As it’s officially the end of March, I wanted to put together a little post about a couple of lovely food related ‘things’ I have discovered throughout the month. I was really lucky to be invited to the re-launch of Avalanche Restaurant and Bar in Manchester city center, as it now has new management. I was actually really intrigued to attend this event as I have been before for a meal with a group of friends, and although I enjoyed my starter and main (it’s an Italian, and I had the nicest of pizzas’s) my friend’s weren’t too impressed. They all opted for lasagna and just didn’t rave about it too much. So when I heard the news of new management, I was especially intrigued to see what changes Avalanche were introducing.
The event was a lovely occasion evening for bloggers and press, therefore all the foodies and event fanatics of Manchester were treated to the most beautiful Italian wines, Prosecco (my very favourite) and a three course meal which incorporated a range of foods to ensure we all had a taster of a wide range of menu offerings. Firstly, to start with the wine, the Italian Red served on the night was by far the most delicious red wine I have had to date. It tasted like the real, expensive Italian wines you expect from the best of restaurants, and it paired perfectly with the steak that was soon to follow.
The starter was a tasty selection of bruschetta’s, pates, tomatoes, rice balls and Camembert cheeses served on a board for myself and my guest to share. The main course was a mix of surf ‘n’ turf; prawns, scallops, lemon sole, steak, lamb and chicken, with a side of potatoes and veggies. I have to say that I absolutley could not fault the food at all- the steak was the most delicious T-Bone I have possibly ever had. It had a melt in the mouth texture, and I’m a huge fan of prawns and lemon sole too, so the selection of meats and fish were just perfect. My mum is the most fussiest person to date when it comes to dining out, and even she couldn’t fault the food. Well done team Avalanche!
However, I am a real sweet person, where I look forward to dessert even before I have tucked in to my starter. This one didn’t disappoint- the combination of tiramisu, rich chocolate cake and cheesecake were to die for. The Tiramisu was so creamy with the sweetest taste of coffee and liqueur, I could have ate another portion.
What a fantastic evening – thank you to the Avalanche staff for looking after myself and my guest, and I would definitely recommend this place and have completely restored my faith after the lasagna incident last time!
Secondly, lets not ignore the fact that it is Easter at the end of the week. When it comes to Easter, I see it as a pretty exciting time due to the fact I get a couple of days off work for the bank holidays, and I don’t usually have to buy many gifts for people with Easter not really being a huge present swapping occasion. What I usually do, however, is gift my sister with something. Usually of the chocolate variety, as that tends to be the norm when it comes to celebrating the Easter period. Because I don’t buy for all the children in the family, or for any of my friends (because lets be honest, if I was to shop for all the kids and for all my close friends, I’d be forking out for 20 plus eggs!) I like to splash out on a luxury chocolate gift for the one person – and this year its with thanks to Charbonnel et Waler.
Britain’s oldest and finest chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker, have been around since 1875 and have been supplying chocolate to Her Majesty The Queen by Royal Appointment! Because my sister is a very girly, and loves milk chocolate, I have treated her to the luxury Milk Chocolate Easter Egg Filled With Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles, £20. It also has a hidden meaning – she has not long found out she is going to have a baby girl, therefore the baby pink packaging is very appropriate for her right now!
The range of Easter gifts at Charbonnel et Walker really are ‘the best’ so to speak. The collections of chocolate are of a premium quality, and are hand-made to the traditional recipes of Madame Charbonnel. The brand are particularly renowned for dark chocolate, made from the finest dark couverture, resulting in a decadently rich taste. The majority of chocolate gifts are presented in luxurious hand-made boxes and satin ribbons, adding sophisticated for every occasion, not just Easter!
So there is my little foodie/gifty round up! What food places will you be venturing out to this Easter? And what chocolatey gifts will you be giving? Feel free to share!