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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FREE BOOZE – Cocktails in the City Competiton

Next week is the second year running of Cocktails in the City; a glitzy glam event celebrating everything bar-tending and booze related in Manchester. Based at the Town Hall, Cocktails in the City brings together 18 bars, 150 cocktails and 600 cocktails enthusiasts. The movers and shakers (pun intended) of the Manchester bar scene will…

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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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Drinks Enthusiast Spirit Tasting Night – 24/7, Manchester

There are worse things to do of an evening, than spending your night with a group of new people, learning about spirits and tasting drinks. No, really, there are. And that’s the premise of The Drinks Enthusiast’s Spirit Tasting nights – book your ticket, turn up, meet new people, taste spirits, learn lots of interesting…

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Caffeine and Co – Manchester

I don’t drink tea. I didn’t drink coffee until three years ago, when my Dad forced me to drink espresso and eat pastry every morning, when I went to visit him in Italy – it’s ok, I’m a grown-up girl now, it’s not child abuse. However, since that nerve jangling, stomach griping week, I’ve been…

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Pancho’s – Arndale Centre, Manchester

Pancho’s, a small stall that has stood in the hustle and bustle of the Arndale food market, first caught my eye with it’s gaudy yellow sign and queues of burrito buying lunch-timers, last year – back then it was one tiny little stall; the Mexican husband and wife team run off their feet churning out never-ending…

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