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Aldi is selling halloumi ‘pigs in blankets’ just in time for Christmas

Christmas has come early…

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Pigs in Blankets are out, chunks of halloumi wrapped in bacon are in.

Summer is officially over and the temperature has dropped a fraction, so it only makes sense for Aldi, the undisputed kings of all supermarket bargains, to unveil their range of festive goodies. 

And perhaps the most talked-about item this year is the return of the iconic halloumi version of Pigs in Blankets, their bacon-wrapped halloumi bites.

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Okay, I know that Pigs in Blankets are a staple Christmas dinner favourite and, for many, to hear a bad word against them is pretty much a form of blasphemy (can I admit that I prefer sprouts?).

But trust me when I say this; Aldi’s halloumi versions of the Christmassy treats could very well be on the same level – if not better! 

Courtesy of Aldi’s primary meat supplier, Ashworth Farm, each packet contains ten halloumi cheese chunks individually wrapped in a rasher of unsmoked streaky bacon. All you need to do is pop them into the oven until the bacon is cooked through and the cheese is golden brown. 

And to make them even more appetising? They’re priced at just 79p a pack. I’ll take twenty, please.

People on social media have been sharing their joy over the return of the bacon-wrapped halloumi bites, with one person writing: “Can confirm the bacon wrapped halloumi from Aldi is the business.”

One (admirable) person even went as far as suggesting a halloumi-bacon advent calendar, writing: “Dear Aldi, can I have a Halloumi Wrapped in Bacon advent calendar please.”

If you fancy gorging on bacony-halloumi goodness this winter, head over to the Aldi website. Or, alternatively, you can find your closest Aldi store here.

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Restaurant famed for ‘cheese wheel pasta’ and ‘towering lasagnas’ looking to come to Manchester

A taste of la dolce vita could be coming to Manchester

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The ‘OTT’ group famous for its pasta served in a wheel of cheese and 10-level lasagnas is reportedly looking to open a new Italian restaurant in Manchester city centre.

French-based Big Mamma Group, which owns over-the-top Italian restaurants in London – Gloria, Carlotta, Jacuzzi, Ave Mario and Circolo Popolare – will open a new venue in Gary Neville’s under-construction St Michael’s development off Deansgate.

Its restaurants are known for their flamboyant, retro interiors, resembling vintage maximalism Italian eateries, as well as US-style red sauce joints.

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The regularly changing menus feature a variety of Italian classics, including fettuccine alfredo al tartufo, spaghetti with meatballs, a famous ’10 level’ lasagne and carbonara served in a huge cheese wheel.

The Manchester restaurant will be the first UK venue to be located outside of London and will – sit alongside the also announced Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte, also to be built at St Michael’s.

The move follows a host of other operators in the capital choosing to open new sites in Manchester.

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Soon to arrive in the city will be the likes of Caravan, Flat Iron, Soho House and Blacklock.

Big Mamma – which was founded in 2013 by French entrepreneurs Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux – has more than 20 restaurants across Europe including Paris, Monaco, Milan, Madrid and Berlin.

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High-end Japanese restaurant MUSU offering 30% off in March

Take advantage of vibrant Japanese dining experience

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High-end Japanese restaurant MUSU is offering 30% off in March for customers who sign up to its new free rewards programme.

The contemporary Japanese eatery, nestled in the heart of the city centre on Bridge Street, is launching its own membership rewards programme.

The scheme is free to join and will give members 30% off their food bill throughout March upon signing up.

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Rewards customers can enjoy discounted prices on menus including the Omakase – the theatrical, educational sushi experience which is served individually to diners at the restaurant’s six–seat omakase counter. 

This also includes the full Land of the Rising Sun tasting menus, which take in a range of cooking styles from all over Japan, devised by chef-patron Mike Shaw.

Then from April, members of the programme will be able to take advantage of a series of other rewards, including 30% off any food bill when dining at lunch time, 10% off when dining at dinner on any menu, and a 10% discount on private hire and private dining.

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The restaurant has a closed-off area for its private dining experience for guests to enjoy, which is regularly used by celebrities and food critics alike.

On top of this, members celebrating their birthdays at MUSU will receive a complimentary drink, and every reward programme member will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a 12-course Land of the Rising Sun experience, complete with wine pairings.

You can get early access to the restaurant’s special events, like its live tuna cutting experience, where a whole bluefin tuna is carved in front of diners, while its expert sushi chefs talk you through the provenance of the fish and the skills displayed in this ancient craft.

You can sign up to MUSU’s free rewards scheme, HERE.

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A Manchester Tiki bar is giving away free cocktails for life

Free Zombies for life!!!

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One lucky winner can win free cocktails for life at a Manchester Tiki bar to celebrate 15 years of being open.

This April will mark 15 years of Hula – the Northern Quarter’s basement 1950s-style beach bar lounge – and to celebrate, the venue wants to offer one lucky winner a life-long prize to say ‘thank you’ for supporting them over the years.

Many Mancunians will have memories of being in this vibrant late night party hideout at some point, even if they are a little sketchy through a cloudy cocktail ridden haze.

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April 12th and 13th will be the bar’s official birthday weekend and they have some exciting plans for their guests.

As a special treat, Hulu is running a competition online where one lucky winner will be treated to free zombies for life.

All you have to do is visit @hulatikimcr on Instagram, like the post, follow the page and share to your stories for an extra entry.

In a post on Instagram, Hula wrote: “So… April will mark 15 years of Hula. I know crazy! Every one of us has memories of being in Hula at some point (some we’d probably like to forget)

“It may have gone through some changes throughout the years but Hula remains standing.

“April 12th & 13th will be our official birthday weekend and we have some exciting plans in place… more on that later. So as a special treat to celebrate, we thought why not give back to those who have kept us here all these years.

“We are giving one lucky winner free zombies for LIFE! Like FOREVER!”

Stay tuned for further details of Hula’s 15th birthday celebrations across April 12th and 13th. You can find Hula hidden below Quarter House and The Fitzgerald at 11 Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter.

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