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The Protein Bar Challenge…

The Protein Bar Challenge…

In the last few weeks I have stepped up my gym game with the help of my, now long-time, personal trainer Dane.  With the help of a ‘diet plan’ (read:  no bread or sugary snacks!) I have started a twelve week transformation challenge.  I begin the challenge at 9 1/2 stone and with just over 7% body fat, my goal is to tone up whilst also training for the Manchester 10k at the end of this month.  Look out for…

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Smoke: Weird Beard Brewing Company

Smoke: Weird Beard Brewing Company

I’m not telling porkies, honest!  Yesterday I discovered Weird Beard’s Smoke, a beer which tastes like bacon.  Bacon is well known for its hangover curing properties but could it double up in order to get you drunk as well?  The cure turned source of the problem! Smoke (6% Rauchbier) Smoke, from the aptly named Weird Beard Brewing Company isn’t actually made of bacon.  In fact, it’s vegan friendly.  However, the aroma is dominated by the smell of smoked bacon, the…

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Grind and Tamp

Grind and Tamp

Introducing Grind and Tamp   Grind and Tamp is a recent addition to Greater Manchester’s coffee scene opening in Ramsbottom in spring last year.  Ramsbottom is a small market town in the Irwell Valley, just to the north of Bury, the main street is lined with independent shops including the indulgent Chocolate Cafe, a bakery, butcher and even a pub.  Now Ramsbottom’s main street also hosts Grind and Tamp, the northern point of Manchester’s coffee scene. Coffee G&T offer an impressive…

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What’s for Breakfast?

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast The old adage states that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I agree, eating a good breakfast gives you the energy and nutrition to make the most of your day and should be able to power you through until lunchtime. Working varying shifts, often getting up at 2am, I have slowly sunk into some bad habits at breakfast time.  A sugary cereal and quick coffee whilst reading the news and catching up on people’s lives on apps on…

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The Lure of Independent Coffee Shops

The Lure of Independent Coffee Shops

My Childhood Coffee Experience When I first tried instant coffee as a child my reaction was one of disgust.  Although I later grew to consume instant coffee on a regular basis, I never enjoyed the taste.  Instant coffee serves a useful purpose in a society which is always on the go.  Coffee can be used as fuel for late night study sessions, before a long day at work or in the midst of a hectic schedule as a pick-me-up.  We…

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