Round ups

September round up

Is it really October already?!  September seemed to fly by; work was really busy, I went to the seaside with some friends and hung out a lot in the wilds of Solihull house-sitting.  But there was plenty of time for food adventures too.  I don’t know if anyone reads the round-ups, but it’s a nice reminder to me of all the exciting food and drinks things I’m managed to find and get to in the city.

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News wise, I was really proud to have written something in Area Guide which was food and drinks themed to tie-in with the Birmingham Independent Food Fair – I wrote an article on five places to go for an after-work drink that aren’t pubs, after a conversation with a friend about it.  There was also plenty happening in Birmingham with the Chilli Festival returning to Brindley Place, plus The New Optimists put on what I hear was a great event at the mac on Food Futures.

Talking of new; I got to visit Edgbaston’s newest gastropub The Highfield and tasted the inaugural Sunday roast and got to try Bistro 1847’s innovative new menu.  Broad St isn’t the most obvious place for dining but I was invited down to its newest eatery, East Z East, to try a vast range of their dishes and also got to check out Revolution’s new streetfood-inspired menu.  I also took my mum to Le Monde to check out their fish counter.

roastedchickpeasandvegWith all that dining out it’s a wonder I managed to cook anything, but I did – I shared a recipe for a vegan recipe, roasted chickpea vegetable wraps and after a spot of house-sitting I managed to make jambalaya in the microwave, so shared that recipe too.

And when I didn’t fancy cooking I got to try out Moms Home Cooking, a sort of meals-on-wheels for the student/professional.  That wasn’t the only new product I tried this month, I also tracked down Twinings Salted Caramel Green Tea on Colmore Row.

This month, I’ll be blogging about DIP a Lebanese stall in the Bullring, a taste of Christmas at Le Monde, cocktails at The Edgbaston, some Halloween treats and Tiger Bills on Broad St.  I’ve also got a glut of blackberries in my freezer from some foraging around Solihull with my mum, so I might try some recipes with those too.

I’m always keen to hear from people about places I should check out, products to try and exciting food and drink related adventures.  So if you fancy emailing me, please do.  My email address is

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