Ibérica, Spinningfields, Manchester| Review

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Spinningfields isn’t my usual stomping ground – it has about as much soul as Piers Morgan – but occasionally, I trudge over into Manchester’s financial district to eat at places I’ve heard so much about (Manchester House, for example) that I can no longer refuse my greedy nature the pleasure.

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Mackie Mayor Food Market – Northern Quarter, Manchester | Review

The resounding word on the street might be that the all new Mackie Mayor is expensive but that clearly hasn’t dissuaded hundreds of Mancunians from flocking to the Northern Quarter’s newest food market set in the spectacularly renovated former Smithfield market hall on Swan Street. 

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Shoryu Ramen, Manchester Piccadilly | review

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Whilst ramen has taken London by storm, it’s not as popular here in Manchester, being served only second to other Japanese dishes in the likes of Cottonopolis, Wasabi, Samsi and Umami. Perhaps it’s because Northerners do comfort food so well (dousing things in gravy) that we’ve yet to experience our own wave of ramenopoly. That said, Shoryu Ramen, popular London chain praised by Jay Rayner, opened its first restaurant outside of London here in Manchester late last year and, approaching its first year anniversary, we were invited to sample this season’s menu. 

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John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School: Perfect Patisserie course | review

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending ‘Perfect Patisserie’ – one of John Whaite’s (winner of GBBO series 3) Kitchen Cookery School classes. Included in the Standard’s 10 best cookery schools in the UK, the school is Set in a barn in the rolling hills of Lancashire, on the family farm where John grew up, it’s an idyllic setting and the kitchen fit out is enviable. 

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all that she craves – food and life, updated

As you might know, all that she craves was originally a food blog but there’s more to what I crave in life than food alone. It’s food, and everything that goes with it: the people who cook and eat, the places it comes from and where we go to eat, the surroundings and objects in which food is served and it’s all of that that becomes part of the story. So, this has become a blog about those things, too – food and life.

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Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, Manchester: new menu

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Northern Soul Grilled Cheese has been busy ever since it opened in Church Street Market (up the road from Afflecks and a stone’s throw from the Arndale market) early in 2016, but it seems to have been even busier since Adam Richman (of Man v. Food) made an appearance there this July.

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Where The Light Gets In, Stockport | Review

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Sam Buckley and his chefs prepare, cook and serve some of the best food we’ve ever eaten, the space is simple but beautifully, quietly, put together, the staff are warm, passionate and knowledgeable, each piece of crockery has a tactility that intensifies the pleasure of each dish, and even the hand wash makes me pant and sigh.

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Porter + Cole, Coffee Lounge and Lifestyle Store

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The Northern Quarter has a new coffee lounge and lifestyle store that’s a long way from the grimy, unnamed, unbranded, shops and bars that used to pop-up here. Carefully curated, Porter + Cole is perhaps more Didsbury-esque than NQ in its approach, but it’s quite at home with its equally grown-up neighbours.

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Grub Food Fair at Mayfield Depot, Manchester

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Welcome to Mayfield. Home to Manchester’s newest food market: Grub Food Fair! Set in the impressive, resurgent Mayfield depot, a short walk from Piccadilly, Grub’s arrived in style.

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Lunch at Evelyn’s Café and Bar in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Evelyn's Bar and Cafe in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Situated on Tib Street, just up from North Tea Power, Evelyn’s is up off the street in the lush, open plan industrial setting in what used to be my hairdressers (anyone remember Hedonist? We ended up with one of their green Chesterfield couches after our popping our heads in during their clear out/moving day. They’re Hed Space now) and then after it, Superstore, before Zanna group, who are responsible for a number of other successful ventures, including Indian restaurant Mughli, and Railway Kitchen in Alderley Edge, opened Evelyn’s back in 2015.

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Momofuku Milkbar Inspired Cereal Milk Milkshake

A trip to New York isn’t complete without at least one visit to Momofuku Milkbar for their soft serve cereal milk ice cream. It tastes exactly as you’d expect: like the milk you lap up from the bottom of your cereal bowl: sweet, rich and deeply satisfying. I wanted a quick hit of that cereal milk flavour without going to the trouble of making (and waiting for) ice cream, so here’s my take on it in milkshake form.

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Dinner at Hispi Bistro, Didsbury

Dinner at Hispi bistro, Didsbury

‘Hispi’, besides being a bugger to type without being autocorrected to ‘hips’, ‘hippo’, or ‘hippy’, is a cabbage more commonly known as a ‘sweetheart cabbage’, which, admittedly, is something I had to Google before we paid a visit (our first) to the mighty bistro that is Hispi, from Gary Usher, of the acclaimed Sticky Walnut and Burnt Truffle.

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Weekend Lunch at The Refuge by Volta, Manchester

Ah, The Refuge! Where you’re invited to ‘Come as You Are’ and dine in 1920s’ resplendent glamour. Everyone I know who’s been loves it, and I can finally jump on that big old bandwagon (sometimes you just have to) and say I do too.

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