Friday, 3 July 2015

Review : Revolution

Revolution makes me think of being a student in Leicester. I went on a bar crawl at the start of my second year and we were promised a SHOT at each bar. Naturally this meant a bit of VK Lemon in a shot glass at most bars. Until we got to Revolution where we could pick any shot we liked from their enormous list of vodkas. I went for Glacier Mint and I clearly remember it being the only shot all night that had tasted of anything.So I've always had fond feeling towards Revs.

I've been to the one in Birmingham a couple of times before and I've even eaten lunch there too, when I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. So I was pleased to be invited along to try their revamped menu, inspired by American Streetfood.

Edd and I went along at the start of this month, as a back to work treat after half term.

We had a couple of drinks while pondering the menu. Both of the drinks we chose were new to the menu.

Dutch Iced Tea

Edd went for Dutch Iced Tea- Ketel One Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Teapigs Super Fruit Tea, Blue Curacao and lemonade. We loved the cute touch of the teabag and the refreshing twist on a Long Island Iced tea. This is one of those dangerous cocktails that tastes quite light and pleasant but actually has quite a lot of alcohol in it! Edd found he had to give the teabag quite a stir to get the fruit flavour.

Candy Apple Cosmo

I had a Candy Apple Cosmo- Ketel One Vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and apple juice, served with candy floss! This was sweet and refreshing but my favourite part was definitely the candy floss!

Street Food Crate Revolution

For our starter we chose to share one of the new crates. We went for the Street Food Crate. It contained pulled beef sliders, chips, buttermilk fried chicken, dough dogs, BBQ crackling puffs and sauces.

Street Food Crate Revolution

Well this went down a treat! It was such fun to eat and I would definitely pick this again. The chips were big and fluffy with a crispy outside, the chicken was moist with a tasty coating, the beef sliders had the most beautiful, succulent meat and the dough dogs were just pure fun. I loved the dips and the crackling too. Edd and I had a great time picking our way through the various items. This would make a great bite to eat with a cocktail before popping to the cinema.

Then it was cocktails round two while waiting for our mains.

Negroni Revolution

Edd's second drink was the classic Negroni- gin, aperol, rosso and bitters plus orange peel. I'm a big fan of a Negroni as I love gin and aperol. This one was a little sweeter and easier to drink than most but still had a good alcohol kick. A drink for grown ups.

Summer Juelp Revolution

Summer Julep- Whiskey, mint, binters and strawberries. Again, a little sweeter than your usual Julep due to the strawberries, but definitely a grown up drink. In a cute tin- I'm a sucker for things like that.

Hotdog Revolution

Edd had a Dirty Dog hotdog. This was served with pulled pork and BBQ fried onions. Edd was a fan of the crispy onions and the bun.

Prawn and chorizo flatbread Revolution

King Prawn and Chorizo Flatbread. I'd gone for this because I thought it might be light after the sharer crate. Hahaha. The flat bread was stacked with salad, prawns and chorizo in a gorgeous sweet chilli dressing. I'm ashamed to say I couldn't finish all the bread and had to resort to eating the topping as a salad, which was actually very nice.

My only niggle was that I would not call those King Prawns. Prince Prawns?

Cheesecake Revolution

My pudding was a New York cheesecake. You know what to expect with this and I was pleased to see flecks of vanilla seeds.

Chocolate brownie Revolution

Edd had a chocolate brownie, which was rich and gooey just as a brownie should be.

The highlight was the Sharer Crate and I highly recommend that you go and have one of these with a Negroni or two!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Foodie News: Events and Birmingham bits and bobs

Nomad extends residency at Kitchen Garden Cafe

Read my review of Nomad at Kitchen Garden Cafe 

The marvellous, inventive Nomad has extended its residency at Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath. You can try the Long or Short menus of local, foraged and interesting foods. You've probably seen the fuss around their #NoRules evenings and it sounds like they've got even more tricks up their sleeves. You have until the end of August to try the food at Kitchen Garden Cafe, at which point they will be moving into Birmingham city centre. Book up until the end of August here:

The Botanist Quiz Night


Sunday saw the launch of The Botanist's quiz night. It will be held every other month and will be unlike any quiz I've taken part in before. With rounds such as hula hooping, cocktail ingredient guessing and sculpture making, this is bound to be a fun way to spend an evening. I'm gutted I missed the first one so I will definitely be along for the next round. Keep an eye on their twitter for more info. @botanistbham

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend 2015

I did a couple of blog posts for Birmingham Cocktail Weekend at the start of the year so I have been waiting MONTHS for this! I'll be picking up my wristband from Island Bar on Friday 10th July and using it to get discounts on cocktails across the city. I'm at Moseley Jazz festival on the Saturday but I plan to get out there on the Sunday again.
There are 23 venues involved, including Gas Street Social, Chung Ying Central, The Cosy Club and Aluna. Plus venues you might not usually think of such as one of my favourite coffee shops Quarter Horse Coffee. To see the full list and buy your £6 wristband check out their website here

Birmingham Independent's Day

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Organised by Dave from Brum Hour and my very own semi-professional plus one Edd, next Saturday is your chance to celebrate the great independent venues in Birmingham. It is of course July 4th which is Independence Day in America. We will be heading around some of these excellent venues and you can see our schedule here. Please feel free to sign up and come along.

If not, why not make your own Independent's Day and share on twitter using the hashtag #BrumIndependentsDay on July 4th.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Event: Foodies Festival

You may have noticed pictures of foodies around the country enjoying food, drink and sunshine on your Instagram and Twitter feeds over the last month or so. Foodies Festival has been travelling the UK since the start of May, bringing a fun day out to various cities around the country.

I went along to the Birmingham event which was held at Canon Hill Park in May. It was the first time they had visited Birmingham so there was lots of excitement to see what it would be like.

Foodies Festival took up a large area of Canon Hill Park, with a demonstration tent, drinks stands, food stalls and a retail area where you could buy anything from chocolate to sausages.

Edd and I were a bit over whelmed by all the food options and didn't want to just limit ourselves to one thing. For a snack to start we went for the craziest chip I had ever seen. They fry these spiral potatoes with your choice of seasoning. We went for lemon and chilli. It was really moreish and fun to eat. People kept stopping us to ask where they could get one!

Obligatory Pimms in hand too!

We had a wander round all the different stalls. The prosecco stand was very popular with us especially when we spotted that they do Aperol Spritz! (Drink of the summer you know).

I also had a chat with a lovely fellow from Riverford and signed up for one of their meal boxes. I'll be doing a blog post on that soon.

For my next bit of food I had to go for an Anderson's burger. Anderson's is an amazing steak restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter and they have just branched out into doing burgers. They launched 'Hamburgers by Anderson's' at the Foodies Festival and you can now get them on Deliveroo.

Which you absolutely should by the way. They are excellent. Dripping with cheese, sauce and meat juices but held together by the Brioche bun. A welcome addition to the Birmingham burger scene!

Of course there was time for a G&T.

Before more food! I'd spotted the Flamin' Rooster stall and knew I had to have their wings cooked on a BBQ over coals. The lamb meal looked sensational but the wings were excellent. I could just eat them again now.

A Mojito from a pirate ship and a sit down on the grass in the sunshine.

There was just time to have a caramel ice cream, created before my eyes at the Whipsmith stand.

I had such an amazing day at the Foodies Festival and I am desperate for them to come back to Birmingham next year!

Foodies Festival will continue touring the country with different local chefs and producers at each one. Their next stop is Alexandra Palace next weekend. Have a look at their website to see if there will be one near you.

Similar post: BBC Good Food Show