This week was my first official week at my new job, which was both exhausting trying to get back into a routine, but also really fun – I definitely feel as though I’m part of the team, and everyone has been so lovely and welcoming.
1. Tampopo Event
If you read last week’s post, you will know that I went to the Tampopo supper club in June, which was a great way of trying new dishes (post here) at their Trafford Centre restaurant. I was invited down to their Corn Exchange restaurant on Wednesday with some of my favourite blogging girls for an event to showcase some of their new dishes. I sat with a girl called Sarah who was a vegetarian and had ordered the veggie platter for us to share, which was delicious and inspired me to have a meat-free main. I’m going to do a full post on it with details of what we ate, so keep an eye out for that.
2. Turtle Bay
Sticking with the food theme, on Friday, some of the work girls invited me into Manchester for dinner, which I thought was really lovely of them. We decided to go to Turtle Bay in the Northern Quarter, which, if you know me, you’ll know is one of my favourite restaurants. We managed to get there for happy hour, so enjoyed a couple of cocktails each – passion rum punch for me – and I had a burger for my main. A great way to start off the weekend!
After dinner on Friday, a couple of the girls had to get trains home, but I stayed out for a little bit longer as I had nowhere to be. We decided to go to PLY, which is round the corner from Turtle Bay, as they do interesting craft beers. We all went for a Juice Springsteen, which was a tropical flavoured pale ale (with a very interesting taste…) It was really nice to spend some time with the girls from work, outside of the office, and I hope it becomes a regular occurrence.
4. Chester Races
One of the things I look forward to the most is spending time with my friends, which is why I was so excited to go to Chester Races on Saturday. We’d been toying with the idea for a few months, and only booked the tickets a couple of weeks ago. We got the train at 9:45 am so we could go for brunch first at Carluccio’s (which was delicious) and then went to a couple of bars before carrying on to the races. I personally didn’t have any winners, but a couple of the group did. We had such a lovely day, and the sun even came out for most of it.
5. Current Favourite Song
It’s not often that I’ll mention a favourite song on here, but this week I have been listening to ‘Two High by Moon Taxi‘ on repeat. I don’t know what it is about the song, but it is one of those ones that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of. It’s been out for a couple of months (or so YouTube tells me) and I can’t wait to hear some more stuff from them.
6. Topshop Dress
As I had the races on Saturday, and I have a couple of weddings coming up, I thought I better invest in a summery dress that I could wear to both. I chose this one from Topshop, which I had seen Lily Pebbles in on Instagram and I love it. I’m not a huge fan of having my arms out, so this was a great choice as it covered them up, and I love the blue colour and the floral print. Unfortunately, they only had the petite version available online, which is slightly short on me, but as I’m 5’4, I feel as though I can just get away with it!
7. Danone Yoghurts
I’ve noticed a few pounds creeping on in the last couple of months so I thought it was best to start eating a bit healthier. I was offered the chance to try the Danone Intensely Creamy yoghurts, and I am already obsessed. I’m not a big yoghurt eater, so I was quite reluctant at first, but these are much nicer than a regular yoghurt, and a lot thicker. I’ve gone for the blueberry and strawberry ones, and I can’t wait to try the other flavours.
8. Sunday Walks
On Sunday, I felt like I had come down with a bad case of summer flu (a name I have definitely made up myself…) but it meant that I was very snotty, tired and achy. I thought it would be better to get outside, especially whilst the weather was nice, so we decided to go for a walk into Didsbury along the canal. Overall, we walked just over 10k, and although I was tired when we got home (and my feet were killing because I stupidly thought mules would be a good idea…) I was glad I did something productive instead of staying in and feeling sorry for myself.
9. Makers Market
One of the main reasons for the walk we did was to go to the Maker’s Market in West Didsbury. We’ve been going to this one since it started in 2014, and this one was definitely the biggest I have ever seen it. We hadn’t been to this one for a couple of months, so it was nice to go back to where we used to live. I love supporting local businesses and sampling the food, and because the weather was nice, there were loads of people with dogs, which is always a plus!
10. Three Pugs Gin
On the note of supporting local businesses, one of the ones that I wanted to mention on here was Thee Pugs Gin. I won’t lie, the reason I went over to the stall was that they had three pugs in a pen behind the stall and I’m only human. We got talking to the seller, who told us about the history of the brand, where it was based and how he brewed it. He gave us some samples, and I ended up buying a little bottle of it (which I can’t wait to try with rose lemonade and strawberries). If you ever get the chance to try it, definitely do as it is much smoother than other gins I’ve tried!