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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Can Do Crumb – 22 Redbank, Manchester

There are many people who will tell you that carbs are the devil’s work and must be avoided at all costs. Ignore them. You need carbs in your life. I’m not going to give you a lecture on the health benefits of including a moderate amount of complex carbs in your diet, as this is an…

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3TwentyOne – Deansgate, Manchester

Oh my god; MEAT and BOOZE and MEAT and SMOKE and AMERICA and DID I MENTION MEAT – let’s get excited and all love THE IN THING RIGHT NOW. It seems a week doesn’t go by without a burger bar/street food stall/festival/restaurant/supermarket/supper club/excuse for a PR agency in Manchester popping up or jumping on the…

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The Cornerhouse – Manchester

There are two surprises in life – those hideously awful ones where you wake up from your little rose tinted bubble to realise the things you thought have been disastrously wrong. And then those lovely simple ones that take your breath away. Luckily the meal at The Cornerhouse was of the latter variety – life…

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Ten @ The Violet Lounge – West Didsbury, Manchester

Seasonality and locality are BIG THINGS right now; we’re encouraged from many sides to pop down to the local  greengrocer and forego air-freighted beans wrapped in 72 layers of polythene and I think that’s all good (just don’t ask me about my tomatoes…). Sensing a trend, many restaurants have jumped on the seasonal/local bandwagon and started…

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Fire and Salt BBQ @ The Gaslamp – Manchester

Do you ever have that thing where you find somewhere you really like, think it’s brilliant and then never go because there’s one major flaw? The Gas Lamp, I like to go here – photo with thanks to Drinking Aloud It’s like this at the Gas Lamp – one of the few pubs in Manchester…

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Ceylon Arrack with The Liquorists – Manchester

As readers will be aware of late, I’ve been a little sluggish about posting on the blog – on one level it’s fine, as I don’t have an editor screaming in my ear and no one pays me to write moany/smug descriptions of the shit I endlessly put in my mouth; but this diminished creativity niggles at me…

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