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Manchester House and Artisan – a girly night of cocktails in Manchester

After a very long and tough week and to celebrate Lucy’s birthday, we headed out for a well-deserved girly dinner and cocktails at Manchester House and Artisan at Spinningfields, Manchester. And what a night it was, full of good food and yummy drinks.

Artisan is one of the latest additions to what has become the place to be for an evening out: Spinningfields. The interior is incredible and mixes the natural (indoor herb gardens grow by the open kitchen) with the industrial (exposed brick work and piping) to create an incredible loft-style space. It’s huge! The menu is impressive and reasonably priced, so it’s the ideal spot for a girly evening of food and drinks (my favourite kind of evening).

We started with a bottle of Prosecco to toast the birthday girl and moved onto Red Wine to accompany our steaks and sides. I had the fillet steak with hollandaise sauce and crinkle-cut chips on the side. Delicious, it was like cutting butter. Nothing beats a good steak in my books. The other girls had rump and t-bone (I surprisingly had food envy over the rump, which looked really juicey!).

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30-day No Pasta Challenge

So Pasta is one of my favourite foods, if not THE favourite and ultimately, I eat too much of it! I love everything about it: the different shapes, the sauces that go with it, the cheese that inevitably goes on top of it! As you might know from my other posts about this Italian delight, one of my favourite dishes is spaghetti with garlic, chilli and olive oil and I would say I eat this once or twice a week…at least.

The only problem is, I also suffer pretty regularly with stomach discomfort and bloating (I’ll leave it at that and spare you the detail!). I’ve suffered from this for a while now (well years I’m ashamed to admit) and  as much as it pains me to do this, I need to see how my body reacts when I deprive it of the carborific goodness.Continue reading

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Slimming World – Starting Again

So in the lead-up to our wedding, I did as most brides-to-be do and embarked on a weight-loss quest. After much trial and error, I finally found something that worked for me and that was Slimming World.

I managed to lose 12 lbs in 4 months, without being entirely strict and depriving myself of the things I love to eat and drink. This is the most I’ve ever lost and I didn’t feel starved and I even enjoyed the process and the control I had over my eating – I enjoyed finding Slimming World recipes, I enjoyed going to group and I enjoyed the weigh-ins (most of the time anyway).

Then the wedding came, closely followed-by the honeymoon and I spent pretty much 4 weeks eating and drinking exactly what I wanted, when I wanted. It was bliss! You’ll see from my Honeymoon posts, and from my Italian Food posts,  that we had a lot of fun eating and drinking our way around Italy, so I don’t regret a second of it. But when I got home and back on those scales, I realised just how quick it was to eradicate all that progress I’d made…what I’d lost in 4 months, I’d gained-back in 4 weeks!

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