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.

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.

What films are out this January?

The festive season is well and truly over. But it's just the start of the stream of new film releases for 2020. With tastecard, you can get cinema discounts, 7 days a week, with up to 40% off cinema tickets at 350+ UK locations. We've rounded up the latest film releases to watch with your cheap cinema tickets this Janaury 2020, from a remake of The Grudge to World War I biopic, 1917. Hello big screen binge, adios January blues. [...]

By | 2019-12-23T11:25:26+00:00 December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cinema, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What films are out this January?

The 7 Lucky Foods of Chinese New Year

It’s Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat is here. Chinese New Year celebrations usually last for around two weeks, and this year they'll be around from Saturday 25th January 'til Saturday 8th February, when the Lantern Festival falls. Along with all the celebrations, food’s a huge part of Chinese New Year. And there are seven lucky foods for Chinese New Year that are eaten traditionally. Here's a little background on the famous seven... [...]

By | 2019-12-23T16:35:18+00:00 December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Chinese, News|Tags: , |Comments Off on The 7 Lucky Foods of Chinese New Year

A look at the Mac and Wild London menu.

Voted as tastecard’s Best Independent Restaurant in The Foodie Awards, Mac & Wild London bring the flavours, ingredients and recipes of the Scottish Highlands to the city. Starting out as a Scottish street food market stall serving game, Mac & Wild now have two restaurants in Fitzrovia and Devonshire Square. Sticking to their roots, their piece de resistance is still their meat. Specialising in some of the wildest, most flavoursome cuts, they source the best meat from the finest [...]

By | 2019-12-12T17:57:45+00:00 December 12th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A look at the Mac and Wild London menu.

tastecard’s Restaurant of the Year: Frankie & Benny’s

Taking on a national brand refresh, a new feel clearly paid off for Frankie & Benny’s in 2019 as they took the crown for Restaurant of the Year in The Foodie Awards. Going back to their Italian American roots that focus on two things, a passion for food and sense of community spirit, they’ve given guests a new taste of the old neighbourhood of Little Italy. We spoke to the team at Frankie & Benny’s to find out exactly [...]

By | 2019-12-17T15:59:20+00:00 December 10th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News, Restaurant of the Month|Tags: , , |Comments Off on tastecard’s Restaurant of the Year: Frankie & Benny’s

7 top tips for taking the best food photos with Zizzi

Champions of pizza, pasta and Italian cuisine, Zizzi took the crown for Social Followers’ Favourite in The Foodie Awards from tastecard this year. And we’ve got a hunch that it’s because their Instagram food photos always look so darn good. We’ve put together 7 top tips to get your food photography and grid looking as sleek, uniform and professional as Zizzi’s. And we've got some shots off their very own Instagram (@wearezizzi) to show the tips in action. [...]

By | 2019-12-20T11:50:24+00:00 December 6th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Comments Off on 7 top tips for taking the best food photos with Zizzi