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.

What films are out this December?

Want to get your hands on cheap cinema tickets and catch all the latest releases for less? With tastecard, you can get cinema ticket discounts at 350+ UK locations with up to 40% off tickets. So, all you need now is a list of what to watch at the cinema this festive season. Lucky for you, we've rounded up the latest December film releases, from new Christmas films to the new Star Wars and Jumanji instalments. GET UP TO 40% OFF CINEMA [...]

What and where to eat for a balanced vegan diet with tastecard.

One of the hardest things to get right on a vegan diet is making sure you're getting enough of all the good stuff, like nutrients and vitamins. There are lots of benefits to a vegan diet, but cutting out meat and other animal products means you're missing out on protein and vitamins you don't usually have to think twice about. A vegan food trend to pop up over the past few years is Veganuary. "What is Veganuary?" we hear a [...]

By | 2020-02-28T15:53:37+00:00 December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What and where to eat for a balanced vegan diet with tastecard.

9 reasons why tastecard is the best UK Black Friday offer

First thing's first, the question on everyone's lips: When was Black Friday 2019? Well, it was on Friday 29th November and we kicked the day off with our lowest price ever. But incase you missed out on getting a tastecard and are ready to start your 2020 Black Friday prep, here are a few reasons why you'll want to add us to your Black Friday 2020 list next year. TRY TASTECARD Need convincing on why tastecard is the [...]

By | 2019-12-03T15:54:30+00:00 November 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 9 reasons why tastecard is the best UK Black Friday offer

What films are out this November?

With tastecard, you can get cheap cinema tickets by saving up to 40% at 350+ UK cinemas, 7 days a week. So, you can catch what's new in the cinema, whenever you want, for less. This month, the 2019 Christmas films are making their way onto the big screen, like highly-anticipated Frozen 2 and Last Christmas. Plus, there's a Charlie's Angels reboot to catch too. But so you don't miss a thing, we've rounded up the top five films to enjoy with [...]

By | 2019-11-11T16:09:17+00:00 November 11th, 2019|Categories: Cinema, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What films are out this November?

Here’s what makes the Frankie & Benny’s meatballs so good

If there’s one thing that springs to mind at the mention of Italian American restaurant “Frankie & Benny’s”, it’s ‘authentic Italian meatballs’. Or at least, it is if you mention it to a bunch of food-always-on-the-mind people like us. Even though the Frankie & Benny’s menu features all sorts of traditional Italian dishes, we always head straight for their delicious pork and beef meatballs or vegan meatballs with spaghetti. So, for this month’s Meet the Chef instalment, we grilled [...]

By | 2019-11-20T17:37:02+00:00 November 8th, 2019|Categories: Chains, Meet The Chef, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Here’s what makes the Frankie & Benny’s meatballs so good

The best restaurants in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

With an infectious buzz and just as many hip-cool-and-trendy-points as Camden, Manchester's Northern Quarter is a place to explore. And we’ve got some of the best Northern Quarter restaurants here on tastecard, from dessert spots to authentic sushi joints. So, as well as digging into some of finest food around, you can get 2 for 1 meals or 50% off food. TRY TASTECARD FOR £1 The best places to eat in the Northern Quarter. Pie [...]

Restaurant of the Month: Ed’s Easy Diner

Milkshake extraordinaires, juicy burger experts and all-round American-style food whizzes - Ed's Easy Diner are our Restaurant of the Month. Capturing the buzzing spirit of a 1950s American diner with traditional American food and iconic toe-tapping music, Ed's Easy Diner is the perfect place to head to for date night or a meal with the kids thanks to its Kids Meal Deal. And with tastecard, you can get Ed's Diner discount with 50% off food, 7 days a week. With [...]

By | 2019-10-25T08:54:32+00:00 October 24th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News, Restaurant of the Month|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Restaurant of the Month: Ed’s Easy Diner

Italian ingredients every dish needs according to ASK Italian

Tips from Italian cuisine chef, Theo Randall, scouring out the best Italian ingredients and working up sweet pasta dishes. That’s just a day in the life of Jeena Koshy, Head of Food and Drink Development at ASK Italian. She tells us all in this month's Meet the Chef. What’s your day to day at ASK Italian? When we asked Jeena to describe dining at ASK Italian in five words, she said“Nowhere else I’d rather be.”And from the way she’s gushed [...]

By | 2019-10-22T13:49:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Chains, Meet The Chef, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Italian ingredients every dish needs according to ASK Italian

What films are out this October?

We've rounded up the newest cinema releases to catch this month, from childrens' Halloween films like The Addams Family to more sinister ones like Joker. With tastecard, you can get cheap cinema tickets at 350+ UK cinemas. So, discover the latest cinema releases to watch below with up to 40% off your tickets. Judy In one of the best performances of the year, Renee Zellweger puts on a memorable show in Judy. A biopic of [...]

2019 Food Trend: What’s seitan?

Vegan-food’s had a spruce up. It isn’t just bean burgers and avocado and falafel anymore. And one of our favourite vegan ingredients spicing up vegan dishes is seitan. With a suspect name and meat-like texture, seitan’s got a certain mystique about it. So, we’ve answered all the questions on the tip of your tongue... First things first, how do you pronounce seitan? The seitan pronunciation seems like a tricky one. But it isn’t. It’s essentially [...]

By | 2019-11-28T09:48:01+00:00 October 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 2019 Food Trend: What’s seitan?