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 🙂

10 Random Facts About Me 

I thought with this post I’d tell you guys a few random facts about me. I’ve seen loads of other bloggers do this type of post so thought I’d give it a try 🙂 

  1. I’m an only child, and no I’m not spoiled or bratty. Well at least I hope not…
  2. I have over 30 first cousins as my Dad is 1 of 9
  3. I desperately want to visit New York and Paris and just America in general
  4. My mum is originally from Wales, making me half Welsh
  5. I’m addicted to coffee – Starbucks gold card holder and proud!
  6. My first pet was a hamster called Emma, named after Emma Bunton from the Spice Girls ( I was a cool child, I know)
  7. I studied joint honours Popular Music and Theatre Arts at the University of Derby
  8. I dont drive and have failed my test twice
  9. I LOVE mini pigs and hope to have my own one day which will either be called Piggy Smalls or Pork McCartney
  10. I’m a little bit obsessed, ok VERY obsessed with food. I’d be about 50 stone if I ate everything I wanted…

So there you have it 10 random facts about moi, the multi ‘cousined’ food obsesser who loves mini pigs! Until next time 🙂

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.

Busy Busy Busy!

I wasn’t too sure what to write about for this post which is probably why I’ve left it a few days later than I should..

Life at the moment is pretty hectic, if I’m not working I’m at my Internship and vice versa. Today was my first FULL day off in a while so I haven’t really got an excuse not to post today, even if it has took me all day. Like most people I’m brilliant at procrastinating, if I had taken a degree in procrastination I most definitely would have gotten a first (well, when I got around to it). But yeah life is pretty hectic right now, which makes the weeks just seem to whizz on by. If I let myself, I think I could quite easily get carried along with the monotony of life and end up forgetting what it is I’m actually trying to achieve. Which is for those that don’t know, a career within Music PR.

Obviously I have my Internship which I’m enjoying and really getting a lot out of, but like all Internships it won’t last forever.  I am the sort of person that always needs to be looking for ways to progress and move forward to keep me motivated. This week I’ve been looking at a lot of PR related jobs and have found some really interested Grad Schemes down in London that I’m definitely interested in. I also found out this week that I have secured another work experience placement with a large company down in London in the New Year, which I shall be writing about nearer the time. Hopefully all this work I’m putting in at the moment will eventually pay off when I land my dream job.

Everywhere seems to be getting really Christmassy now. People are already coming into work buying their Christmas presents and Starbucks and Costa have introduced their Christmas drinks this week. I had caramel hot chocolate from Starbucks today and it was definitely worth the 400 plus calories. Another thing I love about this time of year is the Birmingham German Market which opens on the 14th November. I go there every year and its such a cute place to get wrapped up warm and walk around. There’s so many different stalls and I always end up eating loads as there’s so many things on offer. Obviously no visit to the German Market is complete without a pint of German beer which I thoroughly recommend!

A few weeks ago I won a pair of tickets to see Jake Bugg at the HMV Institute which I’m taking my friend Vickey too this Sunday night. Doors open at 7 and I finish work at 5, so I’m literally going to have to go home get dressed and run back out again, but it’ll be a good night! I’ll try and take some good pictures and will post my review of the gig at some point early next week.

Thanks for reading and I promise my next post will be more interesting..

This week hasn’t provided me with the best writing material but I have a lot of ideas for future posts up my sleeve!

Before I go here’s some photos for your viewing pleasure 🙂

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My English breakfast treat on my day off..
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Out for my friend Laurens 22nd birthday this weekend 🙂
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    my calorific caramel hot chocolate

Thanks for reading 😀

Lauren x