Fajitas Mexican Bar and Grill

Fajitas Mexican Bar and Grill 373 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L7 9LQ, 0151 228 1567

Mention takeaways to us and immediately we think of hangover cravings, being sated with carb heavy, tasteless crap in a box but Hungryhouse has thrown a delicious spanner in the works and has tasked us with reviewing Fajitas Mexican Bar and Grill. Now, when we think of Mexican we think of Tequila, Fajitas, Sombreros and not forgetting Dee’s Dad (aka José)… But mainly Tequila (ariba ariba).

Now Fajitas Mexican Bar and Grill don’t deliver alcohol although this may be something for you to think about guys (wink, wink) but nonetheless us three amigos settled down for the evening, placed our fanjita order… We mean fajitas and tucked right on in!

To start we ordered skewered king prawns and cheese and onion quesadilla to share. The prawns were fat and juicy with a tasty marinade and the quesadillas were the perfect cheesy chow.

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We were like three Mexican jumping beans as we tucked into our main courses. Sarah took the supersized option with a beefy ‘Beef Enchilada’ which was a cheeky combination of chilli and cheese… What’s not to love! After moaning she was full (5 minutes in) she still managed to power through until the end and lick the plate.

Dee(mandings) gluten free-ways meant she was slightly restricted with the menu choices however our super friendly compadres at Fajitas Mexican Bar and Grill soon pointed out the Mex-i-cans and Mex-i-can’ts! The chicken was succulent, large and in charge and with chips on the side all complimented each other perfectly… All in all, winner winner chicken dinner.

Sharron has been known to tongue a taco or two in her time and therefore naturally her order choice of the evening was a ‘Chilli Taco’. Very spicy and rammed with chopped tomatoes, onions and sour cream.

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On the side to share we enjoyed chips, salad, rice and refried beans. The portions were absolutely massive… No complaints from us though as what girl doesn’t enjoy a decent sized portion!

Just when we thought we were out, those cheeky Mexican’s pulled us back in with dessert. Our Mexican amigos sure know how to spice their meat but they aren’t known for their desserts, therefore we were delighted to see some classic English favourites on the menu! We enjoyed sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.

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You know it’s been a good night when we’ve got our feet up on the couch and we’re unzipping our bursting onsies. Our top tip for the month is to go and order yourselves some tasty treats from http://fajitasmexicanbarandgrill.y4f.co.

We guarantee it’ll be a twist on your taste buds and make a change from the usual Chinese or pizza filled Friday nights.

Until next time folks, we’re off to do la cucaracha…

Scousecran girls x

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Dominos pizza ~ thinking outside the box!!

Never ones to be able to keep a secret us Scousescran girlies have had to bite our lip and sit tightly on a project that has excited us mucho. So hold onto your imaginary hats and make sure your sitting down cos we are about to announce something that will blow your tiny minds…. you ready??

We have collaborated with Dominos pizza on a revolutionary edible pizza box!!!!! #DominosEdibox  (Sitting back while we let that sink in)

Check it out for yourselves on  http://www.dominos.co.uk/blog/edibox-revolutionises-pizza-delivery/

Double the dough to dip in your garlic sauce and no rubbish to chuck away after! What more could you want? So there you are our gorgeous lill scranners, go forth and fill yer boots! No need to thank us. ;)

The Scousescran Girls x

Hotel Chocolat, Liverpool One

How lucky are we to be invited to Hotel Chocolat in Liverpool One!  This beautiful cocoa bar is like the Chanel of chocolate and has a very inviting, cozy, friendly atmosphere especially on this cold rainy night.

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The store has been open since November but they are launching their chocolat bar cafe’ which tempts your tastebuds with pastries, luxury chocolate from all over the world and unusual (but gorgeous) cocoa tea, cocoa pasta, its cocoa crazy but we LOVED it!

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Its one of over 70 Hotel Chocolat’s internationally and we like the idea of the restaurants, come on guys, Liverpool needs a chocolate based restaurant, check them out! http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/restaurants

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The staff were all so friendly and very knowledgeable on all things chocolate, they really seem to be pushing the boundaries of the chocolate world.

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We enjoyed our taste trial of natural chocolate (no additives) and was amazed to taste how very different they all were, due to the climates and soil they are grown in. St Lucia is where they have their own cocoa plantation (our fave), it tastes of rum raisin, also we tasted chocolate from Venezuela, this was quite oaky (is that even a word?) and Vietnam which naturally tastes like quite bitter citrus, you either love or hate it (like marmite!)

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Thank you for our guided tour of chocolate, who knew all the benefits it can have on our body and mind, and thank you for our goodie bags!

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Dont forget one of our Scouse Scran girls wants a job!

xx

10 of the best restaurants in Liverpool

Merseyside food bloggers Scouse Scran choose ten of the best restaurants in Liverpool for any budget…

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It’s certain that Liverpool has a buzz like no other city. We are constantly surprised when we turn up to the latest restaurant to find people queuing out of the door… To think anyone could turn away the famous four Scouse Scran girls – don’t they know who we are?!

We like to spend our days eating our way around the city, whether we are enjoying a glammed up girl’s night or cheap mid-week eats, we’re constantly sampling the new independent restaurants or enjoying our favourite meals from the high-street chains. You couldn’t fail to be impressed by the variety of food on offer, ranging from speciality cuisines to a secret supper club.

Budget

The Brink

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The Brink is a revolutionary venue that’s so much more than your usual café bar. They’ve taken alcohol out of the mix to provide a truly welcoming, creative and intelligent space where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can dine, hang out, socialise and relax. The sausage hot pot is the perfect meal to accompany any occasion! Best of all, The Brink is a recovery social enterprise, which means that all the profits go directly back into the community to fund support for those who have suffered through alcoholism and addiction.

21 Parr St, Liverpool, UK L1 4JN, (0151 703 0582, thebrinkliverpool.com)

Lucha Libre

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Forget Americanized versions of Mexican classics, leave behind any notions of fancy, stylised plates and haute cuisine. This is down and dirty Mexican street food. The kind of food you would find if you were backpacking through Mexico and eating your meals at local roadside restaurants and street carts. In keeping with the ‘street food’ concept, the menu is sectioned into Nibbles and Small Plates, Salads, Street Food, Large Plates and trays for two to share – something for every budget. Afterwards, head downstairs to Maya, Lucha’s late night cocktail bar.

96 Wood St, Liverpool, UK L1 4DQ, (0151 329 0200, www.lucha-libre.co.uk)

Baltic Social

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The Baltic Social is the latest opening in the new cool quarter of Liverpool, ‘The Baltic Triangle’, complete with its very own quirky cinema style seating. This is the perfect place for beers and bites after work on a Friday evening, and the burgers definitely get the thumbs up from us burger loving girls. However, hands down we would argue Baltic Social’s roasts are among the best in Liverpool… Does life get any better than a good reasonably priced roast followed by a peanut butter chocolate layer cake? Mmmm.

Elevator Studios, 25 Parliament Street, Liverpool, (www.thebalticsocial.com)

Chris’ Pop Up Kitchen @ Cuthbert’s Bakehouse

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Chris’ Kitchen gives customers the chance to try some homemade, bespoke, excellent quality and value menus, after Cuthbert’s baking hours. The welcoming staff and cosy surroundings are the perfect combination for a highly enjoyable evening. Whether you’re looking for a light bite or some Good ol’ Pie ‘n Mash then Chris’s food will not disappoint your taste buds or your wallet. Chris prides himself in using only the finest and freshest ingredients, utilising organic and locally sourced produce whenever possible.

103 Mt Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TB, (0844 245 8612, www.cuthbertsbakehouse.co.uk)

Mid-range

Madge’s Gaff

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If you are a ‘Come Dine with Me’ fan then Madge’s Gaff is definitely for you. Madge runs a secret supper club in the leafy suburbs of Childwall. Once a month Madge hosts a themed evening with a password required upon entry! £25 per person (bring your own alcohol) will treat you to a five-course themed spectacular. Our experience at Madge’s was quite simply an 11 out of 10 – not only was her food above and beyond restaurant quality, her hosting skills were second to none, so much so that we didn’t want to go home (Madge did actually consider renting out her spare room to us).

Secret Location! (supperclubfangroup.ning.com/events/madge-s-gaff-7)

Neon Jamon

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Neon Jamon is a new edition to the Penny Lane area of Liverpool, describing themselves as a tapas/cava/deli/bar, and the tapas we sampled (there was a lot of it) was mouth-wateringly good! Malaga Style Little Squids; Chorizo and Morcilla (Spanish black pudding for those not in the know); Staw Fries & Eggs (aka egg and chips) to name just a few. It’s a short drive outside of the city centre but well worth the journey. Be warned they don’t take bookings for small parties, but it is definitely worth the wait for a table.

12 Smithdown Place, Liverpool, L15 9EH, (www.neonjamon.com)

Est Est Restaurant & Bar

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The leafy Liverpool suburb of Aigburth welcomed its newest addition in November in the form of the stylish Italian restaurant, Est Est. We could not have been any more impressed with our visit there; we’re still craving another sublime lasagne weeks later, but the staff truly did go above and beyond. The restaurant manager arranged for separate pan fried chips for our gluten free girl… A* for service! Head here for some homemade classics, just like Mama used to make.

380 Aigburth Rd, Liverpool, L17 6AE, (0151 427 1155, facebook.com/estestliverpool)

High-end

Gusto Bar & Restaurant

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Gusto, based at the Albert Dock, is a real dining experience from beginning to end – beautiful cocktails, food and ambiance all combine effortlessly to make this an experience you won’t forget. Not only is the food sublime but the staff really do go the extra mile, recommending their choice of wine for each of your courses. Or why not attend one of their cocktail master classes? We had no idea how many ingredients were used to make a Bellini.

Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AF, (0151 708 6969, website)

Alma de Cuba

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Alma de Cuba restaurant and bar is situated in the former St Peter’s Catholic Church on Seel Street and it is the first church in Liverpool to be turned into a social venue. The bar and restaurant are lit by candles and they scatter rose petals from the upper restaurant level at midnight – the perfect romantic setting! Not only is the food incredible but we can highly recommend the cocktails too.

St Peters Church, Back Seel St, Liverpool, L1 4BH, (0151 702 7394, www.alma-de-cuba.com)

Chaophraya

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Chaophraya is a Thai restaurant located in the centre of Liverpool, based in Chavasse Park. It is well worth a visit for the ambience alone. They offer private dining areas with sunken seats and even perform a birthday ritual on your special day. We can’t get enough of their hot and spicy selections! After your meal you can head to the bar next door, ‘Palm Sugar’, for a few tipples of your choice.

Liverpool One, 5-6 Kenyon’s Steps, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3DF, (0151 707 6323, website)

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Madge’s Gaff – Home dining supperclub

“Of all the gin joints..in all the world..”

Our next culinary journey took an unexpected turn and we found ourselves not in another restaurant but in the leafy suburbs of Childwall and in the home of Madge, queen of Madge’s Gaff,  Liverpools first home supperclub. If you’re a “Come Dine With Me” fan, then this is one for you.

We had been promised a Christmas Moroccan feast and had been tormented regularly with menu teasers and photos of ingredients on Twitter and Facebook, so when we acquired our password to gain entry for the night, we could barely contain our excitement.

Scouse Scran girls

Scouse Scran girls

Stood on the step in our Crimbo jumpers whispering through the door “play it again Madge” we were soon whisked inside by a large man in a Fez (Madge’s partner in crime Wayne) who was brandishing a silver tray of sugar rimmed cocktails. They both welcomed us into their lovely home and we were made to feel really relaxed. Like one of the family in fact (we are waiting for the adoption papers to come through at anytime).

Madges special cocktails

Madges special cocktails

It wasn’t hard to love Madge. She is so warm and has a twinkle in her eye, you can see she loves to feed people and gets a massive amount of enjoyment from being the “hostess with the mostest”. She goes all out and researches her menus down to the last spice and her hard work certainly pays off as the food she produces is top quality.

Madges Moroccan  Feast menu

Madges Moroccan Feast menu

We were seated in the “good room” as the guests slowly arrived, Madge’s friends and family making up the numbers, 12 of us in total. With Casablanca playing in the background we stuffed ourselves with cheese briouats – a kind of fancy cheese pasty, the pastry was light and the filling very tasty and we washed them down with a spiced pumpkin soup shot which we all had seconds and thirds of.  Madge had also made Dee a special stuffed fig dish which disappeared in seconds.

Cheese Brioats

Cheese Briouats

GORGEOUS Pumpkin Soup Shot

GORGEOUS Pumpkin Soup Shot

With our Christmas jumpers and the pumpkin shots giving us a rosy glow we moved into the dining room and were whisked away to the souk with the brightly coloured lanterns decorating the table and rose petals dotted in between the mezze platters overflowing with Madges famous chicken patties (if they’re not famous they certainly should be!) topped with a date confit also aubergine salads, roasted red pepper hummus , yoghurt dip, olives and warm freshly made flat breads. The wine flowed and the plates soon emptied…….

Mazgaldi of Onions on Croutons

Chicken Patties

Chicken Patties

Heres looking at you Madge!

Being at Madge’s gaff is to feel like Henry the 8th except we ladies use utensils!  The non stop courses of delectable offerings.  Move over Nigella (well the less said about that, the better). Madge has a wonderfully entertaining presence that the BBC are missing out on and her cooking skills are second to none.

Madges Moroccan Feast

Madge’s Moroccan Feast

We were fired up for the main dish, Lamb tagine with apricots (gf) and couscous or fried potatoes and although one scouse scranner can’t deal with soft food and the other scranner can’t deal with fruity food, this dish was DEVOURED by all of us and some! Third helpings were going on, it was a bit shameful!  Same time next week eh Madge!

Lamb Tagine with apricot  & Couscous

Lamb Tagine with apricot & Couscous

Pomegranates to sprinkle

Pomegranates to sprinkle

Please Madge can we have some more!

Oliver

Oliver

“Orange is the only fruit”

Just when we thought we couldn’t possible squeeze in another morsel… Along came dessert! Especially to cater for our very our Dee(manding), Madge made chocolate, orange and almond cake with orange syrup, honey and orange flavoured yoghurt AND fresh oranges with cinnamon with a gorgeous twist, chilli flakes!  Sarah in her true greedy fashion had pretty much eaten the entire orange before the plate was put down in front of her (who doesn’t love a good palate cleanser). The cake was hands down one of the best gluten free delights we have sampled (believe us – we’ve been subjected to a lot), most of the table in fact didn’t actually realise it was gluten free.

Chocolate, orange, almond & chili flake cake

Chocolate, orange, almond & chili flake cake

Madge has taken her inspiration from the supper club legend Ms Marmite (Google her), the pop up/supper club/underground restaurant movement is massive in London town and we’re super excited that this new foodie trend is making it’s way Liverpoolwards. What a perfect opportunity to sample some fine food and make new friends in the process – a highly enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening or perhaps when working away from home and not wanting to eat alone in a restaurant.

Ms Marmite's Supper Club Book

Ms Marmite’s Supper Club Book

Our night at Madge’s was quite simply an 11 out of 10, not only was her food above and beyond restaurant quality, her hosting skills were second to none, so much so that we didn’t want to go home (Wayne did consider setting up the triple bunk bed for us). Our top tip for 2014 is to take a trip to Madge’s Gaff, her next supper club will take place on the 29th January and previous themes have included Italian and 70′s – we’ll certainly be heading back for more!

Play it again Madge!

Chris's pop up kitchen at Cuthberts Bakehouse
Chris’s pop up kitchen at Cuthberts Bakehouse

Cuthberts on Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, are opening its doors after dark!  

From the 12th November onwards the gorgeous hidden gem Cuthberts Bakehouse will turn into Chris’s Pop Up kitchen, Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9pm.

@Chris_Kitchen gives customers the chance to try some homemade, bespoke, excellent quality and value menu’s, after Cuthbert’s baking hours and who better to sample his fares, non other than the Scouse Scran girls!

Head chef Chris prides himself in using only the finest and freshest ingredients, utilizing organic and locally sourced produce whenever possible.  Chef Chris is a fully qualified and experienced chef, baker & cake decorator based in Liverpool. He studied Art & Design in college and later on decided to become a chef. Since then, he has worked his way up the ladder for the last 14 years working in the catering industry and has now turned into a wonderful caterer. He has worked in top fresh food only restaurants.

​Chef Chris has a strong artistic and ethical background, therefore, he chooses to employ only organic, locally sourced, seasonal and fresh ingredients whenever possible.​

​Chris’ Kitchen was Chris’ first independent venture and after setting up in Woolton Village, he decided to move on to the next chapter in Liverpool’s busy City Centre.

We were invited along to the quaint surroundings of Chris’s Pop up Kitchen based in Cuthberts Bake House near the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and as Chris has only been open for three weeks, we weren’t sure what to expect, but the staff were so welcoming and it was a really cozy christmassy vibe that suits us down to the ground as we’ve started wearing our christmas novelty jumpers (to be seen another time).

You can’t go wrong with the Autumn menu..

Chris's pop up kitchen at Cuthberts Bakehouse - Autumn menu
Chris’s pop up kitchen at Cuthberts Bakehouse – Autumn menu

Even though we are two taste testers down tonight, it didn’t stop us from getting into the swing of things.

Dee was chuffed to bits with her (gluten free) Tender steak, served with crispy chunky chips, peas, cherry tomatoes and creamy peppercorn sauce (her fave dish ever!).Sarah pencil dived into the massive Good ‘ole’ Pie ‘n’ mash, (Chicken and leak pie in a creamy sauce, encrust in short crust pastry, topped with a fluffy puff pastry lid ) served with velvety mashed potato, pea’s and Chris’s own gravy for the brilliant price of £7.95

Tender steak and Good ole pie n mash
Tender steak and Good ole pie n mash
Escapee
Escapee

The wonderful deserts provided by Cuthberts Bakehouse did not disappoint, far from it, Dee is ordering a load of Gluten Free Almond Torte AND Choc cake (they must of heard she’s a bit greedy!), Sarah went for the Millionaire shortbread cake which was polished off, no plate washing for us tonight!

Christmas Evening Menu

Served from 5pm to 9pm, why not try their festive Christmas Evening Menu available from the 2nd to 23rd December.

Chris's pop up kitchen at Cuthberts Bakehouse - Christmas menu
Chris’s pop up kitchen at Cuthberts Bakehouse – Christmas menu

Lazy Sundayz

All day roast dinners available from 12-9pm which we are most definitely going to try!  Vegetarians welcome too!

Sunday Roasts at Chris's kitchen
Sunday Roasts at Chris’s kitchen

Theres a roast just for you, choose 1, 2 or 3 course Sunday Roast dinners then Cuthbert’s dessert’s to accompany!

Sunday Roast dinner menu at Chris's kitchen
Sunday Roast dinner menu at Chris’s kitchen

Note:  Menu subject to change. Any specific dietary requirements MUST be notified in advance of booking. Bookings essential.  Non-refundable deposit of £10/head required when booking for parties of 5 or more.)

CHRIS’ KITCHEN

Address:
103 Mt Pleasant,
Liverpool,
Merseyside
L3 5TB
P: 0151 709 9912 / 07591919297
E: chrisskitchen@live.com
T: @chris_kitchen​
Facebook: Chris’ Kitchen at Cuthbert’s

Chris’s Pop up kitchen at Cuthberts Bakehouse

Best places to eat out in Liverpool: restaurants, cafés and hidden gems

It’s famous for its iconic dock, a fierce football rivalry and the home of The Beatles. But Liverpool’s food and drink offerings should not be overlooked, with classy establishments, quick diners and delicious cheap eats on offer.

It’s also home to another Fab Four, the ladies behind the popular Scouse Scran blog, and here we share our tips for the best restaurants and eateries in Liverpool.

The best thing about the Liverpool restaurant scene…

Liverpool has a buzz like no other city and the restaurants are full eight days a week. Thanks to the Capital of Culture crown in 2008, Liverpool has undergone a massive regeneration in recent years. Some of the top restaurant chains who previously would not have considered the city are now fighting for prime centre locations. There are always new independent restaurants popping up every week offering quality, locally sourced produce with atmospheres that could rival the likes of New York. You can find everything here from tapas, to Mexican street food, to Lebanese.

Our favourite place for a quick, no-nonsense bite to eat…

We are never ones to say no to a meat sweat and after our recent nine restaurant Burger Challenge,Byron Burger has become a firm favourite. It is based in a fantastic location; right in the heart of Liverpool One so is perfectly positioned for a quick bite to fuel up after a hard day shopping! The food is always consistently good and we find there is something for everyone, whether a simpler burger is your preference or you wish to beef it up with one of their Smokey or mushroom specials. Other favourites include Leaf on Bold Street and The East Village Arts Club on Seel Street.

The best place to go for a special occasion…

Gusto, based at the Albert Dock, would be our recommendation for a special occasion. It is a real dining experience from beginning to end – beautiful cocktails, food and ambiance all combine effortlessly to make this an experience you won’t forget. Not only is the food sublime but the staff really do go above and beyond, recommending their choice of wine for each of your courses. Or why not attend one of their cocktail master classes? We had no idea how many ingredients were used to make a Bellini!

Where to go for a romantic night out – or a first date…

We’ve had many a first date in Alma de Cuba over the years! The restaurant and bar is situated in the former St Peter’s Catholic Church on Seel Street and it is the first church in Liverpool to be turned into a social venue. The bar and restaurant are lit by candles and they scatter rose petals from the upper restaurant level at midnight – the perfect romantic setting! Not only is the food incredible but we can highly recommend the cocktails too.

A specialist restaurant we recommend…

Chaophraya is a Thai restaurant located in the centre of Liverpool, based in Chavasse Park. It is well worth a visit for the ambience alone. They offer private dining areas with sunken seats and even perform a birthday ritual on your special day. We can’t get enough of their hot and spicy selections! After your meal you can head to the bar next door ‘Palm Sugar’ for a few tipples of your choice.

Family-friendly places we recommend…

Our firm family friendly favourite is Camp and Furnace on Greenland Street. Based in an old warehouse, their long wooden tables are covered completely in paper for children to draw on. They have ping pong facilities (we do like a bit of healthy competition), old caravans for the kids (and adults) and jam packed activities in the half terms. Oh and did we mention they do an unbeatable Sunday roast?

An old favourite we keep going back to…

The Quarter on Falkner Street is our perfect all-rounder. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, a slice of cake or a glass of wine you can always guarantee something to tickle your taste buds. It is an Italian inspired restaurant where you can even enjoy your food al fresco (when we get a very occasional sunny day)!

New restaurants that have impressed us…

We’ve definitely done the rounds recently in terms of burger places but one that stands out amongst the crowd is Almost Famous, located on Parr Street. The restaurant, in an old disused garage, is nestled in the sweaty bosom of the “cool quarter”. The restaurant is small (but about to be extended) with a good vibe and lots of seating. Be prepared to wait but enjoy the music (Blondie to Bob Marley and everything in between) and have a Bitch juice bevvy at the bar. Certainly the only place that we know where you can get Frazzles on your burgers, yes that’s right – Frazzles!

Hidden gems we don’t mind sharing…

Our favourite hidden gem has got to be The Moon and Pea on Lark Lane, just outside the city centre. It is a family run bistro that provides locally sourced and organic fairtrade products. It is quirky and vintage and perfect when looking for somewhere a bit different to go, whether it’s for dinner or one of their phenomenal breakfasts. Also, it is worth noting they are a ‘bring your own’ bistro so if you go for a meal you can take along your favourite bottle of wine or champagne – it is £3 corkage per bottle.

The perfect food-fuelled 24 hours in Liverpool…

We’d start our day with breakfast in The Moon and Pea, followed by a stroll around Sefton Park (perhaps picking up a few tasty snacks from The Moon and Pea Deli across the road for the walk). Then we’d head back into Liverpool and visit Delifonseca (either Stanley Street or Dockside) for a slice of afternoon cake. Later on in the evening it would have to be a visit to Lucha Libre on Wood Street for some Mexican Street food… Followed by a cheeky couple of tequilas in their underneath bar, Maya. Knowing us after a few drinks we’d be peckish again (we’re unstoppable, we know), we’d head to MOJO bar on Back Berry Street to chomp on some of their chicken wings which are available until Midnight.

Thanks to WOW247.

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BYRON MOVEMBER Mo’Shroom Burger

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Liverpool One

Byron have just launched their Mo’Shroom Burger as part of their yearly joint effort with the global moustache growing charity Movember.

Byron's Mo'Shroom Burger

Byron Mo’Shroom Burger

Seeing as the ScouseScran girls are burger connoisseurs (and practically family now!), we were naturally invited to check out the new special on the menu, never girls to turn down food, we got wrapped up, put on our gold brogues and headed on down to Liverpool One, the epicentre of the Northwest!

Our hostess Molly is super cute, and friendly as are the rest of the staff, another reason we frequent the place so often!

Last month we were blown away by the LeSmokey Burger with its smokey bacon, fried onions and chilli BBQ sauce which packs a punch in the mouth, I think our petition to keep it on the menu as a resident worked a treat! We win!

Now to campaign for the Mo’Shroom Burger as a permanent fixture!  Sign up, as we don’t want to see the end of this special burger, a Mo’Shroom burger is for life not just for Movember!  

Bryon are offering anyone who raises £25 for Movember a free hamburger (or main salad) between 3 – 6pm 8th-17th November, get your chops around one today for a good cause! Mo’Shroom will be available from 1st – 30th November in all Byron Restaurants.

Byron Menu and Specials

Byron Menu and Specials

For every Mo’Shroom Burger you order, Byron will donate 50p to Movember Charity http://uk.movember.com so GET EATING!

This gorgeous Mo’Shroom Burger was created by Byron head of food development , Fred Smith (thanks Fred!).

We love the thick creamy melted emmental, smothering a portobello mushroom hidden under the signature Byron patty, with a layer of chopped iceberg lettuce and the ‘icing on the burger’ was for us, the cep aoili (a savoury garlicky mayo, great for chip dunking too!) – our ScouseScran girl Sharron likes to dunk chips in milkshakes but thats a whole other review!  Dee had her Gluten Free Skinny Mo’Shroom Burger without the bun and enjoys the GF chips, which so many places don’t offer.

Byron Movember

Now the deserts at Byron are ‘FIT’ and we can never resist no matter how hard we try.  This time we chose the Caramel and Honeycomb Sunday, one of the ScouseScran team couldn’t wait for the photo to be taken she dove straight in there, it was amazing, we have to admit we finished them off.

Byron Caramel & Honeycomb Sundae

Byron Caramel & Honeycomb Sundae

The vegetarian white chocolate cheesecake with blueberries was devoured, a perfect end to a great night.

Byron White Chocolate Cheesecake with Blueberries

Byron White Chocolate Cheesecake with Blueberries

Thanks Byron and the team, lets all do our bit ey!

ScouseScran

Udi’s Gluten free UK Launch

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I had gone along to the Allergy and Free From Show at the Liverpool BT Convention centre last year to discover what new Gluten Free developments were happening and was surprised at how many people there were, thousands!

With many new suppliers enriching this growing market. 1 person in 100 is Coeliac, but I suspect the stats are actually higher as it can take years to be diagnosed.  According to Coeliac UK there are 1,200 new members every month and apparently 11% of the population is now going gluten free, some opting in just to feel healthier and have more energy!

This year ScouseScran’s ‘Gluten Free Dee’ was invited along to visit the stand at the American Gluten Free company Udi’s , of Boulder Brands who started by Udi Bar-On in 1994 and are now the worlds largest Gluten Free company! Laura and Kieran were so enthusiastic about their company and rightly so!  Welcome to the UK, we are so pleased to have you here!

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Udi’s has an exciting UK launch in all 800 Tesco’s, starting with a range of 19 yummy products, soon launching another 50 more tasty items and are set to revolutionise the lives of the growing UK gluten free community.  I must say I feel its the most exciting development in the Coeliac world and long overdue!  As we all know that feeling of relief, excitement, tears of joy when we discover a new gluten free item that we can add to our list!  Udi’s is a company that listens to feedback from their customers and is always improving/evolving the product line.

I was kindly given samples of the Gluten Free Savoury Bagels, which are soft, chewy with a hint of onion, I toasted it then melted Asiago cheese on top, HEAVEN!

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In Australia, USA and Canada I found most cafes, restaurants and supermarkets have a great range of Gluten Free products but in our main shops in the UK I was always disappointed with the lack of choice UNTIL NOW!  It will no longer take 4 hours to shop for myself, I can just nip to my go to trusted safe place, the Udi’s section in all Tesco’s!

Ive been munching on the aged cheddar Gluten Free Ancient Grain Crisps, I can’t put them down they are so tasty!

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Coeliac disease if left untreated can cause major organ damage, and lead to other auto immune problems.   It is vital to avoid cross contamination when eating.  Udi’s has a dedicated bakery in Chester, so we can feel safe.

I love granola for brekky, lunch or as a snack before bed and this yummy Almond vanilla granola, hits the spot to stave off munchies at any time.

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Gluten can be found in the following:

Sausages, ham, blue cheese, gravy, baked beans, sauces, soups, seasoning, mustards, instant coffee, chocolate, crisps, soy sauce, hot chocolate, salad dressings, malt vinegar, sweets, mints, alcohol to name but a few, so its a minefield to say the least.  Udi’s takes the worry and hassle away from label disecting.

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When you are on the go and just need a filling Gluten Free snack, enjoy these blueberry high fibre breakfast bars, great at any time, so what its past 9am, go on have one, they should be called All Day Delights!

Or try these Apple Cinnamon toaster pastries, a nice warm treat to keep you on the go.

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Now if you fancy the best muffin in town then look no further, STOP, EAT, BE AMAZED!  This Gluten Free chocolate and toffee muffin is tastier than any normal muffin!

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Udi’s makes us feel normal again!  I can’t wait to stock up again!

Dee

@ScouseScran

MOJO Bar

MOJO Bar - The Stables  Back Berry Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4BG

http://www.mojobar.co.uk/ @MOJOLiverpool

We are never ones to say no to a meat sweat so when the crazy kids at MOJO told us about their new menu we hopped straight on board the meat train and headed down there to check what it was all about!

Once we were armed with drinks in hand, the very lovely Joe came and sat with us to explain the MOJO way of doing things. The bar have adopted far more of a ‘bar snack’ vibe with perfect sized portions to accompany your beer (beer is optional, we are more hardened spirit kinda girls), or you can choose to beef up their meals with one of their delicious side orders. It all sounded so good and in our true girly indecisive fashion, our knight in shining MOJO t-shirt aka Joe came to our rescue and decided that he would order on our behalf… We do love surprises!

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Thankfully we’d chosen to sit in a booth as the food was overflowing on the table once it arrived… To start we had a selection of ‘Sliders’ – these are mini burgers complete with their own miniature boxes! The best things come in small packages right?! We sampled ‘The Police’ (pig’s cheek & BBQ sauce), ‘John Lee Hooker’ (blue cheese), ‘Primal Scream (spicy burger relish) and Pink Floyd (pulled pork & BBQ sauce). We are super saucy and therefore The Police and Pink Floyd were are firm favourites however needless to say there was barely a crumb left on the board!

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MOJO Slider

Next up was The Cure Deli Board (smoked & cured deli meats with bread, sweet pickles & mustard – sourced from a local Polish butcher on Smithdown Road), beer battered Dill Pickles and the moment we had all been waiting for… Macca’s Wings (#MOJOchicken)!! The Deli Board lasted 5 minutes before we were all fighting over the last smoky sausage and Dee couldn’t get enough of the pen*s shaped pickles (gobble, gobble, gobble). The chicken wings well and truly lived up to their reputation, sadly we are unable to reveal the secret MOJO spices but their southern fried taste makes them finger lickin’ good!

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The Cure Deli Board

Julie (chief chef) personally delivered our food and explained that all of the food items are made fresh to order and are available gluten free. Our fussy, we mean coeliac girl could not have been happier as she was finally able to eat burger buns, crispy chicken and battered pickles! Julie explained they have tried to create something for everyone, if there is a crowd, her recommendation is to order 2 slider trios (6 mini burgers with 2 Can O’Fries), a meat board and 10 chicken wings – the perfect pre-night starter or mid-drinks pick-me-up.

Mojo Chicken Wings

Mojo Chicken Wings

We were initially disappointed to hear that MOJO aren’t offering any desserts however this soon changed when we tasted the Barrel Aged Milkshake (Buffalo Trace Bourbon with maple syrup & vanilla) and Cherry Amaretto Coke Float… Sharron was ready to order another portion of fries to dip in her shake! Sarah stuck to her fruity ways and opted for a Summer Breeze cocktail.

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Barrel Aged Milkshake & Summer Breeze

Don’t be under any illusions, this isn’t the place for your romantic date night but it is perfect if you are looking for a place to eat & shake (your thing on the pool table). Whether you grab a quick bite early doors or have a case of munchies after a few drinks, we can highly recommend checking out the new menu. Watch out in the New Year for menu specials and much to our delight… Maybe desserts!

Girls @ ScouseScran

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