Sunday, 23 July 2017

Birmingham Street Food Highlights

Zindiya Moseley

Come with me my friends on a odyssey of temptation around some of  Birmingham's best street food vendors. Look at this glorious street market themed decor!
Since going to the Seasonal Market at the Bond Company in April I have found some amazing restaurants and left in no doubt that Birmingham is having a foodie renaissance of lip-smacking tastiness.
Zindiya in Moseley wowed me with the best Indian food that I have ever tasted in Brum by some margin.
This lovely snack corner produced gorgeous onion bhajis, spicy chickpeas and delicious masala chips. Such strong yet delicate flavours.
For dessert how about Indian style carrot cake, mango sorbet or chocolate balls filled with strawberry pieces?
Add in a cocktail range designed by maestro Rob Wood with flavours featuring curry leaf and it's a big thumbs up from me.

El Borracho De Oro
A beautiful Spanish restaurant in Edgbaston is my idea of foodie heaven. I love the decor, you could fill your Instagram page with all the glorious fine details.
The tapas are incredibly authentic and that's why I give them 10 out of 10 for quality and taste.
 Delicious squid, terrific chorizo, juicy chicken skewers and amazing patatas bravas. You must try everything!

Original Patty Men
It started with a succulent cubano in Quarter House Coffee and led to the best burgers I have ever tasted. Best Burger in Brum! The aged beef so full of flavour, the creamy cheese and indulgent toppings will wow you.
If you have a sweet tooth you will die for the bacon with maple syrup and the Big Vern donut burger was magnificent! The spiced fries below are even better with the ODB coleslaw added. How do they think of these things?! They must have world-beating taste buds to create such loveliness.
I was lucky enough to be in OPM on the night they launched new special the 'Bourbon Squealer". It comes with a jam made from whisky and bacon. It's lush!
 Even the drinks are cool.

Peel & Stone
When I showed my friends this bakery's location they commented it reminded them of Jack The Ripper! Don't let that put you off though.
They are Creative with a capital C. They do this amazing cinnamon swirl with pistachio, orange and raspberry. It's mind-blowing.
Peel & Stone make great sour dough bread, amazing sandwiches with fillings such as refried beans with avocado and Korean pulled pork with slaw and coriander. Below right is the amazing white chocolate and raspberry croissant.
 A cute shop.

 Indian Brewery Company

 Birmingham seems to have taken the Indian Brewery Company very quickly to its heart. As well as the eclectic and unique beer range they have great street food which is amazing value and generous portions too.

Bombay wings, fat naans and masala fries all hit the spot.

Alpha Cafe
The genius that is David W Massey hosted the Birmingham Social Media Cafe meetup for June at the Alpha Tower cafe. Carefully look at the descriptions below. Don't they all sound like your new favourite! I had the raspberry and white chocolate brownie. Best brownie I have ever had as it's so juicy and sweet.
On weekends they make ice cream sandwiches. We are talking brownie crinkle cookies with cherry vanilla swirl ice cream. This is serious business.

Colmore Food Festival
Glynn Purnell demonstration
As soon as the Birmingham Social Media Cafe had finished on June 30th me and the cream of Birmingham's food bloggers headed straight over to the Colmore Food Festival.
All the top restaurants were doing dishes priced at only £4. For example Purnell's did slow cooked Ox cheeks which everyone devoured. I went straight over to Opus for the pork belly with cherries.
People still insist on feeding pigeons in public squares.
What a find Hindley's Bakery was.
Check out these flavours!
Damn straight you want that one! 
Take the day off from Greggs and tuck into a pie from Jake's.

Super Bubble Waffle
 We must innovate or die. Look at this dessert treat by Super Bubble Waffle in Grand Central. Buy one and everyone will stare at you with green jealous eyes. We had mango, strawberry ice creams and sweet strips in ours. Yum!
Words and photos by Paul Clarke
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Birmingham Social Media Cafe #BRUMSMC May/June

 For May's Birmingham Social Media Cafe with CliveReevesPRBrum Hour aka David W Massey and Phil Choi aka The Blog Trainer took us to the quirky cool Tilt coffee bar in City Arcade.
Tilt Twitter
Craft beers, first class coffee and delicious treats such as BAKE's Snickers and lemon cheesecake bundt are all on offer at Tilt.
Tilt Twitter
By the Tilt window was the delegation of 4 from digital marketing agency Connecting Element led by Client Service Manager Matt Bowell. Matt talked about their clients from the restaurant industry and their work with bloggers and influencers to promote brands such as Miller & Carter and Harvester.
Near left in the photo is brilliant copywriter Anna Gunning who turns company jargon into beautiful content. To Anna's left was the Mac Birmingham team who are fighting back against huge funding cuts with exciting promotional content and events. To Anna's right is charismatic vlogger Sinead Latham who was a wiz at DigiCities week. Next to Sinead is the legend that goes by the name of Brummie Gourmand aka Ryan Parish. Ryan's blog is full of brilliant foodie finds.
To Dave's left is accounting maestro Practical Edd who gives Ryan a run for his money with kwl restaurant tips. It was an eclectic group at Tilt working on some exciting upcoming projects.

Brum Night Cafe in the Gunmakers Arms
Brum Hour twitter
Wood you believe how good the Gunmakers Arms looks since it's recent refurbishment? The Two Towers Brewery real ale pub had just been completed before our visit mid June and hosts everything from gigs to board games nights and soon the Brum Vegan Beer Fest
Gunmakers Brum twitter
Attendees included PR specialist Karen from Cup & String Communications, visual communications designer Rachel Khor and Kelly and Becca from the JC Social Media team
 Dave introduced first speaker of the night Marketing Manager Adam Snelleksz from CMA Video who work with clients such as the Sealife Centre, Sport Birmingham, Legoland and Coventry Gin Festival. I was really impressed with what Adam said about a video communicating so much more personality than just a few lines of text. You can show off your knowledge, skills, enthusiasm and expertise to impress a customer with why they should hire your services. Adam mentioned the power of filming customer testimonials and user-generated content.

 Adam's Top 4 Video Tips
 1) Plan what you are going to say in the video by only having one or two main takeaway messages for viewers rather than a rambling conversation about everything you do.
2) Choose a short video length of 30 to 90 seconds to get your message across as many people may be watching whilst travelling so have less time to browse
3) Have a call to action message in your video e.g. call us now, for more information, to sign up.
4) Tell customers what they want to hear rather than generic phrases such as we have the best staff, reputation etc. They want to hear that you will save them money, time, make them look more attractive etc.
 Next speaker expert copywriter Anna Gunning told us that for you to resonate with your audience you will need to imagine that you were talking to one individual person rather than a generic crowd. So you personalise your content as if you were speaking to a customer named Joe and you imagine Joe's background, job and personality.
 Next rather than describing your product you talk about what problem it solves for Joe. You start broad then empathise then specialise. Work out where they are in the decision-making process and give them the information they need to guide them towards a purchase. Great advice!

June: BrumSMC Alpha Works
Everyone who visits Alpha Works gets excited by the surroundings, vibrant offices, amazing views and creative energy there.
 It was a great turnout with some new visitors. You may notice that a certain multimedia journalist and podcasting enthusiast Adela Earlington likes to be centre of attention in group photos. 😃
 Community Manager,  Theresa White told us about the diverse community of freelancers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the offices. The hot-desking options are brilliant as you can pop in for a day, a week or a whole month depending on your needs.
 "Meeting you with a view to a kill".
Love these views from the 21st floor!
 Don't daydream too much as you need to make your own business dreams come true.

 On the ground floor the Alpha Cafe is run by the team behind the highly regarded Faculty Coffee shop in Piccadilly Arcade.
Mouthwatering treats! I had the raspberry and white chocolate brownie and it's fantastic!

Theresa White and Phil Choi
The Blog Trainer Phil Choi is doing a free workshop as part of NatWest's Set For Success series.

If you need any help with the following this event is perfect for you.

Introduction to WordPress
Creating blogs for better SEO
How to craft a great blog post
Tools and apps to help you create better content
Driving social followers to your blog

Words by Paul Clarke.
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