Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Event: Burger Battle Round 3

A couple of weeks ago, we were back at Spotlight for Burger Battle Round 3.

There were a couple of changes which I will talk about shortly but the basic premise stayed the same...two amazing burger vendors compete to take the Burger Battle crown!

At this event, the Drinks Bus turned up! We could get Ginger Grouse and Pistonhead larger there at a super bargain price of two for £5, plus there was seating upstairs too! The layout was slightly different this time, which allowed for more seating which we really appreciated.

Now onto the burgers...

Burger One. Le Bun (London)  Le Holy Fire.

This was one dreamy burger. I loved the onion ring, the creamy truffle mayo and the juicy ox cheek. A great start!

Burger Two. Fat Hippo (Nottingham) The Born Slippy

Once I tucked into this burger, I understood the name! The rib meat on top had the most beautiful sweet flavour, especially combined with the chilli jam. I ended up scooping lots of it from the box rather than having it all in one, but that just adds to the messy fun.

For some reason the Fat Hippo queue took much longer to get through. I didn't really mind as we were enjoying the atmosphere and our drinks.

It was nice to sit and enjoy our burgers and drinks and watch the DJ at work on top of the bus.

Plus Gavin Parsons, superstar magician, was there wowing the crowd with his card tricks.

Edd and I had a fantastic Sunday evening eating delicious burgers and soaking up the atmosphere.

Of course, this was a competition, so there's a public vote and a judges vote.

So who won?

Judge's vote: Le Bun

People's vote: Fat Hippo

Interested in attending the next event?

UK Burger Battle- Carnivores Carnival
Sunday 21st June 4pm-onwards
£20 early bird tickets (discount with an Independent Birmingham card)

You definitely need to be at this one as the Burger legends Original Patty Men are going to be competing!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Review: The Dark Horse, Moseley with Independent Birmingham

Today's song: The Coasters- Down in Mexico

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win one of Independent Birmingham's Twitter competitions.

Independent Birmingham promotes local independent businesses and also has a membership card which gets you discount at many of these businesses.
One of these businesses is The Dark Horse in Moseley, and that is where I headed to get my prize!

The Dark Horse is a bar and restaurant with its own pizza oven. They have a variety of pizzas, burgers and smoked meat dishes.

My prize was this amazing platter...

The Dark Horse Smokehouse Platter serves four and contains all of their smoked items plus beans, fries, nachos and dips!

The smoked items are:

* Pork ribs
*Beef rib
*Turkey Breast
*Chicken wings in Carolina Red sauce

We all loved the brisket- that was probably the favourite around the table. It was tender and juicy. I loved the chicken wings too- well cooked with a tasty smoky flavour, but not too hot! The beef rib was a surprise hit for me too, with huge chunks of meat that fell off the bone. The ribs were satisfying and had the smokiest taste to me. The turkey was nice but probably the weakest item on the plate.

The platter serves four and is usually £49.  It seems like a lot of food on the plate but we all had plenty without being stuffed.

In fact we had room for dessert...

I went for a vanilla, chocolate, pear and waffle concoction, purely because it was called Belle Helene! The pears went perfectly with the creamy ice cream and melted chocolate.

Edd had the Denmark Delux which came with white chocolate chips instead of pear.

The venue also kindly provided us with free tickets to the band upstairs. It was 'Tarantino vs Scorcese' night and the band were playing songs from both directors' films. It was great fun- we did a lot of dancing!

Even without the bottle of wine and meat platter, we had an amazing night. I'll definitely be revisiting Dark Horse, trying out their tasty looking pizzas or burgers then heading upstairs for more dancing.

 Photos are awful due to being from a variety of phones- you get the picture!

Thanks so much to The Dark Horse and Independent Birmingham for my meal.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Foodies Festival Birmingham

What are you doing this weekend?

I think the majority of foodies will be heading to Canon Hill Park for Birmingham's first Foodies Festival!

From 15th-17th May, Canon Hill Park will be taken over by chef demonstrations, street food, local producers and more.

Chefs include 2014 Masterchef winner Ping Coombes, Glynn Purnell, Aktar Islam, plus chefs from Simpsons, The Warehouse Cafe, Jujus Cafe, Chung Ying and many more!

I'm most looking forward to trying food from the Street Food Avenue and seeing what local faces pop up!

Check out the website or on their twitter @foodiesfestival 

Hope to see lots of local foodies this weekend.


Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 0844 995 1111
Friday adult day ticket £10.00 (£8.00 concession)Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)3-day adult ticket £20.00 (£16.00 concession)
Friday VIP ticket £35.00Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide. All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.