Stafford Grub Club Launch Night!

Following the success of the Lichfield Grub Clubs, the organisers decided to bring some foodie fun to little old Stafford this month much to the delight of myself & Mr W!

The date was set for Thursday 9th August from 5pm-11pm in Stafford's Market Square. We both work in town & as we had been at work all day we were definitely ready.  

We arrived in the square at about 5.45 & things were still pretty quiet but as it was still early we grabbed one of the tables that had been put out.

Deciding what to have was going to be tricky! We took it in turns to have a wander around the stalls, there was a very good mix of food including pizza, thai, hot dogs & burgers, gyros & some sweet offerings like brownies & crepes.

A stage had also been set up on the steps of the Shire Hall ready for music & comedy-it was set to be a fun evening!

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Looking Lovely with Lidl!!

Ok so beauty blogging is not my usual hat but this is too good not to talk about!

In the past, where beauty products & toiletries were concerned I was a brand name girl all the way! However in the last few years, especially since I started The Credit Crunch Cooke I have changed my ways.

 

My ongoing love affair with Lidl is no secret especially on social media where I have often sung the praises of a bargain which is almost always food related. Going back to last year I was making a list of various things I was running low on-deodorant, body wash etc. I needed to pay a visit to Lidl anyway & thought I would check out what they had to offer.

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The Market Vaults, Stafford

Tucked away around a corner in Stafford town centre is The Market Vaults pub. It's changed names a few times over the years but seems to have settled itself in as one of Stafford's (not so secret!) gems!

 

With a reputation for great beer, live music & comedy, The Vaults (as we locals refer to it!) has only added to that with some incredible food! They are primarily known for their burgers-100% premium chuck steak locally sourced & with names such as “The Spicy Swine”, “The Shawn Michaels” & “Fungus Amongus” you know that these aren't your run of the mill burgers!

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Never Judge a Book by it's Cover....

It's no secret that Birmingham is one of my & Mr W's favourite places & with new restaurants & bars opening every week we are never short of places to discover!

Having said that The Keg & Grill isn't exactly new. We first heard about it a couple of years ago & finally got round to visiting it on our last trip to Brum.

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Mr & Mrs Winkle's Birmingham Food Adventure!

The Colmore Food Festival is now in it's 6th year & is a great way to sample some of the fantastic food & drink Birmingham has to offer!

28 hospitality businesses took part this year including the Opus Family who were this years sponsors. This is how the festival works-all dishes on offer are sample dishes & cost no more than £4 each. Can you see the benefit of this?! All these delicious dishes, lovely little tasters so you get to try lots of different types of food, does it get any better?!

Mr W & I took the day off work for this as we know from previous experience that it is totally worth it! The festival runs for two days (Friday & Saturday) is free & includes entertainment in the way of music & street theatre. There are also alcoholic beverages on offer don't you know?!

 

So this is what we got up to!

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These quick noodles are from Home Bargains & are a fab addition to your store cupboard! Not only that but they are a snip at 59p a pack! There are two individually wrapped servings in each pack, just open & tip into a colander & rinse with hot water to separate them then they are ready to use! 

I tried some last night in my Broccoli & Mushroom Stir Fry & they worked a treat!