Life in Manchester

I love this city. Here is a collection of everything Manchester-based that I’ve been loving…

Ocean Treasure

I’m known for being very predictable when I eat out and I’m guilty of nearly always ordering something with goat’s cheese in it – I love that stuff! Therefore it was high time I got a little more adventurous and … Continue reading →ocean treasure collage

A Cheese Fest

Out of all of the good things in life, cheese ranks pretty highly in my book. Creamy goat’s cheese, rich melted Camembert, ‘blow your socks off’ Stilton…I just love a good hunk of cheese. I’m therefore all over any invitation … Continue reading →cheese fest collage

Macaron Inspiration and Disaster

Get ready for a very macaron-heavy post…Don’t you just want to reach through the screen and grab one?Macarons are simply the prettiest, yummiest, mouth-wateringly cute little treat, and personally I can’t get enough of them.At the weekend, we pottered along …Continue reading →

macaron collage

Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23

For my Grandma’s last day in Manchester, I wanted to take her out for a special treat. Going for afternoon tea was the first idea that sprang to my mind, but rather than just going to any old tea rooms … Continue reading →cloud 23 collage

47 King Street West

This weekend my lovely Grandma travelled up north to visit me. She came bearing a large package of cheeses from my Dad, a bundle of garlic that had been grown on a little vegetable patch back on the farm, and … Continue reading →47 king street west collage

Guerilla Eats

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 … Continue reading →

Guerilla Eats collage

Snippets from a bank holiday weekend

I love a bit of fancy dress. Not as much as the guys and girls at Manchester Pride though. From the ostentatious, to the bizarre, to the surprisingly very traditional (bag pipers I’m looking at you)! Every August bank holiday … Continue reading →bank holiday collage

Dough: Yes to Pizza

If you’re looking for good pizza, there is only one place you need to go. Dough. Nestled in the middle of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, if you’re looking for inspired and generous toppings, this will be your stomach heaven.It may look … Continue reading →Dough collage

The Art of Tea

This weekend my parents came up from the shire to visit, so Darren and I were on the hunt for somewhere cosy and relaxed to go for dinner to catch up with them. We were recommended The Art of Tea … Continue reading →The Art of Tea collage

All Star Lanes

Once upon a time, aged 9, on a trip to our local Hollywood Bowl for a friend’s birthday party, I won a game of ten pin bowling. My prize was a little toy clown. However, since then my prowess on … Continue reading →

all star lanes collage

Grillstock: meat, music, mayhem.

This weekend, Grillstock came to town – a festival in celebration of BBQ and music. Darren and I dearly love a good BBQ, so as soon as we found out there was going to be a festival dedicated to the … Continue reading →

Grillstock Festival Manchester

Sunshine, Moonlight, Good Times, Boogie

Sunday was another beautiful day so we headed down to the Salford Wake Park at the quays to watch the Salford Wake Battles where pro wake boarders went head to head in competition. The wake park opened very recently and allows you … Continue reading →

Ellen's party collage

Bank holiday wining and dining

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I love bank holidays. Especially sunny ones! For me, it was the perfect chance to get out and about and catch up with friends. Following the Great City Games and the Chilli Festival we … Continue reading →

Alberts collage

Great City Games and Chilli Fest

Today we headed into the city centre to watch the Great City Games, a fantastic event where Manchester gets turned into an athletics arena, with a running track, pole vault and long jump, for some of the world’s best athletes … Continue reading →

Great city games menu montage

Beethoven, all you can eat and a massive bed

On Saturday night, Darren and I were invited by Classic FM to watch the Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, at the magnificent Bridgewater Hall. We went to watch a Beethoven concert which was absolutely brilliant. The … Continue reading →

Beethoven collage

Lowry Outlet Food Festival 2013

This bank holiday weekend hosted the first ever Lowry Outlet Food Festival. Boasting a bustling food market, al fresco eating in the sun, live music and celebrity chefs, what’s not to like? Just mention the words ‘food festival’ and Darren … Continue reading →

lowry outlet collage

Southern Eleven

Last night, we went on the hunt for more great American food. We’d heard of Southern Eleven as the home of Manchester vs. Food, the Southern Eleven Challenge: a 20oz Monster Cheese Burger with lashings of skinny fries and 10 … Continue reading →

Southern eleven montage

Just wandering…

Whenever I walk somewhere, I always seem to be in such a hurry to get from A to B as quickly as possible, which can mean that I never fully appreciate what’s going on around me. This weekend for a … Continue reading →

just wandering collage

The Blue Pig

Yesterday I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I’d been meaning to meet up with my friend John for ages and had also been wanting to check out The Blue Pig ever since it opened last year. So … Continue reading →

the blue pig collage

Almost Famous – filthy burgers

This weekend my friend Edd and I went to Almost Famous, a nearby burger joint, for some truly filthy burgers. I used to frequently walk past Almost Famous, wondering what on earth it was. There always seemed to be a … Continue reading →almost famous collage


Last night the girls and I headed out to dinner at Bakerie, a bread and wine bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, full to the brim with a ridiculous number of wines and yummy foodie nibbles.  Bakerie is owned by the … Continue reading →

bakerie collage


Nope, not the US state or the musical, but a cute cafe and gift shop in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Oklahoma is an Aladdin’s cave of all things kitsch and quirky and is a great place to while away the time, … Continue reading →

oklahoma collage

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