Family theatre in Chorlton

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Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I posted. A house move and a change of career have taken their toll on my blogging. But when The Edge Theatre contacted me and offered me a family ticket to a show this weekend to give away to you lovely people, I had to get involved! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are lucky to have this right here in Chorlton and I know this event will be a lot of fun.

So, the performance…

Lolly, Pops and Circus Props

Suitable for ages 3 – 7 and their parents and carers

Saturday 18 October 10.30am & 12.30pm.

LOLLY has dreams … She dreams of ADVENTURE and TRAVEL! 

But when she runs away from the circus to see the world, she encounters a few unexpected obstacles along the way. She soon realises that the circus isn’t so bad after all and wishes she was back home with Pops. But how will she get back?  Maybe her circus skills and props will come in handy after all…!

Artful Playground’s interactive musical stories are aimed at children aged 3-7 and for children with special educational needs. Stories are brought to life as the children are invited in to take part and become the characters, sing songs and play games with the story leader. Musicians represent the characters on different  instruments and the story is accompanied by a live musical soundtrack.  The outcome is a wonderful mix of fun and learning, as Artful Playground and the children join forces and go on an imaginative journey together!

I have a family ticket for 4 people to give away for the show this weekend (either 10.30am or 12.30pm). To enter, simply retweet my tweets about this on So Chorltons twitter account, send me an email or leave a comment below. 

Competiton closes Thurs 16th October, 5pm. The winner will be drawn at random and notified that day.

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First Steps into Acting

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Hi eveyone.

Just wanted to let you know about this course my good friend is running. I know lots of you guys are creative types, and if your kids are following in your footsteps this could be a great start for them. It’s a 14 week course for 7-10 year olds, right here in Chorlton at The Edge theatre.

Artful Playground Workshops

These will be so much fun for anyone involved and will really help to develop confidence, while also gaining an Arts Award. I wouldn’t tell you guys about it unless I genuinely thought it was going to be fantastic. 

You can find out more and book from Artful Playground.

Zaytoon – Lebanese Cuisine

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You might remember when we tried to visit Zaytoon back in August…
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We were disappointed as my other half had brought her parents, who had been dying to try Lebanese food. But it with such a sweet sign in place on the door it would have been impossible to be angry at them!

Last week I noticed that Zaytoon was in the number one spot for restaurants in Chorlton on trip advisor,  so when the in-laws offered to take us out for dinner on Monday we suggested giving it another go.

We had a very warm welcome from someone I think must have been George and the waitress there. Straight away they made us feel like nothing was too much trouble, and listed off some interesting sounding specials. We love having a lot of starters to share, so we ordered the first 5 on the menu and the halloumi from the started specials. George came out of the kitchen to tell us the portions were quite generous and that we got some of the things we had ordered along with our main course anyway, so perhaps we should consider losing one of them. I thought that was really kind. So many times I’ve been to restaurants like this and ordered separate hummus, only to find lots on my main course. I often wish people would be honest about that kind of thing.

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Halloumi starter

Everyone enjoyed the starters immensely. My only slight criticism is that I didn’t enjoy the pitta bread very much. It wasn’t home made, which is fair enough, but I’m one of those weird people who would be just as happy to eat pitta and hummus all night as anything else. So I tend to go back time and time again to places where the bread is really tasty!

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Falafel

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kafta kebab

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Lamb liver

 

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Chicken Kebab

 

We all really enjoyed our starters – I found the chicken kebabs juicy and delicious, but hardly had any room to eat much of the salad. My other half said it was her favourite part and finished my salad too because it was so good. Apologies for the photo quality on the lambs liver, but I just wanted you to see the portion size. (Enormous – if you can’t tell).  Some was taken home to have for lunch the next day.

The bill came to £78 for 4 of us, and we had all had alcohol, so I can hardly fault it. The decor is simple and the focus is clearly on good food, which we really enjoyed, but the best thing about the place is the people.

You can read a proper foodie review from Licking The Plate Again here.

 

 

May – Round Up – feat. Jasmine restaurant.

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Just got a couple of things to share with you about what we have been up to and what’s going on in Chorlton over the coming weeks.

We recently tried Jasmine on Barlow Moor Road. Some of our friends tried it and compared it to Aladdin in Withington, so we were sold! Describing itself as an Arabic restaurant, take away and cafe they have a huge menu of Arabic, Lebanese and Middle Eastern Cuisine.

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I’ll leave it to the proper food bloggers to give you more info, but I will say we thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was attentive, we liked everything we tried and the BYOB made it excellent value. The portion sizes were quite large, so we ordered a bit too much, and there is a lot of delicious bread with everything, so you are going to be very full (and happy) if you eat here. The decor is a bit beige, but the atmosphere was quite lively. Perhaps that was because they had a hen party in!

I’m sure you have lots of things pencilled in to your diary over the Chorlton Arts Festival, but if  you are free on Sunday check out The Afternoon Sessions at Proof, featuring the fabulous Ordsall Singers. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this a capella group many times, as they can often be found performing in the foyer at The Lowry or at Victoria Baths. They sing what I can only describe as really fun songs, that will have you wanting to join in and humming them for the rest of the day. It’s free and I guarantee will put a smile on your face!

We have come to expect great things from The Edge theatre, and their half term offering looks to bring more quality performances direct to Chorlton. They also have a really good offer, with a 3 family shows for just £16.50, or £10.50 for concessions. Who can resist shows as cute as The Tap Dancing Mermaid?! Find out more about the offer and the performances.

Have a very merry bank holiday!

Leaving Chorlton… but not going far!

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It feels like a few months since we moved to Chorlton, but it’s actually almost been 3 years. It’s been so much fun and the best move we have ever made. I love living here and feel like there is still so much to see/do/try. So we were very sad when our landlady got in touch and said she was selling the flat. We were thinking about buying in a couple of years time, as I’m about to change careers, so it’s just not the right time for us to buy right now.

So the hunt was on for a place to rent in Chorlton, but if we were going to move we wanted a bit more space and a garden, so decided that we needed a house rather than a flat. We are also quite picky in the respect that we don’t like to rent from agencies, as we have had bad experiences in the past and cannot really see why you should have to pay them money every time you decide you want to stay for another 6 months. We found our last place on Gumtree, so we checked there and found a great place near Chortlon Green. It was a fair bit more than our rent now, but it was a reasonable sized house in a great location. I took all of 20 minutes to make a decision, but by that time the place had been snapped up! We were sad but resolved to look again for a house. I looked at a few in the Chorlton Green area, but to be honest, they weren’t much bigger than our flat and not all of them had yards, so we started to get a bit worried. Everywhere seemed to be through an agency too.

We began to think about areas near Chorlton next, looking at Stretford, Whalley and Old Trafford, and it was here that we found the perfect place. A 3 bedroom place with a big garden for the same price as our tiny flat was too good to turn down. It’s not far from Upper Chorlton Road, so we are still within walking distance of all our usual haunts.

I jokingly posted on twitter that we would have to start telling everyone we lived in Upper Chorlton or Chorlton Borders, which prompted someone to tell me to stop being such a snob! This made me laugh a lot, because anyone who knows me would know I’m the least likely snob! I’m sure Old Trafford will be a fantastic move for us, as it’s a gorgeous house on a very friendly street… and it’s literally a ten minute walk from our current flat! All being well, if the checks are all fine, we will be moving over the summer (fingers crossed). But I genuinely will be sad not to officially live in Chorlton any more. There is a certain pride to having an M21 postcode purely because we have such a great community. I’m definitely proud of that and playing my own small part in it. I take the piss out of the place a fair bit, because you see such characters and it never ceases to amaze me. I suppose if being happy about that and preferring to live here (rather than anywhere else I have so far) makes me a snob, then so be it. I’m a Chorlton snob!

It’s not the end for So Chorlton. I enjoy finding things to write about on this blog and I get lots of messages from people who are new to the area and have found helpful information from my posts. Besides, we are just down the road… maybe I’ll rename it Almost Chorlton?!

Chorlton Pub Quizzes: The Lloyds

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Hi, 

Todays post is the first in my pub quiz series. I’m going to try and attend all the pub quizzes that take place in the coming months and give you my verdict on them. 

First up is The Lloyds. I was really keen to try this one out as it is a smartphone quiz. You can read more about these types of quizzes here, but basically you answer on your phone using an keypad and there is only a very short amount of time to answer, minimising the chance for cheating. 

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You will normally have to select the letter the answer begins with or a number on the keypad, but some are multiple choice. The first week we attended we enjoyed it very much, as there was a good mix of questions, but we thought that it was let down a little by one particular round. It was basically a guessing round and was 30 points per answer, meaning people who were not very good at quizzes could take a wild guess and still have a chance to win the whole thing. We weren’t so keen on this to be honest, as it let other people over take us when we had been in the lead all night. But we still managed to come second and enjoyed lots of the other rounds. Second prize was a bottle of wine of 4 pints and I think 1st prize is £20 towards a food and drinks bill. Not bad prizes considering there is no charge to enter.

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The second week we attended it was hosted by a different guy, who was no where near as professional and the whole thing took a lot longer and just didn’t seem as slick. It didn’t help that he had seriously offended one of our group at the start of the night, but the whole evening was just not as enjoyable. There were far too many photo questions and just not enough variety. This second bloke confirmed he will be doing the quiz every Wednesday from now on. I think they also have one on a Saturday, so I would be interested to find out if the first guy hosted that, as I would definitely go again to his.

As for the atmosphere in The Lloyds, there were about 6 teams each week and some teams I know from other quizzes, but I think it would benefit from a few more groups. The place is still very new and bright and I think it just needs wearing in a little and perhaps the lights need dimming a bit as the evening goes on. Some of the other customers this week were among the drunkest people I’ve seen in a long while! But they were funny rather than annoying. If I had been sat closer it might have been another story!

We had a bite to eat beforehand this time and the food was just ok. We all had burgers as they are buy one, get one half price on Wednesdays. The food took a while and the bun was stale but the actual burgers and fries were all tasty enough for pub grub. 
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This was the Chrysler Burger. I didn’t know it had a mini burger on top when I ordered and thought it was a bit odd, but my friend enjoyed trying it as she had chosen a chicken burger with halloumi. There was no way I could have eaten them both!

So it’s a bit of a mixed review for The Lloyds. I would definitely recommend trying it though, even if just for the novelty of the smartphone element. It was a lot of fun and with a few drinks in us, tons of laughter.

A sunny day at the waterpark

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Just thought I’d share a few pics I took at the water park  today. What a gorgeous day it was!

We decided to take our lunch with us and go for a little stroll. I always forget how lovely it is there. Very easy to forget you are 15 minutes from the city centre. We haven’t got a dog, but we are very broody for one, so we love seeing all the dogs out for walks and taking a dip in the water.
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IMG_1086The dogs were paying absolutely no notice to the signs…

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IMG_1091We stopped to people watch and enjoy a picnic – steaming hot noodles from a flask and some cake we made last night.

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IMG_1115Although is was gloriously sunny today, there was still a lot of mud, so we washed off our Dr Martens wellies in the water.

IMG_1127We had brought some change in case the ice cream van was there, but we were so full of cake we didn’t bother. But I do love the little coffee van near the car park. Wouldn’t be Chorlton without those someone selling coffee!