £9.74 (was £12.99)
I first heard of this balsamic on the Radio 4 Food Programme a few years ago. Belazu apparently age this product using the same barrel-method as the proper ‘tradizionale’ balsamic, except they use temperature-controlled rooms to replicate the changing of the seasons at a faster rate. Slightly sweet and definitely syrupy, this is my favourite balsamic by a mile, providing a very reasonable approximation to the ‘tradizionale’ at a tenth of the cost.
Steens Raw 10+ Manuka Honey - 20% off – £11 (was £13.95)
As silly as the acronym UMF is — it stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’, thanks for asking — it’s hard to argue that manuka honey is the real deal, taste-wise. I got my first taste of the Steens 15+ UMF when I was given a jar as a ‘thank you’ from some food mag work experience. Sadly, £20+ honey is out of my budget, so I had to downgrade to the 10+ version when I bought my own. For nearly half the price of the 15+, it’s definitely more honey-for-your-money (sorry) – especially when on offer.
Note: the 15+ version is also 20% off – £17.50 (was £21.95) – but was sold out at my branch.
Both deals available until 4/12/2012.
PS: No, Waitrose has not given me any food or money for this post, more’s the pity. I just like discounts and love these products, and hope you do too.