I admit to being a bit snooty about some restaurant chains; turning my nose up at faux Italian names and microwaved tapas. Tried once and never to return. However not all chains are created equal. Wahaca, Wagamama and Pho for example, are all places I happily revisit. And as of this week I add Turtle Bay to that list.
I’d heard good things about Turtle Bay, but we’d just not made it into one. Then a new branch opened and we were invited to try a taste of the Caribbean for ourselves at Turtle Bay Blackburn.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been into Blackburn centre and it is looking very smart with the newly created cathedral quarter looking great. Read More
Eating out is something we are lucky enough to be able to do regularly; whether it’s a quick local sushi tea when a freezer dive hasn’t defrosted or a Saturday ‘date night’ somewhere special. But what we don’t ever do is breakfast out.
To tempt me out for breakfast, it would have to be somewhere fairly close (I wake up hangry some days!), good choice and different to what I’d do at home (bowl of porridge or cereal, maybe toast when I’ve a bit more time). Read More
A night away on your doorstep might seem a bit of a waste of time, an indulgence even, but for me it makes total sense; nothing acts like a quick stress relief fix than flopping down on a hotel bed and breathing deeply. And the bed in question this time is at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa.
The Macdonald Manchester Hotel is a moments walk away from Piccadilly train station and if you’re coming into Manchester on a mainline this is where you’re likely to arrive.
Looks can be deceiving, and from the outside (I usual see it from platform 14 waiting for a train) this hotel certainly looks like an architectural brute. But the rooms will soon make you forget that. Read More
New winter menu items at Wagamama means one thing: comfort food.
Steamed buns (some call them bao, Wagamama call them hirata) have to be one of my ideal comfort foods. You get squishy puffs of carbs with hot, flavourful filling and differing textures. Two bites and they’re gone and you get two in a serving which means you can order a couple of flavours as sides to share and still fit in a main course. Read More