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    Food & Drink news – August 2015


    It’s not just new venues occupying my Birmingham-ish food gossiping sessions; there’s plenty of tales of other food and drink related news too.  In an effort to spread the word – and clear my inbox, here are a few things that might interest you…

    The ‘Full Spanglish’ comes to Brum

    New independent Spanish bar and restaurant, El Borracho de Oro, is serving up a touch of España to Edgbaston with its new breakfast range.  The star of the menu is surely the Full Spanglish, which includes bacon, specially-made sausages with a hint of chorizo flavourings, Spanish black pudding morcilla, Spanish potatoes, eggs, toast and baked beans.  Other items on the breakfast menu include tortilla Espanola, churros con chocolate, croissants with jam, and bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches for the traditionalists.  Breakfasts will be served from 8am- 11.30am, Monday to Friday initially, with plans for weekend openings in the works.

    Itihaas opens in Manchester

    Not content with serving tasty curry to Brummies for over a decade, the team behind Itihaas have recently opened up in the other second city, Manchester.  This award-winning restaurant team with a focus on authentic South Asian food, including dishes from the northern Punjab to Kerala and Goa in the south, has opened in Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre.

    Itihaas also recently collaborated with a local microbrewery to create a craft beer, Sambha IPA, that matches their Indian cuisine.

    Record numbers at the Colmore Food festival

    The fifth annual Colmore Food Festival saw approximately 32,000 foodies visit the event over two days – 6,000 more visitors than last year.  Visitors were able to try out dishes from a number of eateries and drinkeries (if that’s a word) in the area, as well as enjoy on-stage cooking demos and live music from The 31st Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival.  And they let me judge Best Dessert too.

    GPFNK sells out

    Guests have snapped up all 400 tickets for Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen with Friends, in record time.  The October event sees Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace join forces to serve up a culinary adventure with TV personality and chef Rustie Lee serving the first course.  The audience will enjoy a four course meal prepared under Glynn’s guidance and served by the award-winning catering team at Villa Park, where the event is being staged.

    Meat free Mondays at Mockingbird

    Purveyors of all things animal-free, The Vegan Grindhouse will be serving up an Americana style menu at the Mockingbird Theatre, Bistro & Bar in the Custard Factory every Monday from 10th August.  Brunch will be served between 11am – 2pm, which will feature waffles, scrambled tofu, granola, BLT and bagels.  Dinner will see a weekly menu change all featuring food from different regions of the USA, with the likes of Philly cheesesteaks, meatball marinara subs, mac’n’cheese and all American sides and desserts.  There will also be vegan beers and soft drinks on sale, as well as free film screenings.

    re-think Tequila with Bodega

    If you think tequila is just a shot to be suffered at some point in a heavy night out, then Bodega, the South American bar and cantina on Bennetts Hill aims to change your mind, with a month dedicated to the spirit – and its cousin mezcal.  With a Tequila and mezcal masterclass planned for Thursday 13 August, as well as ‘Tequila of the Week’, a Taco & Tequila promotion and deals on the classic tequila cocktail the Paloma, there’s plenty of chances to change your mind on this spirit.

    Got some food and drink gossip you want to share?  Email me on  hello @ fulltothebrum . co . uk or catch me on Twitter or Facebook.

    Round ups

    April round up

    First things first; May the Fourth Be With You!  I know this isn’t a movie blog, but I hope my fellow cinephile foodie fans are having a fun on this auspicious day.  Anyway, enough about Star Wars, this is a quick round up of April which will be quick because I had a pretty horrid case of insomnia over most of April, which made it a bit difficult to find the focus and time to write.  On a plus side it means that I’ve now got a really nice backlog of posts that, if I can get written up, should provide for a fun May (possibly less references to Star Wars though).

    NJAFB award logoNews

    Well, it felt like there were two big news stories this month.  The first being that the people at Hungry House awarded me one of their Not Just Another Food Blogger Awards, which I’m really quite chuffed about.  As I mentioned, it’s been a bit of a rough month and it always makes me smile when people interact with the blog, whether it’s tweeting for recommendations, sharing news or giving me an award.

    The other news is that I ran a competition for the Foodies Festival which takes place this month.  It’s my first big competition and there were a lot more entries than I expected, which was really lovely to see.  The competition ended today and I’ve just emailed the winners, so congrats Anthony, Denise and Claire!

    Talking of winning tickets, I also blogged about a chance to win tickets to Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen.  And there’s also the news that the Gin Festival is back at the Bond in Digbeth…but you’ll have to buy your own tickets to that!

    Food Glorious Food5 pork belly

    Whilst I spent a lot of the month struggling with sleep, I did get a couple of reviews written up.  The first was from my trip to Big Papas Beautiful South street food who’ve taken over the kitchen at the newly refurbished Sunflower Lounge.  The second was a return to one of my favourite pop-ups, Two Cats Roaming Kitchen…but they won’t be roaming for long, which I’m so very pleased to hear.

    My day job involves lots of events stuff and having used The Studio on Cannon St for a few events I was chuffed to be invited to their Spring/Summer menu tasting…only to return a couple of weeks later to see it in action.

    Give Me the Hard Stuff…or don’t

    Pancakes bacon and poached eggs on rosti copyBut it wasn’t food this month.  I also blogged about some non-alcoholic wine which I took along to a family BBQ…the review was really more my mum’s doing because she drank the bottle (but in all fairness I had a glass and it meant I also got a lift home). 

    Talking of drinks and food, I wandered along to The Victoria’s inaugural Sunday Brunch which for Easter had a whisky-infused element to it.

    What’s coming up in May

    Frankly there’s a massive back log of posts that I need to write and if I start listing them here I’m going to cry.  But some of the ones I need to tell you about involve unleashing my inner tea fiend, drinking whisky in the top of the Rotunda, hip hop and burgers, eating ants and a few afternoon teas too.

    Events, News

    Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen competition

    GPFNK logoFancy winning a ticket to a live culinary experience with Glynn Purnell, just by taking a photo of your dinner?

    Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen will be taking place in October to help raise money for Cure Leukaemia.  Hosted by Gregg Wallace, Michelin-star chef Glynn will be preparing four courses on stage, helped out by celebrity guests, as they cook up a Friday night with a difference.  Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen is in its third year and with over 400 guests due to attend it’s sure to be a fantastic night.

    They’re offering you the chance to win a ticket to the event by sharing a photo of your Friday night dinner.  I’ve already checked and yes take-out from the local Chinese counts, as does those people with enough enthusiasm to cook on a Friday night.  All you need to do is snap a photo and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – and don’t forget to tag GPFNK (or Cure Leukaemia on Facebook and Instagram) and use the hashtag #FridayNightFoodie.

    The competition runs until Friday 26th June, so that’s 11 chances to take part (if my maths is right).  The top three entries from each month will go into the final, with Glynn choosing the overall winner.  Only photos sent in on Fridays will count, so make sure you hit publish before midnight.  Good luck!

     Of course you could buy yourself a ticket (or a whole table) to Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen which takes place on Friday 2nd of October at the Aston Villa ground.  Tickets start from £125 for standard and £150 for VIP seats. Contact to book.