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McDonald’s announces halloumi fries as part of new summer menu

Though some old favourites will soon be getting the axe…

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For the first time ever, McDonald’s fans will be able to get their hands on halloumi fries as part of the restaurant’s highly-anticipated new summer menu.

As people continue to reel over the introduction of the Chicken Big Mac, the fast food giant will this week be launching its Taste of Italy summer menu, complete with a whole host of tasty new additions. 

From Wednesday June 8th, there will be two new burgers on menus in all UK McDonald’s restaurants; the Italian Stack and the Crispy Chicken Italiano.

The Italian Stack is made up of two beef patties, crispy onions, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, crunchy lettuce, toasted tomato and a cheesy sauce on a warm herb bun.

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Meanwhile, the Crispy Chicken Italiano consists of a crispy chicken fillet on a ciabatta style bun with basil pesto sauce, mozzarella, tomato, red onion, and lettuce.

For the sides, the much-beloved mozzarella dippers will be making a comeback, while a brand new tiramisu-flavoured McFlurry will be added to the dessert menu.

And that isn’t the end of the excitement; on July 27th, McDonald’s will then be running their Taste of Spain and Cyprus menu, complete with two new burgers, one new side and a refreshing summer drink.

New to the menu will be the Spicy Spanish Stack burger, consisting of two beef patties on a paprika bun, topped off with a spicy tomato sauce, red onion, lettuce, and chilli cheddar.

There will also be the Chicken Fiesta, made up of a crispy chicken fillet, Chorizo, chilli cheddar, spicy tomato sauce, red onion, and lettuce all within a paprika bun.

But perhaps the most talked-about addition to the Spanish and Cypriot menu is the launch of McDonald’s’ first ever halloumi fries, which will be available to order as a side along with the mozzarella dippers.

Each serving will include four soft halloumi sticks lightly coated in batter, served with a rich tomato sauce.

The Taste of Spain and Cyprus menu will also include a new Spanish Fruit Punch – a bold, refreshing berry and citrus flavoured soft drink.

However, the welcoming of these new additions signals the departure of some old favourites; from June 8th, the Grand Big Mac, the McSpicy chicken burger and the Flake McFlurry will be removed from menus in all UK McDonald’s restaurants. 

Find your closest McDonald’s restaurant here.

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NEW OPENING: The bakery serving school dinner cakes and cookie dough tubs

This all looks incredible!

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Dedicated dessert cafe Little Blonde Bakes has opened a brand-new site in the former Lazy Tony’s site on Radium Street in Ancoats.

The bakery began life back in 2016 and has since gained a huge cult following – they’re now moving from an at home business to a fully fledged takeout venue.

Serving nostalgic bakes and a huge menu of indulgent sweet treats, you’ll find old-school cake and custard, millionaire’s crepes, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and more.

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Already famous for its mammoth portion sizes, Little Blonde Bakes will also offer bespoke cakes and cookie dough tubs, which come in a variety of flavours.

For now, the bakery is operating as a takeout and collection spot only, and it’s open Thursday to Sunday.

Those with a sweet tooth will be able to order through Uber Eats for their bakes to be delivered straight to their door, or just take a short walk to Radium Street in the heart of Ancoats.

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Manchester’s Finest Group

As well as its massive range of milkshakes, brownies, cookie dough and crepes, Little Blonde Bakes will also curb any nostalgic cravings, as the bakery also serves a range of school dinner cake with custard that provides the ultimate winter warmer – including mint custard!

Little Blonde Bakes is now open – find more info and place an order here.

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Baileys launches boozy hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas

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It’s not officially Christmas until the bottle of Baileys has been opened, is it?

It’s a festive favourite, so what better way to enjoy it than in an incredible boozy hot chocolate while you wait for Santa to climb down the chimney.

Well now you can, as Baileys has relaunched its hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas.

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The hot chocolate bombes were a hit last year, so much so that Baileys has decided to bring them back again for 2022.

They consist of an outer shell made from velvety dark chocolate and flavoured with Baileys, and are stuffed full of fluffy mini marshmallows.

To activate the bombes, simply pour hot milk over them until they dissolve into creamy hot chocolate.

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Baileys teased on its website: “Who fancies something really special? And we mean, REALLY special.

“Enjoy two of the greatest indulgences… chocolate and Baileys, in one decadent drink. Welcome to hot choccie heaven!”

You can get yourself a 130g box on Amazon, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Spanish tapas restaurant in a cave reveals stunning new look after refurb

This looks stunning!

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If you’ve ever fancied enjoying some incredible tapas in a cave then we’ve got just the place for you to explore.

La Cueva is an iconic ‘cave-like’ restaurant in Cheadle’s Old Rectory Gardens, and it’s just reopened after an extensive refurbishment which saw the venue double in size.

The authentic Spanish tapas bar has been in the heart of Cheadle for years, gaining cult status for its incredible salt cave interior, which features cascading walls and ceilings filled with pink Himalayan salt lamps.

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However, it’s not just the interior that entices customers back for more – La Cueva’s mouthwatering menu of traditionally prepared tapas is all made fresh in house.

The diverse range of dishes hail from all regions of Spain, and includes Empanadas – oven baked pastry filled with minced lamb, beef, bell peppers, onion, garlic and olives – and special imported Chorizo.

Read More: This beautiful village with its own castle and caves is just an hour’s drive from Manchester

Also on the menu is Pollo Alla Crema, a chicken breast cooked in cream with smoked cheese, roasted garlic and parsley.

You can also get Gambas Pil Pil, king prawn tails sautéed in olive oil, garlic, fresh chilli and tomato sauce, and Guso De Mariscos, which is mixed seafood stewed in rich tomato sauce with garlic and aromatic herbs.

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Manchester’s Finest Group

And if you just fancy an afternoon drink, La Cueva’s Cava Sangria is something special – it’s all made fresh in-house and is bursting with fruity flavour.

Since the renovation, the restaurant has also acquired a van that it will use to serve paella from, as well as for future event planning, festivals and private hire events.

La Cueva is open Monday to Friday, 5pm-10pm, and Saturday to Sunday 4pm-10pm – get yourself booked in here.

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