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Alma de Cuba

Posted by The Greedy Cow on Oct 16, 2018 12:07:38 PM

So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than in a church converted into a restaurant, enjoying a Sunday Lunch whilst listening to live Gospel music… Well that is exactly what you can do at Alma de Cuba’s ever popular Gospel Sunday Brunch, each Sunday between 1-6pm.

The Gospel Sunday Brunch has been part of Alma de Cuba’s weekly ‘What’s On’ for many years now and still hasn’t lost its charm. We arrived on a cold autumn day to be warmed not only by the food & drink but by the atmosphere too. The bar was quiet when we arrived and we made our way upstairs to the restaurant. Welcomed by oversized chandeliers and burning candles, Alma does Hygge without even trying to, which is perfect as the days shorten and nights get longer.

Although it was a school night, we opted for the Pinot Grigio from Chile. A wine from Chile is always my fall back and best tip for anyone who isn’t a connoisseur of wine lists. As the wine was poured the Gospel singers began. Expect soulful classics like ‘I’ll be There’ and R-Kelly’s ‘I believe I can fly’ mixed in with Gospel Choir and songs straight out of Sister Act. The band position themselves right on the old Church alter which is perfect for those Instagram pics.

We passed on starters and went straight for the Beef Sunday Roast. Now Alma de Cuba don’t just do Sunday Roasts, they do one of the best Sunday Roasts in the city. Oversized Yorkshire pud, thick slices of beef with all the trimmings and a delicious red wine gravy. Although the food was delicious, we both struggled to finish our plates. Not a bad thing at all!

After a good break between courses to let our lunch settle, we opted for the Chocolate Brownie with a kick of chilli. I’m not a big fan of spice, especially in my dessert, but it worked! The brownie was flaky and soft, topped with ice cream and presented perfectly with drizzles of caramel. Be warned though it does have a kick to it!

The whole afternoon was wrapped up perfectly whilst the Gospel band finished on ‘Oh Happy Day’. What an absolute classic to sum up how we were feeling after a great afternoon at Alma de Cuba. With winter around the corner, Sunday Brunch at Alma is definitely your perfect winter warmer!

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Topics: dining, TableNow, finedining, restaurants

La Finca Eivissa

Posted by The Greedy Cow on Jul 25, 2018 3:03:18 PM

With just around 6 weeks until my long-awaited return to the White Isle, it was a no brainer to make La Finca Eivissa my next venture as part of the Table Now Professional Eater experience. This place oozes all things Ibiza with an almost hippy, happy-go-lucky vibe and is nestled in between some of Liverpool’s busiest nightlife spots. A bit of a sea of tranquility amongst all the madness outside, especially on a Saturday night, as it was when I visited.

Thanks to the barmy summer we are having, the temperatures were high and windows and doors of the restaurant were all wide open with people enjoying drinks semi-al fresco with chilled Ibiza beats playing in the background.

The team at La Finca were great as always… greeted at the door and taken to our table on the upper floor, we had a window seat to watch the world go by. First up, it wouldn’t be right to go for tapas without enjoying a jug of Sangria. Here you can mix and match ingredients to make your own. I went with a red wine base, apples & oranges mixed with cranberry & orange juice, topped with lemonade for that extra fizz. The result was amazing!

On to the tapas, we went for honey glazed chorizo, bruschetta, ham and cheese croquettes and a couple of specials. The specials board is updated regularly here so never stick to just the menu! We went for the sweet chilli chicken wings which melted off the bone and were absolutely delicious. The next special is not a special per se as it isn’t on the specials board, however it deserves a special mention as such. The Mama Mia fries, topped in cheese and albondigas are definitely worth a go! Leave the Ibizan diet aside and give these a whirl!

To top the night off the Ibizan diet was completely forgotten about as we opted for the chocolate brownie and ice cream. Wow! What a brownie!

One final jug of Sangria and a move to one of the infamous ‘beds’ to enjoy the music was a perfect ending to our Saturday night. It is no wonder this place has been consistently in the Top 5 restaurants in Liverpool on TripAdvisor recently. Whether you want to get in the mood for your upcoming Ibiza holiday or whether you have got those post-Ibiza blues, this place is the perfect pick-me-up!

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The best Burgers Liverpool has to offer

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:31:32 PM

On April 1st 1998, Burger King took out a full page in the USA today newspaper introducing a new variant of the Whopper which was designed specifically for lefties. This new burger was the same as the original but was rotated 180 degrees. Nonetheless, thousands of people swarmed BK’s up and down the U.S demanding a left-handed burger.

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Topics: food, dining, restaurants, TableNow, burger, american

The Four Finest Italian Restaurants in Manchester

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:31:09 PM

The year was 79 AD, Julius Agricola had just travelled up the M40 and arrived in what he called Mamucian. What a fine place he thought as he had visions of great football teams and the Happy Mondays. Ever since, not much has changed. Just the name.

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Topics: food, dining, restaurants, TableNow, italian, italian restaurants, manchester

The Tastiest Tapas Manchester Has To Offer

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:30:52 PM

The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, meaning “to cover”. Some say tapas got its name because back in the day Spaniards used to cover their drinks with small plates to stop the flies.

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The Best Gastro Pubs In Manchester

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:30:38 PM

George Orwell, famous author of many classics including Animal Farm and other dystopian novels, once said this of the pub:

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Topics: food, dining, restaurants, TableNow, gastro pub

The Best mid-range Dining Experiences in Manchester

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:30:24 PM

So you're looking for a bit of fancy? Something a bit different? Something that you can invite your fun friends to? You're also looking for something that isn't going to leave you boracic-lint skint

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Topics: midrange, dining

Money Conscious? Here are Manchester's Best Cheap Eats

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:28:34 PM

So you've just paid for that Jeff Goldbloom shower curtain that you might, definitely maybe need at some point in the future because your bacon strips shower curtain is looking a bit dated. That's arriving just before your Donald Trump toilet paper which will almost certainly get used one way or another. But then you see little hands for your fingers so you get them too. 

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Topics: budget, manchester, american, food, cheap

The Definitive American Dining Experiences to find in Manchester

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:25:30 PM

I love an American diner. I love how the character of the restaurant seems to be taken more seriously than the food and I love how there is always that chirpy waitress who becomes third wheel to awkward dates.

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What makes TableNow Different?

Posted by Tom Sumner on Apr 16, 2018 4:25:06 PM

Our favourite kind of meal is the one that we weren't planning on. The spontaneous one that only a good group of hungry friends could conjure. They're often the ones that're filled with fun and leave you saying; 'Let's do this again some time.' 

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Topics: budget, midrange, manchester, dining, TableNow

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