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It’s arrived – Lunya Deli opens in Manchester

Although I embrace my current Manc situation and the Manc way of life, I spent 4 years of my life in Liverpool where I studied at University. Liverpool is so much smaller than Manchester, yet in spite of that has a lot going on within it’s condensed city centre.

Bold street is the Northern Quarter of Liverpool. It has one of the oldest China Towns in the UK; Students form a  sizeable portion of the population of the city, and cultures live happily side by side in the  form of restaurants and eating establishments as you might expect in any multicultural city.

Nestled behind BBC Merseyside HQ just off Hanover street was a Catalan Deli & Restaurant called Lunya. Me and Matt (boyfriend back then, Husband now) used to visit there as often as budget allowed, and we absolutely loved the food. The vibe was simple, unpretentious. They let the food do all of the talking.

Can you imagine our delight when we heart it was making the journey along the M62 to Manchester?

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We were invited to attend their launch evening last weekend, and we rubbed our hands together with excitement, keen to revisit old favourite dishes and perhaps try new ones- after all, they were offering 50% off the bill!

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Barton Arcade – a jewel often overlooked on Manchester’s Deansgate

The new digs in the Stunning Barton Arcade on Deansgate are perfect. Walking in, I immediately felt at home with the simplistic interior of warm dark red walls and dark wooden furniture. We were seated at the bar and placed a drink ordered before being taken to our seats in the dining area upstairs.

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We ordered a number of dishes ; Croquettes (a personal addiction), Ox Cheeks (by far the most beautiful thing in existence), Cuttlefish with black rice, Goats Cheese, and a deli platter featuring delicious cuts of Spanish meats and hard cheeses.

All food comes at different times, and no single dish disappointed us in terms of presentation or flavour. You can browse their menu here but I note that some of the Manc specials are absent.

As well as their expansive tapas menu, Lunya offers a variety of world-wide gins, beautiful Spanish wines and has a fantastic cocktail menu – here’s my passion fruit Mojito!

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Lunya comes along on the tide of a much welcomed culinary explosion in Manchester’s city centre in recent months, with the unveiling of eateries in the newly refurbished Corn Exchange alongside news of the expansion of well-loved Northern quarter restaurants into the Great Northern Building.

Not that Manchester could ever be accused of offering a lack of choice, it’s just that often one has to travel outside of the city to find the gems, when if you simply want to fall into the nearest place and be guaranteed a good meal, then the new openings will be sure to deliver just that.

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A Lush Life (And Its Hefty Price Tag)

A like minded blogger speaks sense about Lush and their creeping price tags

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One of my presents from my recent birthday was a lovely Halloween set from Lush Cosmetics. Inside was a Lord of Misrule bath bomb, Lord of Misrule shower gel, a Halloween scarf and a bat shaped shower jelly. I was ecstatic with the gift. I absolutely adore Lush products and stand by them on the majority of their views on the world. They’re an excellent company making some excellent products.

But as I later lathered up in the shower, enjoying my zesty smelling shower gel and watching my skin turn momentarily green, I couldn’t help but wonder why my whole bathroom wasn’t filled top to bottom with these ‘do-good-feel-good’ products. And then I remembered…I can’t afford it.

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Dolls making smart the new Cool?

A few weeks ago now I was approached by a PR company to review a slightly unusual item, and it really set the cogs turning in my mind. I had mixed feelings about it. I was mulling over subjects like feminism, Body image, and child development over in my head.

All because of a doll.

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This is a doll from project Mc2, aimed at young girls of around 6 years old and up, with the goal of making smart the new cool.

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I firmly believe intelligence should be praised above beauty or appearance traits, and I do my best to behave in ways that my sister will benefit from. For instance, of course I will compliment her on wearing a pretty dress, but I actively try to praise her for academic success and show to her, through engaged discussions and rewards that being smart and succeeding (as best she can) is far more rewarding and much more laudible than simply being pretty, for example. The results have been amazing so far, when on receiving a glowing school report I took her to Waterstones to pick out some books of her choosing. She felt like she had earned those books, and actually chose to read over playing with her electronic devices, taking delight in reporting back to us on her progress with reading.

But back to the dolls.

 

On a fundamental level, this sounds wonderful. I have an 8 year old sister with an attitude of a young lady already, and I constantly worry about the pressures she is bound to face to fit in as she grows up; whether that’s what she wears, how early she starts applying makeup, how she will feel about her weight and body image…

I never felt this pressure as a kid…  Did I?

So I played with Barbies. I loved Barbies! But even as a kid I harboured a healthy level of cynicism. Barbie was unrealistically proportioned, I knew. I just liked dressing her up. I liked role playing games. I never lacked imagination, and I used Barbie as a tool in my playtime.

My sister never had the Barbie phase. She’s a child of the digital age,  where apps&games are designed to suck you in,  utilising no logic,  creating no emotional buy in or crafting any sort of storyline. So will a doll even appeal to her?

These dolls are supposed to kick start a young girl’s interest in science at an early age, to hopefully create a shift in the stats around women in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and maths) and jobs longer term, and I am a complete advocate of this movement and a firm believer in the benefits that these fields will see from having more women working within them.

Will these dolls really help, though? the language on the box sort of makes me cringe – it’s very Americanised and overly energetic. The character of this particular doll, Bryden Bandweth, who is an African American (in skin tone only, her facial design is very uniform with the caucasian dolls) is supposedly a tech whizz, and has a catch phrase of, “stand back, I’m trending”.

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As an aside, although Social media plays such a huge role in our lives now, I can’t see how encouraging children to use it earlier in life can add benefit. It makes me feel anxious, as I’m sure it does to parents all over the world for reasons I can’t tangibly list.

I also found myself critiquing the doll in terms of how Barbie has been critiqued over the years for her unrealistic representation of body image to young girls. These dolls are still skinny with overly large heads, and as mentioned before, the different races/ hair colours are great, but in reality the facial differences are kept to a minimum.

If these dolls are supposed to encourage smart (versus what, I ask) I’m not sure that providing skinny dolls and dressing up gear is necessarily address that. Each doll does come with a science experiment, which I’d be interested to know if the children who play with these dolls actually do.

You can find out more about the project by looking at their website here.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the project and these dolls in the comments below!

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Dolly and Dotty Dress Review

Hello!

Well, I feel absolved of my negativity after yesterday’s ranty post, and would like to bring you a beautiful dress review today instead!

I got this dress from Lucy Loves at Didi’s Boutique in Altrincham, which I’ve blogged about here and here. I have always loved bright Yellow, and am attracted to items of clothing or accessories that are yellow in a magpie-like manner! it’s harder to rock in such a block colour manner when it’s coming into autumn, but a yellow satchel paired with a dark toned outfit, or a yellow pair of shoes brighten up any dull day!

The Wendy dress is from the Dolly & Dotty range on the Lovedidis.co.uk website, made from 95% cotton and is very soft and versatile. I love how well it fits (this is a size 10) around my waist without being too tight. It has a nice length, coming to just the level of my knee (i’m 5ft7), and has enough flare to the skirt to wear with a peticoat. It comes with a matching belt as well, but I chose not to wear it for the photos, as the dress required no cinching.

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I paired the dress with my red Lotta clogs.

You can order direct from the website in other designs by clicking the links in the top of this post- hope you like it!

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