I had this vision that I was going to look absolutely banging in my bikini by the time my March getaway with friends came around.
I’d frolic by the pool of our all inclusive somewhere in the Canary Islands, looking toned and fabulous, probably attached to a vodka drip and a bag of jambon Ruffles. As it stands, largely thanks to how much I like eating things that do very little to actually create such an aesthetic, most of that dream will remain as such. Except the booze umbilical cord, that’s totally happening.
In this roundup of recent food and drink, I’ll be showing you some of the reasons I’m going to look like a Moomin in Gran Canaria in a few weeks. You’re welcome..
Laghi’s Deli, Edgbaston
We spent Valentine’s Day eating all the goodies at this lovely Italian restaurant just off Five Ways. I love my husband for many reasons, but mainly because he doesn’t bat an eyelid when I say I want both pasta and pizza at the same time. This spaghetti with mussels, tomato and garlic hit the spot.
Medicine Bakery, New Street
I had a very enjoyable fat Friday via Medicine’s cronut selection. Everyone raves about this hidden gem because it’s genuinely ruddy brilliant. This champagne, rose and chocolate cronut was calorie free and delicious. One of those things is a lie..
Indian Streatery, Bennett’s Hill
Occasionally people ask me where to go for a speedy but satisfying lunch that doesn’t cost the earth. The answer lies in the hot pot at this Indian street food restaurant. The butter chicken pot costs under £6, and is not only tasty but absolutely great value. There’s some lovely veggie options too.
Canalside, Gas Street
After a long Sunday walk I took Ian for a pint at this lovely little spot opposite The Canal House. It’s a bit quirky, not to mention tiny inside, but there’s some decent cask ales and bitters plus a real fire to warm your dangly bits.
Juju’s Cafe, Canal Square
Despite appearances of late, I’m genuinely not on a quest to try every roast dinner in Birmingham. Although if I was I’d probably put this absolute beast from Juju’s on my list. The pork belly was fantastic and the portions are nothing short of ridiculous. Make sure you book – they usually run out before 3pm.
Urban Emporium, Church Street
I spent a lot of the week running about like a lunatic for work, so a few stops at Urban on Church Street kept me caffeinated. I really like the plant milk alternatives offered here, and it’s also good if you like thick slabs of toast dripping in butter. There’s another one of these up in JQ if you fancy trying it.
Bonehead, John Bright Street
My husband loves Bonehead. Like he really, really loves it. Before heading to the theatre we popped in for a quick bite to eat and a (several) beer. I had the original crispy strips combo with blue cheese sauce because I’ll put cheese on literally anything.
Disclosure: All food and drink included was paid for by me with my fun coupons. Words, photos and pale wobbly bits are mine.