Tuesday, 12 June 2018

May 2018 Monthly Eatings

After a few computer problems, I'm back with my monthly eats. I've sampled lovely food from Birmingham and Bicester last month.

Chaophraya Birmingham 
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My Cookie Dough - Birmingham

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Gymmys Healthy Grill - Birmingham

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Le Pain QuotidienImage may contain: food

The Kings Head, Birmingham
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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Chaophraya Restaurant Review

Located in Saint Martins Square, Chaporhya restaurant is one of Birmingham's leading restaurants specialising in Thai cuisine. The two floor restaurant is fantastically located in the heart of the Bull ring and features outdoor seating. Inside, the decor is light, striking and there is a chefs cooking area where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal. The feel of the restaurant is light, airy and welcoming.

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Image from the bull ring 

The restaurant is ideal if you fancy a quick drink with friends or want to do business with colleagues as there are flexible spaces and a private room. Chaoporhya also offers Thai masterclasses if you want to become a culinary expert in Thai cook. The waiting  staff were attentive and helpful, they were able to offer recommendations and suggestions for the new menu.

Chaophraya has a brand new menu which is worth checking out. To start off with, I ordered the Grilled Pork Skewers £7.45, pork marinated with coconut milk, coriander, garlic, palm sugar, honey & oyster sauce. My friend  ordered the Thai Fish Cakes £7.95, spicy fish cakes blended with green beans, lime leaves and red curry with a sweet chilli sauce and crushed peanuts. Both starters were beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The pork was tender and the dipping sauce complimented it well. My friend said the fish cakes were crispy on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside.




For our main courses I ordered Prawn Pad Thai £11.95, the national dish of Thailand, restaurants own famous recipe of Thai rice noodles, stir-fried with egg, vegetables and tamarind sauce. The Prawn Pad Thai had a fiery kick to is and the prawns were succulent. I liked how the tamarind had a tangy flavour. The portion size looked deceptive small but I was pleasantly surprised at how filling the Pad Thai was.



My friend ordered the Royal Sous Vide Lamb Massaman Curry £14.95, Caramelised slow cooked lamb, with home-style massaman curry, coconut milk, carrots and potatoes topped with crispy shallots and cashew nuts. The steamed Jasmine Rice £3.45 was served separately.  My friend said that the curry had a good balance of flavours. 

A lovely dish of what I can only describe as Thai fried chicken, crispy chicken pieces marinated in Thai spices and deep fried was also served. I really enjoyed the crispy fried chicken and could of teen much more.



For desserts my friend and I shared the coconut milk pudding £7.45, A Creamy Rich Coconut Milk Pudding, Served with Sweet Coconut Milk and Toasted Coconut. We also ordered the Sticky Thai Rice £7.45, sweet sticky classic fragrant sweet mango, with sticky rice and warm coconut sauce. I'll be honest the milk pudding was not what I was expecting as it was very wobbly. I much preferred the sticky rice with mango.





Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest of Chaophraya.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Lost and Found Review

The Lost and Found is a stunning, botanical restaurant that was recently refurbished and reopened with a brand new menu and decor. Located in Bennets Street and Grand Central Station, in the heart of Birmingham, the restaurant sells an array of fabulous cocktails and British classics with a twist. The outside decor is deceptive from the outside. I did not realise how grand the restaurant would be inside. The waitress who served us was attentive and polite and could make a number of recommendations what to order from the cocktail and food menu. The inside interior is decadent with gorgeous chandeliers, sweeping stairways. Although the restaurant is large, it also has an upstairs seating area, it also had a cosy feel towards it. First things first, I couldn't visit without sampling a lovely cocktail starting with a penny for the cat (gin, prosecco,  lemon juice, almond syrup & cranberry juice) cocktail £8.95. My friend ordered Storm Bronte (Havana 3 yo rum, Havana club especial, passion fruit, lime juice and blood orange) £8.25.




For the starters I ordered Smoked Salmon, Gin & Tonic Pickled Cucumber, Lemon Cream Cheese and Malted Brown Bloomer £8.50. The starters portion was incredibly generous the salmon was complimented well with the lemon cream cheese. My friend ordered the crispy salami bruschetta with whipped ricotta and fennel £7. My friend shared that the salami was perfectly cured and the portion size also generous.



For our mains, I ordered Chicken Milanese with a sourdough crumb, caper & parsley butter with a fried egg £12. I also ordered a side dish  of £3.50 fried potatoes, garlic mayonnaise & rosemary and also a Caesar salad £3.50. The Chicken Milanese was crispy on the outside and tender within. Shaped in a heart shape, the presentation was innovative. Also, the Chicken Milanese was the largest chicken breast I have ever seen or ate in my life - it was gigantic.  I'm not sure the purpose of the egg, but the caper & parsley butter added a gorgeous flavour combination.  My friend also ordered Cured Fillet of Salmon £14 served with Caesar salad topped with anchovy croutons. A side of fried potatoes was also ordered. My friend said that the salmon was fresh and light and perfectly seared.






I have a sweet tooth, so for pudding, I ordered the Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with spiced toffee sauce and clotted cream £6. My friend ordered the  Millionaire's Shortbread £8 with dark chocolate, sticky  whisky caramel, honeycomb and a rich chocolate ice-cream. The sticky toffee pudding was rich and indulgent - exactly how a sticky toffee pudding should be. 


I would definitely visit here again, not only is this place great for cocktails but also the food is pretty amazing too.

Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of Lost and Found.
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Thursday, 12 April 2018

March 2018 Monthly Eatings

Another month feasting around the West Midlands. This month I sampled lovely a la carte food at Hoar Cross Hall , Staffordshire and posh nosh at Mytton and Mermaid in Shropshire to a good ol burger  in Brierly Hill I thoroughly enjoyed this months eatings.

Big Man's Food, Brierley Hill






Mytton and Mermaid, Shropshire


Hoar Cross Hall, Staffordshire







I'll be sharing a more detailed blog post on the newly refurbished Lost and Found restaurant. But or now, here is a sneaky preview of some of the delicious food that I ate.


My Lahore

Cosmos World Buffet - World Buffet



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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Barista School at 200 Degrees Review

A few weeks ago, I received an invite to check out the barista school at 200 degrees coffee shop in Birmingham with a couple of fellow bloggers. I love coffee, but I'm more of an instant coffee type of girl. Although I like to have the occasional cappuccino, latte and frappuchino at a coffee shop, I'm not one to visit coffee shops several times a week. As much as I love coffee, I know very little in the art of making a proper coffee using ground beans. So when I received the invite, I had to take the offer so I can go back to a classroom and learn all I need to know on how to make the perfect barista.

First thing is 200 Degrees is an independent coffee shop with a few shops across the Midlands. The shop that I visited was located on Colmore Row, in the heart of Birmingham. 200 Degrees have two floors, the first floor is where you can buy luscious coffee and lunch, on the ground floor is where they host the barsita class. The barista class is held once a month and is held in a light and airy room.


The knowledgeable teacher for the barista class was Alex who expertly taught myself and other keen bloggers the art of making barista. Also part of the class is learning all about the history of coffee, where in the world coffee is made, the process it goes through before it becomes much loved coffee beans and arrives in the UK. I found the information about the history of coffee informative, yet relaxed, knowledgeable and Alex expertly  answered all our many questions.

After our coffee lesson, we got to sample the coffee that is made on the professional coffee machines which cost a whopping £3,000. The bloggers first learnt all about the difference between a good and bad espresso. After we were taught about the importance of collaboration of water and crushing the coffee beans when making an espresso, I was given the opportunity to make my own espresso. Now, having never crushed my own coffee beans before, I initially struggled with using the coffee machine  I certainly didn't have the nack initially. However, once I realised how to do this, I was making several espressos - they were strong but good.

Following our successful go at making an espresso, we began to make lattes.



After we learnt how to make lattes, the group settled with a luscious light lunch. I must say the sandwiches and cakes were absolutely delicious.

Have I tempted you enough to treat yourself to a barista class? If so, check out 200 Degree Barista Schools website where you can book and learn how to be a master barista. 

Disclaimer: I was invited to check out the barista class from 200 Degrees. All opinions are my own. 

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