Wagamama, Spinningfields

My housemate has been fascinated by the way the blog world works.

It’s really nice to see someone from outside the¬†blogosphere be so interested in it, so when the manager at Wagamama in Manchester’s Spinningfields invited me to try the new menu I asked if I could bring her along too.

We went during the last week of July which was a bit of a crazy one for both of us. I had (literally) been all over the place for client meetings, and my housemate had been back to back at her work too. I find that when I’m really busy going out for dinner somewhere is a good way of stopping and taking a break (any excuse for food, really).

We arrived after an evening pilates class (which I’m really enjoying, more so than yoga!) and had a look at the menu.

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I like Wagamama, I feel it’s better than most chains because it doesn’t feel like a chain. The food always tastes fresh and very good quality, and it doesn’t carry that slightly tacky, mass-produced atmosphere that some chains do.

After a long and indecisive menu glance (along with some help from the lovely staff), we ordered for our main:
One power juice
One repair juice
Teriyaki salmon
Tamari chicken
Duck pancakes to share

And for dessert:
White chocolate and ginger cheesecake
Coconut reika

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The juices tasted like they were very good for us. I don’t like it when restaurants water down or add sugar to what are meant to be healthy juices – it defeats the object of having one for me! It was a much needed vitamin boost to get us through the remainder of our busy week.

The duck pancakes, tamari chicken and teriyaki salmon all arrived quickly. Now, I could try and describe the taste to you very eloquently, but I don’t think there’s any need. It was all, quite simply, delicious. Every mouthful was a delight.

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Just look at that salmon!

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The desserts rounded the meal off perfectly. My housemate’s cheesecake came with a chilli sauce that had just the right amount of subtle kick.
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I would like to say thank you to Wagamama for a very nice evening. It was my first visit to the Spinningfields too – can’t wait to go back.

I do feel extremely lucky to have experiences like these as a result of my blog, it was never something I expected when I started back in 2011, and it’s great to be able to share these experiences with my friends sometimes too.

HOME Manchester

Today I finally went to HOME in Manchester. HOME is a cinema, art gallery, workshop venue and restaurant, cafe & bar. I’m going to be visiting this place a lot!
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I’ve really missed art spaces like these being easily accessible to me. There are some genuinely great spaces in Sheffield and Doncaster, but being at HOME today felt a bit like being back in some of the galleries I used to go to in Melbourne.
I don’t want to go back to Melbourne permanently anymore, but there are aspects of the life I had there that I’m picking back up here in Manchester, and I’m very happy about that!
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I’m feeling so lucky at the moment. I feel like things in Manchester couldn’t really be going better, and that now coming back from Melbourne and spending two years working solidly was worth it!

The Makers Market

I had a pretty epic first weekend in Manchester.

I spent time with lots of great people and did lots of exploring. One of the things I explored was the Makers Market in the Northern Quarter, followed by North Tea Power, with Sarah who came over for the day.

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I loved these candles in champagne glasses!
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These guys reminded me a little of salad fingers

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I picked up some macarons for me and my housemate, and then we went over to her friend’s house for a barbecue. A great end to a great first week.

A New Chapter

 

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It’s bank holiday Monday and I’m sat on the sofa in my new home in Chorlton, sipping lemsip and feeling a mix of nerves and excitement for my first day in a new job tomorrow. I moved in on Saturday, which coincided with my horrid cold reaching its peak. I was sneezing and coughing all day!

But, I am finally here! My housemate is away with work at the moment, which has worked out quite well – I should be rid of my cold by the time she’s back, so we can go out and explore Chorlton and get to know each other a bit.

Luckily I have relatives who live in Greater Manchester, so I went over there yesterday for a Sunday roast which was lovely. I’ve always been very lucky to have relatives not far from wherever I am, even out in Australia and New Zealand – benefits of a big family!

What I’m looking forward to most this week is a networking event I’ll be attending through work, which will focus on digital strategies and is hosted by a leading mobile-first agency (insert heart-eyed emoji here).