THIS BLOG HAS MOVED

18 Apr

This blog, along with all it’s new content has moved to Wolf in the City

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Personal Fitness and Achey Knees With Pro Balance Gym

17 Apr

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I’ve currently got this really weird pain in the muscles on the inside of my knees. I have never had pain here before, but of course I have never been worked out as I was by Andy Jeffries on Tuesday.

Andy is a personal trainer, and has abused the fabulous knees of people like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake in his time at his own gym Pro Balance which has been in business for fifteen years now.

After just an hour, I know a lot more about the tragic state of my body, and how I can seriously improve it. I called him a torture-master when I reviewed his gym for VIVA magazine last year, and I’m tempted to resurrect the term. After a little cardio, I do press-ups, burpees, squats, assisted chin lifts and walking lunges in never-ending reps before a little ab work. Fit or not, that hurts.

It’s a good pain that makes you feel seriously fantastic about yourself, and if you want, you can now link up with Andy via Skype when you’re away on business, at university, or literally so lazy that you can’t be bothered to travel into Manchester (it’s okay, I get you.)

As well as tender muscles, I also came away with this recipe for a re-hydration drink that also burns fat, I already love it and seriously recommend it:

  • 250ml fruit juice
  • 1 litre cold water
  • a pinch of salt


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Find Andy and his gym on Twitter at @ProBalance1 and online here

Find the gym on Jacksons Row near Albert’s Square.

Splendid Sausage Company Is Splendid

15 Apr

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Yesterday I ate a lot. Yes, I do eat a lot most days but seriously, Splendid Sausage Company really, really spoiled me. The brand new gourmet dining joint which has been open less than a week wants you to know straight off that they say ‘No’ to Weiners.

Yes this is a hot dog place, but no, they don’t serve those slimy excuses for meat that come preserved in liquid like some sort of grotesque lab sample. They use Howarth’s Butchers for all their meaty sausages, and that lovers, is a place that has won the gold medal for Best Cumberland Sausages.

Once they’ve got the ultimate basics, they pile right on there with a myriad of completely fresh, in-house ingredients. A popular concoction is The King, which brings peanut butter and banana to the hot dog party. As I have more allergies than I’d care to admit, this serving is out of the question for me. Instead, I’m served the JYD and the Mexican, along with their already semi-famous eggs benedict fries. I told you I ate a lot.

I’m also served a ‘Sundae Strawberry Blondie’ which is better than it sounds, but which won’t be around for long. You see, Splendid like to mix things up a bit, and so their dessert changes weekly and will morph to suit occasion. This Easter weekend for example, I’d reccomend going to check out their sausages shot through with chocolate and topped with home made hot cross bun crumb. And then finish that up with an Easter egg pinata cake, which you’d be actually mental to pass up.

Thank you Mike and Emily for having me, you guys have a seriously cool restaurant.

Check out on Twitter


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The Mexican

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The JYD

Supersonic Manchester Pride 2014

12 Apr

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I’ve come over all eighty-year-old because I quite literally cannot believe that the last Supersonic was a whole year ago. An entire year since I thought I was going to be sick from nerves as I interviewed the Feeling aboard the Concorde, and since Shannon and I danced all night with our temporary GBF’s.

Last night was extremely surreal as everything was so exactly the same as last year. Everything except the presence of The Feeling (sorely missed). Even the meal was pretty much identical.

This year though, I actually paid attention to the raffle and I cannot quite believe the money that was thrown around. Two tickets to see Kylie Minogue (Gay Cliche or what?) went for £400. That’s a whole month of rent and bills. A tour of Coronation Street went for £950 (A Celine bag). And a private box of fourteen to see tongue-Queen Miley Cyrus went for £2,700 (two pairs of Burberry leather pants and a dachshund in a Marc Jacobs purse). Bloody crazy money.

Despite the feeling of being embarrassingly poor, again I have to say that Manchester Pride is the happiest place on Earth.

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Opening of LIV Night Club

11 Apr

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So I’m actually only two days in to my internship at I Love Manchester and it’s already pretty damn amazing. Last night, Simon and I went to the press launch of new fancy-pants club LIV.

On the way down the steps (hazardous for some of the platform-happy heels I was seeing in there) we were greeted by the smug slogan “LIFE IS A PARTY”. Personally, I’m all for mottos that smack of hedonism, but I can’t help but feel that in a place this elitist, they mean it literally.

Apart from the oodles of white neon – because I like white neon as much as I like creme eggs – I’m not too sure about the place. Don’t get me wrong, I love a little bit of healthy capitalist competition but there’s a line between playful and poser and these guys have crossed it. For a night club, there’s an awful lot of space to sit your expensively clad bum, and the dance floor is positioned almost stage-like between the rows of leather alcoves.

What kind of person wants to dance in full view of seating probably filled with lecherous businessmen and flowery footballers? I can think of a few, and they’re not the kind of people with whom I’d like to spend a Saturday night.

But they do make a nice cranberry vodka.

Watch out for tomorrow, as I’m off to the Supersonic event tonight!

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Stilettos – Zara

Leather Jacket – Barney’s Leather

Dress – Ark

California Dreamin’

10 Apr
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There’s a lot of things that, as a student, I can’t afford. And apart from steak and champagne, the most upsetting thing beyond financial reach is a golden ticket to Coachella. Every year since I could discern that the Californian desert line up was the ultimate music amalgam to ever exist, I’ve wanted to go. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the first weekend, and again, I won’t be there.
However, I am absolutely adamant that one day, I will. So for that day, here is a collage of the outfits I would wear in that desert among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

Zoe Karssen

La Garconne

 Cleobella

 Cartier

Black Dog Bowl: Manchester

9 Apr

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I’m back in Manchester; back in internships and I feel like me again. I honestly feel sorry for scholars who live their lives with their noses buried in musty books. Because journalism/PR is the career.

Today, after running round the city with I Love Manchester’s Chris, securing deals and meeting web designers, we headed to the bowling alley Dog Bowl for a review with Tom. While I tucked in to my sharing of nachos and a board of fajitas, the guys opted for some sticky chicken wings: Tom with the hottest Wild Buffalo Sauce and Chris with the ‘sweet’ Bourbon BBQ. Both ended up with sauce in their beards, so I could tell that they were equally impressed. Dessert came in the form of a game of bowling – which I lost dismally. But I still got a strike!

Tomorrow, I’m off to the press opening of new night club LIV.

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