For the past month I have been back home in England for family reasons. It’s been rough, tough and a bit crappy but being with family everyday has meant a lot to me and I am truly thankful for them.
Yesterday I wanted a little me time so decided to go and have a wander around Manchester City Center , do a little retail therapy and get some lunch. Let me just say I grew up in Manchester, I worked in Manchester for many years and I have had many a fantastic night out with friends but these days I am clueless. This city has changed so much over the last 20 years. I am like a stranger in my in own city and I have to google map everything just to get around. That said, I know exactly how to get to the stores ;).
We have a wonderful department store in Manchester called the House of Fraser, which is a bit like a Nordstrom’s or Niemen’s except better because it has wine bars and restaurants. You never have to leave!!
After browsing their many floors and buying some darling LK Bennett shoes, on sale I might add (soon to be featured on Shoesday Tuesday), I popped back down to the ground floor, which houses a lovely restaurant called San Carlo Cicchetti.
While the restaurant was bustling with the lunch time crowd, I was the only person sat their long bar. I didn’t mind once single bit as I was entertained by the incredibly attentive staff while I dined on delicious Crab & Avocado Salad paired with a dry Sauvignon Bianco. I thought I would end my lunch with just an Americano until one of the waitstaff insisted I have some Pistachio Cake. I tried to gracefully decline as I don’t really like cake and dessert just didn’t appeal to me at that time, but she gave me a little taste anyway. Oh me oh my, it was heavenly! I had to have a slice.
The Pistachio Cake is not really a cake in the traditional sense but instead a three-layer, custardy, delicate mousse like dessert with a soft, crumbly base. Not too sweet, which I loved and not an overly strong nutty taste, which I loved even more. I rarely rave over desserts, but this cake is simply sublime.
If you ever find yourself in Manchester, I must insist that you stop by Cicchetti. You will not be disappointed.