SoLIta – Northern Quarter, Manchester (UK)

Our latest foray into the world of grill and burger restaurants led us to SoLIta in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The name of the restaurant, complete with capital L and I, is a reference to its location “south of Little Italy”. I think of it as sounding a bit like “so little” as we arrived on a Sunday afternoon to a tiny, packed (but cheerful) room on the ground floor. Fortunately, the layout is deceiving as there are more tables on the floors above. I did notice that there are additional spaces downstairs as well as across the street, so they are well equipped to handle the flow of customers at peak times.

Collage Solita

The queue was already forming out the door and whilst there is very little space to wait inside the restaurant, the hostess handled the flow of people extremely well. After a short wait, we were given a table on the narrow first floor. Compared to the ambience of the ground floor, with its funky décor and comics on the walls, it was a little disappointing. However, once we settled in and glanced at the impressive menu, we soon forgot about the ambience.

Collage Solita2

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Pabs’ Fab Guacamole

I love avocados! Their rich and buttery texture is irresistible. So when I spotted the fresh vibrant ones at Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop, I knew I just had to take them home. So what does one make with 3 beautifully plump avocados? Guacamole, of course!

Guacamole

Avocados

I waited a few days for the avocados to ripen. On the fifth day, I knew they were ready for my husband Paulo (aka Pabs) to get his hands on them and make his great guacamole recipe. Pabs is an old nickname of Paulo’s, from his college days (props to his buddy Ali!). I can only assume it evolved from Pablo, the Spanish version of his name. It seemed appropriate to revive this old name for this Mexican dip!

Ingredients

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