Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Meet Manchester- Part 1, Food!

Hey everyone I love my home town of Manchester loads, like I really do! There is so much to do and so much going on all the time. After the riots and everything last year Manchester got some bad press, but at the Gay Pride and Manchester Mela this weekend I felt very proud of the North West so I decided to give all you fellow bloggers an insight into my best bits of Manchester.

Best Breakfast-
Odder/ Odd/ Oddest
This is a great family friendly bar that play kids movies once a week, they are all Manchester Based and serve a mean breakfast. Choose a type of egg then add beans, a sweet potato patty, hash brown, veggie sausage, grilled tomato and mushroom plus it comes with lovely granary bread smothered in butter. Other alternatives include the meat breakfast and the vegan breakfast with tofu. I get tofu and poached egg instead of hash brown as I hate hash browns.
£6.75- vegetastic or vegantastic
£6.95- Original with bury black pudding
£3.95 for lighter option of a bagel with your choice of item.
http://oddbar.co.uk/ 


Best Quick Lunches
Oklahoma, central to Manchester serve a yummy baked sweet potato with chick pea curry or organic beans for around a fiver, Blue Daisy Cafe in the Northern quarter do yummy home-made quiche and the best goats cheese toastie ever!, Earth Vegetarian Cafe do a great range of dishes and pies served with brown rice or potatoes and salad for £6 for 4 items, The eighth day serve the best dhal in Manchester and yummy pasties stuffed with cheese/v-mince or beans and The Aadvark Cafe do the worlds best salads which change daily but I loved the sweet chilli broccoli and 3 bean with roast butternut squash and my mum liked the creamy potato salad.
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Best on the Go
Taco Bell- Food court, I know fast food is sold everywhere but these gems are rare in the UK so stop by, a bean burrito is only £1 and v-tasty, don't forget churros and chocolate for pudding.
Arndale food Market- So Many different types of food, from pancakes the chinese, to greek to pizza not to forget curry, pasta and paninis. Also stop by at Nutz Uk for the yogurt coated freeze dried fruit and turkish delight. Also In Manchester are 2 Wasabi sushi outlets with £1 sushi at lunch!

Best Buffet
Manchester is home to a red hot world buffet and yes its as good as it sounds...
http://www.redhot-worldbuffet.com/
also stop at china town for a wide variety of Chinese buffets!

Best to dine out
For yummy pizza visit the fancy Dough where there are literally dozens of Pizza's to choose from including veggie and gluten free variety's.
We also have lots of chains in Manchester including, Zizzi, Tampopo, Las Iguanas and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.



Best for a sweet treat!
You didn't think I missed dessert did you, In the Arndale visit shakeaway for a delicious caramel shortcake milkshake (or one of the other wide choices) Or head to Whitworth St, or Spinningfields for a fro-yo at Frurt where they offer a wide selection of dairy and soy frozen yogurts as well as smoothies, iced coffee and gluten free brownies! Also In Spinningfields there is a sweet cupcake stall worth a visit. Slatterys near me is also best for dessert but not central Manchester so If you are only visiting central Manchester give Patisserie Valerie a go instead. 

Enjoy eating your way round Manchester, over the next month I will also post my favourite attractions, shops and more!



Saturday, 25 August 2012

Hello September :)

Some people are dreading September but as my life is school free and I rather enjoy most elements of studying ('most' excluding maths), I am looking forward to a new month for lots of reasons.

1. Days out and did someone mention yes, more days out.
September means the coming of just another month filled of fab opportunities for time spent with family and friends. Me and My mum are looking forward to attending the opening day of Glasgow's girls day out when it tours to Manchester. Girls day out is a special show especially designed for females and is this year being opened by Peter Andre.
http://www.girlsdayoutshow.co.uk/manchester/video7.html

2. Back to extracurricular activities...
September means its time to go back to Carol Godbys for drama and The Met for dance and I am starting horse riding again! (Post to follow soon) Also I found a great youth club at a local church I plan to attend.

3. New flavours, New Magazines and New Fashions

4. Seeing my Home Ed friends more

5. Its nearly Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and my Birthday Hurray

Have a Happy September Amigos

Its a chicken :)



Thursday, 23 August 2012

What I did this summer part 1!

Thought I would give an update to my life as I took a break from blogging recently as I have been super busy during the summer :)

Manchester football Museum

New sport for the olympics?

Lovely rainbow....

......and my street got flooded


Manchester Caribbean Carnival 2012




Vintage transport weekend at MOSI

Homemade Chickpea spinach and Potato Curry and tandoori cauliflour  

Riding


Monday, 6 August 2012

WOMAD- 2012

I recently went to Womad: WORLD OF MUSIC AND DANCE, festival with my sister, it was my 5th year their and it was amazing as always. I truly recommend this part family oriented festival as their is so much more than just music, there are amazing foods, loads of shops and lots of dance, drumming and craft workshops. There truly is something for everyone.

cooking churros

smoothie bike

frog with meet the species









Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Money saving fashion site round-up

I thought I would share some fashion websites that can help you save money on your clothes and still follow all the latest trends, these are a mix of websites for shopping, and websites that share tips!

The first site is everything 5 pounds, It says it all in the name, the website sells a wide variety of clothes, shoes and accessories and they change to the current seasons fashions- http://www.everything5pounds.com/
 Of course not everything on the site is always gorgeous but I regularly find amazing bargain buys, you can also read reviews on what people think of various items.

Everything5pounds

The 2nd sites are
Brand Alley- http://www.brandalley.co.uk/Registration?mod=ver4&Origine=1844
and
and Ebay outlet Fashion Gallery- http://www.ebay.co.uk/fashion/gallery?_trksid=p1000001.m595
Both of these sites are good for getting designer labels for less, on Brand Alley you can register then get all your favourite goodies for discount prices and on Ebay Outlet you do pretty much the same thing and get stuff such as half price super-dry hoodies and discounted converse.


The next site I wanted to share is http://www.swishing.co.uk/  on this site you can take part in clothes swaps online, simply send stuff in and get credits to spend on-line, its really fun and addictive and a great way to update your wardrobe. 
Swishing - Swap Old, For New


Another fab group of sites are the DIY sites, my favourites include
http://runwaydiy.com/ - recreate catwalk looks using d.i.y fashion skills.
http://www.ispydiy.com/ - a site for spotting favourite styles and doing it yourself
and http://psimadethis.com/- great for DIY accesories


One site I knew I had to mention was
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop
On the Oxfam site you can buy lots of lovely 2nd hand clothes with all profits going to a fantastic charity!


Of course there are always sites like
http://www.fashionvouchers.com/vouchers/
and
http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/

Where you can get online discount codes and printable vouchers to spend on your favourite sites and in your favourite stores.

Hopefully with the help of these sites you will be able to look good for less and make the most of your clothes budget.

:)
India
xx