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January Round Up

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Hi everyone,

January has been extraordinarily busy for us so we haven’t had much chance to share things on the blog, so I thought I’d give you a quick update.

It was my birthday earlier in the month and decided to stay local for my celebrations this time. Eight of my friends and I headed to Yaki Soba for a meal then to De Nada for drinks and playing cards. It was a near prefect night. The next day my family came over and we all went to Arian for more food. I think trying Persian food was a first for my gran, but we all hugely enjoyed it and left feeling full and content.
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Being bring your own booze means Arian is perfect for larger groups and celebrations, so I wouldn’t hesitate to go there again.

We visited both markets this month – the ones on Manchester Road and outside the Horse and Jockey. The best purchase this time has to be Dough It Yourself pizza bases and sauce. The deal is 2 bases and a sauce for a fiver, which makes for a great value meal for a family, especially if you have some things in the fridge already that will make good toppings.

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We went for spinach, goats cheese and peppers which was delicious. You can find these at the markets most months but also in Epicerie Ludo.

Other food bargains this month included a trip to The Lead Station, who had 50% off food week nights in January. We took full advantage with Sirloin Steak and Moules Frites, which made for a great payday treat.

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IMG_1068We also took our friend to Tea Hive for cake, as we haven’t been in ages. It’s so disappointing when you can’t get a table here, so we booked in advance this time. Their cake is amongst my favourite for a few reasons. Not only is it very well baked, but the portion sizes are great and they are always trying new flavour combinations. I’m not into tiny, fancy afternoon teas…. I like a good wedge of delicious cake!

On Thursday we went to see a new play called Project XXX at The Edge. It was starting it’s tour right here in Chorlton before going on to some other pretty high profile theatres in the North West. I’ve said it before, but we are so lucky to have this facility nearby. The place is so very welcoming and the staff are working very hard to make it a success. I was pleased to see that the theatre was busy and that the play was of a very high standard, which all made for a very enjoyable night out. We left the theatre, as usual, feeling very lucky to live where we live.

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Living in Chorlton – 1 year on.

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Today is the anniversary of us moving to Chorlton. It’s been one of the best decisions we ever made, so I thought we’d share the top 5 things we love about being here.

5. Nights out in Chorlton

Since moving here we have had some great nights out drinking. We have enjoyed beautiful cocktails at Proof, proper beers in Pi and pottering around in search of the perfect pint on many occasions. Some of these nights have ended with shisha and long chats til the early hours, which somehow makes me feel like I’m on my holidays! Being able to step out the door and grab a drink locally whenever the fancy takes us has long been a dream of mine. Having so many good choices means we don’t have ‘local’ just yet because we are still trying out new places all the time.

4. Getting to know you

When we moved here I hadn’t thought about writing this blog, but I really glad I decided to do it. Chatting to friendly people, getting advice on where to go and about local services, and being able to help other people have just moved here are just some of the positives to come out of it. I never thought that I’d be chatting on twitter to almost all the owners of the shops near my house. I’ve found the people on Manchester Road especially lovely. It’s just the cherry on the cake.

3. Feed me now

We eat out way more than we should. Be it cafes for breakfast, Sunday lunches with the family or nipping out for the early bird menu at Croma. I should perhaps feel a bit guilty, but it adds such happiness to our lives, I just can’t. Highlights have to be Afternoon Tea at Tea Hive, breakfast at The Lead Station and tapas a Bar San Juan. But that’s just to name a few. It’s great to just go out on the spur of the moment and wander round until we decide where we want to go. Equally it makes us really proud to invite family and friends round and take them out to try our favourite places. It’s just a joy.

2. Local living

 

Until we lived in Chorlton, I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t understand why it was important to shop locally. When your nearest shop is a Tesco express 20 minutes walk away, it’s difficult to understand the benefits of shopping in independent stores. I’d never really experienced it, and it wasn’t practical for us. I now ‘get it’. Totally. I could write reams and reams about the benefits… how it makes shopping about people again, how it makes you feel good, how everything tastes better, how convenient it is for us, how good it makes us feel. I do realise though that we are very lucky to live somewhere that makes this so easy, but I’m happy that by shopping in independent stores I’m part of the solution, not the problem.

1. It’s home

We have lived together for 7 years now and have never felt that we were where we wanted to be. As soon as I saw this place, I knew it was right. It’s the first time we’ve thought, yes, I’d like to buy a house here. And while it’s definitely not cheap, the quality of life we have means it’s worth every extra penny. We look at the schools and think, perhaps in ten years time we’d like to have children and send them there (perhaps!) and this thought has never really crossed our minds before. It’s just where we want to be.

My new ‘happy place’

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I’m not going to lie, we have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Tea Hive on Manchester Road. Since trying their cakes at the markets, we have been looking forward to the shop being open. Today was the day and we headed down there, having been promised free tea and cake on the invite we had picked up.

I’m not a coffee drinker, so a place specialising in tea… well, I thought it would be just my cup of tea! The area the shop is situated was in bad need of some freshening up, so this little place is a very welcome addition to our locality. I’m sorry I didn’t have my proper camera with me, as these pictures just don’t do it justice, but the Tea Hive is stunning.

It has the kind of mismatched chairs and tables I expected and these all look really good together. It’s not been over done and the space is nice and comfortable. There are some cute little and also really big old dining tables that mean it wouldn’t be a problem coming with the whole family.

Moving on from just how pretty the whole place is, the selection of food and drinks are good. Obviously, the focus is on tea, and they have a really big selection. There is also a light meal menu, with fairly priced sandwiches and cakes. The Afternoon Tea is £12.95, which is a really good price, so we will be trying that for a treat some time soon.

We also were offered cakes, so tried the Victoria Sponge and a chocolate and raspberry cake. I don’t know much about much, but I know cake, and the chocolate cake was like a huge chunk of brownie. Very rich but very good.

I have fallen totally in love with this place. I can’t wait for the weather to get cold so I have an excuse to just sit in there and drink tea and read all afternoon. As with any new relationship, there always has to be an element of embarrassing yourself, and being a clumsy bugger, I dropped and smashed one of their gorgeous china plates! They were very nice about it, so I think we will be seeing each other again!