Saturday, 10 June 2017

May in Food

Foodie photos from my phone camera. It was my birthday month so there was a lot of food!


Their buffalo sauce is decent but I always have to add more hot sauce! Tried the courgette fries but I don't think they travelled well. 


Brunch at Quarter Horse Coffee

My local coffee shop also have a splendid, simple brunch menu, featuring things like porridge, avocado smash and smoked salmon with cream cheese, which is what I chose. I also had some bottled iced tea which was refreshing and perfect with breakfast.


Rico Libre

On my birthday weekend, I finally made it to Digbeth's tapas restaurant Rico Libre. Down a back street in an unassuming building, Rico Libre are serving up some fantastic treats at reasonable prices, helped along by the fact that it's BYOB.

Terrible photos but delicious food.


King prawns and a roasted quail went down a treat.



Strada 

Another day of the birthday weekend, another feast. I went to Strada for lunch where I had their set menu. Mozzarella and rocket wrapped in prosciutto to start, followed by a goats cheese and spinach salad and finished with a nutty take on affogato. A bargain at £13.95 for the lot.




Birthday party

I invited a few friends over to celebrate my advanced years and ate plenty of cheese and popcorn as you can see. Needless to say, there were a fair few ciders imbibed also.


The Shakespeare 

Lunch with parents to celebrate my birthday and their wedding anniversary (they're 4 years and 1 day apart). It was a glorious hot day so we sat drinking G&Ts and eating pub grub in the beer garden of The Shakespeare on Summer Row.


Birthday booze

Apparently people know I like alcohol.


Loco Lounge 

On my birthday itself, I was working, but on the evening I headed to Kings Heath to see C Duncan play at The Hare and Hounds. Dinner was a hearty affair at Loco Lounge, just down the High Street. I chose Mac and Cheese with extra bacon. Why is it that Mac and Cheese always comes with garlic bread? I just don't need that much stodge in my life. Anyway it was a quite a treat.


Birmingham Independent Festival 

There's a full post about this coming soon, but for now, here's some of the cheese I purchased on the day from Cheval Blanc and Anderson and Hill. (not the Langres or Manchego).


Original Patty Men at Quarter Horse

I do love Original Patty Men but it can involve a queue so when they spent an evening making Cuban sandwiches at my local coffee shop, of course I had to go along.

I'd never quite 'got' the Cuban sandwich thing before, but this cheesy, oozy, meaty grilled sandwich of joy has won me round. Mexican beer completely necessary.


Kinome

More delicious Japanese food, this time popping up at Urban Coffee. The fish-based menu is beautiful, lots of little tasty bits cooked in ways I've never tried before.


My highlight was this bowl of miso soup with beautiful prawns and salmon roe. I don't usually care too much for miso soup, but this was filled with so much loveliness and there was plenty of rice to soak everything up.



Plus Hitachino Nest Beer of course.



Amantia

More tapas! This time at Amantia on Bennett's Hill, featuring giant G&Ts, asparagus and serrano ham, my favourite padron peppers and chilli prawns.



The Distillery

I was disappointed when the Fiddle and Bone on the canal closed, but I'm glad to see that The Distillery have done such a lovely job of taking it over. It's been busy both times I've visited and they have a splendid gin selection and food menu. I popped along with Emily for a cocktail and snack and it was lovely to be sat out in the sun. I had my favourite cocktail, an Aviation, with some more delicious padron peppers!

Photo is from my instagram stories. You should follow me there.


Lidl

As I said on twitter, why can I not just go to Lidl for one thing? I popped in to buy some wine because I deserved it having finished my reports. I was going to get their £10 champagne but my eye was caught by Portuguese sparkling wine (Blanc de Blanc, £8.99) which is completely delicious- crisp but a little creamy, not too sweet. Apparently it's unusual to find this in the UK as the Portuguese wisely keep it to themselves.

While I was there, I picked up some treats from their Spanish week: peppers stuffed with fish and dates wrapped in bacon. A few days later I had a Spanish feast of these, mojo potatoes and chickpeas.


All photos by me on my phone.

Everything paid for myself or birthday presents! 

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