I have a slight obsession with teas and hoarding teas from my travels. I love trying out new teas as you can try lots of different flavours but without the fullness of typical meals or desserts. I know a lot of people find anything but black tea dull and weak tasting, and it can be an acquired taste as quite often the smell is stronger than the taste, but I love it. I was therefore excited to see Bird and Blend Tea Co. (used to be Bluebird) being added to Manchester’s repertoire! This is especially so since I hate coffee. Here, I attend their launch event open to the general public. *
I first came across Yes! Doughnuts at their first market in Levenshulme market and fell in love with their interesting flavours and good texture. I was particularly happy to see that they were selling some vegan doughnuts, and although not a vegan myself, I had my best blogger friend, Lacey, in tow and was so happy that we could both have a doughnut!
You can find them frequenting GRUB at Fairfield Social Club but they hope to be back in Levenshulme one day. Here, I interview Phil of Yes! Doughnuts to find out what gets them buzzing about doughnuts!
Time for something a little different on the blog. In the current economy, sorting your finances has never been more important. A lot of this is prioritisation, you could eat out for lunch every weekday but you could also be saving that money to go towards something you want more. This could be a deposit for a house or a holiday (for more delicious food!). And let’s not forgot saving for a rainy day when life does throw you a curve ball and you find yourself suddenly needing to pay off a large sum.
I was invited to the giffgaff gameplan event to see how they can assist with this. The day involved delicious food from The Principal Hotel in Manchester as well as thrifty ways of living!
I’m not vegan but I try to eat mostly vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds; what the industry coins as a plant-based diet. With my subscription to a vegetable box from Veg Box People, I’m always on the lookout for interesting recipes to create with what I’m given. I’ll be going to Vegan Life Live, a 3 day event taking place at EventCity in Manchester. As my readers, I’m also working in conjunction with them to give away 5 pairs of tickets!
I have recently had the pleasure of attending the Bumble Bizz Food Writing Workshop at the Cow Hollow Hotel. The workshop is hosted by Bumble, an app which allows you to connect the others in three different way. Bumble Bizz relates to the networking aspect of the app.
The workshop featured amazing speakers who gave much insight into their favourite food writers and challenges faced. We also had a free-writing session where we were asked to write what our last meal on Earth would be.
I venture out to Knutsford in Cheshire to try out their Afternoon Tea at the recently refurbished Courthouse. There’s something I really like about an Afternoon Tea. I know that it’s an all day affair and you are essentially gorging yourself on a combination of sandwiches, scones and desserts. You essentially need to forgo food on either side of the Afternoon Tea (or at least, I’ve had to)! It is usually nothing overly special, and yet I have thoroughly enjoy each Afternoon Tea I’ve eaten. I think because of the way it’s presented, you can essentially take your time and enjoy a long conversation with people without staff bringing and taking plates around you (apart from the occasional tea top up).*