I haven't done a Month in Food post in some time which is ridiculous, because I get through lots of food in a month believe it or not. My Month in Food images are usually phone photos and may have turned up on instagram or Yelp at some point.
I went along to Meating, a new-ish restaurant in the Arcadian. Believe it or not, there is a focus on meat- steaks and burgers and so on. The first time I went I wasn't over-whelmed by my grilled chicken. This time I was with a group of Yelpers and we had one of their specials- a PB&J burger. The strawberry balsamic reduction was lovely, the peanut butter worked surprisingly well and the burger was juicy. The chips were fab too.
Breakfast at Cafe Opus
We had friends staying last week and headed to Cafe Opus for breakfast. It's one of my favourite places to spend a sunny morning and they make my favourite Eggs Royale. Salmon and perfectly poached egg on thick bread, topped with just the right amount of hollandaise. If you like your eggs swimming in sauce maybe this isn't for you. Don't forget to use your Birmingham Independent card for 241 breakfasts Tuesday-Friday.
Original Patty Men
What a great way to spend my first evening of the Easter holidays- eating a doughnut burger at Original Patty Men. It was all my dreams come true and not as sickly as you would expect. A beautiful, aptly named German beer hit the spot too.
Read my full review of Original Patty Men.
Another Yelp event found us at Bella Italia. We were all quite surprised as usually Yelp events are at small or independent venues. However, it turned out Bella Italia wanted to show off some of their new dishes and Italian produce. While I didn't love the pizzas (too thick for my taste) I was pleasantly surprised by some other items on the menu. The Italian meat boards were lovely and the Bolognese with spiralised veg was ingenious. I'm not really a pasta fan as I find it too heavy, so having the veg was fantastic, and much healthier too.
Though I did stuff my face with cheese and ice cream too so I'm clearly not too concerned about health.
La Plancha, Moseley
I went for tapas for my friend's birthday and it turned out I was the only person who had ever had tapas. So naturally we had to share quite a lot. I insisted on Manchego because it's my favourite cheese. A splendid evening and very fun to introduce my friends to tapas! I also had a top notch Whiskey Sour.
I wanted to talk about the amazing chicken wings at Nosh and Quaff and tacos from Smoqued at Digbeth Dining Club but the photos were too bad. So you'll just have to imagine.
Glynn Purnell's Friday Night Kitchen
Glynn Purnell is hosting another Friday night to remember to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. The event will take place on 7th October at Villa Park, with live cookery demonstrations, celebrity guests and a four course meal. Tickets are £135 with all proceeds going to charity.
As wonderful as it will be, I don't have £135 lying around. If you don't either, don't fear, there's a way of getting involved, the chance to win tickets and to raise awareness of the charity event all at the same time. Every Friday, tweet a picture of your dinner to @GPFNK using the hashtag #FridayNightFoodie
I took part last year and it was really fun seeing what everyone was making for their tea. You don't have to do it every week- obviously you might be out one evening or have a quick pizza.
This year, there will be a theme for each week. This week's is 'your signature dish'. Check twitter each Monday for the next theme.