An Afternoon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

 

I think the reason me and the bloke haven’t gone on more city breaks for long weekends is that living in Manchester can sometimes feel like a city break in itself.  It has a vibrant city centre including shops, bars, restaurants and unusual fun things to do, axe throwing, climbing, trampolining, mini golf with cocktails, Crystal Maze and Escape Rooms anyone? It has little mini town centre’s like Chrolton, Didsbury, Fallowfield and Denton with high street clothes shops, quality charity shops and independent cafe’s. For a city it also has surprisingly large parks like Alexandra, Debdale and Heaton park.

It was my birthday recently so we went to V Revolution again. Is it possible to get tired of yellow stretchy cheese, too many sauces at once and fried/pickled things? Probably not.

If you ignore my double chin, I swear this burger was as big as my head. The Bloke commented ‘It’s a shame that your jaw isn’t hyper-mobile as well’ with a wink. I tried my first ever Long Island Iced T and was a little disappointed it didn’t taste anything like traditional iced tea but I did like the watery raspberry flavour. It would certainly do the trick on an empty stomach, even if you did eat a literal tower of food afterward.

I nipped in Forbidden Planet and the ever-friendly Travelling Man to pick up some comics thanks to Free Comicbook Day. I chose these four as I thought they were all pretty individual and something I might want to check out further.

 

I could have spent hours documenting the cute and sometimes thought provoking, wheat-paste art that was on every lamp post and bollard. But you know when you’d rather enjoy the feel of a place, rather than obsessively recording it?

I decided to try some new things and the lady who works at McCall’s Organics is so friendly and knowledgable about everything, you don’t feel silly asking for ‘kefoocha?’ and ‘Kimishi?’

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I bought Kingfisher Aloe Toothpaste as my teeth are getting more sensitive. My gut is also on the sensitive (read big giant diva) side so I got the above drinks and kimchi which have live cultures that help digestion.

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As the queues for gelato were astounding, I decided to treat myself to these dairy free dreams that McCall’s keep in their fridge.

 

 

 ❤ Chrissie

 

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Sweet Freedom, Choc Pot Chocolate Spread review

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Don’t compare this chocolate spread to Nutella, this tastes a lot different, in a good way. It really reminds me of the lovely chocolate on the top of traditional chocolate eclairs.

It’s completely dairy free and spreads really easily, even when it’s been in a very cold fridge. It’s perfect for spreading on white bread, adding to sweet pastries or eating with a spoon – 14 cals per teaspoon to be precise. ^_^

 

Foodie Review – Veggie, Gluten free and Dairy free Items



grano Vita, Nut Luncheon 

This is probably as weird as you are thinking it is. It has a mushy texture and tastes like un-roasted cashews. I tried to cook it under a halogen hob but it sort of dried up and died. I tried to fry it in a pre-heated pan but it absorbed all of the oil and fell apart. I tried eating it cold on a butty but the texture reminded me too much of posh cat food for me to make it past the second bite. Major fail.

natures energy meridian Korma Cooking Sauce

This is a very tasty sauce, with a flavour reminiscent of korma and a medium-thick consistency but it does not taste creamy enough to pass for a dairy korma. I added ground almonds to create a sauce which tasted a cross between a korma and a pasander, which worked really well.

Natures energy meridian tikka masala Cooking Sauce 

I have to confess I’ve never had tikka masala before (I’ve always thought it would be better with chicken, rather than tofu or veg) but I can tell you that this one is a creamy tomato based sauce with coconut cream. It remindes me of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup if it were a little spicy and not quite as sweet. I just had the second half of the jar with rice and pea as I didn’t have anything else in the cupboards and it was such a nice light tea for summer.

Natures energy meridian green pesto (What is it these days with no capital letters in names?)

I’m the Goldilocks of pesto, I either find it too oily or too dry, too salty or not salty enough. I have found the perfect one (by Sacla) but this one is also acceptable. It’s packed with nuts (and therefore protein) and really fills a hole if you are hungry. I found I had to add a little oil and salt to it for it to be just right.

grano Vita Pepperoni 

Obviously this does not have the fat of a pepperoni and as a result it is much more dense and heavy.  This does taste exactly like a sausage though, which is sort of creepy and cool. I would definitely buy this again for when I need something more than just a snack.

Ten Acre, How Chicken Soup Saved The Day

Taste exactly like roast chicken crisps! I didn’t realise how much I’d missed them until I tried these. Teamed with a can of cola, these are the perfect quick and simple hangover cure.

Which one’s would you like to try?

Chrissie

 

Sacla Italia Free-from Sauces

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I thought I’d share these with you as I’ve never made a sauce from scratch in my life but I can knock up a pretty decent dish, with these gluten and dairy free sauces. I usually add pine nuts to the pesto when using on pasta or I just add a little pesto on my pizza or on ‘cheese’ and crackers. The risotto I have just the way it is, as it’s amazing. To the tomato sauce, I add some black olives and halved cherry tomatoes and have it with pasta or gnocchi.

Chrissie

It’s My 3rd Blogversary! Thank You ^_^

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An absolutely mahoosive thank you to everyone who has been with me since the start or found this blog a while ago or have just discovered it. Your comments and likes have spurred me on to keep blogging and have been the highlight of my day when I’ve been having a bad one. Your support and enthusiasm has made me feel like I’m actually good at something when Dyspraxia has made me feel otherwise. You have made me laugh (with you, not at you), you’ve been as excited about geeky things, urban things and cruelty free things as I have and really made me think about life with your observations and advice. You are all awesome!

It is so strange to think that three years I finally took peoples advice and started a little unassuming blog. A blog which turned into something that a lot of lovely strangers actually started to follow and commented on and then some of my fave brands which I’ve used for years started to gift me their products to review and invites started arriving for blogger events, meals and cocktails!

The most surprising thing however, is that I’ve actually kept this up for three years and yes, people leave but new people follow every week. When ever I’ve felt bored because of illness or Winter weather or I’ve felt lonely, this has been a little sanctuary that I can visit, with a cuppa and snuggly wrap around cardigan, which always makes me smile.

To anyone who’s followed this blog for a long time, I appreciate you putting up with the early days of back-to-front structured sentences (thats how my thoughts sound in my head) and under or over exposed photo’s. I never realised that as a blogger I would become a copy writer, an editor, a photographer of all sorts of subjects, a photographic editor, a creator of layouts and an organised (gasp!) person capable of meeting deadlines, tagging and scheduling blog posts and the owner of several busy and successful social media accounts. Phew!

To anyone reading this who isn’t a blogger, why ever not? Give it a go, what have you got to loose? Even if you only get a small amount of followers, you will still have a creative journal of your life and maybe learn some new skills along the way.

Now give me some cake!

Genuine thanks from the bottom of my heart

Chrissie

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