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    Festive Drinks in Area Guide

    area_guideSo, national Christmas adverts are flooding our TVs and timelines, and Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market (and Craft Market) has firmly entrenched itself into the city centre…so we’re clearly allowed to start talking festivities!  The folks at Area Guide let me waffle on about some delicious cocktails (and a beer) which are full of tradition and plenty warming for the autumn and winter months.   To read the article in full, head over to the online version of their November / December issue of Area Guide.


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    Autumn is one of my favourite seasons; the clocks go back and there’s a glut of festivities from Halloween and Bonfire Night to Diwali and even Christmas begins to creep in (I’ve been spotting the Christmas trees going up in Brum all week).  This month has been particularly special as I got to witness the marriage of two wonderful people and I’m looking forward to trying out the wedding favours.


    It has also been a busy one for Birmingham, with Bodega on Bennets Hill announcing a new little sister in Worcester, Bearwood’s very first food festival courtesy of the Bearwood Pantry and a talk by the Vegan Society for the Birmingham Humanists.

    I’ve also been out on lots of food adventures with write ups from my experience of DIP, a Lebanese stall in the Bullring, to cocktails at The Edgbaston and dinner at Tiger Bills, located just off Broad St.  I even managed to give New Covent Garden’s soup of the month another try with it being aptly named Pumpkin Ghoulash.

    Starbucks_056And with the festive season upon us, Area Guide kindly published an article I wrote about drinks relating to Halloween, Bonfire Night and Dia de los Muertos and I followed it up with a post about some spooktacular cocktails at Cherry Reds.  And just as the month was coming to an end I managed to fit in a taste of Christmas, with Starbucks in Selfridges bringing their red cups in early.

    There’s more Christmas things in November, including a sneak peak at Coast to Coast‘s Christmas offerings, plus my experience at Norjske thanks to Yelp Birmingham and new Mediterranean cafe 4023.

    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.

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    Halloween drinks in Area Guide


    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.

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    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


    Have you spotted us in Area Guide?

    Screen shot 2014-08-31 at 20.08.54I love giving recommendations to people on places to go eat and drink – I get asked so often it was part of the reason I started the blog, so when Area Guide asked if any food bloggers were interested in writing a piece for their food and drinks themed issue, I couldn’t help myself.  I wanted to make it something a bit more interesting, so I went with five places in the city you can go for an after work drink that aren’t pubs – or Not a Normal Nightcap, to give it a bit more of a punchy title.

    Area Guide‘s food and drinks themed issue, to tie in with the Independent Food and Drinks Festival is available to read here.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but five seemed like a good number (there’s nothing wrong with going to the pub for an after work drink either, but that seemed a bit obvious to include in the article).  I’m also thinking of doing a few more ‘Five places…’ posts, so watch this space!