I totally tried to write that this was the October round up, which I think goes to show my general feelings on how flipping fast this year is passing. I’m half expecting to go to sleep tonight and wake up to find its Christmas, which wasn’t helped by having my first Christmas drink yesterday…admittedly it was a bottle of something fizzy and non-alcoholic that Ikea tells me is a popular drink at Christmas in Sweden and just makes me think someone should introduce them to Vimto all year round.
October September, was…well what a month. Food wise I went to Gas Street Social for a friend’s birthday brunch where they challenged their bottomless Bellini offer – it was the day I was flying out to Qatar for work so I stuck with soft drinks. I’ve now eaten brunch at Gas St a couple of times and once I’m done faffing with the photos I’ll tell you all about it. Faffing with photos is something which I seem to spend a lot of time doing and I finally got round to blogging about the Henry Wong’s bloggers dinner I went to a couple of weeks beforehand.
And then there was Qatar. I was incredibly lucky to be offered the chance to go help out with one of our work events out there and it was an amazing experience for all sorts of reasons I won’t bore you about again. But one of the great things about to Qatar was the food, which was an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern cuisines and I’m determined that I’m going to go in search of these in Birmingham. Some kind souls have already suggested a bunch of places, but the thing I’m really looking for is somewhere that does um ali, a sort of Egyptian bread and butter pudding but infinitely better.
Let them eat cake
Oh yeah, it was also National Cupcake Week in September, which I completely failed to realise beforehand. So instead I whipped out a recipe for French Martini cupcakes, because it’s one of the few good looking cakes I’ve actually had the patience to make. I really like baking cake but faffing with decoration is something that I can’t be doing with. I think this was fairly evident from the recipe for chocolate curry cake which I shared before I went to Qatar; the recipe was weird but worked surprisingly well, but they didn’t look great.
Grand Central Birmingham
And from then it was all about Grand Central Birmingham. I was in town on the Sunday new New St opened and was handed one of the maps which pointed out lots of very exciting new eateries that were open or opening in the station itself, so it seemed sensible to create a list of places to eat and drink in new New St and Grand Central Birmingham. And no sooner had I done that I was lured to Benugo for lunch, where I voluntarily ate salad…which my mum is very proud of. I also got a sneak peek at pre-open Grand Central Birmingham with a visit to Tortilla for one of their soft launches. I’ve been back since, to Pho, but I didn’t take my camera to so I’ll just have to go back – I know, just a hardship!
What’s coming up
Just as the month was ending I went to a menu tasting at The Studio on Cannon St and for dinner with my mum to Chung Ying Cantonese which I’ll be blogging about soon. I also managed to do some cooking so expect a beef and chorizo meatball recipe and a review of Holy Cow curry sauces. There’s also a bunch more stuff coming up in October and some drafted posts, so there’ll be plenty more to tell you about too.