Win A Meal for Two at Cafe Rouge Birmingham!

Cafe Rouge is one of those stalwart chains of the UK isn’t it? It’s been around as long as I can remember and I’m sure will be here for years to come. I’d not been that recently due to deluge of new openings in the city, so when the opportunity to try out the new seasons menu came along, as well as give you guys the chance to win a meal for two, how could I resist.


Due to the arrival of the little foodie we’ve not done much eating out recently, and when we have  it’s been daytime and a little more family friendly than we might go for usually, so I was interested to see how Cafe Rouge stood up to the baby test too!


We popped along on a Thursday mid morning, looking forward to trying out their breakfast menu. The Autumn Edition Menu has recently been launched with lots of tempting new offerings such as the ‘Saumon’ – skin on salmon fillet with buttered spinach, croutons, lemon and beurre noisette,  and Egg Meurette – poached egg in a red wine, bacon & sautéed mushroom sauce served with chargrilled sourdough bread


I went for the Smoked Salmon and Crushed Avocado on Sourdough with a Poached Egg. Very much a popular brunch item at them moment this one was done well, a thick piece of toasted bread, ripe soft avocado and the egg perfectly poached.



Lee chose the Buttermilk Pancakes with fresh fruit creme fraiche and toasted granola. The pancakes were light a fluffy which is always a big plus. We both followed our meals with a cheeky Pain Au Chocolat from their pastry offerings. They also do a range of Croques which are always crowd pleasers!




We didn’t have any quibbles about the food, it was all cooked well, seasoned well and tasty. Certainly somewhere I will add to the list of options for a tasty brunch in town.

Baby friendly?  We were impressed that without having to ask we were offered a choice of table where we felt most comfortable with our buggy, pointed in the direction of the baby change facilities and also offered warm water should we need to warm a bottle. Several waiting staff coo’d over Imogen too, so all in all a thumbs up to the staff at Cafe Rouge Mailbox!

So now to the most important bit!

Café Rouge is celebrating the change in season by giving my followers the chance to win a meal for two worth £60 at any of the Café Rouge Birmingham restaurants. (Bullring/Mailbox/Brindley Place)

To enter, you need to head over to my twitter page here –  RT the pinned competition post and follow both myself @DrRoz_thefoodie and  @CafeRougeTweet. 

T&C’s Apply:
– The meal for two is up to the value of £60 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
– The prize can be only be redeemed in one of Café Rouge’s three Birmingham restaurants: Brindley Place, The Bullring and The Mailbox.
– Must be redeemed by Monday, November 28th 2016.
– Prize will be drawn on Monday, October 24th 2016
– If we do not hear from the winner within 24 hours then another prize winner will be chosen at random.
– The prize is as stated and cannot be transferred, sold or exchanged. There is no cash alternative.

 Good Luck!




Do you waste food?

Did you know today is World Food Day?

I never used to be conscious of food waste – as a student and my early 20’s I’m pretty sure I was guilty of wasting food like a lot of others. More recently I have been a lot more aware of food waste, and this infographic from Hassle outlines just how big the problem is! An average waste of 260kg of food per household per year! And the impact on CO2 emissions is crazy – I had no idea it impacted so much.


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There’s lots that you can do to try and reduce your food waste, things which try and implement in our household. For example, making a meal plan every week, so you don’t buy more than you need, using up those vegetables that are getting towards being past their best in a lovely soup, freezing herbs in oil in ice cube trays or making a batch of croutons with bread that is going stale.  What do you do to reduce your food waste?

For those that don’t know, Hassle, who produced this infographic was founded in February 2012, and  is the online market leader for booking a home cleaner across the UK and Ireland. is revolutionising the domestic cleaning market for customers through the introduction of online bookings, cashless payments and trusted service providers, eliminating time-consuming traditional methods such as word of mouth recommendations and the Yellow Pages. Within the touch of a few buttons, weeks of searching has been reduced to 60 seconds. Worth a look!

Post in collaboration with Hassle


Review: The Smoke Haus Birmingham

Another slightly belated review! Back in June we visited the very recently opened Smoke Haus in Birmingham. Located in the popular Brindley Place you can find it just opposite Cafe Rouge. The entrance takes you upstairs through brick walls emblazoned with graffiti into a vast dining area complete with leather booths down the walls and a moody atmosphere. Pictures of rock stars and such like adorn all the wall space and throw in a bit of neon lettering then you’ve got a a space that’s pretty in your face!

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Review: Fun with Mummy Milestones Cards

For a few years now as more and more of my friends and acquaintances have had children, I’ve noticed lots of photos popping up all over social media of babies posed with ‘Milestone’ cards, announcing that they’ve rolled over for the first time, or cut that first tooth. I’ve always thought they were pretty cute and looked forward to doing the same myself! Continue reading