I seem to start a lot of these round-ups with the realisation that the month was busy, like that’s some sort of new revelation. Which is silly really, because nearly everyone I talk to these days is busy. You know, even those people who think having a dental appointment as their only engagement counts as busy (yeah mum, totally looking at you here). So if we’re all busy then doesn’t the word stop having any real meaning? And a lot of the time I should be busy but I’m avoiding doing things and instead doing things like binge-watching iZombie on Netflix instead.
Anyway, you’re not here for a quasi-philosophical exploration into the nature of busy. In fact, you’re probably here to get an idea of what happened last month, because that’s sort of what I bill these posts as. And last month was
busy kinda awesome. Two exciting things happened; the first was that I was shortlisted in the Birmingham Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards in the blogger category and the second was I did a presentation to a bunch of digital communications enthusiasts about building a brand as a blogger. I’ll write up the presentation, because strangers said nice things about it which means it might be of further interest to people. Oh and a third thing, which I nearly forgot to mention, was that Ting (of The Ting Thing) and I are attempting to revive Brum Bloggers, because there are lots of ace bloggers in the city shouting about cool stuff.
Anyway, back to this blog. I tried to do a few more round ups of news things this month, and I’m not sure how successful they were, but I don’t really have the time to re-write every food related press release going, and given there’s enough places doing that, I figure rounding them up so I’m sharing the news but in a less time-consuming way. I also did a sort of mid-month round up, with the intention of doing it weekly, but frankly my life is not that interesting and some weeks my food adventures are defrosting turkey meatballs and sneaking off to KFC on a Friday. But I did do a quick post about Peel & Stone’s Harborne venue pop up at their JQ location, because it looked kinda awesome and I was gutted I couldn’t get to any, but I will be jumping on the bus to check out the new store when it opens.
That said, whilst I didn’t do so many out and out news pieces, I did do a bit of a rant editorial about something the local newspaper put out that irked me a bit about the nature of chain restaurants versus independent ones. I’m quite liking doing posts which are more thinking about the city’s food and drinks scene as a whole, and I might inflict a few more on you, as and when I can come up with ideas for them.
Back to the actual food blogging itself, I went to a bunch of new places, some of which I’m yet to write up. One place I did get to was Rofuto, which a lot of people were very excited about and so was I. In fact, I’m so excited I’ve done two trips, and the post about the food will follow. On a Japanese-ish theme I went to have a look round the new-look wagamamas and had everyone’s favourite chicken katsu curry. And after all that raw fish and battered chicken, it was nice to head to 3 Three’s in Martineau Place, which is Birmingham’s first mainly-vegan café. Finally, one of my favourite things about the change in season (I feel like I can say this now we’ve actually had some sunshine) is that The Studio switch up their food menu and they’ve been nice enough to invite me along to sample the dishes, which form part of their package for people hosting events there.
And I think that’s about it in terms of things I need to tell you – and this post is way longer than it needed to be. This month is looking equally enthusiastic, I just need to find some time to write everything up, but if I can there will be steak, chocolate, cocktails and maybe pizza.
Quick news round up
- Eden, a new café in Erdington opened recently and it looks worth checking out
- There’s a musical about food crime on Sat 14th May outside St Martin’s in the Bullring at midday and 2.30pm, which sounds crazy enough to be fun.
- James Bowker Head Bartender of the Edgbaston Boutique Hotel is through to the Diageo Reserve World Class GB final and is a pretty flipping big deal
- Be at One Bar opens this month, I spoke to one of the founders and it’s sounds like it’s going to be ace.
- Bagels, beer, cocktails and more, Peaky’s finally announced their new location and they’re going to be on John Bright St
- Celebrating local and sustainable produce, Opus has a cracking new Friday deal – two elegant courses, half a bottle of wine and a selection of homemade bread for £25 per person