Sunday, 1 March 2015

February in Food

March already! February is a short month but I managed to fit in plenty of foodie times.


I was lucky enough to eat at this fabulous vegetarian restaurant with Yelp. I had mushrooms to start and battered halloumi for my main. It was utterly fantastic and I urgently need to try their taster menu and review it properly!



Digbeth Dining Club

Edd and I popped along to the first DDC of the year. It was extremely busy but everyone was in good spirits. After grabbing ourselves some cider, we got into the nearest queue which happened to be for Spectacular Goat pizzas. We were happy we got into this queue as the pizzas were fantastic! Mine was topped with mac&cheese and bacon bits. Filth! I also bumped into Ahmed of UK Burger Battle (have you got your tickets yet?) and Rib Nights fame and he kindly donated a pot of smoked lamb and feta cheese from Low'n'Slow which was incredible.




Tesco Duffin

When Edd and I spotted these doughnut/muffin hyrbid, we had to try them! It was a bit like a vanilla cupcake coated in sugar. Very odd but curiously moreish...


The Warehouse Cafe nibbles

At the Yelp Brum 'My Heart Belongs to Birmingham' gallery launch, the nibbles were provided by vegetarian restaurant The Warehouse Cafe. It was incredible! I loved the little spicy veggie burgers and fresh halloumi wraps.  


Chocolate!

The topic for my class at the moment is Chocolate. We're off to Cadbury World this week and we actually had a chocolate tasting lesson which was a lot of fun. The children take it so seriously, bless them!



6/8 Kafe Launch

More coming up on this soon! I went to the launch of 6/8 Kafe's new venue at Millennium Point where there were some interesting and unique nibbles.



Roberts Bakery Valentines Sandwich

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Yorks Bakery Cafe

Yorks have a fantastic new brunch menu. I had feta and avocado smash which was fantastic!


Waitrose Valentines Meal Deal

Breaded Camembert with redcurrant sauce...amazing!



Another delicious meal at Big Papas....This time a delicious lunch for only £5!


Baking

I made coffee cupcake for Edd's Dad's 60th!


Bella Italia

On Wednesday my Mum and I watched Shaun the Sheep at the cinema (because we're adults!) and then had dinner at Bella Italia. I loved these cute desserts in shot glasses.


Mini treat from Costa


Ridiculous giant sundae from O'Neills

Needless to say I did not finish it!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Foodie news: New openings I am excited about for 2015



2015 is a pretty exciting year for Birmingham. There's lots of building work going on and New Street Station will be properly up and running (with lots of intriguing sounding shops and restaurants).

As well as this, there are loads of new bars and restaurants opening in and around the city centre. So many that I think I'm going to have trouble keeping up with trying them all...!

Out in Brum did the best run down of all the new openings but here are the ones I'm particularly excited about...

Gas Street Social


Gas Street Social is something a little bit different opening at the Mailbox. If you're following them on Twitter or Facebook you may have spotted their ideas for cocktails which look fabulous, well presented and modern.
Their food sounds just as good- sharing boards, small plates and flatbreads. I love that sort of food, especially with a cocktail or two! I especially like that they will be featuring locally sourced meat.
The interior is designed by Spencer Swinden, the team behind The Plough in Harborne so it's bound to be stylish.
Keep an eye on their Twitter for their pop up bar in the next couple of weeks! @GasStSocial

The Botanist
                              



A cocktail bar and foodie venue, The Botanist is opening 6th April on Temple Street. Reviews I've seen of other Botanist venues make it look awesome! It's from the same group as The Alchemist in Manchester which has some of the most inventive cocktails I've ever tried. So I have high hopes! The food looks good too- I have my eye on their deli boards, hanging kebabs and rotisserie chickens. I expect it will be very pretty and stylish in there too. Keep an eye on their twitter @BotanistBham

Nosh & Quaff


Not much known about this one. It's the new opening from the team behind Lasan, Raja Monkey and Fiesta del Asado. Nosh & Quaff is taking over the very beautiful building at 130 Colmore Row.
It's going to be a 'beer and lobster bar' but I expect both elements will be done to a very high standard.
Follow them on twitter- @NoshandQuaff

Cosy Club

The former Midland Bank branch at 33 Bennetts Hill

From the Loungers team, Cosy Club is set to be in a similar vein to The Botanist- quirky decor, sharing food, but their cocktail menu won't be quite as extensive. I loved Pinto Lounge when I was in Banbury.
Cosy Club is opening in the old Midland Bank on Bennetts Hill so it will be close competition for nearby Lost and Found. This can only be a good thing!
Follow them on twitter- @CosyClubBrum 







Sunday, 22 February 2015

Eight years of blogging and a Foodies Festival giveaway

*Competition at the bottom of the post*

In February 2007 I was 19 years old and in my second year at De Montfort University studying Journalism. I'm sure Journalism students learn about blogging these days but we barely touched on it.
I started out focusing on fashion, mainly copying and pasting dresses I liked from clothes websites as well as putting sets together on Polyvore.
It wasn't until I left university that I started posting outfit pictures and pictures from holidays. My posts about Barcelona were popular but I started wishing I could write more about my home town of Birmingham!
When I started my PGCE in 2012 I let the blog slip quite a lot- but when I DID post, it was often about food! I realised that I'm more passionate and more knowledgeable about food than I am about fashion and that it was a great way to big up my city! I still like to post about clothes and holidays- I'm off to Rome, Florence and Venice this Summer so they should have all the things I love.
Eight years on, I'm a teacher not a Journalist, I have a different boyfriend, I blog about food and only a bit of fashion, I've talked to so many lovely people from all around the world, I've taken part in swaps, secret santas and written and received letters, I've started getting invites to events and I feel I've found my niche. I'm happier with my blog than I have been for a few years.
I wanted to share a few of my favourite and most popular posts with you...

Valencia

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Barcelona

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Snow in Birmingham

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Big Papas at The Sunflower Lounge



UK Burger Battle



To celebrate my bloggiversary, Foodies Festival Birmingham have given me a pair of tickets to give away! The prize is two day tickets for a day of your choice. For more details about the event, see my blog post here.

Enter to win tickets using the rafflecopter form below.





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