So March Madness…that’s a thing. I’m trying to get out of the habit of saying it was a busy one, because, frankly, they all seem to go that way and after a while the philosophical part of my brain kicks in and I start wondering about the nature of the phrase.
So yeah, March happened. It was a busy kind of month generally and I’m still having some sort of blogging existential crisis, so I was pleasantly surprised to find I’ve actually posted six times this month, which was about four more than I expected. Okay, okay most of those posts weren’t exactly very long, but it’s the thought that counts right?
Actually it was a bit of a reflective month for me, and I’d finally gotten round to summing up my concerns about the spate of venue openings last year and what it means going forward. It seemed to get a good reaction (well on Facebook, no one leaves me comments unless I make them for competitions) so I’m tempted to do a few month food related pondering. Don’t worry the necessary and sufficient conditions of cake won’t be one of them.
The lovely Dave at BrumHour guest interviewed me for his radio show and whilst I refuse to listen back I’m pretty sure I blathered on about how complimentary meals aren’t really ‘free’ given the pay off of work that goes into them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like giving away actual free things to people who read the blog…which I got to do thanks to hungry house and their Top Takeaway awards. Talking of new places, I wandered down to Friska, a Bristolian cafe which has come to Brum and located itself in Brindley Place.
I ate out way more than I actually got round to posting (they’re coming soon, honest) but one of the things I had to do ASAP was when I finally met one of the Pierateers and we ate pie at The Botanist for National Pie Week. I’m kind of tempted to see how many of these things I can jump on board with, along with fellow bloggers in the city.
I spent one Sunday at the awesome ImpactHub in Digbeth, attempted to a) pretend I know what I’m doing with my fancy camera and b) taking photos of things that aren’t food. I rapidly concluded that it’s probably best for everyone if continue taking photos of my dinner and being surprised by what my magic camera produces. But it did provide me with an excellent excuse to go back to Original Patty Men.
And then at the end of March, well near enough, was Easter. Religious stuff aside, I know for most people it’s all about the chocolate but for me it’s the hot cross buns. I’d been entirely meaning to do an in-depth comparison of Loaf Vs Peel & Stone hot cross buns but frankly they were both great and I can say this with great clarity as I ate a lot of them.
So April; well I’m off to Bar & Block tomorrow, Beefeater’s near steakhouse concept, so that’ll be going on the blog; as will my ode to chicken katsu curry (or chicken cats curry as my spell check keeps trying to autocorrect) at the newly refurbished Wagamama in the Bullring; a return to Benugo in Grand Central; Brum Breakfast Club at Nomad…and err, hopefully some other stuff.