Good day, fellow food lovers. Today I have a quick round up post for you regarding how I spent my birthday week – or more specifically what I gobbled and guzzled during it.
If you follow my social channels you’ll have seen me oversharing much of the below, but I was asked a few questions during the week of my birth celebrations so I thought I’d pop a post up with some highlights.
Head of Steam*
I kicked off my birthday week with a beer tasting at Head of Steam. We were talked through 6 different beers, all but 1 available in cans at the Birmingham branch. The Schofferhofer (light, grapefruit flavoured wheat beer from Germany) was my favourite.
My husband is a legend. He proved this a few days before my birthday by surprising me with a meal at Harborne Kitchen – a restaurant I absolutely adore. We had the full 8 courses and left three hours later full and happy. I’ll get a proper post up about this meal soon.
It turns out I share my birthday week with my favourite wine bar, and as luck would have it the girls put on a party to celebrate its first year in business. I didn’t take any photos of my wine, so here’s A13’s top dawg, Abigail, modelling a booze sample with a phallic inflatable. Congratulations on your first year!
My mum and I booked a spa day for the day before my birth klaxon went off, taking ourselves for a slap up lunch at Bank beforehand. The sunny terrace was a lovely setting and the set menu remains a total bargain. This was the goats cheese and heritage beetroot salad we both had to start.
After opening my presents I took the long walk of 100m to my favourite cafe for breakfast. I smashed this massive fried breakfast and a spicy Bloody Mary to try and fix my wine hangover. They sang happy birthday to me and I got lots of hugs.
Once my friends arrived we headed into Edgbaston for a day of casual (hahahaha *sigh*) drinks. After a nibble at El Borracho de Oro we headed to this pub for cocktails in the garden. I didn’t take photos of the drinks, but I did roll around on the patio with a dog the size of a horse and had this photo taken with my boys.
By the time we hit this wine bar it was probably time to go home, but we stopped for a glass of fizz – as modelled by my friend Nicola who looks much more sober than me.
By the time Sunday came around I was a shell of my former self, but managed to drag myself to Digbeth Dining Club in search of restorative filth. I also smashed my phone to pieces because I chose to drop it over my food – commitment. Salvation finally came via a burger from Patty Freaks and this meaty stick from my favourite sausage slingers, Fat Snags. We then went to The Anchor for a pint, but I couldn’t face not wearing my pjs anymore and retreated home to be a slug on my sofa.
After the weekend I tried to restore balance to my life after overindulging via Damascena. The lunch deal is great value at £6.95 and includes a falafel wrap and fattoush salad.
Disclosure: I paid for everything in this post except the *beer tasting at Head of Steam, which was a media event. Words and photos are mine.