No, February is not quite over but I am making the most of the time I have available! I was back at school today after half term but haven't got any marking (hooray). Also- if you don't like meat, look away now!
Here is one of my favorite new places in Birmingham-Loki. It is a wine shop with a difference! Not only can you try lots of different wines using a super special machine, you can also take your glass and sit in the seating area upstairs with a meat or cheese board. You simply put money on a card like a gift voucher, slot the card into the machine and select the wine you want in a choice of sizes. Taster glasses start from about 80p so it's an accessible and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.
Edd and I like having lunch at Bacchus, which is near the new New Street Entrance. It is really just a pub but it happens to be located in an old wine cellar! Hence the name, Bacchus, who was the Roman (?) God of wine I believe! Or maybe Greek? Anyway it is a lovely quirky place and the food is a slight cut above your usual pub grub.
Another new favourite haunt is Cherry Red's on John Bright Street. There are lots of places opening there at the moment- BrewDog is already open and there will be a Caribbean restaurant too. Cherry Red's started in King's Heath and now they are in Birmingham too! It is a charming, quirky place filled with antique furniture. They are a cafe-bar selling food and coffee by day and cranking up the music at night! I have yet to visit at night but I hear it's great. The breakfasts are gorgeous.
Edd and I don't take Valentine's Day too seriously but we do like to make the most of food offers! This year we had the Waitress dine in for £20 and it was amazing. We had cheese soufle to start, then stuffed duck breast with new potatoes and veg, then a cherry and white chocolate mousse to finish. Plus chocolates and a bottle of cava! What a fantastic deal.
Finally, here are some cupcakes I made yesterday- toffee popcorn flavor! I won't give you the recipe as it is from the charity MacMillan's recipe book. You can buy it here for £4 and I can tell you that all the recipes are sensational! Plus you will be donating to a good cause, so what's not to like! So I leave you feeling hungry as I am off to cook a quick curry for tea- yum!