BRING THE CARBS, LIVERPOOL!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat) probably already know that it was my other half’s birthday last Wednesday (we had TONS of cake to celebrate, yayyy!), and we decided to head to Liverpool on Friday to do something a bit different outside of Manchester. Since we’re new to the UK, we’re taking any chance we have to explore the country and visit different cities (hence our trips to Edinburgh and London!), and since Liverpool is less than an hour away by train, we decided to go on a quick day trip and take a walk around.

I don’t think you’re here to read about how beautiful the waterfront is and how much we enjoyed walking down the docks and feeling the sunshine (yes, it was actually sunny!). You’re here for the food, so I’ll tell you what we had.

One of our friends here in Manchester is originally from Liverpool, and she recommended us this burger place called Nolita Cantina. G is such a big fan of humongous burgers, so he said YES! in less than two seconds. Anything to please the birthday boy!

The place looks nice and the playlist did give me an American vibe for some reason. But the real American deal was their menu: they’re not playing when it comes to putting together some tasty dishes!

Fralapeños: Deep fried jalapeños served with sour cream

G couldn’t resist these fralapeños because duh! they’re one of his favourite things to eat, and they’re fried. He devoured them in one sitting and told me that he liked them paired with the sour cream. I, of course, didn’t even try them.

Hush puppies: Cheese, beer and spring onion donuts with blue cheese dip

Crispy outside made these ideal for me!

I read cheese and donuts in the description and was absolutely sold. But now I’m sad to say that I was a bit disappointed by these because, even though they tasted good, I couldn’t really feel any of the ingredients promised in the description (except for the blue cheese dip). They were like tiny pieces of fried cornbread, which wasn’t bad, but definitely not what I was expecting.

Pastrami burger: Double patty, pastrami, swiss, sauerkraut, mustard.

This beauty was G’s choice for the day, and he enjoyed every single bite of it. Also, he wanted to kill me for making him hold the burger like that for the photo, but that’s a whole other story.

I tried a big bite of this burger and loved the pastrami so much! The patties were also delicious, with a smoked flavour, and cooked just how we like them: pink on the inside.

All of their burgers come with more than enough seasoned fries, which is why we decided to skip the sides for this time. But if you’re in for a feast, you should definitely take a look at their menu. Also, their pulled pork burger sounded amazing and was definitely calling my name. Maybe next time!

Rib & Mac sandwich: Rib meat, macaroni, cheese

Oh, yes! I had a sandwich!

I mean, I’ll stop saying I’m not a sandwich person because many sandwiches have proven me wrong, and this one was no exception.

I’m always a little scared to order mac & cheese sandwiches/burgers because I’m afraid that, if not done well, the carb redundancy can result in a really dry dish. Fortunately for me, this bad boy had more than enough cheese to make it amazing in every single bite I took. It also had plenty of really savoury and tender rib meat, and the pairing of these two made it one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.

I seriously wish I knew where to have something like this in Manchester (hey, if anyone knows, message me!), but now I have a good excuse to visit Liverpool again.

As much as I’d love to say that we’re not human and had enough room to eat dessert, our tummies were filled with so much deliciousness, we just couldn’t find any space for something sweet this time.

The only downside? Service here isn’t ideal. It’s not even decent. We had to wait a lot for our food, and the place was half empty, and on top of that, our server was not attentive and we had to remind him constantly that we had asked for another drink, napkins, or anything else we asked for (except for the bill, of course. That he did bring quite quick). To me, having a good overall experience starts with the service and having friendly staff is a must to make it happen, so this was definitely a major turn off. Maybe it was just us, maybe he was having a rough day. I just want to share my honest experience and let you be the judge!

 

Overall, we really enjoyed our day in Liverpool and it was nice to do something different. I’m excited to see what other foodventures we can have in this city, and maybe next year I’ll bring you more 😉

Have you been to Liverpool? If so, send me some recommendations for our next visit! I’d love to know your suggestions! You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). And make sure to follow me for more foodventures (I’m always documenting fun events and experiences on my Instagram stories!).

 

If you’re a brand, restaurant or fellow foodie and would like to collaborate, you can email me: contact@michellelovestoeat.com, and I’m sure we’ll create something great (and yummy) together!

 

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading me! And don’t forget to check out my Instagram and participate in my GIVEAWAY related to last Tuesday’s post! 😉

 

Michelle’s out.

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