Home Sweet Home, Edge Street

Now I spend most of my life at my own little home sweet home looking after Little Mr Manchester Is Ace, how strange that my first blog post back would be about a new cafe called Home Sweet Home.

I’d been told about a new dessert bar on Edge Street but when I went for a stroll down the hipster street in the Northern Quarter, I could see no such thing. read more »

Manchester is still ace

Just when I had been composing a final goodbye post for the Manchester Is Ace blog, inspiration came along again and I had the urge to write.

Having spent the past year being pregnant and feeling rather sick, and then having a baby meant I could just about function, work and earn a crust. Besides, it’s not very fair to review restaurants when you’re suffering from pregnancy sickness.

But now I feel like I’ve (almost) got used to this parenthood lark and young Mr Manchester Is Ace is almost four months old it’s quite nice to have an outlet to write about my favourite city.

There might be some more family friendly posts, and less late nights, but that’s fine with me. Hope you enjoy.


Sex and the City cocktails at the City Inn

The nice people at the City Inn in Manchester invited me to bring three friends along to try out their Sex and the City-themed cocktails – and I was only too happy to oblige. Not only did I get to catch up with my friends, drink some fancy drinks, but we didn’t even have to watch the film (I can’t not speak and sit still for two and a half hours).

Thomas Ebs, bar manager City Inn

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Choice Restaurant in Castlefield

On the balmy summer evening when I posted all these Castlefield photos, we decided to check out Choice Restaurant. I’ve heard it’s supposed to be good, but when you get off the bus at Piccadilly it’s a right hike to get out to Castlefield so had never tried it out.

Anyway, we were there and we were hungry AND they had a two courses for £12.95 offer on. The modern British menu definitely tempted our tastebuds so onwards we went. Showing its raw original brick arches to their full potential, the decor was understated, with a clean finish. So far, so good.

Chicken liver pate Choice

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Castlefield on a sunny day

Remember that sunny weekend in Manchester? The sun came out, got us all excited about summer and then disappeared again.

Castlefield is absolutely the best place to be in Manchester when the sky is vibrantly blue, and the sun is beaming away. At the weekends, the canal basin area is full of beer-drinking pub goers. But we went down on Monday evening, and apart from at Dukes 92, we only saw joggers and a few people out walking.

castlefield and beetham tower manchester

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City Inn’s new menu puts a spring in my step

We were invited to test out the City Inn’s new spring menu a couple of weeks ago on a similarly sunny evening, which led to a cocktail binge round the Northern Quarter with Mr Manchester Is Ace.

The City Inn is a place that has really developed in the last few years – in fact who can remember what was there before it appeared? Its surroundings are ultra-modern offices and an swanky apartment block, completely tranforming the previously grotty Piccadilly approach area. The new footbridge, which takes you over to Piccadilly station, means that the outdoor terrace is great for attracting passers by.

CIty Inn Manchester cocktails

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Manchester’s first Food Summit kicks off

Manchester is playing host to its first Food Summit tomorrow (Monday, May 24, 2010) to create a new forum for the food and drink industry to discuss important issues affecting them at the moment.

There is an impressive line up of events, with a key note speech from Matthew Fort. The Guardian food reviewer is a hero of mine since I read his book about travelling around Sicily while I was there on my honeymoon, and marvelled at the sheer amount of food that one human can consume.

The event is organised by Edge Street Events, who also run Manchester Food and Drink Festival and takes place at the Ramada Manchester Piccadilly.

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Open City Photography: a day in the sun

It was a tropically sunny day for Manchester’s Open City photography day today, and the city centre was heaving with red-faced, skimpily-dressed Mancunians enjoying the rays. I was assigned to Andrew Brooks (pictured just below), who creates the most amazing hyper-real photographs using Photoshop.

By taking numerous images of the same scene, including wide lens shots, close ups and different weather conditions, he layers different parts together to create a type of ‘photo painting’. The result is a very deep and detailed image full of atmosphere. Take a look at his photo gallery for all the images, including fantasy images created from Andrew’s imagination using different component photographs.

Open City Photography Day Manchester

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Manchester’s Open City photography day

Photo by Andrew Brooks

Now this is an event which is right up my street. After spending a considerable amount of money on a beautiful Nikon I still haven’t read the instruction booklet (much to the amusement of my friends).

Manchester’s Cityco has organised an Open City photography day which gives up to 100 people the chance to be taken on a free two hour photography tour and tutorial around the city centre on Sunday, May 23.

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Artisan du Chocolat launches in Selfridges Manchester

It’s exciting times, people of Manchester! For Artisan du Chocolat has landed in Selfridges. The divine chocolate company has finally branched out of the Big Smoke and made it’s way up North. And that’s because we all know that Manchester is Ace!

We’ve not had a gourmet chocolate maker (although I’m sure someone can correct me) in Manchester, since Plasir du Chocolat in the Royal Exchange and Harvey Nichols closed down and sadly went into administration. Obviously the Chocolate Cafe in Ramsbottom does amazing things, but it’s not on my walk home after work.

Artisan du chocolat manchester

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