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Tiki turns 10 – Island Bar hits a decade

Tiki turns 10 – Island Bar hits a decade

You can read about my visit to Island Bar here One of Birmingham’s first independent cocktail bars celebrates their 10th birthday in September, following a decade of providing customers with some of the freshest cocktails in town. Island Bar, situated on Smallbrook Queensway, first opened their […]

Ramen-heaven – Tonkotsu is coming to Selfridges Birmingham

Ramen-heaven – Tonkotsu is coming to Selfridges Birmingham

As you know, I’m always on the lookout for something a little different in Birmingham… Tonkotsu, one of London’s best-loved ramen bars, will open a restaurant in Selfridges in Birmingham’s Bullring on September 5th. Named after the pork bone commonly used as the base ingredient […]

Open House at Itihaas

Open House at Itihaas

Birmingham is well known for a curry, being the inventors of the Balti. There is a growing trend, however, for a more sophisticated curry, away from the usual experience, for those with a slightly less ‘rustic’ palate. In these restaurants, there is no short supply […]

Sunday Best at The Almanack Kenilworth

Sunday Best at The Almanack Kenilworth

A few weekends ago, Wifey and I swapped out Birmingham for somewhere a little different. Kenilworth is just over 20 miles drive or a train ride away from Birmingham. It’s a great destination for a day out with the renowned Kenilworth Castle and Stoneleigh Abbey […]

The Final Sin – Sloth at the Victoria

The Final Sin – Sloth at the Victoria

I know I said last time was the final sin but we managed to squeeze one more in of the tour of sins with Bitters ‘n’ Twisted, and hosted by the wonderful Vicky Osgood of Brumderland. Previous events can be read about here:    Greed  Wrath  Inferno Lust  Gluttony Envy Pride The Victoria […]

Choc-A-Block at Colmore Food Festival

Choc-A-Block at Colmore Food Festival

Has it really been a year since the last food festival? Time flies fast in the second city! The Colmore Food Festival is one of the highlights of Wifey and I’s year. Bringing the cream of the Colmore BID‘s bars, restaurants and cafes in a […]

Bonjour to Le Bistrot Pierre!

Bonjour to Le Bistrot Pierre!

Le Bistrot Pierre has been in place over a month. Nestling into the canalside between The Cube and Brindleyplace, it seems to have settled in nicely.   Wifey and I went to the launch at the backend of June (yes, I’m that far behind!). We […]

Spice and all things nice at Umami

Spice and all things nice at Umami

Where did July go? Firstly, apologies I’ve not blogged very much the past few weeks. Work life and the radio station have been busier than expected but we’re now back to regular service!   It’s hard to believe Umami has been open in Harborne for […]

Feeding Time at Foodies Festival

Feeding Time at Foodies Festival

For a change, there was some blue sky present this summer. It was a glorious sunny Sunday and for the third year in a row, Wifey and I escaped the city (just about) and headed to Cannon Hill Park. The main reason for our visit was […]

A Round of Art – Portraits Untold at BMAG

A Round of Art – Portraits Untold at BMAG

BMAG (Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery) is one of my favourite gems of the city.  An extraordinary place for art with some stunning pieces, and plenty to do for all the family. Next Saturday (16th July) will be a little extra special as the Portraits Untold […]