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A little taste of Italy…


Sunday 12th August

Joining me-Lisa and family

Franco’s, Saltaire

Tip-say no to the chocolate sprinkles,  the kids won’t be interested in your drink and will harass the person who has!

This is a little deli frequented by my friend’s family for the past 6 years. It comes recommended by my friend, her parents and her children. Owned by an authentic half Italian /half polish gent it caters for both cultures by selling Polish and Italian food staples and meals. Considering it was a Sunday afternoon it was a buzz with a mixed clientel,  from families to groups of young people,  sat around the small round tables. Despite this there was a relaxed atmosphere with a random soundtrack in the background, that somehow fit.

Franco’s is open day and evening serving quality home-made food such as meatballs or pasta for under £5.oo. Its value for money is second to none-no wonder it is a hit any day of the week and with families. A choice of 3 drink sizes with a large coming in just under £2.00 (bargain).  Or if you fancy a beer they sell alcoholic drinks. Gelato and homemade cakes and scones were the offerings for our afters. Saying no to the chocolate sprinkles our coffee and generous sized home-made carrot cake arrived. This is a classic of don’t judge a book by its cover.

As you can see from the picture the cake looks dark and a tad crispy on the edges and the coffees look less than perfect. The coffee once again had the creamy foam topping as opposed to the usual  air bubbled froth and the cake lasted a couple of minutes if that. It was delicious. The orange zest lifted the flavour with a hint of ginger whilst the sponge was moist , sweetened by the thin layer of cream. Loved by young and old.

I asked the man how he got the creaminess on top of the cup. When in a coffee que you notice them steaming the milk etc but of late I have been drinking in places where they bring it to you. He explained that when you steam the milk it foams with lots of air bubbles to start, at this point you leave the milk to settle in the jug rather than in the cup (this is why your cappuccino shrinks to a third of the cup very quickly). Once the milk has settled in the jug spoon it onto the coffee. Walla…dense foamy cappuccino and a full cup!

So it seems the people who really know how to make coffee treat the milk with a little more patience than others , resulting in the best coffee. Now you don’t get that in a ‘coffee for the masses’ shop.

I am becoming a coffee snob!


Spat dummy….


Coffee for one.

The Ivy Deli, Monton

I was meant to be meeting a gent today who has been in touch for about a month and it has taken a while to both be free at the same time. No set time or place had been planned. I received a text asking if I was still ok for 1pm today and could I meet in a suggested place (which was where he lived). I asked if 11.30 was ok so it didn’t interrupt the afternoon too much and a place which fell halfway between us. To be honest I thought it a little ungentlemanly to not offer to come to me or at least meet half way.  His reply was to rearrange. Confused by this I replied that nothing had been pre planned to which he text the following-

”Shouldn’t really be this difficult for 2 educated people to arrange a meeting. So I am going to leave it as clearly not meant to be. I hope you find what you are looking for. Enjoy the rest of your holidays.” What did he expect me to do with that? My immediate reaction was because things hadn’t gone his way he’d spat his dummy out of the pram. And that was that. I didn’t feel it warranted a reply and I wasn’t going to let it spoil my caffeine fix.

I headed off to a fab little place-The Ivy Deli,  where you get a choice of 1 shot or 2 in your cup as well as a great range of  breads and fillings under £4.00. I ordered my usual B.L (that’s right a BLT without the tomato, I always change something) and a 1 shot cappuccino to go.

I sat in the sun and enjoyed my take out and thought to myself I’d rather be here with nice food and a good coffee and he wasn’t that good looking anyway x


 Recommended-Central perk, Liverpool

A friend of mine is enjoying the shared love of cafe places and living in Liverpool she is able to recommend places. I have come across Central Perk by accident and got slightly excited because it is the layout of the coffee shop in Friends (the sit com). Seeing as I can’t get to the one in New York I think this will be second best and do for now. She sent me this run down yesterday-

”Going with the American theme it has every American chocolate bar available but over priced . The staff were lovely. It was unusual to see the tea more expensive than the coffee but then it probably would be in America.” Having said that I did notice a Hershey bar on a picture she sent! I’m going to go to sit in and enjoy the surroundings and for a small snippet of time pretend I’m in the big apple.

Maybe if  I’m lucky I’ll get to follow the bean to NYC!