My #FoodieFriday posts are where I look back over the week and list my food related highlights – it always surprises me how much of my spare time comprises food related activities!
Last Friday I met with Ben, the marketing manager of Ziferblat in the Northern Quarter to learn about the Russian concept that opened at the start of 2015. First of all – Ziferblat is not a café! Sure, you can go there for excellent coffee, tea and cake but you only pay for the time you spend there – 6p per minute, charged when you leave. All drinks and food area free ranging from their locally sourced fresh coffee, breakfast cereals, fruit, juices, biscuits, crumpets, croissants and delicious brownies, there are also books, board games, a piano and computer which are all free to use, but don’t forget to wash up your own mug before you go. Translated into English as ‘Clockface’, Ziferblat is described as a treehouse for grownups with a large lounge area with eclectic furnishings and comfy seating, dedicated office space and an alternative style boardroom. You can use the space to meet friends or clients for a drink, for flexible working, making the most of the super fast broadband, to relax with a book, or as an alternative study space. I’ll be writing up a full blog post about Ziferblat soon, so watch this space!
If you didn’t know already, I love going out for breakfast/brunch and lucky for me at the moment there are plenty of new restaurants opening for me to try. On Saturday we were feeling a bit energy zapped, full of colds and had no food in the house, so we wandered down to The Cosy Club in the new Corn Exchange. The size is deceiving – it’s actually huge inside! You go up the stairs and there is a large bar area and a whole floor of spacious seating which sits above the adjoining Banyan Kitchen in addition to the outside terrace. We opted for a Cosy Club Sandwich and the Cosy Club Breakfast and they were both awesome! I made a good dent in the massive full English but couldn’t quite finish it but despite it’s triple decker size, the club sandwich was polished off completely. The Cosy Club is a great space for dinner or drinks or a spectacular breakfast the morning after.
Last night I went to the CityCo food talk, about the changing landscape of food and beverage in Manchester. This was right up my street as I love anything food related and have a real interest in how the Manchester food scene is developing. It was held in the beautiful Manchester Cathedral which I didn’t realise is used as alternative event space. I also hadn’t seen much marketing about the event and would have missed it if a work friend hadn’t sent me a link to the event. There were some heavy weight speakers from the hospitality world: Simon Rogan (from The French and Mr Cooper’s House & Garden), Tomas Maunier (Director of Fazenda – one of my favourite restaurants), Chris Moore (Chief Executive of The Clink Charity and restaurant), Louisa Richards (General Manager at Hawksmoor Manchester), Chong Chu (founder of food market Foodhallen in Amsterdam), David Fox, (founder of Tampopo), Simon Shaw (founder of El Gato Negro), and event Chair, Tony Naylor (freelance journalist who has written for The Guardian, Olive Magazine and Waitrose Magazine). It was a really interesting discussion and covered topics such as comparing how the Manchester food scene differs to London, the hot topic of why Manchester hasn’t yet got a Michelin star, the barriers and challenges new restaurants face when opening in Manchester and the new opening of El Gato Negro in King Street and Tampopo in the Corn Exchange. I’ll be writing up a full blog post on the evening soon so watch this space.
The Cup North Coffee Festival starts tomorrow and the lovely people there have given me tickets to go to check it out. It’s on at the Victoria Warehouse in Salford 7th-8th November and will have coffee tastings, exhibitions, demonstrations, barista school, coffee cinema, latte art classes, coffee throwing, cupping, coffee talks, and some of the best coffee, beans and paraphernalia you can buy. There will also be some great foodie stands to get brunch and snacks while we’re over there! Being a huge coffee fan I can’t wait! If you’re free this weekend you can buy tickets via the Cup North website and you can also see the full timetable and list of exhibitors. For those that can’t make it I’ll let you know what it’s like on the blog soon…