Just a little crush; samba-thetic; ham it up; fair game

Just a little crush

Just a little crush

It's supposed to be good for the blood, not for your breath. But for getting garlicky more stylishly, grab the Eva Solo garlic press, from the award-winning Danish designer partnership. The smart, light, brushed-stainless-steel press turns a clove into slivers in seconds and is easier to clean than the usual design. Distributed by ICTC, it costs around £43. For stockists 01603 488019/ www.ictc.co.uk


Selfridges in London, Manchester and Birmingham are overboard on Brasil this month. The food, especially, is worth waxing lyrical about. A team of Brasilian chefs will be cooking up a storm in the stores, and serving dishes and street foods, such as acarajé shrimp fritters, and pastel and empada pastries. At the caipirinha bar in the London store, cachaça (the sugar-cane spirit) and exotic juices come together in invigorating drinks. Samba along to capture the spirit and taste the country. Selfridges 08709 377377/ www.selfridges.com.

Ham it up

If you can't run to a whole leg of Iberian ham (see Mark Hix's column on page 28) try a little luxury treat. At last, Bellota, the best Pata Negra from forest-roaming Spanish Black Footed pigs, is available here sliced and packed. The combination of dark red ham marbled with white fat makes an exquisite nibble. £7.99 for 75g from Waitrose.

Fair game

More "Ay Cumbria" than "Ay carumba". Starting today, the Lake District is celebrating food and drink like never before. More than 80 events are scheduled over the nine days of the Cumbria and the Lake District Food and Drink Festival. And with 14 breweries and fabulous foodie destinations like L'Enclume, Sharrow Bay and Miller Howe, plus plenty of award-winning producers, there's much to celebrate. This weekend and Bank Holiday sees a food and drink fair at Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith, with 40 producers, 27 beers plus cookery demos and tastings. www.cumbriafoodfestival.net