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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.

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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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.

 

 

Stay-cation

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Some days it’s just too nice to sit at home and blog, so today I’ve got my self settled on a table at De Nada (free wifi – win) to give you a quick update on what we have been up to. With the weather like this, and all the tasty food choices we have in the area, it’s really felt like we have been on a little mini-break somewhere sunny.

As usual, our activities have revolved around food and drink, so yesterday we met some friends at Font for cocktails. I’ve not been able to get enough Sailor Jerry Mojitos, but this week’s choice was Cherry Bakewell. Very ladylike until I realised how delicious it was and almost sank it in one go.
IMG_5932The Font has started serving food, so we are looking forward to trying that, but we were pretty sure our friends would love the food at De Nada, so we nipped there for some Sangria and delicious eats. I stuck to the Lomito Completo, but our friends tried a stew and some patatas bravas, which were apparently the best she had ever had.

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I’ve only been a couple of times before, but after spending time there again this weekend, I really have to sing their praises. The menu is small, but everything is excellent, and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Here’s hoping they have a very successful summer.

This morning (with slighly sore heads) we went out to get a few things and decided to stop for lunch. I remembered that people have been talking a fair bit on Twitter about the burgers at Morley Cheek’s having ‘the best burgers in Chorlton’ – big claims indeed. I think I judged this place a bit unfairly, thinking it wasn’t for me because it’s the sort of place that shows the match. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I just assumed it wouldn’t be my cup of tea. Anyway, we decided to check it out. The menu board outside made me a fan straight away. This is exactly the kind of stuff I like!
IMG_5948We didn’t realise they had a nice decked area at the back, so were happy to catch a little sunshine, eat some food and recover. The burgers sound fantastic, but we decided to save those for a day when we were really hungry! Also, resisting pulled pork is quite tricky. so we ended up with a hotdog and some seasoned fries with cheese and pulled pork to share.

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I think they were great value for a really generous portion – excellent spot for a hangover lunch! We will definitely be back to try those burgers soon.

I had a negative comment on here some time ago from someone who lived just outside of Chorlton, telling me how self-satisfied I am. It didn’t bother me one bit, but I haven’t forgotten it because it was pretty funny. Well, if self-satisfied is wrong, I don’t wanna be right – it’s been one of those weekends that makes me very glad to be here!

Blown away by The Beagle

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While waiting for a casserole to cook this evening, we popped out for a pint. There is one place we kept meaning to try, but had just never got round to it… The Beagle.

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I’m sure lots of you have already been. We are very slow off the mark on this one. But if not, we just wanted to tell you to believe the hype! They seem to be on top of their game in every single area. The decor is simple, but they have branded everything beautifully…IMG_4161

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…even the sign for the toilets!

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I’ve been told the food is excellent and we were certainly impressed by just nipping there for a pint! When we went to the bar we were my partner said she would try a pint of one of the guest ales (Tea, I think?). In half a second there was a little glass full on the bar, with a good glug for her to try. We hadn’t expected it, as she just meant she would buy a pint and see how it went. We haven’t been drinking in the right places! The barman asked if there was anything else we wanted to try and didn’t rush us while we were pondering for ages. It felt really good to be made so welcome.

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The restaurant area is gorgeous…

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and check out the table in this cosy little snug!

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If our tea hadn’t been in the oven, we would have been sorely tempted to stay and eat. We’ll definitely be giving it a try very soon, but I’m if you want to know what to expect, look no further than the lovely Good Gobble Blog review.

So what do you think of the place?

Yakisoba Chorlton

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Thought we’d share a few pics and thoughts on our visit to Yakisoba on Barlow Moor Road. It was such a great experience and we are left feeling, yet again, so lucky to have another option for amazing food within a few minutes walk.

Everyone I had asked said the food was great, but no one mentioned the enormous portion sizes! I’m not complaining, but we just would have shared a starter had we known. As it was, my other half ordered Pork Siu Mai (pork, prawn and vegetable steamed dumplings)

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and I ordered Chicken Spring Rolls. Massive portions of both, but both totally gorgeous, so we ate them all.

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We both got Bento boxes with our main courses. I thought this was really cute and there were lots of really tasty nibbles in it, (we especially loved the chilli prawn crackers and cashew nuts) but the salad was a bit of a non event. Naturally, we saved the fruit until after, and this took the edge off my very sweet tooth and meant I didn’t need a dessert.

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Main courses were Fillet Beef and Black Bean Lomen and Chhicken Noodle Soup.

The service was very quick, and we thought it was excellent value for money. Not least because we had enough left for lunch the next day!