Grand Pacific opened up on the site of the old Reform Club on King Street in Manchester. The menu alluded to East Asian cuisine with a Western twist. I went to the launch party, taking my friend with me for the evening.*
I grew up in Northern Ireland and these no-bake treats were a staple in the cake section of any cafe, alongside British classics like the Millionaire’s shortbread and flapjacks. It was only on leaving to come to England did I realise that they don’t exist across the water. Indeed, it appears they’re not even popular in the Republic of Ireland.
They are called fifteens as are made from three main ingredients of which you need 15 of each: digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glacé cherries. I share with you this easy classic recipe that kids can also help out in. Make these the day before you wish to serve them so they can chill in the fridge. I sometimes make these for St. Patrick’s Day.
Richmond Tea Rooms has been one of my favourite places for cake and tea in Manchester for ages. Hidden away on Richmond Street, just a stone’s throw away from Manchester Piccadilly train station and China Town. It is a place where you may not think of venturing down unless you knew it was there; the alley leading to the tea room is dark and littered with industrial bins.
When my friend came back from Singapore to visit, I knew I had to take her to one of Manchester’s best place for Afternoon Tea.
I was delighted to attend Zouk’s Spring Showcase recently which offered a preview of some of their Spring cocktails as well as food from their menu including their March specials. Here I will talk about what I tried.*
My favourite place in Manchester to have cake is Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter. I’ve been going for years and having been to other places, I find myself coming back here each time. Here, I will share with you the reasons why I love this place so much.
We all know that a healthy diet consists of plenty of vegetables. I usually have no problems as I quite love vegetables and salads, but even I can admit that on a cold day, that salad is just not very appetising. When Goodlife approached me to try out their range, I took their offer gratefully.
Here I will review, the mushroom and spinach kiev, the french bean and spinach sausages and their falafels.*