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Category: dinner

brewdog, manchester

the guys at brewdog know what they’re doing – their strong following of beer lovers keeps them popping up in cities across the uk, sharing their love of hops through beer schools and serving up ridiculous percentage brews.

i’m learning the ways of the beer drinker but, sadly, i am not there just yet.

however, there is one thing i do know about, and that’s bbq – luckily, that’s a love brewdog also shares.

beef brisketvisiting on a thursday evening with a brewdog virgin, we poured over the food and drinks menu, but i quickly knew what i wanted; having been here with a yelp contingent, i had to go back for more mac&cheese, and opted for the brisket as my main meat.

i apologise for yet another poorly lit photo (i have a bad phone camera!) but just take a look at that smoke ring. wow.

the meat itself was tender and packed with flavour, if a bit dry, especially with the hunk of brown bread served alongside. the mac&cheese, however, took care of this and added the much needed moisture.

pulled pork rollmy companion went for the pulled pork roll with a side of sweet potato fries, which were heavenly. the meat was much easier to eat with a large helping of bbq sauce on top, something my dish could have done with.

on the whole, a great meal in super relaxed surroundings. and a smoke ring that will stick in my memory.

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lucha libre, manchester

so, it’s 2014 and i’ve hardly been out for any food!

no diets involved – simply time and getting my arse off the sofa at the weekend or after work.

to get ourselves back into the swing of eating out, the boyfriend treated me to a meal at lucha libre. opened in liverpool then extending to manchester, i had high hopes and they were (mostly) met.

lucha libre manchester menuinside, it’s nicely set up; a large bar area with plenty of drinking tables, eating tables towards the back, and a large dj booth upstairs. we were seated quickly and handed our menus, which is when we got very excited.

the idea is, as with many places this year, ‘family dining’ or ‘tapas’ (the buzzwords for a foodie 2014, perhaps?)

i personally think it’s a well priced menu, with some burritos and quesadilla only coming in at the ¬£5 mark – a great mark for anyone wanting a quick, cheap and little bit naughty lunch.

we, naturally, wanted to try everything, so went for:

chicken empanada

jalapeno poppers

black beans

spicy fries

pork pil bil quesadilla

cali steak burrito

lucha libre feastto round up our thoughts rather than boring you all by going through the individual dishes, it was good – not great, but good!

there’s was just a little bit of something lacking, with the fries being the spiciest item on the table.

however, i did really enjoy my burrito, but only with a few drops of hot sauce; the steak was super moist, with plenty of guac, and i loved having the sweet potato fries inside the wrap, something i have been known to do at home.

chicken empanada lucha librethe chicken empanada, the perfect hand held item, was probably second on my list, providing a surprisingly light combination between chicken & chorizo.

i’m assured the pork was delicious, if a bit juicy! napkins on laps folks.

the thing to let it down? when wanting another drink it was a long wait before anyone noticed us – we had actually finished our meal by the time my wine came.

saying that, i’d go again, simply because i felt very content with both the price and fullness of my stomach. i’d simply be less thirsty.

happy new year!

happy 2014 everyone!

before saying goodbye to 2013 completely, here is a brief (but mouthwatering) look over the food i recently tucked in to during my christmas visit to sydney, australia!

IMG_0285beef & the trimmings on the plane from manchester – dubai

IMG_0290pasta with parmesan & avocado on the plane from dubai – sydney

IMG_0318steak sandwich & amazing fries at the lord nelson brewery pub

2013-12-25 11.29.26christmas day brunch!

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2013-12-25 21.32.43scallops to start & chicken roulade main at the oxford social for christmas dinner

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2013-12-27 11.55.31zucchini, shallot & sweetcorn fritters with bacon and tomato, and pancakes with pistachio cream at jelly fish on manly beach

2013-12-28 13.46.19chicken tikka wrap from wine odyssey at the rocks market

2013-12-28 20.09.192013-12-28 20.09.282013-12-28 20.09.37green chicken curry, chicken & coconut soup, and chicken satay at home thai restaurant

it really was a whirlwind trip (i was only there for a week!) but, as you can see, i managed to fit plenty of food adventures in.

here’s to a new year, filled with many more culinary delights and food-fuelled weekends. keep eating!

nolita cantina, liverpool

i’ve recently celebrated my birthday (and am still celebrating to be honest!) and there was only one thing on my mind – i wanted to eat, and i wanted to eat well.

with a trip to liverpool all booked in, the question of where we would go to eat quickly arose, but was answered just as quickly. finding many of our locations over the weekend via twitter, nolita cantina became a bit of a must do after seeing some snaps of what they had to offer.

only taking bookings for parties over 6, which seems to be becoming more common, we went in at 8pm. there was a 45 minute wait, but after a massive lunch elsewhere, we weren’t too bothered by this – there are plenty of bars in the area! leaving our name and number, we went for a drink until the phone call came through.

2013-12-07 20.48.23by the time we were seated, it had emptied out a bit, but there was still a great atmosphere.

it’s hard to not be overfaced by a menu somewhere like this; where everything looks delicious and you could happily order any number of items.

after some fairly intense debate, we ordered mini corn dogs and buffalo chicken blasters to start.

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2013-12-07 21.07.41the corn dogs seemed a bit big for a starter, but the light batter meant that it actually wasn’t too filling, and the perfect amount to share between two. the buffalo chicken blasters combined plenty of my favourite things (pastry, chicken, cheese – done) and, when dipped into blue cheese dressing, were on another level!

2013-12-07 21.23.10my main of beef brisket was served up bushtrucker style – hey, it is a cantina after all! the meat and dr.pepper bbq sauce were both great, soft and sweet, but balanced by the crunchy slaw and rocket salad. this was exactly what i had in mind for my celebration meal!

2013-12-07 21.23.17apologies for the photography, but the boyfriend’s pulled pork plate was piled high with tender meat, regular and sweet potato fries, and bbq beans. the dish was supposed to come with 2 potato latkes but unfortunately they had run out, though they more than made up for it with the portion of fries.

2013-12-07 21.24.16generous portions and some of my favourite combinations, a must do for any meat lover.

guerrilla eats first birthday, manchester

anyone who reads this blog, follows me on twitter or yelp, knows how much of a fan i am of the big blue gorilla that is guerrilla eats.

recently, he celebrated his first birthday! and boy does he know how to celebrate.

traders included the usual dirty dogs are hot, ginger’s comfort emporium, chaat cart and fire & salt bbq but there were also a few visitors from elsewhere – spit and roast, mumma’s schnitzel (who are also to be found in spinningfields), and luardo’s mexican.

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as ever, we tried to eat from everywhere!

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2013-11-16 20.46.36the texan two step roll from fire & salt, consisting of brisket and texan smoked sausage on a brioche roll, was a real treat. stepping away from pulled pork was a great move, showing that bbq is more than the standard fare. the mac and cheese was delicious; mixed fresh in front of us, the sauce was creamy and rich, much like that of southern eleven.

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the buttermilk chicken bun from spit and roast, topped with korean hot sauce, made us both stop and really appreciate what we were eating. the chicken was juicy and moist, with a perfect crispy coating, and the sauce was sweet but spicy. i hope they come back because i don’t think i can live my life without more of this chicken.

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2013-11-16 20.19.56dirty dogs are hot were, as ever, offering up a twist on the classic dog – this time, it was the dog’s bollocks. no, that was the name! bourbon jam, a beef and pork frank, nacho cheese sauce and pickled red onion. if that doesn’t get your juices flowing, i don’t know what will.

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2013-11-16 21.00.22we had ginger’s chorlton crack for dessert – peanut and salted caramel ice cream. the initial salty taste took me back, but the aftertaste and chunks of nut went down perfectly. rich and creamy, it’s no wonder these ice-creams are so sought after in manchester.

not a bouncy castle in sight.