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.

Fed up of banana bread? Try this Banana & Biscoff milkshake.

Anyone else well and truly over banana bread? We’ve made, eaten and scrolled past approximately 734 banana bread recipes in lockdown. So, we’ve taken inspiration from tastecard restaurant, Ed’s Diner, to create an easy Banana & Biscoff milkshake recipe to give you an alternative recipe for using up leftover bananas. Yes, we're tooting our own horn, but this is the next best thing to an American diner-style Ed's Diner shake. Have a read, try it yourself and trust us, [...]

By | 2020-04-24T16:54:45+01:00 April 1st, 2020|Categories: Dish List recipes|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Fed up of banana bread? Try this Banana & Biscoff milkshake.

The 5 easy ways you can help during Covid-19.

If like us at tastecard HQ you’re wondering how to help during Covid-19, we’ve done our research to find the best charities to donate to, apps to download and groups to join in such a turbulent time. Have a read on to find out how you can do your bit. 1. Donating to Covid-19 causes. From donating money, to food, to blood, there’s a lot “do-gooding” that you can play a part in. The [...]

By | 2020-04-22T09:16:27+01:00 March 25th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19|Comments Off on The 5 easy ways you can help during Covid-19.

Byron is in the building. And it’s 2 for 1 with tastecard.

The only thing better than a big ol' juicy Byron burger is a big ol' juicy Byron burger for half price. Now available on tastecard, when you head to one of the 49 Byron restaurants available on tastecard, you can get 2 for 1 across starters, mains and desserts, Sunday - Thursday, along with 6,000+ other restaurants. Plating up the top-dogs of burgers and toppings we never knew could work, it's a mean feat choosing from the Byron menu. [...]

By | 2020-03-10T09:57:29+00:00 March 9th, 2020|Categories: Chain restaurants, News|Comments Off on Byron is in the building. And it’s 2 for 1 with tastecard.

Pisces Foodiescope: The Chopstick Extraordinaire.

Pisces season is well and truly upon us. And these Japanese food buffs are better known as The Chopstick Extraordinaires. Maki, sashimi, mochi, yakisoba, bao buns – you name the traditional Japanese food, and they’ll have tried it. Read more about the Pisces’ foodie habits below as well as the full Pisces Foodiescope. Pisces foodie traits. Date of birth: February 19th – March 20th Foodie element: Seafood. Ruling foods: Anything Japanese. Best to [...]

By | 2020-03-05T14:34:08+00:00 March 5th, 2020|Categories: Chain restaurants, Foodiescopes, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pisces Foodiescope: The Chopstick Extraordinaire.

What films are out this March?

From new kids films to sequels we've been counting down to, discover what films are out at the cinema this March. Want to get cheap cinema tickets to all of them? With tastecard, you get up to 40% off cinema tickets and snacks at 350+ UK cinemas. All the more reason the head to the big screen this month. CHEAP CINEMA TICKETS? YES PLEASE. March 2020 film releases. The Photograph After the sudden [...]

By | 2020-03-09T18:11:59+00:00 March 5th, 2020|Categories: Cinema, News|Comments Off on What films are out this March?

Get 2 for 1 on the new Pizza Hut Restaurants Vegan Stuffed Crust.

Possibly the only thing to top regular pizza is the stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut Restaurants. All kinds of gooey, cheesy goodness, the crust is a bit of a piece de resistance for pizza lovers. To celebrate 25 years of the almighty stuffed crust, a vegan stuffed crust will be available on all vegan pizzas from 26th February 2020. Music to a vegan’s ears. Vegan Violife stuffed crust. Stuffed with Violife ch**se, vegans with a burning [...]

By | 2020-02-26T14:56:46+00:00 February 26th, 2020|Categories: Chain restaurants, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Get 2 for 1 on the new Pizza Hut Restaurants Vegan Stuffed Crust.

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 [...]

By | 2020-02-17T17:02:50+00:00 February 17th, 2020|Categories: Chain restaurants, Cinema, Events, News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on tastecard presents TWO4ONE: The pop-up restaurant for solo diners.

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: Chain restaurants, Foodiescopes, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Aquarius Foodiescope: The Pasta Devotee.

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 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 | 2020-02-27T17:06:30+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Chain restaurants, Chef's Corner, News|Comments Off on A look at the new Chiquito vegan Mexican dishes.