Thursday, 20 October 2016

Restaurant | Event | Christmas Menu | Ning, Manchester

I love the fact that restaurants start planning their christmas menus many months before december. A lot of time and effort goes into their creation of the perfect Christmas celebration meal. December is a very busy time for restaurants - friendship groups have their annual reunion, offices up and down host a christmas meal and couples make the most of the deals available. So having the right christmas menu can be the difference between ringing tills and empty seats. And I think the christmas menu at Ning, Manchester will have their tills ringing like sleigh bells this upcoming festive season.
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Lola and I fell in love with Ning after our last tasting experience at the restaurant owned by renowned Malaysian chef, Norman Musa.  So we were excited to get the chance to have a sneak preview of the christmas menu that will be on offer this December. This year, Chef Norman Musa has created a three course banquet that showcases the flavours of Malaysian cuisine at its best but with a festive twist. The banquet is £28.95 per head and is based on a minimum of 4 people sharing a selection of starters and main and finishing off with their choice of dessert.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Eat.Live.Wander || #2

Another week gone!

[Fikki] Christmas arrived early at Ning restaurant in Manchester. Got the chance to sample their christmas menu which will be available to diners this December. Despite the fact that I have been to quite a few of these types of events now, after years of blogging, i still end up over eating during the first course. This leaves little to no room by the main course and leaves me feeling round by the end of the night. Before christmas actually comes, I need to re-find my way to pure gym
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Restaurant | Event | The Lost and Found | Knutsford, Cheshire

The other week we got invited to the opening of a new restaurant and bar in Cheshire. Since Lola is now a budding Londoner, I invited my cousin along for the event. So after a day working, we made the drive down from Manchester city centre to Knutsford, Cheshire. My cousin was pleased to know that I would be driving as it meant she could drink for the two of us.
On the drive down, we both discussed how as city centre dwellers, we rarely venture to restaurants/bars in areas outside the city of Manchester. So it was nice for a change to try out a spot outside the ring road that encapsulates our city. After a 30 minute drive through some beautiful countryside (it always surprises me how close the leafy countryside is to the city), we arrived at the former town hall in Knutsford town centre, which is now home to new bar and restaurant - The Lost and Found.
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Monday, 3 October 2016

Eat.Live.Wander || #1

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There are so many parts of our lives and things that we come across that don't always easily fit into various blogposts which is where this handy little feature comes in. We want to share with you the little tid bits of things we love to eat, places to go and general life updates on our blog. Who knows you could find something you like. Enjoy!


Sunday, 2 October 2016

Event | #LoveScotch at The Drift, London | How To Make Scotch Cocktails

Whisky Whisky Whisky, the drink everyone just thinks they hate, regardless of whether they have tried it or not. The proverbial old man's tipple, best neat on a fat block of ice. The drink of choice for the guy trying to impress you and prove how much of a man he is, only to pull faces and express how this is his favourite drink ever. Being from a Scottish background, believe it nor not (God bless the Campbells!), I feel like I already have it in me to enjoy whisky. My favourite being this amazing salted caramel whisky I bought on the way back from New York last year. All drunk neat.


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Event | RUSH Hair, Manchester

As a black woman, I have become accustomed to the fact that when I need to get anything done to my hair I cannot simply "pop down" to my local hair salon down the street. I have learnt to accept that the stylist in the chain hairdressers on the high street is unlikely to know how to do crochet braids, install a weave or cut my once afro hair (RIP). I have to go to a salon owned by a fellow black woman because only she would be able to understand how to achieve the multitude of styles and processes we put our hair through. And as a result, I have grown to tolerate the hours of waiting for my turn, at the shop owned by the "insert african/Caribbean country" hairdresser, as they do not really do appointment times. Thinking of it, I do not think i have ever spent more than a few minutes in a non black hair salon.
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So you can understand my shock when I received an invite to the opening of Rush Hair in Manchester, a brand which already has over 70 salons nationwide. So my first response on receiving the invite was to ask "does the company cater for Afro Caribbean hair?" and the reply i got was "they do in fact cater to Afro hair". On that note, i had to check it out and speak to a few of the stylists.
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