Best Spots in Manchester for a Good Old Drink

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I'm surprised I've never really covered this before, but in the past year I've ventured out a bit and gone around town looking for the best places for a drink, from cocktails to ciders there's a range of places across Manchester that deserve a bit of a spotlight. I like a mixture of drinks and there's nothing worse than going to a new bar and choosing the same drink you have everywhere else, I like to try something different each time. So if you're looking for a new place to grab a drink take note of where am about to mention, from the Northern Quarter to Spinningfields. 

First up, is Jimmy's if you're into the more indie scene of Manchester this is a great place to check out. They have a great range of cocktails, great music that you can't miss and they house a lot of gigs around the year. Some of my best gigs from the past year have been at Jimmy's and it's somewhere you really can't miss. It's a bit different to the rest on the lis…

The Month Of Being Veggie



So I decided to try something new, it needed to be done and I just wanted to change something. For me I've always felt weird about talking about food and eating on here. It's something that's a bit taboo really, there's always gonna be the people that wanna comment on it and for me food and my lifestyle food wise isn't something i've wanted to open up about really. 

But I decided to go vegetarian, the plan was for a month and now I'm almost 7 weeks in. It was originally just to see if I could do it and switch it up, I didn't go strict on myself and the 4 week plan was just to ease myself into it. I fully cut out fish and meat products, and decided to see if I could do it. For me it was more about seeing if I could change my lifestyle and really see how I would do with something different. I'd never really thought about how it would be being vegertarian in terms of eating out etc so I thought it'd share my tips and how I found it. 

So the first week was a bit weird, for me I didn't really feel much different I just noticed myself almost feeling a bit stuck. I didn't realise how much meat surronded my day to day lifestyle, and especially when I was in work it surprised me how much I relied on convience. I used to get bacon sandwiches constantly or a quick trip to Maccies. Yes the options are still there for me to get convience food on the go but there are less options, for me this is a saving grace because it pushes me more to make food at home or go for alternatives. 



This meant more time and effort went into thinking about what I want to eat. Which for me was a major push into the right direction really for me, I'm being more concious of what I eat and also how much I am spending. I've started looking into meal prepping and trialling meals I'd want to eat consistently. If you have any tips on meal prep that would be great, I have always felt bored after a few days so any tips to keep up with it would be great!

Once we'd reach the months end I didn't really want to go back to eating meat and I still don't, there are definitely meals and food I miss. But I really learnt to love cooking again rather than going for everything fresh off the shelf. This mixed with the real lack of vegetarian options in restaurants like come on not everyone wants a burger filled with veg or something filled with cheese there are other options! 

The whole thing really opened my eyes to the lack of vegetarian options and how catered we are to the meat industry. It's a personal choice and I'm happy I have switched my lifestyle. The main goal for me was to see if I could do it and how I would feel after and looking through the past 7 weeks I'm happy I've made the change for the better. 

Let me know if you've gone vegetarian or if you'd consider it 

Until next time, Chloe!

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