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5 Fab Things I ate in....September and October

As usual my good intentions to make this type of round-up up a monthly feature fell pitifully at the first hurdle, in other words: a busy few weeks at my day job. That means this months fab-food recommendations come 2 in 1: the highlights of two months worth of basic bitch, autumn themed, pumpkin-spiced deliciousness. In no particular order...

Beef Short Rib- Pen Factory

I'd need more than two hands to count the number of times I've popped into The Pen Factory for a drink but for some reason the opportunity to order from their menu has always eluded me. Their new, ever-evolving small plates menu is a sophisticated and original pick 'n' mix that suits their cool, academic clientele to a tee. Whilst their staple of hummus and chips is inexplicably delicious, their beef short rib stole the crown for me (and for Remy too by the looks of it).


AD- Loire Valley Bucket List

If you saw my post a few weeks ago you'll know that September has been a month of celebrating and enjoying wines from the Loire Valley region in France.I've been sampling the bottles, making my own food pairings and even got a chance to visit the Loire valley tasting truck down at the Albert Docks. (It's a tough job, I know).


AD- Loire Valley Wine in Liverpool

Like wine? 'Course you do. But how much do you know about the Loire Valley? Known not just for it's stunning scenery, luxury chateaux and historic French architecture, this region in central France is known for it's famed wine producing industry and abundance of vineyards. Never been? Nope, neither have I, but this September the Loire Valley are bringing some of their most famous export over to little ol' Liverpool with a month-long celebration of their wines, free samples, tasting sessions and special collaborative events across the city.

When does it start?

For the first time ever the renowned Loire Bucket List is being introduced outside of the capital and gives the people of Liverpool a chance to rediscover their own city, visit some of our best bars and restaurants and find out a bit more about Loire Valley wine along the way. It begins with some free sampling at The Royal Albert Dock this weekend (4/5th Sept '21) from their gorgeous little wine truck, no bookings or tickets needed- just go for a stroll along the water and pop in for a glass of wine along the way. Not a bad way to start the month!

Where will it be?

The Loire Valley celebrations will be taking place across the city with their wine truck debuting at the Albert Docks on 4/5th September. From then onwards there’s a suggested Loire Bucket List route- all the venues you can see below:

What's the wine like?

To get me in the mood for the festivities the lovely people over at the Loire Valley sent over some samples of their most popular stuff, all of which I decided to pair with some of my favourite food. Using the handy guide on The Wine Society website as my sommelier, I put together the following matches.

1.  The Society's Celebration Crémant de Loire 2018

A really lovely sparkling wine perfect for a special occasion at a super reasonable price point. Food pairings recommend were fish based but we enjoyed sipping the bubbles with a mixed grazing box of charcuterie, cheeses and olives.

2. Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Domaine des Ratelles 2019

An all-round easy drinker and thirst-quencher perfect with salty food, meat, fish and charcuterie. The website recommended it as a good pair for dim sum so we had it with some dumplings and spring rolls.

3. Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Guénault 2020

This fruity Sav Blanc was suggested to go well with fish so we drank alongside my favourite week night tea of grilled salmon, fried rice and veggies.

4. Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Echardières 2020

Last but not least we have the Touraine Rosé, a fruity little number with bags of flavour. I’m not usually a rosé drinker but this one I just enjoyed on its own, super cold with a Friday night film.

You have all of September to try and tackle the Loire Bucket List, visit some brilliant places and discover some new favourite wines along the way. I’ll be having a go myself so let me know how you get on!



5 Fab Places I Tried In... July

They may not be new to everyone but they’re certainly new to me! Here’s five new places I tried this July.

Tempest on Tithebarn Street

As the name might suggest this cafe-come-cocktail bar has recently opened inside the tempest building on Tithebarn Street and is the new venture from the people behind Ma Boyles (not too far down the road). It’s a cool building and they’ve managed to wrangle a street-side drinks terrace to open alongside their rooftop space. The menu is pretty small but good for breakfast and would make an excellent work space if you need somewhere chill to hang out for a few hours. 


Bouchon Deluxe

Mon Dieu! Modern French arrives on Castle Street.


The A-Z of Great Liverpool Coffee

Once upon a time, or at least in the very beginnings of this website, I would have spent hours scouring the back of my brain, maps of the city and the digital yellow pages in order to find a coffee shop for every letter of the alphabet. My A-Z of Liverpool pizza, for example, was fairly successful, and I’m not too proud to admit I absolutely smashed the Burger A-Z* and the Liverpool Christmas Gift Guide. Whilst I had intended to do something similar for my ultimate list of Liverpool Coffee Shops it turns out most of them begin with the same letter ( its ‘c’ ...unsurprisingly). So, instead of thinking of places just for the sake of it I have instead decided to put together a select list of my favourite spots for a coffee, ones I actually visit and love and those others are always raving about. Enjoy!

*Both currently in the process of being updated from the archives. Keep your eyes peeled!

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