Jazmin Cabrera, Director and Co-Founder
My Friday favourite this week is yet another sales purchase (it seems I haven’t finished yet!) – these nude Gola trainers from ASOS.
I’ve wanted a pair of nude trainers for a while now, to break up my wardrobe a little, and saw these when the sales started, but never quite got around to buying them – there was always something else I wanted just that little bit more. But when the price was dropped for a second time and then I got an ‘extra 10% off sale’ email from ASOS, I just couldn’t resist and lo and behold, here they are (it was inevitable really).
I’m quite stuck in how to wear them if I’m honest, being a person that usually wears black, black and more black, but for today I’ve paired them with jeans and a dusky pink jumper – and I’ll be spending some time over the weekend checking out some of my favourite social influencers to see how they wear theirs! One thing I am sure of, however, is that they’re my last sales purchase. I promise.
Ellen Kelly, Director and Co-Founder
This week my Friday favourite goes to Handmade Burger Co. I’ve been to the Deansgate branch before, but find it’s often overlooked by bigger chains like Byron and Almost Famous nearby; and after a week of eating out and takeaways last week (I was moving house, so that’s my excuse!), this was a real standout for me with the most veggie options I’ve seen at a restaurant in Manchester in a long time – even more impressive for a burger chain.
There are six vegetarian offerings on the menu, including four vegan options – I went for the Veg Mex which consisted of veggie burger patty, salsa, smashed avocado, jalapeños and crispy onions (heaven in a burger for me), and the others include a falafel burger, goats cheese stack and spiced bean burgers. I also had the rosemary seasoned fries which were quite possibly the best chips I’ve tasted, and came in a huge portion too.
This restaurant definitely isn’t just for veggies though; the extensive burger menu includes beef, chicken, grill and ‘dirty burger’ ranges to more than satisfy the meat lovers out there.
Billy Martin, PR Assistant
My Friday favourite this week goes to RedBankCo, a café come bar in Manchester’s Green Quarter.
Last Saturday I met a friend for brunch and she recommended that we ate at RedBankCo as she lives just opposite the café and had loved the food the first time she’d visited. The location and exterior of the café is very understated as it is tucked away on a side-street with a simple ‘Bar’ sign above the door, so I would never have known that it existed had my friend not made the recommendation.
The interior is quirky and homely and the food was amazing whilst being great value for money. We both opted for pancakes and mine came with bacon and maple syrup; they were delicious but neither of us managed to finish our meal as we became too full (the portions were huge!). Having paid £8 each, including a drink, we definitely weren’t complaining though!
I’d recommend visiting RedBankCo if you live in the area as the menu offers a wide range of breakfast, brunch and lunch options for great prices and the setting is really friendly and laid-back.
Melissa Hassan, Account Executive
Seeing as though my brother and I are still talking about it days later, my Friday Favourite this week is dedicated to the play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The play adaptation of the award-winning book has been showing at The Lowry theatre recently and I took my younger brother as part of his 18th birthday present, seeing as we’re both drama nerds.
In a nutshell, the plot is based around Christopher, a 15-year-old boy described as having ‘an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths, while ill-equipped to interpret every day life’, who shows signs of developmental disorders such as Autism. When Christopher finds his neighbour’s dog has been murdered, his world is turned upside down and we go on the journey with him to get to the bottom of the killing, with some shocking consequences.
I’m not going to go into detail and give away any spoilers, but the acting is brilliant, especially Christopher’s character, who you might find yourself becoming quite attached to, and the production features some great effects and theatrics. If the show is near you any time soon, I highly recommend it!
Amanda Spence, Senior Account Executive
This week I am loving the film Split – I went to see it recently and would definitely go again!
The plot focuses on three girls who get kidnapped by Kevin (played by James McAvoy), a character with 23 distinct and varying personalities including a woman called Patricia, a nine-year-old boy called Hedwig, a 15-year-old girl called Jade and a fashion designer called Dennis.
The film follows the three girls uncovering these different personalities, whilst trying to escape, to great effect. McAvoy is phenomenal in his portrayal of the many different characters, often flipping between them within just a few seconds, and the fact that one minute you really like him, and the next he is extremely scary is what draws the audience in!
It’s Director M.Night Shyamalan’s big return after a few years away from the big screen, and what a return it is – it’s definitely a must-see.
-The Avant PR team