About Melissa McPhillips

Manchester foodie and writer, Melissa's usually found digging into dishes from the best independent restaurants on tastecard. And she's not even a half of the way through yet. Fondue lover and fan of any low-lit restaurant with exposed brick walls, Bock Biere Cafe is her personal favourite.

tastecard presents TWO4ONE: The pop-up restaurant for solo diners.

Just you, fried chicken and a mirror. And it wasn't as strange as it sounds, we promise. The idea. Valentine’s Day is a day designed for the loved-up, the other-halves, the married and the secret admirers. It’s a day to tell everyone how much you love, appreciate and can’t live without someone, usually through an over-priced bunch of roses and soppy card. But tastecard wanted to flip the big V-Day on its head to focus on the most loveable [...]

Aquarius Foodiescope: The Pasta Devotee.

It’s the season of the Aquarius, better known as The Pasta Devotee. A hearty bowl of spaghetti Bolognese for lunch, a mountain of spinach and ricotta tortellini for dinner and a midnight slice of last night’s lasagne. The carb-fiends know how to eat. Find out more about the Aquarian’s foodie habits and read this month’s Aquarius Foodiescope below. Aquarius foodie traits. Date of birth: January 21st – February 19th Foodie element: Carbs. Ruling [...]

By | 2020-02-17T14:05:25+00:00 February 17th, 2020|Categories: Chains, Foodiescopes, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in London

Whoever said romance was dead never headed to the right place to celebrate Valentine’s. Whether it’s a low-lit haunt with exposed brick walls or a swanky eatery on a yacht, there’s a million and one places to celebrate the big ol’ season of love. And we’ve rounded up the top 10 cheap romantic restaurants in London on tastecard to make your decision a little easier. What’s even sweeter, you can get 2 for 1 meals or 50% off food [...]

By | 2020-02-12T10:18:24+00:00 February 6th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in London

A look at the new Chiquito menu and their vegan Mexican dishes.

Veganuary may be well and truly over, but there are still vegan dishes aplenty to keep that vegan diet afloat. And one of the best places to find them is on Mexican restaurant brand Chiquito’s vegan menu. We spoke to Executive Chef, Simon Xavier, who creates new menu dishes and improves current ones at Chiquito, to find out more about the vegan Chiquito menu. He told us “I’ve introduced some new vegan ingredients including banana blossom, jackfruit, cassava and [...]

By | 2020-02-05T11:34:15+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Chains, Meet The Chef, News|Comments Off on A look at the new Chiquito menu and their vegan Mexican dishes.

What films are out this February?

Half term’s around the corner, which means coming up with fun stuff to keep the kids occupied even when the weather’s not playing ball. Our answer? Cheap cinema tickets. With tastecard, you can get cinema ticket discounts with up to 40% off. So, come rain, shine or whatever else the British weather wants to throw at us, there’s always something to do. The February 2020 films line up is looking good. From new kids films like Sonic the Hedgehog [...]

By | 2020-02-17T14:13:40+00:00 February 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cinema, News|Comments Off on What films are out this February?

Two types of foodie: Vegan vs Meat edition.

Browsing the menu and realising there's nothing for vegans - the stuff of restaurant nightmares. Lucky for you, Giraffe have just launched their new menu and it's packed with a variety of dishes. Whether your dish of choice is meaty or vegan, Giraffe have every foodie covered. From delicious vegan starters like gyozas and padron peppers to Japanese mains like ramen and katsu, there's a whole new set of meat and vegan dishes to be tried and tested. As [...]

By | 2020-01-31T14:13:12+00:00 January 30th, 2020|Categories: Chains, News|Comments Off on Two types of foodie: Vegan vs Meat edition.

The best gift for foodies and cinema lovers

Have a foodie or big-screen fan in your life but not sure what to buy them? Well, the perfect gift does exist and it's in the form of a tastecard gift membership. Offering food discounts and cheap cinema tickets amongst a bunch of other offers, there’s a list as long as your arm as to why tastecard’s gift that actually keeps on giving. BUY TASTECARD GIFT Not familiar with the list of reasons as long as your arm? [...]

By | 2020-02-18T08:43:03+00:00 January 28th, 2020|Categories: Chains, Cinema, News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The best gift for foodies and cinema lovers

How much money you can save on food at these tastecard restaurants

What’s black, green and the only thing to make a meal at your favourite restaurant even better? tastecard, of course. With a tastecard membership, you can save money on food with restaurant discounts at 6,000+ restaurants across the UK, all year round. Offering 2 for 1 meals or 50% off food, use the restaurant discount card at some of your favourites like PizzaExpress, YO!, Zizzi, Absurd Bird and more. And there’s thousands of independent restaurants to save money at [...]

By | 2020-01-28T08:59:06+00:00 January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Chains, News|Comments Off on How much money you can save on food at these tastecard restaurants

Capricorn Foodiescope: The Pizza Fiend

The Capricorn is known as the Pizza Fiend. Lovers of all things dough, tomato sauce and cheese, they fall into either the Deep-pan Fan or Thin-crust Enthusiast category. Topping choices may differ between Capricorns closer to the Sagittarius or Aquarius cusp. But a passion for the doughy things in life means they spread their menu choices further afield. Garlic bread and cookie dough dishes are never off the table. Capricorn foodie traits. Date [...]

By | 2019-12-31T13:13:43+00:00 December 31st, 2019|Categories: Chains, Foodiescopes, News, Vegan, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Capricorn Foodiescope: The Pizza Fiend

Restaurants with the best vegan burgers.

We’ve fallen head over bun for the almighty vegan burger. Serving up all the deliciousness of a juicy burger whilst staying animal and environmentally friendly, get your burger fix a little differently. You can try plenty of vegan burgers with your tastecard, as a lot of tastecard restaurants serve up the green goods when it comes to burgers. So, we've rounded up a few of the best vegan burgers on tastecard that we reckon you'll want to try. And you [...]

By | 2020-02-19T16:40:55+00:00 December 30th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Restaurants with the best vegan burgers.
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