Thai red curry with beef

at the Arndale market relaunch

I don’t often pop into town around lunch time as I don’t work in the city centre, but I really like the Arndale market’s mix of varied food stalls. When Sue Gregson, Assistant Market Manager, emailed me inviting me to the relaunch and to meet the traders, I jumped at the opportunity! I really like getting to know the people behind the food so this was perfectly me!

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Vegetarian pizza from Proove

at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2016

Every year, Manchester hosts its Manchester Food and Drink Festival around September-October and it is a festival I continually look forward to year on year. It takes place outside Manchester Town Hall on St Albert’s Square and is a 2-week free entry festival featuring market stalls from independents and chains as well as specialised events such as themed meals or workshops. This year there is an experimental vegan banquet as well as several hidden banquets including one by MilkJam. There is also Manchester’s own Bake Off competition.

Here, I explore what’s available on the second day of the festival.

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Selection of barfi from Barfia

at Barfia London

Barfia opened a branch on Manchester’s Curry Mile, Rusholme, and I knew I had to visit one day. That day came when my parents visited and my mum being a food adventurist, I knew I had to take her here as she’s never tried Indian sweets before. Barfia mostly sells barfi, a dense milk sweet similar to that of fudge, although they also do other things like chaats, macarons, samosas and drinks.

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The spread

at Indian Tiffin Room

I was overdue a meeting with some friends and one suggested we check out Indian Tiffin Room on First Street. I’ve heard much about the place, but have not had an opportunity to visit. We decided to go for an early dinner, so I booked a table via their website for 6pm.

We were greeted warmly at the door. I gave the staff my name and booking time and we were swiftly seated inside.

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