A crisp take on the Med

first_imgCrisp manufacturer Darling Spuds has added a new flavour to its portfolio. In a bid to capture a taste of the Mediterranean, the sun-ripened tomato, green olive and oregano flavour joins its gluten-free crisps range.Darling Spuds’ range already includes: sour cream with a hint of Mexican chilli; sea salt and Modena vinegar; West Country cheddar; crush sea salt; and fire-roasted jalapeño peppers. All six flavours are available in 40g bags.The brand is an ’independent only’ offering and is sold in Budgens and Puccinos, as well as a number of delis and other independents. RRP: 65plast_img

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Sausagefest: Fastest frank

first_imgSchmoldt says:Dave really needs to stop getting himself into arguments where he just has no chance of winning. Regardless of racing, when you think of Wisconsin, baseball in Milwaukee and tailgating you think of brats. Instead, he chooses the plainest of the bunch. I don’t care if he thinks he’s going the “American Way,” he’s not going the Wisconsin way.And what’s this I hear about Boston Marathons? Great, you can run long distances, but let’s see how you can do in a sprint around the track at Miller Park. According to the Milwaukee Brewers’ website, the Bratwurst has trained for the Olympics with the German national team. And he “intimidates all his other competitors with his muscular physique.”The Hot Dog “tries his best in what he does, and knows the effort was there even if the win was not.” That’s a load of trash. We all know that “You play to win the games.” The Bratwurst does whatever it takes to win — he refuses to lose. “Bratwurst trains like a machine, having not missed a day of weight lifting in years. He is very competitive, and wants nothing more than to win every race.” And he won on Opening Day this year — he wins on the biggest stages.In fact, the Hot Dog knows that the Bratwurst will go to great lengths to win any race. “Hot Dog once found his shoes in the trash only minutes before a race.”And what it really comes down to is style. The Bratwurst has the ultimate style in training and racing as well as fashion. Just look at those suspenders and the best mustache of the group. Don’t even get me going on the hats, and tell the Hot Dog to wipe that stupid smile off his face.Besides, what does Dave know about picking winners on the track? We all know he hates racing.McGrath says:If you were to cough up the $100 appearance fee for Hot Dog, you would paying for the most expensive weenie this side of Eric Schmoldt, who shows up for the “low, low price” of only three payments of $79.98, plus tax.However, unlike in the case of Mr. Schmoldt you would be getting yourself quite a bargain with Hot Dog, who is without a doubt top dog of the sausage racers.Hot Dog is by far the youngest of the sausages, having only joined the group in 1990, and therefore has the freshest legs, giving him a natural advantage.No sausage is as dedicated a runner as Hot Dog, who has completed three Boston Marathons and has the reputation of being the gym rat of the bunned meat racers.However, the true reason you don’t want to pick against Hot Dog is because you don’t want him or his posse on your bad side. That’s right, Hot Dog has a posse, don’t let the bill forwards hat deceive you.When you start to bring hate to Hot Dog, he’s liable to go back to his roots, where he ran the street and not races, and bring his boyz Corn Dog, Chili Dog, Cheese Dog and his infamous cousin Chicago Style Hot Dog. Snoop Dogg is even rumored to be a part of the gang, but he has never been found guilty.That gang, known on the streets as the “Ketchup Kings” or the KK, won’t just bury you in relish, they’ll bury your family in mustard while they’re at it.However, the dark side of the Hot Dog is easily forgotten, or even brushed aside as he is just so darn charismatic. That smile and those rug burns, plus the fact that he is a dead ringer for Nomar Garciaparra.So pick Hot Dog, not just because he’s the fastest, or the best, or the most charismatic. Pick him because you should be afraid not too.last_img read more

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Sabathia Undone, O’s Beat Yanks, 4-3

first_imgBALTIMORE — CC Sabathia endured a shaky start and a lamentable finish during another frustrating night at Camden Yards.The big left-hander allowed four runs over seven innings April 14 in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.Sabathia (0-2) gave up a first-inning solo shot to Adam Jones, putting the Yankees in a hole from which they never recovered. “He got a two-seamer and put a good swing on it,” Sabathia said.The Yankees trailed 3-1 in the seventh before Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph tripled and scored on a fly ball for what turned out to be the decisive run.“That last inning, giving up that triple, really made the difference in the game,” Sabathia said. “I just need to make a better pitch there.”He walked one and struck out seven. Although Sabathia is 18-7 against the Orioles, he’s 0-5 with a 5.48 ERA in his last seven starts in Baltimore.The 34-year-old was seeking his first win since April 24, 2014, after missing most of last season with a knee injury.This was a follow-up to his first outing of the season, April 10 against Toronto, when Sabathia gave up four earned runs in 5 2-3 innings.“I thought he was good again,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “He gave up a few hard hit balls. I like the way he is throwing.”Orioles manager Buck Showalter figures it’s only a matter of time before Sabathia finds his groove.“I thought he was very effective. He just ran into a pitcher who pitched very well,” Showalter said. “There will probably come a time when (Sabathia is) back up there at 94, 96 again. But he’s very effective because he’s so much more of a pitcher than people give him credit for. The two-seamer, the changeup, the breaking ball. He’s a complete pitcher.”Unlike Sabathia, Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) finished strong — he struck out the side in the seventh inning and walked off the mound with a 4-1 lead.Gonzalez allowed one run and four hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts. He walked one and permitted only one runner to pass second base.Kevin Gausman gave up two runs in the eighth, and Zach Britton got four outs for his second save.Alex Rodriguez was not in the Yankees’ the starting lineup for the first time this season. The 39-year-old is seeking a return to form after being suspended last season for drug use.Upon entering as a pinch hitter with two outs and none on in the ninth, Rodriguez received jeers from many in the crowd of 19,283. He bounced out to shortstop.Jones put the Orioles up 1-0 with his fourth home run in five games. He added a sacrifice fly in the third after Sabathia issued a leadoff walk.Baltimore made it 3-0 in the fourth when Delmon Young singled, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Joseph.Gonzalez retired 10 straight batters before Jacoby Ellsbury led off the sixth with a single. With two outs, Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double.New York closed to 4-3 in the eighth. Chase Headley singled in a run and scored when Alejandro De Aza dropped a fly to left.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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