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red’s true bbq, manchester

situated in the old livebait building in manchester, red’s true bbq has come to save our souls and forgive our sins.

looking for yet another alternative to sunday lunch, we headed straight to red’s on their first weekend of opening. we were seated quickly with a great view of the kitchen, when you can peer in at the sheer masses of food that gets sent out and a variety of hanging meats.

reds (2)the atmosphere is relaxed, with some great music playing, and a real feeling that the staff enjoy their work here.

we were instantly excited by what was around us; the hot sauce! the lights! the quite literally biblical sized menu!

saucessauces include the carolina’s, kansas, ketchup and an amazing 6 spice hot sauce – which was by far my favourite.

10 commandmentsafter saying the holy words and reminding ourselves of the 10 commandments of bbq, we got stuck straight into the menu. i eventually decided on a smoked chicken & pulled pork hoagie with 2 ‘humble’ sides (fries and onion rings) and the other half went for the st.louis ribs, smoked sausage, and a ‘divine’ side of texas toast.

chicken and pork hoagieserved up on trays and piled as high as they get, this is not food to be sniffed at. my hoagie was packed full of flavour and, although it became a bit cloying – my fault for choosing two soft/shredded meats – the hot sauce and crunchy, vinegary slaw soon took care of that. however, the fries were uninspiring and onion rings a touch greasy.

st.louis ribs and sausagethe texas toast was a much better choice, as it seems the ‘divine’ sides are – no wonder they are held in such high esteem. the st.louis ribs, sticky and blackened, were tasty, if a bit overpowering of the rest of the meal. saying that, the meat fell off the bone easily and made for some finger-licking fun.

the smoked sausage, however, really stole the show. it had a wonderful bite to it, with a real *crack* to the skin and wealth of spice running throughout. this is what i would recommend ordering.

service ran smoothly throughout the meal, with lovely server thom coming to check up on us and have a chat whilst waiting for the card machine to process, and this is what really reminded me of my time in america.

all hail red’s – amen!

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.

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!

arts club, liverpool

walking past the arts club, it was like i hadn’t learnt anything from living in manchester as, for a moment, i thought it was actually an arts centre. little did i know that, inside, i would find one of the best chilli dogs i have ever eaten.

2013-12-07 14.19.432013-12-07 14.19.30nursing somewhat of a hangover from the morning before, i needed something delicious, filling and, most of all, naughty.

the menu offered predominantly burgers, with some larger plates of chilli and fried chicken with biscuits, but i couldn’t quite handle those! instead, we went for a chilli dog each, a portion of mac&cheese (with bacon – always with bacon), and triple fried chips. these were listed in the starters/small plates section, and were so well priced it felt like a complete steal.

2013-12-07 14.45.46the chilli dog in all its glory. we’re talking properly, chunky, pieces-of-steak chilli. with just the right amount of spice. the meat fell apart and the hot dog, surprisingly, held its own. nothing from a tin here!

WP_20131207_002the mac&cheese was simply heavenly, and a must try with some chilli – the flavours just work! it was thick with cheese and chunks of bacon, but somehow not overly heavy, and a really great portion.

it turns out triple fried chips have the most amazing amount of crisp, which is my absolute must when it comes to chips, though i wouldn’t be surprised if the fries were equally as good.

WP_20131207_003this is me, staring lovingly at my food.

don’t be fooled by the exterior, like i almost was. here is the perfect place to read a magazine, tuck into some solid, well made grub, and while away the afternoon.