Burrito Masterclass

Burrito Masterclass @ Barburrito Manchester

A few months ago I was invited to attend a ‘Burrito Masterclass’ at Barburrito in Manchester by Amigos who make tequila flavoured beer. I love tequila and I love beer but I can’t say i’m the biggest fan of tequila flavoured beer. I am a huge fan of burritos though and despite being generally against chain restaurants have been to …

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Cote Brasserie, Manchester

Côte Brasserie, Manchester

I wouldn’t usually write about somewhere after eating just one dish but I’m making an exception here since it was so damn good. The dish in question was a stunning ‘cote de boeuf’ at Côte Brasserie in Manchester. It was very much a spontaneous visit; late on a Monday night after attending a ‘Meet The Brewer’ event at Cane & Grain (review …

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International Cheese Awards 2014

International Cheese Awards 2014, Nantwich – A Grand Day Out

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the ‘Judging & Trade Day’ of the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich. Held in a giant tent in Cheshire – the largest cheese marquee in the world apparently! – some 4,443 cheeses from 26 countries were judged by a group of experts. While they got on with the judging I did a little tasting …

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The Botanist, Manchester

The Botanist, Manchester – Special Preview

Nobody divides the opinion of Manchester’s foodies quite like Living Ventures. They’re an obvious target due to their huge success and I guess it’s easy to hate them as many bloggers seem to, I’ve been guilty of it myself at times. But while many of their places are clearly not for me I can’t help but admire their relentlessness and also the …

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Viet Shack, Manchester Arndale

Viet Shack, Manchester Arndale – The Best Value Lunch In Town?

I realised recently that compared to previous years i’ve hardly eaten in any ‘fine-dining’ restaurants so far in 2014. As much as I still enjoy refined French food and good wine with fancy silver service I often have the feeling of ‘been there, done that’, they just don’t excite me as much as they once did. It’s partly fatigue from over …

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Almost Famous, Northern Quarter

Almost Famous, Northern Quarter, Manchester. Sweet, They’re back!

Perhaps surprisingly, I’d only been to Almost Famous once until recently. This for various reasons including; being a bit of a SoLita fan boy, not liking to queue and finding their early marketing more than a little tedious. On that single visit in early 2013 the food didn’t blow me away as I’d expected but equally, I wasn’t annoyed by …

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Drunken Butcher Deep South Feast

Liz’s Deep South Feast by the Drunken Butcher

The Drunken Butcher clearly has a great imagination and talent for continuing to come up with exciting new concepts for his supper clubs, but even the greatest minds need a little help from time to time. Recently he’s taken to developing custom menu’s for private, invitation only supper clubs based on a theme chosen by the organiser. I was lucky enough to …

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Brew Dog Arepa Kitchen Takeover

Arepa!Arepa!Arepa! – Kitchen Takeover @ BrewDog, Manchester

I love beer and BrewDog is one of my favourite places to drink it. I’m quite partial to street food too, so when I heard they were to hold regular ‘Kitchen Takeovers’ where they invite independent street food vendors into their kitchen for the day I was naturally excited. Even more so when I found out the first event was …

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Gorilla Bar & Kitchen

Gorilla Bar & Kitchen, Manchester (Revisit)

Having enjoyed my first visit to Gorilla last year I’ve been meaning to return for ages, before a recent gig at the Academy I did just that. Located under the arches near Oxford Road station it’s shiny and loud inside, it was busy too but we managed to grab the last free table. As if trying to get rid of …

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International Cheese Awards – Nantwich 2014

“Gromit, that’s it! Cheese! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!” Wallace & Gromit went to the moon for their cheese filled ‘grand day out’ but you don’t have to! Next week sees the return of the International Cheese Awards to Nantwich in Cheshire. Cheese lovers from all over the world, including yours truly will gather in the 80,000 sq ft …

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Moretti Gran Tour

Moretti Gran Tour, Old Granada Studios, Manchester – A Celebration of Italian Street Food

Since having my first ‘Pizza Pilgrims’ at Street Feast London in May i’ve been plotting a return to get another fix. Last week something wonderful happened; Pizza Pilgrims came to me! And they even brought some friends with them. ‘Moretti Gran Tour’ was an event run by Italian brewing company Birra Moretti to celebrate authentic Italian food, featuring some of London’s …

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