30 days have raced by… A run down of September
Somehow September has been and gone already, it’s been a bit of a blur to be honest and I’m suddenly sat here wondering what I’ve been doing with my time but here we go
Continuing the theme of ‘places we can walk to from our house’ we went for a much needed meal at Fiesta Del Asado Despite the original plan of ordering something quick we ended up ordering some Padron peppers as a snack and having the same thing we always have, a sharing dish of Bife de costilla, a 40oz steak of both fillet and sirloin with a béarnaise and a Malbec sauce on the side. It takes 30-45 minutes to cook but it’s totally worth the wait.
We also made a visit to Laghi’s Deli for some authentic Italian fare, their menu seems brief but if you ask for the specials it opens up a whole host of options. I went with my all time favourite pasta dish linguine vongole.
Good but not as good as I remembered, I missed out on katsu night by a day and ended up there for wings and strips night. I have very happy memories of the fries from my last visit but they missed the mark this time. the Jamaican Jerk wings were however very tasty.
I’ve never been to Loki wine, for no real reason other than ‘I haven’t got round to it’ so with their new Edgbaston venue close by we finally went for a visit. With plenty of purchasing options (and a nice gin selection) it’s a good place to shop but we sat for a drink and got excited by what I keep describing to people as ‘wine vending machines’. There is plenty of space too so we sat and had a cheeseboard whilst sampling the different wines available. Good for a night out or just a lazy sunday.
Bravery! I went for dinner with a stranger! I still haven’t got the hang of this blogging thing so when the opportunity came up to have dinner with Alev of Bella and Robot I decided to go for it. The building is incredible and our server was possibly the nicest, most cheerful person I have ever met. There were some standout dishes but also a couple of minor niggles. As it’s so close to home, I’m going to give it another try- their afternoon tea sounds pretty good too.
An unplanned visit really but a top find! Probably the best chicken I’ve eaten in Birmingham and I’ve since discovered they do a wings deal too. The Jewellery Quarter is full of good places to eat and this is no exception. You can read the quick run down here
It’s not an event really, but this month we did a cooking class at Loaf Bakery and Cookign school in Stirchley. I keep hearing rumours that this is the next ‘go-to’ area in Birmingham so it will be interesting to see if that comes to fruition. Loaf is a social enterprise famous for long queues snaking down the street as eager customers wait to secure their daily loaf in advance of them opening each saturday morning. We did a Bread Basics class which was truly a revelation, it was given to us as a wedding gift and we had a great time. Read more and see what we made here
Another ‘sort of’ event, this looks like it will be a regular occurrence now. Based in a pub garden and featuring a mix of stall, food outlets and music including a double-decker bus of vintage clothing this is a really cool addition to what is already a great area to spend your time in. Full details here
This month has been all about settling in, we have got to grips with the new house and started getting organised. For a start, we now have a fridge freezer! We haven’t been as busy in the kitchen as we would be normally but we are slowly getting back to it. Night of fresh-baked bread with cheese and charcuterie are back as are the Thai curry’s that we keep on standby.
The main highlight of this month has been our first few guests coming over, we made our first proper dinner and pushed the boat out a bit and then followed it up with a lazy afternoon of cheese and wine later in the month.
A great addition to the house is a Raclette grill (with appropriate cheese) which was a housewarming gift from my parents. We have used it a few times already and it made a great ending to our first ‘dinner party’
Adventures! October sees us head to Barcelona for a long weekend of eating and sightseeing, Jordan has been before but it’s been unticked on my list for far too long. With a trip to Bilbao and San Sebastian already booked for next year I don’t expect we will wander too far. Dinner is booked at Disfrutar which was the highest new entry at 18 in the Top 50 this year. We also have a table at Viana which has good reviews and then will obviously set about finding some good Tapas and Pintxos
We have visitors coming from Australia so will be taking them on a culinary tour of our great city (also known as a trip around all the good pubs and breweries in the Jewellery Quarter)