• A slightly different photo for my @fairyloot unboxing but I just loved this shot🙊
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As I mentioned there’s a full unboxing of the May Unlikely Romances box up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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All the creators and artists have also been tagged in this photo📸
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I finished My Dark Vanessa too last night oh my god what a book. I loved it. •
Today I’m starting Great Expectations and going to try to get through some of that before I spend the evening with my favourite watching Netflix 💕
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  • I left a piece of my heart in Brighton😍
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And Little Hampton, Arundel and we already knew we loved Bristol.
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There’s a rather long post up about the little road trip around the South @sam_g_oldham and I did at the end of May💕
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So many wonderful places, great memories and lovely photos.
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  • Today I spent far too much money on things for upcoming holidays😂
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I’ve lost count of the amount of linen midi dresses I now own🙈
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The rest of the night is being spent in joggers having laptop time. I desperately need to catch up on my reviews!
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Speaking of there’s a review of Song of Sorrow by @melindasalisbury on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Also anyone else struggling with hay fever super bad atm?🤧
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  • Throwback to this brilliant event at Manchester Deansgate Waterstones.
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My interview with @stdennard has just gone up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It was an honour and a joy to interview Sooz. I’ve loved her books for years 😍
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📸: @coffeeeyesandblankstares
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  • A night of relaxation is just what I need👏🏻
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Then tomorrow we’re watching The Act. I’ve been wanting to see it since I saw the first trailer. Based on the true case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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I definitely think I’ll be using one of these masks tonight. There’s a little post about them up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Small self appreciation post because yes, I made this cheesecake.
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And yes it was glorious😍
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And yes I managed to use every bowl in the house making it....a talent someone else I know has 🙊💕
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  • I would much rather be getting ready for another lovely meal out with my favourite💕
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Instead I have a night of life admin and tidying oh joy😂
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I have however started Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and oh my god it’s amazing.
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There’s a little post up The Royal Oak restaurant and the last time Sam and my family went💕
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  • I have spent all day behind my laptop catching up and getting ahead on all the things I’ve needed to post!
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Then tonight I get to have a Netflix night with my favourite person💕
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Speaking of posting I’ve got a little one up about my new favourite Tapas place - @elgatonegrotapas
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I’m still dreaming about their Jamon Croqettas🤤
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  • We found the most amazing graffiti in Bristol, this was definitely my favourite😍
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Its a lovely little place with a load of great bars and restaurants. This time we also found a food festival and spent a while sat on the edge of the river bank with a cocktail💕
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Highly recommend!
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Wish I was there now though the lie in I had this morning was pretty amazing😂
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  • I’m just over 150 pages into The Star-Touched Queen and what an amazing book😍
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I read some wonderful things in May and a full wrap up of my reading is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Now back to my book and snuggling under my blanket👏🏻
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  • Wish I was still in London getting ready to go watch Hamilton 😭
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At least I get to go back there with my favourite person soon💕
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Recommendations for places to eat and things to do more than welcome🙊
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Food & Drink Lifestyle

Iberica

October 19, 2018

I've always had a love of good food (even if I'm not the best at making it) and fortunately have been blessed with a boyfriend of the same opinion (and he can cook, rather brilliantly). Now, nearly every weekend we go out, enjoy a lovely meal and a glass...or more of something exciting. Well, it's me. Let's be honest it's usually gin I'm drinking. Considering we've started to eat our way across Manchester and the surrounding area...with no intention of stopping, I figured I'd better put this new found knowledge to use and share with the masses some of the best places to eat. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself, that it's for the blog. It's research, we simply must go out. I do the same thing with books... *stares at all the unread books*...well this could be interesting.

In all honesty if you want to go out and enjoy good food don't let anyone discourage you. It's a form of self care in my opinion. I've been to some fab restaurants of late and haven't taken a solitary photo, I completely forgot to. But that's something I have now started to do at the advice of my parents and the encouragement of Sam. Near enough everyone has heard the word Momager, well, I have a set of parents that do a similar thing. They give me some wonderful ideas. Then I have the Instagram boyfriend of dreams.

For, what I imagine will be the first of many food related posts, I present to you Iberica. A beautiful Tapas restaurant situated in Spinningfields, Manchester.

 

 

 

Iberica is ideally situated in the heart of Spinningfields with plenty of choice for pre or post dinner drinks. Either at the Oast House (which is on the list to try) directly opposite or my personal favourite The Alchemist to the rear. Highly recommend the Solero cocktail if you do go to The Alchemist, in fact e-mail me for recommendations. I think I've drunk my way through their menu at this point. Or, even enjoy a drink in the restaurant before your meal. Which is what we did..as Sam disappeared off and reappeared with a bottle of Prosecco (I know, he's a keeper). Short people be warned climbing onto those beautiful...but very high stools is a feat. One I managed but a feat nonetheless. I did envisage a Bridget Jones incident occurring. So, if like me and you're vertically challenged there is a covered seating area outside with couches that don't require a ladder to clamber onto. Perfect for people watching.

Whilst I balanced on my chair attempting to look elegant, and not fall off backwards I kept staring at what I think is possibly the largest and most snazzy mirror I have ever seen. Throughout the decor was stunning, deep reds and browns everywhere with almost impossibly high windows. I can only imagine how much light they'd let in during the day. A perfect midday lunch location.

Now, arguably the most important part, the food. Quite simply oh my god. Amazing. The lovely waiter we had suggested five plates between the two of us to start with and honestly we didn't need any more than that. It surprising how filling Tapas is but think of it as having five starters... it's a lot. Providing you aren't out with someone with the same food anger as Joey Tribbiani it's a great place to go for a date too.

The Calamares was incredible. I adore seafood and have had my fair share of battered squid and this was one of the best. It came with alioli (which I cannot say for the life of me) and a hefty slice of lemon. I'm still not entirely sure what alioli is but I liked it! It looks a little frightening but give it a go, it definitely isn't for everyone, but as I've heard over the year... if you don't try it you'll never know. Good god I never thought I'd be saying that.

Potato is wonderfully glorious in all of its varying forms but Croquetas are perhaps the King. Fried potato and cheese. What more could you ask for? Honestly, I would've been very happy with five plates of those!

On the right we have Gambas and Confit Chicken. The love of seafood strikes again. I'm always a little bit scared when I order anything that either has been in a shell or needs de-shelling. I'm convinced I'll end up recreating the langoustine scene from Mr.Bean. It's happened before...not to me but I was was a witness. The garlic and cayenne pepper sauce they were was fantastic, but make sure whoever you're eating with has it too! Garlic breath and all that.

I'm not entirely sure what a Romesco sauce is, nor do I know whats in it but I can tell you its rather tasty. Coupled with the Confit Chicken and Hazelnuts. To die for and thankfully a very generous portion. There's nothing worse than when there isn't enough of something.

Supposedly, this wonderful dish was Twice Cooked Lamb but when a meat melts like butter you start to wonder what witchcraft was involved in the creation of it. Served with marinated cherry tomatoes and red peppers from León..which shock horror I didn't go near. I'm not the best when it comes to fruit and veg, much to everyone's dismay.

And for this one all photo credit to Sam, as I said top Instagram Boyfriend.

There is nothing I like more than dessert and coffee, when you put the two of them together I am a very happy bunny. After all the wonderful tapas neither of us could manage a full dessert but it would've been a shame not to give any a try. We split this Coffee flan with vanilla ice cream,which was a twist on the traditional Spanish sweetened custard dessert and was completely delicious. I'd go back for this alone.

Oh look, three of my favourite things in one photo. Dessert, prosecco and Sam. hehe.

If you get the chance definitely give Iberica a try. It ticked all the boxes for me and I know Sam thought the same. Everything was on point, from presentation to taste, to the staff. I'm already planning on taking my parents at some point. They love Tapas almost as much as I do. Considering the quality, and quantity of food we ended up with the bill was pretty reasonable too. Nothing better than good food at a good price...and of course with great company.

 

Have you been to Iberica?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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