After starting this blog only a few months ago I started to look out for new food experiences locally and only 30 minutes up the motorway … I was so excited to find the Digbeth Dining Club, Street food held in an industrial unit underneath a railway arch in Birmingham.
The Digbeth Dining Club aim is to bring street food to the Birmingham area. Each Friday, several stalls showcase the best of local and invited street food vendors. The Friday I went, Canoodle, Esmie’s, Fat Duck Spuds, Platinum Pancakes, Spectacular Goat and The Bean Stall where all serving up their tasty delights.
You walk into the archway to find a music playing, people eating and chatting, it’s buzzing and the food smells devine. At first I found myself panicking, what food should I have? I had total food envy from all directions so I did what I knew best and hit the bar for a swift half to gather my thoughts!
The food is all about the taste and not too pricey, my nephew, Jordan (see Hungry Buddies) and I had 2 tasty courses for the total cost of £17. Ace times.
Food loves: After getting my food envy under control I dived straight into Esmie’s Salt Fish, rice and salad served in a tortilla basket (nice touch). It was fresh homemade and reminded me of my Dad and my Jamaican roots. It hit the spot! It tasted incredible!
Jordan Tucked into Fat Duck Spuds burger which seemed to keep him quiet for a little while and nodded in all the right places.
We finished it all off with pancakes from Platinum Pancakes. These where prepared in front of you with the two owners happily giving me suggestion on what fillings to have as I don’t have the sweetest of teeth. So I had banana, cinnamon and custard … Nice and tasty and a fab round up of our Digbeth Dinning Club experience.
Designs loves: When entering the railway arch I noticed to my left the cute vintage caravan that was serving wood fire pizza which looked amazing. I was amazed with the guys and gals working away in this tiny beautiful space. I loved the bunting the cute little curtains and chalk boards. It created great visual impact on entering the dinning club. Pizza next time for me!
The atmosphere brings back all my memories of my creative designer days in my old stomping ground of Camden Town where the variety of food was endless. I know where I’ll be going on a Friday night from now on!
Where else is one to go on a Saturday afternoon with my oldest and dearest friend than for a delightful visit to the famous, Nook on the Square, Rugby.
The cafe was recently featured on primetime TV show – The Restaurant Man. Kate James and Alex Woodcock opened The Nook in January of this year, just a few months after filming the BBC Two programme . In the television show Russell Norman sees that the sisters have spotted a huge gap in the market in the quiet little village of Dunchurch.
Katie decided to turn the downstairs of her house into a cafe after seeing a gap in the market. The Nook serves a simple menu which features a variety of breakfasts including a hearty vegetarian, for lunch -there are homemade specials, seasonal soup and a cream tea served after 12pm.
After watching the programme I spent weeks dreaming about the famous square quiche (I really do have a thing about quiche am wondering if its my age!), it lived upto everything I had dreamed about it was out of this world and all homemade that morning! I went for the smoked salmon and asparagus quiche and my friend the goats cheese option – I definitely picked the winner!
The Nook has a strong square logo and is reflected subtly throughout everything even down to the food – the square quiches and the square scones.
The cafe itself could be the perfect set for a 1940′s movie. The Nook ticks every vintage box with the mix and match of furniture, chandelers, white washed walls, tea sets on marble fire places and quirky touches that make you feel at home yet still in a modern vintage tea room. The atmosphere is lovely it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with an old friend, the food is great and the service is friendly.
Now all I need to do is find out how to make those quiches am totally hooked!
Visit: The Square, Dunchurch, Rugby Warwickshire CV22 6NG
Every year, over 300 million tons of misshapen fruits and vegetables are thrown out because supermarkets can’t sell them. But what if they could be sold at a cheaper price?
Now that’s a winning idea…
Intermarché launched the Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables, a film, print, poster and radio campaign raising awareness about food waste by offering customers these reject fruits at a lower price to stop them from being wasted.
They launched the campaign Ugly Fruits and Vegetables and bought the fruit and vegetables from suppliers, put them on the shelves, and sold them for 30 percent less than the regular price of the more attractive produce. They then let the customer decide if they wanted the low-priced products or not.
On my way to Hampton Court the other day I stumbled on this beauty. The ‘Rock N Sole’ fish and chip shop and it really made me giggle… so much so I had to stop the car on a busy road and take some pictures.
The name ‘Rock N Sole’ and idea of the Elvis style fish its a stoke of creative genius. Its a shame the design couldn’t have been pushed harder to make something truely amazing.
The idea did rock my sole but the design left me wishing for a little more!
I didn’t get chance to eat there as it was closed! Maybe next time ‘Rock N Sole’… Keep Rocking!
I had 30 minutes to kill after doing some speed shopping and I was in need of a relaxing coffee so I popped into a little independent cafe today in Rugby, Delish.
It’s never really been on my radar but was pleasantly surprised. They served a great range of homemade food such as quiches, fish cakes, hearty salads and a fab cake selection, you can even purchase homemade breads to take away.
The design of the interiors, layout and atmoshpere was what stood out for me. It was nice and chilled yet with modern twists and a place I could spend an Saturday afternoon reading a book or writing this blog!
But what I got really excited about, sad but true, was the use
of the syrup tins for sugar pots …cute!
I will go back and try out their dishes so watch this space. Oh and I nearly forgot, the coffee was Delish.
Contact details: 11a Bank St, Rugby CV21 2QE
There website seems to be down at the mo so keep trying: www.de-lish.co
I can’t actually work out wether this is a stroke of genius or time for a rebrand. Dirty Bird food company are now defending its controversial new logo after customers complained about its phallic design.
The food company has also produced saucy giant posters telling customers to “Touch My Thigh” and “Touch My Breast”.
My only initial concern was children’s thoughts but to honest I think all the cleaver innuendoes will go straight above there heads and Dirty Birds actual food is getting really good comments. A review tweeted by Michelin star chef Stephen Terry who obviously supports there food called it ‘top notch tucker’.
Dirty Bird told Metro.co.uk: ‘The identity is based on the lowercase initials ‘d’ and ‘b’ of Dirty Bird. The loops forming the wings, then linked together at the top to form the shape of a rooster. To some, it could look phallic, but that wasn’t the intention when we started the design process.’
Visit logo designer Mark James’ website to see his other works of art.
So I say well done Mark James, good luck Dirty Bird and enjoy the PR circus, they say there is no bad press!
Keep cock-a-doodle-doing!!! (sorry just couldn’t resist it)
Franks Hamburger House, Northampton is deserving of its of one of my first burger blog posts as it delivers a cracking veggie burger experience (meat and fish options available).
The home made falafel burger was served in a fresh Ciabatta bun with salad and I added the toppings mushrooms and grilled halloumi – delicious. They’ve got bottomless (yes, bottomless I hear you say) salted fries as well – but its unlikely you’ll order more as the burger is huge and you’re not left hungry!
Franks Hamburger House, opened in 2012 and have a sister restaurant Franks Steakhouse House and I think they’ve nailed it with their restaurant concepts; they are chilled, modern and serve great fresh food with a good atmosphere.