Hey look, I was on the news! And no, it wasn’t because I was being arrested for something.
I’ll admit, being in front of a camera and public speaking are two things I’m really not keen on, so I can only blame the amount of caffeine I’d had that morning for saying yes. Because it was totally one of those days I decided not to wash my hair or put make up on, so queue me running around at lunchtime to look half-way human – and yet still I managed to pull a series of funny faces. Standard.
But seriously, the BBC is a respected institution worldwide and I was honoured to be asked to be on the local news edition talking about The Wilderness’ new reservations policy – more interesting than it sounds, I promise! I was even more proud that my mum and her husband were impressed, and my mum spent the evening forwarding me congratulatory texts from her friends. Because being on the telly is kinda terrifying but ace, but knowing your mum is super proud is totally the best thing about it.
Thankfully you can no longer watch me on the telly, so I will attempt to summarise some of what I said on the telly and add a bit more context. The Wilderness has been very vocal about the amount of no-shows they’ve had at their restaurant and the impact it has on their business, so implementing a 30 – 40% deposit to secure a reservation seems entirely reasonable. It’s an investment in a special night out and it’s not like somewhere like there can count of walk in, in the way mass mid-price chain restaurants might. It’s not like deposits or paying up front is a new concept; Christmas parties and Valentine’s day are just two examples, not to mention that you generally pay for theatre, gig and cinema tickets up front.
Personally, I would rather invest in a special night out and be guaranteed a table that faff about. Things like no reservations policies, paying up front and larger deposits are all a result of a small amount of people who aim to go out for dinner but have lost all sense of common courtesy and forget to cancel reservations they don’t need. Don’t be that person; cancel a booking you can’t make with as much notice as you can, restaurants are run by humans and the good ones will try and help you out if there’s a good reason you can’t make it. We all want the city’s dining experience to be a good one, so try and be one of the good ones.
Guess who was asked to write something for Sainsbury’s Magazine? Yep, little old me! You know me, any excuse to talk about the food (and drink) scene in the city and especially when it’s in a national publication – and one I actually read, usually on the bus home when I’m trying to balance all my shopping.
I could only pick four places, so I picked the ones that I think are pretty cool – and might appeal to fellow Sainsbury’s Magazine readers. If you’d like to read the column, the nice people at Sainsbury’s Magazine have handily added it online. If you’d like to read more about the places I mentioned, I’ve popped some links to my blog posts below;
- Rofuto I haven’t written up my food experience, I think the photos got lost in the great tech fail of 2016, but I’m heading back soon so will link then – though here are my first look photos.
- Gas Street Social I’ve been to a few times – here’s one on their brunch and some festive cocktails.
- Original Patty Men, obviously they’re my favourite place in Birmingham for burgers. But I also managed to get a mention of The Meat Shack who I also think are ace, I’m just sad they don’t have their own bricks and mortar place I can head to for burgers!
- The Edgbaston’s afternoon tea, which is lush, whether it’s Christmas or the standard variety.
Another fun surprise from the article was when my friend spotted a mention of it on TripAdvisor, as the reason someone went to Gas St Social. Probably time to stop thinking the only person that reads the blog is my mum.
I’m a bit please about this; recently Virgin Trains got in contact and asked me if I fancied writing something to lure people to the fine city of Birmingham, and of course I was more than happy to do so. After much debate (and excuses to go and make absolute sure how much I liked some of the places), I wrote a bit of an opus about some of the places I’d check out, food and drinks wise, if I were travelling to Birmingham. Of course there are loads more places I missed off the list, but I’m really pleased with how this turned out. If you want to have a read of it, here’s the link to it;
Quick one from me, as I’m a bit poorly at the moment, but I wrote something for the nice folks at OpenTable on a few places to find the flavours of summer in Birmingham…given the weather has been a bit rubbish recently (although I hear it’s getting sunnier next week) it felt like an apt thing to write about!
Hey up! I’ve been on my sick bed for the last couple of days feeling very sorry for myself, and after sleeping for most of yesterday I was finally able to look at a computer screen for more than ten minutes without blinding pain. So imagine my surprise when I clicked on an article on the Birmingham Mail website, hoping to find some more Brummie Instagram accounts to follow, only to find out they’d named my Instagram account in their article!
It’s well worth reading the whole article because there’s some cracking Instagram accounts in there to follow – I’m not the only food related one, but some of the others post some amazing non-food photos too.
I’ve been reading Olive Magazine for years, ever since my friend Louise gave me a subscription for Christmas.
I like the positivity and enthusiasm of Olive. It feels like a celebration of food and drink as a whole – it doesn’t just focus on the eating or the cooking, but it understands all aspects. Although I feel Brum could focus more in there, its had some great suggestions – Blue Ginger in Kings Heath I found because of an article in there, which I duly ripped out and waved at my mum.
And recently someone pointed out that assistant editor Lulu’s Notes blog had a post on What to eat and drink in Birmingham, and the the last line stopped me in my tracks; “If it’s neighbourhood eats you’re after, rather than more rarefied dining, check out these two local food blogs: Full To The Brum & Smoke And Umami.”
I’m so utterly dumbfounded to be referenced on the site – thanks Olive Magazine!