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New chips pop-up is serving 54 variations of Belgian-style loaded fries

The Fry-By is offering a whole array of loaded fries

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Manchester’s latest opening is giving the humble plate of chips an exciting new makeover.

Now, it’s no secret that us Northerners regard the deep-fried potato snack very highly – chips aren’t just a meal, they’re a way of life.

Whether you enjoy your chips thick cut or skinny, drenched in salt and vinegar, with a healthy dollop of ketchup or with lashings of gravy, you’ll struggle to find someone who doesn’t hold an avid appreciation for a piping hot plate of chips.

However, here in Manchester, you can usually only enjoy chips as a side with a larger meal – very few places offer the opportunity to buy a portion of delicious chips to enjoy on their own, with a wide variety of toppings on offer to compliment them.

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Well, our chips-on-the-go woes have finally come to an end.

New opening, The Fry-By, located in Hilton Street’s The Corner Boy, has refined the way we eat our beloved chips – they hand cut their potatoes to a consistent thickness and length before triple cooking to perfect that ‘crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside’ texture.

And then comes the seasoning – there are six different salts on offer; the O.G., Smoky, Citrus, Chilli Citrus, Italian and Greek. 

And as for their toppings? Well, this is when the real party begins.

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There are nine different sauces to choose from, all made in-house by Head Chef Cam. 

On the menu, you will find the House Ando (a lemony red pepper mayonnaise), Brown Crab Mayo, Mumbo, BB Sauce, 3 Cheese Sauce, Gravy, Korma Curry and a classic Marinara, which features diced olives, cheese and meat balls – yes, meatballs and chips. 

Each order can come with topped with melted cheese, too.

After a bit of quick maths, that means there are a total of fifty-four different combinations of chips, sauce and salt – what more could you ask for?

The Fry-By will be open and dishing out their loaded fries Thursdays to Sundays between 5pm and 11pm.

You can stay up to date with them on Instagram here.

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Manchester bar named one of the best rooftop bars in Europe

Very well deserved!

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Manchester’s very own 20 Stories has been named as one of the best rooftop bars in the whole of Europe.

Opening its doors back in 2018, 20 Stories is perched on the twentieth floor of the NO.1 building in Spinningfields (so that’s where their name comes from…) and is Manchester’s tallest restaurant – despite technically being three storeys below the Cloud 23 bar in Beetham Tower.

The D&D-owned bar is estimated to be about one metre higher, and boasts gorgeous panoramic views of the city’s skyline and beyond.

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On clear days, guests can even see all the way out to the Peak District from the elusive roof terrace – so, obviously, it’s going to make the cut for a list of the best rooftop bars, isn’t it?

The ranking was put together by travel guide Big 7 Travel, who analysing online reviews from Google, TripAdvisor, and previous media coverage.

In the fifty-strong list, 20 Stories came in nineteenth place, beating other contenders from desirable locations such as Oslo, Berlin, Prague and Ibiza. 

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Big 7 Travel said about the venue: “The rooftop terrace has fast become one of the must-be places in the city: it has has trees scaling two stories high and an outdoor lounge bar serving cocktails and craft beers.”

However, 20 Stories was beaten to the top spot by The Culpeper in London, which was crowned number one in all of Europe. Damn it.

Over the years, 20 Stories has become famed for its fancy cocktail menu, which includes original and local creations such as the ‘Champagne Supernova’, the ‘Manchester Gin Negroni’ and the ‘Manchester Tart Punch.’

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It also runs an indoor restaurant up on the terrace, though it was forced to close for three days this week after a Covid-19 outbreak among staff members.

Click here to see the full list and all it’s wonderful contenders.

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Huge, saucy Neapolitan sandwiches have arrived in Manchester and they look so good

Move over pizza, there’s a new Neapolitan classic in town…

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Just when you thought Manchester’s Neapolitan food scene couldn’t get any better, saucy sandwiches from the heart of Naples have arrived in the city.

MIRA, the latest pop up to grace Manchester’s streets, have set up shop at Ancoats’ popular pub, The Crown & Kettle, where they will be dishing out delicious butties every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm ‘till it’s gone.

Their first ever weekend last month was a complete sell-out, so they must be doing something right.

The menu offers just three staple Neapolitan options – the Diego, the Balls and the Juicy ‘Gine.

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First up: The Diego. Named presumably after Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona, who features heavily on the MIRA Instagram page, this hearty creation is loaded with Genovese stew – a highly popular dish in Naples consisting of beef brisket, salumi and onions.

Next, we have the classic, The Balls. I mean, it says it in the name, doesn’t it? This sandwich is loaded with twelve-hour slow-cooked beef and pork meatballs coated in a traditional Neapolitan ragu. The filling is then paired with Fior Di Latte mozzarella and basil – Italian perfection.

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And last but certainly not least, is the vegan Juicy ‘Gine, a meat-free butty filled with smoky aubergine parmigiana alongside MIRA’s own cashew cheese, aubergines, fresh basil and pine nuts – a concoction that both meat-eaters and veggies and vegans will love.

To find out where you can get your mitts on one of these colossal butties and to stay updated with their whereabouts, you can follow MIRA’s Instagram page here.

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People are making Biscoff iced lattes and they look perfect for this heatwave

Just when we thought Biscoff couldn’t get any better

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A Biscoff iced latte is now a thing, so you all need to stop what you’re doing and make one immediately.

Biscoff has boomed in popularity in recent years – what was once the random little biscuit you’d get free with your coffee is now a cultural phenomenon.

These days, Biscoff is just as famous for its delicious smooth and crunchy spreads as it is for its original biscuits. You can also buy Biscoff sauce, Biscoff ice cream and Biscoff and Go pots. It’s a great time to be alive.

The brand has also partnered with food giants such as KitKat and Krispy Kreme to offer an even wider range of delicious Biscoff products.

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But now, people’s dedication to the delicious biscuit has been taken one step further with a tantalising recipe for a homemade Biscoff iced latte.

As the heatwave continues to grip the nation, this ingenious concoction will make for the perfect summer treat.

As a TikTok video by Melinda’s Homemade Cafe demonstrates, all you need to do is brew your espresso coffee, microwave your Biscoff spread for around ten seconds to warm it up and give it the right consistency, and then add the hot espresso to the Biscoff mixture and give it a good stir so they melt together.

After that, add a healthy amount of ice to cool the drink alongside a milk or cream of your choice.

And if you’re feeling really fancy you can top with whipped cream and crumbled Biscoff biscuit, too.

There have been tons of variations of methods on how to perfect the Biscoff iced latte on the app, though I have to say, they all look equally delicious. 

And this isn’t the only Biscoff trend circulating the internet these days – last month, we reported that a Biscoff air freshener had hit the shelves.

Described as ‘sweet, indulgent and totally divine’, the caramelised biscuit fragrance is packed with notes of lemon rind alongside warming notes of ginger, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg – or just Biscoff, to the rest of us.

What else will be born from our love of Biscoff? 

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