After a day of working from home (which included one and a half hours on the phone to IT trying to get my laptop to work properly, grrr!), I was ready to stretch my legs and head out into the city. My mission – to discover some new foodie delights and catch up with my friend Lottie. Our destination – the railway arches of New Bailey Street, which had been taken over by Guerilla Eats, a collective of food traders who hold big street food parties.
When we arrived we found a bunch of different foodie stalls spread out amongst the exhibition space beneath the big old arches, rows of tables for people to sit, eat and natter, and some banging tunes on the sound system. After grabbing a Guerilla Punch from the bar (made from bourbon, cider, apple and ginger), we pottered around to check out all of the stands. It was tricky to decide what to eat, but in the end we both plumped for the Carne Arepas from the Arepa Arepa Arepa stall.Now I’ve never had an Arepa before, but they are essentially a very filling Colombian flat bread, filled with the stuffing of your choice. We went for the shredded beef option and covered them liberally with mango sauce.It was really delicious and ridiculously filling. They certainly didn’t scrimp on the beef.After allowing the Arepas to settle down in our stomachs, we went in search of dessert. We already knew where we wanted to go – The Ginger’s Comfort Emporium ice cream van for the infamous Chorlton Crack ice cream. There was a range of very tempting flavours from this Manchester ice cream institution, from Coconut, Lime & Rum to Absinthe, but the lure of the Chorlton Crack was too strong to resist.Also known as Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter ice cream, Chorlton Crack is phenomenal and unlike any other ice cream I’ve ever tried. Having been served by a man who is pretty much the Willy Wonka of the ice cream world, we eagerly devoured the ice creams.It was very very creamy, rich in flavour, with a salty edge. For those of you who love sweet and salty flavours combined together, this is the ice cream for you. Hopefully I’ll be able to find the Ginger’s Comfort Emporium ice cream van again in and around Manchester, so I can have another scoop!
The Arepas were so filling that by the time we’d also eaten an ice cream, we were absolutely stuffed! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more Guerilla Eats events now that I know that they exist. I mean, who isn’t keen to try out some interesting and unusual new foods? If you are in the Manchester area, I’d highly recommend coming along to one of their events.