5 bits and bobs: Burger places in Manchester (veggie friendly)


It’s a bit funny that even though most of my meals are super healthy and I love fat free dinners, burgers have to be my favourite food of all time. Good burgers that is, followed closely by good pizza. Okay, not sure which one of these two are my favourite but that is irrelevant at this particular moment in time.

So on this horrible, gloomy and rainy Monday, while sat at my desk in the office at lunch time, I will share with you lot my top 5 burger places in Manchester. I don’t believe there is anything better than having a satisfying burger at the end of a long day, a burger so delicious that you don’t even feel bad to stuff your whole face in it!

Oh yeh, one thing that is probably against any burger rules haha, I am a veggie so the following burger places are guaranteed to have mouth watering veggie burgers. Although I have been told by the boy, and I could more or less promise, the meat versions are equally as good!

1. I would have to start with Almost Famous because I am yet to find a better place that serves veggie burgers. Although a recent find (no.2 on the list) has to be very close behind as their veggie patch is absolutely amazing, but I will get to that in a bit. For those of you who don’t know what Almost Famous is, basically the heaven of all burgers. They are gourmet burgers so it will be a whole new experience, and they have yummy cocktails, creamy milkshakes and super sweet deserts. They are all worth trying so I suggest to give it a try ! They started in Manchester but are all over the North now, so you’ll find them in Liverpool and Leeds too!

2. We bumped into Bangers and Bacon at Castlefield Market a while ago and the boy tried their meaty sausages. So we had to go try them out in their new place at The Kitchens in Spinningfields. I know the name and sausages and everything sounds completely against my beliefs but trust me when I say this, their veggie version is as good as it can get!

3. Another good one that is on our list since the beginning is Solita! Funny enough, the boy and I had our first date there and man their burgers were good! And they have so much more, so if by any chance you are not a huge burger fan, there will be something on the menu to make you happy! And they’re expanding so watch out for a Solita Restaurant in your area haha!

4. My forth option would probably be Shake Shack but I decided to make a Manchester list so as they haven’t got that far north with their franchise, I’ll have to forget about them for now. And I’ll continue with Handmade burger. They have the longest list of burgers I have ever seen! They even have more than one veggie burger on their menu which is refreshing. One to try for sure!

5. My last but not least burger place is GBK! Which is probably the easiest to get to if you don’t live in Manchester! Their burgers are good, the staff is always super helpful and extra nice no matter which restaurant you go to, and their skinny fries are the bestest!!! And they’ve changed their menu not so long ago so they’ve got so much more to offer now. We were super impressed when we last went and we decided to put it on the top 5 burger places list. That has to say something.

This is exclusively a Manchester list so I am very well aware that there are lots of good burger places out there. Nevertheless, if you’ve got any other amazing places within the Manchester area, please let me know as we’re always looking for a new good burger place to try out!

There are actually a few more places that I’ve recently discovered and I want to try so keep an eye out for the next burger post if you’re into this sort of things ha!

What do you think of my burgers list? Are any of these your favs? Will you be trying them?

Love, Sim x

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Huevos Rancheros with homemade special guac

huevos rancheros

This is probably my favourite meal of whole time, mostly because I could have it everyday and not get bored of it and because it just so fresh and delicious! You feel absolutely amazing after eating it! I know this is supposed to be a breakfast dish but I just don’t understand why… Okay it has eggs, but that doesn’t prove anything ha, I love eggs and I put them on anything if I have the chance. Who doesn’t love a good poached egg in a creamy bowl of soup? Just me? oh okay… Anyway huevos rancheros is a bit too filling and there’s too much going on for me so I decided it makes an incredible dinner, especially an after workout dinner!! And it’s a great dish to just mix all your super foods in! Get ready for an overload of eggs!

Unfortunately, this is the boy’s creation as he’s the one that’s been to Mexico, but nevertheless one worth sharing !

Here’s what you need for the huevos rancheros, but you can add whatever veg you like really.

  • handfull kale, chopped
  • handfull baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1 small chilli (or chilli flakes if you don’t have any fresh ones handy)
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • a few cloves on garlic, crushed
  • 300ml passata (or any tomatoey paste for that matter)
  • a knob of coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • two eggs per person
  • tortillas
  • extras: sweetcorn, peas

The recipe should be enough for 4 people but we always save some for next day. Plus they will always ask for seconds so you’d better be prepared!

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To make the salsa,place kale, spinach, onion, peppers, courgette, garlic and passata into a bowl. Season to taste and mix well.

Heat the oil in frying pan or wok over a medium heat and add the salsa. The boy usually makes two portions at the time, but it depends on the size of pan you’ve got really. You could also make one portion at the time in a super cute cast iron dish and serve it as it is. Careful though, it will be super hot! Anyway, back to our salsa, stir to warm through, than make a few wholes and place the eggs inside!

Put the lid on and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, until the whites are firm. Serve with plenty of tabasco (our favourites are chipotle, habanero, and the green pepper one), guac and tortillas and enjoy!

Ps. Tortillas are best warm, so you can put them either in the oven for a bit under grill or in the microwave.

For the homemade guac (this one is mine ha!)

  • two avocados, the softer the better
  • handful of coriander
  • half a red onion, finely chopped (you can add the other half in the huevos rancheros)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 handful baby tomatoes, choppped
  • 1 hard boiled egg, mashed with a fork
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • plenty of pepper and a bit of salt!

For the guac I usually use a liquidiser but if the avocados are soft enough, a fork will do the job just fine!

Cut the avocados in half and rotate around the pit until it falls. Peel them instead of spoon, apparently all the nutritious ingredients lie in that tiny area in-between the skin and the middle, so you make the most of it when peeling them! Dice them and add them in the liquidiser container together with the lime juice and some salt and pepper. Blitz a couple of times and then add egg, tomatoes, onion, garlic and more pepper! Mix them all together with a fork ( I like my guac with bits, but you can use the liquidiser some more to make it smoother) and then add the chopped coriander at the end!

The hard boiled egg is def the special ingredient and you won’t actually taste it but it makes the guac amazing! Yum!

Guac is so easy to make you’ll never buy the shop version ever again!

<<Can’t seem to find a photo of the guac but i’ll make some more soon, take some photos and updated this post!>>

Have you ever had huevos rancheros or any other Mexican dish that you recommend? Let me know!

Love, Sim x

5 bits and bobs: a weekend in Manchester

My friend from Bruges came to visit this weekend! I took both Friday and today off and it was such a nice break from real life. We did lots of bits and bobs while she was here as it was her first time up North, but I’m only going to talk about Manchester today. There are so many things going on in the city, so many places to see and things to do, you guys should def consider visiting if you have time this summer!


 

Here’s a short list of my favourite things we did this weekend!

1. I know I have blogged about this before; I can’t help but always talk about Castlefield Market. It was pretty obvious that I would take my friend here as she came to Mcr first Saturday of the month! All the stalls were as beautiful as ever and everyone was super nice and friendly. We got ourselves 2 lucky bracelets from the lovely Rachel – the magpie’s daughter, for when we’re not together and unfortunately we don’t see each other nearly enough. She offered to post them so we can get a nice little pressie in a couple of days time! Isn’t she just the nicest?! I know I said it before, but this places is just amazing! Def worth it! You can find everything here, from antique pieces to truffles cheese and believe me when I say that you’ll end up buying a little bit of everything.

2. We continued our Manchester adventure with a visit to John Rylands library on Deansgate. I love this place as it is the perfect example of harmonious continuity in architecture and it blends the old with the new beautifully. Not to mention it totally looks like Hogwarts and it has a great gift shop! If you haven’t already been inside, I suggest you give it a go!

3. I love summer in Manchester, there are just so many things going on! We discovered MIF and pringles summer festival while we were walking around town! Such great places to spend your saturday afternoon, especially with the weather that’s been on.

4. While at MIF we couldn’t help but have some pimm’s and a couple of pizzas from the Honest Crust guys. This is by far the best pizza I have ever tried and I never miss the chance to have some. These guys have been in my life a lot lately, from Altrincham Market to Manchester and even a wedding! You really need to check them out! I know I say this about pretty much everything but I can’t help it if there are so many fantastic places around!

5. My last but not least thing on the list has to be the Northern Quarter. Not because it is the home of Almost Famous burgers but because there are so many antiques shops that you can discover only by taking a stroll around its quirky streets. And if you haven’t already had the almost famous burgers, I seriously don’t know what you’re waiting for. They are life changing, I’m telling ya!

Hope you guys find my list useful and you get inspired to go out there and make it your own! And please do let me know if you have any other places worth checking out!

Have a super nice week!

Love, Sim x