I love food. It is obvious when you see my instagram account. Not any food in particular, just good flavoursome food. It could be a good takeaway, or a nice piece of cake or even a home cooked meal. With this in mind I was invited along to Selfridges in Manchester's Trafford Centre to explore the food hall. I invited Grandma M along with me to explore as we often visit food festivals together, and thought this would be something very similar. I also left the girlies behind so I could enjoy the food without them wanting to steal mine.
Our first port of call as it was dinner time was to try out the Yo Sushi bar. I have never had sushi before as I usually am not a fish person unless its covered in batter. We had a sampling menu along with watching a master class of how to make Maki rolls, Nigiri and Hand rolls.
I am glad I tried it as I discovered I do like sushi. Wow! I know that the Yo Sushi bar is now another option when we visit the Trafford centre. Yo Sushi has a unique way of serving with the meals going around the restaurant on a conveyer belt and you can just pick the dish you want yourself.
After the sushi we went and tried out the sparkling wines. We got to sample Prosecco, Cava and of course Champagne. I asked the much talked about question... Is there enough Prosecco to meet the new demand? The answer is... Selfridges have enough Prosecco! Prosecco is so easy to drink I can understand the new trend to be drinking it. Cava I found very dry however Grandma M enjoyed the Cava the most. Of course we both enjoyed the Champagne too.
It was interesting to listen to all the facts about each one and what to look for. I was a bad blogger and didn't write anything down, but enjoyed the wine. The selection of alcohols is amazing and the knowledge of the sales people is worth a visit if you are after something extra special but not sure what exactly you want.
Keeping with the alcohol theme we moved along to the Gusto area. Here you will find brightly coloured liquors, deep golden brandy's and some surprising oils and vinegars.
With Gusto you pick what you want, select a bottle size and shape. They then fill it and offer the choice of a free personalisation too. They have some quirky bottle shapes that would make great gift ideas.
In the middle of the food hall it is hard to miss all the cakes. The enormous slice of heaven from Patisserie Valerie. We were told they were priced for "a piece of affordable luxury". I agree with them.
From slices of cake, to tarts and full sized cakes, they all look amazing. I can see myself treating the girlies to picking their very own piece of cake without having to break the bank. It reminded me of the bakeries in France.
If cake is not your thing, how about macaroons?
Or cheesecake from the Lancashire Cheesecake company? They boast themselves for having no artificial preservatives, colours flavourings or thickeners. We were lucky to be sent home with two to try in the comfort of our own homes. Daddy M is a big cheesecake fan and he enjoyed the fresh creamy texture. These turn pudding time into a dessert time.
Keeping with the cakes still, we were also able to make our own cookie monster cake. Look I actually made him, and it took seconds...
Thanks to hey little cupcake who also has a cake counter and make beautiful birthday cakes as well as cupcakes and cake pops. They also do cake decorating workshops for both children and adults, and I hope to get J involved in one soon. If I could do this little cookie monster imagine what the girls could do?
It is not all about cake at the food hall though. We were also able to try the tea pigs Matcha super power green tea mixed with apple juice which makes green tea drinkable for me. Tea pigs are something a little bit more unique then finding a tea bag in the local supermarket, again a lovely gift idea or treat for a tea lover.
Just bee drinks have also just launched in Selfridges. A honey infused spring water quenching thirst naturally and keeping it low calorie. The founders of the drink are both from Manchester and launched earlier this year, its great that Selfridges are promoting local, smaller companies.
Just Bee is great for someone like me wanting a healthy drink. Water I dislike unless there is no other option. We all know how thirsty shopping can make us. 10% of Just bee's profits are donated to charities including Friends of the honey bee, so not only will you be quenching your thirst, you will also be helping out charities too. The drink isn't overly sweet as you would expect, but sweet enough to keep me happy.
Grandma M also got to try out the Olives, and marmalades. Again the suppliers Selfridges have picked are local. Whereas I dived into the chocolate tasting.
The food hall has something for everyone. Even a takeaway counter where they can cook you up a kebab, or a curry to takeaway. Whether it is something for you to keep you going until you get home, or a special gift for someone else, I am sure you will find it in the food hall.