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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.

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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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The Burger Connoisseur : The Harley, Sheffield

29 Mar

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Where: 

The Harley, Glossop Road

The Meat: 

Now comes with two patties as standard. Definitely on the thin side though, and a culinary down side of The Harley Burger.

The Cheese:

Sublime. There is a choice between Monterey Jack and an interesting phenomenon called  ‘American Cheese’. Being someone who at least has a little regard for my health (ha ha), I opted for the former and was blown away by the strength of the melted wonder. If you’re building your own burger, whack some of this on.

The Bun: 

A little doughy and I would’ve liked it more toasted…

The Extras:

THE FRIES. They’re amazing and you get a lot. Like, imminent diabetes a lot. (A good thing.)

Burger Rating ( /5):

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Find The Harley at 334 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2HW

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The Burger Connoisseur : Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield

22 Mar

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Welcome to the first ever instalment of my brand spanking new blog series: The Burger Connoisseur.

Hands up: I am that person who always orders the same thing in restaurants. Yes, I do try new things, but no, I just don’t want a blue cheese stuffed crab linguini pie. I want juicy meat, a strong slice of cheese, and oodles of salad in a toasted bun alongside half a bottle of ketchup and a handful of fries. Not chic, but true.

This means of course, that I’ve had a great many burgers in my time. So many, that my mum is actually getting exasperated. So, to begin what will one day become the tasting of a burger in many restaurants around the world, I give you the burger at Bungalows & Bears.

*disclaimer: I know about burgers as much as the next person. i.e. OMG BURGER.

Where: 

The Old Fire Station on Division Street (already chic.)

The Meat: 

noticeably seasoned, but very very juicy. The extra flavours lend a real gourmet feel to an otherwise classic burger.

The Cheese:

 It may look like 4am BigMac cheese that is mingled with sambuca and lipstick, but it’s not. It’s niiiiice niiiice cheese.

The Extras: 

The greatest onion rings ever given to man: leftover reminders of the time our ancestors spent in Eden. And fries with some skin still on and with lots if salt. mmmmm.

My Burger Rating ( /5 ):

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Find Bungalows & Bears here and at The Old Fire Station, Division Street, Sheffield, S1 1RU

 

PS. I’M HAVING A HUUUUGGGEEE WEBSITE REVAMP AND REBRAND SO WATCH OUT FOR THAT!

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Revolución de Cuba

17 Mar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince visiting a certain gourmet burger restaurant in London recently (MeatLiquor) and seeing their frank Twitter message, I am inspired to review restaurants from the following standard: “come hungry; leave drunk.” Now I know that you know that I know where this is going and last week Simon and I did indeed come to Revolución de Cuba off West Street hungry, and pitifully for me, I did leave drunk.

The mojito and burrito deal that runs all the time at Revolucion de Cuba is a pretty thrifty one, considering that in Manchester you’d be lucky to get a napkin with your cocktail for a tenner. For this though, you get:

a) a ginormous burrito with meat of choice (pulled pork, obv).

b) a little pot of nachos with salsa.

c) any mojito on the menu apart from the Mojito Royale.

d) drunk.

In regard of d), I’m not making any promises, but if you’re a petite female who has a boyfriend that doesn’t like his own mojito then you’re sorted.

The interior is seriously awesome, if a little trippy seeing as just a step through the door transports you from St George’s moribund entrance to the inside of an old tram shed that has been converted into a cabana with frightening speed.

The burrito itself was different from others I’ve had in the past because the wrap was toasted rather than a classically soft tortilla. It was, of course, delicious and though I’m no good at describing what food tastes like, I will say that it’s up there with a half cous cous, half pasta New Leaf salad for how full it gets you. Especially if you have churros afterwards. Which we did. I confess to needing a little nap afterwards and if that doesn’t make you want to go with your last tenner then I give up.

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Pancake Cake – Heart Attack Edition

4 Mar

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I knew that there was a reason I went spinning yesterday. Pancake Day. It crept up on me in a really delightful, sugary way and now I’m just thrilled that I round housed them calories yesterday because I’m telling you now – I am going to replace them.

I’ve always liked pancake day for obvious reasons – any celebration that occasions the word ‘cake’ in the title of an entire day is not something to get sniffy about. Usually I don’t do much. I flip my own and cover them in sugar (hold the citrusy buzz kill), have about six and then recline in a state of pancake-induced euphoria.

This year I am a bona fide blogger and Twitter has told me therefore that I have to try something overt, decadent and not out of place at Gatsby’s. So, here is my chocolate tiered, cream sandwiched pillar of goodness. I hope you join in on my wanton show of hedonism, if only so we can share in our shame.*

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  • 175 g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 350ml milk
  • a pinch of salt

for the whipped cream filling

  • half a pot of double cream
  • a little icing sugar

1. Combine the dry ingredients until mixed (that’s the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt and sugar).

2. When combined add the ‘wet’ ingredients i.e the milk and vanilla extract – with a little oil. (I know, gross right, but this isn’t a weight watcher’s meet.)

3. Prepare your non stick pan with either butter or oil, depending on which side of naughty you’re feeling.

4. For each pancake, let around 60ml of batter. Do your flipping thang. Or flip them with a spatula if you live life in the slow lane.

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5. When you’ve used up all the batter on your pancakes, let them cool.

6. In the meantime, prepare the whipped cream by whisking the shit out of the double cream, slowly adding icing sugar until the cream is thoroughly whipped and diabetes-infused.

7. Sandwich the cooled pancakes together with the cream to create a stack.

8. If you want – which you do – you can drizzle them in melted chocolate. Melt some chocolate by suspending a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water (do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water!) and stirring the bar of your choice untill it is…melted. Or top with Nutella as I did.

9. Drizzle.

10. Instagram.

11. Eat.

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* The dirty, pretty little thing do not accept any responsibility for diabetes.

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Photo Diary : Sheffield Can Be Chic

9 Feb

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dinosaur broochstarbucksYesterday, my mum came to visit me in Sheffield and we spent most of the time eating and shopping. Being a big big city girl, I have no shame in saying that I just don’t like Sheffield that much, but we made the most of it, and our day consisted of: a giant slab of red velvet cake, the most beautiful dog I have ever seen at Starbucks, a screen printing gallery, a fluffy flamingo gift and a Designosaur brooch. I also was bought a delicious animal-print dress from Chelsea Girl at River Island which makes me feel a bit like Alexa Chung. Coming soon! X

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