Federal Cafe, Manchester
Breakfast cereal and biscuits were their own food group when I was growing up. If the Aitchisons can find a way to fit more carbohydrates into a day then you can be sure we'll manage it. Coco Pops and Bran Flakes were my favourite and I consumed (I'm not exaggerating) 5/6 bowls every day.
Well, when the new low GI diet came in, it was goodbye to breakfast cereal and farewell to toast. Just so I can avoid diabetes in later life. It's too cruel.
When I stayed over in Manchester recently, I fancied taking myself out on a breakfast date...but where? I knew proud Mancunian and breakfast-lover Megan Ellaby would have a good recommendation and she really came through with the goods - Federal Cafe.
I went for the Avocado Smash: Two poached eggs, smoked salmon and avocado on toast. I was a good girl and followed my 'one slice rule', leaving one piece of toast. It was pretty reasonable too - I think I was £12 for that plus my coffee, which for a dish with a pile of smoked salmon is fine by me. I had more avocado than I knew what to do with and it was the nicest coffee I've ever had.
It was 9am and the staff were frazzled but really smiley and polite. I could have sat there with a book all morning (and all evening - they're open late for cocktails). Thanks for the recommendation, Megan! Where's your favourite place for a breakfast date?