Artisan – Manchester

I am unashamedly middle class. I’m not going to make excuses for my up-bringing, values and identity. I’m not going to pretend anymore, or make a mockery of where I fall in society – yes I worry about minor infringements of manners and I really like aspirational magazine; there’s nothing wrong with being in the middle…

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Delonghi Motiva Coffee Maker

Christmas has come early in my household – those lovely people at Argos have decided to send me a coffee maker to try out (so this post’s in conjunction with them). I’d like to think its due to my winning ways with words, but in all likelihood they’ve looked at my morning time twitter feed and…

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Albert Matthews Butchers – Bury

Writing this blog, there are many people I come across, working in all walks of the food sector. There are charming front of house staff, knowledgeable bar specialists and creative chefs – but there’s nothing that impresses and excites me more, than someone with passion. Finding a passionate individual or company is what reminds me why I love food. Luckily…

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Yo! Sushi – Trafford Centre, Manchester

I have a dirty secret, a secret I probably shouldn’t share on a food blog, a blog that’s here to educate gastronomically and to highlight the best of our region has to offer – I’m in love with Yo! Sushi.   Food on a belt! I know it’s a chain, that the selection of fish stretches to…

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Kowloon Correspondents’ Club – Barton Arcade, Manchester

Them Liquorists, Manchester’s self-styled sauce slingers, tellers of tall tales and the purveyors of the most innovative/high class bar crawls I’ve ever been on, have done it again. This time they’ve only gone and got themselves a proper bloody bar in Manchester city centre, which has popped up for the next two months to serve you beautifully crafted Belvedere…

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San Carlo Bottega – Selfridges, Manchester

I’m not saying it’s my best trait, but I’m known for being slightly, ever so slightly, competitive (slightly? Your uni housemates nicknamed you ‘Monica’ – ed). If I were to pop psychoanalyse myself (as one does in the wee small hours), I would say this all stems from having a father who, instead of playing…

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Cicchetti – Manchester

Unlike swathes of my friends, peers and fellow mancunions, I had yet to have eaten at Cicchetti, the latest (though not that new now! Get with the times etc! – ed) offering from the San Carlo group. Part laziness, part skintness and part ‘every-time-I-go-in-the-service-is-appalling-and-I-leave-before-I’m-seated-ness’, has kept me away. Till now. Because we were very hungry and mother…

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Neighbourhood – Manchester

Neighbourhood has been on my ‘to visit’ list for some time now, securing a place through good reviews and some shameless self-promotion (restaurants, please do not retweet every tweet people make about hanging out with you, thanks); but each time I have ventured near, the overspill of leopard print, shiny suits and false nails pushes…

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Gincident with The Liquorists – Castlefield, Manchester

‘Believe me my young friend, there is nothing, absolute nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats…’ From the moment my young ears received this infinite wisdom from Kenneth Graham, via Ratty, via the lips of my mother imaginatively mimicking what she thought a water vole would sound like if one…

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