Foodie Adventures: Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk

Food glorious food! Topher and I have been super lucky recently and have had the opportunity to visit Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk in Manchester. All delicious and all highly recommended. Here’s what we ate.

Bakchich

Bakchich bar

I may be biased being Arab but Middle Eastern food is in my top 5 favourite food regions. So when I heard there was a new Lebanese restaurant in town I knew I had to visit. Especially since they have Diane’s holy grail. Labaneh. I always find explaining labaneh to British people difficult as it’s kinda hard to make strained goats yoghurt sound good but believe me it is. It’s not out of this world but it’s definitely a dip I can’t live without and until now had to get my yearly quota in my 2 week trips to Jordan every year. Not anymore!

So firstly the decor is awesome. I love the bright colours and the Arabic food packaging everywhere. They were even playing Arabic pop music. Love it.

Bakchich interior

Bakchich wall

Bakchich tables

The main feature was definitely the tiles! An Instagrammer’s dream.

Bakchich tiles

So onto the food. We opted for Limon Nana drinks (Lemonade with lime and mint) and a bit of mezze followed by shawarma wraps (chicken for him, lamb for me). The mezze consisted of labaneh (of course!), falafel, halloumi and salad with plenty of arabic bread. First of all the labaneh tasted EXACTLY the same as it does in Jordan. So happy! The falafel was green on the inside as it should be and the halloumi was to die for.

Bakchich mezze

I have to remember though how much I get filled up with mezze so when it came to the shawarma wrap I was so full I had to take it to go. When I did eventually eat it later that day it was delicious. We’ve already been back since and it won’t be the last time.

Bakchich shawarma

Dough

Dough

I’ve only been to Dough once and it was over five years ago so that had to be rectified. I still dream about the lamb and mango pizza I had. Topher and I walk past there all the time and keep saying we should go sometime. So the other weekend we finally went with Claire and Steve before heading to Lucardo.

I love unusual pizza toppings so when I saw they had a falafel pizza, I was intrigued. It definitely lived up to my dreams.  All of the noms.

Dough Falafel Pizza

Topher had the chicken and pesto pizza which I had a taste of and it was very nice. Not as nice as my falafel pizza but still very nice. Topher enjoyed it and it was gone quickly!

Dough pesto pizza

Claire had the red pepper and pesto linguine which she said was tasty but kinda wished there was more of it. Steve had a pepperoni pizza. I’ll leave it up to your imagination what that looked like.

Dough pasta

Dessert was difficult to choose (too many noms!) but Topher and I settled on sharing a cookies and ice cream type dessert, Steve had the same and Claire had a sundae of some kind. I can’t remember the names and the dessert menu is not on the website so sorry about that.

Dough dessert

Dough Sundae

Black Milk

Black Milk interior

After finishing Lucardo and stumbling across Black Milk on Oldham street, we decided to drop in and have what turned out to be a super sweet snack. I’ve seen Black Milk in Affleck’s but didn’t know they had a branch on Oldham Street.

Black Milk bottle

The boys went all out and got freakshakes while Claire and I chose the more sensible option of just a shake for me and a frozen latte for her. I know my limits. For me personally, freakshakes are for photos only – they’re too much for me to finish.

Topher’s was called the Marshmallow Rodeo:

Black Milk rocky road freakshake

And Steve had the Triple Oreo Cheesecake:

Black Milk oreo freakshake

This was my Biscoff & Salted Caramel shake. It was delicious! I couldn’t finish the whole thing but I would definitely be back for another attempt.

Black Milk lotus shake

And now I’m hungry. How about you?

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Winner of Tickets to Manchester’s Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival

And the winner is…

Lorraine Kirk! 

Well done! Check your inbox for an email from me 🙂

As for everyone else, thank you so much for entering. If you were unlucky this time, take yourselves to the tickets page of the Ideal Home Show’s website as tickets only cost £12.50 in advance (£16 on the door) and children under 16 go free. It’s an event not to be missed.

I know I’ll be going!

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Win Tickets to Manchester’s Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival

UPDATE: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

It’s competition time!

Last year I went to Manchester’s Ideal Home show with Topher and we both loved it! So I was really excited when the organisers contacted me and asked if I wanted to attend and run a giveaway for this years event. Of course!

Tickets cost £12.50 in advance (£16 on the door) and children under 16 go free.

But this is a competition for 2 free tickets.

So what is the Ideal Home Show?

It’s all the inspiration you could ever want for your home and garden under one roof.

“Fresh ideas, trends and products for your home: from decor, fixtures and fittings, scrumptious food and this year’s latest garden tips.”

Walk through vendors and displays and let your imagination run wild.

Even Topher had a good time!

What is the Eat & Drink festival?

A brand new addition to the Ideal Home Show this year, the Eat & Drink festival is:

“A pioneering live experience celebrating the most innovative and delicious food & drink Manchester has to offer from its huge range of local artisan vendors. It’s set to be a feast for all the senses…Pop in to see the newest trends in modern cuisine, mixology, extraordinary tipples and street food.”

I think this is the bit I’m looking forward to the most!

When is it?

8th – 11th June

Where is it?

EventCity, Manchester

What’s the prize?

2 free tickets to Ideal Home Show, Manchester 2017 (these tickets also get you into the Eat & Drink festival) that can be used for one day only between 8th – 11th June.

How do I enter?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Tickets are valid for one day only between 8th – 11th June
  • Tickets are for the Manchester event only
  • Winner will be contacted by myself and tickets will be posted out by the organiser
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Super Lunch at Jamie’s Italian, Manchester

Yesterday, Topher and I were invited to review the Super Lunch menu at Jamie’s Italian in Manchester. Having never been before I jumped at the chance. Italian food isn’t always a type of food that we tend to go for when we’re out of the house as we tend to cook a decent amount of it at home but it’s nice to try something authentic!

Jamie’s Italian is based at the top of Kings Street in an old art deco building that used to be a bank back in the day. I love that they’ve kept all the original features. There’s seating on both the ground floor and a mezzanine which I definitely want to come back to sit on as the view looks great.

Jamie's Italian Manchester

Jamie's Italian Inside

Jamie's Italian ceiling

The Super Lunch menu is available between 12pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday and gives you the choice between 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 courses for £14.95. We both went for the three courses and it was great value for money.  Topher said it was filling but light and I just found it filling!

Jamie's Italian menu

Jamie's Italian Diane

Jamie's Italian Topher

We started with a couple of Florence Fizz cocktails which contain Limoncello, pomegranate juice, elderflower cordial topped with Jamie’s Prosecco. Delicious! We’re both a fan of elderflower so we ended up ordering the same thing. I definitely wouldn’t mind another one of these!

Jamie's Italian Florence Fizz

I started with the Fritto Misto which was fried fish & squid tossed in fennel-spiced flour with a garlic & lemon dip. Being a big seafood lover, this was perfect for me. It was light and delicious. I especially loved the dip.

Jamie's Italian fritto misto

Topher cautiously picked the truffle tagliatelle for his starter. He felt that a pasta starter might fill him up too much for the main but he said it was surprisingly light so it was perfect. I snuck a little taste too and it was delicious!

Jamie's Italian truffle tagliatelle

For my main, I chose the oxtail tagliatelle. It was amazing. My only problem is that it filled me up a little bit too much (but this is why I normally just go for 2 courses at restaurants). Luckily Topher was on hand to help me finish! I would definitely have this again though as I cannot fault it on the flavours. I also like that they used oxtail instead of just beef – it made a nice change.

Jamie's Italian oxtail tagliatelle

Topher had Gennaro’s Chicken Club with skinny fries as a side. He said it was also surprisingly light and it was refreshing to have a burger that didn’t immediately fall apart when you bit into it. That seems to be a regular problem he has at other establishments. One bite and half the filling is on the plate! So he really enjoyed this chicken club. He especially liked the spicy ‘nduja mayo inside and also commented on how great the fries were. Usually fries can be quite greasy but these were perfect.

Jamie's Italian Gennaro's chicken club

So time for the finale. As soon as I saw the word brownie on the menu, I was sold. Though I was still full from my main, I forced myself to have at least half of this. Topher once again, kindly finished it off for me (the reason I’m marrying him, right there!). The caramelised popcorn was the perfect accompaniment to the brownie and salted caramel ice cream. I was left in a food coma after this but I regret nothing. I definitely need to return and have another one of these!

Jamie's Italian Epic Brownie

And just like me, Topher saw one word on the dessert menu that stood out to him and he was sold. Coffee! He had the affogato, which is an Italian dessert that consists of vanilla ice cream with hot espresso poured over it. He apologises, but he has to use the word “light” again to describe this. It was a nice end to his meal.

Jamie's Italian affogato

So bellies full, we left and immediately started planning when we’ll return! Jamie’s Italian also offers an evening menu deal so that’s definitely next on the list for us to try.

Have you ever been to Jamie’s Italian?

*Our meal was complimentary but as always, all opinions are my own. 

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My Week #43 – Travelling, Cinema Trips and Cheesecake

*Nottingham Trip *My friend Leo

*Unlimited Screening at Cineworld *The most delicious cheesecake

This week has flown by!

I’m having trouble remembering everything that happened. Firstly, as you know I took a trip to Nottingham to see my brother which was lovely.

The rest of the week was spent scrambling round trying to get through my to do list. It’s paying off though. I finally found someone to come fix our fence, I booked a hair and makeup artist for the wedding and I’m almost done with my office. Just doing the statement wall and I’ll be able to start moving furniture back in. Topher will be very pleased. He’s not happy with me right now since I filled the guest room (his library) with everything that was previously in my office! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though. So exciting.

I maintained at Slimming World.

With all the lovely food I was eating over the last week it is truly a miracle I didn’t put on any weight. It’s given me the drive to do better this week though. Even if I do have an afternoon tea to attend tomorrow! I’ve been thinking up new ideas for snacks and I’ve just tried something awesome which I’ll share on the blog next week. It’s low syn, sweet and delicious is all I’ll say for now.

Get yourself to Yo Sushi!

Topher and I were up for celebrating yesterday as he found a part time job to fit alongside his school job so yay! We went to Yo Sushi and found they had a new menu. Time to investigate! I loved their hoisin duck bao bun but the real star of the show for me was the Japanese soufflé cheesecake.

I’ve seen it online and thought I’d have to save it for our eventual trip to Japan but they have it right here now so I wasn’t missing the opportunity to try some. Topher wasn’t a fan but he was too besotted with his chocolate mochi (so good!) to give anything else a chance I think. I personally loved it and will definitely be back for another slice.

I love my Cineworld Unlimited Card.

Every once in awhile, Cineworld hold unlimited screenings of films that are coming out soon. This week, Topher, Claire and I went to see Free Fire which I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did. I really liked it! Plus, as part of the screening we each got a free regular popcorn and they showed 12 minutes of the film Ghost Shell that’s coming out at the end of this month.

And that’s about it. I’m feeling super tired like Pickles is here!

How was your week?

my week #43 - Pickles

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