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Guerrilla Eats is back with a boost of booze & beats!

Guerrilla Eats is ready to provide the great people of Manchester with local street food, craft beers and punches as well as music to dance the night away to this weekend.

The scamps will be setting up this Saturday (23rd Feb) at 60 New Bailey Street, Salford M3 5FS (right next to Salford Central railway station) from 6pm ‘till late.

Learning from the first event, this gathering will be indoors so no wet feet for the revellers – just pure passion for food with nothing to get in the way. The addition of booze and music will no doubt go down a treat and everyone is ready for an evening of great food and atmosphere!

Taking inspiration from the eponymous Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Guerrilla Eats is bringing a new concept in the North West – a street food night market; pairing street food, craft drinks and excellent music. All in all, a celebration of all that’s good for your tongues, tummies and your ears!

Mal O’Conner, of Guerrilla Eats, said: “Sitting down with friends, we noticed there wasn’t a night that catered to our needs of independent, low-cost food with craft drinks AND good music – so we decided to put something on that suited us – and that’s how the Gorilla came up with Guerrilla Eats.”

So, you’re wondering what’s going to be on offer… frankly, far too much for my mind to deal with – how will I ever make a decision about what to eat?! There’s definitely plenty of delicious grub available to suit all tastes and dietary needs from the likes of Fire and Salt BBQ co for some deep south BBQ comfort food to Chaat Cart which dishes up delicious vegetarian dosas and southern Indian fare or you can take a trip to the streets of Mexico with Margo & Rita’s burritos.

There’s pizzas fromStreatza, gourmet hot dogs from Dirty Dogs, quality burgers from Bistro Barn House and some yummy sweet treats from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium and Pancake Corner. So come on, don’t even try to tell me that your mouth isn’t watering at the thought!

All of this along with with craft beers from independent brewers and music from some of the North’s biggest up and coming DJs and you’ve got the makings of a banging Saturday night right there!

Guerilla Eats is at 60 New Bailey Street, Salford M3 5FS starting from 6pm.

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Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn: Reviewed

Manchester’s newest taco joint, Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn, inspired by a road trip from Vegas to Mexico, is blowing the minds of those lucky, lusty (and smart) enough to have paid it a visit already.

Exterior signage

Exterior signage

Formally known as Socio Rehab, the guys behind Home Sweet Home, Almost Famous and Keko Moku have brought us another glorious hangout over two floors!

It’s not just ‘Almost Famous with Mexican food’. It’s a completely different vibe to Famous, not better or worse but different, more ‘grown up’ shall we say? Less slut, more class and unmistakably ‘cool’.

Guac and artichoke dips with 'chips'

Guac and artichoke dips with ‘chips’

The menu is large and varied, providing meaty, veggie and fishy options. Accompanied by the delightful Sarah Nosh, we started off with the guacamole which is hand-smashed at your table for uber-freshness meaning you get the full hit of the lime, chilli and coriander complimenting the avocado. Alongside this we ordered the warm artichoke, jalapeno and cheese dip which also comes with nachos and was extremely moreish and something I’d never had before so I was pleasantly surprised.

However, for the calorie conscious you can indulge in carb-free goodness too such as the chicken lettuce cups. Chicken, pineapple, peanuts and sunflower seeds drizzed with a teriyaki BBQ sauce and served in a gem lettuce leaf. VERY good.

Chicken Lettuce Cups

Chicken Lettuce Cups

On to the tacos, burritos and sticky buns (now you’re listening?!), well, they are quite something. We ordered the Beef Smackdown burrito which was delicious but a bit heavy for me (the portion sizes are substantial). The slow-cooked beef with chipotle gravy, peppers, onions, hot sauce and cheese is spicy and comforting and it sure as hell gives you bang for your buck.

MASSIVE Beef Smackdown

MASSIVE Beef Smackdown Burrito

We also tried the Yum Yum sticky pork buns. The mini brioche buns are very sweet, too sweet for some but I enjoyed them. Smoky and sweet shredded pork topped with BBQ sauce and pineapple, HELLO INDULGENCE. However, on my second visit I ordered the Dirty Chicken tacos and I really can’t recommend them enough.

Sticky Pork Buns with Chips AND Salad (we ordered extra)

Sticky Pork Buns with Chips AND Salad (we ordered extra)

Dirty Chicken Tacos - Phenomenal

Dirty Chicken Tacos

They’re gorgeously tasty, creamy, tangy, cheesy and even refreshing ALL AT ONCE! I don’t know how that’s possible, but it is at Luck & Lust.

A new feature to those who are fond of Famous and fancy something a little different is dessert! Now, apart from when the weekly special had vanilla ice-cream on the burger the closest thing I’ve come to a dessert in Famous is ordering another tequila Scramble cocktail.

However, dangerously, you can now choose between salted caramel chocolate brownie (baked with a freaking oreo in the middle!!!) or a pineapple and coconut cheesecake with strawberry sauce, lusty wafers and amazing blood orange jellies. Both come with a scoop of Penelope’s malted vanilla ice crea. Yummy! Could I pick a favourite? No. Basically, it will take several return visits in order to come to a conclusion.

Salted Caramel Brownie with Oreo

Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake

Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake

I must confess that due to lack of funds and having done Dry January I haven’t yet ventured into Tom’s cocktail creations but the drinks menu is certainly one to widen the eyes and whet the appetite. Next time.

The main difference between Famous and Luck & Lust, because people will compare (rightly or wrongly), is the sheer volume of the menu on offer at the latter. The quality is there, the atmosphere is there and also, they have actual plates at Luck. Decadence, indeed.

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Manchester’s Street Food Revolution has Begun

Last week’s street food celebration was the birth of a new food revolution for Manchester and, similarly, the new year will continuing to see the Guerrilla Eats gang pioneering in true guerrilla style – popping up in basements, backyards, skyscrapers and secret gardens to bring great food to us all!

Why? To create a buzz around great food served by great people for realistic prices. For me, usually, grabbing a bite to eat from a street vendor tends to be the last port of call; I’m sure many have experience the pre-football match burger which mainly tastes like it’s made of 100% nuclear waste and AIDS. Well, fear not – the times they are a-changing.

London has seen an array of celebrated gourmet street vendors pop up but this hasn’t happened thus far in Manchester.

Mal O’Connor, of Fire and Salt BBQ, said: “We want street food to be accessible to everyone – no one wants to be paying 6 or 7 quid upwards for street food; but with the usual market fees, travel costs etc., street traders have no choice but to charge that much to start covering costs. Working as a collective helps bring our costs down and means no on takes money from the set up – it allows us to keep the quality of our food high and our prices down.”

 

Pork ready to be pulled. Mmm... yeah!

Pork ready to be pulled. Mmm… yeah

Guerrilla Eats’ ideology is that street food doesn’t have to be something we all force down in situations of desperation. Street food is a massive part of the culture in many places around the world such as the Americas, East Asia and Africa so has it taken so long to catch on in the UK?

Last weekend saw the best of Manchester’s street food vendors – showcasing and saluting their passion for the using best ingredients, the most creative recipes and the diverse range of cuisines they offer; from BBQ pulled pork to spicy chaat to comforting ice-cream – all served up with a delightful dollop of exciting entertainment to ensure street food is celebrated in the style it deserves.

Fire and Salt BBQ served us up some unbelievable soft and juicy pulled pork which is cooked for hours at 90 degrees to achieve a melt-in-the-mouth texture. They also have their “accidental signature dish” of mac and cheese made with gruyere, cheddar and emmenthal; comfort food at its ultimate best!

 

Fire and Salt's Mac & Cheese

Fire and Salt’s Mac & Cheese

Dirty Dogs Hot Dogs had their chilli dog classic to warm the cockles which went down a treat for those waiting in the Manchester rain. The lads are trying to find a veggie-dog option which doesn’t make them gag, and they are keen for any input and ideas on what would make meat-eaters and veggies alike happy. Answers on a postcard please!

 

Sean offers up some chilli dogs. Nice.

Sean offers up some chilli dogs. Nice

Sean Robinson, dogger-supremo, said: “It’s fun, relaxed, inclusive food that makes people happy – there’s not a starched napkin or stiff upper lip in sight!”

Ginger's :)

Ginger’s 🙂

Amongst my personal highlights were the Whisky Marmalade ice-cream from Gingers Comfort Emporium which was served in a handy basket you can eat with a little warm brioche on the side – absolutely delicious and although the added cold was slightly odd, it kind of worked in warming you up in a weird way!

Whiskey Marmalade ice cream with toasted brioche

Whiskey Marmalade ice cream with toasted brioche

Another of my favourites and probably overall highlight was sampling the food from Las Paelleras. As soon as we walked over to their space we could see a lovely big pan of the crispiest potatoes which they drenched in tomato sauce and aioli upon ordering; divine!

WOW - yummy!

WOW – yummy!

They also provided me with the best bread I’ve tasted outside of the continent with their artisan baguettes from Flour, Water, Salt in Macclesfield. Seriously soft on the inside but deliciously light and crunchy on the outside it’s the perfect host for chorizo, rocket and aioli sauce. I think I know decent Spanish food, and this was good! Got the thumbs up from my chorizo-loving partner as well so that’s a real good sign.

Tonight – the Dirty Dogs will be serving up their Christmas-themed dogs, amongst others, at the peerless Port Street Beer House so if you’re hungry for some festive dogs and fantastic beers, you know where to go. I’ll do my best to keep you updated on the next time these lovely lot will be serving their grub in the centre of Manchester but for more info get chatting to @NorthWestNosh – she’ll sort you out.

New mini-food menu launched at Tib Street Tavern

If beer, food and football, or just beer and food, is your thing you’ll be pleased to know that the Northern Quarter’s Tib Street Tavern has launched a food menu!

The traditional-style pub is serving up traditional pub grub with quality. The menu is a ‘mini’ one for the moment and it serves as a small taster for things to come when the full menu is launched.

Mini Menu

We opted to share the Currywurst sausage with chips and home made sauce, it was definitely the pub-grub that we needed! With the food at a very reasonable price, it provides the perfect amount satisfaction and sustenance to get your started on the pitchers of beer.

Currywurst Sausage and Chips with Homemade Sauce

The chips were great and seasoned really nicely (my partner enjoyed them and he’s definitely a chip man! The sausage was yummy and the homemade sauce was a tangy, tomato and onion mix with a hint of spices – really good!

You’ll also be pleased to know that a four-pint pitcher of Amstel is only £10 from 3pm-7pm, and only £12 afterwards, so you don’t have to keep going to the bar if the match is on – perfect!

Although Tib Street Tavern shows football it doesn’t allow football colours to be worn. Odd at first but it actually makes for a really friendly vibe, especially if you’re not there to watch the game.

Bliss…

We’ve always experienced great service at Tib Street Tavern and our last visit was no different with table service being provided if we were running low and a complimentary peanut mix for all tables as the hours grew wee.

It’s the little things which make a bar great.

I’ve been meaning to blog about this place for a while as it has quickly become a favourite of mine. It’s unassuming and low-key and although it won’t excite everyone it has a charm about it which will always keep me going back.

The first time I visited, the bar was super busy, and my three friends and I wanted cocktails so we asked to see a cocktail menu.

Instead of saying that they didn’t have a cocktail menu, the really lovely girls behind the bar said that the cocktail menu hadn’t quite been finalised yet but they were more than willing to make us some of the classics (margarita, cosmopolitan etc).

We ordered some cocktails and they were fantastic, if a little impromptu! Since then, we were hooked and it set us up for a great night!

Great service, with a (genuine) smile, great drinks offers, a new menu and an even newer one in the pipeline… what’s not to like? Get down and try it out!

Tib Street Tavern 74 Tib St, Manchester, M4 1LG

Ale and Food Matching by BrewDog & The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is offering up delicious food, expertly matched with BrewDog beer, with a six-course Ale and Food Matching extravaganza for just £20 on Thursday 23rd August!

As a beer (and food) lover, this is one of my favourite ways to try new flavours and pairings. In fact, I first realised that beer had the complexity and variety always attributed to wine, was at a Belgian beer and food tasting session at the Edinburgh Food Festival some years ago.

This is because beer can be brewed with a huge variety of ingredients such as chocolate, coffee, strawberries, coconut and herbs and spices – and this is exactly what Brewdog like to experiment with.

The beer can change the flavour of the food and complement it when consumed alongside it but also, with most of this menu, be included in the cooking process and enrich the food itself.

The Deaf Institute has long been a champion purveyor of good food, serving up quality food for cheap prices but also putting on Gourmet dining events each month and now they want to add beer to the mix!

BrewDog, the Scottish brewers, recently opened its very own bar in Manchester, have always been keen to promote the beer and food combo and now the two have a real treat in store for us.

Brewdog has a restaurant called Musa in Aberdeen which has been matching beer and food before matching beer and food was cool.

Josie, at BrewDog’s North West HQ, said: “Because beer has so many guises we feel it can offer even more of a flavour spectrum than wine! Each hop and malt base gives the beer a different character just as a grape would for wine.

“Our beer dinners in the North West have been really popular. I think people’s perception of beer has really changed in the past few years and matching food with beer is no longer an outlandish idea.”

The Deaf Institute chef, who designed the menu based around the beers, will be preparing the food and Brewdog will talk us through the flavour combinations of each course.

Ticket’s are priced at £20 a head and includes half pints of BrewDog’s draught with your food and also some rarities and special tasters for later in the evening.

To get your tastebuds tingling the menu is as follows:

Mini Yorkshire puddings with pork and sage chipolatas and tomato, apple and 5A.M.chutney. Matched with 5 A.M.

Punk IPA battered haddock goujons with homemade tartare sauce, Matched with Punk IPA

Mature cheddar cheese rarebit. Matched with Hardcore

Individual Lancashire cheese hot pots with homemade pickled Dogma cabbage. Matched with Dogma

Cheeses from near and far with assorted Alice Porter chutneys. Matched with Alice Porter.

Frosted chocolate brownie. Matched with Lost Dog.

If you like the sound of this then buy a ticket online here and get yourself down to The Deaf Institute at 7.00pm on Thursday 23rd August, taste some delicious beers matched with scrummy food and ease yourself into the weekend!

Deaf Institute 135 Grosvenor Street  Manchester M1 7HE

BrewDog Mcr 35 Peter St, Manchester M2 5BG

Written by Mel

Doughy Delights @ Bakerie

By Charlotte Dobson

Bread fans will love the Bakerie tasting store – just don’t call it a wine shop.

Picture this: mounds of bread, gallons of delicious wine and a line of punters determinedly queuing for their free tasters.

As one man wryly observes: “It’s like the war. This is an actual breadline.”

But this is no ordinary bread, this is the best bread you’ll get in Manchester courtesy of the Bakerie Tasting Store – the latest trendy delight to pop up in the Hive in the Northern Quarter.

The store’s no-messing strap line, ‘It’s all about the bread’ will not disappoint carb fans with a passion for the doughy-stuff.

We’re at the opening night and over by the ovens, you can watch and chat to the bakers as they kneed their magic into a selection of loaves.

Meanwhile in the corner, people are scrambling over each other to mop up some balsamic vinegar – the organiser’s did not see this frenzy coming.

Another dimension to the Bakerie is their impressive selection of quirky yet high quality wines. Whether you’ve a taste for a full-bodied Malbec or crisp Sauvignon Blanc, or (like me) you haven’t a fig about vino, Bakerie’s tasting sessions are a great place to start.

Bakerie store manager, Dale Meakin, explains: “It’s not a wine shop, it’s a tasting store. For us it’s all about finding great quality wine, no matter where it’s from or how whacky it is. For example, we’ve got a stunning Sauvignon Blanc from India, wine made from grapes grown on Mount Fuji and another from Cyprus.”

This is all new to a wine novice like me, stuck in the “I’ll get what’s on offer” state of mind.

Dale adds: “Because we’re independent, we’ve got a freedom in choosing what wines we have on offer without anyone telling us what we should be selling. It’s all about great quality wine.”

Next we shimmy over to the wine tasting session in ‘the Classroom’ – Bakerie’s bespoke contemporary arty space (it has proper primary school benches, the one’s you dropped on your foot in P.E lessons).

We’re welcomed by Peter Dawson and Dougie Lowe of Origin Wines & Spirits who top up our glasses with their finest.

First up is an Italian rose, Anima Rosa. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of the pink stuff but this is beautiful. Light, dry and crisp – right up my street.

Next is up is a red made with a ‘very rare grape’ – La Crima and for red wine fan Amanda Dubrowski it’s a hit.

“It tastes like you’re drinking from the bowels earth, like frankincense – it’s beautiful.”

As we admire the legs on a Majorcan red, Dougie explains: “This Virat is an example of a more unusual wine and it’s named after a native Majorcan dog.

“The thing is, a lot of people tend to drink a lot of the same – if they like Pinot Grigio, then they will often drink that. But here you have the chance to try lots of unusual wines from places you might not expect.”

With it’s simple but addictive combination wine and bread, it’s clear the Bakerie Tasting Store is a big hit with Mancunians.

For more information go to: http://bakerie.co.uk/bakerie-tasting-store