Stitched Up

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We have a guest blog post today from Stitched Up. We think they are a fantastic organisation, but I’ll let them tell you all about themselves…

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Hello!

So Chorlton has been so kind as to let us at Stitched Up write a guest post for you; we have been based in Chorlton since 2014. Don’t know what we do? Well, we are a non-profit sewing cooperative, tucked away at 527B Wilbraham Road- opposite North Star Deli (yum). We love the sense of community in Chorlton, and believe there is really something special about this place!

We believe in sustainable fashion, and teach upcycling, garment-making and mending workshops where you can come along and learn invaluable sewing skills. All the materials we use have been saved from landfill. Not only this, but we run fashion events, socials, film screenings and offer workshops at community events around Greater Manchester.

And now we are calling on all Chorlton’s crafty seniors to join us, as we have received funding from the Adactus Housing’s Neighbourhood Fund for a FREE social event for the 50+ residents of Manchester.

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These socials are great opportunity to get together with like-minded people in your community and learn and swap skills in a fun and relaxing environment. The aim is to connect with the talented craftspeople of older generations by providing a creative space to sit back with a cup of tea and get to know each other while making things. Bring along your own craft projects – equipment like threads and scissors will be provided, along with Stitched Up’s support in the form of tips, hints and suggestions.

We know of many talented older craftspeople within our community who’ve been asking for an event like this, and we’re delighted to be able to offer one on a regular basis over several months so we can really grow and get to know the craft community in our local area. We can’t wait to see what the people of Chorlton craft in their own time!

’50+Crafternoons’ will be held on Wednesdays from August 5th until October from 12-4pm at Stitched Up’s new Head Quarters at 527B Wilbraham Road, M21 0UF. It is a drop in session, so crafters have the freedom to pop in for 30 minutes or stay the entire time. Our premises has a bus stop right outside, and a tram stop just fifty yards away. For more information, call us on 0161 881 7141 or email us at hello@stitchedup.coop

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If you are interested in writing a guest post for us, contact sochorlton@hotmail.com

Dogs day out

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This morning my parents visited and brought the dogs over with them, so we thought we would take them out for a little stroll round the water park. I’m sorry if the dogs terrorised you or your family members! They were chasing geese, dragging around huge sticks and diving into the water, then going up to people and shaking water all over them. They are an embarrassment.

Afterwards we wanted to get some lunch, but it needed to be dog friendly. I would have suggested The Beagle, but the dogs were soaked, so we needed to sit outside. There was plenty of space outside The Horse and Jockey, and we haven’t been for years, so we gave it a go.

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I’ve only eaten there a handful of times but when I have, people on social media have given me a hard time about it; like I’ve committed some faux pas by going to one of the most popular places in Chorlton! I don’t get it! I’ve always found the food to be pretty decent. I have to say, there was a period of time a while back when I thought the menu was a little overpriced and not really to my taste, so we just didn’t go there, but today the food and the service were absolutely fantastic.

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Their menu at the moment is much more simple, good pub food, so it was easy to find 3 or 4 things I liked the sound of. We all had things from the sandwiches section of the menu, so they ranged from about £5-7 a dish, which is superb value considering they all came with fries and the generous portion sizes. The fish finger sandwich was actually three huge pieces of fish in batter, which my parents loved, and I hugely enjoyed the quesadilla.

That outdoor terrace is a prime spot for meeting and chatting to other dog owners. It took us about half an hour to leave, as we had to stop and chat to everyone we met. It was such a friendly atmosphere, we all said we would do exactly the same again in a few weeks time.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you, the dogs had a few chips. They thought they were delicious.

The Beagle’s New Menu

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Teacher training has taken it’s toll. I rarely have time to talk to my family members, let alone write a blog post. So when The Beagle invited us to come down and try their new menu, I penned it in the diary “NIGHT OFF!’. They mentioned a ‘Calexican’ kinda flavour to the evening and the food on offer, and I think that just about sums it up. I got no work done that night, but I regret nothing… Even though I’ve cannot stop dreaming about the best chicken burger I’ve had in my life ever since!

They really looked after us, bringing us a couple of Margarita’s to help us relax into my big night off, and starting us off with a plate of four items from their Pick n Mix menu.

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We tried deep fried pickles, sweetcorn and jalapeno fritters, crispy crumb chicken strips and homeslice fried courgette ‘wings’. The courgette was the most surprising. Not sure it any longer counted towards my 5 a day but it was a damn sight more delicious for being coated in a light, crunchy batter. Would most definitely order these and the chicken again as a starter or little snack when I’ve had a few pints.

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We had been told that we could choose a main course from the menu, so we were expecting that next, but what showed up was even better. A taco interlude! The selection included Baja Fish, Korean Tofu, Carne Asada and a Popcorn Shrimp lettuce cup. I don’t really eat fish, so my other half tried the shrimp and Baja Fish – I think the latter was her big hit of the night. I loved the steak on the Carne Asada, but I couldn’t get on board with the tofu. The flavour was good, so I’m sure if you were a fan of tofu this would be a great option, but I’m not quite there yet with tofu.

IMG_6081My girlfriend had some nachos and thought they were delicious, yada yada yada. That’s all very nice, but what I want to tell you about is this chicken burger. I’m not normally a fan of chicken burgers, but the Inglewood sounded simple and delicious, which was just what I wanted in the moment.

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I cannot stop thinking about this burger. It was the best I’ve ever had in my whole life. The bun was as light as air (none of this brioche bullshit places are trying to fob us off with these days), and the burger was a full chicken breast coated in the most crunchy, flavoursome breadcrumbs. At one point I said “I’m gonna have a baby” because I didn’t quite know how to describe how good it tasted. I never said I was a food blogger!!

I think the new menu is just what the place needed to be honest. I wasn’t that keen on the food the last time I was there, and now I genuinely cannot wait to go back. We had a fantastic night and I was truly grateful for a welcome treat.

Jellytots and Dollymixtures Cupcakes – Chorlton

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I received a very welcome email last night from the people at Jellytots and Dollymixtures, letting me know they were opening a shop right here in Chorlton and to come along for free samples and a glass of fizz at 11am. Well, you don’t need to tell me twice!

IMG_3140If you haven’t heard of the company, let me tell you they have an excellent reputation. They already have one shop in Sale and are stocked in places like Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. This new shop is on Railway Terrace in Chorlton (past the Unicorn and towards Upper Chorlton Road).

We’ve made and sold a few cupcakes in our time, so can often be disappointed by the quality in some shops, but I’m pleased to say this measure up to our high standards. We tried a few of the mini cupcakes and both decided that our absolute favourite was sticky toffee pudding. That’s right. You heard me. Sticky toffee pudding cupcake.

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What I like most about this place is that they keep things pretty simple. They look really impressive but aren’t over the top and they have quite a few interesting flavours.They do what they do really well, and for a reasonable price. And it was that reasonable price that meant we ended up buying a box of six to share with our friends (truthfully, we shall be keeping them all to ourselves and sampling them while watching trashy tv tonight).

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I wish them every success and would definitely recommend you go and give them a try.

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.

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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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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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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.