Mr Pickles Yorkshire Food Emporium

This Saturday we took a trip down to Sheffield’s vintage quarter at Abbeydale Road and  visited Mr Pickles Yorkshire Food Emporium. I’d been eager to visit this place ever since I had read about it and wasn’t disappointed with the offerings. Everything on sale is from local producers around Yorkshire, there was so much on offer I was spoilt for choice on what to spend my pennies on. There was a variety of delights from ice cream to gin (sheffield brewed gin) to bread to chutneys to butter to meat to cheese to vegetables just to name a few.

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I could of literally spent my whole months wages in there but chose these, we had also been to the hop hideout and treated ourselves to a few international beers and some proper beer glasses.

My absolute weakness is cheese so I chose some Coverdale, which I have been in love with since I had some at the Wendsledale cheese factory. I also chose some Olde York a creamy ewes milk cheese and a Ribblesdale Goats Parmesan which I can’t wait to try. To go with it I selected some chutneys & pickles and some lovely looking cheese biscuits. I also picked up some Pontact which I had never seen before, it’s a fruity spicy sauce to enhance the flavour of sauces and stews. And I just couldn’t resist the pork pie with Chorizo and fire roasted red pepper, mmm tasty. I’m such a sucker for pork pies.

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Foodie stop: Manchester markets

Last weekend we were up in the North West, And while in Manchester I luckily had enough to have time to have a quick look around the food markets, something which I love to do. Both central, One was in Piccadilly Gardens and the other in St Anne’s Square offering a large array of food on offer from sweets and everyone’s favourite cupcakes, cold alcoholic beverages (damn being the driver) and hog roasts. I also spotted a stall using lucky boat noodles which was a bit of a blast from the last for me as I spent my placement year working at Westmill foods. Walking round it all looked amazing and I was gutted that I’d already eaten and didn’t have room to devour the delights in front of me. On route We also, discovered Mr Simms Olde Sweet shop where we were like, well, kids in a sweet shop.

Here’s a few pictures for you to enjoy.

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Bruges: My chocolate and beer heaven

After visiting Bruges last month, a very appreciated birthday present from my parents, im still mesmerised by the beer, frites, chocolate and waffles. It’s left me with a taste for more (my mouth is watering at just the thought).

After arriving and having all the faf of finding the hotel (apparently I’m not the best map reader) we were starving and set out to find lunch. We ate at one of the many restaurants in the main Markt square, I’d normally go for something a bit more ‘off the beaten track’ but as we were only there for a couple of days I felt we should have the full feel. It was club sandwiches all round which to be honest were not great for the 14euro price tag but they filled a hole and the view of the bell tower was worth it.

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Next, my favourite part one word: beer. We tried a few places but for a day beer a definite try is the duvel cafe which is just upstairs in the museum on the main Markt square. The duvel is reasonable and the surroundings are amazing, the outside area looks right over the square. Great for me as I could partake in my favourite activity, people watching.

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Looking around I had definite beer envy of other drinkers beer tasting boards. We just had to come back the next day to have one ourselves which definitely did not disappoint.

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Then came the waffles, well you can’t come to Belgium and not have a one. We had one topped with caramel and one with chocolate and cream which we shared. Oh my christ, they were amazing.

In the evening we ate just off the square; after much indecisiveness between the Bruges beef stew in pale ale and mussles in white wine sauce I decided on the mussles. Looking round and seeing everyone gorging on these giant saucepans full of them I couldn’t miss out. And I didn’t, I ate nearly all of them (which was a lot) and left very satisfied. The boyfriend went for steak (for a change) which was also a delight.

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We had after dinner mojitos the craving for beer set in and we set off on a beer mission, well when in belgium. After, traipsing round in search for a typical beer cafe my boyfriend noticed by chance a place down a side street. The pub- the place to be were offering over 100 beers, we were in. Were chose about 6 different beers between us throughout the night and shared all. The favourites were pajais and mango beer, which I’ll be trying to track down at home.

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With bellies full of beer I only had one thing in mind, frites and that was it my heart was set on it. We visited a frites shop which look like your typical fast food place but that it wasn’t. For one everything was made to order which was just making me hungry and impatient!! But we waited and can I say, it was well worth it. My food highlight of the whole weekend!

The next day was home time, gutted. After another day of beer and frites (yes, round 2) there was only more thing to do, chocolate shopping. There was only one thing, I didnt bloody buy enough.

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So there it is my little foodie trip of bruges. It is definitely one of the most amazing places I have ever been I recommend everyone to go, I can’t wait to go back. It has left my craving more. I need to find beer, frites, chocolate and waffles this good at home!

Oh and just a couple of pictures from our canal tour, a definite must.

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