Colmore Food Festival


Anyone who knows me know how much I love my food and that’s why this weekend I was excited to go to the Colmore Food Festival in Victoria Square. The festival was a chance for the public to sample the culinary delights the Colmore District has to offer, and it didn’t disappoint.


The first thing I tried was the hot dog from the soon to open Nosh and Quaff  which went down a treat. For £3 I got a gourmet Frankfurter, oak smoked and seasoned with paprika, nutmeg and black pepper, served with pickles, mustard and caramelised onions. (Source:http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/8-treats-try-colmore-food-9565961)

Thank god I was given a napkin because things got pretty messy! I’m definitely going to be checking out Nosh and Quaff when it opens if the rest of their food is like this.

 Next up I tried the salted caramel profiteroles which was amazing (I can’t for the life of me remember where from, silly me),  I love salted caramel and these had just the right amount of flavor so that they weren’t too sickly.

From the Edwardian Tearooms I tried their afternoon tea taster box which for £3 was well worth the money – it included cheese sandwiches on a citrus flavored bread, and ham and salsa on green bread ( I don’t think this was flavored but I could be wrong). The box also contained 3 little cakes, red velvet, apple and cinnamon and a little scone. I even got a cup of tea, which would probably cost about £3 if you were to buy it in a cafe.

As well as food there was also a selection of cocktails being showcased. From Bar Opus I tried the Picnic Gin which had watermelon juice in which was really revealing in the heat. I also tried the English Garden cocktail from Gingers bar which had a zesty lime flavour to it, perfect for a summers day. 

As a foodie I really enjoyed the Colmore Food Festival, it was great to experience what the restaurants and cafes of Colmore Row have to offer as it’s not an area i tend to visit often. I’ll definitely be visiting Nosh and Quaff when it opens and also the Edwardian Tea Rooms at Birmingham Museum and  Art Gallery – I even got a 15% off voucher for their afternoon tea so I’ll definitely be using that! 

This Saturday I’m going to another food festival (told you I loved food), at Shugborough Hall with my parents which I’ll be posting about next week 🙂

5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week – 22nd May 2015 

1. I Have A New Job 

As of Tuesday I will be starting my new job as a Marketing Executive, although I’m sad to be leaving my old job as I got along so well with all of my colleagues but it’s onwards and upwards from here!

My new job gives me a lot more added responsibility which is obviously essential to progression in my career. And although it’s not all about money, I’ve also got a cheeky pay rise which is a nice added bonus. As a person I hate standing still both personally and professionally, so this opportunity is one I couldn’t turn down.


2. Paul McCartney

So tomorrow I’m going to London to see the musical legend that is Paul McCartney for the 7th (yes you read that right), time. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a huuuuge Beatles fan and I’m beyond excited! The last time I saw Paul perform was at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2012, which was his last UK concert. Since his album NEW came out in 2013 Paul has left his UK fans waiting with baited breath as he went across the world with his ‘Out There’ tour and now it’s finally coming to the UK. With Paul now aged 72 I feel like this is probably the last time I’m going to get to see him live so I’m definitely going to make the most of it!

3. Friends 

Yesterday I got to see my friend Kari who I haven’t seen for nearly a month. I know its not that long especially since I haven’t seen three of my best friends since August last year due to them being on the other side of the world, (SIGH, why did I choose to stay here again?), but it was really nice to catch up over dinner and cocktails, it’s suprising how much can happen in 3 weeks. We couldn’t decide what to have for dessert so OBVIOUSLY we had to pick both and have half each because why the hell not ay, who needs a summer body anyway..

4. My Week Off 

So in the interim of leaving my old job and starting my new position I’ve been working from home this week and it’s been a welcome week of relaxation if I’m honest. This weeks given me the opportunity to actually tick off some of the things on my ever growing to do list. Most importantly its given me time to recharge the old batteries and have a bit of ‘me time’ which is always nice. Oh and I’ve maybe, just maybe developed a little addiction to Mad Men..


5. My Blog  

As you can probably tell I’ve majorly neglected my blog this past year, its always been at the back of mind and I knew I would get back on it at one point which is why I renewed my domain name back in December, but having so much spare time on my hands this week I decided enough was enough and that I need to get back out there. Not only that but I’ve started reading a lot more blogs recently and some of the content out there is fantastic and it sort of makes me want to up my writing game a bit yano? Obviously I’ve got a long way to go as this is only my second ‘new’ post but I’m looking forward to hopefully building my blog up and strengthening those writing skills of mine.

Hope you all had a great week, bye for now!

Cosy Club Birmingham Opening Party

Cosy Club Birmingham

So last Thursday I had the pleasure of going to the opening party of the newest bar in Birmingham, The Cosy Club. Located in the old Midlands Bank building on Bennets Hill, it a stones throw away from New St and Colmore Row making it a perfect location for after work drinks.

The building itself is very impressive with its high ceilings and art deco interior, which combined with the staffs 1920’s inspired uniforms give this bar a certain vintage retro feel to it.


As part of the opening party we were served a selection of tapas dishes. We had the mini cumberland sausages with wholegrain mustard and cider sauce, crispy potatoes with pesto mayo, mushroom rarebit and smoked paprika pulled chicken and chorizo with new potatoes accompanied with ciabatta to soak up all the tasty sauces. The food was a great combination of flavours and I would defintelty recommended if you fancied a light lunch or snacks with a few drinks. Cosy Club also offers larger meals such as pork belly, fish and chips and steak so there’s something for everyone!

Although I stuck to my usual drinks of white wine and prosecco, Cosy Club offers a range of cocktails which looked great and I’m sure I’ll be sampling a few on my next visit!

 

We even got a little goody bag when we left filled which included the lovely mug in the picture below 🙂
I think the Cosy Club is a welcome addition to the Birmingham bar scene and will prove popular whether its for a well earned break from shopping, a drink after work or on a busy Saturday night.