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The Mission is a fabulous Mexican fast food restaurant with two restaurants in Oxford and one in Reading.
The simplest way that I've described this place to friends is that it is a bit like Subway but with Mexican food. They specialise in burritos based on the San Francisco style, but they also serve a fajita style burrito, nachos, and burrito bowls (burrito without the flour tortilla), salad and tacos (the soft tortilla kind not the old el paso kind).
Ordering your Burrito: Regular burritos are made up with rice to start. You pick your meat, you can choose from roasted shredded chicken, carnitas (slow roasted pork with specialist seasoning) or steak. You can also choose the type of bean you want, either pinto or black bean. You can then pick your extras; salsa, lettuce, cheese, guacamole and sour cream and the all important sauce. They have three sauces, mild, medium and hot... I can tell you that the hot is not for the faint of heart, I would strongly advise trying out some from the pot on the counter top first! I also find that the strength of the sauce varies between visits, but this is probably because everything that they serve is made from scratch in their own kitchens. Fajita burritos are the same principle but instead of rice and beans, they are made with a pepper and onion mix.
Once your burrito is made up, it's expertly wrapped in a tight foil case, making it easy to unwrap little by little so it's held together whilst you eat it : )
Cost wise, for a pork or chicken burrito it's £4.95 and for steak it's £5.95, and frankly, for the amount of food that you get I think that this is terrific value. They also have a loyalty card, I think 10 burritos gets you a free one! Not to mention that the quality of the food is top notch, really tasty! Sometimes they do specials burritos as well.
If you're on your way out, it's also worth noting that they sell bottles of Mexican bottled beer and in the summer, frozen margaritas. They're not cheap though, £3.20 for the beer, and afraid I can't remember the cocktail price.
Great fast food, perfect on your way out, your way home or for a speedy lunch to increase shopping time!!
I have quite an old house where my two waste pipes drain into open drains... and they got blocked. Rather than spending a fortune on getting in plumbers to unblock them, I was advised to try this caustic soda.
It was very easy to use, for a blocked drain you mix the whole bottle (500g) with 5 litres of cold water and mix until the granules are dissolved. The solution you create will warm up, then carefully pour it into your blocked drain. You just leave it for half an hour and then flush it through with warm water, and that's it, job done, lifesaver!
You can also mix it into more dilute solutions and use it on your sink drains.
It is technically a corrosive so wearing rubber gloves is a must, and if you have pets or children, you will need to keep them away from the area until it is flushed through with water.
If you ever have a problem with blocked drains, I highly recommend that you try this out before spending a small fortune on calling people in!
I only started to get hayfever in my early twenties and it has taken me six years to discover the relief that is Clarityn.
My hayfever primarily causes me to have terribly itchy eyes, so rather than take drugs I initially turned to eyes drops, but because I wear contacts my choices were limited. Most eye drops can't be used when you are wearing lenses, and those that can I found ineffective. A couple of years ago I started on the own brand tablets (being a bit of a cheapskate you see), nothing really hit the spot. This year, I bit the bullet and tried Clarityn... fantastic. Within two days my symptoms had totally disappeared, just one tablet a day, magic. I've not suffered any side effects either.
I know that on its own, one box is pretty pricey, considering that you go through a box a week. However, I know that Tesco run a BOGOF offer for a large part of the summer, this is when I stock up! I'm sure other stores will run various offers on it.
My one criticism would be that they over package it. The box is the same size as your standard painkillers box but each box has only seven tiny tablets in it. In my opinion they could easily halve the volume of their box and not only save on packaging, but make it even better for stashing in your handbag.
So, graze.co is essentially a company that has set itself up to deliver healthy snacks (fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, crackers) to you through the post. Their target consumer is the office worker, they offer to deliver a box per day consisting of a large punnet of fresh fruit and two smaller pots of dried fruit or nuts. The boxes cost £2.99 so I think that daily this is quite pricey. I opt for a weekly delivery of their "nibble box" instead. This doesn't have fresh fruit, but has four smaller pots of their dried fruit, seeds, crackers or nuts. I love munching on these during the day instead of crisps or chocolate that I would usually seek out instead.
Now, I know I could just buy big bags of these foods and create my own pots and it would probably be a bit cheaper but, I would have to buy an awful lot of bags to get the weekly variety that Graze.com gives me... and I'm a little bit lazy! The website is well set up and very easy to use. Say for instance "I don't like dried apricots" I can select that all the pots containing dried apricots are shown on screen and mark them all to not be delivered in my box. You can rate all the pots on the website as "try", "like" and "love" and graze will use these ratings to help them pick the selection that they will send you (and I can vouch that this actually works, it's not just something that they'll say they'll do, and then don't). Equally, if there is a pot that I really really like, I can mark it up to be "sent soon"
If you want to try these guys out for free, you can use this code: 7895KFN
Oh, since I wrote this (last night), I had a box go missing in the post, dropped them a quick email to let them know. They've emailed me back within 8 hours to apologise, have sent a replacement box and have refunded me for the inconvenience. Can't say fairer than that, excellent customer service!
Fact number one: a movie isn't a movie unless you have popcorn.
Fact number two: no popcorn is as good as the popcorn you can get at the cinema.
Wrong! This popcorn is at least as good, if not better than the popcorn that you can get at the cinema! It really is what it says on the packet "cinema" sweet style popcorn, complete with the slightly darker pops that are essentially solid sugar coated corn yummyness. At the moment a 120g bag is retailing at about £1.00, quite frankly this is a bargain, especially when you consider the price of a small bucket at the cinema (roughly the equivalent size) is significantly more than this! This is perfect for sneaking your own stash of popcorn into the cinema or, for putting in a big bowl when you want to enjoy a good DVD in the comfort of your own home.
I like using this product, I'm not sure that it is as effective as it claims but it is certainly better than just using face cream. I've been using it for about 18 months and initially started using it when I noticed that the skin on my eyelids was becoming thinner, well, essentially older I guess! Within about 3/4 weeks of using this I did notice a slight improvement and this has remained the status ever since. It hasn't improved my under eye circles, but I also still don't have any crows feet, bonus! Using the cream / gel twice a day often can be a bit of a chore, but well worth it I think. Price wise, I always keep an eye out for when they are doing an offer on it on the Avon website (which is frequently) and I buy one pot about every six months so I think that it is value for money.
If you can possibly avoid using BT I would advise that you do. I've never had particularly good service with them, but at my last shared house it was positively appalling. Three times within two months our service stopped. Having spent several, long, frustrating phones calls with their so called customer service team (each time the service stopped) they finally agreed to send out an engineer to have a look (after the third time. The engineer took a few days to come but did manage to fix the problem. We asked for compensation but were refused. Even when we had internet it was painfully slow (frequently under 1 Mb), trying to download an hour program from BBC iplayer often took between 50 and 80 hours and if someone else in the house was downloading general use slowed down even more. I know that internet speeds vary depending on the locality of your exchange point, but we were less than two miles away. BT's reasoning was that the network cables were old, but they weren't looking into replacing them. I don't see that it's fair with that level of service we had to pay the same as those receiving up to 8 Mb.
I've been using sky broadband for just over six months yet and I couldn't be happier. I get it as part of a bundle package with sky which makes it fantastic value. Whilst I've had it I've not had any service interruptions at all. The free wireless router that they provided with my package is slimeline and non-obtrusive. I turn it off when the internet is not in use, and when I turn it on, it always comes on quickly with no problems. I've got their "midrange" broadband which is perfect for my needs. The speed is great for what I use it for (downloads of music and general surfing the internet). My lodger often streams tv through it (such as through BBC iplayer) which always works fine for him, and doesn't slow down my connection at all (a problem I've had with other suppliers). I can't judge how well it would serve the gaming community, but for average household use, top nocth.
This is a fantastic product. I got one just over a year ago, in red, and have had very few problems with it. It's slim and attractive, the screen is a good size with adjustable brightness. I couldn't imagine using it to watch tv or videos on, but it's perfect for using as an mp3 player. Unlike previous mp3 players that I've owned, the software doesn't slow down as you fill it up. Itunes and indeed the ipod itself are both very easy to use. The one problem that I have had, twice, was that the software seemed to crash and the ipod was unresponsive, this was quickly resolved by googling a fix for the problem which was a straightforward reboot by holding the central button. I was reluctant to get an ipod for a long time due to their stranglehold on the market, but the fact is that they know their consumer and have made an mp3 player that meets their (and my) needs very effectively.
I love these little tubs of Vaseline, so handy to carry around with you. I also find that this is the best product for keeping my lips smooth and free of dry skin, I've tried various types of lip balm in the past and none are as effective as Vaseline. In terms of value for money, this product also gets a thumbs up from me; I usually have three tubs on the go at any one time (one in my bag, office drawer and dresser) and on average I need to buy a new tub every four to six months. My only criticism of the pocket Vaseline, is that when it is getting near to the end, it is quite hard to get it out without getting it clogged up under your nail (I don't have short nails). I also once had a tub that got damp and the tin got quite rusted so I had to throw it away.