January is such a strange month - nothing much happening after the excitement of Christmas and New Year, no presents to buy, no food to plan for and probably for most people either a big credit card or no money in the bank account after the excesses of the previous month. Its a month of new starts - diets, exercise, savings - we all do it at least for a few weeks! It probably should be a restful month after the stress of the Christmas build up - a month of winter walks and holiday planning.
Our January hasn't turned out like that! For some reason both of our 'grown ups' decided to start 2018 with a big new start and are currently in the process of moving house/flat , which (as we all know) brings a whole new range of stress and worry to everyone involved!
Lucy and Simon finally move this weekend after selling their house back at the beginning of October - house sales take so long now! Adam is right at the start of his process but as it is a flat for flat rental swap it probably should be a quicker process - won't it? I really hope so! With lots of paperwork to sort and discussions needed we decided to take a trip to the brand new Salford-ish Tim Hortons.
Tim Hortons is a brand I had never heard of (Chris was familiar with them having visited the States) but by the power of social media and targeted advertising (I don't drink coffee so it must be the doughnuts!) I knew all about the plans for our local area and in line with a lot of my friends we all got very excited! Especially at the prospect of a box of Timbits, which, lets be honest, are surely just the leftovers from ring doughnuts decorated beautifully!
The most convenient restaurant to us, on Bury New Road just outside Salford, opened it doors just before Christmas and apparently had a queue of social media prepped, excited customers stretching down the street! Our first visit, on the way home after watching the very smutty but very funny panto at the Opera House, turned out to be a huge anti climax - mis-read of the website and we turn up as the restaurant is closing. The drive in was open but the car park was full so we continued home.
Cue this weekend and time to try again. Once again the car park was full (although the restaurant wasn't) - there is some on road parking so we squeezed our car in. This time we were going in! After a morning walking and photographing around Salford Quays, coffee, hot chocolate and a box of Timbits was just what we needed. Reasonably priced, good quality food and a comfortable restaurant - the Timbits were good - made more exciting by the fact that we had no idea what flavors we were eating! Apparently the coffee and hot chocolate were delicious - again I don't drink either so can't comment! Its perfectly positioned for commuters and will no doubt do very well. Although famous for its coffee and doughnuts there was a wide range of food on their menu from breakfast up so maybe one day we'll take a trip back to sample something else.
In the meantime can't wait to see what Instagram tempts us with next....
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