Manchester Journals

Around The World In 80 Meals! (part 8)

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A December 2009 trip to Manchester by Liam Hetherington

Coras Philippine Cuisine Photo, Ashton-under-Lyne, England More Photos
Quote: With 2009 drawing to a close the chances of eating 80 different cuisines before the end of a year were looking increasingly remote. The chances of even being able to track down 80 different cuisines were slim too!

Manchester Christmas Market

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Attraction | "71) German Christmas Market - The Best Wurst In Manchester"

Manchester Christmas Market Photo, Manchester, England
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Germany – 15/12/09The first snow flakes of winter were spiralling through the air. So Rebecca and I wrapped up warm against the chill and headed out to Manchester’s Christmas market.Christmas markets are a particularly continental trend. They act as tourist magnets across central and eastern Europe – I myself have visited one in Krakow. And 11 years ago Manchester City Council decided to get in on the act. Touring stall holders from Europe were invited to come over and sell food, drink and crafts. Local enterprises joined in. And they have been growing ever since. In 2009 the markets covered Albert Square in front of the town hall. From there they spread down Bras...Read More

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Manchester Christmas Market
Albert Square
Manchester, England

Norwegian Blue

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Attraction | "72) Norwegian Blue - Pining For The Fjords"

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Norway – 22/12/09The fact that I am counting Norwegian Blue shows how desperation is creeping in – running out of time to complete my challenge by the end of 2008, and running out of countries to claim. Because, let’s face it, there’s nothing Norwegian about Norwegian Blue other than the name.Drinkwise, there was nothing that seemed to be Norwegian – not even a cheekily themed cocktail. I was presented really with a choice of Danish Heineken lager or Swedish ...Read More

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Norwegian Blue
The Printworks, Withy Grove
Manchester, England M4 1WZ
+44 161 839 1451

Sokrates Greek Taverna

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Restaurant | "73) Sokrates - The Wisdom of Choosing Set Menus"

Sokrates Greek Taverna Photo, Manchester, England
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Cyprus - 07/01/10Okay. So I failed. I was trying to find 80 restaurants with cuisines from different countries around the world by the end of 2009. Instead I managed to visit only 72 due to other commitments. But even though my (self-imposed) time limit has expired I feel that I might as well continue and see if I can find another eight national cuisines represented in Manchester. Even at this stage I have no confidence that I will actually manage to eat all 80. But I think it is a valid experiment. And so, a new year, and a new country - Cyprus.It is a common misconception that, depending where you are on the island, Cyprus is basically just ...Read More

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Sokrates Greek Taverna
25a Northenden Road, Sale
Manchester, England M33 2DH
+44 161 282 0050

Rodyna

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Restaurant | "74) Rodyna - Back In the USSR"

Rodyna Photo, Manchester, England
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Ukraine – 20/01/10The quest to eat around the world in 80 meals had started in a an Russian restaurant. As we approached the end it was time to go back to the USSR. I had discovered a Ukrainian deli set one street back from Cheetham Hill Road. It was time to visit the Rodyna – the motherland.The staff at Rodyna, both Ukrainian and British of Ukrainian descent, were unfailingly helpful. When I explained what I wanted they joined me in scouring the shelves, trying to find typical Uktrainian delicacies. The difficulty, as they themselves explained, is t...Read More

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Rodyna
39 Bent Street, Cheetham Hill
Manchester, England M8 8NW
+44 161 835 2968

Iceland

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Restaurant | "75) Iceland - That's Why Chums Go To Iceland"

Iceland Photo, Fallowfield, England
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Iceland – 29/01/10Possibly a sense of desparation is creeping in here. Friends laughed when I said that for my Icelandic meal I was resorting to a shopping trip at Iceland. Iceland, for those not in the know, is a British chain of frozen-food supermarkets famous for its "that’s why mums go to Iceland" slogan (so famous enough, that in 1997 Britpop wannabe’s Bennet released a single entitled ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ that reached the heady heights of number 34 in the British charts!). However, ironically enough it was bought out by the Icelandic company Baugur in 2005 (pre the Icelandic economic crash). And so I feel a certain justification at counting this as an ‘Iceland...Read More

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Iceland
Fallowfield Shopping Centre - Unit B - Birchfields Road
Fallowfield M14 6FS
+44 161 225 7890

Cora's Philippine Cuisine

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Restaurant | "76) Cora's - Filipino Heart"

Cora's Philippine Cuisine Photo, Ashton-under-Lyne, England
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Philippines – 25/02/10Corazon (Cora) runs a little café in Ashton, not far from Ikea. Visiting first on a Sunday we found it fairly busy, but serving only full English breakfasts (at £3.50 these were great value, but not what we were hoping for). Talking to the chatty owner revealed that she does indeed served Filipino food, but only in the evenings. Paul, Simon and I immediately made a reservation to return the following Thursday.Filipino cuisine is a mixture of Asian staples, Spanish tastes, and local produce. As such it is a curious half-way-house between mainland Asian (Chinese etc) and Latin American food. According to Wikipedia the culinary heart of the Philippines...Read More

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Cora's Philippine Cuisine
174 Oldham Road
Ashton-under-lyne OL7 9AN
+44 161 3304978

San Marino

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Restaurant | "77) San Marino - A Little Bit Of Italy"

San Marino Photo, Bolton, England
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San Marino – 09/03/10Located up of the fringes of the West Pennine Moors north-west of Bolton, San Marino was the most remote restaurant Paul and I had visited in our quest. It took us an hour’s driving from Manchester city centre to reach it. Much like its namesake microstate it was hidden up in the hills…Of course, it would be too much to expect to find a restaurant in Manchester specialising in Sammarinese cooking. But Wikipedia itself says that the cuisine of San Marino is "strongly similar" to that of Italy and as we were desperate to tick off ano...Read More

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San Marino
Belmont Road
Bolton BL7 9QT
+44 1204 811266

Ruthin Castle Hotel

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Hotel | "78) Ruthin Castle Hotel - Afternoon Tea and Welsh Cakes"

Ruthin Castle Hotel Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Wales – 21/03/10Wales is the closest country to Manchester, well within driving distance, and yet I was unable to find anywhere local to me that could be said to have traditional Welsh cuisine. In fact, searching of the internet I was having trouble finding any traditional Welsh restaurants in Wales itself. Like most non-ethnic eateries in Britain the food on sales is a cosmopolitan collection of the best bits from around the world, so you might find Italian pasta on a menu next to French onion soup, Greek mousska bracketted by Indian chicken tikka masala and pad Thai from Thailand. Still, with my self-imposed deadline of Easter looming ever closer I decided to cheat and take a shor...Read More

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Ruthin Castle Hotel
Ruthin, Denbighshire
Wales, United Kingdom
+44 (1824) 702664

Puddleduk

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Restaurant | "79) Puddleduk - Liam In Lima Better Late Than Never"

Puddleduk Photo, Manchester, England
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Peru – 01/04/10Paul and I finally managed to get to grips with a Peruvian meal just three days before the final deadline of our quest. And we managed it at the fourth attempt – including three separate trips out to Lee Lane, Horwich.The building that has housed Puddleduk since it opened in February used to house the Peruvian restaurant Inkaa. Paul and I had made a trip out here in November only to find that it had very recently closed down; instead we were forced to have a Polish takeaway. However, interestingly enough a new restaurant by the name of Pud...Read More

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Puddleduk
116-120 Lee Lane, Horwich, Bolton
Manchester, England BL6 7AF
+44 0871 9603663

Phileas Fogg

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Restaurant | "80) Phileas Fogg - The Last Supper"

Phileas Fogg Photo, Manchester, England
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The World – 04/04/10Easter. My last supper. And there were thirteen for dinner. No wonder I was concerned!I had set the date, booked the venue, and invited guests once I had passed my 76th meal, thereby causing a panic as I hastily sought out other possible eateries to take me up towards my target. I had always known where I was going for my 80th meal. As the whole Around The World In 80 Meals experiment was at least partially inspired by Jules Verne’s classic novel ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ I had been delighted to learn that the Radisson Blu...Read More

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Phileas Fogg
Radisson Blu Hotel, Chicago Avenue
Manchester, England M90 3RA
+44 0161 490 5000

Phileas Fogg Photo, Manchester, England
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I’ve come a long way since my first idle / drunken bet in a Russian restaurant back just after Christmas in 2008. So what have I learnt over the course of the year? The biggest was probably that I can drink lager, which I had always tended to avoid previously. The strangest countries brew beer. Thumbs up to Indonesia and Ethiopia; thumbs down to Korea. In terms of beverages I would also like to recommend the meaty red wines from Argentina and ...Read More