The sun was shining, music pumping and the smell from the food was immense. By looking at the queues it felt like the whole of Birmingham had dropped by with us to visit the Spring Market at The Bond in Digbeth.
Digbeth pop-up street food market gathers together a small selection of the best street food traders from Birmingham and beyond. This is the place for foodies to catch such local food gurus as the Original Patty Men,Routemaster Bus Bar and The Bournville Waffle co. The Spring Market starts at midday and runs until 6pm. Entrance is £1.50 for adults and kids get in FREE. Dishes can range from £3 – £7.50.
The Spring Market is set by the canal and has a great street vibe which I am sure the sunshine helped. There is a good variety of food and drink, I loved it.
Food loves … The HungryToad got me excited by the food offering and the stall design, it was a little bit shabby with its hand drawn menu and corrigated walls but the sparkly signage won me over .. and I queued in a very long queue for these guys culinary delights. I opted for the chicken wings and the halloumi chips. Simple & delicious with a bit of sparkle!
Design loves It was pure eye candy looking at all the ideas people had come up with to create and support their brands and food ideas. I loved it here, not just for the food but for the draw of the creativity that surrounded me.
3 stalls from the Spring Market that got my design heart pumping:
1. The Gamekeeper Serving wraps, a shredded beef brisket and a veggie option of melted halloumi, the stall had a traditional country feel in true keeping of a Gamekeeper vision.
2. Original Patty Man Serving kick ass burgers with a kickass branding… I fell in love with this pop up, infact am sure part of me wanted to jump behing the counter and help out. There was just something electric about this little place and it followed through into there brand!
3. Smoqued Smoqued served the most beautiful, eye catching tacos I have ever seen from a bright yellow 1973 Citroen H Van. This little yellow machine just ozzed class and the food presentation was out of this world.
All of this was washed down with a gin … A little bit of Saturday design and food heaven, 2 hours well spent – I’d say.
The question maybe where has hungry caterpillar been? Its all been a bit quiet on the blogging front but have no fear I am back and been sourcing loads of delicious info on my travels… I’ve been on Deal or no Deal in the dream factory in Bristol and have just grace the screen of Channel 4 for the last month.
Now if you’d have asked me a year ago would I appear on my Dads favourite (not even mine) TV programme with an opportunity to win £250,000 by just opening red boxes … I’d have told you to jog on!
But the strangest things happen to you in this world and due to a Facebook post and too much yellowtail red wine … I found myself applying to the be apart of the dream factory at Deal Or No Deal on Channel 4.
A year went by and with slight memory loss (am not going to lie) I’d actually forgot I had applied when I received a phone call from Dan from Deal Or No Deal to ask me about my application form. Shocked, slightly excited and wondering if it was a joke … was my initial response.
But in full Myers style I went with it and got through the telephone interview and was asked if I wanted to pop to Bristol for the auditions and Dan popped my info to me via email along with my bronze ticket … and this is where it all began, TOTAL PANIC especially in when I read you had to get the silver ticket as part of your audition ….. (I have never been good at tests or being competitive… Driven maybe!!!) but I told myself to just go with it and that’s exactly what I did ….
Audition day came … I’d researched the show – watched a few programmes and off I set to Bristol with my good old friend Vicki (chosen carefully from my friend to keep me calm and just have a laugh) … We arrived.
I must admit I was scared that I’d fail and not bring home to my friends that silver ticket and surround this experience with sadness but to my surprise I got one!!! (my friends sad they never doubted it and I love them for that). I can’t tell you all the details of the day as we sign contracts along the way to not let us reveal specific details about the show …. but after a long day and please when you watch the show give these people credit as its a tough audition … I was shaking in my size 5 boots at times ! But at the end of the day when I got back to Vikki I knew i had done my best and secretly was aching to get that gold ticket as it just seemed like too much fun to miss out on!
They had said at my audition it could take up to 2 years to hear back so not to really think too much about it…
The phone rang from an unknown number and it wasn’t a PPI claim …. But by GOSH 10 days later and I have received my gold ticket… Whooooooo!!!
I’ve got to admit from a girl who use to suffer from panic attack this ways taking me way out my comfort zone but sod it you have got to go with it …
I arrived in Bristol with a car full of clothes and nervous/excitement feeling… but my nerves soon went when I met everyone. Everyone was beyond friendly and I felt part of the group from the of set and everything you see on the TV is true these people are electric and uber friendly.
My first game came and boy was I nervous but you just get into the swing of things and hope people do well.
My time there went quickly doing 24 show … you see people come and go and it all happens really quickly. You see games that change people lives in a good way and some in a sad way. It really is a dream factory but a game of luck that can also be truly cruel…
Everything is done by random and you dont know when your game is… My day came and luckily my friends had turned up. I don’t think I could have done it with out them. I was so scared!
I was stood there getting mic’d up stood on an X, meeting Noel and I did think to myself how the bloody hell did I get here and can I run …
My actual game flew by I must admit it didn’t go exactly to plan I hit the £250,000 in my first box and it went down hill from there… after several offers and digging my heals in. The Banker offered me £13,000 that was the best offer I had had and in my eyes time to get the hell out off there! There was a Deal or No Deal twist where the Banker offer for me to give him my money back and go for what was in my box which was £50,000 (I found out in the end) or a 1p …
I stuck with my £13,000 and I am very happy with that it will give me time off to spend on this blog and drive my design business forward Creative Caterpillar.
What an experience …. only 2,700 people have ever played the game to date and I have met some fab friends… and feel like the luckiest girl in the world!
Feast is what Sundays in Jersey are made for. My hungry buddies drove me out for lunch and a wintery walk on the beach upto part of the Jersey Island I hadnt been too, the beautiful Gorey Pier before I had to catch my flight home. The girls had heard that feast was a fairly ‘known’ restaurant and with 2 dogs this seemed the best place we could park ourselves outside, it was overlooking the boats and right under Mont Orgueil Castle. Lovely.
Rated in Jersey’s Top 10 restaurants (TripAdvisor, Jan 2013) Feast is situated on beautiful Gorey Pier. A relaxed but stylish restaurant serving a succeessful menu either inside or on the terrace.
The food offers honest quality food including a pan of sizzling garlic prawns with crusty bread, antipasti sharing box, mussel pots , crispy salt and pepper squid, foie gras beef burger , steaks and seafood.
The staff are very friendly and make Feast a relaxed but buzzy place to be and are extremely passionate about the food they are serving with ample advice and nods of pleasure when you choose there favourite dish.
Food loves: Oh my goodness what didnt I love might be the easiest place to start …. I kicked off with the feast’s crispy salt & pepper squid, chipotle chilli sauce, roast garlic aioli and rocket. I did have food envy when Kathryns sizzling garlic prawns with crusty bread came out but with this amount delicious squid. I was happy!
After filling myself with squid I had choosen the fish pie for main course, much to the delight of the waiter who had confirm this was his favourite dish the crunchy topped creamy fish pie which was served with a dress side salad. It really didn’t disappoint, it was truely amazing filled with cod, salmon, prawns and smoke salmon and topped with mash… I can safely say this is the best fish pie I have ever dived my fork into.
Design loves: This place has got it so right… The branding is tidy, simple and relaxed a true reflection of inside. It lets the food talking, it’s a welcoming place with lovely little twists of design that guide you through even to the toilets.
The shoes on the doors indicated males or female toilets … these little design features sent my design head into a spin so much so I nearly ended up in the gents!
This is my restaurant of choice along the pier. I Love this place. The food is full of passion and so are the staff … Feast is more than just another resturant with a good sea view. Go visit.
Phone: +44 (0)1534 611118
Address: 10-11 Gorey Pier, St Martin, Jersey, JE3 6EW
On a busy Saturday lunch time at a womens networking event in Birmingham centre we ran out for lunch with just under an hour to find something to eat. We discovered Forty Twenty Three, a new Mediterranean cafe whilst trying to avoid a last minute sandwich grab from Tescos…. Phew we did it!
Based in Stephenson Street in Birmingham. The restaurant is small but perfect. There are a few places to sit and it isn’t designed for big numbers of diners. But that was good as we where only a table of 3 and got seated straight away by the window.
The menu is also small, but perfectly formed. You can choose from koftas, mezes, pitta wraps & perek pastry wraps, salads and home made specials and these can all be served to take-away or eat in. The menu might not have a huge selection, but is done right and cooked fresh with amazing flavor.
Food loves: The menu is an enticing selection of Mediterranean classics. I went for a chicken wrap and a side of hand cut chips. The chicken was beautifully cooked and well seasoned, and accompanied by salad and yoghurt dressing. Simple food, expertly done, for days after I couldn’t stop thinking about about this delicious wrap. Dreamy.
Design loves: There branding is simple, there menu is simple and there decor is simple with pretty little touches. It’s all about selling good food and that’s what comes first at Forty Twenty Three.
Gosh, I loved this place and am sure everything is made with love and passion. Best things always come in small packages… Go visit!