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    Halloween drinks in Area Guide

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    The nice people at Area Guide have only gone and let me write another article for them – this time on cocktails and related events you’ll find around the city this Halloween / Dia de los Muertos / Bonfire Night.

    I won’t spoil it by saying too much more but there’s loads of great cocktails out there for the ghoulish festival season.  Venues like Island Bar, The Price of Wales in Moseley, Lost & Found, MPW at the top of The Cube, Peel & Stone and The Victoria all feature, as well as some celebrations and ideas for any parties you might be having at home.

    To read this month’s Area Guide, which also features a preview of Eye Candy festival and the Longbridge Light Festival, click here.

    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 hello@fulltothebrum.co.uk.

    Musings

    August round up

    August was a busy month.  Not only have I gotten into a habit of blogging more, I’ve managed a trip to Plymouth and London and had a week off.  Since restarting the blog back in June, I’ve really been enjoying exploring and writing about the exciting food and drink experiences I’ve found in the city and I’ve had some really lovely feedback – so thanks to everyone who is reading these posts!

     

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    Just the one recipe last month, but it was a good ‘un!  I’ve made these white chocolate brownies, or blondes as they’re sometimes know, for years and they’re always popular…so I thought it was about time I shared the recipe.

    News

    Initially when I started Full to the Brum I posted an incredible amount of news items, but it was exhausting and made me realise I didn’t want to be one of those sites that just blindly posted news.  However this month there were a couple of things that caught my eye; an article by Jon Hickman on coffee tax and Birmingham (in which I’m quoted) and also two new bars coming to the city which I’m genuinely quite excited about.

    Reviews

    IMG_3991.JPGWowser, there’s been a pile of these.  With three product reviews on: Propercorn popcorn, which I found in the supermarket’s lunchtime meal deal option; a local artisan marshmallow producer, So Mallow; and Hotel Chocolat’s Mojito chocolates, its accidentally been a month of snacks!

    The most reviews, however, have been on food pop-ups and restaurants…it feels like this month I’ve managed to eat out a lot!  They range from pop-ups and streetfood from the likes of Two Cats Roaming Kitchen’s August pop up to the Film Food’s Harold & Maude (as part of Shock & Gore), Brum Yum Yum’s monthly street food fair in Kings Heath, and a vegan raw food night at the Warehouse Cafe.  I also managed to get in a review of Sushi Passion in the Great Western Arcade and a post about some of the delights Shirley High St has to offer.

    Coming Up

    I’ve got a few posts in the pipeline, including a couple of food places on Broad St – punjabi dining at EastzEast and also Revolution, as well as home delivery service Moms Home Cooking, the Lebanese stall (Dip) in the Bullring, a recipe for a tasty vegan dish… and plenty more!

    Round ups

    July round up

    Wow, what a month July was.  Oddly, considering I managed to blog much more this month, it was also the month I seemed to end up in a lot of other cities with a weekend away in York and trips to Leamington Spa and London (no blogposts about them though).  I’ve varied some of the posts in July too, adding product reviews in among the usual reviews, recipes and round ups.

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    A bit of naughty and nice with just two recipes this month; one for a blueberry balsamic glaze which really added the finishing touch to my rainbow salad, and a recipe for Gluten-free Chocolate and Cointreau Cake .

    Reviews

    It was a great month for pop up food events, as I went to one of Brum Yum Yum’s Lunch Market where 63 Islands and the Cake Doctor were selling their wares for the afternoon.  I also made it along to the Colmore Business District’s annual Food Festival – their best yet.  And not forgetting my first visit to Two Cats Roaming Kitchen, a north-eastern European fine dining pop up and well worth seeking out.

    Plus I visited one of the most hidden away cafes in the city – so hidden I didn’t even know it existed until I went for lunch!

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    I decided to add in some reviews of more unusual food items I came across, the first being Beanies gingerbread flavour instant coffee, after developing a bit of a habit for gingerbread soya lattes.  I also stumbled across Tyrrell’s Vegetable Crisps when looking for something a bit more interesting in my lunchtime sandwich meal deal, and finally a Selfridges salted almond and crunchy toffee Bombe I found in the sale…I know, chocolate in the sale!

    Coming up in August I have reviews from Two Cats’ July event, the recipe for my favourite blondies, mojito chocolates from Hotel Chocolat, The Electric’s Food Film Club and much much more!

    Round ups

    June round up

    I restarted the blog this month and despite a hectic work schedule and moving house, managed five blogposts on everything from reviews of a cocktail masterclass and the newest burger joint in town, to a frittata recipe and celebrating yellow reduced item stickers!

    Five guys opened in Birmingham in June to mixed reviews online.  With a fairly simple ethos, there are hundreds of food combinations and a drink machines to end all drinks machines.  Check out the whole review here.

    Frittatas have always made me nervous but I finally conquered my fear and blogged about it for all to see.  And whilst I was feeling brave I headed along to a blogger event at Revolution Bar to sample their cocktail masterclass.

    Ever one for a bargain, I wrote a quick post celebrating Marks & Spencer’s reduced food section which resulted in one friend telling me she never knew they had one until that post.  A success all round.  And talking of successes, I blogged about an upcoming charity cake competition in Harborne which is likely to be a roaring success!

    Coming up in July I’m starting to do some reviews of interesting foods I find on sale, from gingerbread instant coffee, to spreads using star anise and more.  I’ll also be sharing a recipe for gluten-free chocolate and orange cake and some restaurant reviews, amongst other posts!

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    Yellow sticker wins from M&S

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    Bargains galore!

    It was a very busy day yesterday and I wanted to treat myself to something nice on the journey home, so I popped into Marks and Spencer.  Low and behold, not only did I pick up an iced bun but I also stumbled across some gems in the reduced section!

    So tea last night was a Count on Us stonebaked ham & mushroom pizza and a side of vegetables (potatoes went to my housemate), for just £1.50!  Considering the pizza was in the reduced section and part of the healthier-foods range it was delicious – thankfully not too much cheese (a plus for me, though maybe not for everyone), a lovely base which wasn’t too crispy or stodgy, plenty of ham and mushrooms that didn’t go soggy.  One I’d happily go back and pay full price for.

    Plus I managed to bag some salmon to go in the freezer for another day too.  Who doesn’t love a good bargain?!

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    A new dawn!

    Spring is on its way and it’s about time I did something with this blog!

    I’m going to make it a little more personal and, hopefully, collaborative.  I’ll be posting my trips to drinking and dining establishments in Brum, recipes and of course the odd news story which is well worth sharing.  Is there anything in particular you’d like to see this blog cover?

    Look out for some posts soon!