Blackberry Lavender Gin Fizz Cocktail (*)

My preferred garnish in a G&T is always something from the herb family although it’s very much dependent on the gin. I prefer most gins that have a floral, fresh or fruity taste than those that are more bitter or spicy.

A G&T to me is a crisp and light drink so for my next cocktail recipe I wanted to create something fresh and vibrant. Something that tastes like a pot of fresh berries sat next to a blooming summer bouquet. So using my favourite fruit infusers (Junip Organics) I came up with the ‘Blackberry Lavender Fizz’. It took me a while to get this right as at first I wanted to create a  blackberry syrup but then I realised this would overpower the lavender and be a little too on the sweet side so I stripped it back...

Blackberry Lavender Fizz Cocktail Recipe:

1 Handful fresh raspberries
3-4 Ice Cubes
50ml Gin
20ml Junip Lavender fruit infuser
Fever Tree tonic
Lemon & lavender for garnish

Muddle 1 handful of blackberries in a cocktail shaker and add 3-4 ice cubes

Add 50ml of gin and 20ml of Junip lavender fruit infuser into the shaker and shake until misty

Using a strainer pour into glass and top with tonic

Add a garnish of lemon/ freshly washed lavender and serve

Beki Xo

(*) As part of this review I was gifted the Junip Organics Lavender Fruit Infuser however the recipe and all opinions are my own
Bruschetta 
Algio E Olio Pasta
Raspberry Sorbet
Vegan Food Menu at Vapiano Manchester (*)

Last week I was invited to Vapiano in the Corn Exchange to try out their menu. I’ve previously been before but since going plant based I’ve not paid them a visit so I was intrigued as to what they had to offer for vegans.

Vapiano has a unique ‘fast restaurant’ concept whereby you’re each given a chip card to personally order your food at the different food stations and watch it being made right in front of you. It can be a little awkward once you’ve gotten your drinks and sat down to then individually disappear off, queue at the food station of your preference and then receive your food at different times. However, the idea does make it easier to request for your food to be tailored to you, whether you’re gluten intolerant, vegan, have a spicy palette or hate coriander and that unsociable 10 minutes whilst you individually order and receive your food is forgotten when you see and taste how fresh your dish is. 
The chip cards also makes splitting the bill that much easier.

So since veganism is becoming more popular (hurrah!) restaurants have started to label vegan options similar to how they do gluten free or vegetarian and Vapiano is one of them!
Their vegan options include:

Starter
Bruschetta
Olives

Soup
Tomato soup

Pasta
All Arrabbiata pasta (spicy tomato and garlic)
Pomodoro (spaghetti & tomato sauce)
Aglio E Olio (garlic, chilli and parsley)
Ratatouille (Mediterranean veg in tomato sauce)

Pizza
The dough and tomato base is vegan so just request no cheese
Salad
Mista (mixed leaf and veg – request vegan)
Mista Piccola (mixed leaf, cherry tomato & carrots – request vegan)

Dressings
Balsamic
Lime-chilli
Raspberry-maple

Dessert
Raspberry sorbet
Lemon sorbet

Specials
Pumpkin Soup

It was exciting to choose from a menu that not only had vegan options available but also other options I could tailor to be vegan without feeling awkward. For the starter I had the tomato bruschetta, for main the Algio E Olio pasta (which I asked to be extra spicy as well as having the ability to choose my favourite pasta shape) And for dessert, although there wasn’t an array of vegan options I was happy there was at least 1 or 2 and opted for the raspberry sorbet which was delicious!

The food was fresh and full of flavour, the atmosphere was relaxed and with so many vegan options available as well as having the ability to tailor vegetarian dishes to make them vegan, I’ll definitely be back. 

Beki Xo


(*) A part of this review I was gifted a complimentary meal at Vapiano however all views and opinions are my own.

Dog Friendly Cafes, Bars & Restaurants in Manchester 

There's many things I love about Manchester but as a dog owner one of them has to be how dog friendly the city is (aside from the pesky Metrolink *shakes fist*). Most cafes, bars and restaurants now accept dogs but now shops and convenient stores are also allowing our little four legged friends to wander in too.

I'm always to tweet a place and ask if they're dog friendly so I thought I'd round up as many eateries and drinking spots I could think of and pop them into a dog friendly list/ map.

I'm going to be keeping the list and map as up to date as possible by adding any newly discovered dog friendly places along the way so keep checking back!


Coffee Shops

PORTER AND COLE - 124 High St, Manchester M4 5JY

EZRA & GIL - 20 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1FR


FOUNDATION COFFEE - Sevendale House, Lever St, Manchester M1 1JB


TAKK - 6 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


ZIFERBLAT - 23 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW


SECOND CUP MCR -  Arndale Centre, 100 Corporation St, Manchester M4 3AG


ANCOATS COFFEE COMPANY -  9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill St, Manchester M4 5BA


NORTH TEA POWER - 36 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LA


THE KOFFEE POT - 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE


SUGAR JUNCTION -  60 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG


ALABAMA'S - 10 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN


ANCOATS GENERAL STORE -  57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester M4 5AB


Pizzeria's 

RUDY'S -  9 Cotton St, Manchester M4 5BF


PLY -  26 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DW


CRAZY PEDRO'S (dog friendly until 7pm) - 55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ


Bars


BREW DOG - 35 Peter St, Manchester M2 5BG


ODD BAR - 30-32 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1ER


THE GAS LAMP - 50 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BW


LOST IN TOKYO NQ -  8 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN


DUSK TIL PAWN -  Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1FB


THE WHISKY JAR - 14 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

SEVEN BRO7HERS - 3 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 5AF


PORT STREET BEER HOUSE -  39-41 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ


NIGHT AND DAY CAFE - 26 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN


NO1 WATSON STREET - Great Northern Tower, 1 Watson St, Manchester M3 4EE


Bars & Restaurants 


CANE AND GRAIN - 49-51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA


TARIFF & DALE (upstairs only) - 2 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FN


KOSMONAUT - 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


PEN AND PENCIL - Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ


BLUU - Smithfield Market Hall, Manchester M4 1BD


YARD AND COOP - 37 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW


THE ABEL HAYWOOD - 38 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ


V-REV VEGAN DINER - 20-26 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN


ALBERT'S SCHLOSS - 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR


TROF - 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU


THE WHARF - 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST


SOUP KITCHEN - 31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF


COMMON - 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW


THE OAST HOUSE - The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AY


COTTONOPOLIS - 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE


THE REFUGE - Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA


EL CAPO - 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


ELNECOT - 41 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 5AF

Gourmet Restaurant 

NORTHERN SOUL - 10 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN


Pubs

THE SMITHFIELD MARKET TAVERN - 37 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ


TIB STREET TAVERN - 74 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG


THE ANGEL - 6 Angel St, Manchester M4 4BQ


CROWN AND KETTLE - 2 Oldham Rd, Manchester M4 5FE 




Know of a dog friendly location that need adding to the map? Tweet me @smocktofrock

Beki Xo
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