Monday, 3 November 2008
This is the lasagne that greeted us upon our arrival in Manchester (cold, dark and windy). Manchester, that is. Not the lasagne.While the rest of the world are grappling with global warming, Manchester is on full-freeze mode. The milk keeps better on the window sill than it does in the fridge.
Heck, penguins are leaving the North Pole in hordes, all rushing to be on the first express train to Manchester. Seen a polar bear in the park? Yes, he got on the same train. Seen some baby seals in your local chippie? Now you know why.
Anyhow, it may be Arctic-like up North, but looking at the pictures, you wouldn’t believe it was that cold. I mean, look at that.We were in Manchester for the weekend, catching up with some old friends. Having left from London at 7.30pm on the Friday, we arrived in Manchester at about 11pm which is quite good, considering the traffic and all that.
For those who don’t know, as soon as the congestion zone restrictions stop (6pm), London roads become like hamsters diving into a bowl of feed.
From above, the highways and town roads look as though there are many little ants, holding torchlights, at a party.
So, a journey from London to Manchester consists of:
2 hours getting out of London
1 hour on the motorway
1 hour getting into Manchester
When we made our way to Manchester town on Saturday, around lunchtime, the birds were singing (pop classics), the sun was shining, and the air smelt like autumn. Leaves on the trees were a bright shade of orange.
There are 3 main roads which lead from South Manchester (Fallowfield, Rusholme, Didsbury) into town. More on that in the next instalment of ‘Interesting things to chat about at parties’.
For now, please make do with interesting sights around Manchester.
In case you don't have a map
Market St. (main shopping street)
Shopping in town
Curry – Episode One (Luke Skywalker, I had your curry)
On Saturday, we went to This’n’That for lunch. This (pun intended ha ha) is actually a little shop located off a main street in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. The shop is on Soap Street, it has a little sign saying This’n’That, and a red door shows the spot.
You may be wondering what the big deal is about this place. Well, the big deal is that you don’t find many café-style curry restaurants like this in Manchester, or any other town. The chairs and tables in this place are similar to those you use at picnics, i.e. yellow, plastic and the chairs and tables are joined. There aren’t fancy accolades on the walls, no TimeOut awards for ambience, but why on earth would any restaurant need that when it has
If you’re greedy like us, you’re likely to say ‘Could I have a bit of everything?’ at which point the niceness of the guy is tested, really tested, and he says ‘No.’
Never hurts to try. Especially if you’re a cheapskate.
Variety is the spice of life, as they say. If you’ve had one curry, you’ve not had them all.
So, we ordered more curry as we sat in front of the telly, watching X Factor and South Park. This time, the curry was from Moon, a curry restaurant which also delivers based in Withington. Back when we used to have Moon’s on a weekly basis, the standard of the food was very high. I also used to know which curry it was that I liked, which explains why I ordered something completely wrong this time around.
Medium prawn curry
Finding a parking space in Chinatown on Sunday is kinda like queuing for the lobster at a buffet – time-consuming, not very satisfying, and someone always gets there before you.
However, this time, it was easy (only 10 rounds of Chinatown).
The restaurant in which we were going to have our Dim Sum was Pearl City.
You have to have contacts who know people who recommend people who tell you which shops are best to go to.