The Netherlands – Its Not ALL Amsterdam

I find it amusing that whenever you tell someone that you’re going to Holland or The Netherlands for a few days, they immediately assume that you’re off to Amsterdam. Having visited The Netherlands a few times in the lasts few years, only one of these has actually included Amsterdam itself, with other trips taking in…

Premier or Not so Premier Inn?!

I’ve definitely spent my  fair share of time in hotels, sometimes living in them for 6-12 months at a time. A mixture of living in, holiday and business use of hotels, both in the UK and Overseas, has given me experience of all kinds of standards. Over the last 5 years, since working back in…

Product Review – Essential Cuisine Stock

One of the most basic, yet most important ingredients in any kitchen has to be Stock. From Gravy to Soup, Sauce to Stew, a good quality stock is the base of so many great dishes, yet far too often its an ingredient that is overlooked or taken for granted. Now I love nothing more than…

Product Review – Nelsons Gold

A while back I received a bottle of Wild Knight Vodka. The most stunning bottle of Vodka I had ever seen. I do like Vodka, it just isn’t my go to tipple plus I rarely drink it indoors. It was therefore a while before I actually opened and tried it. Wild Knight Vodka is a…

Travel – The Airport Lounge

I’ve travelled through many airports around the world, even having the pleasure of working in some, but lets face it, they are not the most enjoyable part of any trip or holiday. People are stressed, prices are steep, quality in some is appalling and to top it all off, there are never enough seats. Many…

Masons – Manchester Restaurant

There seems to be an endless stream of restaurants opening month after month, can they all survive? We are already seeing a huge number close, as there are only so many customers. Unlike cities like London, it appears that the main source of customer for Manchesters Restaurants, are the locals. Not just those from the…

Out and About – Festa Italiana

If like me, you like to plan your summer getaway around all the foodie events that take place throughout the summer, one that you just need to be aware of is ‘Festa Italiana’ Last June Maurizio Cecco, owner of Salvi’s, organised the 3 day event, where Manchester’s Italian community transformed Cathedral Gardens into a little…

Tried and Tested – The Saucy Affair

I’m really not a fan of ready-made sauces – maybe its the ‘Authentic Italian’ Pasta Sauces my mum used to use when I was younger – you know the ones, made in Holland that taste nothing like an authentic Italian sauce, and have all sorts of things added. I also wouldn’t class myself as some…

Tried and Tested – Kombucha

Kombucha? What even is that ?? – This month I was sent not one, but THREE different makes of Kombucha to try as part of a taste test panel. I have to be honest, I had never heard of this stuff before – so I needed to find out what I had gotten myself into….

Lunya – Manchester

Who doesn’t some love Spanish food!! Well those in Manchester definitely do, with an abundance of Spanish Restaurants to choose from, they all have to make sure that they stay at the top of their game to survive. Lunya is one such Restaurant that does just that. A family run affair, it consists of Restaurants in…

Brewski Chorlton

Chorlton is never short of new openings, all with their own twist, this one being no different. Brewski has replaced a number of short lived venues that have been housed in what used to be Abode on Wilmslow Road, Chorlton, since it closed its doors last year. A Canadian themed bar/eatery, with lots of timber…

Balsajo Black Garlic

For far too long, black garlic has been the ingredient of fine dining restaurants, a hint of luxury and a treasured ingredient alongside other pleasures such as Truffle. It wasn’t until I started to use the stuff at home that I realised just how versatile and easy it was to use. Balsajo were offering some…