Ziferblat – Pay For Your Time, Not Your Brew

It was a long time coming, but I've finally paid a visit to Manchester's quirkiest concept cafe - Ziferblat! The idea behind Ziferblat is that you only pay for the time you spend there (6 pence per minute to be precise), and once you "check in" you can help yourself to unlimited hot and cold drinks, toast, … Continue reading Ziferblat – Pay For Your Time, Not Your Brew

Foodie Christmas Gifts: Panettone

More and more I am finding that food items make the perfect Christmas gifts. Whether it's individual items, like this gorgeously packaged classic Italian Panettone from Italiaregina.it, or bespoke food hampers that you've filled with various treats perfectly selected with your recipient in mind, at least you know that food gifts will always get used - I … Continue reading Foodie Christmas Gifts: Panettone

The Christmas Menu at Artisan

We always go for a team Christmas lunch with work, and this year we chose Artisan in Spinningfields, Manchester as our venue. I’ve been to Artisan before, and love the New York loft feel of the place. It’s very urban and modern, but full of warm, cosy touches. And the Christmas décor just adds to … Continue reading The Christmas Menu at Artisan

Summer Garden Smash – a Botanical Vodka Cocktail

I was recently asked to create a botanical cocktail for the Ness Gardens Botanical Cocktail project, and I thought I’d share my “Summer Garden Smash” cocktail with you. The idea behind the project is to incorporate herbs into cocktail recipes and I have been allocated vodka as my spirit base, (which is great as I have … Continue reading Summer Garden Smash – a Botanical Vodka Cocktail

Traditional Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie

Slowly but surely I'm getting round to trying all the afternoon teas in Manchester and latest on my list was Patisserie Valerie as last weekend I was invited down to Valerie's afternoon tea party with some other lovely local bloggers. If you're not aware of Patisserie Valerie as a place to pick up some luxurious cakey … Continue reading Traditional Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie

Hotel Gotham Restaurant Review

Last week I was very excited to try out Honey restaurant in Hotel Gotham, Manchester’s brand new quirky-themed 5-star hotel. (If you've not heard about this hotel yet then check out their website - it's certainly an interesting one!) From the moment you enter through the glossy black and gold Art Deco door and the uniformed … Continue reading Hotel Gotham Restaurant Review

White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

Yesterday was my 31st birthday, and what's a birthday without a bit of cake?! I love an excuse to bake a full-sized cake, and this John Whaite recipe for White Chocolate and Raspberry melting cake sounded like just the right level of luxury. What you'll need: 200g unsalted butter100g white chocolate4 eggs200g caster sugar200g self-raising … Continue reading White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

Dine Around the Dome

This amazing dining event was designed to showcase the variety of great restaurants that Intu Trafford Centre has to offer, and it certainly did that! A few lovely local bloggers attended Dine around the Dome and we experienced a 5 course dinner with each course served in a different Trafford Centre restaurant. The restaurants were all located … Continue reading Dine Around the Dome

Wagamama’s New Menu and a Healthy Lunch

When I think of Wagamama I automatically just think of noodles, so I was pretty excited to be invited along to the Manchester Spinningfields restaurant this lunchtime to sample some of their brand new menu items. I decided I’d branch out (beyond noodles) into their new contemporary pan-Asian mains and starters and I was also … Continue reading Wagamama’s New Menu and a Healthy Lunch