Last year, until I was forced to find somewhere more cat-friendly, I lived in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. I miss the area very much and would move back in a second if only Audrey wasn’t so attached to things like grass and trees.
Although my current location obviously offers a lot in the way of eating in/eating out opportunities, one of the things I miss is a Chinese restaurant on Copperas Street called Sweet Mandarin. It was about twenty seconds’ walk from my flat off Tib Street, on the way to the Co-op Bank where I worked, and I took advantage of a lunch deal there…rather more than was probably sensible…as well as persuading generous friends to buy me dinner there more than once as well. Excellent service, food I am currently salivating just to think about.
However, it’s only since my life began to revolve around Twitter that I realised the extent to which Sweet Mandarin is much more than a restaurant. The three Tse sisters who run it are Manchester celebrities. They have a book, they run cooking classes, and they host networking events at the restaurant – including a ‘Manchester Tweet Up’ last week which I sadly missed. Lisa Tse, who seems even more obsessed with Twitter and with the greatness of Manchester than I am, is currently looking at holding a series of events to match Manchester jobhunters with recruiters, and after I got in touch (as a jobhunter, fan and fellow Tweeter) she asked me to spread the word. If you’re looking for a job or if you have one to offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you’re on Twitter, follow Lisa – @sweetmandarin.